First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

Selected Sermons

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

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

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

The Divinity of Doubt (MP3) 14 MB
Joe Kleehammer
February 28, 2016
The Average Joe’s view of an agnostic
approach to the divine, exploring what
humans might know versus what we
probably can’t know at this current stage of
Joe is a member of First Jefferson, has a
Masters of Theology from Liberty Baptist
Seminary and is ordained by the Church
of Spiritual Humanism.
Text of sermon.

We Need Not Think Alike to Love Alike (MP3) 16 MB
The Reverend Annie Foerster
February 14, 2016
It’s Valentine’s Day and “Love” needed to
be in the title. The sermon itself will also be
about love, and history, and faith, and, oh,
yes, love. There will also be transformation
and love, and diversity and love, and
redemption, and did I mention love? Maybe
I can work spirit in there, and, perhaps
responsibility; how about possibility and
potential and, well, I might mention love.
That about does it.

Love Is an Evolutionary Act (MP3) 19 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
February 7, 2016
It is said that love is more a verb than a
noun. What is the power of love in human
development, not just in the human heart?
This service is in honor of Charles Darwin’s
birthday and the Clergy Letter Project: Fear not the
conversation between science and religion!

No Silent Seeker: Mary Moody Emerson and the
Emergence of Transcendentalism (MP3)
26 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
January 31, 2016
Ralph Waldo Emerson is revered
as a great voice of Unitarianism and
Transcendentalism in the early 1800’s. But
what voices inspired him? Join us for the
story of the aunt who was better “for a poet
than a patron”.

The Mosque Next Door (MP3) 19 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
January 24, 2016
The question of “who is my neighbor?”
rises yet again in the recent reactions to
Muslim immigrants and refugees around
the world. What is the progressive response
to the nuances of not only the cultures
connected to Islam but also those who act
out of fear or self-defense?

The Body of Freedom (MP3) 19 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
January 17, 2016
Deep in the heart of justice is the question
of who controls one’s body. On this weekend
when we reflect on the legacy of Martin
Luther King, Jr., we hear from the voices
of Ta-Nehisi Coates and others who name
the body as the central measure of human

Do You Do Windows? (MP3)
part 1 4 MB
part 2 18 MB
D. Scott Cooper
January 3, 2016
We begin the New Year by continuing the discussion of the Theological House. The windows of our house allow us a view onto the world, allow the world to look back at us, and — if the lighting is just right — can allow us to reflect on ourselves. Join us as we explore how this useful metaphor can deepen our faith and inform our lives.
Scott is a candidate for ordination as a UU minister. This past summer he worked as a Chaplain Intern at the new UT Southwestern Clements Hospital in Dallas just prior to beginning his final year of seminary studies at Brite Divinity School.

A Light in the Long Night (MP3) 19 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
December 20, 2015
Sometimes it seems like one candle or the
birth of one baby is not enough to keep us
through the night. This beloved community
has been lifting up more hope, more joy,
more awe, and more connection since
declaring those to be our deepest values
in January. Sometimes it feels like there is
so much less of everything than more of
anything. With what hope shall we enter the
coming year?

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