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Religious Exploration (RE)
Children's RE

Sunday, March 26, 2023
9:30 a.m.

"The Eastern Christ: A Model, Not a Savior"

Facilitated by Chris Porter
Our Sunday gathering this week is a Religious Exploration. Chris Porter will facilitate the discussion by sharing his story of shifting perspective. How do we find value and meaning in Christ's life and teachings, when we no longer accept the story of sin and the need for redemption?

Attend in person at the PUUF Meeting House, 426 W. Lewis
   or via Zoom.
Zoom Link
PUUF on Sundays
Meeting ID: 882 1927 3095
Passcode: 230993

8th Principle & Anti-Oppression in Pocatello
Saturday, March 25, 2023, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Online or in person at the Meeting House

Join Rev. Jenny for her presentation on the UUA's efforts in anti-racism, anti-oppression, multiculturalism. Specifically, Rev. Jenny will share her analysis of The Gadfly Papers: Three Inconvenient Essays by One Pesky Minister, author Rev. Todd Eklof; the emergence of fifth principle project prononents; and most recently an organizing opposition to the proposed Article 2 revision. This is a lot to cover!

Our 75-minute session will include a chalice lighting and brief check-in, followed by the presentation and discussion. 

Zoom Link: Here
Meeting ID: 932 4034 8877
Passcode: 591493

Saturday, March 25 at 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
outside Marshall Public Library

 A local group of youth including Jake Pelton and Jake's dad Korey Pelton are calling on everyone to show up and show your concern for queer community rights and the importance of representation in literature. Jake and Korey have spoken with library staff, who are supportive of this peaceful demonstration. Water will be provided.

Dress for the weather and bring your signs. If you have a UU lapel pin, wear that too! Let's help people know where ally-ship can be found.



UUs lead with deed, not creed. Catchy phrase, agreed? With so many ways to be involved, a tiny and mighty fellowship like ours can have a positive impact, with just a little bit of strategy and sharing the tasks. If you have a justice issue you are passionate about, chances are excellent our UUA's justice team has resources for it, from education to motivation to action.

Topics include:

Climate Justice (UU Ministry for Earth)
Decriminalization (Love Resists, a partner program with UUSC)
Democracy and Voter Engagement (UU the Vote)
Gender and LGBTQAI+ Justice (UPLIFT)
Reproductive Justice, Trans Rights, and Abortion Access (UPLIFT Action)
Spiritual inspiration for Prophetic Justice Work (Side With Love)

Each of those has a wealth of resources organized and delivered via e-newsletters to anyone upon request. Would you turn your "UU Passion into Action" today and sign up for one of these newsletters? It is easy to do, and when you find information you want to share or transform into a local action, bring your idea to the Board or our minister.

To choose a newsletter from the UUA Justice Email List website, click HERE.


Unitarians, Universalists, Liberal Believers, Humanists and Atheists have a great story we believe about ourselves: We follow the science, we celebrate courageous doubt, we value questions over pat solutions. One might say, we revere growth in this shared exploration into what it means to be human. We could imagine that we even love change — as long as the science clearly proves it is the best course. This opens us necessarily for a lot of change, with plenty of opportunity for discomfort as our truths, beliefs, and insights gleaned from life experiences get challenged, contorted, or even invalidated when new information becomes available.

Do we love that? Do we love change, really delight in it? One short answer is, it depends. Are you comfortable with the way something is? Maybe it is that way because back in the day you were part of its establishment. Maybe you have seen it work well or at least good enough for people you can name. Or are you questioning that thing--and sharing how it does not work well or even causes problems? Maybe you are interested in completely other things so have no idea why anyone is passionate about it in either way. Maybe that tension itself is making you uncomfortable and you just wish people would decide, accept, and get on with the good stuff.

In the Unitarian Universalist Association, the dynamic just described is constantly at work. Some passionately preserving what is, others striving for what could be, and still others yearning for some semblance of peace and comfort no matter the issue du jour. It is tempting to imagine this all happening with the three distinct groups: Protectors, Dreamers, Peacekeepers or whatever labels you may like. It is tempting — and sadly all too often many take on these roles as if none of us are in fact all of these in any set of circumstances. Short answer, it depends. All of this is okay, and we can expect it in ourselves and each other. The not okay part comes when we forget just how predictable it is, in all of us.

The trouble happens when we act as though we are not part of the same, beautiful journey on this one tiny planet. The emotional and spiritual pain that ensues is all the more hurtful because it is largely preventable. We have the power to prevent the pain, when we remember the short answer. We can recall the times we lovingly created a thing and thought it so wonderful we would protect it with all we have. We can remember feeling so utterly perplexed that something was being done poorly, or not at all, or without thought — we dreamed of a new way. And we can weep fresh tears at the times we witnessed the turmoil and just yearned for a restful pause of peace and understanding.

Let us remember just how much we need each other — each in due turn and time — the staunch protectors, the mighty dreamers, the keepers of peace. We need not worry — we all are and have been and may well be again, all these and more.

— In peace, Rev. Jenny

WHAT: Pocatello's Transgender Day of Visibility
WHEN: Friday, March 31, 2023, @ 7:00pm
WHERE: Pocatello UU Fellowship Meeting House, 426 W Lewis
HOSTS: This is a collaborative event by Jodi Dunn and Kai Glaser, with support by PUUF and Trinity Episcopal Church

Zoom option HERE.

Portneuf Sangha, located one door east of the Meeting House, will be open as well, for an overflow Zoom watch party of the event.

Beverages will be provided. Bring a snack to share, if you wish.


Pocatello Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Gatherings through May 2023
We offer alternating Sunday Programs, all at 9:30 a.m. with in-person
and Zoom options for participating.
All Sunday morning gatherings
Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 882 1927 3095
Passcode: 230993


1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
These more traditional gatherings include a reflection or sermon, singing, and sharing in our much loved Joys and Concerns ritual.
Zoom Link HERE 
Meeting ID: 882 1927 3095
Passcode: 230993

(Adults and appropriate for youth 15-18)
2nd and 4th Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Generally, our longer standing “RE” is crafted with older youth and adults in mind. Very interactive programming, with timely and relevant topics facilitated by members and friends.
Zoom Link HERE 
Meeting ID: 882 1927 3095
Passcode: 230993

(simultaneously with Adult RE)
2nd and 4th Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Children’s RE is our program added this past fall, and generally is created with children 12 and under in mind.


2nd and 4th Saturdays at 9:30-10:45 a.m.
We began in October and will continue into May. We are discussing the characteristics of White Supremacy Culture, what those are, how they serve or oppress, are these traits showing up in our lives especially our Fellowship — and if so, what to do about it?
It is OK if you have missed any or all prior sessions. We canceled several sessions due to unforeseen circumstances, so aren’t far along at all and will catch you up! Attend online only, via Zoom.

Zoom Link: HERE
Meeting ID: 919 7806 5926
Passcode: 967688

3rd Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.
Death affects everyone on many levels. This is an open forum for sharing thoughts and feelings about how we deal healthfully with attitudes about death and afterlife.  For in-person option, treats and beverages will be available.
In-person or online.
Zoom Link HERE
Meeting ID: 976 7933 8850
Passcode: 459148


Gatherings During the Week

Wednesdays at 11:00-11:30 a.m.  
Our Wednesday meditation group practices mindful meditation, a silent
sit for 30 minutes. All levels of experience and interest welcome, coming late or leaving early is okay.
Zoom Link HERE
Meeting ID: 812 6641 0252  
Passcode: 685012

WOW (Wellness on the Web) 
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
Our 7:00pm weekly WOW (Wellness on the Web) group explores topics of individual and societal wellness. Each week, recommended homework for the given topic is shared via our Google group, “Daily Online Gatherings PUUF.”
(Search Google groups or email Rev. Jenny, to join).
Zoom Link HERE 
Meeting ID: 864 0544 1152  
Password: 841088

Links for all these events and any others that may be added throughout the month are most readily found by receiving our brief daily emails via the Daily Online Gatherings PUUF Google group. If you are not receiving these emails, please notify Rev. Jenny at and she will add you. We are also working to add all links to our website,, and Facebook page.
All meetings are at the PUUF Meeting House.

Gate City Grove
Pagan group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Death and Donuts
Meets on the 3rd Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.
8th Principle and Anti-Oppression Work in Pocatello
Meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.

Thank You Note From South East Idaho Behavioral Crisis Center

I just received the donation from the Pocatello Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Thank you so much! Thank you for supporting our center. If there is anything I can do to help support you and your community, let me know. I do a lot of trainings or education on the crisis center. If there is ever an appropriate time, I can educate your group on the crisis center, what we do, how we can help, and how we can work together to support our community.  Again, thank you so much for the donation!

-Matt Hardin, LCPC
Clinical Director 
Offering Recipient for March

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