Jamestown, N.Y. – This past summer, Mark Bernstein, adjunct consultant with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), led members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ) in developing their mission, vision, and covenant statements.
Bernstein joins the congregation again on Sunday, October 3, 2021, to deliver the message “Stealing Second Base” at the 10:30 a.m. virtual service.
Describing his sermon, Bernstein says, “A meaningful life requires that we sometimes work without a net; that we take risks in order to reap rewards. This applies not only to us as individuals, but to congregations as well. Why is it so hard to let go and how can our Unitarian Universalist faith help us to journey into the unknown?”
The message relates to both the third and fourth of seven principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote: “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations” and “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”
Bernstein was a member of the Congregational Life Staff of the Central East Region of the UUA and currently serves as an adjunct consultant. His work is with congregations, assisting with training, presentations, and facilitation of congregational meetings and events. A loyal member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County in Media, Pa., he also has his own business providing training and consultation to agencies in the healthcare field.
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.