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Message from The President

A lot has happened in the last 2 months.There are many positive changes at UUCJ:  Sunday services have continued to strengthen in variety and quality due to the hard work of the Worship Committee, Music Committee, Worship Associates and so many behind the scenes members who have worked hard to repair, clean and improve the campusThis has been possible under the strong leadership of Rev. Lee Ann. Members have returned for in-person services, new members have joined the church, and…

May 8, 2022 Service

After acknowledging Mother’s Day, we will hear a message from Rev. Kathy Schmitz that is appropriate to our current circumstances. Then, we will engage in a spiritual practice that will encourage us to name what pains us and then what comforts us or gives us hope. We look forward to seeing you at Church tomorrow! Speaker Bio: Rev. Kathy Schmitz Rev. Kathy Schmitz is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. She has a Master of Divinity (M.Div) from Andover Newton Theological…

Service Auction 2022

Here ye! Here ye! The donation phase of the 2022 Service Auction has begun. First, a heads up to those of you who have purchased events at our 2021 auction that have not taken place, these events are in the works as we speak and will take place as soon as possible. This year’s Service Auction will take place Sun May 15th through Sun May 29th.  Our auction will be online again due to the success we had last year:…

New Normal Team Update

The numbers of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have decreased in Northeast Florida and across the nation.  The CDC risk level is now low.  The New Normal Team has reviewed current CDC recommendations and suggests:    1. Vaccination is the best way to reduce the risk of infection, hospitalization, and death.      2. Masking is no longer required for those who are fully immunized.  Those who have high risk medical conditions should follow the recommendations of their health…

Minister’s Message for March

Dear Ones: The theme this month is “Renewing Faith.” Faith is an ambiguous word, like “spirit” and “love,” difficult to define and yet, like pornography, you generally know it when you see it, or in this case experience it. In this month’s Soul Matters material for small group ministry (a link to which is found below) Ernie Jones’s Quora answer to the question “What are the origins of the word ‘faith’?” is quoted. I like his answer and so I share it…

President’s Message

We are finishing up the first quarter of the year.  Things certainly do change a lot.  The Azaleas are blooming, our Governor is criticizing children whose parents recommend masking, and Europe is embroiled in a major war.  The arrival of spring was a good bet, but so many other things are impossible to predict. Fortunately, peace and tranquility can be found at UUCJ.  There is a lot of positive energy here. The biggest news is that we plan to resume…

Special Collection: L’Arche

Our special collection will be for L’Arche Jacksonville a community with four family-style homes, the Blanchart Community Center and an off-site day program called the Rainbow Workshop located in Arlington. L’Arche believesthat by creating an environment where people with intellectual and physical disabilities can share their gifts, they are affecting a positive change in the world. Our speaker will be Paul Poirrier, Director of Development. Donations can be made through our website at uucj.org/give, text “$amount special” to 904-593-4220, or…

Renovation and Additions Update

Good news to report on the UUCJ Renovation & Addition project.  Architect Rob Zinn is taking over construction drawings for Phase I of our project. This will include an elevator, new toilet rooms for the Social Hall, a table/chair storage room plus washer/dryer.  Also included are new doors and glass at the west end of the Social Hall, new patio, new sidewalk at main entrance from upper parking lot. On Tuesday Feb 1, the entire design team met on campus…

Membership Team Forming

The Membership Team provides information on how to become a member of UUCJ, as well as an opportunity to become a member and officially sign the membership book. For all members, it encourages connections with other UUCJ members and teams and facilitates belonging and engagement within the UUCJ Beloved Community. If you would like to be a part of this important work, meet other members, and have a little fun contact the membership team coordinator (Nancy Murrey-Settle) at

New Normal Team Update

No In-Person Service This Sunday Sunday Service will be broadcast from the chapel.  Members should watch the service from home and not come to the church. The number of daily new COVID 19 cases in the Jacksonville Metropolitan area on 1/27/22 was 216.4 per 100,000.  The number of daily cases has peaked and is decreasing. The positive test rate is still high (34.7%), indicating that there are many unrecognized infections in the community. The risk level for infections in unvaccinated…