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!
Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Cam Leonard
So many of us deeply desire to live on the side of love when it comes to social justice movements. Organizer (and Unitarian Universalist) Elandria Williams talks about the role of our faith in social movements as providing ‘spiritual and political fortification’. But what does that really mean? How can we be a nurturing, humble and steady hand on the side of justice in the face of violence and backlash?
Come celebrate Christmas Eve and the first night of Hanukkah with stories and songs to inspire us as we enter into a time of joy, giving, and gratitude. This special evening service will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will take place in the sanctuary. Molly will be here at 5pm before the service to make cookies and ornaments with folks.
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 an inter-generational program, meaning that children of all ages are invited to stay for the entire service, which has been designed to appeal to all ages. Please join us as we get ready to mark passing of the winter solstice not intellectually or stoically, but joyously and experientially.
Speaker: Jana Peirce and Marsha Sousa Lay Leader: Tom Vrba
This service is our third and final installment in a series exploring the lessons in Karen Armstrong’s book “12 steps to a more compassionate life”. Readings from her book, along with music, will carry us through the last four steps in the journey, including a poignant chapter on loving ones enemies. In 2008, Karen, a former nun and auther of several books on religion, won a TED prize for her goal of creating a charter for compassion to be adopted by as many countries organizations and individuals as possible. If you missed the first two services and would like some background, go to www.charterforcompassion.org/charter. Join us as we learn to make the world a more compassionate place.
Advent is the beginning of the Christian church year, the four week period leading up to Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus. It’s a season of waiting and anticipation, and in some mystical Christian traditions, a moment to reflect and meditate on the unknown. In a time of upheaval and uncertainty, waiting to find out what awaits us feels more like a trial than a source of excitement and wonder. Our program this morning will provide tools for living in the anxiety and hope of our present moment. Speaker:Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails. Lay Leader: Mike West.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks found a way to create meaningful change for our transgender friends and neighbors.
Many transgender people do not have identification that includes their correct gender marker. This exposes them to discrimination and possible harm every time they must use their ID. Current federal policy allows transgender people to get a corrected U.S. passport if they have a letter from their healthcare provider. For many transgender people, this is the only form of corrected ID they are eligible for. Having a corrected passport is especially important in states with very restrictive policies for changing gender markers on state documents.
Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay leader: Dave Frey
As we stand in the aftermath of the most divisive election season in living memory, we turn our hearts and minds toward healing our wounded democracy. This service will weave together the voices of activists, spiritual leaders, journalists, and others leading the charge for healing and renewal of our political system.