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.

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!

 Answering the Call, Part 2

Speaker: Trina Bailey Lay Leader: Hayden Nevill

Let’s continue the conversation about white supremacy in our faith, our nation, and the world. With open eyes and hearts, we will work together to become the faith we are called to be.

The Shared Pulpit

Speaker: Holly Blood  Lay Leader: Laurel Holmes

On this morning, our own Holly Blood will share a sermon that emerged from her work in “The Shared Pulpit,” a course on sermon writing for lay people that was held at UUFF in the spring.

In Defense of Evil

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

What good is evil? How do we reconcile our UU theology with the presence of evil in the world? Our own intrepid minister will lead us on an excursion into these questions, illuminated with examples of infamous science fiction villains. Come prepared to confront the forces of darkness in and around us.

Climate Hope and Action

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay leader: Lisa Sporleder Music: Laurel Holmes

“It is my experience that the world itself has a role to play in our liberation. Its very pressures, pains, and risks can wake us up — release us from the bonds of ego and guide us home to our vast, true nature. For some of us, our love of the world is so passionate that we cannot ask it to wait until we are enlightened.” —Joanna Macy

Drawing inspiration from Joanna Macy, this morning we will talk about how to face “this mess we’re in” head on with courage, resilience, and hope.

Rumi’s Birthday

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay leader: Mel Sikes

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” –Rumi Mavlana Jalaluddin    Rumi was a 13th century Persian poet, Islamic dervish, and revered Sufi mystic, one of the world’s most beloved spiritual teachers. In honor of his 744th birthday, we will immerse ourselves in his poetry.

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