This Sunday 

Making It Through the Holidays When You’ve Suffered a Loss 

Speaker: Sally Fenno Lay leader: Susan Grace

Sally Fenno, a grief counselor from Fairbanks, will address how we can survive the expectations of the holidays. It will involve an assessment of what we are actually doing vs. what we are enjoying.

Oh, No! Not Another Minister! 

Speakers: Rev. Beatrice Hitchcock Lay leader: Mel Sikes

Meet the Rev. Beatrice Hitchcock, a third-generation Unitarian, 32-year Alaskan, and your new ¼ time minister. More than just a ‘place holder”, interim ministry is a specialty designed to help you to be your best congregation when you welcome your next minister. Come and provide input into this exciting process.

Letting Go 

Speakers: Beth Ann Miner, Allen Jones, and Rebecca Dunne Lay leader: Monte Jordan Coordinator: Jana Peirce

Phillip Simmons, a father, husband, climber, sledder, professor and Unitarian Universalist, learned at 35 that he had ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He stated in part, “in the act of letting go of our lives, we return more fully to them.” Three members of our UU community will talk about what “letting go” means to them.

Dia de los Muertos 

Speaker: Marilyn Richardson Lay leader: Jana Peirce

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 los Muertos is the day we reconcile our past and present, our ancestors with ourselves. Dia de los Muertos transcends cultural boundaries because it is a sublime expression of the love all people feel for those they have lost. We’ll learn a little about the pre-hispanic roots of the holiday and then those who have created altars will have an opportunity to share an anecdote or talk about their altar. There will also be a community altar for anyone who wants to contribute an offering. Short poems, musical offerings or performance pieces are encouraged—either about individual loved ones or about death in general.

Looking at Things 

Speaker: Jana Peirce Lay leader: Laurie Walton

When you look at the world, what do you see? Do you see loveliness and joy, radiance and delight? Or do you see misery and pain, suffering and despair? Beauty or boredom? Both are there. Which you see depends on the eyes with which you are looking; the openness of your heart; the willingness of your mind to engage; your imagination to be transfixed.

What is your Green Dot? 

Speaker: Kim Swisher Lay leader: Hayden Nevill

Green Dot is a movement, a program, and an action. The aim of Green Dot is to prevent and reduce the rates of power-based violence in our community. The current rates of violence are not inevitable, but we often operate as though they are. Aligned with our UU principles, this service will address how our choices, big and small, can create a culture less tolerant of violence. Green Dot meets people where they are at, with what they have, to offer options and ideas on how to connect with the issue of preventing violence. The motto “No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something” is empowering and completely doable. Green Dot is your individual choice to do something, to do whatever it is you are comfortable with and able to do. It is our hope that at the end of this service you will know what your green dot is.

Beyond Categorical Thinking: Creating the Space for the New to Take Place 

Speaker: Mary Esther Johnson Lay leader: Phil Osborn

There are so many great possibilities for individual and collective expansion with a new minister. Receptivity and intention to open and receive something entirely new, in ways that have not been expressed before, and yet finding new meaning beyond prior expressions and experiences are important component to success. The new comes through from the minister, creating expanded perceptions for each member and a cycle of give and take for a long term mutually beneficial relationship for all concerned. The Beyond Categorical Thinking work is intended to create space for us to share pieces of our lives, thus encouraging intentional and continuous actions along the journey toward achieving even greater authenticity.

The History of God 

Speaker: Rev. Tracy Springberry Lay leader: Doug Toelle

God was not always and is not in many faiths a controlling being in the sky, that most UUs don’t believe.  How have others understood the concept of God?

In the Beginning 

Speaker: Rev. Tracy Springberry Lay leader: Cam Leonard

All cultures and many subcultures have creation stories including Unitarian Universalism. What lessons can we learn about the nature of being human, power and hope from our creation story?

Migration/Hibernation/Adaptation: Heading towards the Equinox 

Lay leader: Jeanne Olson Music: Vera Alexander

Our fellow creatures, the animals, exhibit habit patterns which reflect life lessons. Observing creatures in their natural habitats connects us with the Earth, the animals, and the Great Mystery. Have you met your power animal?