Jamestown, N.Y. – Retired Jamestown Community College sociology professor Dr. Jeffrey Victor will share his belief that “It is Darkest Before the Dawn” at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown’s (UUCJ) 10:30 a.m. hybrid service on Sunday, October 9.
Many religious liberals are a little depressed today by the increasing influence of dark forces threatening our democracy. However, there is a lot of evidence that this is a time of darkness before the dawn.
Victor will offer some insight into why the culture of white Christian nationalism and racism has become so powerful and such a threat to our democracy. Yet, there is a lot of evidence for hope that the situation is only temporary. It may be the last gasp of a disappearing culture in parts of American society.
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.
A member of the UUCJ since 1966, Victor taught at Jamestown Community College for 52 years. In 1988, he received the New York State University’s Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He has been an invited speaker at conferences in Canada, France, Scotland, and the Netherlands. He has appeared on national television programs including Larry King Live, The Maury Povich Show, and The View. His many publications include the book Satanic Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary Legend, a sociological research study of rumors and claims about secret criminal satanic cults and false accusations of such crimes.
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.