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 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.

Winter Solstice

Coordinator: Jana Peirce  Music: Marsha Sousa

Drawing on both Native American myth and pagan ritual, this non-traditional service begins in darkness with drumming and chanting and ends with the returning of the light as we weave together music and story to call down the sun. This is an inter-generational program, meaning that children of all ages are invited to stay for the entire service, which has been designed to appeal to all ages. Please join us as we get ready to mark passing of the winter solstice not intellectually or stoically, but joyously and experientially.

Love Your Enemy

Speaker: Jana Peirce and Marsha Sousa Lay Leader: Tom Vrba

This service is our third and final installment in a series exploring the lessons in Karen Armstrong’s book “12 steps to a more compassionate life”. Readings from her book, along with music, will carry us through the last four steps in the journey, including a poignant chapter on loving ones enemies. In 2008, Karen, a former nun and auther of several books on religion, won a TED prize for her goal of creating a charter for compassion to be adopted by as many countries organizations and individuals as possible. If you missed the first two services and would like some background, go to www.charterforcompassion.org/charter. Join us as we learn to make the world a more compassionate place.

God Comes to You Disguised as Your Life (A sermon on Advent)

Advent is the beginning of the Christian church year, the four week period leading up to Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus. It’s a season of waiting and anticipation, and in some mystical Christian traditions, a moment to reflect and meditate on the unknown. In a time of upheaval and uncertainty, waiting to find out what awaits us feels more like a trial than a source of excitement and wonder. Our program this morning will provide tools for living in the anxiety and hope of our present moment. Speaker:Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails. Lay Leader: Mike West.

Transgender Passport Initiative

US passport coverThe Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks found a way to create meaningful change for our transgender friends and neighbors.

Many transgender people do not have identification that includes their correct gender marker. This exposes them to discrimination and possible harm every time they must use their ID. Current federal policy allows transgender people to get a corrected U.S. passport if they have a letter from their healthcare provider. For many transgender people, this is the only form of corrected ID they are eligible for. Having a corrected passport is especially important in states with very restrictive policies for changing gender markers on state documents.

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Healing Our Democracy

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Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay leader: Dave Frey

As we stand in the aftermath of the most divisive election season in living memory, we turn our hearts and minds toward healing our wounded democracy. This service will weave together the voices of activists, spiritual leaders, journalists, and others leading the charge for healing and renewal of our political system.

Do Unto Others

Speakers: Marsha Sousa and Susan Grace Music: Suzi Lozo

We will continue the study we began October 23rd on Karen Armstrong’s book “12 steps to a more compassionate life”. Readings from her book, along with music, will help us four more steps on the journey. In 2008, Karen, a former nun and auther of several books on religion, won a TED prize for her goal of creating a charter for compassion to be adopted by as many countries organizations and individuals as possible. If you missed the service on October 23rd and would like some background, go to www.charterforcompassion.org/charter. Join us as we learn to make the world a more compassionate place.

All Souls, Sinners, and Saints

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay leader: Lisa Sporleder

Today we gather to remember those who have gone before us: our beloved, and even our not-so-beloved, dead. This multi-generational service will incorporate ritual, story, and song as we welcome the great cloud of witnesses into our presence for one holy hour.

Practicing Kindness

Lay leaders: Jana Peirce and Marsha Sousa

How do we build a better, more compassionate world? We start with ourselves. Religious scholar and former nun Karen Armstrong teaches us ways to add empathy and compassion to daily routines and to create a spiritual practice of kindness. We’ll intersperse lessons from her latest book, Twelve Steps To A Compassionate Life, with interludes of music and meditation.

A Service on Service

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leaders: Molly Lemen and Susan Grace

Every act of service, no matter how great or small, goes a long way toward making our world a better place. How do the things that YOU do — perhaps without even thinking about them — serve the greater good? How are you manifesting your UU principles in the world? This multi-generational service will celebrate the acts of love that deepen our faith and inspire us to action.

We Who Defy Hate

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails

Thanks to a PBS documentary airing on September 20th, people across the country are learning for the first time about a Unitarian couple — Martha and Waitstill Sharp — who traveled to Nazi-occupied Europe to defy Hitler at great personal risk. The religious bigotry and international refugee crises which the Sharps faced echoes into today’s political environment. This program will explore the Sharps’ epic story and what we can learn from their example as a people committed to manifesting justice in this world.

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