October Virtual Forum Speakers & Sunday Worship

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Virtual Forum
9am Sunday October 4, 2020

Alaska Budget Choices—What Would You Do?

Cheryl Frasca, Co-chair, Commonwealth North’s 

Fiscal Policy Study Group   

Cheryl Frasca has been involved in state and local fiscal policy issues for over 40 years. She started by working as legislative staff for 12 years, primarily for Finance Committee chairs, and headed up budget work at the Office of Management and Budget for two governors and two Anchorage mayors. Ms. Frasca was awarded the National Governors’ Association’s “Distinguished Service to State Government” recognition, and received the Ernest Gruening Award for “Outstanding Graduate Student” from the University of Alaska Southeast.  She has earned a master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s in Political Science.  She retired in 2012, which means she now can plan vacations without regard to the state or municipal budget schedules. It also means she has time for volunteer work, such as serving on Commonwealth North’s Board and as a co-chair of its Fiscal Policy Study Group.

11am Sunday Virtual Worship October 4, 2020

Animal Blessing Service

With Rev. Lise Adams Sherry

Rev. Lise Adams Sherry has served as AUUF’s Minister since August.  She grew up in Oregon as part of a blended family that got along amazingly well together.  Her main interests growing up were dancing and theatre--she performed a lot!  Another highlight was learning French and spending her junior year of college in France. Lise is married to Nelson and together they have two boys (Kennen, 25 and Derek, 22).  They’ve lived in Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon, Illinois and Massachusetts.  Lise received her M.Div. from Meadville Lombard in Chicago.  Her religious life is informed by nature, Buddhism and the Judeo-Christian tradition.  Social justice, multi-generational worship services, and pastoral care are some of her favorite parts of ministry.  Lise also enjoys hiking, bicycling, reading, gardening, movies, traveling and learning about other cultures. 

Virtual Forum
9am Sunday October 11, 2020

Making One’s ‘Way’—Traveling the Portuguese Camino

With Rev. Lise Adams Sherry

Virtual Worship

11am Sunday October 11, 2020

The Doctrine of Discovery

With Rev. Lise Adams Sherry

How do philosophies and policies from before Plymouth Rock (400 years ago!) continue to affect how we treat others and organize our world? How can we listen more deeply to those who have been so adversely affected by these policies?

Virtual Forum 

9am Sunday October 18, 2020

Fighting Covid-19 with Science and Compassion

With Alaska's Chief Medical Officer Dr. ZInk

Dr. Anne Zink has served as Alaska’s chief medical officer since August 2019. Dr. Zink grew up near Denver, and spent summers in Alaska as an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School. After finishing her medical degree at Stanford University and her residency in Utah, she moved to Palmer to serve as an emergency room doctor at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center.  Fourteen years later, she remains a practicing emergency room physician, and before joining the Department of Health and Human Services she served as Mat-Su Regional’s Emergency Department Director (2010-18) and also on its Board of Trustees (2012-18).  Dr. Zink is passionate about helping to shape and transform our current healthcare system.  She lives with her husband and two teen-age daughters in Palmer, and enjoys travel and outdoor recreation.

Virtual Worship
11am Sunday October 18, 2020

UU the Vote!

With Marty Freeman & Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray

The Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray began her six-year term as president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in June 2017. As president of the Association, she is responsible for administering staff and programs that serve its more than 1,000 member congregations. She also acts as principal spokesperson and minister-at-large for the UUA. Susan brings a strong focus on mission and strategic planning to her leadership at the UUA as it works to dismantle systems of white supremacy.

Virtual Forum
9am Sunday October 25, 2020

Exploring the Rivers of the Arctic Refuge

Ed and Georgia Bennett
 

Ed Bennett has lived in Alaska ever since the Army sent him here from Connecticut in July 1970. His career as a journalist included work as a reporter and editor in radio, television, and newspapers. He served as Jay Hammond’s press secretary in Jay's successful 1974 gubernatorial campaign. Ed later helped create Alaska’s first statewide TV newsmagazine, Alaska Review. He coordinated coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill as assignment editor at KTUU television. In 1975 He co-founded NOVA Riverunners and continues to float rivers to this day. With his wife, Georgia, he owns Bennett Images, a photography business that has become Alaska’s largest manufacturer of metal prints. Ed and Georgia between them have three wonderful adult children and seven grandchildren.  They live in Eagle River, have two dogs, and are already planning next year’s adventures.  

Georgia Bennett was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and was determined to escape and see the world from the time she could read Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. There was a life out there and she wanted to find it! December 1975 found her in Anchorage, Alaska, and she has lived here ever since. She and Ed have been married 18 years and between them they have three wonderful adult children and seven grandchildren (also two happy dogs). After spending more than 20 years as a graphic designer, she now focuses largely on photography. She and Ed greatly enjoy rafting in the wilderness and visiting new and old places with their cameras in hand. They own and operate Bennett Images, making metal prints of their own work as well as printing for numerous talented artists and photographers.

Virtual Worship
11am Sunday October 25, 2020

Celtic Spirituality
With Rev. Lise Adams Sherry


The Celts were viewed as Pagans who needed to be civilized into the Christian world. How did Christianity merge with those earth-inspired traditions? How has Celtic spirituality remained incarnational, even in its current Christian setting, and what can we UUs learn from it?

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