First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

Selected Sermons

Mysteries and Mystics (MP3) 20 MB
Reverend Annie Foerster
October 4. 2015
As Unitarian Universalists we are quite
proud of our rational minds, our ability
to think critically and ferret out the truth.
We deny everything that cannot be
substantiated. But how do we know when
we’re finished? How do we know we haven’t
eradicated too much? I’m all for cleaning
out the attic, but shouldn’t some things be
kept for historical purposes, some for their
beauty and some because they might be
useful one day in the future?

Going Far Together (MP3) 17 MB
The Reverend Susan M. Smith
September 27, 2015
An African proverb says, “If you
want to go fast, go alone. If you want
to go far, go together.” Rev. Smith,
Congregational Life Staff of the
Unitarian Universalist Association
Southern Region, offers this message for
our personal lives as well as concluding
a weekend of crafting a new path for
this community of faith.

The Little Things (MP3) 18 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
September 20, 2015
With the start of Rosh Hashanah and
the Jewish tradition of resolving harm
done to ourselves and others, how do
we become more aware of the small
hurts that happen every day?

The House that Becomes a Home
Part 1 (MP3) 7 MB
Part 2 (MP3) 9 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
September 13, 2015
In a time when hope is needed along
with genuine values that make a positive
difference in the world, the image of the
house is one way to find what already
exists among us as well as what we
create together.

The Suffering of God (MP3) 18 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
August 30, 2015
In any relationship one of the most
important questions is what happens when
there is harm or pain. What does it mean
when someone says, “God is weeping with

When There Is No Other (MP3) 22 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
August 16, 2015
If the foundation of the theological house
begins with the human and the divine, what
is the relationship with those for whom there
is no Holy Other?

Two Gifts: Spirituality and Creativity (MP3) 17 MB
The Reverend Annie Foerster
August 9, 2015
Spirituality and Creativity. They’re not
remotely the same, but they are distantly
related, like the cousins of your cousins. They
are gifts that are available to us all and gifts
we can give ourselves when we choose to
use them. People will tell you about them,
but you have to discover their instructions on
your own. Where do they reside? How can we
find them? I don’t know all the answers, but I
understand some of the important questions.

She: Rediscovering the Divine Feminine (MP3) 26 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
August 2, 2015

Sanctuary (MP3) 17 MB
The Reverend Mark Walz
June 28, 2015
It’s been argued that Religion is the most
powerful and pervasive force on earth.
When at their best religions have inspired
communities to put aside too-narrow self
interests and pursue their higher values.
Religions have also harmed more people
than any other cultural impulse. They have
incited war, slavery, and genocide. Religions
can turn evil. Rev. Mark Walz will preach
the sermon.

Conversations with God (MP3) 22 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
June 21, 2015
I have a few questions. We’ll see who or
what comes up with an answer.

To trust in that daring that shapes the world (MP3) 26 MB
The Reverend Lora Brandis
June 14, 2015
“To trust in that daring that shapes the
world” is a line from a poem by Karin Boye
that challenges us to step away from fear and
into vulnerability. Living life fully, we are not
only challenged to discover how to trust what
shapes the world, but we are also challenged
to learn how to trust ourselves. Courageously
vulnerable, we dare to transform and be
The Reverend Lora Brandis served the Conejo
Valley UU Fellowship in Newbury Park, California
from August 2011 to February 2015.

The Flower Communion (MP3) 9 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
June 7, 2015
All ages are invited to a great Sunday for
welcoming new members into the congregation
and for our annual flower communion. If
possible, please bring locally grown flowers
for our common bouquet as we hear the story
of Norbert Capek and renew our beloved community.

We Are Each Other's Angels (MP3) 21 MB
The Reverend Tony Lorenzen
May 31, 2015

The Choice of Service, the Path of Hope (MP3) 21 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
May 24, 2015

Not by Our Will Alone (MP3) 20 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
April 12, 2015
As First Jefferson takes up a new vision,
there also is the truth that values must be
lived if they are to be relevant to our lives.
Join us for the closing reflection on Rev.
James Luther Adams’ Fourth Smooth Stone
of “incarnation.”

Redeeming Easter (MP3) 32 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
April 5, 2015
One of the great questions asked by
contemporary theologians is, “What is
Christianity without the crucifixion of
Jesus?” Come hear one answer this Sunday.

What If We Were Number One (MP3) 25 MB
The Reverend Alex Holt
March 29, 2015

Renewal Sunday: Just Getting Started (MP3) 19 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
March 22, 2015
One of the best indicators of long life is
to have a passion that keeps us curious
and resilient. Unitarian Universalism has
that passion at its core. Come hear that
good news along with the chance to receive
pledge packets for the 2015-2016 Annual
Budget Drive.

Aiming for Joy (MP3) 21 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
March 1, 2015

Encounter with Awe (MP3) 22 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
February 15, 2015
Neuroscientist Paul Pearsall tells us that
“Awe [is an] overwhelming and bewildering
sense of connection with a startling
universe that is usually far beyond the
narrow band of our consciousness.” Rabbi
Abraham Heschel says that “Awe enables
us to see in the world intimations of the
divine...” What is the nature of awe and why
should we care? This service is the second
reflection following on the core values
named by those at the Vision Workshop on
January 24. Please join us.

Hope Made Manifest (MP3) 27 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
February 8, 2015
Following on the Vision Workshop from
January 24, worship will include ways to
explore the core values expressed by those
in attendance: Hope, Joy, Connection,
and Joy. We begin with Hope. Also, all
are invited to join the Children and Youth
Religious Education Council as we thank our
wonderful volunteers during the service.

Religion: Do You Take it With or Without? (MP3) 19 MB
The Reverend Annie Foerster
February 1, 2015
Unitarian Universalists are good at discarding the religious language that creates problems with their beloved Reason and Logic. Out goes the language and out goes the accompanying concept. Yet the rest of the world is still talking about these things, leaving us nothing to say in response — or at best, protesting with a defensive response. Could we use our R and L to chip away the misunderstandings between us? Let’s try. Let’s be brave and jump right into the biggest kerfuffle. Let’s talk about God.

A More Abundant Life (MP3) 21MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
January 25, 2015
Rev. Jennifer is happy to offer the closing
worship in the three-part Revival sponsored
by First Jefferson this month. After starting
with her own experience growing up in
Unitarian Universalism, she offers her own
hopes for the coming years of this faith.

A Dream for the Ages (MP3) 18 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
January 18, 2015
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of his
dream for equality and respect among
nations. What is this dream to us today and
what shall it be in our lives to come?

Do Over (MP3) 17 MB
The Reverend Tony Lorenzen
January 4, 2015
Rev. Tony Lorenzen reflects on seeing life
as journey with no destination. We need
courage and grace to restart, reboot, and
take a resilient do over.
Rev. Tony Lorenzen currently serves as
the half-time consulting pastor at two
congregations in the greater Houston area:
Thoreau Woods UU Church in Huntsville, TX
and the Unitarian Fellowship of Houston.

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