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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown
“The God Problem: Old Questions, New Answers” will be explored at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown’s (UUCJ) 10:30 a.m. hybrid service Sunday, November 5.
The church’s “first Sunday” preacher, Rev. Alex Holt, addresses the subject virtually from his home in Eugene, Oregon.
Of his message, Holt says, “Do I believe in ‘God’? No and Yes (a natural UU answer). What if we change the rules about worship and devotion to a Creator God? What about another way of understanding a concept that has bedeviled people for thousands of years? Hint: it involves a triple chocolate cake with chocolate sauce on it.”
The message most closely relates to the fourth of the seven Principles that Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
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 of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Meadville, Pa. 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.
Pianist Julie Anderson provides the music for the service. 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.