Day of the Dead: All Souls and Saints Celebration - Greg Johnson and Shaundi Wall, Speakers - Sunday, October 29, 2017
Come celebrate life in this service on death. The first part of the service will be a celebration, featuring our Halloween parade. Please wear a costume to this service. The latter part of the service will be more reverential, as we remember those members of our UUCO family and our individual families and friends who are no longer with us. Please bring a memento or photograph of a loved one who has passed away.
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.