This Sunday 

Each week we post a description of the upcoming Sunday service here. After the service we’ll add a podcast link if the service was recorded. You can find out about services further in the future by visiting our online calendar (or subscribe if you are a Google calendar user or want to become one) or reading our monthly newsletter, the Northern Log. You can find out more about what people wear, childcare, weather policies, accessibility, and how you can participate in UUFF services back on the Sundays page.

Te Jueh

Speaker: Tracy Charles-Smith  Lay Leader: Mike Walleri  Music: Marsha Sousa

Tracy Charles-Smith is the President of Dot Lake Village and adjunct faculty for University of Alaska Anchorage Neurodevelopment Center. She was raised in a very traditional home. Ms. Charles-Smith will talk about the concept of Te Jueh, an Athabascan concept similar to sympathy and empathy, and its role in Athabascan spiritual and social life.

Days of Awe

Leaders: Rev. Leslie and Molly Lemen    Music: Vera Alexander

“If you believe breaking is possible, believe that fixing is possible.” —Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

The ten days beginning on Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year) and ending the evening of Yom Kippur, (the Day of Atonement) are described as “The Days of Awe:” a period for meditation on the year that has passed and a sacred opportunity to make amends, inscribing intentions for the year to come. This morning, we will reflect on the spiritual practice of forgiving and being forgiven — even extending the possibility of forgiveness to ourselves.

Ingathering

Coordinators: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails & Laurie Walton Music: Marsha Sousa

Let’s celebrate the beginning of the new Fellowship Year with our annual Water Communion service! Our tradition is to offer water as a symbol of our connection one to the other. This year there will be 4 periods of water sharing during the service. We may be sharing where the water came from — but perhaps more importantly, what this water means to you, what it symbolizes in our lives together. Please bring a small container of water from a place special to you, anywhere from your dog’s water dish to your favorite fish camp, deep in the wilderness.

Harvest Festival

Coordinators: Molly Lemen & Silvia Daeumichen   Music: Vera Alexander

We’ve enjoyed the tastes, smells, and sounds of the farmers market and our gardens, now drawing to a close as winter approaches. Join us for a celebration of summer’s abundance for all ages. We will be taking up a collection of canned goods and non-perishable food for local organizations that provide support to people experiencing food insecurity, so bring what you can to share!

The Seven Deadly Sins of Unitarian Universalism

Speaker: Lisa Sporleder  Lay Leader: Cam Leonard Music: Marsha Sousa

UUs don’t talk about sin very often. We try to focus on potential, on the good. But too much of a good thing, out of balance the rest, can still be destructive. This service looks at those traits we might want to keep in check as we try to do good in the world.

Free Will — Or Not?

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails    Music: Vera Alexander

Unitarian Universalists treasure our belief in free will and our commitment to rational thought. But what if — and just bear with me here for a second — what if free will doesn’t exist? In such a world, what would it mean to be moral? What would it mean to have faith? What it would it mean to … well … do anything at all? This sermon topic was purchased by friend of the fellowship Derek Sikes at the church auction, and it’s possible that whether or not you will choose to attend this Sunday was predetermined long before you were born.

Sabbath

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Lay Leader: Holly Blood Music: Marsha Sousa

Rest. Renewal. New possibilities. Saying a “holy no” to your responsibility to work and other commitments and a “holy yes” to the needs of your spirit. In a society that determines the value of a life based on productivity and how busy you are (or at least how busy you appear) it can feel impossible, even irresponsible to partake in intentional Sabbath time. This morning we expore the promise and potential of the lost art of Sabbath keeping.

This UU Life: Doubt

Speakers: Vera Alexander, Cameron Leonard, and Lisa Sporleder  Lay Leader: Jana Peirce Music: Marsha Sousa

Blaise Pascal’s wager goes something like this: “Bet on the toss of a coin that God is. If we win, we win eternity. If we lose, we lose nothing.” Yet it can be hard to believe in something — a dream, a goal, our own abilities, or faith in something we cannot see — even when it’s something we want to believe. This seems especially true for Unitarian Universalists. Doubt seems our constant companion, but is it our friend? As part of our intermittent worship series, This UU Life, three members of the fellowship will speak briefly about their relationship with doubt.

In This Delicate Turning

Coordinator: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Music: Vera Alexander

“That dream shall have a name after all, and it will not be vengeful but wealthy with love and compassion and knowledge.And it will rise in this heart which is our America.” —Simon Ortiz

This morning we will enjoy a worship experience from the UUA’s 2019 General Assembly in Spokane, featuring Rev. Marta Valentin, Rev. Jason Shelton, and Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, among others. After exploring el poder de nosotros/the power of we, what are we ready to do/¿que estamos listo para hacer? Let’s not be servants of the past in new cups. Let’s all get free by planting faithful seeds of change and together turn to free the faith we love.

Blessing of the Animals

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Lay Leader: Molly Lemen Music: Marsha Sousa

Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, Unitarian Universalists gather once a year to celebrate the creatures who accompany us through life. Whether they walk, swim, hop, crawl, scamper, or fly, your animal friends are welcome to join us in “paw-son” for a special service of blessing (as long as they play well with others). You can also bring a photograph of your animal friend, or of beloved pets who have passed on. This service will honor them all.

john

mugshot