The speaker at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown’s (UUCJ) 10:30 a.m. virtual service on Sunday, October 11, is longtime member, Dr. Jeffrey Victor.
The subject of Victor’s presentation is “Multiculturalism, Religion and the Election.”
Victor notes that today many conservative, white Protestant Americans feel under threat from an increasingly multicultural America. His sermon explores how the growth of multiculturalism is affecting religion in America and its impact on the upcoming national election. He will help participants understand the dilemmas of this change by offering some personal examples and sociological analysis.
Victor has been a member of the UUCJ since 1966. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1974 and has published two books, nine chapters in edited books, and 32 articles in popular and scholarly magazines. His first book was a textbook forcollege courses in human sexuality.
Satanic Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary Legend is a sociological research study of rumors and claims about secret criminal satanic cults and false accusations of such crimes. It received the H. L. Mencken Award from the Free Press Association for the best book of 1993 that deals with the protection of individual rights against abuses of power. It has been used in many criminal cases involving false accusations of crime, supposedly committed by people in satanic cults.
Victor is a retired professor of sociology at Jamestown Community College, where he taught 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 France, Scotland, and the Netherlands and appeared on national television programs including Larry King Live, The Maury Povich Show, and The View.
Victor’s most recent publications are “The Social Consequences of Economic Inequality” (2019) and “The Social Forces behind Trump’s War on Science” (2018) in Free Inquiry, “Adventures in Search of Wild Gourmet Mushrooms” in Edible Western NY (June, 2019), and “French Vegetables for the Fall Table” in Mother Earth Living
Because of COVID-19 limitations, all UUCJ Sunday services are currently virtual instead of at its 1255 Prendergast Avenue location. Anyone is welcome to participate by emailing UUJamestown@gmail.com to receive a Zoom link for the 10:30 a.m. service.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown is a progressive, liberal religious community serving the southern tier of Western New York. 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.
You can learn more about the UUCJ at jamestownuu.org or on their Facebook page, facebook.com/jamestownuu..