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August 2017


Greetings, UU friends!

I hope you enjoyed a safe glimpse of the partial--or total, if you headed north--solar eclipse on August 21st!  Viewing the eclipse was a universal opportunity--independent of race, orientation, social standing, or affiliations--for those along or near the  eclipse's path.  How exciting to have witnessed something truly rare, and to know that thousands upon thousands of others were sharing the experience simultaneously with me.   

I'm realizing now that I didn't actively warn others of the risks of looking directly at the sun; I just assumed that the news outlets had done the educating.  Were some people harmed today because of naive assumptions?  ("Surely looking for a few seconds won't hurt . . . ")  I find myself longing to look at this metaphorically.  To have it inspire me to consider my responsibility toward others, and to our planet.  The importance of educating, and being educated.

I was taught as a child the doctrine of responsibility:  "Where much is given, much is required."  Today I would word the ideal differently.  But how?  "If you care, share," perhaps.

I hope you will share yourself, your wisdom, your passion, your compassion, your learning and your yearnings with our church community this year.  I invite you to come out and "let your light shine"--not to glorify a patriarchal deity figure but rather to bring light to our "group think" through your unique thoughts and perspective.  You are just the one to keep us from our naive, learned assumptions!

Please note and make plans for the following UU events:
 

August Picnic - Sunday, 27 August @ 6 pm
    Location TBD  [Want to suggest a park?  Contact me with your idea ASAP.]

First Service of the 2017-18 church year - Sunday, 10 September @ 3 pm
    245 S. 200 E.
    Springville

I enjoy time spent with my UU family.
Thank you for being part of my joy!
Shaunalei Andersen

Publicist, Utah Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

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Questions? Please email us: info@uuvu.org

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Utah Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
245 S. 200 E.
Springville
http://uvuu.org
email: info@uvuu.org


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Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote:
  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
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Other Utah Congregations

(in order of distance from UVUU)
South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society 
6876 S. Highland Drive (2000 East) 
Salt Lake City, UT 84121 
(801) 944-9723

First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City 
569 S. 1300 East 
Salt Lake City, UT 84102 
(801) 582-8687

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden 
705 23rd Street
Ogden, UT 84401 
(801) 394-3338

Cache Valley Unitarian Universalists 
596 East 900 North
Logan, UT 84323 
(435) 755-2888

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. George 
873A Coyote Gulch Court
Ivins, UT, 84738
(435) 773-2760

District Office

Mountain Desert District Offices 
2242 S Albion Street 
Denver, CO 80222 
Phone: (303) 756-1378 
Fax: (303) 756-1407
Newsletter: http://www.uua.org/mdd/dispatch/

National Office

Unitarian Universalist Association 
25 Beacon Street 
Boston, MA 02108 
Telephone (617) 742-2100 
Fax (617) 367-3237


Photo from front of church

245 S 200 E