Spiritual Studies

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


  • August 18th: God In All Worlds: Anthology of Contemporary Spiritual Writing by Lucinda Vardey. Current topic: “Looking for Meaning and the Way.”

FORMAT: Relevant material to be read out loud by participants is provided by the facilitator or presenter at the beginning of each session, followed by a lively discussion. So, no prep or homework required, no need to purchase books, and ALL ARE WELCOME!

Zen Class Starting September 14

The Adult Religious Education Committee (AREC) of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville (UUCJ), in collaboration with UUCJ’s, Jacksonville Soto Zen Meditation Group (JSZMG), is offering a six-week introductory Zen class from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., starting Saturday, September 14, through Saturday, October 19, 2019 in the Anthony Room. This is the same class that is taught at UNF in their OLLI program.

The class is limited to no more than 20 participants and is open to Church members and JSZMG members at no cost; and to the public for a nominal $30.00 registration fee, payable by check or cash at the first class session.

The class is taught by Bill Mayhew, Ungan Sensei, an ordained student of Elliston Roshi, Abbot of the Silent Thunder of Soto Zen.

To register for this class please click here and complete the registration form.

Speaker Bio for August 11: Blanche Williams

Blanche Williams grew up with music, and it has played a large part in her spiritual journey throughout her life. Her spiritual path has taken many twists and turns, culminating in her ongoing involvement in the Diamond Approach to Inner Realization since 2010, with music continuing to serve as a source of joy and a conduit to the divine. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and works as a clinical health psychologist at Baptist M D Anderson Cancer Center.

SUUFI 2019

Want a fabulous learning experience as you escape the heat and hassle by going to The (UU) Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, NC? Signup for SUUFI 2019 (Oct. 6-11) for its “Aging to Saging” program with Key Presenter Dr. Rita Broadnax (neuroscience expert and educator) plus 24 Afternoon Workshops, daily Worship, and 4 nights of Entertainment.  Your spirit will soar as you focus on your needs of Body, Mind, Soul and Community.  For video intro, flyers, workshop descriptions and schedule, registration details and discount, go to this link: https://themountainrlc.org/event/suufi-southern-uu-fall-institute-2019/

Stitch & Bitch August 14

Join us for Stitch & Bitch August 14th, 6-8 in the Social Hall! This group is for knitters, crocheters, embroidered, sewers, and all other stitchy humans. We will meet to work on our projects and chat. This is open to all levels, from curious to experienced.

Speaker Bio for August 4th: Nancy Murrey-Settle

Nancy Murrey-Settle, MA currently  teaches AP Human Geography and AP European History at Stanton College Preparatory School.  She has a background in anthropology, journalism, and is a former librarian. A recent graduate of Mindful Schools, a practicing meditator and a certified life coach, Nancy’s coaching specializes in discovering meaning and purpose in your life choices.  When she is not teaching, grading or preparing lessons she likes to write. She participates in a women’s writing circle  called  Women Writing for (a) Change Jacksonville, which builds community by encouraging women to explore their stories and their voices.  She lives in Riverside with her husband Steve, two teen daughters, a dog, feral cats and chickens. 

Women of All Ages August 8

UUCJ Women of All Ages meet Thursday, August 8th, from 6:00 pm to 7:30pm at the Pablo Creek Regional Library, 13295 Beach Blvd.

All UUCJ women are invited.

Green Sanctuary Meeting August 4

Green Sanctuary Meeting: Sunday, August 4th, 12:30 in the Fletcher Room.

We will be discussing possible local impacts of climate change. All are welcome to attend!

Speaker Bio for July 28th: Constance N Miller

Raised the daughter of a University of Michigan professor, the importance of anything spiritual or religious in her life ebbed and flowed, but it did begin Unitarian. After Juilliard, she was a college dance educator for 12 years, NYC professional studio teacher/dancer for ten years; then in middle age, she and Bob moved to a farm in Pennsylvania, where he grew 250 acres of Christmas trees and Constance dove deeply into herbs — with a business, garden, teaching, and then thirteen years as a Clinical Herbalist.  Her thirty years as a Friend began there, where Quakers settled in America. She and Bob have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.  The Millers joined UUCJ as friends in 2018.