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.

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.

Traveling Upstream with Mary Oliver

Lay Leaders: Jana Peirce and Eleanor Adasiak 

“In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be.” 

Mary Oliver grew up in Ohio in the 1950s in a town that was no more or less congenial to the fact of poetry than any other small town in America. She had few friends and parents that let her go truant to walk in the woods. She writes that, “Estrangement from the mainstream of that time and place was an un­avoidable precondition” to the life she chose from among all the lives available to her. Join us as we travel upstream with Mary Oliver through her memories of a solitary childhood in which the words of Walt Whitman kept her sane and taught her to be true to her own best and wildest inclinations. We will use words, images and sounds to dramatize the first three short essays in her book, Upstream.

UUFF Annual Meeting

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

Join us for a brief service of celebration before we come together as active members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks for our Annual Meeting. Lunch and childcare will be provided. Come hear updates from the Board and our committees, weigh in on proposed resolutions, elect Board members, and otherwise exercise your vote in our democratic congregation!

Answering the Hardest Call

Speaker: Hayden Nevill  Lay Leader: Holly Blood

As Unitarian Universalists, we are called to live our values. What work speaks to us, and what obstacles are in our way? Together we have strength to overcome challenges and ask each other the difficult questions that require an answer.

Earth Heroes

Program EmCee: Ms. E. Cology Speakers: Various Earth Heroes Lay Leader: Jeanne Olson

This multi-generational service honors those amazing men and women who have in the past, or who are currently protecting our precious Earth. This multi- generational service invites all of the congregation to participate and come as their favorite Earth Hero. We have invited Ms. E. Cology to be our emcee once again for this program.

Tending to Each Other’s Dreams 

Speaker: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder

Humanity has a habit of dreaming big, aspiring to and achieving once unthinkable feats of space travel and technological advancement. In Dan Pallotta’s words, what would become possible if we began to dream  “as boldly in the dimension of our being as we do about industry and technology”? This Sunday we’ll kick off our 2017-18 pledge campaign by dreaming in new dimensions of empathy, curiosity, and care for one another.

Filling Up the Well: Spiritual Practices for These Times

Speaker: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Holly Blood

How is it with your spirit? Especially during tumultuous times, paying attention our spiritual health is a vital part of ensuring our well being. Rev. Leslie will offer a toolkit of spiritual practices to help us take care of ourselves –and one another — in the days, weeks, and years to come.

Safe in the Golden Heart City

Speaker: Phoebe Rohrbacher Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder

Join us for a special program with guest speaker Phoebe Rohrbacher from the Fairbanks Safe City project. Learn about upcoming changes to national and local immigration policy, and what you can do to help make Fairbanks a more welcoming place for our immigrant and religious minority communities. This service will include a talk back session after the program, as well as information about how to get involved.