First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

Selected Sermons

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?

Happy Lessons about Loss and Grieving (MP3) 20MB
The Reverend Annie Foerster
September 25, 2016
You probably never thought to read ‘happy’ and ‘grieving’ in the same sentence, much less a sermon title. But in my experience, grieving well-done leads to healing and what could be happier than that? The big questions remain, “How do we learn to grieve well? Who are our role models and is there a socially acceptable model of grief in our culture?” I think we all still have a lot to learn.

To Dare Against the Nazis (MP3) 22 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis and Julie Cecil
September 18, 2016
Across the country, Unitarian Universalists are getting inspired by Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, a Ken Burns documentary that airs nationwide on PBS on September 20, 2016.  It tells the story of two Unitarians, Waitstill and Martha Sharp, who helped hundreds of people escape Nazi Europe.  Resisting Islamophobia and the Syrian refugee crisis today, UU congregations and individuals carry on the Sharps’ legacy to defy hatred and fear.

Seekers of Truth (MP3) 17 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
September 4, 2016
In the process of discovering the nature
of truth, the result often is more intangible
than solid. As we start with the theme of
“the quest of truth is our sacrament”, how is
this pondering a sacred act on its own?

Living The Fourth Principle; The Responsible Search For Truth And Meaning (MP3) 14 MB
Dawn Davis
August 28, 2016
Hear how this can be a truly liberating
project by someone who has done the

Ingathering Water Communion (MP3) 8 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
August 21, 2016
All are invited to celebrate the start of the
new church year with this service of return
and reconnection. All ages are welcome
to bring a small amount of water that
represents our summer experiences to be
shared during worship.

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

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

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