Jamestown, N.Y. – “It was an honor and a privilege to have Verdis LeVar Robinson as our virtual first Sunday preacher during our 2022-2023 church year,” said Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ) President Bruce Anderson. “For many of us, this Sunday (December 10) will be our first opportunity to meet him in person.”
Rev. Robinson joined UUCJ on Zoom monthly while he was a seminary student and interning as ministerial coordinator of worship arts production and adult LSE at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Vermont.
His ordination on December 3 at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, where he is now the minister for growth, will also be celebrated when he preaches at UUCJ on “R.I.P. (Peace vs. Power)” at the Sunday, December 10, 10:30 a.m. service
Robinson says, “The expression ‘Rest in Peace’ or ‘R.I.P’ became widespread on tombstones of Christians in the 18th century and speaks to the hope that in death we will be able to rest peacefully knowing that we have lived a good life and that those we are leaving behind are cared for and loved. It has become a blessing rendered to those we have lost and also comforts those who are left behind to journey through sorrow and grief.” He adds that recent trends have replaced “Peace” with “Power.”
Everyone is welcome to participate as this trend is explored and inspiration is sought in these turbulent times.
Before entering Chicago’s Meadville Lombard Theological School, Robinson was a tenured Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at Monroe Community College in Rochester for ten years.
With a B.M. in Voice Performance from Boston University, a B.S. cum laude and M.A. in History from SUNY College at Brockport, and an M.A. in African-American Studies from SUNY University at Buffalo, Robinson received his Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard in May.
Emily Garrick is the service leader. A potluck and celebration time follows 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.