Category: This Sunday 

Annual Meeting 2010: Your voice and vote are needed! 

This Sunday: UUFF is a self-supporting congregation that governs itself on democratic principles, seeking consensus on major issues. Our Annual Meeting, held each year in April or May is the one day we come together to elect board members, hear about our financial health, approve a budget for the coming year, and address any issues of governance or congregational life that have been raised by the board or by individual members. All are invited to attend and all who have been members since March 23, 2010, are eligible to vote on any motions. Lunch will be provided.

Optimism and U(Us) 

This Sunday: Optimism runs rampant among Unitarian Universalists! Historically and in the present, the concept of optimism fits nicely with the Seven Principles and UUFF’s forward focus. Come learn more about optimism and how you can be more optimistic (and thus healthier and happier) in your life. Speaker, Beth Zeigler. Lay Leader, Heather Neville.

Mother’s Day: Parenting from the Bench 

This Sunday: Mother’s Day is a celebration and honoring of parents, but we should not loose site of parents’ obligations to their children.  Today, the most common matters heard by our courts are divorce, custody and domestic violence issues that involve child custody issues.  These matters routinely deal with disputes between parents over the care, custody, and related parenting issues.  These disputes affect entire family systems, including grandparents, aunts and uncles and siblings.  Ms. Rasley has been a Magistrate in Fairbanks dealing with domestic violence and child custody issues for many years. Before going to the bench Ms. Rasely was an attorney dealing with Child in Need of Aid, Indian Child Welfare, and other family law issues.  She will talk about her perceptions of parenting in Fairbanks acquired from her view from the bench. Speaker, Rasley. Lay Leader, Mike Walleri.

Universalist Tent Revival 

This Sunday: In the days of itinerant preachers roaming the American hinterlands, Universalists offered a kinder, gentler alternative to the message of humankind’s inherent unworthiness and the redemptive god of the barnstorming revivals of the times.  The strains of Universalism…The Other “U” in UU…run strong through the UU faith today. We will end this service with our annual Birch Syrup Communion. This Sunday is Lo Carbon Sunday. Please consider riding your bike or car pooling to service. Speaker, Peter Pierson. Accompanist, Vera Alexander.

Why Do We Care? 

This Sunday: Mother Earth will wrap us in her web of interdependence and bring home our U-U 7th Principle. On this Sunday we will honor Earth Day with an assortment of UUFF members sharing “why they care about the Earth” and believe in the “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Lay Leader, Laurel McLauhglin. Speakers, Green Team and UUFF members. Music, Susan Grace. Read More »

In the Warm Heart of Africa: A rich people poor in resources 

This Sunday: AIDS is changing the fabric of African cultural, social and economic life. In Malawi, there are now 750,000 AIDS orphans and the number is still growing. A landlocked country in Southeast Africa, Malawi is one of the poorest areas and hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic. What can we do? Tom Nighswander, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, talks compellingly and compassionately about life and times in “The Warm Heart of Africa” and on the importance of just showing up. Lay leader, Jana Peirce. Pianist, Susan Johnson. Read More »

Reflections on Easter 

The celebration of Easter is one of the central religious-based holidays in American culture. Easter is rooted in Judaic Christian traditions, but has grown larger in meaning and significance based upon our family of origins celebrations. Our service will explore the personal meanings of the Easter/Passover celebration through stories, sharing poetry and song. We will have some Easter treats for all ages! Speaker: Congregation Members. Lay Leader: Mike Walleri. Accompanist: Marsha Sousa.

Life Behind the Wall 

This Sunday: How do the people of Palestine deal with colonial military occupation? What is daily life like for people imprisoned within their own country? Rob Mulford will share what he has learned on visits to Israel and Palestine. Speaker, Rob Mulford. Lay Leader, AnnMarie Licari.

Our Mental Health 

This Sunday: This program will focus on understanding mental health as a medical condition and not a mental failing.  Mike will also discuss personal struggles with mental health and how inaction can have serious consequences. Speaker, Mike Bonilla. Lay Leader, Loquin Britton.

Applied Spirituality 

This Sunday: “Applied Spirituality” is an attempt to assist and encourage individuals to define and clarify such terms as “belief, faith, and practice” in a holistic method. Spirituality looks at attempts at changing ourself, our neighbor, both our neighbor and ourself, or to do nothing; but to do nothing is to do something. Examples of holistic evaluation, spiritual practices, and suggestions for study in terms of classical spiritual exercise as well as contemporary spiritual leaders form a portion of the program. Speaker, Montie Slusher. Lay Leader, Julia Stewart. Pianist, Susan  Johnson.