First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

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

April 1
“A Season of Hope”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
Easter is a holiday with a long and evolving history. From Persephone’s return from the underworld to the Easter Bunny who delivers decorated eggs, the stories share one theme in common—hope for the future. What does Easter mean for Unitarian Universalists?

April 8
“The Deep Well”
The Reverend Aija Jansone
In ancient communities well was a sacred center that sustained and nurtured community. What sustains us? Where and how do we find nurture particularly during the dry seasons of life?
Rev. Aija Jansone is pursuing a doctoral degree at Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX. Prior to these studies she worked as a healthcare chaplain in adult and pediatric settings and as a pastor for a congregation in St. Louis.

April 15
“The Hero’s Journey: Where Shall I Find Help?”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
I am a Taurus on the zodiac cycle—a bull-headed, stubborn, independent, know-it-all, determined, goal-driven, opinionated Taurus. I can make it work because I am also, generous and compassionate. (Look it up, if you don’t believe me, or ask another Taurus.) There is a down side to all these marvelous qualities (including modesty). I have an extremely difficult time asking for help. Yet all the myths of the Hero’s Journey point to hero’s need to accept assistance. Where does your help come from?

April 22
“The Earth is Our Mother”
The Reverend Annie Foerster
Stephen Hawking said the universe was coming to an end, but he didn’t mean in our lifetime, or for many lifetimes to come. But, perhaps it wouldn’t hurt us to consider it as finite in order to see our role in its maintenance.

April 29
“Covenant: Life in the Vertical Dimension”
The Reverend Samuel Schaal
Covenant is at the center of Unitarian Universalist life. This gives us an opportunity to experience what has been called “the deep center” of our faith, to hold us steady in difficult times.

Hero’s Journey Worship Series

The Hero’s Journey is one of those myths that Joseph Campbell discovered existed in almost every culture and religion around the world. He collected these stories for his landmark book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces. These myths, he claimed, are important teaching stories about both the culture and its expectations for the individual.

The Adventures in Religion group has been studying the book and the cultures in which they are found. On January 14 Reverend Annie Foerster began a series of worship services to help explore the individual’s role as “hero.“ Remember this: If you can’t tell your life story with you as the hero, no one else will.

 

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