April Virtual Forum Speakers & Sunday Worship

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Virtual Forum

9am Sunday April 4, 2021

Brain Injuries—a Widespread Invisible Affliction

Dr. Adam Grove & UAA Professor & Neurophysiologist Rachael Hannah, Ph.D.

Dr. Adam Grove is a naturopathic, family-practice doctor specializing in children and adults with neurological challenges. He emphasizes a whole-person focus with attention to accurate diagnosis and holistic treatment for brain-based issues.  He works with people
of all ages experiencing symptoms of ADD/ADHD, autism, brain injury and the like.  Dr. Grove received his doctorate from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington in 2002.  He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Soviet Area Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Board of Directors for the
Alaska Brain Injury Network, and the Advisory Board for the Center for Educational Improvement.  Dr. Grove lives in Anchorage with his wife, daughter and a handful of friendly dogs.

Rachael Hannah is an associate professor of biological sciences at University of Alaska Anchorage since 2015. She grew up in Vermont, and her love for science blossomed at an early age. Dr. Hannah earned her B.S. in Marine Biology and Molecular Biology from Florida Institute of Technology and Ph.D. in Anatomy & Neurobiology from University of Vermont, College of Medicine. As a neuroscientist, her research interests explore how
blood vessels in our brains control the amount of sugar and oxygen delivered to brain cells, and how this control can become unregulated after a stroke or traumatic brain injury. She is currently exploring a new animal model using the red-eared slider turtle to discover how some organisms; brain cells survive in low oxygen environments. She’s an advocate for increasing students access to experiential learning opportunities throughout their undergraduate careers. When not in the lab or teaching, Rachael enjoys skiing, hiking, and biking with her family and friends.

Virtual Worship
11am Sunday April 4, 2021

Every Day’s Resurrection Day—A Universalist History

Rev. Lise Adams Sherry

While many UUs may not appreciate the theology of sacrificing one’s son to save all humankind, there is a deeper message of love for all built into the Easter holiday. How did our Universalist forebears shape this concept into their own Universalist faith?

Virtual Forum
9am Sunday April 11, 2021

MOA’s Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team
+ Spending American Rescue Plan $$

Meg Zaletel, Anchorage Assembly Member

Meg Zaletel is a member of the Anchorage Assembly, and chairs its Committee on Housing and Homelessness and co-chairs its AMATS Policy Committee. Fresh out of Drake University Law School, Meg took a job with the Disability Law Center of Alaska in Anchorage, sight unseen. This not only brought her to Alaska but gave her valuable experience working on systemic issues. She later earned a certificate of Mental Disability
Law from New York Law School, and still practices law, but she has shifted her focus to community and neighborhood engagement by establishing and running the Anchorage Community House. Each year she volunteers at the MLK Day Legal Clinic, which keeps her grounded in the needs of our community and reminds her of the impact volunteers can make. Meg lives in Midtown with her husband Zach, their daughter Zelda, and two

Virtual Worship
11am Sunday April 11, 2021

To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before!
Rev. Lise Adams Sherry

When Star Trek first arrived on the scene in the 1960s, it did not make much of a splash. Since then, this franchise has opened up the world of the future and how to be better beings (Humans, Vulcans, Klingons, etc.) throughout our universe. Join us as we share some of our favorite themes that have encouraged us to think in new and different ways.


Photo Credit:  Tony Flores

Virtual Forum 

9am Sunday April 18, 2021

How Does Your Garden Grow

Annie & Dennis Ronsse

Dennis and Annie Ronsse both grew up with vegetable gardening in Kansas. After completion of MS degrees in biology, they moved to rural Alaska in 1981 where they taught school and enjoyed a subsistence lifestyle, a trapline, and the remarkable Yup’ik culture. Several summers “B.C.” (before children) were spent doing seasonal work with US Fish & Wildlife, bird and botanical projects.  In 1989 they moved their little family to Anchorage, and in ’97 got back to gardening when Annie helped create Mardane’s Garden, which currently involves seven households.  In addition Dennis built terraced beds on a steep slope behind their house where they organically grow vegetables, herbs and flowers, providing a year round food supply. Since retirement they have become grandparents and adventure travelers. Motivated to leave a healthy world for the grandkids, they have also been involved with the Alaska Native Plant Society—Dennis is the immediate past president—and Citizens Climate Lobby, in which Annie takes a very active role.

Virtual Worship
11am Sunday April 18, 2021

Multigenerational Earth Day Service
Rev. Lise Adams Sherry & Friends

It’s a Unitarian Universalist high holy day. We’ll celebrate our interconnected web of all existence and explore how we can continue to become better stewards, hopefully bringing others along with us.

Virtual Forum
9am Sunday April 25, 2021

What You Have Heard Is True

Poet and Human Rights Advocate Carolyn Forché


Carolyn Forché is a poet, a human rights advocate, and professor at Georgetown University. She coined the term “poetry of witness,” and her work has been translated into more than twenty languages. She is the editor of the ground-breaking 1993 anthology, Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness. The first of her five published collections of poetry won the prestigious Yale Younger Poets award in 1975, and her 2019 book What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance was named a finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction and won the Juan E.
Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. In between she’s received grants and awards too numerous to mention, including a Guggenheim Fellowship that allowed her to travel to El Salvador as part of Amnesty International, in time to witness the unfolding civil war, which she wrote about in The Country between Us in 1981.

She and her husband of nearly 40 years live in Maryland. For more, check

Virtual Worship
11am Sunday April 25, 2021

Celebrating Poetry
Cady Lynn O’Brien, Ken Winterberger and Koala Vandruff

From Shakespeare to Emily Dickinson to Tom Sexton to Amanda Gorman, poets and their words have affected many of us in deep and moving ways. How have they influenced our thoughts and hopes of what we’ll become?

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