Jamestown, N.Y. – Since his return from Meadville, Pennsylvania, to his home in Oregon last summer, Rev. Alex Holt has been the virtual First Sunday preacher for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ).
At the UUCJ’s 10:30 a.m. hybrid service on Sunday, December 3, Holt speaks on “The Historical Jesus Reconsidered: Remembering the Radical Teachings.”
Of his message, Holt says, “Unitarian Universalists sometimes wrestle with the story of Jesus. Dr. Marcus Borg was a liberal Lutheran scholar and one of my teachers at seminary. He told us (UU's) that the historical Jesus and his ministry were far more significant than the post-Easter Christ. Do the teachings of Jesus shorn of dogma have lessons for us now?”
Holt is an Accredited Interim Minister with training through the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Interim Ministry Network. This past summer he completed four years as the interim minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Meadville. Before that, he was most recently interim minister in Seattle, Washington; Fort Worth, Texas; Bend, Oregon; and Clemson, South Carolina.
After growing up on a farm in rural Maine, Holt attended University of Southern Maine, Penn State and 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.
Linda Hiers is service leader, and pianist Julie Anderson provides the music. A social time follows.
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.