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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…

From the Minister

Every morning at 4 a.m. “First Light Meditation” hits my e-mail inbox from Rev. Dr. Galen Guengerich, senior minister of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City. He suggests that those subscribing read the piece through at least two times and think about it as they start the day. I often find the piece helpful in spiritually centering my start to the day. Sometimes it is a few lines long and on occasion as long as the…

From the Minister

Along with a number of others from our congregation, I attended the ICARE Celebration via Zoom on Monday evening. It was inspiring to hear an update on current projects in our area. The civil citations project for youth has saved many young people from debilitating criminal records while requiring accountability. Sheriff Williams and States Attorney Nelson are committed to further development of an adult civil citations program as well as working at developing an intervention team to deal with mental…

Minister’s Letter

At the 2017 UUA General Assembly in New Orleans delegates called for the establishment of an Article II Study Commission to suggest any changes deemed necessary in our association’s Purposes and Principles which enunciate to ourselves and to the world the traditions we have come from and the core values we hold dear and promote. I have been very much inspired by and committed to them since their approval by the General Assembly in 1985. There has been only one…

President’s Report

Several years ago, the committee structure of the church was changed to coordinate the many activities in the church.  With the decline in membership and limitation in programs over the last several years, several committees are not active.  When issues arise, Board members are assigned to handle the jobs.  The number of things that need to be done often exceeds the amount of time Board members have to do the work.  Should the committee structure be changed, or should the…

Message from The President

April has been a busy month for UUCJ. The ICARE Nehemiah Assembly featured Lois Hoeft, Brian Lapinski and Meg Rohal as moderators and over 100 UUCJ members as attendees. The program was very well organized, speakers were well prepared, videos from persons affected by the system were very moving, there was an emphasis on success (positives are always powerful), and an agreement on common goals with our State Attorney Melissa Nelson was meaningful. The sheriff’s office missed an opportunity to…

From the Minister

As part of my 14-year ministry as senior minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock (Long Island), I served on our Veatch Board of Governors which made annual grants totalling approximately $12 million to social justice organizations throughout the country. One segment of grant making important to us was faith-based community organizations which bring people together across racial, religious, and socioeconomic lines to pursue social justice in their communities. From reviewing grant proposals, taking part in site visits…

From the Minister

Last Sunday I ended my sermon encouraging participation in our upcoming capital campaign with a quote from the late Rev. Dr. John B. Wolf, for 35 years senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa. At the virtual coffee hour after the service I agreed to share it again in the newsletter. So here it is. I share a more complete rendition I have found of the quote and believe it still reads well though it was written decades…