Jamestown, N.Y. – “The Blessed Congregation: There When We Need It” is the title of the sermon Rev. Alex Holt will deliver at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ) 10:30 a.m. hybrid service on Sunday, April 16.
Holt, who currently serves as the interim minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Meadville, Pennsylvania, says, “We know that religious communities of all types are facing the challenges of welcoming along with being a safe haven for the seeker. How many people does it take to become a blessed congregation?”
The message most closely 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.
Holt is an Accredited Interim Minister with training through the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Interim Ministry Network. Before coming to Meadville, he most recently was 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.
A potluck luncheon 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.