Worship Service: "Redemption Song"
by Rev. Jeanne Nieuwejaar
, UU Congregation in Milford
The word redemption may have an archaic ring to it, but it is, in fact, a principle that is central to our liberal religious faith. Our affirmation of the worth and dignity of every individual is hollow unless we also affirm our commitment to help reclaim the value of individual lives that have become lost or broken. This is the work of redemption.
In this service, we will look in particular at the challenge of reclaiming the value of the lives of those who are serving time in prison, reflecting through the lens of our faith on this very troubling issue.
Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, ordained to the ministry in 1987 after nearly twenty years of work as a religious educator.
From 1987 – 2000, she and her husband Olav served as co-ministers at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Milford, New Hampshire. Together they then served as interim ministers in Cambridge, England and Manhasset, Long Island, then for four years as District Executives of the New Hampshire Vermont District of Unitarian Universalist Churches.
Following several years of interim ministry in NH, VT and MA. Jeanne retired in 2012 and is enjoying life at her long-time home in Milford. Her greatest passion in retirement is the volunteer work she does at a women's prison, and community work to support women after their release from prison.
Jeanne has authored and co-authored several books, most recently Fluent in Faith, published by Skinner House in 2012.