First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

Selected Sermons

Who Are the Homeless (MP3) 25 min, 23 MB
Sue Lowry
September 17, 2017
During the last four years I have been
working on East Lancaster with and for
those who are experiencing homelessness. I
have learned an enormous amount during
that time through research, talking to case
managers, and interaction with those on
the street. Homelessness and poverty are
complex issues and there is no quick fix nor
will the same solution work for everyone.
Through stories and my own experiences and
reflections, I will be sharing a little about who
makes up the homeless population.

Sue Lowry earned a Master of Divinity degree
from Brite Divinity School at TCU and is now
serving as a community minister with the
homeless. She works with the DRC, which is an
agency that uses the Housing First model to
focus on housing those who are experiencing
homelessness. Sue is also the DRC liaison for the
interfaith Room in the Inn program. She is an
active member of both First Jefferson UU Church
and First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth.

To Hope and Back Again (MP3) 26 min, 24 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
September 10, 2017
Join us for Rev. Jennifer’s last time of
leading worship at First Jefferson. She offers
a message of thanksgiving and her wishes for
the future of the church.

A Question of Tolerance (MP3) 19 min, 18 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
September 3, 2017
The one sermon Rev. Jennifer never had
a chance to deliver was on Acceptance v.
Tolerance. For her second-to-last Sunday
with First Jefferson, she turns to the paradox
of tolerance and considers Karl Popper’s
statement: “Unlimited tolerance must lead to
the disappearance of tolerance.”

Love is a Many Gendered Thing (MP3) 16 min, 15 MB
Julie Cecil
August 27, 2017
Gender has been discussed in our news
and culture so much lately. From “bathroom
bills”, to Target’s clothing lines, to gender
reveal extravaganzas, there is no shortage
of stories about gender expression and
gender perception. Come explore the topic
on gender as we delve deep into our own
experiences and culture, finding ways to
love and respect all, regardless of gender
variance.

To Tell the Truth (MP3) 15 min, 14 MB
The Reverend Annie Foerster
August 13, 2017
Will we know the truth when we see
it or hear it? Can we speak it to power
(or to anyone else, for that matter)? To
whom do we lie the most (you might
be surprised at this one)? Truth—such a
simple concept; such a deep profundity.
Could there be more questions than
answers?

Pluralism: The Meeting of Many Faiths (MP3) 25 min, 23 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
August 6, 2017

Caregiving as Sacred Work (MP3) 19 min, 18 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
July 30, 2017
So many of us are increasingly responsible
for another person’s life. Sometimes it
feels like the hours named in the book, The
36 Hour Day, do not begin to cover the
experience of caring for another person.
What is the “good news” for the caregivers
among us?

Resistance is the Secret of Joy (MP3) 28 min, 25 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
July 23, 2017
Deep in one of Alice Walker’s novels is her
abiding message: “Resistance is the secret of
joy!” How does joy appear when the heart is
weary?

The Acceptance Spectrum (MP3) 17 min, 16 MB
UU Ministerial Candidate D. Scott Cooper
July 16, 2017
One hears the terms acceptance and
tolerance bandied about these days. How
might consideration of these inform our
spiritual lives and work for justice? Join Scott
as he discusses a rather famous prayer, a
very famous frog and the Third UU Principle.

Who Is My Neighbor? (MP3) 27 min, 25 MB
The Reverend Samuel Schaal
July 9, 2017
In the old story of the Good Samaritan,
we forget that the Samaritan was a
person ethnically and religiously Other,
reviled by the culture. So the bad person
does the good thing, giving richer
meaning to the question of “who is my
neighbor?” For Unitarian Universalists
today, who is our neighbor?

The Bounce (MP3) 19 min, 18 MB
The Reverend Amy Beltaine
July 2, 2017
Finding our resilience. Why do many
people and organizations crumble in
the face of difficulty, while others use
adversity to bounce back even stronger?
The experience of bounce can range
from an uncanny feeling of levitation
to a supreme tranquil relaxation. It’s
precisely when all seems lost that the
opportunity exists to rewire your brain.
It’s often during life’s most difficult
times that we discover our most critical
hidden strengths and that we forge our
most important capabilities.

Down in My Soul (MP3) 25 min, 23 MB
The Reverend Samuel Schaal
June 25, 2017
The wisdom of all ages speaks about the
road to our depth. Yet most of us live on the
surface. We accept ourselves as we appear
to ourselves. But when the picture we have
of ourselves breaks down, we are plunged
into the depths, beyond the surface of self
to the soul, where we might discover deep
things.

Jack Calhoun’s Vision: Occupy the World (MP3) 10 min, 10 MB
Prof. Dan Levine
June 18, 2017
How is population increase affecting society? How is
society affecting relationships? Learn about the
Compassion Revolution.

The Promise of Welcome (MP3) 25 min, 23 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
June 11, 2017
Do you feel you are a stranger in a strange land?

A World of Flowers (MP3) 10 min, 10 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis and Congregation
June 4, 2017
In honor of the 95th anniversary of Flower
Communion, the Unitarians in Prague invite
all Unitarian Universalist congregations to
celebrate the inclusive ritual created by the
Rev. Norbert Capek. Rev. Capek offered a
worship that would speak to the people who
came from many faiths before finding the
Unitarian church in Prague.

Gratitude (MP3) 22 min, 20 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
May 21, 2017
The notion of thanksgiving does not reside
in one season. What does gratitude mean
today?

Harmony (MP3) 23 min, 21MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
May 14, 2017
Every Sunday this congregation shares
the promise, “To grow in harmony with the
divine”. What is the nature of harmony in
our lives?

The Water Is Wide: White Supremacy and Unitarian Universalism (MP3) 27 min, 25 MB
Rev. Jennifer Innis and Friends
May 7, 2017
On this Sunday we join with over 600 Unitarian Universalist congregations for the White Supremacy Teach-In. “Why White Supremacy?” you may ask. Our Unitarian Universalist Association is in a time of great turmoil as we confront our institutional failure to become an anti-racist, anti-oppressive organization. Some brilliant and brave self-examination and real soul work is being done. Several leaders have stepped down, and a new leadership team with more persons of color has stepped up to serve. On May 7, we dedicate this worship to a “teach-in” about the pervasive effects of white supremacy in our culture and our lives. 51 years ago the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to the Unitarian Universalists about the need for the church to fight this horrible curse among us. The work continues. Worship includes multiple voices and stories about white supremacy and its effect.

Forever Earth (MP3) 23 min, 21 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
April 23, 2017
We bring home our stewardship campaign
with the big vision: Our care of the Earth!

Rolling Away the Stone (MP3) 20 min, 19MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
April 16, 2017
On Easter Sunday, what comes after the
world is turned upside down?

Shine! (MP3) 17 min, 15 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
April 2, 2017
All are invited to hear about what we are
called to be as a congregation and as people
of faith in the coming year.

Prophetic Sisterhood (MP3)  23 min, 22 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
March 19, 2017
In the spirit of making stories more visible,
there was this amazing group of women
who took to the road and were ministers in
this country’s frontiers of 1880-1930. What
do we need to remember? What do we need
to hear today?

The Tragedy and Hope of Universalism (MP3) 23 min, 21 MB
The Reverend Samuel Schaal
March 12, 2017
A recent stage production highlighted the
old idea of universalism: that God saves
all people regardless of faith. We are the
card-carrying Universalists, and yet at the
1961 consolidation with the Unitarians, the
educated and privileged Unitarian culture
was dominant and remains so today. We
have lost some core ideas of Universalism
and so have experienced diminished inward
spiritual depth (despite our education) and
inability to evangelize significant numbers of
people (despite countless growth campaigns,
branding, messaging and reorganizing). But
seeds of hope remain.

The Art of Seeking (MP3) 17 min, 15 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
March 5, 2017
For the current theme of seeking knowledge
in freedom, this month we start with the
seeking itself.

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