This Sunday 

The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming 

Coordinators: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails and Molly Lemen

Join us for UUFF’s No Rehearsal Holiday Pageant for All Ages! Adapted from the children’s book by Lemony Snicket, our pageant will follow the story of a latke who escapes from being cooked in a hot frying pan, encountering various Christmas symbols who are uneducated about the customs of Hanukkah. We will savor the latke’s triumphs and travails as he attempts to illuminate these characters about the rich history and culture of this Jewish holiday.

Winter Solstice 

Drawing on both Native American myth and pagan ritual, this non-traditional service begins in darkness with drumming and chanting and ends with the returning of the light as we weave together music and story to call down the sun. This is a multi-generational program, meaning that children of all ages are invited to stay for the entire service. Join us in observing the passing of the winter solstice not intellectually or stoically, but joyously and experientially.

Finding Stillness 

Speaker: Holly Blood   Lay Leader: Eric Muehling   Music: Marsha Sousa

Regardless of whether you celebrate any or all of the winter holidays, it’s a hectic time of year that can demand much of us. Our service this morning will offer a quiet, meditative space in which to gather and reflect, to renew and restore your spirit.

Practicing the First Principle 

Coordinators: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails and Laurie Walton  Music: Marsha Sousa

A deeper Calling of the First Principle; How do we as we as UU’s reconcile the existence of evil in our world. What is the calling of our faith as we apply our beliefs of inherent worth and dignity?

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (an Advent service)  

Leaders: Rev. Leslie and Molly Lemen  Music: Marsha Sousa

Let every bird who wings across the sky above
remind us of the freedom that is ours.
Let every star in the heavens be a light
in the darkness of our lonely nights…
-Fr. Austin Fleming

Advent is a season of waiting and anticipation, a time to reflect and meditate on the unknown. In times of uncertainty and upheaval, waiting to find out what our future holds can inspire more anxiety than excitement and wonder. This service will draw on the wisdom of Christian mysticism and the Advent story, offering inspiration and hope.

This UU Life: Faith in the World 

Coordinator: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Speakers: Various UUFF Folks  Music: Marsha Sousa

We are people of all ages, people of many backgrounds, and people of many beliefs. We are brave, curious and compassionate thinkers and doers. We create spirituality and community beyond boundaries, working for more justice and more love in our own lives and in the world. But what that looks like in practice is unique for every single one of us. Today, we’ll hear from our UUFF members and friends of all ages and backgrounds about how they live their UU faith.

Unitarian Universalism in Times of Trouble 

Speaker: Lisa Sporleder  Lay Leader: Jana Peirce Music: Vera Alexander

Some people may wonder if, when the chips are down, they might need a more dogmatic church, a place where they can find certainty. But Unitarian Universalism is there for you in more than just the good times. Our free faith also provides us with ways to deal with the troubled times in our lives.

Voices of Universalism 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Cam Leonard Music: Marsha Sousa

Universalism refers to the progressive Christian concept of “universal reconciliation,” the belief that every single human beings will ultimately be “saved” and are loved unconditionally by the divine. What does it mean to be a Universalist today? This service will weave together the voices of universalists from across the spectrum of religious identity, including our own Universalist forebears.

Beyond the Veil: A Day of Remembrance 

Leaders: Molly Lemen and Silvia Daeumichen Music: Marsha Sousa

The Celtic festival of Samhain celebrates the brief moment in time when the worlds of the living and the dead are close enough to touch. This service of spoken word and ritual will be an opportunity to experience communion with our ancestors and friends who have passed. Join us in celebrating those who have passed before us.

We Belong to One Another 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails   Lay Leader: Holly Blood  Music: Vera Alexander

A meditation on the sustenance and resistance found in communities large and small — from friendships to families, forests to entire ecosystems — during perilous times.

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