JOURNEY: Building Beloved Community

Stepping Stone 5

September 16, 2017
UUCJ Social Hall  9:30 to 2:20
Light Lunch included
Childcare on request by September 2

Registration is now open for…

GREAT Meeting FUNdamentals!

Come join us as we explore facilitation and the skills that make for  great meetings!  From covenant and guidelines, creating a delicious Meeting Sandwich, to understanding group development, we’ll cover agendas, roles, and more! This information is an excellent resource for committee chairs and members who want to learn UUCJ Fundamentals of Great Meetings!  (Presenter: Karen Kempf)


The LDC Playhouse presents: Group Dynamics

Learn essentials of group dynamics: how to recognize various group interactions when they occur, and strategies to efficiently deal with them to the benefit of the group. Various scenarios – helpful and challenging – will be acted out to illustrate the vocabulary of group interactions in “real life” situations. Have some fun while learning valuable leadership skills!  Will you recognize yourself? (Playhouse members: Jennifer Tucker and Friends)

To learn more and register online, go to Contact Lois Hoeft at or call 904-477-8320.  Workshop starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. The JOURNEY: Stepping Stone 5 is a presentation of the Leadership Development Council.  Hope you can join us for the last of the JOURNEY cycle of exploration!

Popcorn Theology: Hidden Figures

Hidden FiguresJuly 28th @ 6:30pm Come join us for a viewing of Hidden Figures! After the movie we will engage in discussion around the movie’s themes and how they relate to our UU faith. This event is multigenerational and pizza will be provided.

Guest Speaker for July 30th: Rabbi Rick Shapiro

Rabbi Rick Shapiro was raised in Southern California , and after serving for more than 25 years as the rabbi of congregations in Denver, Colorado, and Stockton, Santa Barbara, and Palm Desert, California, he decided to pursue a career as an intentional interim rabbi, hoping to use his experience in congregational dynamics and the nature of the relationship between a congregation and its rabbi to serve congregations in the Reform Movement of Judaism who are undergoing transitions after the departure of their rabbi. Rabbi Shapiro most recently served as the Interim Senior Rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Chesed in Jacksonville from July, 2016 through June, 2017. Rabbi Shapiro received his B.A. in Modern Jewish Literature from UCLA in 1976 and was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1981. He is an active participant in the pursuit of religious and social justice, including advocating for reproductive rights, fair and just treatment for agricultural workers, and the elimination of racial and religious discrimination. Rabbi Shapiro is married and he and his wife, Lynn, are the parents of two children and three grandchildren.

Guest Speaker for July 23rd: Laurie Denman

Rt. Rev. Laurie Denman is the 3rd Degree Arch Priestess and Temple Keeper for the Chosen Path Church, a full Temple of the Correllian Nativist Church. She is an attuned Reiki Master and instructor as well as a Correllian Shaman. She is a charter member of the Northeast Florida Pagan Leadership Coalition. She is a Project Manager for a major world bank with two grown children who are still the center of her Universe. She volunteers in several employee networks at the bank including the LGBT Allies, CFO Diversity and Inclusion Council and LEAD. She volunteers for Pug Rescue of Florida fostering dogs and serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. She is the CFO and Membership Volunteer for Correllian Education Ministries, the seminary of the Correllian Nativist Church, commonly known as She was an active participant as a Faith Leader in the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality’s efforts to update the Duval County Human Rights Ordinance to include protections for our LGBTQ citizens. Her hobbies are water gardening, playing World of Warcraft and spending time with her pugs, her cat, and her pet tortoise.

Qigong After Church Service

Qigong class and practice will be held in the Anthony room at 12:15 through the summer weeks. Qigong existed before Tai Chi as a healing practice for balancing life force energy. No level of ability needed. For questions contact Cheryl Anthony 651-5589

Special Collection for June – UUCJ Foundation

Our special collection last month brought in a total of $1552 for our Endowment Fund. This gift will keep on giving to the church in years to come. Our Endowment Fund donates 4% of its assets, which are approaching $500,000, back to UUCJ each year to be used as our Board of Trustees directs. Thank you for your generosity.

Speaker for July 16th: Fa’Osunkemi

Fa’Osunkemi was initiated to Ifa in 2015. In 1994, she was initiated to the Yoruba Divinity Osun. She is also known as Ok Sun Burks. Married and mother of two adult children, Fa’Osunkemi is a business manager and entrepreneur. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, has been employed with a number of fortune 500 firms and has owned and managed many businesses. She is currently a candidate for Doctor of Naturopathy (N.D.) at Trinity School of Natural Health and pursuing an International Coach Certificate as a spiritual life coach. Fa’Osunkemi is a passionate performance artist with the popular African folkloric group, Olorun. She is an inspirational speaker and has performed at many businesses, organizations, schools, and cultural events. A student of world religions and spirituality, Fa’Osunkemi’s mission is to use leadership, curiosity, a spirit of collaboration, and life management skills to enhance the lives of women worldwide.

Youth Craft Day

July 17th 9:00am-3:00pm All Youth and 5th graders bridging to Youth next year, are welcome to join us for Chalice making and Mantra board creation. Get more details and sign up by emailing SIGN UP REQUIRED

Parent Potluck: Brinner Edition!

Join us for food & fellowship on Friday, July 21st 6:30-8:30. Bring your kids and a covered dish to the UUCJ Social Hall. Tyler will have a griddle and pancakes… YES PANCAKES! Let’s have brinner (breakfast for dinner)!