Jamestown, N.Y. – Verdis LeVar Robinson, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown’s (UUCJ) regular first Sunday preacher, speaks next on Sunday, January 8, 2023.
Robinson’s topic at the 10:30 a.m. hybrid service is “That was Then, This is Now.”
The newly fellowshipped UU minister will offer a reflection on the concept of a “New Normal.” Are we there yet? Can we ever get back to the way things were? Should we?
The sermon primarily relates to the fourth of the seven principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm, promote and hold as strong values and moral guides: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Secondarily, it relates to the third principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.
Robinson is a candidate for 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.
A western New York native, 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.
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.
Julie Anderson is the in-person pianist for the service, and congregant Linda Hiers is the service leader.
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.