Conversation Jars

Ever wonder why you see people staring at their I phones during social hour? Don’t quite know how to start a conversation with newcomers? Want to get to know some folks a little better? Well, we have the answer for you. The CLC is going to have something called CONVERSATION JARS  placed on the tables in the social hall. There are some for kids, teens, older adults, and everyone in general. All you do is take out a strip of paper, read the question, respond to it, and give your table mates a chance to give their input. Save the strips and return them to the jar when you are finished. We will try and put the jars out weekly. Hope you enjoy it!

FLIC’s University Without Walls

Basma Alaweee, Florida Refugee Organizer of the Florida Immigrant Coalition, invites us to join the Political Education School as part of FLIC’s University Without Walls. It will be September 28th at the Florida Coastal school of Law. The Political Education School will be implemented through 8-hour training (a full day from 9 AM-6 PM) addressing 4 topics:

1. Root Causes of Migration
2. Ideology and The Freedom Papers
3. Anti-Blackness, Racism and White Supremacy
4. Gender Equity and LGBTQ Rights

Register at

Weekday Book Club Selections

  • July 1st: Kirk Johnson, The Feather Thief (364.1628598 -18)
  • August 5th: The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen (947.086)
  • September 8th: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston

We meet at Books-a-Million on Atlantic Boulevard from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Followup on Our 2019 Earth Day Resolution Tree

Our Earth Day Resolution Tree went up on April 28 and stayed up until May 12 (three weeks).  We were happy to have had 31 green resolutions posted.  Thank you all!  Here are the topics of your resolutions and the number of people posting on that topic:  Using less plastic-6.  Vegan/Vegetarian-4.  Recycling-3.  Local/organic food-2.  Grow more food-2.  Composting-2.  Trash-2.  Less paper-2.  No plastic straws-2.  Reusable grocery bags-2.  Florida natives-1.  Education-1.  Be effective in actions-1.  Nature outings-1.  Total-31.  Thank you to all our participants for resolving to make the earth a little greener!

Introducing the 2019 Summer Series

Spiritual Practices, Spiritual Paths – Unitarian Universalism encourages each individual to undertake their own search for truth and meaning. However, we do not have to do this alone. Learning from others’ experiences and exploring together can support us each in our own search. During our summer series we will hear from speakers from within our UU community and from our larger Jacksonville community about the spiritual paths they have journeyed and the spiritual practices that have supported them.

  • July 7th – Basma Alawee
  • July 14th – Rev. Carmen Emerson
  • July 21st – Bowen Barrs
  • July 28th – Constance Miller
  • August 4th – Nancy Murrey-Settle
  • August 11th – Blanche Williams
  • August 18th – TBA
  • August 25th – Kelly Racine

Speaker Bio for June 30th: Mark Woods

Mark Woods is Metro columnist for the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla. Mark‘s father was an American Baptist minister, his mother was a social worker and teacher. In 2011, he won the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship, an award given to one writer in America each year. The fellowship allowed him to take a sabbatical and spend one year working on a project about the future of the national parks. During that year, Woods lost his mother, turning the project and a subsequent book into something much more personal. “Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America’s National Parks” was published by Thomas Dunne Books in June 2016, shortly before the centennial of the National Park Service.

Carol Vogel

Carol Vogel was involved in a major car wreck: She is home and okay but needs help getting around. Her car is out of commission and she needs to go shopping, plus rides to the church and to the library. Her stove is also out of commission and she is looking for a secondhand stove in order to cook  her food. Her ONLY phone number is (904)399-4519. She has no email.

Please reach out to her if you can help!

We Need Your Help Every Other Thursday Evening!

Could you pop by UUCJ to roll our Recycling Trashcan up to the curb for pickup on Friday, and then pop back by UUCJ Friday afternoon or evening to roll the can back to its resting spot? This would be a huge help to the Church staff and a small time commitment on your part. Good karma to boot! Please contact Virginia ( or 904-900-5774.)

Pastoral Care Training

Buckman Bridge is offering training for interested people July 19th, 6p-9:30pm, and Saturday, July 20th, 9am-4pm, at no charge to UUCJ. Dinner Friday night and lunch on Saturday are provided. People with extreme food restrictions should bring a bag lunch.  If you are interested, complete the application form (click here to download the form) and return to Penny Reid, UUCJ Board President, at by July 7th.  Sara May from UUCJ will be attending the course, and it would be wonderful to have two or three additional people!
If you have any questions, contact either Penny or Rev. Patricia Ray at And, if you weren’t at church at UUCJ on Sunday, May 5th, you can view her wonderful sermon about the PCT program here: