This Sunday 

Join UUFF online this Sunday! 

Stay close to your beloved community — while also keeping a safe distance. Join us for our first ever online worship service! You can join from your computer, your mobile device (iPad/tablet, phone), or by dialing in on a cell phone or landline to listen to the service. Keep reading for details on how to connect with us online – in three easy steps!

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Finding Meaning in Mortality 

Coordinators: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails and Eric Muehling  Music: Marsha Sousa

Recognizing our mortality can help us take stock of our lives. Is life a circle? Or linear journey? Unitarian Universalist views about life after death are informed by both science and spiritual traditions. This service explores emotional, spiritual, cultural, and religious understandings of mortality.

Basava: Successful Social Reformation on the Paths of Buddha and Jesus 

Speaker: Shiva Hullavarad Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder Music: Marsha Sousa

The 11th century Indian social reformer Basava kindled a revolution to quell caste hierarchy and bring social justice, harmony, and respect for human dignity inherited from broad teachings of Vedas, Buddha and Jesus. Our returning guest speaker Shiva Hullavarad will explain how the concept of Anubhava Mantapa — the Abode of Realization — formed the basis of a mass movement that continues to this day.

Gratitude as Resilience 

Speaker: Rev. Eric Kaminetzky  Leader: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Music:  Marsha Sousa

At times like these, it might sound odd to seek after gratitude. But gratitude might be just what we need to make it through. Rev. Eric Kaminetzky will bring us some stories, some information, and a laugh or two to brighten up the morning. Come on out. Come on over. We’re better together.

Chicken Soup for the UU Soul 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Eric Muehling Music: Vera Alexander

“We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes, our ravages. Our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to transform them in ourselves.” —Albert Camus

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder of the Trauma Stewardship Institute, describes the time we are living in as “The Age of Overwhelm.” How do we keep ourselves emotionally and spiritually with so much joy and heartache vying for our souls’ attention? How do we transform our struggles into sources of possibility and new life?

Love is Like a Box of Chocolates 

Coordinators: Jana Peirce and Marsha Sousa  Music: Marsha Sousa

This annual 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!”

The Upstairs OWL (Our Whole Lives) Experience 

Leaders: Molly Lemen and Holly Blood  Music: Will Schendel

Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. UUFF is proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education program for our junior high and high school age youth. Our OWL teachers and students invite you to join us for this interactive service where you can experience this fun and life-changing ministry for yourself!

Question Box 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails    Music: Vera Alexander

As the hymn goes, Unitarian Universalists believe that “to question truly is an answer.” In that spirit, our program this morning will be made up entirely of your queries and Rev. Leslie’s attempts to answer them. 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.

Social Justice: Deeds not Creeds 

Speaker: Eric Muehling  Lay Leader: Cam Leonard   Music: Will Schendel

This service will remind us of the inspiring words and actions of Martin Luther King, Jr. “Deeds not creeds” is our UU legacy. How do we continue to support social justice today?

Second Principle 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails    Lay leader: Jana Peirce  Music: Mike Thibodeau

In the words of Rev. Emily Gage, the second principle of Unitarian Universalism “points us toward something beyond inherent worth and dignity. It points us to the larger community. It gets at collective responsibility. It reminds us that treating people as human beings is not simply something we do one-on-one, but something that has systemic implications and can inform our entire cultural way of being.” How can we put this principle into practice, both in congregational life and in our lives beyond Sunday morning?