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!

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.

Board Meeting Change

Because Penny Reid, Interim President, will be out of the country the first two weeks of April, the April Board meeting has been moved up to Tuesday, March 26th at 6:30pm in the Fletcher Room. The board is sorry for any inconvenience that this causes.

Office Hours Change

In order to assure her safety, Virginia Deroy, Church Administrator, has changed her office hours to 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Her remaining 5 work hours will be flexed over the work week, from home or at the office, depending on Church needs.

Childcare

Childcare for all ages is available every Sunday morning beginning at 9:15 a.m.

You have the opportunity to attend “Playing with Ideas” or “Spiritual Studies” before service.

No matter the age of your child/children, please bring them to Tadpole Cove.

Used Clothing Donations

Spring is almost here, and what could be a better time than now for getting those unwanted clothes out of your closets and donating them to St. Paul’s Methodist Church for their Clothes Closet? Staff at the Clothes Closet provide donated clothing free of charge to those in need every Tuesday. Donna Janesky has handled this community outreach service for years, and has typically collected about 2,000 pounds of clothing a year from our church members. Jeanne Heubner and Hope Clayton are now picking up where Donna left off. To donate, please leave clothing in the white hamper just inside the door to the social hall. Thank you for helping us continue to provide this service!

Visit from the UUA Southern Region

On Saturday, March 2, the UUCJ Board met all day with the UUA Southern Region Co-Leads Natalie Briscoe and Connie Goodbread and with Rev. Linda Hart Green who is a member of the Southern Region Adjunct Team.  The majority of the board found our time with them to be honest, emotional, thoughtful and, at times, uplifting.  Connie, Natalie, Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson and Rev. Linda Hart Green are all committed to helping this congregation to move forward  to a place of health and trust, living our covenant and committed to our mission.

On Sunday, March 3,  Natalie and Connie talked with members of the congregation before the regular church service, and after the service as well. During that time they emphasized that they are both available as a resources to members and friends who need to talk – to share perspective, or work through feelings.  Below is their contact information (please text to set up an appointment time):

Connie Goodbread 727.772.3508
Natalie Briscoe 512.296.5396

Connie, Natalie, Linda and the Board, feel that the Conversation Circle planned for next Sunday needs to be cancelled for now.  We aren’t ready emotionally, nor do we have the skills needed for this type of process.   Rev. Linda Hart Green will be with us for our worship service on March 10th.

UUPCC Cross-Cultural Pilgrimage

The Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council is offering pilgrimage opportunities in July.

Cross-Cultural Pilgrimage

Join with partners from NE India and Romania to explore our shared roots in Transylvania.

  • Intercultural Hospitality: Indians and North Americans gather to share food and fellowship with Transylvanian friends.
  • Transylvanian Sunday: Travelers will attend a service with UU’s from three continents!
  • Spiritual Growth Abounds: Explore new horizons based on our shared Unitarian faith.
  • 16th Century Roots: Visit our founding Hungarian Unitarian church and other historical sites.

Together with Unitarians from the Khasi Hills, experience our shared historic roots with our Romanian partners during this 2 week budget pilgrimage in the pastoral countryside of central Transylvania.

Trip begins in Bucharest Wednesday, July 31, and ends back in Bucharest Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

Learn more and register by visiting the UUPCC website!

Conversation Circles March 10

On Sunday, March 10th, UUCJ will hold conversation circles instead of our regular Sunday service. The purpose is to bring members together to discuss our feelings and concerns about the upheaval in our beloved community.

Many of us are grieving the loss of Phillip and Tyler. We are experiencing a spectrum of emotions arising from conflict, loss, and change. The facilitated talks will give everyone the opportunity to speak their truth in a positive and non-judgmental environment.

By listening intently, we support each other and gain knowledge to help one another heal. A facilitator and a Covenant keeper will gently ensure the adherence to the rules of the circle.

It is not a debate, a means of condemnation, or a solution to fixing our deep-seated issues. It is the first step. It is a necessary step.

In airing our emotions, sharing our truths, and bonding as a community, the path towards healing our church can be found.

Rules of the Conversation Circle

We will:

  • stay in the circle until the talking in over
  • speak for ourselves
  • refrain from name calling and blaming
  • listen deeply
  • speak one at a time
  • not interrupt
  • speak into the circle and do not talk to those outside of the circle
  • everyone agrees to the rules

No one has to speak but everyone will be given the opportunity.  Anyone may pass and then will get another opportunity.

Everyone who is not in the circle listens and does not speak.

Facilitators will:

  • make sure everyone is given a chance to speak – there is no need to go around the circle but rather as people wish to speak
  • not let one person dominate the time
  • go back to a person who passes and ask them if they wish to speak

The Covenant Keeper will:

  • stop people who break the rules – gently
  • take a full minute of silence if the rules are broken
  • name the take aways – big patterns, values or behaviors (examples – broken trust, not being heard, fearful)

A new circle forms once the first circle has finished.