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 Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails, who joined UUFF in September 2015. About half our Sunday Services are lay led or feature guest speakers, 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.
Lay Leader: Maia Peirce Speakers:UUFF Young Adults
The young adults share reflections on their experiences growing up Unitarian Universalist.
Lay Leader: Phil Osborn Special Guests: Soaring Eagle Drum Group.
UUFF will pause, along with thousands of other communities, to honor and remember the victims of September 11, 2001. We’ll host the Soaring Eagle Drum group, and our children will participate in this multigenerational service. What can we learn from such tragic events, how can we respond as a UU community to these dark parts of our world. We’ll commemorate the lives of those lost, as well as those lost at Knoxville and in the Amish community. Together, let us focus the power of healing, compassion, and love upon our world today.
Lay Leader: Laurie Walton This is an ingathering multigenerational service. Bring waters that represent significant events that you have experienced over the summer. It is a symbolic way for us so reconnect and gather again into community as we start into the new congregational year.
Lay Leader: Frida Shroyer Speaker: Michael Walleri
UU's second principle challenges us to think globally and act
locally to work for better human relations. The talk will focus
upon lessons learned from Alaska. What are we doing right?
Where can we make improvements?
Celebrant: Rev. Sarah Schurr. What does the concept of heaven mean to Unitarian Universalists? Can we get past the idea of an afterlife and see how are we called on to create heaven on earth?