First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

Church building
Upcoming Sermons
Sunday Morning Worship
at 11:00 a.m.

July 2, 2017
“The Bounce”
The Reverend Amy Beltaine
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 diffi cult
times that we discover our most critical
hidden strengths and that we forge our
most important capabilities.

July 9, 2017
“Who Is My Neighbor?”
The Reverend Samuel Schaal
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?

July 16, 2017
“The Acceptance Spectrum”
UU Ministerial Candidate D. Scott Cooper
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.
D. Scott Cooper recently completed his
Ministerial Internship at the Unitarian
Universalist Society of Sacramento. Scott, a
candidate for UU Ministry, will soon begin
serving as Sabbatical Support Team Manager
through the end of the year at the First Unitarian
Church of Dallas.
Scott graduated last May with his Master of
Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School, on
the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort
Worth. Scott was Intern for Pastoral Care at
the First Street Mission in Fort Worth while in
seminary, and over the following summer was
a chaplaincy intern at the University of Texas
Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

July 23, 2017
“Resistance is the Secret of Joy”
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
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

July 30, 2017
“Caregiving as Sacred Work”
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
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?

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