First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

Selected Sermons

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

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.

Small Consistencies of Ministry and Faith (MP3) 22 min, 21 MB
The Reverend Annie Foerster
February 26, 2017
We pride ourselves as Unitarian
Universalists on being different, of not
needing to think alike to love alike. We
secretly revel in the confusion we cause in
other religious people. But there is some
sense of consistency that is, by definition,
part of belonging to a particular faith. What
is at the core of yours? Of ours? I’m not sure
I know, but I’m willing to explore it with you.

To Be Free or To Be Free From? (MP3) 23 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
February 19, 2017
President Franklin Roosevelt spoke not only
of the freedom to worship and believe. He
also spoke of the freedom from want and
from fear. What is the nature of the liberty
we live for today?

Faith of the Free (MP3) 16 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
February 5, 2017
Freedom of belief and the freedom
to worship keep appearing across
human history no matter how often they
are restricted. What is the Unitarian
Universalist understanding about the
nature of freedom when we say we “seek
knowledge in freedom”?

The Promise of Peace (MP3) 20 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
January 29, 2017

Only Connect (MP3) 17 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
January 22, 2017
Like a bridge over troubled waters, I will lay me down.

We Are the Peacemakers (MP3) 18 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
January 15, 2017

Elijah's Angel (MP3) 9 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
December 25, 2016
Join us for a sharing of stories and carols
on Christmas morning!

To Serve and Expect (MP3) 22 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
December 18, 2016
In keeping with the theme of Service is
Our Prayer, what is the difference between
giving out of a sense of hope and giving out
of a sense of prayer? What happens when
what we offer does not bring about what we

Reflection on Service (MP3) 14 MB
The Reverend Samuel Schaal
November 27, 2016
The Reverend Samuel Schaal has served
UU congregations in Texas, Missouri and
Wisconsin in the practice of transitional
ministry, to invigorate and energize
congregations between settled pastorates.
He is also a stewardship consultant, with
a mission of helping congregations and
individuals connect the role of money and
spirit in their lives.

Hands Together, hands Apart (MP3) 20 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
November 20, 2016
As we begin to explore the theme of Service
is Our Prayer, we begin with the nature of
prayer itself and our relationship to this old,
old spiritual practice.

Across the Universe (MP3) 20 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
November 6, 2016
When reaching across the aisles seems
more and more diffi cult for our political
leaders, what is our response to the
divisions between us? How do we prepare
for the morning after the election on
November 8?

A Time to Remember: El Dia de los Muertos (MP3) 8 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis and Congregation
October 30, 2016
We close this month’s theme of quest for
truth is our sacrament by entering a time
of sorrow, memory, and love for those we
remember. This service is in the style of El
Dia de los Muertos, the Central American
practice of honoring the dead. You are
welcome to bring photos or small items and
add them to the ofrenda. There will be a time
for brief sharing of names during the service.
This service is for all ages. Please join us.

Myths of Handedness (MP3) 18 MB
Tina Harmuth
October 23, 2016
We search for truth and meaning. We strive
to create an environment where all can seek
knowledge in freedom. We better ourselves
and our world through learning and by
applying what we learn. But sometimes that
requires un-learning certain things - freeing
ourselves of beliefs we didn’t even realize we
held, or those that part of us doesn’t want to
let go.

The Quest (MP3) 19 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
October 16, 2016
From a 1000-mile religious pilgrimage to
boldly going where no one has gone before,
humans swap tales of the grand journey
in the search for enlightenment. What is
the liberal church’s adventure of the spirit
when the politics and social concerns are
increasingly muddy and rough?

The Advice we Give Ourselves (MP3) 18 MB
Julie Cecil
October 9, 2016
What are the things you offer yourself
and others as advice? From what kind of
experiences in life has that advice been
learned? Come and explore the roots of the
deep truths we each hold and see how our
experiences have the power to shape what
we share as imparted wisdom.
Julie Cecil is a member of First Jefferson. She
is a chaplain at Texas Health Fort Worth and is
in the Ministerial Fellowship process with our
Unitarian Universalist faith for endorsement of
her clinical ministry.

When Good People Make Bad Choices (MP3) 20 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
October 2, 2016
One of the great mysteries of the time is why people we like make decisions that hurt themselves or the world. Of course, if only they listened to us, everything would be so much better. Is this true? What about our own choices?

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