Linda was ordained 40 years ago and practiced ministry within the American Baptist Churches USA. She served pastorates in New Jersey and was on the regional ministry team in Massachusetts. She received her theological education from Princeton Seminary, from which she holds the M.Div degree and an advanced certificate in Pastoral Leadership Development. She also was trained in applying family systems theory to congregations. While on the Massachusetts staff, she developed, trained, and supervised teams of laity and clergy who helped her work with churches in conflict. She is married to Rev. Harry Green, who is Penny Reid’s big brother and a retired district executive and pastor for the UUA. They retired to Fernandina Beach. Linda has enjoyed attending the Nassau branch of this congregation with her sister-in-law. The Greens are members of New Vision UCC, a progressive Christian congregation in Yulee. Linda coordinates their community outreach ministry.
Michael was born and raised as a Baptist in a small steel mill town in northeast Ohio. At the age of twelve he was ordained as a youth minister at his local church. After graduation from high school Michael served in the U.S. Navy and thus began the journey that brings him here now!
Professionally, Michael is a Certified Surgical Technologist with about 30 years of experience. Michael has worked as a Surgical Technology Instructor and Program Manager at various career colleges around the country.
He often says that his experiences as an independent contractor for hospital based surgical departments is a large factor in his love of diversity in life. Michael currently serves surgical patients as a senior Surgical Technologist on the off-shift specialty team at Mayo Clinic here in Jacksonville.
His community building experience includes welcoming diversity and conflict resolution work with the National Coalition Building institute (NCBI) in upstate New York and Toronto and Inward Journey Inc. in Memphis and Chicago.
Michael has been a member of UUCJ for five years and currently serves as Chair of the Adult Religious Education Committee (which he fondly calls the Adult Religious “Experience” Committee).
As part of his diverse spiritual journey Michael consults with local Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors as a physical health practice and works on his spiritual and emotional well-being by participating in sweat lodge rituals in the Lakota Native American/indigenous people’s traditions.
Spiritually speaking, Michael is an admitted Taoist that worships as a Khemitic Spiritual Philosophy Initiate under the teachings of the Ausar Auset Society International. Throughout his journey Michael has learned from, prayed, and meditated with Japanese, Lao, and Thai Buddhist monks, African priests and priestess, and native American shamans.
We were blessed to serve 361 folks in August. We thank you for your many donations as are shelves are getting bare. So many people are in need of food right in our neighborhood!
Our current needs: crackers, cereal, canned fruit, tomatoes, dry potatoes, Hamburger Helper, peanut butter, jelly, canned meats, canned pasta, Jiffy Corn Bread Mix, soup, laundry detergent, gravy/broth, snacks. t-shirts, socks, and washcloths are always appreciated by our homeless clients.
Mary Louise Weber, Executive Director
Arlington Community Services, Inc.
Jazz for the Sanctuary Concert will occur on October 13th at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Hope Clayton and Friends will be putting on the concert. This concert will be the kickoff event for the Mission Funding Drive for 2020. This event will be unique because the ticket to attend will be your completed pledge card, and all members of that household can attend.
The idea for the concert and using it as the starting event for this year’s canvass came out of the Jazz Soiree Service Auction Event that Hope and Gary sponsored at their home. Blanche Williams, Stewardship Portfolio Manager, and the UUCJ Board approved the format. The sponsors of the event are the Mission Funding Team via its budget and Carlos Fraticelli, Barbara Robinson, and Meg Rohal. Carlos will be organizing the event for Blanche Williams and Mission Funding Team.
Walk the Labyrinth this Sunday with Kathleen Renee leading us as we celebrate the Fall Equinox (which is official on the 23rd). We will meet at 10 a.m. on Sunday, the 22nd, and hold good intentions for our journey through the last part of 2019. All are welcome.
UU Justice Florida has just launched its completely redesigned website at https://uujusticefl.org/. This website provides important updates and information on issues of environmental justice and legislative advocacy. Sign up for the UUJF newsletter and Action Alerts on the “Take Action” page.
RE Team’s Quarterly Breakfast Potluck for volunteers, parents, and staff will be held Saturday, September 28th, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Social Hall
Go to the following link to read the UUA Southern Region Newsletter for September: https://mailchi.mp/uua/southern-region-september-2019-newsletter
Penny Reid, Board President, will be out of the country, with limited wifi access, until September 24. In her absence, you can contact Laura TaVoularis, Vice-President, at firstname.lastname@example.org, if necessary.
Thursday, September 12th, from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, UUCJ will host the annual L’Arche Dance for adults with disabilities. UUCJ will supply light “healthy” snacks and desserts, such as 1/2 banana, grapes, sliced apples, popcorn, cheese, crackers, pretzels, crystal light, etc. All the participants will have eaten supper before they arrive. Come have fun with the dancers and with the live DJ. If you are able to being snacks and help out with the dance, please contact Janine Leland (email@example.com or (904) 992-8198) or Donna Janesky (firstname.lastname@example.org or call (904) 612-367).