Speaker Bio for July 21: Bowen Barrs

Bowen Barrs is a native of Jacksonville, but left at age ten to live in Colorado, Arizona, and Clearwater before returning in 2008. He and his husband, Jake, celebrated 31 years together this month. They are the proud parents of two dogs, two cats, a canary, and assorted fish.

Bowen is a hair stylist and massage therapist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and worked as a flight attendant back when the Wright brother’s flew. In the past he’s been known to tread the boards in community theater performing comedy, drama, and musicals. When time permits, he volunteers at the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Special Collection: Arlington Community Garden

The Arlington Community Garden provides fresh produce to our needy neighbors. Lynne Paradise of our Green Sanctuary Committee will tell us about the unique needs of the garden. Our monetary contribution will enable the garden to flourish as a much needed outreach of our congregation.

UUCJ Library

Nichole Butterman and her daughter organized and added to the collection of books at the church library. They are organized in sections: “children”, “teen”, “educational”, “spiritual”, and “world.” Nichole will be adding reference labels as she has time. They could use a magazine rack (or a kid’s book rack) for the larger children books, if anyone has one they could donate!
Thank you, Nichole, for all your hard work! And everyone should check out the library, located next to the restrooms near Fletcher!


Caring Candles

Gene Duncan’s brother, James Duncan, passed away on June 27, 2019 in Deltona, Florida. Condolences go out to Gene and Eleanor and their family.

Jay and Jeanne Huebner traveled to Dallas, Texas to celebrate the 80th birthday of Jay and his twin brother, Ray. Their birthday party was held on July 9, 2019. Jay, Ray and all their children were able to celebrate together.

Nan Rudolph announced that her husband, Allen, celebrated his 93rd birthday on July 3, 2019. Congratulations Allen!

Plastic-Free July Display, July 21

The Green Sanctuary Committee will have a display downstairs in the Social Hall after the service.  We will focus on re-usable shopping bags and produce bags, with a demonstration on making bags from old T-shirts.  If you have any bags you would like to show, please bring them in.  And if you have any extra re-usable bags you no longer need, consider bringing them to church to give away to others.
Could you do without plastic for a month, or a week, or a day?  Help to address the plastic waste issue and learn more about the Plastic-Free July challenge at  plasticfreejuly.org.

Spiritual Studies

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


  • July 21st: God In All Worlds: Anthology of Contemporary Spiritual Writing by Lucinda Vardey. Current topic: “Looking for Meaning and the Way.”

No prep or homework required! And you don’t need to purchase books – relevant material to be read out loud is provided by the facilitator or presenter at the beginning of each session, ALL ARE WELCOME!

Campus Closed to Events/Meetings the Week of July 23rd

This is just a reminder (and notification for those of you who were not aware of this) that our whole campus will be CLOSED to meeting groups the week of July 22nd for the annual GIRLSROCK Summer Camp. GIRLSROCK will involve the use of our WHOLE CAMPUS which will therefore be closed/unavailable for any meetings and/or group events.
If you have a meeting or event scheduled for that week, please locate a new venue.

Speaker Bio for July 14: Rev. Carmen Emerson

Rev. Carmen Emerson was ordained in 2010 by the First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2010, where she served as intern minister and interim associate minister. She is in full fellowship with the UUA and currently serves as secretary of the Board of the UU Ministers Association. Rev. Emerson served the historic UU Church of Meadville, Pennsylvania for five years, and most recently the Greater Nashville UU Church for the past four years. Having recently relocated to Jacksonville with retired husband, Jim, Rev. Emerson currently serves as a chaplain for Community Hospice & Palliative Care, and as affiliated community minister for Buckman Bridge UU Church.