Author Archive

Martin the Visitor

Lay Leader: Nicole Stewart Worship Leader Rev. Sarah Schur

It seems that Martin Luther King Jr. briefly attended a UU Church but found that it was not a good place from which to launch his work on justice. Our heart is in the right place. What has kept us from being that beacon of justice we could  be?

The Source of All That Is: A Discussion About God

Lay Leader: Frida Shroyer  Speaker: Bre Griffin

This week’s service will be a discussion based on the introductory meeting for the Elementary class’ curriculum, “Stories About God.”  We will have time to discuss our ideas and feelings about “God.”

Out of a Mountain of Despair, a Stone of Hope

Lay Leader: Susan Grace Speaker: Jeanne Olson

How can we begin to dismantle racism in our heart and minds? How can we dismantle it in the structures of our society? Are all humans racist when they are born? What transformations might we hope for?

Tackling Youth Homelessness

Lay Leader: Mike Bonilla  Speaker: Marylee Bates  Accompanist: Vera Alexander

Marylee Bates is the Director of Fairbanks Youth Advocates, which recently opened a shelter for homeless teens in downtown Fairbanks. She will discuss what factors contribute to teen homelessness, dangers faced by homeless teens, and what we can do to help.

Deepening Ultimacy and Intimacy Through Chalice Circles

“Look to this day! For it is life, the very life of life.” So starts a Hindu reading we have recited often at UUFF. But how do we make each day well lived? As we enter a enter a new year—a year that will inevitably carry with it a lot of changes and ask us to make transitions—we’ll look both back and forward and talk about the choices we’ve made about how we live in the world, what we are proud of and what we might like to change. Modeled on a Chalice Circle, this service will be a discussion that all can participate in. Lay Leaders: Jana Peirce and Kim Swisher

Fire Communion

Lay Leaders: Maia and John Peirce

During the service, we write down what we want to leave behind on slips of paper, and then burn them. This is an opportunity to prepare for the beginning of the New Year. Themes can include reflection upon the year that has just passed; hope for the promise of the year to come; resolutions to change; the passage of time; hope; expectation; and dreaming of a creating a better tomorrow.

Fire Communion

Lay Leaders: Maia and John Peirce  Accompanist: Vera Alexander

During the service, we write down what we want to leave behind on slips of paper, and then burn them. This is an opportunity to prepare for the beginning of the New Year. Themes can include reflection upon the year that has just passed; hope for the promise of the year to come; resolutions to change; the passage of time; hope; expectation; and dreaming of a creating a better tomorrow.

A Holy Night

Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder  Coordinators: Jenn Wagaman and Krista West

Christmas is a day when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. Join us for a multi-generational Nativity service that tells the story of Jesus’ birth and the importance of his life. Reflect on the idea that each night a baby is born is truly a holy night.

Winter Solstice Celebration:A Celebration of Darkness and Light in Songs and Stories

Organizers: Jana Peirce, Laurie Walton, Susan Grace, and Stephanie Sandberg and the UUFF Choir

Intergenerational Service. Drawing on Native American myth and pagan ritual, this non-traditional service begins in darkness with drumming and chanting and ends with the return of light as we weave together music and story to call down the sun. This is an intergenerational program, meaning that children of all ages are invited to stay for the entire service, which has been designed to appeal to all ages. Please join us as we get ready to mark the passing of the winter solstice not intellectually or stoically, but joyously and experientially.

Chanukah and Religious Freedom

Worship Leader:  Rev. Sarah Schurr  Lay Leader: Marilyn Richardson

Rev. Sarah will speak on this ancient festival and how it relates to our lives today. Chanukah is a celebration of the Jewish people standing for the right to worship as they choose.  Religious freedom is a key issue for many Unitarian Universalists and for so many people around the world.

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