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Why We Do What We Do 

Speaker: Eric Muehling     Lay Leader:  Laurie Walton   Music:  Marsha Sousa

What motivates you to volunteer or help others in need? Why serve our community? Why work for social justice and equality? Can service somehow be a selfish act, a duty, or pure altruism? What core UU values explain “Why we do what we do?” These ideas will be explored.

No Time for a Casual Faith   

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Jana Peirce Music: Laurel Holmes

In this era of resurgent nationalism and white supremacy, of division and dissolution of norms, what does our Unitarian Universalist faith require of us? What does it mean to be a UU in these times? What strength can our faith offer us in this struggle — and how can we be of support to one another, even and especially to our siblings and faith in other parts of the country and the world? Join us in welcoming our guests from all over the lower 48 for our second Whale Coast tour of the year to this special service.

Alaska Fashion Show 

Coordinator of various UUFF Fashionistas: Eric Muehling   Music: Marsha Sousa

For our Whale Coast visitors, UUs will showcase distinctive outfits worn in all seasons. Warmth vs. style? Or both? Gliding down the catwalk, our UU runway models will wear magnificent parkas rated to 60-below, kuspuks, Carhartts, snowsuits, Bunny boots, goose-down dresses, mosquito hoods, face masks and whatever. See how Alaskans dress for work, play, and Sunday service.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Trans Women   

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails   Lay Leader: Laurie Walton  Music: Laurel Holmes

Trans women of color were the catalysts behind the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement, but their contributions are often omitted from stories about the struggle’s past and present. This sermon will seek to clear the fog transphobia casts over our history and lift up the wisdom of trans women and the beauty of trans lives.

An Audacious Leap of Faith 

Program Leaders: Jeanne Olson & Susan Grace   Music: Marsha Sousa & Susan Grace

Superheroes have been relentlessly fighting Injustice and Tyranny even before Earth knew of Superman, Batman, Green Hornet, and Wonder Woman.  Facing impossible odds, superheroes often risk everything, and ask for nothing in return. They have specific character qualities that enable them to persevere and succeed.  Who is your Superhero? Who is your Solomon Grundy?  If you had the power to do anything you wanted, good or bad, how would you use that power? This Sunday, we’re inviting the younger generations to also join us to consider these thoughts and more, in a multi-generational service.   Don the attire of your favorite famous superhero or come as another yet-unrecognized-by-DC-Comics superhero.  (Hint: consider what your superpower is and then figure out your name). It’s promising to be the greatest assembly of superheroes on the Planet Earth…. right here at UUFF.

Showing Up For Our Refugee Neighbors 

Speaker: Susan Fitzgerald Leader: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Music: Marsha Sousa

Susan Fitzgerald, who spent much of her life in Alaska, has dedicated herself to providing relief to refugees and asylum seekers who have crossed the border into New Mexico. Join us in welcoming her for a special program to learn about how we can show up for our refugee neighbors. During the service we’ll take up a special collection to support her life-saving work.

Subversive Joy 

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

How do we make the struggle for justice into “the most pleasurable human experience?” How do we confront the obstacles that stand in between us and full acceptance of our bodies, our abilities, our chance to experience joy and love in this life? This service will ask what becomes possible when we — in the words of writer adrienne maree brown — “awaken within ourselves the desires that make it impossible to settle for anything less than a fulfilling life.”

 

Mothers’ Day and Annual Meeting 

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

A celebration to honor all among us who have mothered. After the service, we will share a meal together and take part in our fellowship’s annual business meeting. Lunch will be provided.

Our Budgets, Ourselves 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder

“Don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.” -Joe Biden

Where we spend our resources — our time, energy, talents, and money — sends a message to the world about what we hold dear. In the shadow of Alaska’s budget crisis and the political fistfight over where to allocate funds, today’s program explores the spiritual implications of our relationship with money.

Hospitality as a Spiritual Practice 

Coordinators: Dave Frey and Marilyn Richardson Speakers: Various UUFF Folks   Music: Marsha Sousa

The art of hospitality is the practice of generosity at its most personal. Marilyn Richardson and Dave Frey will explore the significance of hospitality as a spiritual practice. Several speakers will give examples of how their experience of hospitality has impacted their lives.

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