This Sunday 

Love is Like a Box of Chocolates 

Lay Leader: Jana Peirce  Accompanist: Laurel Holmes

A heart shaped box of chocolates brings thoughts of romance and candlelight and, well…er, Hallmark and Whitman’s Candies.  Valentine’s 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.  We’ve asked an assortment of people to give us their thoughts on love — in word, verse and song — each in 1-3 minute bite-sized morsels. And when they are through everyone will get a piece of chocolate as part of the chocolate communion that concludes our service. As Lucy says in Peanuts, “All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!”

Love in Many Faces 

Lay Leader: Barbara Clark  Worship Leader Rev. Sarah Schurr

Many gay and lesbian couples are now celebrating the freedom to marry, after years of not possessing that right.   This break-through comes in part due to the UUA’s Standing on the Side of Love campaign.  This service will explore the many faces of love and family.

Martin the Visitor 

Lay Leader: Nicole Stewart Worship Leader Rev. Sarah Schur

It seems that Martin Luther King Jr. briefly attended a UU Church but found that it was not a good place from which to launch his work on justice. Our heart is in the right place. What has kept us from being that beacon of justice we could  be?

The Source of All That Is: A Discussion About God 

Lay Leader: Frida Shroyer  Speaker: Bre Griffin

This week’s service will be a discussion based on the introductory meeting for the Elementary class’ curriculum, “Stories About God.”  We will have time to discuss our ideas and feelings about “God.”

Out of a Mountain of Despair, a Stone of Hope 

Lay Leader: Susan Grace Speaker: Jeanne Olson

How can we begin to dismantle racism in our heart and minds? How can we dismantle it in the structures of our society? Are all humans racist when they are born? What transformations might we hope for?

Tackling Youth Homelessness 

Lay Leader: Mike Bonilla  Speaker: Marylee Bates  Accompanist: Vera Alexander

Marylee Bates is the Director of Fairbanks Youth Advocates, which recently opened a shelter for homeless teens in downtown Fairbanks. She will discuss what factors contribute to teen homelessness, dangers faced by homeless teens, and what we can do to help.

Deepening Ultimacy and Intimacy Through Chalice Circles 

“Look to this day! For it is life, the very life of life.” So starts a Hindu reading we have recited often at UUFF. But how do we make each day well lived? As we enter a enter a new year—a year that will inevitably carry with it a lot of changes and ask us to make transitions—we’ll look both back and forward and talk about the choices we’ve made about how we live in the world, what we are proud of and what we might like to change. Modeled on a Chalice Circle, this service will be a discussion that all can participate in. Lay Leaders: Jana Peirce and Kim Swisher

Fire Communion 

Lay Leaders: Maia and John Peirce

During the service, we write down what we want to leave behind on slips of paper, and then burn them. This is an opportunity to prepare for the beginning of the New Year. Themes can include reflection upon the year that has just passed; hope for the promise of the year to come; resolutions to change; the passage of time; hope; expectation; and dreaming of a creating a better tomorrow.

Fire Communion 

Lay Leaders: Maia and John Peirce  Accompanist: Vera Alexander

During the service, we write down what we want to leave behind on slips of paper, and then burn them. This is an opportunity to prepare for the beginning of the New Year. Themes can include reflection upon the year that has just passed; hope for the promise of the year to come; resolutions to change; the passage of time; hope; expectation; and dreaming of a creating a better tomorrow.

A Holy Night 

Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder  Coordinators: Jenn Wagaman and Krista West

Christmas is a day when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. Join us for a multi-generational Nativity service that tells the story of Jesus’ birth and the importance of his life. Reflect on the idea that each night a baby is born is truly a holy night.

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