We are welcoming, open and affirming to all. Our services begin at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Religious exploration for school-age children and childcare for preschoolers are available from September to May. Learn more about us and what happens Sundays at UUFF.
Our growing Unitarian Universalist fellowship is led by a part-time minister, Rev. Tracy Springberry, who travels to Fairbanks five times each year from her home in eastern Washington and is available for consultation and pastoral care between visits as well. Other services are lay led or feature guest ministers, ensuring a diversity of topics and voices.
Speakers/Lay Leaders John and Jana Peirce
From the “Happiness Hypothesis” of positive psychology to the “World Database of Happiness” (started by a Dutch “Professor of Happiness Studies”), the causes and conditions of human happiness have lately become a subject of scientific study. Join us this Sunday as we explore some recent findings from the field of happiness research, including these and other questions: What makes us happy? Where does happiness come from? Are some countries happier than others? Should we expect happiness?
Lay Leader: Jeanne Olson Speaker: Phil Loring
Why do you eat local? For health reasons? Social reasons? Ethical reasons? Dr. Phil Loring, an anthropologist at UAF, will speak on the facts and fallacies that surround local food movements, especially those fallacies that have opened those movements to criticism. He will then talk about how the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism offer a template for action that can keep you, and your local food community, on track toward real social change.
Celebrant: Rev. Sarah Schurr Lay Leader: Doug Toelle
One historic Unitarian theologian and one modern pop star; they both speak to us of the nature of the human being.
Celebrant: Rev. Sarah Schurr Lay Leader: Brian Rogers
Humanism is one of our six sources and was a key philosophy for our movement in the 20th Century. How do religious humanism and Unitarian Universalism relate historically and in our work today?
Since the 12th Century, many Christians have celebrated the blessing of the animals near the feast of St. Francis of Assi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. For UU’s, blessings of animals allows us to contemplate our seventh principle: respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. This program will celebrate that tradition. Please bring your animals for our UU blessing. Please bring animals that can “play well with others” or you can also bring a photograph. Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder. Speaker: Mikayla Eager.