UUSC Call to Action!

Despite the president’s order to stop separating families at the border, the crisis is far from over. It’s important to support our UU Service Committee with phone calls to legislators. Remember that the founders of UUSC, Rev. Waitsill and Martha Sharp, gave up their lives in the US in 1939 to help people flee the Nazi terror in Europe. Surely we can take a few minutes to call or write a letter.

The most important item to stress to your legislators is that the children who were taken from their parents need to be re-united as quickly as possible. Grants for asylum should not be reduced; TPS (protective status) for many Central American and Haitian refugees should remain in place. Our country could also increase aid and support to the countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala so that people do not have to flee in the first place. Choose any of these points to discuss, but please do something. If we are silent, Congress can only assume we do not care.

  • Sen. Marco Rubio – 904-354-4300 DC – 202-224-3041
  • Sen. Bill Nelson – 904-346-4500 DC – 202-224-5274
  • Dist. 4 – Rep. John Rutherford – 904-831-5205 DC- 202-225-2501
  • Dist. 3 – Rep. Ted Yoho – 904-276-9626 DC – 202-225-5744
  • Dist. 5 – Rep. Al Lawson – 904-354-1652 DC – 202-225-0123
  • Dist. 6 – Rep. Ron DeSantis – DC – 202-225-2706

Our Gang/Weekday Book Club Upcoming Selections

  • Monday, July 2nd: Strength in What Remains (BIO 305.8967572) by Tracy Kidder, non-fiction story of a Burundian immigrant who becomes a physician.
  • Monday, August 6th: City of Thorns (967.73053) by Ben Rawlence, non-fiction portrayal of life in a large refugee camp.

We will be meeting at Books-a-Million on Atlantic Boulevard from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

Women of All Ages: June 28

Women of All Ages meets Thursday, June 28th in the Anthony Room at 6pm. Come join us to build friendships and enjoy stimulating conversation. All UUCJ women are invited. Contact Joyce Milford 249-2403 or Paige Slade at 223-8418. Repeats second and fourth Thursdays of the month until further notice.

Caring Candles

Joyce Milford’s mother-in-law, Sue Milford, died peacefully on June 13, 2018 at the age of 99 years. Our condolences go out to Charlie and Joyce.

We recently learned that long-time beloved member Gail Bristol passed away on June 4, 2018. More information to come.

Another long-time beloved member, Alice Ricker, passed away on May 12, 2018. Condolence cards may be sent to Alice’s son, David Ricker, and his wife, Ginger, at 13351 Blackhawk Trail S, Jacksonville, FL 32225. A memorial service celebrating Alice’s life will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2017 at 11:00 am. A catered reception will follow the service. The caterer needs a count of those who will attend. Please RSVP: email, info@uucj.org or call the office at (904) 725-8133. We are also asking members and friends to provide fruit/veggie trays, salads and desserts. Please tell Florie Adiutori what you will bring, via email at florieadiu@mac.com.

Aging to Saging

Aging to Saging – Designing your Extraordinary Elderhood is the theme for SUUFI (SE UU Fall Institute) October 14-19. It’s held at The Mountain in Highlands NC — a beautiful time of the year. Four UUCJ sages have already registered: Donna Janesky, Meg Rohal, Susanne Mckelvey and Linda Plummer. Join us! Register at TheMountainRLC.org 828.526.5838  If you want to know more about SUUFI, Linda Plummer can answer questions. 904.223.5505  lindaplummer@comcast.net

Summer Series

The UUCJ Summer Series is almost here! Our theme for the series is “Won’t you be my neighbor?”  The series will explore how we can connect with and support our neighbors of various identities and what it means to be a good neighbor. The series kicks off on July 1st and runs through August 26th.

Special Collection for June: Girls Rock Jacksonville

Girls Rock Jacksonville’s mission is to cultivate self-empowerment and positive identity development in girls, trans, and gender non-conforming youth through music experimentation, DIY media and peer collaboration. GRJ takes place during July 23-27. We are currently closed for camp registration but do encourage you to join us on July 28 at 1904 music hall for our 7th annual Girls Rock Showcase. We are a grassroots organization and we 100% volunteer run and organized. We appreciate UUCJ for being our home for the last 3 years.

Graciela Cain: Graciela has been an organizer with a Girls Rock Jacksonville for the past 3 years. She not only is an organizer but a singer , rapper and DJ. She is very passionate about helping LGBTQI+ youth in Jacksonville Florida and she believes that we should listen to them more because they truly have all the answers.

Caring Candles

Nancy and Steven Murrey-Settle are pleased to announce that they are the proud parents of Allyssa (Ally) Murrey-Settle whom they adopted on June 4, 2018. Congratulations to the whole family!

We learned last week that long-time beloved member Gail Bristol passed away on June 4, 2018. More information to come.

Another long-time beloved time member, Alice Ricker, passed away on May 12, 2018. Condolence cards and notes may be sent to Alice’s son, David Ricker, and his wife, Ginger, at 13351 Blackhawk Trail S, Jacksonville, FL 32225. A memorial service celebrating Alice’s life will be held on Saturday, July 7th at 11:00 am. A catered reception will follow the service. Please RSVP: email, info@uucj.org or call the office at (904) 725-8133. We are also asking members and friends to provide fruit/veggie trays, salads and desserts. Please tell Florie Adiutori what you will bring, via email at florieadiu@mac.com.

Afesa Adams’ Memorial

Afesa Adams’ memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, June 9th at 11:00 am. There will be a reception following in the Social Hall.