Guest Speaker for July 30th: Rabbi Rick Shapiro

Rabbi Rick Shapiro was raised in Southern California , and after serving for more than 25 years as the rabbi of congregations in Denver, Colorado, and Stockton, Santa Barbara, and Palm Desert, California, he decided to pursue a career as an intentional interim rabbi, hoping to use his experience in congregational dynamics and the nature of the relationship between a congregation and its rabbi to serve congregations in the Reform Movement of Judaism who are undergoing transitions after the departure of their rabbi. Rabbi Shapiro most recently served as the Interim Senior Rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Chesed in Jacksonville from July, 2016 through June, 2017. Rabbi Shapiro received his B.A. in Modern Jewish Literature from UCLA in 1976 and was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1981. He is an active participant in the pursuit of religious and social justice, including advocating for reproductive rights, fair and just treatment for agricultural workers, and the elimination of racial and religious discrimination. Rabbi Shapiro is married and he and his wife, Lynn, are the parents of two children and three grandchildren.

Guest Speaker for July 23rd: Laurie Denman

Rt. Rev. Laurie Denman is the 3rd Degree Arch Priestess and Temple Keeper for the Chosen Path Church, a full Temple of the Correllian Nativist Church. She is an attuned Reiki Master and instructor as well as a Correllian Shaman. She is a charter member of the Northeast Florida Pagan Leadership Coalition. She is a Project Manager for a major world bank with two grown children who are still the center of her Universe. She volunteers in several employee networks at the bank including the LGBT Allies, CFO Diversity and Inclusion Council and LEAD. She volunteers for Pug Rescue of Florida fostering dogs and serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. She is the CFO and Membership Volunteer for Correllian Education Ministries, the seminary of the Correllian Nativist Church, commonly known as Witchschool.com. She was an active participant as a Faith Leader in the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality’s efforts to update the Duval County Human Rights Ordinance to include protections for our LGBTQ citizens. Her hobbies are water gardening, playing World of Warcraft and spending time with her pugs, her cat, and her pet tortoise.

Qigong After Church Service

Qigong class and practice will be held in the Anthony room at 12:15 through the summer weeks. Qigong existed before Tai Chi as a healing practice for balancing life force energy. No level of ability needed. For questions contact Cheryl Anthony 651-5589

Special Collection for June – UUCJ Foundation

Our special collection last month brought in a total of $1552 for our Endowment Fund. This gift will keep on giving to the church in years to come. Our Endowment Fund donates 4% of its assets, which are approaching $500,000, back to UUCJ each year to be used as our Board of Trustees directs. Thank you for your generosity.

Speaker for July 16th: Fa’Osunkemi

Fa’Osunkemi was initiated to Ifa in 2015. In 1994, she was initiated to the Yoruba Divinity Osun. She is also known as Ok Sun Burks. Married and mother of two adult children, Fa’Osunkemi is a business manager and entrepreneur. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, has been employed with a number of fortune 500 firms and has owned and managed many businesses. She is currently a candidate for Doctor of Naturopathy (N.D.) at Trinity School of Natural Health and pursuing an International Coach Certificate as a spiritual life coach. Fa’Osunkemi is a passionate performance artist with the popular African folkloric group, Olorun. She is an inspirational speaker and has performed at many businesses, organizations, schools, and cultural events. A student of world religions and spirituality, Fa’Osunkemi’s mission is to use leadership, curiosity, a spirit of collaboration, and life management skills to enhance the lives of women worldwide.

Youth Craft Day

July 17th 9:00am-3:00pm All Youth and 5th graders bridging to Youth next year, are welcome to join us for Chalice making and Mantra board creation. Get more details and sign up by emailing [email protected] SIGN UP REQUIRED

Parent Potluck: Brinner Edition!

Join us for food & fellowship on Friday, July 21st 6:30-8:30. Bring your kids and a covered dish to the UUCJ Social Hall. Tyler will have a griddle and pancakes… YES PANCAKES! Let’s have brinner (breakfast for dinner)!

Speaker for July 9th: Sukhbir Singh

Sukhbir Singh has been a Jacksonville resident for twenty-one years. He practices Sikhism as a path to humanity and salvation. Sukhbir has been married to Sargum for twenty-six years. They are blessed with two sons. They have raised their sons in our community and they are now in college. Sukhbir’s family is probably the longest living Sikh family in Jacksonville. Sukhbir has a bachelor’s degree in Statistics and master’s in Computer Science. He is a small business entrepreneur. Sargum and Sukhbir are founders of the Sikh Society of North East Florida. Sukhbir has been an architect in creating awareness about Sikhism and Turbans in our community through lectures as well as presentations in schools, colleges, universities, temples, churches, hospitals, mayor’s and the Sheriff’s office. He has also engineered two Turban Days on the UNF campus as part of his continuous efforts to educate the Jacksonville community. Sukhbir has a passion to cultivate universal brotherhood and oneness, which are the tenets of Sikhism. Sukhbir is a strong believer of “Ek Pita Ekas Ke Hum Barik” which translates to “There is One Father and we are all his children.”

Special Collection for July: Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida

For 35 years, Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida has helped hundreds of thousands of very different people through a broad range of services. Initially, it may seem that their programs are disconnected lines of support. Yet if you take a broader look, you’ll notice how the outstanding teams supporting all of these programs are simply filling in the gaps for neighbors in need and creating one big beautiful picture of improved lives in the process.

Mary Strickland, a member of UUCJ is the president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services, and has a long and distinguished career in health care and human services. She has been the CEO of a visiting nurse program in New York overseeing more than 400 employees and managing $28 billion in revenue; served in key administrative positions in New Jersey government under two governors; had key policy roles for large pharmaceutical companies; taught at NYU and is a guest lecturer at UNF. And don’t forget, Mary is a Worship Associate and frequent coffee host at UUCJ!