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.

Equal Citizens or Oligarchy: Alaska and the 28th Amendment to get Big Money Out of Politics

Speaker: Jeff Clements   Leader: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Music: Laurel Holmes

Jeff Clements is the president of American Promise ( a fast-growing, cross-partisan network of Americans executing a strategy to win an amendment to the United States Constitution to address the dominant influence of concentrated wealth in elections and government and to ensure that all of the American people are equal citizens in our republic. Clements will be speaking to the fellowship about what we can do to help restore equal access to democracy, a core principle of Unitarian Universalism. Join us for a special coffee hour talk back with Clements after the service.

Blarney Poetry Sunday

Speakers: Various Folks   Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder  Music: Marsha Sousa

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so let’s have some fun with our kids! In this multi-generational service, we will hear some fun (or even some serious) poetry from our youngest members

The Complexities of Allyship

Visiting Minister: Rev. Lois Van Leer
Lay Leader: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails
Music: Laurel Holmes

This Sunday, we take a deep breath. We have been engaged in a labor of love and spirit, working to expand Fairbanks equal rights ordinance to include LGBTQ people. Now our thoughts turn to what comes next. What does it mean to be an ally in the fight against white supremacy and the battle for transgender rights? Who does the most harm — the public bigot or the knee jerk liberal? Is being an ally enough?

Rev. Lois Van Leer is the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene, Oregon

A Message of Love and Hope

Visiting Minister: Rev. Tandi Rogers  Lay Leader: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Music: Marsha Sousa

Rev. Tandi Rogers will be visiting us from the lower 48 to offer us a message of love and hope from the Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Embracing Our Future

Speaker: Hayden Nevill  Lay Leader: Laurie Walton Music: Vera Alexander

Unitarian Universalists have a strong history of advocating for LGBTQ civil rights. Marriage equality has been achieved, and equal protections may not be far behind. Is that the end of the story, or is there more work for us to do to achieve a fully inclusive society?

Love is Like a Box of Chocolates

Coordinator: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Music: Marsha Sousa

Our annual “Love is Like a Box of Chocolates” service gives us the chance to reflect on the many meanings of that overworked word, love. We know what Hallmark and Hollywood think, but what does love mean to you? We ask an assortment of people to give us their thoughts on the subject – in word, verse, and song — in 1-3 minute bite-sized morsels. Everyone who joins us will get a piece of chocolate as part of the chocolate communion. As Lucy says in Peanuts, “All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!”

Question Box Sunday

Speaker: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Silvia Daeumichen Music: Marsha Sousa

It’s safe to assume that if you’re a UU, you’ve got questions. If you’ve got deep theological conundrums, ethical quandaries, or playful paradoxes taking up space in your brain, this is your chance to have our minister take a crack at them from the pulpit. This program will be made up entirely of your queries and Rev. Leslie’s answers to them.

Reclaiming the Light

Speaker: Krista Christensen Lay Leader: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Music: Marsha Sousa

“In an abundance of water, the fool is thirsty.” —Bob Marley, “Rat Race”
Prompted by a late night philosophical question from her young son, Krista Christensen’s sermon explores “anxieties about truth, existence, and reality, about God-with-a-capital-G.”

Our Journey Toward Wholeness  

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Lay leader: Lisa Sporleder  Music: Vera Alexander

Imagine what our faith would look like if we upheld and centered the history, the perspectives, the voices, and the leadership of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalists. What would become possible? What new doors would open to us if we became the truly inclusive faith we dream of being? This service will include a special collection for the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) as part of our commitment to nurture a radically inclusive, justice centered, multiracial and multigenerational religious faith!

Embodying Love

Speaker: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Cam Leonard  Music: Marsha Sousa

“It is a powerful lie to equate thinness with self-worth.”  —Roxane Gay

Too fat. Too loud. Too thin. Not quite the right height. Not the right kind of able. Hair too frizzy, short, plentiful, or long … the messages we receive from society about the supposed inadequacies of our bodies are endless. Let’s envision what it would mean to embody radical self-love.  In dialogue with the writing of Roxane Gay, author of “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body,” Rev. Leslie will explore a Unitarian Universalist theology of body positivity.