Caring Candles

Barbara Jean Whitehead has moved to be closer to her family.  She would welcome cards and letters.  Her mailing address is 417 11th Avenue, Indialantic, Florida  32903.

Former UUCJ member, Bill Gilmore (and former husband of Sue Gilmore) died peacefully on July 24, 2018.  A celebration of his life was held on July 28, 2018 at the Jacksonville School of Bridge where he had played bridge for years.  Condolences go out to Sue and their children.

Green Sanctuary Meeting: August 5

Green Sanctuary meeting: This Sunday, August 5th, 12:30 in the Fletcher Room

Any member or guest interested in UUCJ’s efforts to “green” the Sanctuary is encouraged to attend. Brief updates will be given and future plans discussed. All are welcomed!

June 29th Speaker Bio: Rev. Victoria Hamilton

Rev. Victoria Hamilton, is co-pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She co-pastors with her husband William, affectionately known as P-Ham, to whom she has been married for more than 48 years.  Vicki was called to the then 128 year old historical congregation, whose membership was declining in January 2000 as a mission developer.  The congregation has changed dramatically and has become ethnically diverse.
She has been a church-wide board member of the African American Lutheran Association, Assistant to the Bishop for the African American Strategy, synod’s anti-racism team. She is an advocate for LGBT rights and is a member of Reconciling Works. She has also served ecumenically with Beat the Odds (a community program helping and encouraging young teen parents to finish school) and has conducted numerous workshops on self-esteem and empowerment.

Women of All Ages: July 26

WOMEN OF ALL AGES meets Thursday, July 26th at 6 pm. For this meeting only, we will be getting together at V’s Pizza, 1406 Hendricks Ave. in San Marco. Parking is behind the restaurant, with additional parking across the street. Come join us to build friendships and enjoy stimulating conversation. All UUCJ women are invited. Contact Joyce Milford 249-2403 or Paige Slade at 223-8418. Repeats second and fourth Thursdays of the month until further notice.

June 15th Speaker Bio: Ericka Kofkin

Ericka Kofkin is the Special Populations Coordinator for the City of Coral Gables. The city firmly believes in including every person in their recreational, sporting and social activities, regardless of their physical or cognitive condition. This means that Ericka is responsible for addressing the needs of and providing accommodations for all persons wishing to participate in public programs in Coral Gables. Compassion for and understanding of those with physical disabilities comes easily for Ericka, who lost her hearing when she sustained a traumatic brain injury at the age of 19.

Ericka currently holds a Therapeutic Recreation  degree from Florida International University, where she was the first disabled student awarded accommodations to travel on a University sponsored program. Ericka’s compassion doesn’t end with human beings. She is also a champion of animals. She moves through the world with the help of her service dog, Avery, whom she trained herself. In the past, she once came to the rescue of 13 dogs and 30 cats, moving them into her own home after a flood until they could be returned to their shelter. This inborn sense of compassion and commitment makes Ericka a natural advocate for those who face physical or cognitive challenges.

Aging to Saging: Only 17 Spaces Left!

Only 17 spaces remain for Aging to Saging – Designing your Extraordinary Elderhood, the theme for SUUFI (SE UU Fall Institute) October 14th-19th. It’s held at The Mountain in Highlands NC — a beautiful time of the year. Eight Jacksonville UU’s have already registered and three are leading workshops: Donna Janesky, Meg Rohal, and Linda Plummer. With the early bird discount, the 6 day/5 night package is $545 based on double occupancy. This includes 5 nights lodging, 3 meals/day, programming, music from Friction Farm.

At this link you can see the SUUFI 2018 Schedule of activities: Register on line or call the main office at 828.526.5838

If you want to know more about SUUFI, Linda Plummer is happy to answer questions. 904.223.5505

Weekday Book Club Upcoming Selections

August 6th: Ben Rawlence , City of Thorns (967.73053): Non-fiction portrayal of life in a large refugee camp.
September 4th: Elizabeth Letts, The Perfect Horse (940.54 LETTS): U.S. mission to capture Lipizzaner horses kidnapped by Nazis.

We will be meeting at Books-a-Million on Atlantic Boulevard from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. All are welcome.

Caring Candles

Beloved member, Gail Bristol passed away on June 4, 2018. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 4, 2018, 1:00 pm at UUCJ. A reception will follow in the Social Hall.

Longtime member, Ann Winfree fell and broke her femur recently. After a short stay in Beaches Baptist Hospital, she is now recovering at Fleet Landing Rehab. in Atlantic Beach. She faces up to 6 weeks of rehabilitation and would appreciate phone calls, cards and visits. Address: 1 Fleet Landing Blvd., Room 109, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233; phone: 246-9900, Ext. 7109 for Ann.