First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

Selected Sermons

Love is the Doctrine of This Church (MP3) 22 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
August 14, 2016
When people ask about this church’s main
statement of belief, I often hear members
quote the weekly affirmation of “Love is
the doctrine of this church.” Starting with
love is great! And yet – how is love a way of
instruction and structure for faith?

Accepting and Encouraging Spiritual Growth (MP3) 13 MB
Mary West
August 7, 2016
Using the the third principle in everyday
life to connect and grow with others.

The Self in the World: A Tale of Ralph Waldo Emerson (MP3) 22 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
July 31, 2016
Emerson is often cited for his promotion
of “Self-Reliance” and the argument that
intuition is the only authority. Or perhaps his
life was a long response to the deep grief he
suffered. What might his life say to our own
questions about what we cherish?

Questions? Questions! (MP3) 19 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
July 24, 2016
This Sunday is the annual Question Box
Sermon. Do you have a burning inquiry
about religion, ethics, current events – or
something completely different? We create
the message together when you provide
the questions on the morning of the service
and Rev. Jennifer does her best to answer
as many as possible during the sermon.
Your questions also help shape the course of
worship over the coming year. Thank you for
supporting the free pulpit and the free pew.

A Voice From the Past (MP3) 25 MB
The Reverend Annie Foerster
July 10, 2016
Mary Livermore was a nineteenth century
reformer, an abolitionist, a suffragette and
a member of the Sanitary Commission.
She spoke out on education for girls, prison
reform and equal justice for all. We are
fortunate to have her here with us to tell us
why these topics were an important part of
our history and what they still mean to us
today.

The House of Tomorrow (MP3) 13 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
June 26, 2016
What are the next stages when we inhabit
a house for hope? Rev. Jennifer concludes
the theological themes based on Unitarian
Universalism as a theological house.

To Be or Not to Be a Man (MP3) 19 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
June 19, 2016
“He’ s such a man!” is one of the most
common phrases in our society, from
everyday language to pop culture. Yet the
roles and expectations are not easy to
define or follow. Where better to enter the
conversation than on Father’s Day?

UUSC: Our Story, Our Principles, Our Practices (MP3) 18 MB
The Reverend Dr. Lissa Jenkins
June 12, 2016
The Unitarian Universalist Service
Committee (UUSC) is wholly devoted to
bringing our UU values and disciplines into
the service of humankind. Laser-focused
on the most marginalized populations,
the UUSC works through “eye-to-eye”
partnerships with promising grassroots
organizations around the world to secure
and ensure basic human rights for all, no
exceptions. This Sunday we will consider
what this organization means for us as
individuals, as congregations and as a
movement.

Sanctuary (MP3) 20 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
May 22, 2016

The Transient and the Permanent (MP3) 24 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
May 15, 2016

Service is Our Prayer (MP3) 15 MB
Sheryl Abrahams
May 8, 2016
“Service is Our Prayer”: We speak this
affirmation every Sunday. But what do we
really mean by it? We’ll explore the spiritual
dimensions of service, and the many ways
in which we serve one another.
Sheryl Abrahams is a First Jefferson
member and a graduate of The Shared
Pulpit lay sermon-writing course recently
offered here.

The Question of Violence (MP3) 25 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
April 17, 2016
As we explore our ultimate purpose in
this year’s theological themes, we must
include that with which we struggle. What
is the relationship between human nature,
a progressive faith, and the harm we do to
one another?

Ready to Launch (MP3) 22 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
April 10, 2016
In every moment we stand at the threshold
facing futures yet unknown. How shall we
gather ourselves for the next journey? Join
us as we celebrate the end of our annual
budget drive and look forward to the year
to come.

Awakenings (MP3) 19 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
March 27, 2016
Easter morning is a particular reminder of
the power of renewal in our lives. To what
shall we rise?

First Things Made to Last (MP3) 21 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
March 20, 2016

Future Stories: Finding Hope in Times of Change (MP3) 13 MB
David Martin
March 13, 2016
David Martin is a Chaplain and
Bereavement Coordinator at Encompass
Hospice in Dallas. He also volunteers with
the worship team at Horizon Unitarian
Universalist Church in Carrolton.

On the Threshold (MP3) 18 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
March 6, 2016
We begin the next theological theme by
looking out from the doorway of Rebecca
Parker’s theological house. The questions
are “Where are we going?” and “What are
we creating?” in our flawed and fabulous
world.


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