Welcome 

We are welcoming, open and affirming to all. Our services begin at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Religious exploration for school-age children and childcare for preschoolers are available from September to May. Learn more about us and what happens Sundays at UUFF.

Our growing Unitarian Universalist fellowship is led by Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails, who joined UUFF in September 2015.  About half our Sunday Services are lay led or feature guest speakers, ensuring a diversity of topics and voices.

Chicken Soup for the UU Soul

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Eric Muehling Music: Vera Alexander

“We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes, our ravages. Our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to transform them in ourselves.” —Albert Camus

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder of the Trauma Stewardship Institute, describes the time we are living in as “The Age of Overwhelm.” How do we keep ourselves emotionally and spiritually with so much joy and heartache vying for our souls’ attention? How do we transform our struggles into sources of possibility and new life?

Fairbanks Winter Folk Fest

The 33rd Annual Winter Folk Fest will be taking place at UUFF on February 15, 2020 starting at noon. Join the fun for a full day of family-friendly live music, with a selection of vendors selling food, drinks, art, crafts, and much more besides.

Love is Like a Box of Chocolates

Coordinators: Jana Peirce and Marsha Sousa  Music: Marsha Sousa

This annual service gives us the chance to reflect on the many meanings of that overworked word, love. We know what Hallmark and Hollywood think, but what does love mean to you? We ask an assortment of people to give us their thoughts on the subject – in word, verse, and song — in 1-3 minute bite-sized morsels. Everyone who joins us will get a piece of chocolate as part of the chocolate communion. As Lucy says in Peanuts, “All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!”

The Upstairs OWL (Our Whole Lives) Experience

Leaders: Molly Lemen and Holly Blood  Music: Will Schendel

Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. UUFF is proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education program for our junior high and high school age youth. Our OWL teachers and students invite you to join us for this interactive service where you can experience this fun and life-changing ministry for yourself!

Question Box

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails    Music: Vera Alexander

As the hymn goes, Unitarian Universalists believe that “to question truly is an answer.” In that spirit, our program this morning will be made up entirely of your queries and Rev. Leslie’s attempts to answer them. If you’ve got deep theological conundrums, ethical quandaries, or playful paradoxes taking up space in your brain, this is your chance to have our minister take a crack at them from the pulpit.

Social Justice: Deeds not Creeds

Speaker: Eric Muehling  Lay Leader: Cam Leonard   Music: Will Schendel

This service will remind us of the inspiring words and actions of Martin Luther King, Jr. “Deeds not creeds” is our UU legacy. How do we continue to support social justice today?

Second Principle

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails    Lay leader: Jana Peirce  Music: Mike Thibodeau

In the words of Rev. Emily Gage, the second principle of Unitarian Universalism “points us toward something beyond inherent worth and dignity. It points us to the larger community. It gets at collective responsibility. It reminds us that treating people as human beings is not simply something we do one-on-one, but something that has systemic implications and can inform our entire cultural way of being.” How can we put this principle into practice, both in congregational life and in our lives beyond Sunday morning?

The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming

Coordinators: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails and Molly Lemen

Join us for UUFF’s No Rehearsal Holiday Pageant for All Ages! Adapted from the children’s book by Lemony Snicket, our pageant will follow the story of a latke who escapes from being cooked in a hot frying pan, encountering various Christmas symbols who are uneducated about the customs of Hanukkah. We will savor the latke’s triumphs and travails as he attempts to illuminate these characters about the rich history and culture of this Jewish holiday.

Christmas Eve Service

On Tuesday December 24th  at 6pm come celebrate Christmas Eve with your beloved community as we sing carols and take part in an Advent Spiral, filling out sanctuary with music and light. Afterward, you are welcome to enjoy hot cider and cookies — feel free to bring some cookies to share!

Winter Solstice

Drawing on both Native American myth and pagan ritual, this non-traditional service begins in darkness with drumming and chanting and ends with the returning of the light as we weave together music and story to call down the sun. This is a multi-generational program, meaning that children of all ages are invited to stay for the entire service. Join us in observing the passing of the winter solstice not intellectually or stoically, but joyously and experientially.

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