This Sunday 

Mother’s Day 

Leaders: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails and Molly Lemen   Music: Marsha Sousa

A morning of ritual and song celebrating those who have mothered us, the mothers among us, and honoring the often complicated relationship between mother and child.

Love Thy Neighbor 

Speaker: Rev. Shirley Lee  Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder

Rev. Shirley Lee will offer us an update on the Tanana Chiefs Conference Sobering Center. During the winter of 2007-2008, six people froze to death on the streets of Fairbanks due to being intoxicated and having nowhere safe to go. The new Sobering Center offers a place for intoxicated people to sober up for 12 hours in safety and warmth, and a chance to connect with the medical and social services they need. She will also be updating us on how the fellowship can continue to show up in solidarity with the Fairbanks Four, a group of young native men who were wrongfully incarcerated for 18 years.

Celebrate Our Sacred Places Outside and Within 

Leaders: Susan Grace and Jeanne Olson  Music: Marsha Sousa

Celebrate Earth Day! We will share songs, readings, and photos of our favorite places on the planet. Send digital images of your favorite wild and sacred places to Susan at blackdog@nullptialaska.net to have it included in a special slide show that will be enjoyed during the service. If you would like, bring your favorite quote for the Earth and the wild places to share.

Who We Are 

Speakers: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails and UUFF Storytellers Music: Laurel Holmes

This service will explore three important questions: Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? Join us in welcoming storytellers who will illuminate us with tales of our fellowship’s past, present, and future.

Who Decides? 

 Speaker: Kenneth Reams Lay Leaders: Hayden Nevill, Alison Carter and Eric Muehling

Our speaker will be Kenneth Reams, who will be phoning in from Varner Supermax prison in Grady, Arkansas. From his jail cell, Reams founded an organization called “Who Decides,” a group “whose ambition is to educate about capital punishment through art.” Reams will speak to us about capital punishment in the United States, the racism inherent in our criminal justice system, and his own experience living on death row.

Holy Fools 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Lay Leader: Mel Sikes Music: Vera Alexander

It’s Easter … and April Fool’s Day! The perfect opportunity to honor a rabble of “Holy Fools,” people throughout history who have flouted society’s expectations in order to live radical lives. After the service there will be an Easter egg hunt for the kiddos.

Wisdom of the Ancient Vedas 

Speaker: Shiva Hullavarad  Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder

Vedas — the books of knowledge — are ancient Indian scripts developed over 1000-2000 BC by the civilization on the east of the Indus River. This second service covers a series of verses from Vedas and their corollaries, Upanishads. These verses will cover topics on nature conservation, inclusiveness, well-being of communities, and fellowship.

Poetry Sunday 

Lay Leader: Cam Leonard Music: Laurel Holmes

In celebration of this vernal equinox — when day and night are in equal in the northern hemisphere — our theme for this year’s Poetry Sunday will be balance. Come to fellowship with a poem to share on the balance between light and dark, day and night, joy and sorrow, the bitter and the sweet.

Balancing Acts 

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

“One of the truths we know is that we live in an enchanted universe,” writes Omid Safi. “The up-there and down-here mingle, the earthly and the heavenly mirror each other. We have no choice but to continue to redeem the world, to save the world from our own selves. We are, ironically, the cause of the breaking and just might be the channel of healing.” Join us for a contemplative service in search of the channels of healing that dwell within us.

Alaska Youth Sunday 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails   Leaders: Anchorage and Fairbanks Youth

Big state, bigger faith! Join us in welcoming the youth from the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship as we celebrate our first ever all-Alaska youth Sunday!

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