About the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Welcome

The Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (BUUF) is an inclusive, nurturing, and growing community, supporting the spiritual, intellectual, and emotional growth of families and individuals from all over the Treasure Valley.

We affirm and promote:

The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

A free and reasonable search for truth and meaning;

The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and within society at large;

The goal of world community, with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Adhering to Unitarian Universalist values and traditions, BUUF strives to promote justice in all things. We believe that the holy is known by many names and practices, so we honor each person's religious path. We also cherish religious community, so together we worship, learn, play, celebrate life's passages, and give and receive pastoral support.

Throughout, we try to strike a balance between spiritual and humanist approaches.

BUUF grounds in summer, Jane Rohling photo

BUUF is located on 4.2 acres near the Boise River in Garden City. There are gardens, a grove, woodland paths, a waterfall, a labyrinth, a children's play area, and a hand-carved bridge across the stream. Members of the congregation tend the showcase-designed gardens that feature native and drought-tolerant plantings.

Our campus buildings presently include a main fellowship hall with offices, kitchen, and nursery, and two newly-completed classroom wings. A new sanctuary building is to be added in the future. We actively encourage other community organizations to use our facilities.

The Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has been a dynamic part of the Treasure Valley since the 1950s, officially joining the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1961. We moved to our present home in 1998.

Sunday Services

BUUF's services combine ritual, music, contemplation, sermons, presentations, and congregational discussion, followed by that staunch UU tradition—coffee hour.

Sermons—both from our minister and from guest speakers—cover a wide range of topics from intellectual and world concerns to spiritual and personal experiences. During the church year, September through May, we have two Sunday services at 9:30 and 11:15am.

During June, July, and August we hold a single 10:00 a.m. service conducted by members, friends, and guests.

Children's Religious Exploration (RE)

We offer a full program of religious education for children from preschool through high school under the direction of a professional director.

Nursery care and classes for preschool through sixth grade are offered at both services. The Junior and Senior High classes meet at 11:15 a.m.

We teach our children tolerance and compassion, and provide an unprejudiced guide to understanding the world's religions. We also offer teens (subject to parents' permission) a balanced approach to sex education through the outstanding Our Whole Lives (OWL) Program. Junior High youth have the option of participating in the biennial Coming of Age program and the biennial pilgrimage to Boston.

Music

Music is an integral part of life at BUUF. There is music at all services and at many special events. The broad range includes congregational hymns, choir performances, instrumental and vocal contributions by members and friends, and occasional guest artists.

Ways to get involved

To underscore the value of community, we offer many opportunities to further enrich individual lives and strengthen the fabric of our Treasure Valley.

Adult Education

Fall, winter, and spring, BUUF offers many adult Education classes and workshops to members, friends, and the community at large. Topics vary from religious studies and environmental courses to personal development seminars and theme cooking classes.

Ongoing activities

Unitarian Universalist orientation classes
Small Group Ministry (Chalice Circles)
Fireside chats and lunches with the minister
Senior Sages breakfast discussion group
Seminars and workshops
Welcoming Congregation presentations

Fun stuff

Book clubs
Dances
Annual family camping trip
Junior high educational and historical trips
Solstice celebrations
Adult trips to Romania!

Volunteer opportunities

Religious education teachers
Youth leaders
Pastoral care
Artists
Community service
Social action
Gardeners

Looking for a church home?

People of every age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity are welcome at BUUF.

We invite you to join us in our services and activities. You can participate to any degree and in any way you want, whether as occasional visitor, friend, or formal member.

If, after you have attended for a while, and perhaps been involved in a few activities, you are seriously considering membership, here is the path to membership we ask you to follow:

  1. Complete the New UU class or an alternative that will provide a foundation and understanding of the history of the UU Principles and Purposes and an understanding of the governance and operations of this Fellowship
  2. Meet with the minister or designee, and representatives from the Stewardship and Membership committees, to gain an understanding of the advantages and responsibilities of membership.
  3. Find ways to participate regularly in the BUUF community as able. This includes a pursuit of spiritual, intellectual, and aesthetic fulfillment by attending worship services. It also may include joining a social group, becoming involved on a committee, volunteering to help at special events, helping at the facility, participation in RE as an adult or with children, or any other activity that enriches and supports the new member and the congregation.
  4. Respect the principles and purposes of the UUA, and the mission and covenant of the Fellowship.
  5. Provide monetary support by completing an annual pledge form and/or volunteer service to this community as able. We ask members to complete a pledge form whether or not they are currently able to pledge.
  6. Sign the membership book.

For further information, please contact the BUUF office. We look forward to meeting you.

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