You took ten, and we thank you!

THANK YOU for taking 10 and completing the Triennial Members Survey. We received 149 responses representing 66% of our members and friends which gives us a pretty good sampling of what the congregation wishes to focus on. The results of the survey will be compiled, presented to the Board for analysis, and within the next few weeks made available to you.

Ninety entries to the Alhambra production of The Addams Family were submitted. Who won?  Come to Church this coming Sunday, October 1, and find out!

Nurture Our Beloved Community – Mission Funding Effort Theme for 2018

The Mission Funding Team brainstormed recently to come up with the theme for the Mission Funding Effort which will fund our operating expenses, an expansion of staff hours, and hopefully make a small down payment on our capital needs.  Nurturing UU Church of Jacksonville takes resources and our old standby buzz phrase for this is Time – Talent  – Treasure.

The time and talent comes from our members as volunteers and UUCJ employees who help the UUCJ Board manage UUCJ’s campus and operations.  We are hoping to expand staff hours for some positions and create new part-time positions to support the activities of our shared ministry.  The Mission Funding Team thinks these additional resources will enhance our welcoming community, leading to more guests and new members and also improving services to existing members.

The treasure, your financial contributions, will help us care for our spiritual home.  Our award winning Church campus needs a renewal.  It will provides a home for our Sunday services and religious education programs for children and adults, supports outreach to the Arlington community and Jacksonville in general, and provides an inviting environment for our small group activities, such as the Journey Programs and various support groups.  The improvement of these ministries and programs will allow us to reach outward and help the Arlington Community and Jacksonville through such efforts as ICARE and special collection efforts.  It also enhances our internal ministry to each other as we progress through our spiritual paths.


From Mission Funding Team

Spiritual Studies Group for Oct 1

We meet weekly in the Channing Room from 9:30 – 10:30.

Topics: Oct 1 -Dan Millman, Peaceful Warrior. Oct 8 Michael Newton Journey of Souls.

All are welcome. Leisla Sansom – 904-745-7803.

Healthy Eating Class to resume!

Confused about which oil to use? Coconut? Olive? Canola? Sesame? The list goes on. We will be discussing which fats are healthy and which are not. We will also sample a very healthy snack, (with good fats of course).  Join Lisa and Donna at 12:30 September 24th, in the Fletcher room.

JOURNEY: Building Beloved Community returns with…

UU 101: Back to Our Future

A 4-part series with Phillip Baber
Oct 15, 22, 29 & Nov 5, 2017
Sundays, 12:30-2:30, Anthony Room, UUCJ


We come to the Unitarian Universalist Church through many paths and faith traditions.  Yet we all come to UUCJ to “spread our wings” and explore new spiritual realms without censure.  UU 101 provides the history and context for us to understand our past as we build our future.  We will learn about our UU spiritual and ethical development; where our covenant and principles come from; and of our own beloved community in Northeast Florida. Please plan to attend all four classes.  For more information, contact Phillip Baber and to register, contact Lois Hoeft at ~  904.477.8320, or register online at  Childcare available on request by Oct. 5.

Autumnal Equinox / Mabon Potluck Celebration

UUCJ 7:00pm Friday, September 22nd, help us bring in the new season and make some new friends! Bring a covered dish and feast with friends! Walk the Labyrinth and reflect on the fruits of your labor! Bring a musical instrument and rock out at the fire pit! This event is multigenerational and please contact Tyler Burley with any questions.

Walenthorpe Garden & Rock Painting

This Sunday, Alice Shinkos and Hilary Lardin will be leading our Youth (6th-12th grade) in starting a garden as well as painting rocks to decorate the garden or the greater community. Darwin room 1:30pm-2:30pm. Contact Tyler Burley for more information.

Riddle & Mystery (Walenthorpe 6th-12th Grade)

Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? Your child in 6th to 12th grade is invited to join us in exploration of life’s big questions. Riddle & Mystery is being held every Sunday from 12:15pm-1:15pm in the Darwin room. Our first day is September 24th! Please contact Tyler Burley for more information.

Women over 50 is now WOMEN OF ALL AGES

We urge all women to come see what we are about. We meet the fourth Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the Anthony Room at UUCJ. On Sept. 28 Betsy Deuerling will do a presentation on her experiences working for the city of Jacksonville as an environmentalist.