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November 13, 2017


Greetings, friends!

Here are the slides from our service yesterday:
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Thanks to Allisan for playing piano, to Laura for selecting and leading the readings, and to Ashleigh for gathering the offerings.

Our discussion on the theme of "How to Connect With Those of a Different Generational Mindset" was very enjoyable to me.  I had each attendee fill out a "Which Generation am I?" personality quiz sheet [see NOTE below], to see which generational mindset best matched her interactive style and values (determined in 10 questions).  When it came time to calculate our scores and find the results, Laura caught some mistakes on the quiz's scoring rubric--which inspired a fun debate on which score should be assigned to each multiple choice answer.  Some of our results were surprising, which inspired further inquiry into which questions had affected the outcome most.

I then had us take turns reading paragraphs from an article titled "Multigenerational Workforce: How to Bridge the Generation Gap" by Bonnie Monych.  It included these tips for how to work with those of each generation:
"Veterans" (born before 1946)
* Take time to listen to them
* Give them clearly defined expectations
* Show respect for their contributions
* Allow them time to grasp new technology
* Ask for their input in decision-making
* Ask them for advice
* Provide standardized policies, procedures, templates
* They don't require any deep meaning from work
* They expect to give an honest day's work for an honest day's pay

"Baby Boomers" (born 1946-1964)
* Don't treat them like dinosaurs
* Show them respect, even if they are your subordinates
* Ask for advice based on their extensive experience
* Give them technology and educational support so they are not afraid of it, and don't judge them for their lack of technological expertise
* They love work challenges (competitive)
* Find a way for them to stand out in the crowd
* Let them make a difference - this is a prime motivator
* Give personal attention because face time is important to them
* Allow for flexibility
* They've paid their dues and want their current contributions to be recognized

"Generation X" (born 1965-1980)
* Abandon the "slacker" myth with Xers
* Distinguish between arrogance and independence
* Build corporate cultures that value the individual
* Treat their questions as opportunities to teach
* Outline and define goals
* Let them manage as much of their time as possible
* Make feedback frequent, accurate, specific, and timely

"Millenials" (born 1981-2000)
* Give clear leadership
* Provide role models and two-way mentoring relationships
* Challenge them.  They're looking for growth, development and continual learning more than they desire money
* Treat their ideas respectfully
* Be flexible!  This generation works to live so they are not going to give up activities because of the job.  A rigid schedule will force them to exit
* Don't expect them to pay their dues by putting in time.  Focus on productivity and reward them for it
* Design office spaces to allow for sharing ideas
* Encourage them to improve on their communication skills, and define the benefits for them to do so

I was also delighted that everyone was able to stay for potluck.  We all enjoyed the fried rice, salad with poppy seed dressing, orange slices, carrots, spiced pumpkin bread--and, especially, conversation.

We hope you can join us for our next two services.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend! (26 Nov and 10 Dec.)
We will not hold a Sunday service on Christmas Eve.

All the best,
Shaunalei Andersen
Publicist, Utah Valley UU

NOTE: If you're interested in taking the quiz, here is a link to the one I found online:  https://diversity.missouristate.edu/assets/diversityconference/Generational_Personality_Quiz_Handout.pdf
Note that we chose to change the following scores, based on our discussion:
Question 3:  A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4
Question 4:  A=3, B=2, C=4, D=1
Question 7:  A=4, B=1, C=2, D=3
Question 8:  A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4
Question 9:  A=3, B=2, C=1, D=4


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October 27, 2017

A quick heads up regarding our next service--which will be held Sunday, November 12.

The discussion theme will be:  "How to Connect with Those of a Different Generational Mindset"

Very timely, with family gatherings happening the following week!

Join us, and learn how to make your Thanksgiving-mingling meaningful!

11/12/17
3 pm
245 S. 200 E.
Springville

We hope you will prepare a tasty side dish (for the potluck meal following the service), and stay after to share your wisdom and enthusiasm(s) with us!  

Questions?
Email us:  info@uvuu.org

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October 21, ,2017


Greetings, friends and fellows of a unitarian and/or universalist mindset!


I invite you to prepare a delicious side dish and plan to enjoy good food, good company, and good discussion (not necessarily in that order, however) at our UU Sunday service tomorrow!

Date and Time?      Sunday, October 22nd
                                3 pm!

Theme?         "Caring for Creation: What Good Stewardship Looks Like."

Location?        The beautiful and historic Springville Community Presbyterian Church, of course!
                        245 S. 200 E.
                        Springville

Help?     1. Barbara will open the building, but if others can arrive ten minutes early to help her set up for our service, that would be wonderful! (Thanks to Laura for being willing to pick up Barbara, as Rusden will be helping out family this weekend.)

               2. I have recently provided some sort of main dish or soup for our potlucks. Is anyone else able to provide that tomorrow? (Please reply all if you can, so others know!)

               3. Do any of you know a pianist who could substitute for me? Message me ASAP if you do! (Via my FB profile page: https://www.facebook.com/shaunalei.andersen)


A big thanks to Jim Westwater for being willing to lead our group discussion! He's the founder (and other titles?) of the Utah Valley Earth Forum, an "independent citizen environmental organization working for good stewardship and a healthy environment." I imagine he's got a lot of stories to tell! (To see examples of his beautiful photography, visit his website at http://westwater.us/)


I regret that I won't be able to attend tomorrow's service, as I'm in Oregon visiting a close friend, but I hope you will be make it and share your passion and thoughts on caring for our earth and preserving it for future generations.


Love,
Shaunalei Andersen
Utah Valley UU, Publicist




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October 8, 2017

Join us today at 3 pm for our first Utah Valley UU service of October!
Theme: "
The Fallibility of Human Memory."

Rusden Scott will lead our discussion.


Prepare something scrumptious to share during our potluck meal, and stay for food and visiting!


Questions?  Email us at:  info@uvuu.org.



Utah Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
245 S. 200 E.
Springville, UT 84663

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September 24, 2017


UVUU's second service of the fall will be held today, September 24th, at 3 PM.


Ashleigh Andersen will be sharing lessons she learned at Anytown Camp this summer and leading a discussion on the theme of leadership, diversity, and inclusion.


There will be a potluck meal after the discussion, and anyone is welcome to join us and bring a dish to share if you'd like!
245 S. 200 E.
Springville

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August 25, 2017

Hello (and see you soon!), my UU friends and friends of UU.

Our August UU picnic will take place Sunday, the 27th.

Place?            Canyon View Park
                       3300 E Powerhouse Rd
                       Spanish Fork

We're not sure yet which park area we'll occupy, so look around for a gathering and ask if it's Utah Valley UU.  (I apologize for this inconvenience!)

       


Time?                      6 pm
What to bring?        Plenty of scrumptious food and beverages (no alcohol allowed at                                            the park, however) to share with your friends
                                Sports equipment (see below) and games.

(The fellowship will provide paper plates, cups, bowls, napkins, and plasticware.)

                                
Additional fun?      Sand volleyball  (Bring your own ball.)
                               Children's playground  (Bring your own children or inner child.  ;-))
                               Baseball diamond (Bring softball equipment.)
                               Bike trail along the Spanish Fork River (Bring your own bikes.)

We are looking forward to the start of our new church year.  Twice monthly services (2nd and 4th Sundays) will resume in September. 
Our first service will be Sunday, September 10 @ 3 pm.
245 S. 200 E.
Springville                                     


The steering committee has come up with some fascinating potential topics for our discussions!  Examples:

The risks involved in living in "bubbles" Fallible human memory
Drumming and emotional healing in group experience
Emotional intelligence
Self-love Authentic, Real Talk (A.R.T.) Female god /gods Radical self-honesty What is personality? (Is it malleable? Is it static?) Becoming comfortable with and prepared for death Finding your passion by asking "What creations/contributions of mine would be unique based on my personality/history/strengths/network?” Family or personal vision/mission statements DMT/pineal gland's role in increased consciousness and healing Reconciliation Allo-Parenting Web of life--how to feel part of the whole Group creations--synthesis! Peace / world peace Self-improvement The disconnect (or connection) between millenials and other generations Grandparents The concept of healing Is turning the other cheek a good idea? Money--> power-->influence-->we become subject--> our awareness is required to minimize our subject-ness Prisons vs rehabilitation Which Schedule 1 drugs should be legal?

We won't cover all these topics this year, but this gives you a taste of what's in store.


Please reply and let me know how you would like to be involved this year!  Add your talent to our pool and enjoy the synergistic energy that a community of friends creates!

Sincerely yours,
Shaunalei Andersen

Publicist, Utah Valley UU




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August 23, 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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(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 
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Ivins, UT, 84738
(435) 773-2760

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Denver, CO 80222 
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