Posts from May 2021

Posts from May 2021

UUA General Assembly 2021

PREPARE FOR GA BY JOINING A UUA BOARD WEBINARThe UUA Board invites you to register for two new webinars. What to Expect at GA 2021 will be offered four times, with two additional sessions providing an in-depth look at the Rules of Procedure. Each webinar will last 75 minutes and advance registration is required. Webinars will be recorded and posted on uua.org for on-demand viewing. What to Expect at GA 2021 WebinarWednesday, June 24 pm PT / 5 pm MT…

Speaker Bio: Rev. Erin Walter

Erin J. Walter (she/her/hers) is a minister, activist, and musician based in Austin and winner of the 2017 Sermon Award from the UU Women’s Federation. A former YMCA director, Rev. Erin is the singer/songwriter for band Parker Woodland, whose music you’ll hear in this service. She serves as a board member for the Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry and the Affiliated Community Minister of Wildflower (Unitarian Universalist) Church in Austin. You can find more about her music and ministry at ErinWalter.com.

UUCJ Birthdays

Next week we have several birthdays to acknowledge: Liz Lippincott, on Monday, 5/31, and  Barry Puhr, on Thursday,6/3. Please reach out to them–in person, by phone or mail, or electronically. Sam Klein’s birthday is Saturday 6/5. Sam is in the memory unit at River Garden, and his address is shown in the Breeze online directory. He is hard of hearing so it’s difficult for him to use the phone. Let’s flood him with cards by snail mail to let him…

From the Minister

Along with a number of others from our congregation, I attended the ICARE Celebration via Zoom on Monday evening. It was inspiring to hear an update on current projects in our area. The civil citations project for youth has saved many young people from debilitating criminal records while requiring accountability. Sheriff Williams and States Attorney Nelson are committed to further development of an adult civil citations program as well as working at developing an intervention team to deal with mental…

Caring Candles

Karen Smith-Scott’s mother fell outside her home on May 18th and fractured her top two neck vertebrae. Her mother is 85 and lives alone in Macon, Georgia. Karen drove to Macon last Thursday and drove her mother back to Jacksonville to be admitted to Dolphin Pointe. She is now feeling much better. Healing thoughts go out to Karen’s mother and support to Karen and her family.

Minister’s Letter

At the 2017 UUA General Assembly in New Orleans delegates called for the establishment of an Article II Study Commission to suggest any changes deemed necessary in our association’s Purposes and Principles which enunciate to ourselves and to the world the traditions we have come from and the core values we hold dear and promote. I have been very much inspired by and committed to them since their approval by the General Assembly in 1985. There has been only one…

President’s Report

Several years ago, the committee structure of the church was changed to coordinate the many activities in the church.  With the decline in membership and limitation in programs over the last several years, several committees are not active.  When issues arise, Board members are assigned to handle the jobs.  The number of things that need to be done often exceeds the amount of time Board members have to do the work.  Should the committee structure be changed, or should the…

Flower Communion

On June 6 we will celebrate Flower Communion. Virtually. We won’t be able to exchange flowers in person, but we will honor the history and intent of this beloved ritual. We invite each family/individual to take a picture of yourself holding a flower and send it to us. We will create a slide show that we will display during the service. It can be a real flower, a picture of a flower, or be creative. Send your pictures to tech@uucj.org.

Speaker Bio: Rev. Linda Hart Green

The Reverend Linda Hart Green and her husband, Harry Green, retired and moved from New Jersey to Fernandina Beach in 2012 to be near the ocean and in a community with like-minded folks and a lot of interesting history.  Linda is a retired American Baptist minister (and Harry is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister). Linda says she taught him that there is such a thing as “progressive Christianity”.  Since retiring, Linda has pursued her love of art, and is an…

Caring Candles

Jay Huebner’s older brother, David died on May 12, 2021. David, the eldest in a family of five boys, lived in Ft. Worth, Texas, and was Jay’s last surviving sibling. Condolences go out to Jay and Jeanne and their family.