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.

450 Years of Religious Freedom

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Lay Leader: Laurie Walton Music: Marsha Sousa

This month marks the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda, the first ever declaration of religious freedom by a European government, decreed by King John Sigismund of Transylvania (the first and only Unitarian monarch) in 1518. Rev. Leslie will share the history of this important event in the history of our faith, and the world.

Praying With Our Feet

Leaders: Holly Blood & Susan Grace Music: Laurel Holmes

With ritual and song, let’s celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the anniversary of his birth.

Love Thy Neighbor

Speaker: Rev. Shirley Lee  Lay Leader: Hayden Nevill

Rev. Shirley Lee will join us this morning with an update on the Tanana Chiefs Conference Sobering Center. During the winter of 2007-2008, six people froze to death on the streets of Fairbanks due to being intoxicated and having nowhere safe to go. The new Sobering Center offers a place for intoxicated people to sober up for 12 hours in safety and warmth, and a chance to connect with the medical and social services they need.

The No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant

Coordinators: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails and Molly Lemen Music: Vera Alexander

Everyone has a part to play. We’ll celebrate Christmas Eve with carols and our first ever no-rehearsal Christmas pageant for all ages, followed by a potluck community brunch. Come prepared to embrace your inner shepherd, angel, or wise person as we share one of the greatest stories ever told!

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 intergenerational 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 the passing of the winter solstice not intellectually or stoically, but joyously and experientially.

Diiginjik Riheet’ee: Our Language We Respect

Speaker: Allan Hayton, Director of Language Revitalization for Doyon Foundation Lay Leader: Jana Peirce

Connection, identity, heritage, healing and survival are the words used by those who talk about Native language revitalization. But a language is not just a set of words, it’s a worldview. Allan Hayton grew up in Arctic Village, Alaska, speaking Gwich’in Athabaskan before moving Outside to study theater and film. He now directs language revitalization efforts for nine Athabaskan languages as the Language Program Director for Doyon Foundation. He will talk about what speaking his Native language means to him and the connections between language, land, culture and spirituality.

Armistice Day

Speakers: Jeanne Olson & Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Music: Marsha Sousa

The Great War, “the war to end all wars,” officially ended on the 11th month/day/minute 106 years ago. What did we really learn? Why do we still have war? How can the UU Principles help prevent humans from fighting with each other? The service will include a reading of “Flander’s Fields,” and children are invited to hand out poppies at the beginning of the service. Any child wishing to participate simply needs to be present by 10:30 a.m.

Ancient Sanskrit Wisdom

Speaker: Shiva Hullavarad  Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder  Music: Vera Alexander

The Vedic scriptures form the spiritual, cultural, and social basis of the civilization that thrived in the part of the Middle East and Indian sub-continent spanning today’s Afganistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. These Vedic scriptures developed around 1,500–200 B.C. and are divided into four main Vedas. The Upanishads are the summary of all the four Vedas and provide the essence of the voluminous texts primarily focusing on knowledge and wisdom. These texts are the guiding lights of internal purity, societal order, nature conservation, and sustainability. Some theologists have pointed out that these texts are the manuals and operating procedures for a perfect society.

The Upstairs Religious Exploration Experience

Leaders: The Religious Education Committee and Students  Music: Laurel Holmes

Ever wondered what goes on in our RE classrooms? Or imagined what it might be like to be a UU kid? This morning, our RE committee and students will invite you into their world for a special service full of creativity, laughter, and fun!

Music in the Woods

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