Posts from July 2021
Next week we honor these our fellow congregants on their birthdays: Kristin Lapinski and Munsell McPhillips on Tuesday, 8/3; Trish Parish on Wednesday, 8/4; and David Seiken on Saturday, 8/7. Please reach out to them to help them celebrate.
Soto Zen Group
For all interested in zazen meditation and discussion, come sit with us in the Anthony Room on Saturdays 1:30pm-3:00pm (12:30pm for any newcomers) and Monday evenings 7:00pm-8:30pm. Reach out to group director Bill Mayhew at or communications director Bret Crews at . Meetings available over Zoom as well.
Small Group Opportunities
Yes, we have a few (book clubs, Spiritual Studies, Playing with Ideas, area meetings) but there is an expressed need for a lot more person to person options. Problem #1: We have no Adult Religious Education Committee to organize such groups, connect us with each other, shepherd these processes so they have the materials and leadership they need. So Sharon Scholl is trying to solicit two or three more UU folks to join her so we can get something going.…
Ehren Noelle Black, daughter of UUCJ member Sallie Pickard, died July 23, 2021. She was first treated for a brain tumor in 2006 and enjoyed a longer life than anyone expected. She will be greatly missed by friends and family, especially her daughter, Parker.
Speaker Bio: Darlene Larsen
Darlene Larsen has lived in Jacksonville since she was 10 years old, grew up in Jax Beach, married at 19, had a son, and was divorced shortly after. She lived as a single mother for a few years and worked various jobs to provide support for her child. She met her future husband Kim at the workplace; shortly after marrying they moved to Gainesville to attend college, she earned a degree in Graphic Design while her husband got his Master’s…
New Normal Team Update
The COVID-19 situation in Northeast Florida has changed significantly in the last month, with the area now having some of the highest numbers of new daily cases in the country, over 100 new cases per 100,000 population per day. Some models predict the peak will be in October 2021. A county is at an extremely high risk for unvaccinated people if it reported an average daily rate of more than 45 cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks.…
Arlington Community Services Update
Keep it Up! Mary Louise just informed us that we delivered 600 lbs. during June. We trued up by adding 161 additional pounds for your deliveries. We are 627 lbs. over our goal on the way to being over 7,000 lbs. We will be increasing our goal for 2022. Note from Mary Louise Weber on June 30: We are so very thankful for all of your monetary and food donations in June. So many more of our neighbors need rent and…
Labyrinth Walk July 31
Revisit the campus by joining in a LABYRINTH WALK on Saturday, July 31st at 10:00 am, hosted by Dianne Battle and Donna Janesky. Snacks and drinks provided. Bring an artifact to place in the center as you make a special intention. (Rock, shell, flower, etc.) Hope to see you then.
Arlington Community Garden Needs your Help!
School is out which means the JU and UNF students who normally would be helping our grower tend the garden are no longer available. Nichole is currently taking care of all the plots by herself and could use help with weeding and harvesting. She will open the garden to the public every other Saturday from 9-12 and would love to see some volunteers. No RSVP needed, just show up at Tree Hill’s East entrance. (The entrance labeled for buses just…
Speaker Bio: Blanche Williams
With a background in literature, music, and information sciences, Blanche Williams earned a doctorate in psychology from the liberally minded George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. She has worked as a clinical psychologist in various settings across several states and now serves patients, families, and treatment providers at Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center. In the spring of 2018 she joined UUCJ, where she has held leadership positions and made good friends. She lives with her two cats in San Marco.