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Wisdom in the Neighborhood

Fred Rogers helped to raise many generations of children in kindness and respect for others. Come hear Rev. Schurr speak about Mr. Rogers and his unique community ministry, as well as some unique UU community ministries in this district.  In this service we will also welcome those who joined our congregation in the past 12 months. Lay Leader: Cam Leonard.  Speaker: Rev. Sarah Schurr.


Environmental Healing: Restoring Community After an Oil Spill

Technological disasters like oil spills create significant emotional and sociological wounds. Community healing is particularly difficult when safety concerns restrict the participation of local residents in clean-up efforts. Involving local residents in caring for oiled wildlife strengthens community bonds and honors the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Lay Leader: John Peirce. Speaker: Hayden Nevill.

Faith and Madness

Lay Leaders: Ed and Laurel McLaughlin  Accompanist: Vera Alexander

The relationship between faith and madness, and how it affects world peace.

Hospitality as a Spiritual Practice

Lay Leaders: Dave Frey and Marilyn Richardson  Speakers: Eve Southiere, John Peirce, Phil Osborn, and Dave Frey

The art of hospitality is generosity at its most deeply personal level. 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.

Famous Unitarian Universalist Women

Lay Leader: Frida Shroyer  Speakers: Julia Stewart, Jen Wagaman, Monte Jordon, and Suzanne Osborn

Several members of our fellowship introduce you to famous Unitarian Universalist women and some others we claim.

Getting Through The Darkness

Lay Leader: Susan Grace Speaker:  Sally Fenno

Join Sally Fenno as we look at change in our lives that we have to live with.  Change that is; cyclic like the cold and darkness of winter.  Change that is; temporary like a health issue, sprained ankle, depression, job or housing issue.  Change that is permanent; such as a death or a major loss.  Sally has years of experience and will share ideas and suggestions as we discuss getting through the dark times.

Love is Like a Box of Chocolates

Speaker:  Invited guests from the fellowship Lay Leader: Jana Peirce

A heart shaped box of chocolates brings thoughts of romance and candlelight and, well…er, Hallmark and Whitman’s Candies.  Valentines Day has become commercialized—or maybe it started out that way—but our lives are nonetheless filled with the genuine article: love in all its complexity and variation. We will spend some time today exploring the many shapes love assumes in our lives – love of parents and children, pets or cheese, and yes, even the romantic variety that gets so much air play.

We’ve asked an assortment of people to give us their thoughts on love — in word, verse and song — each in 1-3 minute bite-sized morsels. And when they are through everyone will get a piece of chocolate as part of the chocolate communion that concludes our service. As Lucy says in Peanuts, “All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!”

Wildness and Wilderness

Lay Leader: Pam Miller  Speaker:  Rev. Sarah Schurr

How do the wild and the natural world feed our spirit and inform our answers to life’s big questions?   This will also be the topic of the Chalice Circles for the week.  Rev. Sarah will be in the pulpit.


Lay Leader: Julia Stewart Speaker:  Rev. Sarah Schurr

What does it take for a UU Fellowship to be sustainable?  We can we do our part for a more sustainable environmental impact.  More than that, what would it look like if we were financially sustainable, sustainable in our membership, and sustainable in our volunteerism?  How about sustainability in our faith and our spiritual lives?  Rev. Sarah will share this sermon, which was suggested by Julia Stewart after purchasing a sermon choice in the UUFF silent auction.


Meditation for Every Day

Lay Leader: Mike Bonilla  Speaker:  Kirsten Nielson

Dr. Kirsten Nielsen received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. She has received advanced training in psychology, nutrition and reproductive health. She received training in meditation and biofeedback as treatments for a wide variety of chronic illnesses. Recognizing the impacts of stress and mental-emotional imbalance on the development of illness, Dr. Nielsen regularly includes meditation and other stress management techniques with her patients. She has had years of personal experience with the benefits of meditation and stress management in her own life. Dr. Nielsen currently practices at the Alaska Center for Natural Medicine.