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.

Opening Our Hearts to Change

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Silvia Daeumichen Music: Laurel Holmes

As the proverb goes, the only reliable constant in life is change. When churches and fellowships grow, changes – both expected and unexpected – are inevitable. Join us as we reflect on the spiritual practice of embracing change and welcoming the unknown.

Ingathering

Leaders: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails and Laurie Walton

Join us for our yearly ingathering service, a celebration of the new fellowship year! We will take part in Water Communion, offering water as a symbol of our connection to each other and the earth. We will share our stories of hope and change, growth and grief, sorrow and joy.

Gaia, Mother Earth, and the Oneness of Everything

Speaker/Musician: Jim Scott  Leader: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Music: Marsha Sousa

We will celebrate the earth with Jim’s original songs and readings along with his personal reflections on the idea of Mother Earth or “Gaia” being one living organism. Our “spiritual response” in word and action is so timely now, as the “spirit of life on earth is in crisis”.

Jim’s uplifting songs provide the balance to the wake-up call, leaving us a vision and inspiration to take the healing to into our own hands. From his work with the Paul Winter Consort, where he was the composer of their celebrated “Missa Gaia/Earth Mass” Jim has long been an activist for peace and the earth with his music. Former co-chair of the UU Ministry for the Earth, Jim helped to create the “Green Sanctuary” program.

His songs have educated and inspired audiences across the US and the world, and his “Earth and Spirit Songbook”. supported by a grant from the Fund for Unitarian Universalism, has been widely acclaimed by UU congregations.

So You Want To Be A Treehugger

Leaders: Susan Grace and Jeanne Olson Music: Marsha Sousa

Trees are more like us than we’ve ever known, according to recent scientific studies. Join Susan and Jeanne to explore and celebrate tree selfness and our relationship with them. Of course, you are welcome to come dressed as a treehugger or wear your favorite tree attire. It promises to be a very grounding and delightful program.

Musical Moments

Coordinator: Marsha Sousa   Speakers/Performers: Various participants  Music: Laurel Holmes

Join us for a service to sing, drum, dance, and celebrate all the ways that music comforts us, inspires us, soothes us, excites us, and brings us together.

Let Them Come

Speaker:  Holly Blood Lay Leader: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails

May we be a welcoming people for all who seek safety, compassion, and care.

All-Seasons Alaska Fashion Show

Lay Leader: Eric Muehling  Speakers: Various UUFF Folks  Music: Laurel Holmes

For our Whale Coast visitors, UUs will showcase distinctive outfits worn in all seasons. Warmth vs style? Or both? Gliding down the catwalk, our UU runway models will wear magnificent parkas rated to 60-below, kuspuks, Carhartts, snowsuits, Bunny boots, goose-down dresses, mosquito hoods, face masks and whatever. See how Alaskans dress for work, play, and Sunday service.

Wild Alaska

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Speakers: UUFF Storytellers

UUFF members and friends, lifetime Alaskans and transplants alike, will share their thrilling tales of adventure in Alaska’s vast wilderness. Join us in welcoming our guests from the lower 48 for this summer’s first Whale Coast tour!

Living From a Full Cup

Speaker: Laurie Walton  Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder

Sometimes the demands of modern life leave us depleted, overwhelmed and burned out. How can we develop a presence and practice that allows us to experience more ease and resilience in our daily lives? This service will be an introduction to Full Body Presence, as developed by Suzanne Scurlock- Durana. Laurie will lead a guided inner exploration following the service.

Disconnected

Speaker: Holly Blood Lay Leader: Hayden Nevill Music: Marsha Sousa

Experiencing homelessness in Alaska is a unique challenge compared to other places around our nation. Working with young people experiencing homelessness in Fairbanks has helped Holly Blood to understand how we can do more as a community – even in seemingly small ways – to help our most vulnerable community members.

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