UUCJ Admin Staff is Still Here for You

The UUCJ campus and office are now closed to the public, as you all know, but Virginia (our Church Administrator) and Judy (our bookkeeper) are both working hard to make sure that our bills get paid on time, that your pledges and donations (thank youuuuu!) are processed as swiftly as possible, and that continued administrative duties are taken care of. Virginia continues to monitor and respond to all church emails and voicemails, either remotely from home or during occasional visits to our campus (when she picks up the physical mail.) Please know that your staff is ever present and devoted as always to doing its job.

UUCJ Plaque

When you next visit UUCJ, please look for the newly installed plaque celebrating our historic church.  It is on the wall adjacent to the Admin Office door.

What Can You Do to Stay Healthy?

You may be tempted to polish off that container of ice cream as you sit home isolated and bored. But don’t do it! Maintaining a healthy microbiome impacts the immune system by 75%. Eating the wrong foods (sugar, processed food, junk)  can shift a healthy immune system within three days. Eat fermented foods to increase the number of good bacteria in your gut. This will increase your serum IGA levels which fight infection. Optimize your Vitamin D- take 2,000-3,000IU daily if needed. And if you are vegan, take B12 sublingual 500-1,000mcg 2-3x/week. Here is a web site from Forks over Knives with a list of foods you should have when quarantined:


Eat well, exercise, sleep, engage your brain, and stay connected. Hope to see you soon.

UUCJ Directory Photos

Please visit the UUCJ Breeze directory at uucj.breezechms.com. You will be surprised that many profiles now have a picture associated with them!  UUCJ Staff allowed Carlos to update these profile pictures from the many photos he has taken over the years.

Carlos attempted to use the most current photos he had of you.  Sometimes he had good closeups to work with, and other times he took the picture from the third row at service auction.  While he tried to be careful, he may have made you look a few years younger and you may have a different haircut or hair color.  Please review the pictures to ensure that you are presented as you would like to be on UUCJ Directory.

If you do not like the photo, please upload a better image of yourself. You can do this by clicking in the profile picture and hit the upload button. You can also update your profile information as well (such as your address, email, and phone number). If you don’t have a login for the Breeze directory, or need help editing your information, email tina@uucj.org.

Pastoral Conversations Thursdays at 7 p.m.

These are stressful times! Though we cannot meet in person, we can be together and be present for each other. To make it easier for us to stay connected while we maintain social distance, Rev. Marti and Rev. Roberta will be hosting drop-in pastoral conversations on Thursday evenings at 7 pm during the current public health crisis. The first one will be 3/19 @ 7 pm. You can join the conversation at this link: https://zoom.us/j/550218412. If you are new to Zoom just email either minister and we’ll talk you through it. Rev. Marti: bridgeminister@uucj.org  Rev. Roberta: transitionminister@uucj.org

Campus Closure

In order to comply with the Florida State and CDC recommendations regarding social distancing and safety precautions related to the coronavirus pandemic, our ministers and board have made the decision to close the UUCJ campus, effective immediately,  except for essential staff activities (checking the mail, writing checks, etc.).  Staff will be working from home as much as possible, and have been hard at work developing alternative ways of doing their regular work activities. We will be informing ​the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office of this decision, so they are aware that there will be limited personnel on campus.

In addition, please know that O’Leno is cancelled, as the Florida State Parks is closing to all overnight activities for at least the next two months.

If you have food items for the Arlington Pantry, we ask that you take your items directly to the pantry, which we assume is better able to handle donations at this time (and no doubt needs them).  This eliminates the need for people to come to the campus to collect and deliver your donations.

We are committed to the health and well-being of everyone in the congregation, and hope that you are managing well in this uncertain time.  Please reach out to your ministers (Marti Keller, bridgeminister@uucj.org, and Roberta Finkelstein, transitionminister@uucj.org) if you need assistance, or want to participate in their virtual “office hours.”

Small Groups Meetings on Campus

From the UUCJ Board President and Ministers:

Because of concerns about having large group gatherings, and out of an abundance of caution, UUCJ has made the decision to cancel live Sunday services at least until April 5. However, we are not closing the campus. You are welcome to continue to meet in your small groups and to continue your regular community programming. The decision about whether or not to cancel is yours to make at this point. We hope that you will take into account the importance of voluntary social distancing as a way to combat the spread of COVIC19.  This article explains how social distancing can help ‘flatten the curve’ of contagion: https://www.vox.com/2020/3/10/21171481/coronavirus-us-cases-quarantine-cancellation

March Event Updates

All on-campus events have been canceled for the foreseeable future (please see announcement) In addition to hosting Sunday worship services remotely, please note the following event updates for March. There may be changes, so check back frequently:

  • The scheduled Sunday March 22nd open conversation after the service about shared ministry (and how to recharge the many congregational teams/committees here at UUCJ) has been postponed until later in the spring. We are continuing to monitor and assess the best health and safety practices for our beloved community. Until otherwise announced, our Sunday services are still being held, with the usual streaming and other off-site viewing options.
  • Rev.Keller is regretfully canceling her Margaret Fuller Tea and conversation on Saturday,March 21. She is observing strict social distancing for the duration of the pandemic situation, and will not be with us in Jacksonville for the indefinite future. She hopes—for so many reasons—to be back with us later in the spring and may schedule another
  • Depending on RSVPs and possible changes in the caronavirus situation, Rev. Keller will be hosting the gathering in observance of Women’s History Month. Please let her know if you plan on attending: bridgeminister@uucj.org
  • Rev. Keller will be holding remote pastoral care office hours Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Please contact her for an appointment at bridgeminister@uucj.org or text her at 770-265-2193.
  • Spiritual Studies will be suspended until further notice.
  • Playing with Ideas will be suspended until further notice.