This Sunday 

Traveling Upstream with Mary Oliver 

Lay Leaders: Jana Peirce and Eleanor Adasiak 

“In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be.” 

Mary Oliver grew up in Ohio in the 1950s in a town that was no more or less congenial to the fact of poetry than any other small town in America. She had few friends and parents that let her go truant to walk in the woods. She writes that, “Estrangement from the mainstream of that time and place was an un­avoidable precondition” to the life she chose from among all the lives available to her. Join us as we travel upstream with Mary Oliver through her memories of a solitary childhood in which the words of Walt Whitman kept her sane and taught her to be true to her own best and wildest inclinations. We will use words, images and sounds to dramatize the first three short essays in her book, Upstream.

UUFF Annual Meeting 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Lay Leader: Mike West

Join us for a brief service of celebration before we come together as active members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks for our Annual Meeting. Lunch and childcare will be provided. Come hear updates from the Board and our committees, weigh in on proposed resolutions, elect Board members, and otherwise exercise your vote in our democratic congregation!

Answering the Hardest Call 

Speaker: Hayden Nevill  Lay Leader: Holly Blood

As Unitarian Universalists, we are called to live our values. What work speaks to us, and what obstacles are in our way? Together we have strength to overcome challenges and ask each other the difficult questions that require an answer.

Earth Heroes 

Program EmCee: Ms. E. Cology Speakers: Various Earth Heroes Lay Leader: Jeanne Olson

This multi-generational service honors those amazing men and women who have in the past, or who are currently protecting our precious Earth. This multi- generational service invites all of the congregation to participate and come as their favorite Earth Hero. We have invited Ms. E. Cology to be our emcee once again for this program.

Tending to Each Other’s Dreams  

Speaker: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder

Humanity has a habit of dreaming big, aspiring to and achieving once unthinkable feats of space travel and technological advancement. In Dan Pallotta’s words, what would become possible if we began to dream  “as boldly in the dimension of our being as we do about industry and technology”? This Sunday we’ll kick off our 2017-18 pledge campaign by dreaming in new dimensions of empathy, curiosity, and care for one another.

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.

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