Burley Presbyterians hold yard sale

BURLEY — The First Presbyterian Church will sponsor its Deacon’s Fall Yard Sale from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, and from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2100 Burton Ave., Burley. More information: call Barbara Moore at 208-678-5131 or email burleypc@pmt.org.

Unitarian Universalists host speaker

We hear terms like white privilege, inclusion, and unconscious bias a lot these days in the ongoing struggle for racial equality in this country. What do you think and feel when you hear those terms?

It is a fact that racial oppression exists in this country, whatever our reaction to the terms or to the endless debates about anthem protests, Charlottesville or the acquittal of yet another white policeman in the killing of a black man in St. Louis. White privilege is a fact. Our own awareness of what that privilege is, and what we can do about it, is another matter altogether. Awareness may come slowly or in stages, and when it does we may want to distance ourselves from it, deny it or explain it away.

How can we confront our own denial and responsibility? How can we turn our awareness into constructive action rather than let it degenerate into white guilt or white fragility?

These are hard questions for hard times. You may be thinking that we don’t have that problem here. It’s true that we don’t have a large black population here in Southern Idaho. But our communities include a large number of Hispanic brothers and sisters and many refugees and immigrants from all over the world. For those of us who are white, our awareness of white privilege and how it affects everyone in our community is an important first step.

We will have a guest speaker this week, Candise Ramsey, from the Southern Idaho Humanist Alliance. Please join us at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Ave. W., Twin Falls, near the old hospital.

As Unitarian Universalists, we have a proud tradition of responding to the imperatives of love and justice, to work with those of us who are marginalized and oppressed in society and the world. Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote: the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equality and compassion in human relations; and acceptance of one another.

Newcomers of all religious paths, or none at all, are always welcome. We are handicapped-accessible. Park in the rear of the building. Child care is available.

More information: Ken Whiting at 208-734-9161.

Magic Valley Inter-Religious Dialogue holds discussion

Who is my neighbor? The Magic Valley Inter-religious Dialogue will discuss what religious traditions teach about relating to people of other faiths. The panel will meet at 6:30-8 p.m. on Oct. 23 at First United Methodist Church, 360 Shoshone St. E., Twin Falls. Light refreshments will follow. The event is free for all ages.

The Magic Valley Inter-religious Dialogue, founded in 2016, is comprised of various local religious leaders. Its purpose is to learn about others, to build friendly relationships others and to learn to better understand different religions with integrity. More information: Brian Johns at bjohns90@yahoo.com.

Burley Methodists hold dinner and bazaar

BURLEY — The United Methodist Church will hold its Harvest Dinner and Bazaar from 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the church, 450 E. 27th St., Burley. A pork loin dinner will be served at 5 p.m., with desserts galore. Sales of baked goods, white elephants and hand crafts will be ongoing. Tickets are: adults $7, children 4-12 $4, and children 3 and under eat free. More information: Linda Sever at burleyumc@yahoo.com.

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