Jamestown, N.Y. – Rev. Alex Holt speaks again to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ) at their 10:30 a.m. hybrid service on Sunday, October 1, 2023.
Holt's topic is “It's the End of the World (and I Feel Fine).”
He says, “Post apocalyptic songs and movies are very popular these days. Why? The 1987 song ‘It's the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)’ by R.E.M. expresses joy that apocalyptic times are here. What would this mean for us in 2023? Why is the apocalypse so very alluring to us now?"
The message most closely relates to the fifth of the seven Principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
Until this past summer, Holt was the interim minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Meadville, Pennsylvania. After guest preaching at UUCJ last spring, he was invited to serve as the “first Sunday” preacher for their 2023-2024 church year and will be speaking virtually from his home in Eugene, Oregon.
Holt is an Accredited Interim Minister with training through the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Interim Ministry Network. Before his four years in Meadville, he was most recently interim minister in Seattle, Washington; Fort Worth, Texas; Bend, Oregon; and Clemson, South Carolina. He grew up on a farm in rural Maine and attended University of Southern Maine, Penn State and University of California, Berkeley in his academic work. He has a Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry as well as an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Penn State. A long-term Buddhist student, Holt has focused on dharma work in addictions ministry.
Pianist Julie Anderson provides the music for the service. A social time follows.
Participation can be 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.