This Sunday 

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.

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