Welcome 

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 interim minister, Rev. Beatrice Hitchcock, who travels to Fairbanks one week each month from her home in at the base of Sheep Mountain off the Glenn Highway. In between visits, she is available for consultation and pastoral care by phone and email. Other services are lay led or feature guest ministers, ensuring a diversity of topics and voices.

Mother’s Day: Parenting from the Bench

This Sunday: Mother’s Day is a celebration and honoring of parents, but we should not loose site of parents’ obligations to their children.  Today, the most common matters heard by our courts are divorce, custody and domestic violence issues that involve child custody issues.  These matters routinely deal with disputes between parents over the care, custody, and related parenting issues.  These disputes affect entire family systems, including grandparents, aunts and uncles and siblings.  Ms. Rasley has been a Magistrate in Fairbanks dealing with domestic violence and child custody issues for many years. Before going to the bench Ms. Rasely was an attorney dealing with Child in Need of Aid, Indian Child Welfare, and other family law issues.  She will talk about her perceptions of parenting in Fairbanks acquired from her view from the bench. Speaker, Rasley. Lay Leader, Mike Walleri.

Universalist Tent Revival

This Sunday: In the days of itinerant preachers roaming the American hinterlands, Universalists offered a kinder, gentler alternative to the message of humankind’s inherent unworthiness and the redemptive god of the barnstorming revivals of the times.  The strains of Universalism…The Other “U” in UU…run strong through the UU faith today. We will end this service with our annual Birch Syrup Communion. This Sunday is Lo Carbon Sunday. Please consider riding your bike or car pooling to service. Speaker, Peter Pierson. Accompanist, Vera Alexander.

Why Do We Care?

This Sunday: Mother Earth will wrap us in her web of interdependence and bring home our U-U 7th Principle. On this Sunday we will honor Earth Day with an assortment of UUFF members sharing “why they care about the Earth” and believe in the “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Lay Leader, Laurel McLauhglin. Speakers, Green Team and UUFF members. Music, Susan Grace. Read More »

Special Collection for Malawi Children’s Village

At the April 11th service, UUFF will take a special collection to support the work of the Malawi Children’s Village, a Malawi-run program with strong Alaska ties. Founded in 1996 to help the growing number of Malawian children orphaned by AIDS, it now supports over 2,000 orphans in 37 villages. Its mission is a to provide home-based care for orphaned and other vulnerable children from birth to eighteen years, including shelter, food, safety, health care and education, until they can live healthy, independent lives. Read More »

In the Warm Heart of Africa: A rich people poor in resources

This Sunday: AIDS is changing the fabric of African cultural, social and economic life. In Malawi, there are now 750,000 AIDS orphans and the number is still growing. A landlocked country in Southeast Africa, Malawi is one of the poorest areas and hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic. What can we do? Tom Nighswander, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, talks compellingly and compassionately about life and times in “The Warm Heart of Africa” and on the importance of just showing up. Lay leader, Jana Peirce. Pianist, Susan Johnson. Read More »

Stone Soup Cafe – UUFF volunteer day has changed!

UUFFers have been helping out one day a month at the “Stone Soup Cafe” soup kitchen for several years. The volunteering continues, but the day has changed. We will now be volunteering there on the LAST Thursday of the month instead of the first, because that is a day when they typically have fewer volunteers. The Stone Soup Cafe is located in the basement of the Eagles Hall near the Wendell Street bridge. If you are interested in joining us, come by between 8 a.m. and noon. Most people stay about 2 hours, but any time you can spare is appreciated. If you’re interested in knowing more, talk to Suzanne and Phil Osborn, Peg Bowers, Betty Pixley, or Marilyn Russell. Come join us!

Voices of the Elders on Climate Change – Friday at 7 p.m.

Join us Friday night at 7 p.m. for Larry Merculieff’s presentation, “Voices of the Aleut Elders for Modern Times/Unungan Ulaazaaz Tunnu Uyam.”  Aleut and other Alaska Native elders carry a deep wisdom about life and Creation from oral histories and life experiences that are sometimes referred to as the “Original Instructions” and “Natural Laws” given to human beings to guide us on how to live in harmony with the Earth and all her creatures. Larry will talk about Elder wisdom as it applies to modern day challenges of Climate Change and human-caused destruction of the planet.  This event is sponsored by the UUFF Green Sanctuary Team as part of its Environmental Justice efforts to broaden our knowledge and connection to Climate Change and its impacts to human and other species. We hope you’ll join us in the sanctuary for Larry’s powerful talk.

UUFF Needs a Treasurer Immediately!

The fellowship needs to have someone step forward and volunteer to be treasurer for the next two year term which begins July 1, 2010. Julia Stewart will not be on the ballot for the next term. In addition both Dana Richter and Julia will be gone April 23 through May 22. It would be nice to get someone started at on the job training for that month! Read More »

It’s time to Pledge Your Financial Support for UUFF

Watch your mail for the annual letter requesting your pledge of support. As soon as the finance committee approves a suggested budget, we’ll figure the needed pledge per family and be making our annual plea. The national UUA office suggests that families try to pledge 2.5 to 5% of their income to UU support. They are keeping their fee at $56 per member. Our proposed budget will include new funding for a conflict resolution team and we’ll keep most other funding close to what it is this year.

Reflections on Easter

The celebration of Easter is one of the central religious-based holidays in American culture. Easter is rooted in Judaic Christian traditions, but has grown larger in meaning and significance based upon our family of origins celebrations. Our service will explore the personal meanings of the Easter/Passover celebration through stories, sharing poetry and song. We will have some Easter treats for all ages! Speaker: Congregation Members. Lay Leader: Mike Walleri. Accompanist: Marsha Sousa.

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