Special Collection Aug 18: Jacksonville Arboretum

A 120 acre urban woodland filled with trails, walkways, birds, wildlife and plants the Jacksonville Arboretum is a stunning example of the preservation of natures gifts. The Arboretum is managed through a volunteer board and receives no money from the city. Open 365 days without an admission fee, the Arboretum depends on the generosity of donors and members. Our speakers today will be Lad and Mindy Hawkins, long time members of UUCJ. Instrumental in the founding of the Arboretum, they will be available after the service to give additional information on ways we can support this wonderful organization by becoming members or volunteering and your generous donations. More information is available at www.jacksonvillearboretum.org.

Our Muslim Neighbors August 17

Buckman Bridge UU Church invites our congregation to an  afternoon workshop, “Our Muslim Neighbors” on August 17th, from 4:30 – 7:30 The afternoon starts off by viewing “America Inside Out: The Muslim Next Door” followed by listening circles as our Muslim neighbors share their stories and experiences of Muslim life in NE Florida. They will break with light Halal refreshments before their special guest, Basma Alawee of the Florida Immigrant Coalition, presents a workshop on what to do when confronted with islamophobia in our communities and daily lives. Please RSVP through neighbors@bbuuc.org. Join Buckman Bridge UU in this afternoon of deep sharing and community building!

Speaker Bio for August 11: Blanche Williams

Blanche Williams grew up with music, and it has played a large part in her spiritual journey throughout her life. Her spiritual path has taken many twists and turns, culminating in her ongoing involvement in the Diamond Approach to Inner Realization since 2010, with music continuing to serve as a source of joy and a conduit to the divine. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and works as a clinical health psychologist at Baptist M D Anderson Cancer Center.

SUUFI 2019

Want a fabulous learning experience as you escape the heat and hassle by going to The (UU) Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, NC? Signup for SUUFI 2019 (Oct. 6-11) for its “Aging to Saging” program with Key Presenter Dr. Rita Broadnax (neuroscience expert and educator) plus 24 Afternoon Workshops, daily Worship, and 4 nights of Entertainment.  Your spirit will soar as you focus on your needs of Body, Mind, Soul and Community.  For video intro, flyers, workshop descriptions and schedule, registration details and discount, go to this link: https://themountainrlc.org/event/suufi-southern-uu-fall-institute-2019/

Speaker Bio for August 4th: Nancy Murrey-Settle

Nancy Murrey-Settle, MA currently  teaches AP Human Geography and AP European History at Stanton College Preparatory School.  She has a background in anthropology, journalism, and is a former librarian. A recent graduate of Mindful Schools, a practicing meditator and a certified life coach, Nancy’s coaching specializes in discovering meaning and purpose in your life choices.  When she is not teaching, grading or preparing lessons she likes to write. She participates in a women’s writing circle  called  Women Writing for (a) Change Jacksonville, which builds community by encouraging women to explore their stories and their voices.  She lives in Riverside with her husband Steve, two teen daughters, a dog, feral cats and chickens. 

Speaker Bio for July 28th: Constance N Miller

Raised the daughter of a University of Michigan professor, the importance of anything spiritual or religious in her life ebbed and flowed, but it did begin Unitarian. After Juilliard, she was a college dance educator for 12 years, NYC professional studio teacher/dancer for ten years; then in middle age, she and Bob moved to a farm in Pennsylvania, where he grew 250 acres of Christmas trees and Constance dove deeply into herbs — with a business, garden, teaching, and then thirteen years as a Clinical Herbalist.  Her thirty years as a Friend began there, where Quakers settled in America. She and Bob have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.  The Millers joined UUCJ as friends in 2018.

Speaker Bio for July 21: Bowen Barrs

Bowen Barrs is a native of Jacksonville, but left at age ten to live in Colorado, Arizona, and Clearwater before returning in 2008. He and his husband, Jake, celebrated 31 years together this month. They are the proud parents of two dogs, two cats, a canary, and assorted fish.

Bowen is a hair stylist and massage therapist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and worked as a flight attendant back when the Wright brother’s flew. In the past he’s been known to tread the boards in community theater performing comedy, drama, and musicals. When time permits, he volunteers at the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.