This Sunday 

This Sunday: Bringing Down Barriers – The Fall of the Berlin Wall 

In November 1989 the Berlin Wall fell symbolizing the end of the cold war. Rich Seifert was in Prague and the Czech republic just before the wall came down, and in Germany on a Fulbright scholarship ten years after. Today he will speak about the immediate and long-term effects in Germany and abroad. Speaker, Rich Seifert. Lay Leader, Michael Ream. Music, Susan Grace.

This Sunday: A Raging Debate – Health Care Reform & Our Community 

Roughly $2.5 trillion is at stake, the amount the nation spends each year on health care, nearly a fifth of the American economy. Politicians, the nation’s doctors, and the public (especially the 50 million uninsured) have a vested interest in the outcome of this heated debate. How could reform affect practitioners, the public, and the insurance industry? Speaker and lay leader, Penni Haskins. Accompanist, Vera Alexander.

This Sunday: Beware the Book! 

“Books are one of the first places where knowledge and history are kept, and we go back to build on that knowledge and experience. To censor or block published word keeps society from possible growth.”  – Kimmetha Herndon

There is nothing quite like banning a book, or declaring it dangerous, to increase that book’s sales. Sometimes however, nobody notices and the banned book stays lost to a school, library, or community. Let us celebrate our right to the power of literature and make known the dangers that exist when restraints are imposed on access to information in a free society. Presenter, June Pinnell-Stephens. Lay Leader, Jeanne Olson. Accompanists, Laurel Holmes & Susan Grace.

This Sunday: Don’t Stare, and Don’t Point – A Path to Unitarian Universalism 

UUFF member Peter Pierson explores the sometimes irreverent, but substantial, paths some of us take to find this place, this UU faith.

This Sunday: Food for Thought – Can doing the right thing be delicious? 

Raising animals for meat caused UUFF member Shaun L. reflect on many questions involving our relationship with food. When it comes to our food we make choices on a daily basis about what we buy and what we eat. What are the principles or values that guide us when it comes to our food choices? How do these choices affect our own health, the health of our families, and of our communities? There are things that we believe in and want to do that may not be attainable right now; our challenge is finding ground between the romantic and the practical. View the UUA study guide on Ethical Eating at and join us for the last in our series on the topic. There will be a potluck featuring local foods after the service and a chance for discussion. Speaker, Shaun Lott. Lay Leader, Mike Bonilla. Accompanist, Marsha Sousa.

This Sunday: The Importance of Rosh Hashana 

Rosh Hashana is one of the most sacred of Jewish holidays. Many refer to it as the Jewish New Year but this a narrow description of a very complex holiday; it encompasses a variety of themes such as remembrance, judgment, renewal, and forgiveness. On this Sunday, the last day of Rosh Hashana, Monte Slusher will speak of the importance of Rosh Hashana and what we can learn from it. Speaker, Monte Slusher. Lay leader, tba. Accompanist, Marhsa Sousa.

This Sunday: Birds and Yupik Culture 

Presentation on the part birds play in Yupik culture. It will include pictures of the birds in their wild habitat and the various ways they are hunted and used in their diet. It will also include many other aspects of Yupik culture, including hunting for the different species of seals the people incorporated in their diet. Pictures span 21 years of life in four Yupik villages: Hooper Bay, Scammon Bay, Emmonak and Marshall between 1979 and 2000. Speaker, Frank Keim. Lay Leader, Cam Leonard. Accompanist, Vera Alexander.

This Sunday: Water Communion 

Today we celebrate water, which connects and nourishes us all. Bring a small amount of water (actual or symbolic) gathered from your summer activities for our annual Water Communion ceremony. Many of us travel or adventure at home during summer; all have new experiences to share.

This Sunday: In Our End is Our Beginning 

T. S. Eliot wrote, “What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” Endings are often perceived negatively but these words encourage us to reconsider that perspective. While grieving the inevitable end is often necessary, we can take comfort that the world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning. Instead of seeing the sadness of an ending or the joy of a beginning can we view a continuum of events where each is responsible for the next, one building upon the other? Lay Leader, Shaun Lott. Speaker, Michael Bonilla. Accompanist, Laurel Holmes

Gathering – The Spiritual Discipline of Berry Picking 

This Sunday: Responsible foraging builds environmental awareness and is the most ecologically sustainable method of procuring food. But more than anything, harvesting wild food satisfies a deep desire to connect with our roots and participate in Nature. We gather to nourish body and spirit. This is our fourth service in a series on ethical eating. The final service in the series will be in September and will examine raising animals for food. You can find online materials, including an Ethical Eating Study Guide, at Lay Leader, Frida Shroyer, Speaker, Lisa Sporleder, Accompanist, Susan Johnson.