O’Leno 42

OLENO 42 will be May 3-7. This special event brings the members of our church family together for a relaxing weekend on the banks of the Santa Fe River at ‘Leno State Park.

Singles, couples, families with youngsters of all ages, new and long-time members will enjoy this opportunity to make new friends and strengthen our community.

Registration will be April 9-30th.  The registration fee covers sleeping accommodations in cabins in our personal campsite next to the river, all meals (Friday dinner through Sunday brunch), evening entertainment, workshops and youth activities.  Space is limited and is first come, first served.

Questions? Check out more information on our website, our O’Leno 42 and Beyond Facebook page, or contact Mark Dickens 703-598-9853.

Healthy Eating Class Cancelled for April

Due to the many activities taking place in April, the Healthy Eating Class will not take place this month. The next class will be May 21st 12:30 Fletcher room, and we will be discussing (and tasting) healthy desserts. All are welcome.

Join the Leadership Development Committee

The LDC has been working for two years to provide a pool of names to the board for nomination into leadership positions at UUCJ.

We have also created a curriculum of learning experiences and workshops to help cultivate and encourage positive leadership skills for our congregation (UUCJ Journey; Stepping Stones; Building Beloved Community, a series of 4 “steps” through which we can learn about ourselves, our church and how to grow an involved and beloved community).

At the end of this year, several of the members will have fulfilled their two year positions and we are looking for people to join the committee to continue this valuable work.

Please let us know if you interested in finding out more about our process and possibly joining our  team. We also invite anyone curious about our group to come to a meeting and observe exactly what it is we do! Our next meeting is May 16th @ 6:30pm.

 

Exploring “White Supremacy” on May 21st

Dear UUCJ Family,

As many of you are aware, our UUA President, Rev. Peter Morales, resigned his position on April 1 in response to an unfolding controversy about alleged discriminatory hiring practices at the UUA during his administration. Details of the controversy and Rev. Morales’s resignation have been, and are being, covered extensively by our Association’s official magazine, The UU World. (http://www.uuworld.org/). Needless to say, this has been a difficult time for many in our faith. Sadness, anger, frustration, disappointment: These are but a few of the words that have been used by UUs across our Association to describe their reaction to these recent events. But challenging times can also serve as times of great opportunity. In this time, we have an opportunity, as a people of faith, to engage in deep introspection and reflection about our identity, our values, and how we express those values in our individual and collective lives. In response to these recent events, a call has been issued by BLUU (Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism—an organizing collective that works to provide support, information, and resources for Black Unitarian Universalists) to UU congregations across the Association to dedicate a coming Sunday worship service to exploring the topic of “White Supremacy.” Our understanding of this term—how it is defined, to whom it is applied—is a central feature of the controversy currently facing the UUA and its member congregations. Dozens of UU ministers have already answered BLUU’s call by agreeing to address the topic in an upcoming Sunday service at their respective congregations. I plan to join these ministers by addressing the topic in our worship on Sunday, May 21. (BLUU specifically requested that UU churches address the topic on either April 30 or May 7; unfortunately, UUCJ’s calendar does not present a good opportunity to devote an entire service to this issue until May 21). In addition to a worship service dedicated to unpacking the concept of “White Supremacy,” I plan to help facilitate a listening circle for our community immediately after worship on May 21 to provide our congregants a safe and sacred space to share from the heart and hear each other’s voices. Confronting racism—in our nation, in our own church, and in our own lives—is hard, painful work. But it is the kind of work our faith calls us to do. I look forward to facing these challenges with all of you—together—as we strive to embody and incarnate the Beloved Community.

 

In Faith,

Phillip

O’Leno T-Shirt Contest

This year we are having a t-shirt design contest! So, get your creative thinking caps on and design away. Please send your designs to me, JenniferGTucker@aol.com, We will post the choices in the social hall and have a vote for the winner!  Winner gets a free tshirt.
Design should contain the following: O’Leno 42, 42nd Annual Spring Retreat of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville

Deadline for submission is April 15th so that we have two Sundays to vote. Winner will be chosen on April 23rd.

Our Gang Outing for April 2017

Come join us for a fun and educational trip on Wed. April 19 2017 to the Florida Agricultural Museum on Kings Road North, Palm Coast Fl. 32137. It is near St. Augustine and just a little over a one hour drive from Jax. You can find more information at FloridaAgMuseum.org. We will have a guided tour and learn about Florida’s agricultural history and it’s impact on our economy.
We will carpool from the church’s parking lot leaving at 8:30. It is just a short drive back to St. Augustine where there are many restaurants to choose from for lunch. Please Email alicericker@yahoo.com, or call 372 7914 if you plan to attend.

Thanks to Art Shad

The UUCJ Endowment Fund Board thanks Art Shad for his generous donation of $100 to the Fund. He chose to gift the Fund during his company’s annual Appeal Campaign to make a difference in their community. Art, is the son of Lynn Shad, a longtime supporter and member of the Foundation Board.

Path to Membership

Path to Membership is this Sunday 4/9! Join us in the Anthony Room at 12:15 if you want to learn more about how to become and what it means to be a member of UUCJ.

Roshi Elliston Visit

Roshi Michael Elliston, abbot of the Silent Thunder Order and the Atlanta Soto Zen Center will be visiting us on April 1st and 2nd. At the Sunday service he will talk on the relationship of the Buddhist “Eight Fold Path” and the Universal Unitarian Seven Principles. Please join us for either the Saturday meditation program (beginning 8am in the Social Hall, with a $25 registration fee) or the Sunday Service.

More information can be found at http://meetup.com/Jacksonville-Soto-Zen-Meditation-Group

 

Vespers is Moving!

Our weekly Vespers service will no longer be gathering on Saturday—we will now be offering Vespers on Thursday evenings, at 7 pm, beginning April 13. We look forward to seeing you there!

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