Sundays 

Join us Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. We’re located at 4448 Pikes Landing Road (map), just across from the Princess Hotel, in Fairbanks, Alaska. Worship services last 60 to 75 minutes and are followed by a coffee hour that provides a chance to discuss the service, talk with the speaker or UUFF board members, and get acquainted with others in the UUFF community.

About half our Sunday Services are led by our minister, Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails. At other times, services are lay led, so you can expect to hear many voices speaking on a variety of topics over the course of the year. Our services also feature guest speakers, visiting ministers, facilitated discussions on spiritual and social concerns, and dramatic presentations. Music is always a part of the worship service. Seasonal services often include the traditional UU flower communion, a Maypole dance, fall water communion and winter solstice celebration.

Read on to learn more about what people wear, childcare, weather policies and handicap accessibility, or go to This Sunday to read about specific upcoming services and listen to podcasts of select past services.

What to Wear

We are a casual group, and though some people do dress up for Sunday morning, others come in jeans or dressed for skiing or biking after the service. Wear what you feel comfortable in.

Where to Park

Parking can be tight on well-attended Sundays. There is diagonal parking on the right along the driveway leading up to the fellowship and more parking behind the building. Overflow parking is on the shoulder of Pikes Landing Road.

Childcare on Sundays

Childcare is available for toddlers and preschoolers during the Sunday service. There is also a soundproof family room at the back of the sanctuary so parents can see and hear the service without worrying that infants or toddlers will disturb others. From September to May, Religious Exploration (RE) classes are available for elementary age children, while middle and high school students are invited to stay and participate in the worship service.

Handicap Accessibility wheelchair and hearing device symbols

Our sanctuary is wheelchair accessible, and personal hearing devices are available to help individuals with minor hearing loss enjoy the services better. Coffee hour is held in the foyer and kitchen areas, which are also wheelchair accessible. Some Religious Exploration classes and activities for youth are held in the basement, which is reached only by stairs. You can contact us with requests for greater accessibility or leave a message with your name and phone number at 451-8838 and we will get back to you. As we look for ways to improve accessibility, your input can help us set priorities.

Weather Policy

We hold Sunday worship services regardless of temperature, however there is a temperature cut-off of -30 F for Children’s RE classes. We ask that individuals and families make their own decisions about what temperature or conditions are too extreme to travel to service in winter.

Who are Our Worship Leaders

Worship leaders are lay members of the fellowship who enjoy working with others to weave all the elements of the service together into a meaningful whole. They work with the minister, guest speakers, accompanist, choir, and children’s storyteller. If you are interested in being a worship leader, watch for announcements of upcoming trainings for new worship leaders, which are offered at least once a year, or contact us to be notified of the next training. Another good way to get involved in Sunday services is to join the Worship Team.

How to Participate in Worship Planning

We rely on the hard work and talents of members and friends to provide interesting programs and speakers on Sundays when our minister is not in Fairbanks. Designing meaningful worship services is an art. The Sunday Services Committee at UUFF provides a great outlet for individual creativity as well as an opportunity for rewarding collaboration. Committee members are able to help shape the conversation that takes place on Sunday mornings and given the chance to share their own spiritual journeys and passions with others. If you would like to participate in worship planning or have an idea for a good guest speaker or topic, please contact us.

  • Where to Find Out about Upcoming Services
    Join our email announcements list by signing up in the sidebar at right to receive a weekly email about upcoming services and events. You will also receive an email once a month with a link to download our newsletter. If you prefer not to sign up for the mailing list, you can check the Home page or This Sunday page of this site to find out about upcoming services or listen to podcasts of select past services. Finally, if you use an RSS reader or Live Bookmarks, you can also subscribe to the RSS feed for this site.
  • How to Find Us
    We are located at 4448 Pikes Landing Road, across from the Princess Hotel. Directions: From Airport Way, turn Right onto Hoselton Road at Pike’s restaurant. After one block, turn Left onto Pikes Landing Road as if you were going to the Princess Hotel. Look for the Unitarian Universalist sign on the right. Parking is available on the right along the drive and in the parking area at the back of the building.
  • Raven’s Tree of Life Quilt
    ravenThe Raven’s Tree of Life panel at the front of the Sanctuary was pieced and quilted by Stephanie Rudig in 2005 from a drawing by UUFF artist Shane Hurd. The design was by Committee. There is a meaningful story behind the quilt’s symbolism.

    The quilt created for our sanctuary tells a symbol-rich story that reflects our dual heritage: we are Alaskans and we are Unitarian Universalists. Our fellowship grows amid the natural wonders of our subarctic home and within the traditions of our chosen faith.

    branchesThe birch tree at center is a northern version of the Tree of Life, a motif in various world religions related to the World Tree or Axis Mundi . In this variant, playful twists of branch and root evoke intricate Celtic knot-work, revealing the interdependent nature of our fellowship and the shelter and nurture it offers.

    flowersThe tree, set against its colorful pieced background, offers the viewer continual discovery and renewal through the rich symbolism of changing seasons and the circle of life. From the dark but fertile ground of spring, new life awakens in the roots. The tree’s story moves upward through the year with wild roses blanketing summer fields giving way to the early sunsets of autumn and bare winter branches beneath a midnight sky.

    flameInterwoven roots form a chalice with a single, golden leaf as its flame, signifying that love lies at the heart of our fellowship. “Roots hold me close” we sing in the hymn Spirit of Life . The flaming chalice is the symbol of our faith and forms the focal point of worship, but it has no single, official interpretation. Like our faith, the chalice stands open to receive new truths that pass the tests of reason, justice and compassion.

    ravenAt the heart of the tree, a raven brings life to the quilt while evoking the next line of the hymn: “Wings set me free.” Another northern motif, Raven is the trickster of Native myth. In his guise as trickster, Raven brings both wisdom and humor into our sanctuary. Behind him the suggestion of mountains calls us to lift our eyes, seek physical and spiritual challenges, and remember the powerful role that the land plays in our lives.

    moonFriezes at top and bottom celebrate other elemental features of the far north. The moon moves through its phases, illuminating the winter sky as it marks the rhythm of life’s cycles and invokes the female spirit or Goddess. Below is the Big Dipper, the constellation that adorns our state flag, pointing to the North Star. And though we sing “Eight stars of gold” in Alaska’s Flag, our state song, the quilt is more astronomically correct, showing the double star of Mizar in the handle.

    no_lightsBelow the moon and stars, the night sky is streaked with variegated color representing the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. Science tells us that solar wind storms distort the earth’s geomagnetic field, creating the lights, while some say the fiery lightshows mark where the barrier between worlds is thinnest, and the Yupik see the spirits of their ancestors dancing in the next life.

    riverBeneath the tree roots, seven rivers flow. Silk ribbons interlace in a pattern reminiscent of the great braided rivers of Alaska’s Interior, representing the cleansing, purifying power of water and the ever changing, never ceasing flow of the river of life. The recurring theme of sevens in the quilt honors the seven principles that unite Unitarian Universalists. There are seven suns and seven moons, seven branches emerging from the tree’s trunk, and seven streams in the braided river.

    cloudsThe midnight sun arcs across the bottom of the quilt, mirroring the moon’s journey above. It does not rise and set, but sweeps around a bright summer sky laced with cirriform clouds. Source of our clear arctic light, the sun is personified as the male solar deity or sun god in many mythologies. Counterpoint to the moon’s dark femaleness, its light and heat are the spark and sustenance of life.

    View the entire quilt: Raven’s Tree of Life

    The quilt was pieced and quilted by Stephanie Rudig, 2005. Cartoon by Shane Hurd. Design by Committee: Rose Cain, Rebecca Clack, Suzanne Osborn, Jana and Maia Peirce, and Laurie Walton.

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