Category: This Sunday 

Lo-Carbon Sunday: Energy-wise in the Interior 

This Sunday: Where does our energy come from the in Interior? What is our energy future? What role can we play as ratepayers? We have special needs because of our extreme climate, we’re on the front lines of climate change, and we need energy to be affordable to everyone. Alaska is at an energy crossroads. We have the option of staying with the past, relying heavily on fossil fuels, or being innovative leaders who are ready to transition to a sustainable energy future. Get a bigger picture of our energy landscape: Where have we been? Where are we headed? What options do we have? And how can we make a difference when it comes to climate change? Speakers: Amy Snider & Siri Simons. Lay Leader: Laenne Thompson. Music: Laurel Holmes.

Following Your Yellow Brick Road 

This Sunday: There are many literay works that can guide spiritual seekers; Dante’s Inferno, Pilgrim’s Progress, Autobiography of Malcom X and….the Wizard of Oz. Yes, the Wizard of Oz contains almost all we need to know to follow the yellow brick road of our own spiritual journey. Scarecrow, Tin Man, the Lion, Dorothy and even Toto show us the way to self understanding and awe. There is even a place for the witches–the Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda the Good Witch and the one laying under the house. See how Oz can guide you through this journey we call life. Speaker: Murray Richmond, Lay Leader: TBA, Accompanist: Vera Alexander.

Walking Meditation 

This Sunday: Walking meditation is a form of meditation in action. Most people find it easier to be keep their awareness focused while doing walking meditation than in sitting forms of practice. This service provides an opportunity to practice mindfulness while walking as we go out of doors and enjoy the use our labyrinth and tree-lined driveway in a contemplative walking meditation. Indoor or outdoor sitting meditation is an alternative for those not able to participate in the walking meditation practice. Lay leader, Julia Stewart. Accompanist, Marsha Sousa.

Haitian Relief Effort 

This Sunday: In January of this year, an earthquake struck Haiti causing massive damage in a country that was experiencing 70% unemployment prior to the earthquake.  Peter Wallis is a retired Public Health Service Officer who is involved in the International Relief effort for Haiti.  Mr. Wallis will discuss what is going right, what is going wrong, and identify the most promising opportunities for Haitian Relief that we might support. Speaker, Peter Wallis. Lay Leader,  Mike Walleri. Accompanist, Marsha Sousa.

Stewards of Creation 

On July 4th, Mary E Walker, Project Director of Alaska Interfaith Power & Light, will present Stewards of Creation. This 25-minute presentation, explores environmental stewardship theology, climate change and ways both individuals and congregations can serve as stewards of Creation. Speaker: Mary Walker, Lay Leader: Suzanne Osborn, Accompanist: Vera Alexander. Read More »

Progressive politics the ADA and you! 

This Sunday: This July marks the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Who cares? And why do you still call us handicapped? Speaker: Doug Toelle, Lay Leader: Jana Peirce.

Solstice Celebration 

living birch tree as maypole at UUFF in 2006This Sunday: Join us in celebrating midsummer’s day with music, dance, and a Junepole (think Maypole). Summer solstice literally means the day the sun stands still. In the far north, it means more than that – an almost neverending day when Earth itself seems to pause in its rotation to mark the culmination of the sun’s long slow ascent against the sky and take a deep breath before beginning its downward journey toward winter. Program Coordinators: Molly, Stephanie, and Loquin.

True Wealth 

This Sunday: Each year Forbes Magazine publishes an issue listing the wealthiest people in America. The media and the general population are fascinated with the lifestyle of the rich and famous. This has a significant influence on our perceptions of wealth. This program will challenge these views and explore True Wealth. Speaker: Mike Bonilla.

How Do You Know the Gods are Angry at You? 

This Sunday: Dr. Walter Benesch is an emeritus professor of philosophy and Eastern religions at UAF and the author of The Ecumenical Cruise and Other Three-Legged Chicken Philosophy Tales and the children’s book Adam Cox Meets the Cracklecrunch for Lunch. He has also come to be a popular speaker at UUFF.

Being HUUman 

This Sunday: Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity from the AHA.  The Humanist Manifesto, published in May of1933, was substantially rooted in Unitarianism. Fifteen of the original thirty-four signers were Unitarian ministers; another was a Universalist.  The principles laid out in the newest iteration of the Humanist Manifesto still strike a resonant chord with Unitarian Universalists, many of them similar to our 7 principles. Speaker, Murray Richmond. Lay Leader,  Shaun Lott.  Pianist,  Susan.