Jaz Brisack, president of College Democrats at UM and a UUCO member, will discuss the occupation of Palestine and the worldwide resistance movement seeking justice in the Middle East. This talk will touch on concrete actions we can take to promote equality and freedom, as well as explore the intersectionality of this cause.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Oxford (UUCO) is please to welcome Alicia Johnston to speak at our Coming Out service. Alicia Johnston was a pastor in a conservative Christian denomination, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, until she announced via a viral video that she is fully inclusive and affirming of LGBT sexuality and gender, and that she is a bisexual Christian. Her story was covered by NBC, LGBT Nation, Auto Straddle, and Religion News. She now speaks and writes about her story, queer insights on faith, and the intersection of Christianity and sexuality. Alicia has a master of divinity from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI and a master of arts in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. She can be found at aliciajohnston.com.
Alicia Johnson will also be speaking on Queer Liberation Theology at the University of Mississippi, sponsored by the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, on Monday, Oct. 16, at noon, in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory (Center for the Study of Southern Culture)."
Rev. John Pepper speaks at UUCO this Sunday. He is a Unitarian Universalist minister now living in Forest, MS. About this week's service he writes "Recently we've been inundated with something supposedly new and it's called "Fake News." Well I hate to disappoint you, but I don't think it's all that new! Please join me as I explore 'Fake News' from a theological perspective with a political twist."
John is a recent transplant to Mississippi from Houston, Texas where he spent most of his working life in the pipeline industry. During those years he discovered Unitarian Universalism. He attended the Houston Graduate School of Theology, graduating with a Masters of Divinity. He was ordained by Thoreau Woods UU Church in Huntsville, TX. John is looking forward to retirement in a couple of years with his husband, Randy, on their small cattle farm outside of Forest. He is now a member of the UU Church of Jackson.
Continuing our welcoming theme, we are inspired during this week of the Jewish High Holy Days to reflect on welcoming renewal into our own lives and relationships, moving forward into restoration and new beginnings. We will also welcome the owners of Chicory Market as we hear from them about the renewal and new beginnings of our local year-round farmers' market, and their intention to help build welcoming community by connecting local farmers and buyers.
Curious about the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Oxford? Been wondering what this UU thing is? Come discover how folks with many different personal beliefs can thrive together through shared principles and covenant. "We need not think alike to love alike."
Our Open House is a multigenerational service for guests, members, and friends. Several of our congregation, from long-time members to those who have just arrived here in Oxford, will share their stories of this place and what being a UU is all about.
Childcare and Religious Exploration provided. We will have light refreshments following the service.
Faith can be a wonderful thing – if you have it.
But what if you don’t even have a clue what faith is? What then?
Can faith be created? Is God necessary? What’s religion got to do with it?
Are there really any answers?
Six months ago, Allen Leache rejoined our congregation after a three year absence. This Sunday, he renews a Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Oxford tradition of Personal Witness as he discusses why he had to leave and why he had to return.
It is a story of crises and discovery, and ultimately, a matter of faith.
Please join us.
Rev. Gail Tapscott, retired Unitarian Universalist minister and UUCO member calls us to think about labor as a justice issue as well as work as a venue for spiritual practice. Rev. Gail once helped organize a local teacher's union and worked with union activities for over a decade as a board member of the South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice group. Jaz Brisack joins us as a reader. There will be special music. LuAnne Buchanan is Service Leader
We celebrate that each of us is like a rivulet coming to form a might river of UU congregants, readying for another year of learning and growing together.
Throughout this month, we've been focusing on the topic of transformation. Acknowledging the time we live in, the tragic events in Charlottesville, we recognize that our challenge now as a community is to be present and live our values out loud. And be open to learning and becoming a community of transformation. Come share your stories of transformation, hear messages of hope and action, and sing to uplift your soul. Dinorah Sapp and Rev. Gail Stratton, Service Leaders