Rev. Bowen Barrs presents
“The Longest Night Gives Promise of a Brighter Tomorrow”
Elizabeth DeCoux, Worship Leader
Dr. Gary Smart, Accompanist
Lynn Wadley, Special Music
The Winter Solstice is a time of deep reflection and inner contemplation. As winter deepens and the earth rests in deep slumber, the subtle shift of the sun reminds us that the eternal rhythm of life always promises something to look forward to.
About our Guest Speaker:
Rev. Bowen began his journey along the Pagan path at an early age. Never able to comfortably accept his Christian upbringing, Bowen found himself lighting evening fires and welcoming the moon in quiet meditation at the tender age of 13. Living far out in the country allowed him to feel the deep connection to mother earth, nature, and the stars.
Bowen was a solitary practitioner until a fateful day at UUCJ where he met a guest speaker, The Rt. Rev. Laurie Denman. She leads Chosen Path Church, a local Correllian Temple. Laurie was a light on the path that Bowen wanted to follow. He completed the 3 year Correllian Seminary training and became a senior clergy member of the church. Chosen Path celebrates many spiritual paths among its members.
Bowen lives in Jacksonville with his husband of 34 years, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and assorted fish. He’s an avid crafter, making his own soap, mead, afghans, and Kumihimo braided jewelry. He and his husband perform annually on the Cowboy Express Adventure Train for the Georgia Coastal Railway out of Kingsland Georgia. He’s been a hair stylist and massage therapist for 30 years.
Long-time BBUUC member Lynn Wadley loves to sing, play unusual folk instruments, and occasionally compose acoustic music. She takes a special pleasure in scheduling the variety of Special Musicians we enjoy as part of our Sunday services.