Pulling into Boise, Idaho, we found a true gem settled in a green valley, the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. While Boise is the state capital, it is also home to the largest UU church in the state, and to an ecologically forward thinking community full of bike trails and green spaces. BUUF itself does not let one down either, its park space is full of hidden surprises and peaceful walkways fitting for all ages.
At the pulpit was the Rev. Sara LaWall, offering her first full service to the members of BUUF as their newly seated minister. With honesty and compassion, Rev. LaWall presented herself to the congregation as an imperfect leader in an imperfect world. A person with love, knowledge, and the desire to give of herself to the fellowship but also holding the modesty of a true learned scholar. A message wonderfully balanced with the soulful sounds and music of Hans York.
Rev. LaWall referenced Irish writer John O’Donohue’s book, “To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings.” In it, O’Donohue teaches that not only are blessings needed and desired, but that anyone can give a blessing. LaWall continued to explain that our lives hold these special moments, these times “often crying out for a blessing.” But, most important within her message, was that we as individuals, we can be the ones to bring the special blessings into our everyday lives and into simple, everyday moments.
At a time of beginning, Rev. LaWall asked that she and the congregation, together, “make risk [their] greatest ally,” and give change a warm welcome, knowing that “this moment is bigger than any individual self.”
I felt this sentiment strongly within because with this stop, with Boise, and with Rev. LaWall, Austin and I are again on our trail and on our path to explore the true identity of modern Unitarian Universalism.
Enjoy a photo mosaic of the beautiful BUUF campus at https://travelingtuusome.com/2015/09/21/boise-uu-fellowship-in-pictures/
Such a beautiful location and mini-park on the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship campus.
Here are a few of the things we loved!
After spending the last week in Elko & on the Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Lands, Nevada, enjoying the local cuisine and time with family, we are now at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho, and will be attending services at the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Garden City, Idaho, this coming Sunday.
Under a beautiful night sky filled with the mixed clouds of converging fronts, Austin and I met up with an old friend and toured the vibrant Omaha downtown known as The Old Market. After steak dinners and local brew at Upstream Brewing Company, we walked about and then found the unique and fun Hollywood Candy store, an old-fashioned candy and antique basement store. The night ended with a cruise downtown enjoying the wonderful architecture of the city.
Spending the night in Nebraska City, Nebraska. We are just next to the Missouri River and the Arbor Day Farm!
Our route is locked in. Didn’t plan on the extra miles for Oregon and Washington this trip but just couldn’t see going all the way to Berkeley and not hitting them! Taking it easy as we go, so we’ll announce actual visits as they come.
See you on the road!
Launching August 19th!
We are so excited to be headed back on the road and visiting with everyone again! This next trip will cover four months and a travel route spanning from California to Massachusetts.
Exact visit dates with locations will be announced as we travel.