Jamestown, N.Y. – In February, during Black History Month, Verdis LeVar Robinson, Ministerial Intern for the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Vt., led a virtual service of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ).
Robinson’s presentation was so well received that he has been invited to return on Sunday, October 10, when he will speak on “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”
Robinson will share his story of bringing an unexpected guest to a Thanksgiving dinner. He will explore how we can cultivate relationships that accept and empower authenticity and realness in our lives and the lives of our loved ones.
His message relates to the third of seven principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote: “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.”
Robinson is the Lenora Montgomery Scholar of Excellence at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, where he is a candidate for a Master of Divinity. A former Holiness-Pentecostal minister, he is an Aspirant for the Unitarian Universalist ministry. He holds a BM in voice performance from Boston University, a BS cum laude and an MA in history from SUNY College at Brockport, and an MA in African American studies from SUNY University at Buffalo.
Because of COVID-19 concerns, UUCJ Sunday services are remaining virtual instead of returning to 1255 Prendergast Avenue. Anyone is welcome to participate by emailing UUJamestown@gmail.com to receive a Zoom link for the 10:30 a.m. service. The link is available on the website 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 promote and provide a community where diverse people of all ages may explore the meaning of existence, give expression to liberal religious values, and work for a just, sustainable society.