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Music in the Woods 

Music in the Woods presents Heart of Alaska Strings. Classical solo and chamber works performed by some of Fairbanks’ finest young string players.
Saturday, March 24 at 7:30pm in the UUFF Sanctuary, suggested donation $10

Wisdom of the Ancient Vedas 

Speaker: Shiva Hullavarad  Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder

Vedas — the books of knowledge — are ancient Indian scripts developed over 1000-2000 BC by the civilization on the east of the Indus River. This second service covers a series of verses from Vedas and their corollaries, Upanishads. These verses will cover topics on nature conservation, inclusiveness, well-being of communities, and fellowship.

Poetry Sunday 

Lay Leader: Cam Leonard Music: Laurel Holmes

In celebration of this vernal equinox — when day and night are in equal in the northern hemisphere — our theme for this year’s Poetry Sunday will be balance. Come to fellowship with a poem to share on the balance between light and dark, day and night, joy and sorrow, the bitter and the sweet.

Balancing Acts 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Lay Leader: Holly Blood

“One of the truths we know is that we live in an enchanted universe,” writes Omid Safi. “The up-there and down-here mingle, the earthly and the heavenly mirror each other. We have no choice but to continue to redeem the world, to save the world from our own selves. We are, ironically, the cause of the breaking and just might be the channel of healing.” Join us for a contemplative service in search of the channels of healing that dwell within us.

Alaska Youth Sunday 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails   Leaders: Anchorage and Fairbanks Youth

Big state, bigger faith! Join us in welcoming the youth from the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship as we celebrate our first ever all-Alaska youth Sunday!

Love is Like a Box of Chocolates 

Coordinator: Jana Peirce  Speakers: Various UUFF Folks

Our annual “Love is Like a Box of Chocolates” service gives us the chance to reflect on the many meanings of that overworked word, love. We know what Hallmark and Hollywood think, but what does love mean to you? We ask an assortment of people to give us their thoughts on the subject – in word, verse, and song — in 1-3 minute bite-sized morsels. Everyone who joins us will get a piece of chocolate as part of the chocolate communion. As Lucy says in Peanuts, “All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!”

The Beauty of Resilience 

Minister: Rev. Jonipher Kupono-Kwong Lay Leader: Eric Muehling

There’s no doubt that progressive values are being assailed on a daily basis. We don’t even talk about PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) anymore because we experience trauma over and over again. Some check out and detach themselves while others engage in hyper-vigilance, checking their social media of choice until 3 in the morning. How can we use our spirituality to remain grounded? How can we remain connected to the resistance while not being completely attached to the drama and chaos of our times?Come hear Rev. Jonipher talk about his spiritual practice of finding beauty in our daily living as a form of resilience.

Multicultural Transformations Within Our Congregations 

Our world is becoming more multicultural, yet according to The Pew Research Center, 78% of Unitarian Universalists still identify as White or Euro-American and 53% are considered upper middle class. How can we move toward a more inclusive and diverse Beloved Community more reflective of the community we find ourselves in? How can we cross cultural barriers without creating World War III or be left feeling guilt and shame? How can we frame this sacred work theologically grounded in our Principles and rich faith tradition?

Join our UUA Congregational Life Staff, The Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kupono-Kwong, in exploring culture defined broadly by increasing both our intercultural competency and cultural humility. Learn some tools and exercises to communicate across culture and strategies for building a more inclusive congregation.

WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, February 10th from 10 AM to 4 PM
at UUFF (4448 Pikes Landing Road, Fairbanks).

Lunch will be provided. All are welcome!
Please RSVP to admin@nulluuff.org or by calling 907.451.8838

Return of the Question Box 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Laurel  Holmes  Music: Marsha Sousa

Our third annual Question Box sermon! It’s safe to assume that if you’re a UU, you’ve got questions. If you’ve got deep theological conundrums, ethical quandaries, or playful paradoxes taking up space in your brain, this is your chance to have our minister take a crack at them from the pulpit. This program will be made up entirely of your queries and Rev. Leslie’s answers to them. Email your questions to Rev. Leslie (minister@nulluuff.org) or drop them in the “Question Box” in the fellowship foyer by February 2nd.

The UU Conservative 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails   Lay Leader: Cam Leonard Music: Vera Alexander

Can people who hold “conservative” beliefs find a home within our “liberal” faith? What do the conservative folks who are already very much a part of our UU family secretly want their liberal siblings-in-faith to know? Let’s challenge our assumptions about who we are, what we believe, and what we have to teach one another.