This Sunday 

The Moral and Legal Ethics of Torture 

This Sunday: Few people seriously challenge the obvious truth that torture is wrong. Nonetheless, the principle is often undermined by arguments of exception, excuse and justification.  Our program explores the history and rational of the use and condemnation of torture and challenges us to consider standards of human behavior in our modern world.

The Power of Dreams 

This Sunday: Dr. Stephen Parker, a clinical psychologist in Fairbanks for thirty years, will present a talk and slideshow on “Dreams and Spirituality.” Ten years ago, he experienced a vivid dream of an airplane with a malfunctioning red four-cylinder engine that took off and crashed; he work up startled, with the surprising words in his head, “You have heart trouble.” There were no physical indications of any problems, but three months later he had emergency heart surgery. (Later, he came to understand that a “four-cylinder red engine” was a symbol of the four chambered heart.) Read More »

This Sunday: Come as Your Favorite Leader 

This Sunday: The theme of our service this Sunday is “Unless You are the Lead Dog, the View Never Changes.” You don’t need to be president of a world superpower to be a leader. In fact, a good leader is important for any plan or goal to succeed or to be sustainable, locally or worldwide. What are the important qualities of a good leader? Are they innate or are they learned? Have the criteria for being a good leader changed in the past 100 years? Who is your favorite leader? This will be an interactive program, so come as a leader, (famous or infamous), or come as you are with a favorite quote from your favorite leader. There is a list of suggested great leaders on the bulletin board to provide some examples.

Love is Like a Box of Chocolates 

A heart shaped box of chocolates brings thoughts of romance and candlelight
and, well…er, Hallmark and Whitman’s Candies. Valentines Day has become
commercialized—or maybe it started out that way—but our lives are
nonetheless filled with the genuine article: love in all its complexity and
variation. We will spend some time today exploring the many shapes love
assumes in our lives – love of parents and children, pets or cheese, and
yes, even the romantic variety that gets so much air play. Read More »

Whale Coast: History, Challenges and the Spirit of Wow! 

This Sunday: Many of us know of “WhaleCoast Alaska” as a summer tour that raises money for our Fellowship and three other Alaska congregations. You might also know that Dave Frey, a long time UUFF member, organizes the tour. In this program, Dave is going to share some of the history of WhaleCoast Alaska, and how and why he decided to continue the tour after the previous directors retired. He will also highlight the ethical and logistical challenges of organizing this kind of a tour. He will also share moments of “Wow!” that he and his guests have experienced over the years.

The Spirituality of Working with Your Hands 

This Sunday: Does working with your hands make you feel better and behave better? Does it give you a sense of autonomy, but also a feeling of responsibility for your work and for the material world? And ultimately, does it make you a better citizen? The virtues of working with your hands have been extolled by poets and philosophers. At the same time manual work is often seen as blue collar, low status, or menial. What does working with your hands mean to you? John Peirce will explore the spiritual dimensions of manual work and provide a brief opportunity for discussion at the end.

Speaking Truth to Power (Rev. Sarah Schurr) 

This Sunday: Sometimes being a good citizen means speaking up when those in charge have fallen from the path (Rev. Sarah Schurr). This service is in partnership with the “Climate Change Discussion: Turn Learning Into Action” sponsored by the Green Team after the service.

We Could Do Better 

This Sunday: In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Rev. Schurr will share the proud and the not so proud legacy the Unitarian Universalists have in the field of Civil Rights and the African American Community

Praying and Paying Attention 

This Sunday: Mindfulness, being thankful, mediation, and prayer. How do these ideas work into a modern Unitarian Universalist life? Can we pray if we are not sure who or what we are praying to? Speaker: Rev. Sarah Schurr

Gift of the Magi 

This Sunday: Our program will be a presentation of the “The Gift of the Magi”, a short story written by O. Henry in 1906. The story is about a young married couple and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money.

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