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!

Speaker for July 2nd: Dr. Reda Bedeir

Dr. Reda Bedeir has a Ph.D. degree from Al Azhar University in Applied Linguistics and Islamic Studies. He holds two BA degrees: one in English and the other in Islamic Studies. He has an MA degree in Simultaneous Translation between Arabic and English. He is a Professor at Al-Azhar University in Egypt. He is an ex- instructor with Almaghrib Institute. He has taught Islam all over the world: Egypt (Al-Azhar University), USA (Wake Forest University in NC), Canada (Calgary and Alberta University), UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia are examples among other countries. He is an international speaker and he appeared in many TV Channels all over the world: Nile TV in Egypt, Islam Channel in London, England, Al Huda TV and many other TV shows in USA and Canada. He is a very motivational and engaging speaker who will make you cry and hysterically laugh within the same speech. Dr. Bedeir is a certified life coach as well as an interpreter with the UN for the last 20 years.

Summer Series 2017

Faith In Action: Hearing the Voices of Jacksonville’s Diverse Religious Community

July 2nd: Dr. Reda Bedeir, Islamic Center of NE Florida

July 9th: Sukhbir Singh, The Sikh Society of NE Florida

July 16th: Fa’Osunkemi, IFA Temple for Divine Elevation and Abundance

July 23rd: Rev. Laurie Denman, Correllian Nativist Church

July 30th: Rabbi Rick Shapiro, Reform Judaism

August 6th: Sharon Scholl, Humanism

August 13th: Pastor Tan Moss, African Methodist Episcopal

August 20th: Rev. Ronald Hersom, Unitarian Universalism

August 27th: Adah Shair, Interfaith Youth Core

Generosity in Action for July 2017

For July, our Generosity in Action nominee is Sunnie Baber! Sunnie is the chair of the Membership Committee, working hard to put together introductory materials for new members and making them feel welcome. She leads our songs during Sunday services, manages our social media, and has served on the Mission Funding Team. Sunnie also gives many hours to the church youth — she is an RE and nursery volunteer and an exemplary OWL teacher. She hosts the renowned Taco and Beer party every year for the Service Auction, and is, in Phillip’s own words, the church’s “minister wrangler”. Make sure to thank Sunnie for all of the tireless hours she puts into our beloved community!

A Vietnam Story

Following Phillip’s sermons on Thích Nhất Hạnh’s Living Buddha, Living Christ, Phillip Scanlan (a member from our Fernandina branch) shared a touching story from his time in Vietnam. Check it out!

News from Our Partner Church

It’s been confirmed! Marta Zsemberovszsky has notified us that Levente Fazes and his wife, Angela, will be visiting us this fall from October 13th — 23rd. We will be meeting to plan events and activities for them to enjoy during their stay with us. This is a great opportunity to return the wonderful hospitality shown to UU’s when we visited them in Bozod, Romania. More to come!


Green Sanctuary Meeting

Sunday, June 25th (12:30 Fletcher Room)

All are welcome to attend our quarterly Green Sanctuary group meeting. This is the group that works on the environmental efforts of UUCJ so that we may continue to live out our 7th Principle and keep our “Green Sanctuary” designation.

Need Co-Chair on Building & Grounds Committee

Chris Lippincott is resigning as Building & Grounds chairman after 7 years of service In that position. The co-chair, Rob McKennon, will become the chairperson and will need a co-chair.  This is an opportunity to be of service to our beloved community and be an important part of caring for our building and grounds.  Chris will continue to be a volunteer and help as needed.

Our Gang for June

Our Gang will visit the Cummer on Wednesday June 28. Please meet in the cafe by 10:50. At 11:00 we’ll visit their current exhibit – Ink, Silk & Gold – Islamic Art, followed by lunch in the cafe at noon. Admission is free for members, $6.00 for non-members. Let me know if you’re planning to attend (but feel free to drop by without notification). Call Leisla Sanson Leisla 904-745-7803 if question