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February Sunday Services:
Sunday Worship and The Forum 

See our calendar to stay updated. Subject to change.  
Find Zoom links here Sunday @Zoom.

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The Forum in person & on Zoom 

9:00 am Sunday,  February 4, 2024

Why I Want to Be Your Mayor

Suzanne LaFrance

Suzanne LaFrance represented South Anchorage on the Anchorage Assembly from 2017 to 2023. She served as Assembly Chair from 2021 to 2023, and was Chair of the Assembly’s Budget and Finance Committee and Co-Chair of its Health Policy Committee. She also served on the board of the Alaska Municipal League. In 2020 she narrowly lost the race for a seat in the Alaska House of Representatives. She has 24 years of experience in financial analysis, capital budgets, management, project management, marketing and telecommunications, including working as an area manager for AT&T. LaFrance is a lifelong Alaskan. After graduating from Palmer High School, she earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Portland and her master’s from Purdue University. LaFrance has also been active with Great Alaska Schools Anchorage, the Rabbit Creek Elementary PTA, and the Boy Scouts. She and her husband, David Hemstreet, have three children, all students in the Anchorage School District. They enjoy outdoor activities and sports. www.votesuzanne.com

Sunday Worship live at AUUF in person & on Zoom 

11:00 am Sunday, February 4, 2024

Remembering Medgar Evers

Rev. Lise Sherry & Marty Freeman

Virtual Forum only on Zoom 

9:00 am Sunday, February 11, 2024
One Man’s Journey: Civil Rights Activism from the South to Alaska

Dr. Cal Williams

Dr. Cal Williams is a community activist and historian. Born in Monroe, Louisiana, he graduated college, served in the United States Air Force during the early 1960s, participated in the historic March on Washington, and was affiliated with the Congress of Racial Equality. In 1965, he moved to Alaska, seeking job opportunities, racial integration, and a better life. He has served as President of the Alaska Chapter of the NAACP, was a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and ran for the Alaska House of Representatives. Cal served as the Filipino choir director at St. Anthony’s, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus at St. Patrick's, and chaplain for American Legion Post 34. He helped exhibit the late George Harper’s collection documenting the history of African Americans in Alaska. Cal collaborated with UAA associate professor of history Ian Hartman, Ph.D., in the writing of Black Lives in Alaska: A History of African Americans in the Far Northwest and on many related presentations and events. For his invaluable contributions, UAA awarded Williams an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in fall 2022.

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Sunday Worship live at AUUF in person & on Zoom 

11:00 am Sunday, February 11, 2024

The Forum 

Live at AUUF & on Zoom

9:00 am Sunday, February 18, 2024

Japanese American Day of Remembrance: History, Poems and Relevance Today

Lawrence Matsuda 

Dr. Lawrence Matsuda was born during World War II in the Internment Camp at Minidoka, Idaho, where his family was incarcerated after forced removal from the West Coast.  He grew up to attend the University of Washington, earning his Ph. D. while serving in the Army Reserves.  He devoted 27 years to education as a junior high school language arts teacher and Seattle School District principal and administrator, creating the first Asian American history course in Washington state. An award-winning poet and writer, he memorialized the Japanese Internment experience in many of his works, including the poems in A Cold Wind from Idaho.  He co-edited the textbook, Community and Difference: Teaching, Pluralism and Social Justice, which won the 2006 National Association of Multicultural Education Phillip Chinn Award.  His passion for social justice extends beyond his writing to his work in securing the apology and reparations for the World War II incarceration and his involvement with the Asian Coalition for Equality and the Japanese American Citizens League. 

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Sunday Worship 

11:00 am Sunday, February 18, 2024

The Forum 

Live at AUUF & on Zoom

9:00 am Sunday, February 25, 2024

Why I Want to Be Your Mayor

Chris Tuck

 

Chris Tuck served seven terms as a member of the Alaska House of Representatives, from 2008 to 2023. He was twice elected Majority Leader of the House, leading a bipartisan House coalition for four years between 2017 and 2023. He previously served on the Anchorage School Board. Tuck is product of Anchorage public schools. After graduating from Dimond High in 1984, he went on to an apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and became a journeyman electrician. He also attended Arizona State University. He is a board member of the Alaska Joint Electrical Apprenticeship School, where he was an instructor for over 20 years. He served for over 20 years as Business Representative for the IBEW Local 1547, and recently started his own company, Tuck Electrical Services. He is a member of Change Point Community Church and Anchorage Youth Court. In 1999 he won the Yukon River Championship Sled Dog Race and he continues to enjoy outdoor activities, coaching youth soccer, racquetball, and music.  tuckformayor.com

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The Forum in 

9:00 am Sunday,  February 25, 2024

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