Jamestown, N.Y. – From his home in Oregon, Rev. Alex Holt delivers the sermon Sunday, February 4 to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ). The church’s first Sunday virtual preacher will explore “Can ‘Love’ Guide Us Through The Hard Night?” at the 10:30 a.m. hybrid service.
Holt is taking this opportunity to look at changes taking place in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), the central organization for the Unitarian Universalist religious movement in the United States. The UUA grew from the union of two radical Christian groups: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825. They joined to become the UUA in 1961.
After growing up on a farm in rural Maine, Holt attended University of Southern Maine, Penn State and the 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.
Holt is a retired Accredited Interim Minister with training through the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Interim Ministry Network. Last summer he completed four years as the interim minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Meadville, Pennsylvania. Before that, he was most recently interim minister in Seattle, Washington; Fort Worth, Texas; Bend, Oregon; and Clemson, South Carolina.
Linda Hiers is service leader, and pianist Julie Anderson provides the music.
A coffee hour and conversation about the sermon follow the service.
Participation can be 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.