You Ain’t Up There

Rev. Dr. Fred Howard

“You Ain’t Up There”
Worship Leader: Caitlin Regan
Accompanist: Dr. Gary Smart
Guest Musician: Jarrett Carter, classical guitar

We’re all familiar with the metaphor of life as a journey. The metaphor works for many reasons. Like a journey life has a beginning and an end, in between we visit several places, and through those travels we learn certain things about ourselves. However, journey as we will, without a good guide we may never fully discover the person we are meant to be. Where should we look to find those good guides for seeking our true self? This morning I’ll share some thoughts on that numinous question.

About our Speaker:

Rev. Dr. Fred Howard has roots deep in Georgia soil.  He was born and raised in Macon, attended Valdosta State College and then the Medical College of Georgia, and practiced medicine as a family physician in Cairo and Douglas for twenty years.  In 2002 he heard the call to ministry, closed his medical practice, moved to Atlanta, and began studies at Candler School of Theology.  Following graduation Fred served as minister of the Valdosta UU Church for eleven years.  Currently he is working at Community Hospice in Jacksonville in the clinical pastoral education program. He is author of Transforming Faith: Stories of Change from a Lifelong Spiritual Seeker, recipient of numerous awards including the coveted Nautilus Book Award, and Children of Covenant, an intriguing and informative suspense novel that will be of special interest to UUs.

About our Guest Musician:

Jarrett Carter is a professional musician, composer, and teacher based in Jacksonville. He began playing guitar when he was ten years old and soon began to study classical guitar with Don Casper at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. He then went on to study jazz guitar with Bobby Ferrazza at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he earned his bachelor’s degree in jazz performance. He currently plays with a plethora of musicians covering genres ranging from jazz and classical to pop, rock, and country, primarily in Jacksonville and greater northeast Florida.