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  • Annual Goods & Services Auction – Nov. 14th | South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society
    the South Valley UU Society Trading Post s Annual Goods Services Auction on Saturday November 14th it s time we start the tumbleweeds a rollin with more information for y all Startin after services this Sunday you buy your tickets can sign up to volunteer and drop off your donation forms down in the Social Hall during Coffee Hour or if you re tek know lo gi cally minded you can donate online at www tinyurl com 2015svuusauction Folks from the Auction Trading Post will be in the Social Hall every week up til the week before the event to answer your questions but don t wait too long to get your tickets or our chuckwagon hands will be gettin nervous about rustlin up enough grub to feed y all Ye haw Signposts Events Meeting Minutes Monday Menus News Sermons Service Recordings Uncategorized Upcoming Services What s New Exciting Mailing List Changes Community Chat Coming Soon February 21st after church Navigating the River Ahead Change is a Part of Life Rev Patty Willis and Rev Nancy Bowen 11 16 15 Inspiring Science Evolving Faith Realistic Hope Coming to Monday Menus on Feb 8th January 31 Ethical Eating January 24 Where

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  • South Valley Supporting the Homeless Youth Resource Center | South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society
    Pledging at South Valley Endowment Online Donations Pledges Planned Giving Grocery Card Program South Valley Supporting the Homeless Youth Resource Center Patty Willis August 28 2015 News Our marvelous team and the South Valley brick Members of South Valley s marvelous team that provides meals for the Homeless Youth Resource Center were there for the ground breaking ceremony South Valley is now on a brick that will be part of the foundation Thank you Susan Eyzaguirre Peggy Montrone and Denna Wright and all those who work together to provide meals for the HYRC Signposts Events Meeting Minutes Monday Menus News Sermons Service Recordings Uncategorized Upcoming Services What s New Exciting Mailing List Changes Community Chat Coming Soon February 21st after church Navigating the River Ahead Change is a Part of Life Rev Patty Willis and Rev Nancy Bowen 11 16 15 Inspiring Science Evolving Faith Realistic Hope Coming to Monday Menus on Feb 8th January 31 Ethical Eating January 24 Where Do We Find the Authority to Speak Truth to Power Rev Patty Willis Martin Luther King Jr and the Unitarians Rev Patty Willis 1 20 13 Premiere of a new song Calling for Sweet Justice on January 17th January

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  • News | South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society | Page 2
    e electronic bulletin board Posted by Russell Martin in News A few months back at the Listening Circle regarding the email list policy changes the suggestion kept coming up that Read More Path to Membership Class Posted by Cindy Martin in News For people thinking of becoming members of the congregation Child care will be provided and we will offer a light Read More Path to Membership Class Posted by Cindy Martin in News For people thinking of becoming members of the congregation Child care is provided and we will offer a light supper Read More Salt Lake Tribune article Posted by Patty Willis in Events News This morning there was a great article about Rev Patty Willis and Mary Lou Prince and the interfaith concert at Read More November December Offering Split Recipient The Neighborhood House Posted by Cindy Martin in News For November and December we will donate half of our Sunday worship service offerings to The Neighborhood House a local Read More Worship Offerings Split July August Posted by Lorri Quigley in Events News Recipient for July and August Cottonwood Canyons Foundation In the spirit of serving our wider community we at South Valley Read More Rev Patty s Words of Hope and Happiness at the Tenth Circuit Court Decision Posted by Mary Lou Prince in News A few weeks ago when the Tenth Circuit Court decision on same sex marriage seemed imminent I was asked to write Read More 1 2 Signposts Events Meeting Minutes Monday Menus News Sermons Service Recordings Uncategorized Upcoming Services What s New Exciting Mailing List Changes Community Chat Coming Soon February 21st after church Navigating the River Ahead Change is a Part of Life Rev Patty Willis and Rev Nancy Bowen 11 16 15 Inspiring Science Evolving Faith Realistic Hope Coming

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  • “Norbert Capek’s Hope” Rev. Patty Willis 8.3.14 | South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society
    he and his wife began attending too and he left the Baptists for good Finally in 1921 he received a grant from the American Unitarian Association to begin a congregation in Prague This was a time when many people were disillusioned with the Catholic church The people who came in the doors on Karlova 8 found a place to grow and continue to question and the congregation flourished for almost two decades While fascism was gaining a stronghold in many nearby countries Norbert Capek saw a vision of a community that could not be more different Instead of valuing homogeneity and exterminating what was different Capek saw the spring fields of wild flowers as his image of beloved community While the Third Reich wanted well ordered rows of perfectly clipped hedges Capek saw heaven in the mountain meadows covered in all kinds of flowers As the congregation grew fascism was on the rise all around them and in March of 1939 Hitler declared Czechoslovakia part of the Third Reich He could have escaped In 1939 the AUA offered Norbert a position of minister at large for the Unitarian fellowship in the United States Norbert replied that he did not want to desert his people and that he would remain His wife left to continue work in the United States Rev Richard Henry who wrote a biography of Norbert Capek wrote Never one to shrink from a crisis Norbert continued to preach against the Nazi occupation He was regularly questioned by the Gestapo who demanded that he not speak against the Reich Although Norbert didn t speak out against them on Sunday mornings he continued in his work against the occupiers by forming a resistance committee which met in the church and helped Czechs escape from the Gestapo Finally in the spring of 1941 Norbert declared I can bear it no longer I must speak the truth and not be a coward He issued his forthright challenge to the Nazis by using his Sunday morning sermon to contradict a speech of Hitler s Five days later the Gestapo came to his home charged him with listening to a foreign broadcast and sent him to prison At the same time a high ranking Nazi official the Butcher of Prague was assassinated by the Czech underground In retaliation entire villages were decimated and people who might not have been killed were sent to the gas chamber Norbert Capek was sent to Dachau Norbert was sent to Dachau in retaliation On his papers were the fatal instructions return unwanted In prison Norbert kept his fellow inmates spirits up with humor caring and cheerfulness But as he was now over 70 years old he was quickly transported with other older prisoners to that part of the camp where torturous experiments were being conducted After four months in Dachau he died in October 1942 And his life still lives on in our denomination through the Flower Communion and in the words and sometimes music of three

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  • “Images and Faces of God” Rev. Patty Willis 12.13.15 | South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society
    religion I believe is making an image of God that stands between humans and love for themselves and for others That is a god whose image I would smash like Moses attacked that golden calf when he came down from Mount Sinai When those hurtful images of God are companions because their faces are carved in our hearts it is my prayer that this be a place where those faces transform May this be a place of hope That work of transformation from judgment to unconditional love is what makes this place holy I have had many flashy experiences out in the world that formed my view of the universe and mystery and God but the story of my deepest encounter happened in a place such as this when I met a woman named Marjory Tyndall in the front row of a Unitarian Universalist service a woman for whom I wrote these words the day after she died My shoes are knocked off by the holiness of her love and the love she bids me now embody my own heart opening to the world as hers did to me giving and receiving and in her huge heart she took all that mine mustered at first and then flowed like a river She did not believe in God or angels yet in her face I at last saw God and in her presence the brush of wings When I imagine the face of God it is hers smiling and saying Patty would you sing to me Her love extended penetrated embraced what was most essential to me the gifts that I bring into the world Sometimes I lose track of that face and then I find it smiling from a parting in the clouds Her presence gives me the courage to embrace myself what I have to give the world and the world around me This was the huge gift of one human being to another The god I grew up with had a very different face The image that developed in my mind was one of a judgmental god a man who sat in the sky and looked down on me as my father looked down on me during meetings and it was my job to guess what I had done wrong I have no idea how much of this was intentional After meetings when I asked my father what I had done wrong he was mystified and seemed to be totally unaware of giving me the look Later when I crossed the line by being in a relationship with Mary Lou and left the church that look became imprinted on the face of God And I had to leave that face in order to heal in order to become whole And I have friends who grew up in households that appear quite similar to the one I grew up in the same religion anyway and even after they did things that were against the rules of that church the

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  • “Preparing to Be Citizens of the World” Rev. Patty Willis 12.7.14 | South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society
    have some very serious problems during our time away On one day she received a message that her mother s condition was very serious We took the day off from the tour and went to a spa trying to figure out how to do things with our limited words of Polish We knew enough words to smile with people and laugh and sit and wait for different treatments that were taking toxins out of the body That night when the others returned I talked with our Transylvanian minister friends about having a prayer circle And later we all sat in a circle praying and giving a blessing to Lou s mother Joy sending good vibes through that interconnected web of life that connects all life It seemed risky to ask them to join us to say we would like to sit together and accompany Lou in her sadness and Joy even though she was very far away And that time bonded us together To be a citizen of the world you have to take risks you have to risk being vulnerable with strangers You have to risk deep conversation and sharing Barbara s experience My hunger for learning foreign languages is almost insatiable I do think that I have a talent for mimicking sound but I think that what really supports all my language learning is my ability to withstand feeling foolish When I was14 and told the man at the front desk in Spanish to Take Me instead of give me my key I felt that wash of shame but it was worse when I was in my mid 20s and trying to learn Japanese I d had a taste of people thinking I was smart and then even four years into language study I told a professor that if he castrated instead of forced as I intended people to come to a performance they wouldn t enjoy themselves When we got out of that meeting our friend wearing a full kimono fell onto the sidewalk laughing People who cannot withstand extreme embarrassment cannot keep going And these encounters with the stranger when we are vulnerable and imperfect and sometimes outright foolish are also a kind of boot camp for becoming a citizen of the world We are imperfect and the gift of that imperfection is connection and compassion for others It is also a way of balancing our privilege it levels the playing field Are you aware that one of the greatest privileges that we hold as Anglo Americans is that English is the language of communication in many parts of the world I recommend language learning to everyone And there are plenty of opportunities to practice in this Valley You don t have to travel to be a citizen of the world These past weeks as events have unfolded around the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson I have felt a deep discomfort and sadness that is beyond words The problems around race are huge in this

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  • Radical Acceptance at the Heart of Spiritual Growth-Rev. Patty Willis 8.18.2013 | South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society
    growing within her has survived the heat and her fall at Hagar s well We two women in the midst of our safe childbearing years wonder if we will brave motherhood We wonder if our children could brave the world with two mothers My beloved leans into me we stay close for a moment and then release She is thinking of her parents who have no idea that she is on the other side of the Earth she cut herself loose from them years before and yet she worries that it is almost Mother s Day and her mother will be hoping for a card An announcement in Arabic sends everyone except the man in the driver s seat of the Toyota to the stairwell that leads to the main deck We move up the stairs slowly with our burdens and then something happens that no one understands What is happening is being said in Arabic and other languages and I whisper to my lover Nan dessho Japanese for what is happening Japanese has been our common public language for close to ten years Each person holds a history a story hidden beyond their clothing and the wide seemingly readable space between their eyes The people on the stairway stand still unable to go up or down pressed against each other breathing almost as one The air grows hotter and yet everyone stays calm Are others remembering as we are the stampede at the Qutab Minar a short taxi ride from Old Delhi Forty five people were crushed in that ancient tower Or are they remembering soccer games in almost any country or seeing in their mind s eye the bridge over a Cambodian river that would collapse ten years later For twenty minutes that seem much longer we wait all pressed together Some people try to joke and we laugh even though we don t understand We are so ready to laugh that we smile into one another s eyes and our bodies find comfort in shaking into one another s In our laughter something shifts Time passes more quickly and the door opens and we move up the stairs step by step warmth flooding our hearts as if we had found a home within those minutes connected eye to eye shoulder to shoulder arranging baggage at our feet And up on deck the air is not cool but feels so because it is moving and we in that big crowd release from one another except the mothers who keep the hands of their children tight in their own and the woman who still holds her husband s arm for support all the way to dry land My lover and I stand looking back at the water and see the man drive his BMW off the boat and park nearby We watch as he disembarks with difficulty bridging the distance between his car door and the ground with crutches like my friend s who had polio as a child Once on the pavement he swings his legs skillfully forward and crosses in front of us on his way to somewhere Each person s story is unimaginable to strangers and even those closest to us might stop in wonder if they could see into our hearts if they knew what we counted with our worry beads round and round in our fingers In our unknowing how can we provide the space for all possibilities No one could have known why the man stayed in his car if the young woman s child would survive if my lover s heart would open to her parents and brothers or if we would have children The possibilities of our lives lie unseen Radical acceptance is about not doing what I did when I saw that man sitting proudly in his top of the line Mercedes Benz Even when I saw him get out of his car swinging his legs forward to make his way across the port I still saw only a part of him a part of his life We interact with strangers and known people each day of our lives and I believe that these encounters can be a crucible for transformation Much gets in the way of these meetings and it is different for each of us sometimes it is expensive cars Many years ago we made a friend who is our friend still Scott an anthropologist Mary Lou met him first a woman visited us with our friend Scott who as a returned missionary from Bear Lake Idaho had had to pass through my own crucible in order to bring him into our lives as a close friend From the beginning of their visit I knew that something was off his friend just wouldn t make eye contact with me About half way through her visit Scott told me that I was the spitting image of the woman who had stolen her husband I don t think that she ever did get over it and we always had that distance between us that had nothing to do with me We all have limits in our ability to accept others What does radical acceptance feel like I think that it feels like those few moments on the stairwell of that ferry from Nuweiba to Aqaba It is a leap of faith a leap of trust feeling the full humanity of strangers In the possibility of danger we chose to breathe and laugh into one another These moments are rare At the end of my life I believe that I will count these moments as my treasure Sometimes I ve experienced such moments with you I wrote in a newsletter about a Board meeting during which we were talking about trust and the need for us to feel it even though we didn t know each other well and perhaps we never know each other well even those we live our lives with And in the midst of feeling the difficulty

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  • “Releasing from Life: Lessons from Near Death Experiences” Rev. Patty Willis April 13, 2014 | South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society
    came to die discover that I had not lived I did not wish to live what was not life living is so dear nor did I wish to practise resignation unless it was quite necessary I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life to live so sturdily and Spartan like as to put to rout all that was not life to cut a broad swath and shave close to drive life into a corner and reduce it to its lowest terms This all seems good This living deeply But unlike Henry David Thoreau I was not alone The attachment that I felt for life that I saw as positive was also translating into a fear of death for those I loved Now I think that that is the attachment that Buddha spoke about as being at the heart of suffering I knew that fear from my childhood when I could make myself cry by imagining the death of one of my grandparents Yet in the case of my grandparents my fear did not have the power to hurt them or make them live with less gusto When I was a child death was not something that people talked about It wasn t until the 70s that the world began to be open about death My father began talking about death That gave a name to the elephant in the room but it didn t make it disappear Perhaps it is in the experience with death rather than the discussion about death that we conquer our fear And I wonder if this fear presents itself in our attachment to life At around this time people started to write not only about the stages of death itself but about the experiences of people who had died These are called NDE or Near Death Experiences I think that the word Experience is very important they are not musings about death but experiences with death These experiences by people of many different religions and education levels overall seems to release people from fear of death The people who had these experiences were liberated from worries that I believe most of us are unaware of but that limit our lives and our perspective For along with releasing from fear many of these people were able to see their lives from a larger perspective with a kind of oneness with the world When people saw themselves from the outside and began a journey sometimes into light sometimes not what they did experience mostly in common was an abiding sense of peace One woman describes a sense of peace and anticipation And what I love most about this is that this is what people bring back to their lives an abiding sense of peace Abiding peace not fragile peace Wouldn t that be an amazing way to greet all the new and habitual experiences of our day with peace and anticipation The amazing thing is that instead of crushing the person this

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