National Registry of Historic Places

Kudos to Kathleen McKenzie and David Laffitte!!

Because of their tireless work in support of our application, UUCJ has been officially listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, effective October 15, 2019.

Kathleen started the process several years ago, researching UUCJ’s history and writing letters. She eventually worked with Andrew Waber, historic preservationist with the Florida Division of Historical Resources, who helped to move our application through the process.

David and Kathleen even travelled to Tallahassee to participate in a review of our application.  David presented on some of the unique architectural features of the building and Kathleen discussed UUCJ’s social justice ministry history and present-day mission as well as our decision to stay in the Arlington neighborhood to help fulfill our missions with other neighborhood agencies and residents, and to promote the renaissance of the neighborhood.

Being named to the National Registry will not limit us in any way and may open up the possibility for us to receive grant funding in the future.  But the truly important thing is that this recognition is a wonderful way to honor our building and history and our church community. We are so grateful for Kathleen’s and David’s gifts of time and talent to make it happen. Thank you!!

Florida Immigration Coalition

FLIC LogoThe Florida Immigrant Coalition is a statewide alliance of more than 62 member organizations, including farm workers, students, service providers, grassroots organizations, and legal advocates, who come together for the fair treatment of all people, including immigrants. They accomplish their mission through coordination of immigrant organizations and community education, organizing, and advocacy.  (You may have seen Basma Alawee, Florida refugee organizer with FLIC, in our pulpit.)  UUCJ has been approved to be a member organization with FLIC, joining such organizations as the UU Congregation of Miami, UU Church of Fort Myers, Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for Immigration Justice, and many others. Huge thanks to Jennifer Tucker for building our relationship with Basma and her work with Jacksonville immigrants.  We are proud to be a supporter of this important organization!

Update on Rev. Marti

Rev. Marti’s foot injury is slowly but steadily healing, and X-rays show good knitting of the bone in her smashed toe.  She is now allowed to walk up to 20 minutes at a time and is driving a bit.  Marti has been “keeping tabs” on UUCJ and is in frequent communication with Rev. Roberta, and she’s excited to be returning to her work with UUCJ in December.  Her dates here in December will be the 7th through the 16th. We’re looking forward to having her with us and welcoming her back into our beloved community at that time!

Speaker Bio for October 27: Rt. Rev. Laurie Denman

Rt. Rev. Laurie Denman is the 3rd Degree Arch Priestess and Temple Keeper for the Chosen Path Church, a full Temple of the Correllian Nativist Church of Wicca (CNCoW) and is the Master of Records. Rt. Rev. Denman also serves as CFO, Dean of Students and a Dean of Mentors for Correllian Education Ministries, the seminary of the CNCoW, found at Professionally, she spent 40 years in Finance & Accounting at a major world bank and is now a Business Consulting Manager for a world-wide consulting firm.

She is an attuned Reiki Master and instructor and a Correllian Shaman and Shaman Guide. She is a charter member of the NE FL Pagan Leadership Coalition and is an active Faith Leader in the Jacksonville community. She has two grown children. Her hobbies include water gardening, traveling, playing World of Warcraft, doing crafts and spending time with her pugs and her pet tortoise.

Trunk or Treat at Buckman Bridge October 26

Our congregation is invited to join Buckman Bridge for their annual trunk or treat and haunted forest.

Trunk or Treat 2019

Saturday, October 26, 2019
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church

Come if you dare!

Join LRE, CUUPS and other zombie friends for BBUUC’s annual Trunk or Treat! 6:30 – 8:00. Costume and pumpkin carving contests, creepy crawly dishes, Beacon’s Haunted Forest, and of course our Best Trunk Competition promise to make the evening absolutely Spooktacular!

Jazz for the Sanctuary: Thanks to the Team!

We want to express our sincere thanks to everyone who made our mission funding kickoff event successful: Thank you to Hope Clayton, whose Jazz Service Auction event inspired the idea and who arrived at the concert using crutches to sing. Thanks to the co-sponsors of the show, which included Tom, Janine, Meg, and Barbara. We raised $1200 to defray the cost to UUCJ and to move the event forward.

Thanks to Barbara who coordinated food.  Thanks to Jeanne, Janine, Penny, and Barbara, who provided the food and drinks.  Thanks to Tammy Smith, Terri Mitchell, and Luis Parra, who help put out food and clean up. Thanks to Rob McKennon from Tech Team for providing soundboard services. Thanks for Jeff Funderburk, who help with setup of Chapel after UUCJ services.

Thanks for Sara May and Marsha Collins for staff Mission Funding Reception Desk. Thanks to Virginia Deroy for providing packet of materials and the control list for checking in members and friends. Thanks to Christina Ramey for posting notices and creating our logo. Thanks for Rev. Roberta for excellent sermon using the baseball metaphor for our support of UUCJ.

And a huge thanks to Carlos Fraticelli, for coordinating a fantastic evening!

Caring Candles

David Keel introduced two L’Arche residents, Dino and Brenda, whose artwork is on display in the Social Hall and for sale. Stop by and look at their beautiful work.

Robert and Constance Miller were on vacation when Robert became ill.  Robert is now under hospice care at the medical center of Fleet Landing.  Cards of support would be very much appreciated, but no visits at this time.