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.

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.

Faith, Hope and God (or Lack Thereof)

Speaker: Maia Peirce   Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder Music: Vera Alexander

Personal theological reflections on finding faith as a pantheist.

A Place in the Choir

Minister: Rev. Jason Shelton Lay leader: Jana Peirce

There’s truth in that old saying about preaching to the choir. They’re the ones who show up no matter what, when times are hard or tempers thin.

Next Generation Church

Minister: Rev. Jason Shelton  Lay Leader: Holly Blood Music: Jake Svendsen

Is Unitarian Universalism a faith for kids? How might we practice a faith into which they’ll want to grow? The service will include our annual Child Dedication, a time for celebrating and welcoming our children into the world, into the family and into the church community.

The Faith We Sing

Minister: Rev. Jason Shelton Lay leader: Jana Peirce

For Rev Jason’s first service with us, we’ll explore the idea that “what we sing is who we are.”

 

My America

Speaker: Marsha Sousa Lay leader:  Jana Peirce Music: Jake Svendsen

Rethinking what it means to be American.

My Alaska

Speakers: Various Lay leader: Jana Peirce Music: Marsha Sousa

Each of us who was not born or raised in this beautiful state has a story about how we came here. And whether we were born here or transplanted​ ourselves​ rom afar​, each of us who chooses to remain in this place which​, let’s face it, ​is cold and dark many months of the year, has a reason​ or two that keeps us here. ​For today’s ​“Whale Coast” Sunday​, we’ll hear UUFF members speak about what they love about living in Alaska. Join us as we welcome guests from around the country​ to our UU Fellowship and our Alaska homes​!

Holding on to Hope

Lay Leader:  Susan Grace  Special Guest speakers: Pat Humphries and Sandy O known as Emma’s Revolution  Music: provided by Pat and Sandy

Hope is the engine that fuels the promise of better days. What do we do to create and nurture hope for ourselves and our community? Emma’s Revolution is the award-winning “activist power duo” of Pat Humphries & Sandy O.  Their songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger, and covered by Holly Near. With beautiful harmonies and genre-defying, Emma’s Revolution delivers the energy and strength of their convictions, creating new standards in the art and culture of justice.  They are regularly at the UU General Assembly.

Life is Temporary, and That’s OK

Speaker: Laurel Holmes  Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder

Why do we all want to live to a ripe old age? Is a long life better than a short life? How and why is it better? Better for Whom? Laurel Holmes will explore these questions and confront some of our strongly held beliefs about death.

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