This Sunday 

Three years and counting? 

This Sunday: The Mayan “Long Count” comes to a close on December 20, 2012. This has led to predictions ranging from the serious to the absurd. So what does it mean, if the End is near? Speaker, Shane Hurd. Lay Leader, Kristi Hurd. Accompanist, Laurel Holmes. The first Sunday of the month is Lo-carbon Sunday. Please consider car pooling or (brrrrr) biking to service. Check out the Ridesharing Map to see who’s in your neighborhood.

The Art of Receiving 

This Sunday: Giving and receiving are fundamental aspects of experience, connecting all life in an interdependent web. Recall the adage: “It’s better to give than to receive.” Extolling giving has become part of the moral code around the world – but is it really better than receiving. What can receiving with grace and gratitude do for us? Speaker, Jeff Merkel. Lay Leader, Kathryn Dodge.

Winter Solstice Celebration: Here Comes the Sun! 

This Sunday: This Winter Solstice Celebration has become our traditional, non-traditional program, complete with unique rituals, singing, dancing, and celebration to acknowledge the shortest day and longest night of the year, appreciated even more by living in the Arctic. In ancient times, observers watched the sun sink lower in the sky each day, and feared it would disappear completely and leave them in darkness. People practiced special rituals intended to entice the sun’s return. Bonfires and candles, with their imitative magic, helped fortify the waning sun and ward off the spirits of darkness. Read More »

My Personal Experience with the Death Penalty 

This Sunday: Katherine Norgard will share her personal experience with the death penalty, a subject which she has written and spoken about with other Unitarian congregations. Katherine has been a visitor at UUFF while working in Fairbanks for 45 days this fall. She lives in Tucson and teaches at ASU School of Social Work, where she is primarily engaged in consulting activities and facilitating psychodrama groups at dual diagnosis treatment centers (substance and psychiatric issues). Her most recent book is Hard to Place: A Crime of Alcohol, details her experience with capital punishment. Music, Laurel Holmes. Lay leader, tba.

World of Winter Lights 

This Sunday: A Holiday Pageant celebrating a variety of traditional ‘winter lights’ from around the world, this intergenerational holiday program written by Layne Richard-Hammock was developed based on ‘Lights for Lucy’, a story written by Connie Dunn. Presenters: Bre Griffen and UUFF RE classes. This is a Lo Carbon Sunday (the first Sunday of the month), so if possible, please carpool or bike to service.

An Attitude of Gratitude 

This Sunday: How Am I Thankful? Let Me Count the Ways…. We all have many things for which to be thankful as individuals. This post-Thanksgiving service will highlight different reasons we may have to be thankful as Fairbanks UUs. The UUFF Board of Directors will talk about ways we show our thanks and some of the reasons we might want to. Read More »

Trinidad Carnival: Layers of Meaning 

Carnival in Trinidad, celebrated two days before the season of Lent, is a time of musical (often Calypso) celebration. However, Carnival and Calypso are about much more than music and revelry. They are linked by a multi-layered tradition that encompasses religion, politics, and culture. Ray Funk will talk about the meaning behind the merrymaking. Speaker, Ray Funk. Lay Leader, Lisa Sporleder. Accompanist, Vera Alexander.

Living Peace: A Quaker Commitment 

Peace is a value that permeates all Quaker teachings. Friends (Quakers) are challenged to be peace educators, to live the value of peace every day at work and at home. In order to reach these goals — and make “peace” more than an expedient slogan — Quakers must continually reinterpret and reevaluate themselves in a changing world. Charley Basham will talk about the Quaker Peace Testimony, an expression of that nonviolent faith and a tradition which goes back over 400 years. Speaker, Charley Basham. Lay Leader, Barbara Braley. Accompanist, Marsha Sousa.

Encounters With the Sacred: Our Stories and our Faith 

Religion tends to put so much energy into making meaning of life. Perhaps we can gain more from making meaning FROM life. Peter continues an exploration of how personal experience is such a vital part of Unitarian Universalism. Speaker, Peter Pierson. Accompanist, Susan Johnson.

Beyond the Veil: A Day of Remembrance 

During the Celtic festival of Samhain, when it was believed that the veil separating this world from the next was at its thinnest, people provided hospitality for dead ancestors. Even if you are not a pagan (or a pagan at heart), it is a good time to acknowledge loved ones who are no longer with us and keep them close through memory. Come slip behind the veil for just for a moment to light a candle in memory of someone who gave joy or meaning to your life. If you would like, bring a photograph or memento to place on the memory altar. You may share a brief detail that brings them back for you or light your candle in silence. Lay Leaders,  Penni Haskins and Shaun Lott. Accompanist, Laurel Holmes.