Healthy Eating Class September 9th

Healthy Eating Class Sunday, September 9th at 12:30 in the Fletcher Room

Have you heard all the news about a plant based diet reversing heart disease? Well, come to this class to learn more from Brian Paradise, who will share information gleaned from the book “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease”. The author is Caldwell B. Esseltstyn, Jr. M.D. It claims to be “The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure.” Sounds like something we should all learn about, regardless of our current state of health.

August 19th Speaker Bio: Chandler Coggins

Chandler is from Jacksonville and works as a recovery specialist with Mental Health America of Northeast Florida. In this role, he provides services that support the recovery of people with mental illness experiencing homelessness. In addition, he is a facilitator of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Connection Recovery Support Group in Jacksonville, which meets every other week at the Riverside YMCA and brings together people living with mental illness in our community. He also served on the board of directors of NAMI Jacksonville for two years, and he recently returned to Jacksonville from the DC area, where he completed an internship in the Homeless Programs Branch of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In his professional and volunteer activities, he is motivated by his own experience living in recovery from mental illness.

Meet the Weekday Book Club

Interested in or looking for a bookclub? The Weekday Book Club will staff an informational table in the Social Hall on August 19th. Drop by to sip coffee, chat, find out what they’re reading, and share any must-read recommendations you have.

Women of All Ages: August 23

Women of All Ages meets Thursday, August 23rd 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. Repeats second and fourth Thursdays of the month until further notice.

Playing with Ideas

Upcoming Topics:

  • August 19th: Books for Children During Troubling Times — Anne Jewell
  • August 26th: History of Language and Humor — Ann Guest

Playing with Ideas meets every Sunday morning, from 9:30-10:30 in the Anthony Room.

Spiritual Studies

Spiritual Studies meets weekly in the Channing Room from 9:30 – 10:30.


    • August 19th: Richard Koch, The Eighty/Twenty Priniciple; the Secret of Achieving More with Less
    • August 26: Ellen Langer, Mindfulness: Choice and Control in Everyday Life

All are welcome. No prep or homework needed! Leisla Sansom

Generosity in Action for August

Our Generosity in Action honorees this month are Jake Mehrman and Bowen Barrs! Bowen is the Hospitality co-chair. He and Jake do the shopping every Sunday morning and then come in and help the coffee host — and they have happily filled in when we had no host! Jake and Bowen installed our lovely new coffee brewing and water filtration systems, and Jake got the power back to the kitchen the morning of the Spaghetti dinner fundraiser.

They routinely (and without fanfare or recognition) come and do landscaping upkeep on the property — most notably the ongoing upkeep of the asiatic jasmine bed between the sanctuary and the parking lot and keeping the upper parking lot free of leaves and debris.

Bowen was one of the speakers for Mark Stewart’s Christmas play, and Jake is the leader of our safety team that helps us stay safe by keeping a vigilant eye out Sunday mornings.

Next time you see them, make sure to give them a BIG thanks for all that they do…and wish them a happy 30th anniversary as well!

August 12th Speaker Bio: Taryn Wharwood

Taryn “LoveReigns” Wharwood is a native of Miami, Florida and began her public speaking at the Ebony Village school in Dania, Florida at the tender of age of 5! It was there that Taryn developed a love and deep passion for poetry, and public speaking. All credit to the owners/directors of the school whose vision, and daily mantra that students recited each morning: “I am Taryn Wharwood, and I have a GREAT mind!”

Since then, Taryn has been performing on and off stages across the US & Canada from Open-Mics to Universities and more. She is the Co-host and Founder of Artis(Tree) Live, and the Cypher Open Mic Poetry & Soul. Taryn is also an avid mentor, community advocate, public speaker and soon to be published author. Taryn is also the New Hire Development Coordinator & Sales Trainer for, a position that garners two of her greatest life passions: poetry & helping others.

Caring Candles

Long time member Cathie Rowen died August 3, 2018 at her home
in Atlantic Beach with family members near. Cathie and her husband Phil
joined UUCJ in the 70’s and were active and involved for many years.
Who can forget Cathie as the “Bearded Lady” in the Wallesky Circus at
O’Leno back in the 80’s! Most recently Cathie served as Greeter on Sundays.
There will be no service at this time.

Weekday Book Club Upcoming Selections

Tues, Sept 4: Elizabeth Letts, The Perfect Horse (940.54 LETTS) — U.S. mission to capture Lipizzaner horses kidnapped by Nazis.
Mon, Oct 1: J. D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy (BIO 305.562092 VANCE) — Memoir of a family and culture in crisis.

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

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