First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

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at 11:00 a.m.

Worship Services for October 2021

October 3
“Cultivating Relationships”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
As I considered this week’s Soul Matters topic, I realized I often think in terms of having relationships, noting them, counting them, striving to increase their number. Collecting relationships, as it were; priding myself, for instance, on how many of the people in my four-block neighborhood I know by name. But when I considered how many of these acquaintances are name-only relationships, I really became interested in the act of cultivating relationships. Where are you on this continuum?

October 10
“My Story”
Sharon Herrera
Sharon Herrera is a Veteran of the United States Air Force, consultant and owner of SHARE Link LLC, Founder and Executive Director of LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S. and serves as a leader in the LGBTQ community of Tarrant County. Sharon works closely with many organizations, universities and school districts to help further education on LGBTQ issues. She is one of twelve ‘Mujeres Poderosas’ (Legacy of Strong Latinas in Fort Worth), sits on KERA/KXT Community Advisory Board, Millwood Hospital LGBTQ Advisory Council, The Parenting Center Board and the 1012 Leadership Coalition (Community collective to acquire the former KKK auditorium in Fort Worth, Texas and transform it into a center and museum for arts and community healing.) Sharon lives in Fort Worth with her wife Marcel.

October 17
“Spiritual, But Not Religious”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
This is a favorite framework for many Unitarian Universalist, especially Come-Outers of a childhood faith. Religion, they seem to say, is what I was fed then, not what I have now. When I read author Mary Rose O’Reilley’s The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shephard, I was intrigued with how she found a way to deepen her spirituality within the crossroads of several religious faiths and a yearlong job tending sheep. Maybe we can be both spiritual and religious.

October 24
“Think Like the Buddha, Part III”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
I’ve quit saying, “I don’t believe in…?” and then listing some dogma or creed held by another person or another faith system, like God or Heaven or Transubstantiation. I find it much more enlightening to ask—even if I’m just asking myself, “How do you consider the concept of…?” and then thinking about how useful the concept might or might not be to a person’s faith life. Buddhism lends itself to this kind of consideration for me. That’s why I’m offering yet another look at this easy-to-understand and hard-to-practice religion. Today I’m considering Karma (and, by extension, possibly Reincarnation). Suspend your disbelief. Consider along with me.

October 31
Member Led Service
We're going to celebrate the harvest and the time of year when the dead are remembered, whether you call it Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos, Samhain, or maybe Kalan Gwav. This lay-led service will have members sharing some of their own traditions as well as some stories about festivals from around the world.

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