We Are A People of Wholeness

The month of April will have be an exploration of the theme We Are A People Of Wholeness! The idea of Wholeness is not that we are enough in our single, lone existence, but that we as a people strive to be a part of the Wholeness, the interconnectedness of the world. We do not have to take on the world by ourselves, we come together with our individual strengths and beliefs to purposefully work towards our own emotional health and the world’s. Elements that will be explored are Widening the Circle (how can we be whole if we exclude others), You are Enough (we all have inherent worth), Rebirth (when we have problems, we move forward), All the Slices (the entire self, not just curated slices, make us ‘us’).

Please join us as we explore Wholeness in April!

Special Collection March 24: Tree Hill Nature Center

Promoting environmental stewardship in our own backyard of Arlington and for all of the Jacksonville community, Tree Hill provides hands-on educational programs and low-cost access to natural spaces. We welcome a representative of Tree Hill to explain the vital mission of this organization and some of their exciting future events!

Caring Candles

Bud Emerson’s wife. Doris (Dorothea Brigitte Emerson) passed away early Tuesday morning, March 12, 2019, after a lengthy illness. Doris and Bud have been longtime members of UUCJ. Condolences go out to Bud, Jeanette and their family.

Jake Mehrman’s mother, Maryann Mehrman, passed away late Monday evening, March 11, 2019, in Colorado. She had been in hospice care for ovarian cancer. Deepest sympathy goes out to Jake, Bowen and their family.

Bowen Barrs had shoulder surgery on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Please send your healing thoughts to Bowen for a speedy recovery.

From the Green Sanctuary Committee and the World Wildlife Fund — Join the Earth Hour Movement

We live in an interconnected world. Every action we take impacts life around us, and increasingly those impacts are harmful. Our ever-growing demand for food, water, and energy is changing the climate faster than predicted—and it comes at a cost for wildlife, wild places, and people everywhere.

This Earth Hour, millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour to show their steadfast commitment to protecting nature. Together we’ll speak up for wildlife and forests. We’ll show our support for rivers and oceans. And we’ll rally around crucial actions needed to curb climate change.

Life is resilient when we give it the chance to bounce back.

Please join us in turning off our lights for one hour at 8:30 p.m., your local time on Saturday, March 30, 2019, to show your support for a healthy planet.

Stitch & Bitch March 27

Join us for Stitch & Bitch March 27th, 6-8 in the Social Hall! This group is for knitters, crocheters, embroidered, sewers, and all other stitchy humans. We will meet to work on our projects and chat. This is open to all levels, from curious to experienced.

Mark Your Calendars!

Saturday, March 30th at  10:00 a.m. Tree Hill/Arlington Community Garden Outing!

Green Sanctuary (GS) will be leading its first outing of 2019 to Tree Hill Nature Center and UUCJ’s organic vegetable garden (growing food for pantries, a GS project). We will meet at the garden site where our assistant grower will show us what is happening at the garden, then Mark Mummaw, Executive Director of Tree Hill, will take us on a tour of the Tree Hill campus and the indoor learning center. Tree Hill is our partner in the garden project and a hidden gem, a beautiful nature center right next door to us! Come see what we have right in our back yard! No reservations needed, just show up. Meet at 9:30 at UUCJ if you are not sure where the garden (amphitheater) parking lot is and we will caravan together.

Spiritual Studies

Spiritual Studies meets weekly in the Channing Room from 9:30 – 10:30.


  • March 24th: In Search of Secret India by Paul Brunton
  • March 31st: Meister Eckhart, Selected Writings

All are welcome. No prep or homework needed! Leisla Sansom