Category: This Sunday 

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.

Te Jueh 

Speaker: Tracy Charles-Smith  Lay Leader: Mike Walleri  Music: Marsha Sousa

Tracy Charles-Smith is the President of Dot Lake Village and adjunct faculty for University of Alaska Anchorage Neurodevelopment Center. She was raised in a very traditional home. Ms. Charles-Smith will talk about the concept of Te Jueh, an Athabascan concept similar to sympathy and empathy, and its role in Athabascan spiritual and social life.

Days of Awe 

Leaders: Rev. Leslie and Molly Lemen    Music: Vera Alexander

“If you believe breaking is possible, believe that fixing is possible.” —Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

The ten days beginning on Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year) and ending the evening of Yom Kippur, (the Day of Atonement) are described as “The Days of Awe:” a period for meditation on the year that has passed and a sacred opportunity to make amends, inscribing intentions for the year to come. This morning, we will reflect on the spiritual practice of forgiving and being forgiven — even extending the possibility of forgiveness to ourselves.

Ingathering 

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

Let’s celebrate the beginning of the new Fellowship Year with our annual Water Communion service! Our tradition is to offer water as a symbol of our connection one to the other. This year there will be 4 periods of water sharing during the service. We may be sharing where the water came from — but perhaps more importantly, what this water means to you, what it symbolizes in our lives together. Please bring a small container of water from a place special to you, anywhere from your dog’s water dish to your favorite fish camp, deep in the wilderness.

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