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The Rev. Weston-Jones to speak on Sanibel

By Staff | Nov 23, 2011

Unitarian Universalists of the Islands will meet at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in Fellowship Hall at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, 2050 Periwinkle Way. The public is welcome to attend.

The Rev. Dick Weston-Jones, Minister Emeritus of The Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, CA, will lead the service. His sermon is entitled “WWMD–What Would Muhammad Do?”

“Many people speak for and against Muhammad but most don’t understand him,” said Rev. Weston-Jones, who speaks frequently about the founder of Islam to congregations all over North America.

“The service will be an appreciation of the man, one of the most significant religious leaders of our Judeo-Christian-Islamic heritage,” said Rev. Weston-Jones.

He will also speak about American Muslims, the relationship of their heritage to our own as Unitarian Universalists, how difficult their religious task is today and the role of other religions in that task.

Rev. Weston-Jones has been a Unitarian Universalist minister for 48 years, following his father, Rev. Robert T. Weston, who also was a UU minister for 48 years. Rev. Weston-Jones, who “retired” in 2000, says he will continue preaching for another four years, to reach the century mark for the two of them before he really retires. He holds degrees from the University of Louisville, Starr King School for the Ministry of Berkeley, Calif., and the Academia Hispano Americana in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

When he retired, Rev. Weston-Jones was made Minister Emeritus by the UU Church of Ventura where he had served as minister for nine years. In his career, he also served churches in North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Auckland, New Zealand.

From 1994 to 2007 Rev. Weston-Jones ran a summer wilderness tour program in Alaska co-sponsored by five Alaskan UU fellowships. He also developed and ran a cultural immersion program in Mexico for UU’s during the 1960s and 70s. He now lives in Chapel Hill, NC where he built his home eight years ago.

The public is most welcome to attend the service and join in afterward for fellowship, discussion, and refreshments.