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 tyler@uucj.org. 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)!

Speaker for July 9th: Sukhbir Singh

Sukhbir Singh has been a Jacksonville resident for twenty-one years. He practices Sikhism as a path to humanity and salvation. Sukhbir has been married to Sargum for twenty-six years. They are blessed with two sons. They have raised their sons in our community and they are now in college. Sukhbir’s family is probably the longest living Sikh family in Jacksonville. Sukhbir has a bachelor’s degree in Statistics and master’s in Computer Science. He is a small business entrepreneur. Sargum and Sukhbir are founders of the Sikh Society of North East Florida. Sukhbir has been an architect in creating awareness about Sikhism and Turbans in our community through lectures as well as presentations in schools, colleges, universities, temples, churches, hospitals, mayor’s and the Sheriff’s office. He has also engineered two Turban Days on the UNF campus as part of his continuous efforts to educate the Jacksonville community. Sukhbir has a passion to cultivate universal brotherhood and oneness, which are the tenets of Sikhism. Sukhbir is a strong believer of “Ek Pita Ekas Ke Hum Barik” which translates to “There is One Father and we are all his children.”

Special Collection for July: Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida

For 35 years, Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida has helped hundreds of thousands of very different people through a broad range of services. Initially, it may seem that their programs are disconnected lines of support. Yet if you take a broader look, you’ll notice how the outstanding teams supporting all of these programs are simply filling in the gaps for neighbors in need and creating one big beautiful picture of improved lives in the process.

Mary Strickland, a member of UUCJ is the president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services, and has a long and distinguished career in health care and human services. She has been the CEO of a visiting nurse program in New York overseeing more than 400 employees and managing $28 billion in revenue; served in key administrative positions in New Jersey government under two governors; had key policy roles for large pharmaceutical companies; taught at NYU and is a guest lecturer at UNF. And don’t forget, Mary is a Worship Associate and frequent coffee host at UUCJ!

Speaker for July 2nd: Dr. Reda Bedeir

Dr. Reda Bedeir has a Ph.D. degree from Al Azhar University in Applied Linguistics and Islamic Studies. He holds two BA degrees: one in English and the other in Islamic Studies. He has an MA degree in Simultaneous Translation between Arabic and English. He is a Professor at Al-Azhar University in Egypt. He is an ex- instructor with Almaghrib Institute. He has taught Islam all over the world: Egypt (Al-Azhar University), USA (Wake Forest University in NC), Canada (Calgary and Alberta University), UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia are examples among other countries. He is an international speaker and he appeared in many TV Channels all over the world: Nile TV in Egypt, Islam Channel in London, England, Al Huda TV and many other TV shows in USA and Canada. He is a very motivational and engaging speaker who will make you cry and hysterically laugh within the same speech. Dr. Bedeir is a certified life coach as well as an interpreter with the UN for the last 20 years.

Summer Series 2017

Faith In Action: Hearing the Voices of Jacksonville’s Diverse Religious Community

July 2nd: Dr. Reda Bedeir, Islamic Center of NE Florida

July 9th: Sukhbir Singh, The Sikh Society of NE Florida

July 16th: Fa’Osunkemi, IFA Temple for Divine Elevation and Abundance

July 23rd: Rev. Laurie Denman, Correllian Nativist Church

July 30th: Rabbi Rick Shapiro, Reform Judaism

August 6th: Sharon Scholl, Humanism

August 13th: Pastor Tan Moss, African Methodist Episcopal

August 20th: Rev. Ronald Hersom, Unitarian Universalism

August 27th: Adah Shair, Interfaith Youth Core

Generosity in Action for July 2017

For July, our Generosity in Action nominee is Sunnie Baber! Sunnie is the chair of the Membership Committee, working hard to put together introductory materials for new members and making them feel welcome. She leads our songs during Sunday services, manages our social media, and has served on the Mission Funding Team. Sunnie also gives many hours to the church youth — she is an RE and nursery volunteer and an exemplary OWL teacher. She hosts the renowned Taco and Beer party every year for the Service Auction, and is, in Phillip’s own words, the church’s “minister wrangler”. Make sure to thank Sunnie for all of the tireless hours she puts into our beloved community!

A Vietnam Story

Following Phillip’s sermons on Thích Nhất Hạnh’s Living Buddha, Living Christ, Phillip Scanlan (a member from our Fernandina branch) shared a touching story from his time in Vietnam. Check it out!