Posts from April 2021

Posts from April 2021

Ministerial Search Team Update

In March, the UUCJ Board established the Ministerial Search Team, composed of Penny Reid, Robert Prager, Tom Larsen, Nancy Murrey-Settle, and Jeff Funderburk. After reviewing the charter, we got down to the business of writing the “Notice of Ministerial Opportunity,” essentially an advertisement for a Contract Minister. At the Board’s direction, we are advertising a 2-year contract with the opportunity to become a called minister at our church. We have met weekly since March 22, and taken work home as…

Capital Campaign Update

The capital campaign, Renewing Our Community, is moving ahead with many gifts coming in from the congregation. We are about half-way toward our goal to be able to complete the project of improving and enlarging the social hall, redesigning the kitchen, adding ADA bathrooms, and a new elevator—as well as creating a deck and gazebo. We’ve sent a capital campaign packet to everyone on UUCJ’s mailing list. If you did not receive the packet, please contact Kathleen McKenzie. She can…

Arlington Community Services Update

We are currently at 2180 lbs. delivered by donors and the Arlington Community Garden to Arlington Community Services. Current needs are: crackers, pop-top pork & beans, tomatoes, fruit juice, small boxes of raisins, tuna in pouches, gravy, Hamburger Helper.

Message from The President

April has been a busy month for UUCJ. The ICARE Nehemiah Assembly featured Lois Hoeft, Brian Lapinski and Meg Rohal as moderators and over 100 UUCJ members as attendees. The program was very well organized, speakers were well prepared, videos from persons affected by the system were very moving, there was an emphasis on success (positives are always powerful), and an agreement on common goals with our State Attorney Melissa Nelson was meaningful. The sheriff’s office missed an opportunity to…

UUA General Assembly 2021

June 23 – 27, 2021 The 2021 Virtual Exhibit Hall is now live on the Whova app and available to GA registrants. Exhibitors have been adding video and handouts to their virtual spaces and are ready for you to say hello. 2021 Ware Lecture: Stacy Abrams & Desmond MeadeJune 26 @ 7:00 PM EDTThe UUA President invites a distinguished guest each year to address the General Assembly as the Ware Lecturer. General Assembly registration is required. If you haven’t registered for Virtual GA 2021 already,…

Garbanzo Bean COokies

As a focus on Healthy Eating, Lisa will be making Garbanzo Bean cookies (very healthy!). We would like to post the recipe in the eblast next week so people will have it. Garbanzo Bean Cookies 1 ½ cup chickpeas (15 oz can)(drained and rinsed- save liquid) ½ cup oat flour ½ cup coconut sugar 1 Tbsp. Maple syrup 1 Tbsp. Aquafaba (chickpea liquid) 1Tbsp. almond or peanut butter 1 Tsp vanilla ½ tsp salt ½ tsp baking soda 1 tsp.…

Caring Candles

Our Tech Support Consultant, Krystalle Voecks’ mother, Betty Bryant has gone to meet her Lord and Savior. She was a devout Christian. Our sincere condolences go out to Krystalle and her family. Mary Claire Van Der Horst says hello to everyone. See her photo in her purple outfit on the UUCJ Facebook page. Congratulations to Pamela Bulley! She passed her U.S. citizen test and on Friday, April 23, She becomes an American citizen.

UUCJ Birthdays

Donna Janesky has a birthday on Thursday, 4/29. Please send her a card or give her a call to let her know we think she is very special.

Speaker Bio: Brian Paradise

Brian has been involved with the environmental movement for the last 60 years or so. He became an activist with the Sierra Club in the 1960s in California where he worked on environmental campaigns and helped with leading outings. He continued this activism when he moved to Jacksonville in 1977. He has held various positions with the Northeast Florida Group of the Sierra Club including chair, newsletter editor, conservation chair, outings chair, programs chair, and historian. He helped start the…

From the Minister

As part of my 14-year ministry as senior minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock (Long Island), I served on our Veatch Board of Governors which made annual grants totalling approximately $12 million to social justice organizations throughout the country. One segment of grant making important to us was faith-based community organizations which bring people together across racial, religious, and socioeconomic lines to pursue social justice in their communities. From reviewing grant proposals, taking part in site visits…