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.

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.

Shared Harvest

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leaders: Molly Lemen and Silvia Daeumichen

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 with stories and songs for all ages.

We will be taking up a collection of produce and canned goods and non-perishable food for local organizations that provide support to people experiencing food insecurity, so bring what you can to share!

Water Communion

Leaders: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails and Laurie Walton

Each year as we gather in the fall, it is our custom 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.

The Trajectory of our Faith

Lay Leaders: Jana Peirce, Marsha Sousa, and Hayden Nevill

Join Jana Peirce, Marsha Sousa, and Hayden Nevill as they share messages from our recent General Assembly in New Orleans.

There will be a special collection at this service for the UUSC’s efforts to assist the folks affected by Hurricane Harvey.

A Revolution of the Heart

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Lay Leader: Jana Peirce

The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?” – Dorothy Day. We are called to work for a just and peaceful world, yet we live in a society that actively encourages us to ignore the suffering of others. As Labor Day approaches, we’ll draw inspiration from the example of Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker movement who dedicated her life to serving the poor and challenging injustice wherever she found it — including within the church that she loved.

Blessing of the Animals

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

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.

Beyond #Blessed

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Lay Leader: Mike West

What does it mean to be a people of blessing? During today’s Time for All Ages, we’ll be celebrating our first annual “Blessing of the Backpacks.” Whether you’re heading back to school, homeschool, or grad school, bring your backpack — or your pencil bag, laptop, or favorite notebook — for a blessing as you prepare to carry your UU faith with you into the new academic year.

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