Jamestown, N.Y. – As the “first Sunday” preacher for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ), Verdis LeVar Robinson returns to deliver his sermon virtually on December 4, 2022.
Robinson’s topic at the 10:30 a.m. hybrid service is “The Audacity of Universalism.”
Of his subject, Robinson asks, “What is Universalism calling us to in this time? Can its theological claims renew our faith in humanity?”
The sermon most relates to the first and seventh of the seven Principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote: The inherent worth and dignity of every person and respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
With the exception of January, when he will speak on January 8, 2023, instead of New Year’s Day, Robinson delivers the message on the first Sunday of the month at UUCJ.
A native western New Yorker, Robinson serves the Unitarian Church of Montpelier in Vermont as their ministerial coordinator of worship arts production and adult religious education. He is also the new artistic director of the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir.
Robinson is a candidate for the Unitarian Universalist ministry and a Master of Divinity at the Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. He earned degrees from Boston University, SUNY College at Brockport and SUNY University at Buffalo.
For ten years Robinson was a tenured assistant professor of history and African American studies at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. Before joining the First Universalist Church of Rochester in 2008, he was a confirmed local minister in the African American Holiness-Pentecostal tradition. He is currently an associate of the Kettering Foundation, specializing in deliberative democracy in community colleges and interfaith institutions.
A social time follows the service.
Participation can be either in person at 1255 Prendergast Avenue in Jamestown or online. To join virtually, use the link at UUJamestown.org/calendar.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown is a progressive, liberal religious community serving the southern tier of Western New York and Warren County, Pa. The UUCJ’s mission is to support and celebrate each other, encourage spiritual and individual growth, and serve the wider community.