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Minister’s Message for November 2021

Dear Ones, The theme for this month is “holding history.” While our history does not have to determine our future, it does have a significant impact on who we are today. The joys and the sorrows, the achievements and the failures, the hopes and the disappointments of each stage in a life leaves its mark on the present. Understanding our personal history is an essential part of spiritual growth and development. For many of us, we choose to remember only…

New Normal Team Update

The number of new COVID 19 cases in the Northeast Florida area has continued to decrease and in-person services are planned when the number of new cases has been less than 10/100,000 per day and the percent of positive tests less than 5% for a period of two weeks.  On 10/22/21 the number of new cases the Jacksonville metropolitan area was 11.3 per 100,000 (down from 115 per 100,000 on 8/1/21), and the precent positive tests was 3.9%. We are excited…

New Normal Team Update

The New Normal Team has made recommendations that: All members should be vaccinated. Vaccinated individuals can safely attend small groups. In-person services should resume when the number of new cases in the Jacksonville metropolitan area is less than 10/100,000 per day and the percent of positive tests is less than 5% for two weeks. On 10/14/21 the number of new cases was 14.7 per 100,000 (down from 115/100,000 on 8/1/21), and the test positivity was 5.1%. All persons attending UUCJ…

Seeking Board Nominations

The Board Nominating Sub-committee of the Leadership Development Council is accepting UUCJ member nominations for the four Board positions beginning in January 2022. You may nominate yourself, or nominate another member for a director position.  Guidelines are:  Be a member of UUCJ for at least one year Completed UU history, Articulation Your Faith, Journey, or other UU workshops Serving as a UUCJ chair or committee member Leadership experience in business, a nonprofit, the military, etc.  Attended UU Leadership Experience and/or…

New Normal Team Update

The number of COVID -19 cases has continued to decrease from a high in early August of over 120 news cases per 100,000 and over 25% of tests being positive to 21 new cases per day and 6% of tests positive today. The New Normal Team has recommended the following: Resume in-person services when the COVID-19 new case rate is below 10/100,000 and the test positivity rate is less than 5% for 2 weeks. Complete AV repairs and improvements to…

Minister’s Message for September 2021

Embracing Possibility Dear Ones,  The theme for this month is “embracing possibility.” While congregations have personalities and ministers have personalities; with each new combination of congregation and minister is a new opportunity for them to share a ministry that is uniquely their own. As we begin our journey together, possibilities previously unimagined will emerge.  Our challenge is to embrace them and each other. One of my favorite authors, Richard Bach, issued this caution in his book, Illusions, The Adventures of…

Message From The President

Hello everyone, The bad news is that we did not get to resume in person services in September.  The good news is that Rev. Lee Anne will deliver her first sermon at UUCJ on Srpt 12th.  We look forward to the start of a bright future. New COVID19 cases are half the number of a few weeks ago. We may be at a safer level soon.  In the meantime, members should get the COVID19 vaccine to protect themselves and also…

From the Minister

I’m in the midst of an annual June ritual I have missed only once since 1975–Ministry Days of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association followed by the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association where delegates from congregations meet for business, inspiration, celebration, and a general renewal of ties. I readily admit to being a “GA Junkie” who thoroughly enjoys the plenary business sessions (more than 12 hours this year), the ceremonial elements such as the Opening Celebration and the Service…

President’s Message

Two weeks ago, the Board approved the Ministerial Agreement that was sent to all members. We are truly fortunate to be reopening in September with Rev. Lee Ann Washington as our minister. She brings the experience and enthusiasm that we need to reestablish in-person services in the fall. The first service is just 3 months away. There are programs throughout the summer. Small groups are meeting safely in person at the church and in member homes. Sunday services will continue…

President’s Letter

It is always nice to pass along good news. The good news includes the selection of a new minister. The Ministerial Search Committee has recommended to the Board that Rev Lee Anne Washington be our next minister. There will be a presentation and discussion after the Sunday service on 6/13/21. More good news. The service auction was a great success. Thanks to Darlene Larsen and the team that organized such a fun and successful event. And thanks to the many…