Unitarian Universalists ponder “The Gift of Good Questions”

TWIN FALLS — As we think this month about “Intention” — starting out a new year and well on our way to new spring beginnings — we’re invited to think carefully about our connections with other people.

When was the last time someone asked you an open honest question? A question that invited you to reflect more deeply on your own life asked by a person who did not want to advise you or “fix” you but “hear you into speech?”

For most of us, this is rare. If we pay attention to our own interactions, we may find ourselves not really connecting with the shared humanity in others but instead listening with an ear to offer advice or fix or help or talk about ourselves.

The difference really is our intention, and the gift we have to give is not knowledge of how to fix someone else’s problems but the gift of listening and asking good questions that remind people of their own often unsuspected inner resources.

We do not have to be skilled professionals for this to work well — it’s all about our orientation towards each other and our shared humanity.

Join us as we consider how we all may bear this gift — at the Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Ave. W. near the old hospital, Twin Falls. We will also be welcoming and celebrating new members to our fellowship.

Unitarian Universalism honors the differing paths individuals travel. Congregations are places where people celebrate, support and challenge one another as they continue on their spiritual journeys. 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. Child care is available. The center is handicapped-accessible. Parking is in the rear of the building.

More information: call Ken Whiting at 208-734-9161 or email mvuuf83301@yahoo.com.

Hollister Presbyterians hold annual meeting

HOLLISTER — The annual congregational meeting of the Hollister Presbyterian Church will be held after the 11 a.m. worship service and a potluck dinner Sunday. All events will be at the church, 2461 Central Ave., Hollister.

Chad Minteer will be the guest speaker and will moderate the meeting. Visitors are welcome. More information: call Linda at 208-733-9183.

Dinner is served at Zion Lutheran

BURLEY — The Zion Lutheran Church will host a community dinner at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the church, 2410 Miller Ave., Burley. The public is invited to enjoy a meal and fellowship with Mini-Cassia neighbors.

A short devotional will start the meal. A free-will offering will be appreciated.

Annual meeting at Ascension

TWIN FALLS — Ascension Episcopal Church will hold its annual all-parish meeting after the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 371 Eastland Dr. N., Twin Falls. New vestry members and delegates to Diocesan Convention will be elected, and reports from all programs and parish committees will be available in a written annual report. All are invited to attend the annual meeting. The congregation is asked to bring a light brunch snack to share.

The worship service of Holy Communion will have guest celebrant Canon Lucinda Ashby presiding. Child care will be available from 8:50 a.m. through the annual meeting. Ascension Café will not be held this week.

From 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Ascension Studies and Reads will meet in the Memorial Room at the church, listening to and discussing Sister Illia Delio’s presentation on “Catholicity, Cosmology, and Consciousness: Why Wholeness Matters.” All are welcome. More information: call Dave Duhaime at 208-733-8881.

On Wednesdays, Knit-Us-Together — the handwork group — meets from 1 to 3 p.m. Choir practice is at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

All are welcome for worship, study and fellowship at Ascension. The church is handicapped-accessible. More information: call 208-733-1248 or go to www.episcopaltwinfalls.org.

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