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.

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.

UUFF Summer Picnic

Come, come, whoever you are — and bring a dish to share! Rain or shine, we’ll gather together at 10:30 for a picnic to celebrate the joy we find in our beloved community. We will also be honoring the volunteers who make UUFF a welcoming, wonderful place through their dedication to shared ministry.

Leader: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails

Wonder & Awe

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Laura Volmert  Music: Will Schendel

“They say that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it?” —Jeanette Winterson

This sacred hour will be dedicated to the rushing, heart-filling experience of wonderment. What fills you with wonder and awe? How do you explain or share that feeling with others? We will draw from science, the arts, and the words of the mystics as we celebrate that which is breathtaking and numinous in our world. (Multigenerational service)

Why We Do What We Do

Speaker: Eric Muehling     Lay Leader:  Laurie Walton   Music:  Marsha Sousa

What motivates you to volunteer or help others in need? Why serve our community? Why work for social justice and equality? Can service somehow be a selfish act, a duty, or pure altruism? What core UU values explain “Why we do what we do?” These ideas will be explored.

No Time for a Casual Faith  

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Jana Peirce Music: Laurel Holmes

In this era of resurgent nationalism and white supremacy, of division and dissolution of norms, what does our Unitarian Universalist faith require of us? What does it mean to be a UU in these times? What strength can our faith offer us in this struggle — and how can we be of support to one another, even and especially to our siblings and faith in other parts of the country and the world? Join us in welcoming our guests from all over the lower 48 for our second Whale Coast tour of the year to this special service.

Alaska Fashion Show

Coordinator of various UUFF Fashionistas: Eric Muehling   Music: Marsha Sousa

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.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Trans Women  

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails   Lay Leader: Laurie Walton  Music: Laurel Holmes

Trans women of color were the catalysts behind the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement, but their contributions are often omitted from stories about the struggle’s past and present. This sermon will seek to clear the fog transphobia casts over our history and lift up the wisdom of trans women and the beauty of trans lives.

An Audacious Leap of Faith

Program Leaders: Jeanne Olson & Susan Grace   Music: Marsha Sousa & Susan Grace

Superheroes have been relentlessly fighting Injustice and Tyranny even before Earth knew of Superman, Batman, Green Hornet, and Wonder Woman.  Facing impossible odds, superheroes often risk everything, and ask for nothing in return. They have specific character qualities that enable them to persevere and succeed.  Who is your Superhero? Who is your Solomon Grundy?  If you had the power to do anything you wanted, good or bad, how would you use that power? This Sunday, we’re inviting the younger generations to also join us to consider these thoughts and more, in a multi-generational service.   Don the attire of your favorite famous superhero or come as another yet-unrecognized-by-DC-Comics superhero.  (Hint: consider what your superpower is and then figure out your name). It’s promising to be the greatest assembly of superheroes on the Planet Earth…. right here at UUFF.

Showing Up For Our Refugee Neighbors

Speaker: Susan Fitzgerald Leader: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Music: Marsha Sousa

Susan Fitzgerald, who spent much of her life in Alaska, has dedicated herself to providing relief to refugees and asylum seekers who have crossed the border into New Mexico. Join us in welcoming her for a special program to learn about how we can show up for our refugee neighbors. During the service we’ll take up a special collection to support her life-saving work.

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