Unitarians to explore The Jefferson Bible

By Jean Strahlendorf
Special to The PREVIEW

On Jan. 19, Julie Loar will explore the topic “The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth.”

Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the U.S. and founded the University of Virginia. He was known as a Unitarian. He authored the Declaration of Independence and created a bill for establishing religious freedom in the state of Virginia.

While Thomas Jefferson worked in the White House in 1804, he decided to edit the Gospels. His intent was to extract only the words of Jesus to uncover the essence of the message of his life and teachings. Jefferson did this with a knife and extracted what he believed to be the message of love and service. His surgery eliminated elements of doctrine that had been added later by the church. He completed his book in 1819.

Julie Loar will explore the significance of the results of Jefferson’s efforts, which should provide fertile ground for a rich Unitarian Universalist discussion.

Julie Loar is an award-winning author and has served on the steering committee of the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and been director of religious education.

The Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship sponsors a children’s spiritual educational program and encourages families with children to please join us for our Sunday service. Our children’s religious programs teach our Unitarian Universalist heritage, ethical living and moral precepts to love your neighbor, work for a better world and to search for truth with an open mind. Arts and crafts projects also are utilized to illustrate these principles.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall. The address is Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign. All are welcome.

This story was posted on January 16, 2014.