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.

Filling Up the Well: Spiritual Practices for These Times

Speaker: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Holly Blood

How is it with your spirit? Especially during tumultuous times, paying attention our spiritual health is a vital part of ensuring our well being. Rev. Leslie will offer a toolkit of spiritual practices to help us take care of ourselves –and one another — in the days, weeks, and years to come.

Safe in the Golden Heart City

Speaker: Phoebe Rohrbacher Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder

Join us for a special program with guest speaker Phoebe Rohrbacher from the Fairbanks Safe City project. Learn about upcoming changes to national and local immigration policy, and what you can do to help make Fairbanks a more welcoming place for our immigrant and religious minority communities. This service will include a talk back session after the program, as well as information about how to get involved.

Poetry is Not a Luxury

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Speakers: Various UUFF Members & Friends

In her 1985 essay Poetry Is Not a Luxury, the poet Audre Lorde wrote: “The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives. It is within this light that we form those ideas by which we pursue our magic and make it realized. This is poetry as illumination, for it is through poetry that we give name to those ideas which are, until the poem, nameless and formless — about to be birthed, but already felt.” Today, we explore social justice poetry as a force for positive transformation as we work to bring a more loving, sustainable world into being.

The Question Box Strikes Back

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Music: Jake Svendsen

Our second annual Question Box sermon! It’s safe to assume that if you’re a UU, you’ve got questions. 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. This program will be made up entirely of your queries and Rev. Leslie’s answers to them. Email your questions to Rev. Leslie (minister@nulluuff.org) or drop them in the “Question Box” in the fellowship foyer by March 2nd.

What on Earth Are We Doing Here, Anyway?

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Lay Leaders: Committee on Ministry

Church! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing … without your participation! Join Rev. Leslie and the UUFF Committee on Ministry (Cam Leonard, Karisse Ackerman, and Laurie Walton) as we investigate the present and future of shared ministry at UUFF.

Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Lay Leader: Laurie Walton

From the Black Lives of UU (BLUU) website: “The Movement for Black Lives Convening, held in Cleveland, OH July 24–26, brought together over 1,500 Black people from across the country to build, heal, learn & organize. It was a truly historic gathering. We the Unitarian Universalist Caucus took time that weekend to discuss the various issues we face in our faith as Black people. While many challenges and personal experiences were shared, one thing stood out for us all: Our Unitarian Universalist faith is what CALLS US to say that Black Lives Matter.” This morning Rev. Leslie will share the 7 Principles of Black Lives that emerged from this historic meeting, and how they might inform our work towards a more just world.

Love is Like a Box of Chocolates

Lay Leader: Jana Peirce  Speakers: Various UUFF Members and Friends

Our annual “Love is Like a Box of Chocolates” 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!”

Brigid’s Day

Leaders: Molly Lemen and Sylvia Deaumichen Music: Marsha Sousa and UUFF Choir

Brigid’s Day, or Imbolc, is a Gaelic traditional festival held halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Our UUFF kids have prepared a multigenerational service with story and song, a celebration of the first signs of the return of spring.

 

The Heart Keeps the Score

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Music: Jake Svendsen

The poet Rumi said: “There is a secret medicine given only to those who hurt so hard they can’t hope. The hopers would feel slighted if they knew.” This program will explore how pain — both physical and emotional — shapes the human experience.

 

No Easy Walk to Freedom

Lay Leaders: Susan Grace and Jeanne Olson

Let’s celebrate those who have walked before us Martin Luther King Jr and the freedom singers! We will sing many of the songs of the fight for freedom and hear quotes of inspiration!  They are timeless and timely!

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