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Social Justice Opportunities

Social justice is at the core of who we are and what we do. But it has been a challenge over the past year and a half to reach out and help people in our own community that have significant needs. If you are looking for ways you might be able to be involved, here are just a few of the UUCJ opportunities that you can consider: RIVER CITY PRIDE PARADE The parade will be held on Saturday, October 2nd beginning…

UUCJ Birthdays

We have two birthdays next week to remember: on Sunday, 9/5, Marcia Funderburk; and on Thursday, 9/9, Karen Kempf. Please reach out to each of them to help them celebrate. Another very special birthday is coming up the following week: Mary Claire Van Der Horst will turn 91 on Thursday, 9/16. Mary Claire doesn’t do anything online and she has trouble hearing over the phone, so please send her an old-fashioned birthday card in the mail. Let her know she…

Congratulations to Brian Paradise

Brian Paradise, a longtime Sierra Club of Northeast Florida Group Sierra outings leader and activist, is the recipient of the national Sierra Club’s top award for volunteer service, the William E. Colby Serra Club award. From the Sierra Sentry newsletter: The award reflects the effectiveness of his quiet demeanor, his extensive knowledge of our area and its issues, his unfailing politeness, and his leadership in a wide range of conservation and environmental protection initiatives. They range from successfully opposing an…

Soto Zen Group

For all interested in zazen meditation and discussion, come sit with us in the Anthony Room on Saturdays 1:30pm-3:00pm (12:30pm for any newcomers) and Monday evenings 7:00pm-8:30pm. (6:30 p.m. for any newcomers.) Reach out to group director Bill Mayhew at  or communications director Bret Crews at . Meetings available over Zoom as well. They will be having meditation this Labor Day Monday.

Labor of Love has Been Postponed

This year’s Labor of Love, which was scheduled September 5, is postponed indefinitely. Stay tuned for what we are scheduling for the Sunday of September 5.

Speaker Bio: Leah Ward-Lee

Leah Ward-Lee is the Founder and Executive Director of $1000 Start-Ups, a non-profit based on her book and course $1000 Start-Ups: 60 Businesses for Micro-Entrepeneurs and How to Start Them.  This burgeoning non-profit provides economic and reentry opportunities by providing training and needs-based funding for potential entrepreneurs’ low-cost business start-ups, as well as building a consortium of local businesses who mentor and grow with them.During her successful career life, Leah served 20 years in the U.S. Army, and then went on the…

Arlington Community Services Update

Let’s Continue Our Excellent Support of Our Arlington Neighbors We hope to deliver about 50 pounds of groceries this week. Thanks to core donors who are dropping off their donations! ACS also accepts cash donations for their other efforts such as helping families with JEA bills or rent for those who cannot shop. Message from Mary Louise Weber, Executive Director of Arlington Community Services, Inc.: We are thankful for all of your gifts of food, monetary donations, clean white T-shirts and…

UUCJ Birthdays

Next week we honor the following members by remembering their birthdays: Sara May on Sunday, 8/29; Tom Larson on Monday, 8/30; and Joyce Milford and Buck Plaster on Tuesday, 8/31. Please reach out to each of them by mail, phone, online, or in person.  

Caring CAndles

Sharon Scholl’s nephew, Randy Henderson, died last week of Covid. A small memorial service for the family was held locally on Friday morning. Condolences go out to Sharon and her family. Sam Klein. David Johnson wrote , “I was saddened to learn from Sam’s daughter, Barbara, that he passed away last Tuesday (August 17) after one day in hospice and was taken to Long Island for burial today (August 20). He was a good friend, a dedicated supporter of Wage…

Finance Committee Volunteers Needed

The Finance Committee needs volunteers to help manage UUCJ financial resources to fulfill our church mission as we welcome our new full-time minister, Rev. Lee Anne Washington. Our committee oversees financial procedures, recommends policy changes, recommends an annual Mission Budget from pledges and committee requests, and tracks actual income and expenses. You don’t have to be an accountant to join our team, just want to help other volunteers contribute to UUCJ. We try to have enjoyable meetings where everyone has…