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.

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.

Life Behind the Wall

This Sunday: How do the people of Palestine deal with colonial military occupation? What is daily life like for people imprisoned within their own country? Rob Mulford will share what he has learned on visits to Israel and Palestine. Speaker, Rob Mulford. Lay Leader, AnnMarie Licari.

Our Mental Health

This Sunday: This program will focus on understanding mental health as a medical condition and not a mental failing.  Mike will also discuss personal struggles with mental health and how inaction can have serious consequences. Speaker, Mike Bonilla. Lay Leader, Loquin Britton.

Applied Spirituality

This Sunday: “Applied Spirituality” is an attempt to assist and encourage individuals to define and clarify such terms as “belief, faith, and practice” in a holistic method. Spirituality looks at attempts at changing ourself, our neighbor, both our neighbor and ourself, or to do nothing; but to do nothing is to do something. Examples of holistic evaluation, spiritual practices, and suggestions for study in terms of classical spiritual exercise as well as contemporary spiritual leaders form a portion of the program. Speaker, Montie Slusher. Lay Leader, Julia Stewart. Pianist, Susan  Johnson.

Green Is The Color We Choose

This Sunday: The UUFF embarked on a Journey last year to GO GREEN — to build an awareness and understanding of how we can reduce our overall footprint on the Earth and follow it up with appropriate action.  We are pursuing the Green Sanctuary certification offered by UUA and we already have a really good start in that direction.  This Sunday, the UUFF Green Sanctuary Committee (Green Team) will present the two-year action plan for our fellowship that will lead to certification and we want your input on the Action Plan!  The Green Team will present proposed activities for UUFF in four areas:  Worship & Spiritual Practice; Religious Education; Environmental Justice; Sustainable Living.  Come lend your voice to encourage us to take action towards greater stewardship of our planet.  Lay leaders and Presenters:  UUFF Green Sanctuary Committee (Green Team). Music: Susan Grace.

Amazing Faith

This Sunday: Did you know church attendees have lower rates of heart disease and stroke, survive longer with less disability and enjoy better emotional health than less frequent attendees? An examination of how health is affected by the faith of both theists and non-theists. You may be surprised. Speaker, Ed McLaughlin.  Lay Leader, Laurel McLaughlin. Accompanist, Vera Alexander.

Love is Like a Box of Chocolates

This Sunday: We know what Hallmark and Hollywood think, but what does love mean to you? Not just gooey romantic love, but all those other, less-celebrated varieties as well. We’ve asked an assortment of people to give us their thoughts on love in word, verse and song, each in 1-3 minute bite-sized morsels. The choir has also prepared a special treat. This will be our sixth annual “Love is Like a Box of Chocolates” Valentine’s celebration. While not everyone may get a Valentine with their name on it this year, everyone who joins us this Sunday will at least get a piece of chocolate. As Lucy says in Peanuts, “All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!” Lay leader, Jana Peirce. Accompanist, Marsha Sousa. An assortment of speakers.

Spirit in Stone: Activating the Crystal Energy Connection

This Sunday: George and Leslie LaBar of Earth Link Jewelry are known for their work with stones, crystals and other raw materials of the earth. They are avid rockhounds, lapidary artisans, naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts. George & Leslie regularly share their insights, stories and expertise in stone energy work, as well as educate people about exploring the wild lands of Alaska. They will be speaking about connecting with the energy of stones, crystals and the natural world to enhance well-being, raise personal vibration and advance spiritual growth. They will close their presentation with a guided meditation called “The Earth Hug,” and hope you will join them in linking yourself to stones, crystals and the natural world. Speakers: George & Leslie LaBar. Lay Leader: Jeanne Olson.

Celebrity as Modern Folk Morality Play: What Can UUs Learn From Paris Hilton?

The modern fascination with Reality TV and the superficial antics of Michael Jackson, Tiger Woods, and Paris Hilton provide titillation for many, but may offer more significance to the thoughtful. Since the Pilgrims, a defining aspect of American culture has been a fascination with the morality play as a means of transmitting common moral values through the use of negative role modeling. Today’s pervasive tabloid culture may perform a similar function, and offer insight into dominate shared secular values of our emerging post-industrial society. Lay Leader, Mike Bonilla. Speaker, Mike Walleri. Children’s Story, Heather Neville. Accompanist, Marsha Sousa.

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