First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

Selected Sermons

The Welcome Table: A Service of Connection (MP3) 16 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
November 22, 2015
Join us for a chance to discover the
intersection between gratitude and

Healing: Becoming Whole (MP3) 25 MB
The Reverend Samuel Schaal
November 8, 2015
Is health and healing merely finding functionality
again? Is it merely “feeling better”? Or is it
something different, something deeper, something
of a soul-quality? How might we each achieve
wholeness, and how might we help heal the world?

The Shape of Grief (MP3) 18 MB
The Reverend Lora Brandis
October 25, 2015
The Kubler-Ross five stage model of grief is a place to
start when grieving, but it isn’t the only way to navigate
grief. Grief isn’t something we move through as if we
have a map. It has its own shape, and according to the
poet Albert Huffstickler, “that’s what we’re looking for:
not the end of a thing but the shape of it.”

Too Big to Fail (MP3) 26 MB
The Reverend Jennifer Innis
October 18, 2015
What happens when we risk everything?
Does it help to know that we are failing all
the time? Find out what happens when faith
and hope meets the ever-present reality of
falling far short of our vision.

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.


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