Speaker Bio: Allen Tilley

Allen Tilley, Professor Emeritus of English, UNF, has been editing a news list on climate change since 2004. He led the U. S. Green Building Council of Northeast Florida’s Regional Planning and Development Team as they explored the possibility of establishing a model sustainable community, and serves on the Sierra Club’s national Climate Adaptation Task Force.

JEA Work on Campus

Please be advised that work on our campus will be starting within the next two weeks and continuing for several weeks. This will require some tree removal, then stump removal and finally the relocation of power poles. These changes are required for the sidewalk renovation to be done by the city. We just wanted you to be aware of some possible inconvenience and to understand why the work is being done. Thank you for your patience during this time.

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 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.