Speaker to discuss first Unitarian Universalist principle



Linda Crawford will present “Our First Unitarian Universalist Principle” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2487 A1A South.

The first principle asks Unitarian Universalists to affirm and promote the dignity and worth of every person. But what does that mean? Does everybody have dignity and worth, even mass murderers?

Crawford will discuss how the first principle came about, why it is fundamental to the Unitarian Universalist faith and how followers can honor it.

Crawford and her husband, Dale, became Unitarian Universalists eight years ago, when they joined the Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church in Jacksonville.

Though raised as a secular Jew by an atheist and an agnostic, Crawford never felt the need to join a community of faith until the couple retired to Jacksonville, and moved to Clay County, one of the most conservative counties in Florida.

At the time they joined, they were looking for companionship rather than spirituality. But as time has passed and Crawford delved more deeply into the Unitarian Universalist principles and way of life, she realized she has a deep need to uncover some meaning in her life. Crawford’s sermons are one way to find that meaning.

The church will also host movie night at 6:30 p.m. today. In the 1949 movie, a chemistry professor, by accident, discovers a formula for balls that resists wood, and therefore baseball bats. The professor joins a baseball team and becomes star, until… The movie predates the one coming out of Orlando later and relies more on the romance rather than slapstick comedy.

Fellowship meetings, religious education for children and child care are provided at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. For information, go to uufsa.org.