This Sunday 

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.

Winter Solstice Celebration:A Celebration of Darkness and Light in Songs and Stories 

Organizers: Jana Peirce, Laurie Walton, Susan Grace, and Stephanie Sandberg and the UUFF Choir

Intergenerational Service. Drawing on Native American myth and pagan ritual, this non-traditional service begins in darkness with drumming and chanting and ends with the return of light as we weave together music and story to call down the sun. This is an intergenerational 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 the passing of the winter solstice not intellectually or stoically, but joyously and experientially.

Chanukah and Religious Freedom 

Worship Leader:  Rev. Sarah Schurr  Lay Leader: Marilyn Richardson

Rev. Sarah will speak on this ancient festival and how it relates to our lives today. Chanukah is a celebration of the Jewish people standing for the right to worship as they choose.  Religious freedom is a key issue for many Unitarian Universalists and for so many people around the world.

Parenting as a Spiritual Practice 

Worship Leader:  Rev. Sarah Schurr  Lay Leader: Daniel Swisher

There is nothing like parenting to teach us important life lessons like patience and forgiveness. Rev. Sarah will reflect with us on lessons that parenting, and supporting parents, can bring us in our own spiritual development.

Be Who You Are 

Lay Leader: Laurie Walton

This sermon honoring the late Rev. Forrest Church explains how Unitarian Universalism can help us understand how to be who we are, want what we have, and do what we can.


Gratitude Communion 

Lay leader:  Michael Bonilla

This service is an opportunity to share the gratitude we feel to be a part of such a wonderful spiritual community. Potluck will follow the service.


Future Dreams 

Coordinators: Jana Peirce, Bre Griffin, Frida Shroyer

This last installment of the “Gathered Here” series will focus on discussions on where we see our congregation going and how we want to get there.

Social Justice In Alaska 

Speaker: Rev. Shirley Lee Lay Leader: Hayden Nevill

Social justice is important for value we share, and understanding local social justice issues helps us better our community. Rev. Lee will discuss social justice in Alaska with special focus on issues faced by Native Alaskans. Rev. Shirley Lee is Director of the Tanana Chiefs Conference’s Housing First Program, which provides housing without a pre-condition of sobriety.


Dia de los Muertos 

Speaker: Jana Peirce Lay Leader: Stephanie Sandberg

Dia de los Muertos is rooted in the Mexican belief that there are three deaths.  The third death—the most definitive one—is when there is no one left to remember us.  El dia de muertos is the day we reconcile our past and present, our ancestors with ourselves. It is through this celebration of death and acknowledgment of our own mortality that we continue to live and circumvent the final death. Read More »

Mindful Meditation 

Speaker: Dr. Kirsten Nielsen Lay Leader: Frida Shroyer

Dr. Kirsten Nielsen is a primary health provider who specializes in chronic illness treatment and prevention. She brings mindfulness to her patients to facilitate changes in life style for improved health. This program will show some connections between mindfulness and spirituality and how meditation can help.