Special Collections for August 2017: L’Arche Jacksonville

L’Arche Jacksonville opened in 1985 as Harbor House, a home for adults with intellectual disabilities. Harbor House joined the International Federation of L’Arche communities in 1992, and is now known as L’Arche Jacksonville.

L’Arche is French for “the ark,” a symbol of refuge and the first covenant between God and humanity. The International Federation of L’Arche is a network of 147 communities in 35 countries.  L’Arche Jacksonville is the only L’Arche community in Florida. The aim of L’Arche is to create communities which welcome people who have intellectual disabilities. L’Arche seeks to respond to the distress of those who are too often rejected, and to give them a valid place.

Fundraising Meeting

Sunday, 8/20 @12:15pm – Darwin Room

If you are interested in joining the Fundraising Committee, please join us on Sunday, Aug 20th @ 12:15pm in the Darwin Room. We will be discussing our budget and upcoming events for Fundraising for UUCJ. Come join the FUN and be a part of this very important committee.

Women Over 50 Group

UUCJ Women Over 50 invites women of all ages to the Thursday, Aug. 24 meeting in the Anthony Room at 5:30 pm. Barbara Parkinson has volunteered for over 4 years at White Oak, a private research and breeding center for endangered animals. Barbara will present first hand information about this extraordinary facility located in Yulee.

Guest Speaker for August 13th: Reverend Tan C. Moss

Reverend Tan C. Moss is the son of the late Rev. Nehemiah Bowers and Mrs. Luella S. Bowers, and the grandson of the late Rebenia Dawson. He was born and reared in Havana, Florida and educated in the Gadsden County Public School System, graduating from the historic Northside High School in 1974. Rev. Moss earned a B.S. degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Applied Social Science from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and a Masters of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He currently serves as the pastor of the Greater Grant Memorial AME Church in Jacksonville, Florida. He is married to Mrs. Brenda H. Moss and they have five beautiful children and four grandchildren.

Qigong Room Change

Room change for Sunday 8/13. Qigong class and practice will be held in the Emerson 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

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 http://uucj.org/grow/uucj-journey/. Contact Lois Hoeft at lbhjax2@comcast.net 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.