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.

Love is Like a Box of Chocolates

Lay Leader: Jana Peirce  Speakers: Various UUFF Members and Friends

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!”

Brigid’s Day

Leaders: Molly Lemen and Sylvia Deaumichen Music: Marsha Sousa and UUFF Choir

Brigid’s Day, or Imbolc, is a Gaelic traditional festival held halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Our UUFF kids have prepared a multigenerational service with story and song, a celebration of the first signs of the return of spring.

 

The Heart Keeps the Score

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Music: Jake Svendsen

The poet Rumi said: “There is a secret medicine given only to those who hurt so hard they can’t hope. The hopers would feel slighted if they knew.” This program will explore how pain — both physical and emotional — shapes the human experience.

 

No Easy Walk to Freedom

Lay Leaders: Susan Grace and Jeanne Olson

Let’s celebrate those who have walked before us Martin Luther King Jr and the freedom singers! We will sing many of the songs of the fight for freedom and hear quotes of inspiration!  They are timeless and timely!

30 Days of Love

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Lay Leader: Cam Leonard

So many of us deeply desire to live on the side of love when it comes to social justice movements. Organizer (and Unitarian Universalist) Elandria Williams talks about the role of our faith in social movements as providing ‘spiritual and political fortification’. But what does that really mean? How can we be a nurturing, humble and steady hand on the side of justice in the face of violence and backlash?

Goodbye, with Gratitude

Lay Leaders: Hayden Nevill and Laurie Walton  Music: Vera Alexander

Out with the old, and in with the new! Together we will bid goodbye to 2016 in all its complexity, then we will consider new opportunities for the year ahead.

Community Christmas

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Music: Vera Alexander

We’ll be sharing Christmas morning together with music, laughter, and a delicious brunch potluck. Everyone is welcome to attend in pajamas, and if you can, bring a dish to share.

Holy Night, Holy Light

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails   Lay Leader: Molly Lemen

Come celebrate Christmas Eve and the first night of Hanukkah with stories and songs to inspire us as we enter into a time of joy, giving, and gratitude. This special evening service will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will take place in the sanctuary. Molly will be here at 5pm before the service to make cookies and ornaments with folks.

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.

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