Joy, Actually

Pastor Phillip Baber presents

“Joy, Actually”

With Claudia Marshall as Worship Leader

Dr. Gary Smart, Accompanist 

Grace Scarborough, Guest Musician, Piano

In this sermon, we will examine the role of joy in the Unitarian Universalist faith and how a UU “theory of joy” may differ from its Christian counterpart.

About our guest speaker:

Phillip Baber is the pastor of The People’s Church of Jacksonville and the Regional Director of the Poor People’s Campaign of Northeast Florida. He is the former pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville and a former co-president of I.C.A.R.E., the Jacksonville-based Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation, and Empowerment. Phillip’s ministry is dedicated to the advancement of our collective liberation, leading him to advocate in support of criminal justice reform; police accountability; racial and economic justice; justice for refugees and immigrants, and LGBTQIA+ rights.

About our guest musician:

Grace Scarborough has been studying and performing piano since she was 5 years old. Music has become a passion and lifelong friend for Grace.  She is currently a piano pedagogy major at the University of North Florida, studying with Dr. Gary Smart. Grace has made several musical accomplishments during her time at UNF such as winning the Avalonia Inspirational Film award, winning first place in the Piano Playoff Fall 2019, and winning first place in the Music Technology Composition contest 2021. She also teaches her own students in her music studio “Amazing Grace Studio”.  In April 2020, she married her best friend Ryan Scarborough and together they are using their gifts to bring glory to God.