This Sunday 

Born on Third Base – Reflections on White Privilege 

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

We are not educated about racism in schools or mainstream culture. It can be difficult to acknowledge the privilege that comes with having been born a white American, so we may have a limited understanding of racism. Let’s explore white privilege more deeply.

Finding My Ministry 

Speaker: Lisa Sporleder  Lay Leader: Laurel Holmes Music: Marsha Sousa

Ministry is a loaded term for many UUs, especially when used outside the context of an ordained minister. Learn one person’s guidelines for what ministry truly is, and how her gifts align (or not!) with that reckoning

Transcendent Experiences 

Speaker: Laura Volmert Lay Leader: Hayden Nevill Music: Vera Alexander

Humans seek transcendent experiences in many ways, whether through religion, drugs, meditation, or a variety of other methods. This Sunday, we explore this longing for the transcendent, and the many ways it can appear in our lives.

Living Compassion 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Laurie Walton Music: Vera Alexander

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It is a relationship between equals.” —Pema Chodron
At some point in our lives, we will each find ourselves in the role of “wounded person” and “healer” — perhaps both at the same time. How do the wounds we carry shape our ability to live out our compassion in this hurting world?

Spiritual First Aid 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Cam Leonard Music: Laurel Holmes

What’s in your spiritual first aid kit? If your answer is “Um, nothing?” or “What the heck is a spiritual first aid kit?” … then this is the service for you! Join Rev. Leslie, Cam, and at least four puppets as we learn how to bind up our wounded spirits and calm the ache in our hearts.

The Poor People’s Campaign 

Minister: Rev. Leslie, Ahuvah Fails  Lay Leader: Jana Peirce Music: Marsha Sousa

When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in 1968, he was leading a movement called “The Poor People’s Campaign” that sought to unite oppressed Americans of all racial backgrounds. The Rev. Dr. William Barber, with the support of thousands of clergy and houses of worship across the country, is renewing Dr. King’s call for a “moral revival,” challenging the “evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.” Rev. Leslie will share the recent history of the Poor People’s Campaign and how UUFF and the wider Fairbanks community can bring the movement home.

Opening Our Hearts to Change 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Silvia Daeumichen Music: Laurel Holmes

As the proverb goes, the only reliable constant in life is change. When churches and fellowships grow, changes – both expected and unexpected – are inevitable. Join us as we reflect on the spiritual practice of embracing change and welcoming the unknown.

Ingathering 

Leaders: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails and Laurie Walton

Join us for our yearly ingathering service, a celebration of the new fellowship year! We will take part in Water Communion, offering water as a symbol of our connection to each other and the earth. We will share our stories of hope and change, growth and grief, sorrow and joy.

Gaia, Mother Earth, and the Oneness of Everything 

Speaker/Musician: Jim Scott  Leader: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Music: Marsha Sousa

We will celebrate the earth with Jim’s original songs and readings along with his personal reflections on the idea of Mother Earth or “Gaia” being one living organism. Our “spiritual response” in word and action is so timely now, as the “spirit of life on earth is in crisis”.

Jim’s uplifting songs provide the balance to the wake-up call, leaving us a vision and inspiration to take the healing to into our own hands. From his work with the Paul Winter Consort, where he was the composer of their celebrated “Missa Gaia/Earth Mass” Jim has long been an activist for peace and the earth with his music. Former co-chair of the UU Ministry for the Earth, Jim helped to create the “Green Sanctuary” program.

His songs have educated and inspired audiences across the US and the world, and his “Earth and Spirit Songbook”. supported by a grant from the Fund for Unitarian Universalism, has been widely acclaimed by UU congregations.

So You Want To Be A Treehugger 

Leaders: Susan Grace and Jeanne Olson Music: Marsha Sousa

Trees are more like us than we’ve ever known, according to recent scientific studies. Join Susan and Jeanne to explore and celebrate tree selfness and our relationship with them. Of course, you are welcome to come dressed as a treehugger or wear your favorite tree attire. It promises to be a very grounding and delightful program.

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