What’s New 

Love is Like a Box of Chocolates 

Coordinators: Jana Peirce and Marsha Sousa  Music: Marsha Sousa

This annual service gives us the chance to reflect on the many meanings of that overworked word, love. We know what Hallmark and Hollywood think, but what does love mean to you? We ask an assortment of people to give us their thoughts on the subject – in word, verse, and song — in 1-3 minute bite-sized morsels. Everyone who joins us will get a piece of chocolate as part of the chocolate communion. As Lucy says in Peanuts, “All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!”

The Upstairs OWL (Our Whole Lives) Experience 

Leaders: Molly Lemen and Holly Blood  Music: Will Schendel

Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. UUFF is proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education program for our junior high and high school age youth. Our OWL teachers and students invite you to join us for this interactive service where you can experience this fun and life-changing ministry for yourself!

Question Box 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails    Music: Vera Alexander

As the hymn goes, Unitarian Universalists believe that “to question truly is an answer.” In that spirit, our program this morning will be made up entirely of your queries and Rev. Leslie’s attempts to answer them. If you’ve got deep theological conundrums, ethical quandaries, or playful paradoxes taking up space in your brain, this is your chance to have our minister take a crack at them from the pulpit.

Social Justice: Deeds not Creeds 

Speaker: Eric Muehling  Lay Leader: Cam Leonard   Music: Will Schendel

This service will remind us of the inspiring words and actions of Martin Luther King, Jr. “Deeds not creeds” is our UU legacy. How do we continue to support social justice today?

Second Principle 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails    Lay leader: Jana Peirce  Music: Mike Thibodeau

In the words of Rev. Emily Gage, the second principle of Unitarian Universalism “points us toward something beyond inherent worth and dignity. It points us to the larger community. It gets at collective responsibility. It reminds us that treating people as human beings is not simply something we do one-on-one, but something that has systemic implications and can inform our entire cultural way of being.” How can we put this principle into practice, both in congregational life and in our lives beyond Sunday morning?

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.

Christmas Eve Service 

On Tuesday December 24th  at 6pm come celebrate Christmas Eve with your beloved community as we sing carols and take part in an Advent Spiral, filling out sanctuary with music and light. Afterward, you are welcome to enjoy hot cider and cookies — feel free to bring some cookies to share!

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?