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 a part-time minister, Rev. Tracy Springberry, who travels to Fairbanks five times each year from her home in eastern Washington and is available for consultation and pastoral care between visits as well. Other services are lay led or feature guest ministers, ensuring a diversity of topics and voices.
Speaker: Marilyn Richardson Lay leader: Jana Peirce
Dia de los Muertos is rooted in the Mexican belief that there are three deaths. The third death—the most definitive one—is when there is no one left to remember us. El Dia de los Muertos is the day we reconcile our past and present, our ancestors with ourselves. Dia de los Muertos transcends cultural boundaries because it is a sublime expression of the love all people feel for those they have lost. We’ll learn a little about the pre-hispanic roots of the holiday and then those who have created altars will have an opportunity to share an anecdote or talk about their altar. There will also be a community altar for anyone who wants to contribute an offering. Short poems, musical offerings or performance pieces are encouraged—either about individual loved ones or about death in general.
Speaker: Jana Peirce Lay leader: Laurie Walton
When you look at the world, what do you see? Do you see loveliness and joy, radiance and delight? Or do you see misery and pain, suffering and despair? Beauty or boredom? Both are there. Which you see depends on the eyes with which you are looking; the openness of your heart; the willingness of your mind to engage; your imagination to be transfixed.
Speaker: Kim Swisher Lay leader: Hayden Nevill
Green Dot is a movement, a program, and an action. The aim of Green Dot is to prevent and reduce the rates of power-based violence in our community. The current rates of violence are not inevitable, but we often operate as though they are. Aligned with our UU principles, this service will address how our choices, big and small, can create a culture less tolerant of violence. Green Dot meets people where they are at, with what they have, to offer options and ideas on how to connect with the issue of preventing violence. The motto “No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something” is empowering and completely doable. Green Dot is your individual choice to do something, to do whatever it is you are comfortable with and able to do. It is our hope that at the end of this service you will know what your green dot is.
Speaker: Mary Esther Johnson Lay leader: Phil Osborn
There are so many great possibilities for individual and collective expansion with a new minister. Receptivity and intention to open and receive something entirely new, in ways that have not been expressed before, and yet finding new meaning beyond prior expressions and experiences are important component to success. The new comes through from the minister, creating expanded perceptions for each member and a cycle of give and take for a long term mutually beneficial relationship for all concerned. The Beyond Categorical Thinking work is intended to create space for us to share pieces of our lives, thus encouraging intentional and continuous actions along the journey toward achieving even greater authenticity.
Speaker: Rev. Tracy Springberry Lay leader: Doug Toelle
God was not always and is not in many faiths a controlling being in the sky, that most UUs don’t believe. How have others understood the concept of God?