June Virtual Forum Speakers & Sunday Worship
9 am Sunday June 6, 2021
RAIS Project Manager Issa Spatrisano
Refugee Resettlement: The New Way We Welcome
Issa Spatrisano is the Program Director and State Refugee Coordinator at Catholic Social Service’s Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services (RAIS) program in Alaska. Issa has worked 10 years in refugee resettlement and has served in a variety of roles including case management, reception & placement, education, and employment services. Issa has assisted forced migrant communities in Alaska, Missouri, Oregon, and Kansas, allowing her to bring a broader perspective to refugee services in both an urban and rural setting. Issa has served on national advisory councils for refugee education and her teaching was featured in the Center for Applied Linguistics “Cultural Orientation Training: A Guide for Service Providers.” Issa has a B.A. from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI and a M.Ed. in Teaching & Learning from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Through her teaching and resettlement experience, Issa has assisted clients from over 65 countries.
11 am Sunday, June 6, 2021
With Rev. Lise &
Worship Associate Marty Freeman
A celebration of the UU Flower Communion with Rev. Lise Adams Sherry. Flower Communion is a uniquely UU ritual as we use flowers as a metaphor for the celebration of our membership's diversity. We're all different and we all have beauty and worth.
9 am Sunday, June 13, 2021
The State of the State’s Budding Cannabis Industry
Lacy Wilcox, President, AMIA
Lacy Wilcox is President and Legislative Liaison for the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association (AMIA), and a member of the Western Regional Cannabis Business
Alliance. Born and raised in Homer, Lacy worked in state government under four governors. She ended her government service as Deputy Legislative Director in Governor Bill Walker’s office, analyzing new legislation and assisting in the implementation of new policies across departments. During this time, she worked extensively with the Legislature to amend statutes that cleared that way for the Marijuana Control Board’s work and collaborated with a team drafting policy outlines to implement Ballot Measure 2, which legalized recreational marijuana. Lacy participates in strategic meetings with lawmakers at both the state and federal level and is often called upon around the nation as an industry expert. Lacy and her husband are partners with others in the Juneau-based cannabis company Top Hat Alaska. They live with their two young daughters live in Juneau.
11 am Sunday, June 13, 2021
Celebrating Pride Week, Now More than Ever With Rev. Lise and Worship Associate Koala Vandruff
As more in our society spread fear regarding difference, we lift higher our values of honoring and loving the inherent worth and dignity of all.
9 am Sunday, June 20, 2021
Seeking Environmental Justice—Clean Air, Clean Water and Toxic Free Food
Vi Waghiyi, Alaska Community Action on Toxics
Vi Waghiyi is Environmental Health and Justice Program Director for Alaska Community Action on Toxics. She is a Yupik grandmother who was born in the village of Savoonga on Sivuqaq (also known as St. Lawrence Island). She was hired by ACAT in 2002 to work in Anchorage on the St. Lawrence Island environmental health and justice project, and by 2009 she had stepped into the position of Program Director to share responsibilities with the executive
director for all of ACAT’s efforts. She has received the Environmental Achievement Award from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and been recognized by leaders of Savoonga “for dedication and devoted service as an Ambassador of St. Lawrence Island for protecting our health and human rights.” She was a member of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council, which advises the National Institute of Health, for five years, and was appointed this
year to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Vi lives in Anchorage with her husband and their grandchild.
11 am Sunday, June 20, 2021
Parents and Solstice
With Worship Associates Joyce Laine and Cady Lynn O’Brien
We'll reflect on the different ways we parent as congregants share their own experiences.
9 am Sunday, June 27, 2021
Resources in Alaska for Dealing with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias
Pam Kelley, Executive Director, and Fred Traber, Board MemberAlzheimer’s Resource of Alaska
Pamela Kelley is Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska (ARA). For the
three years prior to becoming the Executive Director, Pam served as the organization’s
Education Director. Her years of service as the Education Director for ARA were
influenced by the myriad lessons learned while supporting and providing care for a
family member who lived with Alzheimer’s disease. Originally from Ohio, she earned
her law degree from Indiana University School of Law and moved to Anchorage in 1985
with her husband, Dave. She worked as a lawyer and coordinated the paralegal studies
program at the University of Alaska Anchorage before personally and professionally
immersing herself in the field of dementia care. She is widely published on subjects
ranging from the First Amendment to end-of-life. Pam and Dave continue to enjoy
exploring wild Alaska on foot or skis, by kayak and canoe.
11 am Sunday, June 27, 2021
Circle Round for Justice, Healing, and Courage: UUA General Assembly Worship Service
With Worship Associate Ken Winterberger