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President’s Letter

It is always nice to pass along good news. The good news includes the selection of a new minister. The Ministerial Search Committee has recommended to the Board that Rev Lee Anne Washington be our next minister. There will be a presentation and discussion after the Sunday service on 6/13/21. More good news. The service auction was a great success. Thanks to Darlene Larsen and the team that organized such a fun and successful event. And thanks to the many…

From the Minister

Every morning at 4 a.m. “First Light Meditation” hits my e-mail inbox from Rev. Dr. Galen Guengerich, senior minister of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City. He suggests that those subscribing read the piece through at least two times and think about it as they start the day. I often find the piece helpful in spiritually centering my start to the day. Sometimes it is a few lines long and on occasion as long as the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

From the Minister

Last Sunday I ended my sermon encouraging participation in our upcoming capital campaign with a quote from the late Rev. Dr. John B. Wolf, for 35 years senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa. At the virtual coffee hour after the service I agreed to share it again in the newsletter. So here it is. I share a more complete rendition I have found of the quote and believe it still reads well though it was written decades…

From the Minister

The issue of “truth” has become a deeply significant issue in our country during the Trump presidency and its aftermath.  I take counsel from Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) in his poem “Advice to Pilgrims.”  I share them with you not as being the definitive word on the subject but as containing some helpful suggestions.  Most importantly I suggest that you regularly attempt to catch your intuition “clean and stark naked.” Advice to Pilgrims That our senses lie and our minds trick…

From the Minister

We are coming up to the anniversary of the most emotionally challenging year in my life. Perhaps it has been so in your life as well. The challenge of the worst pandemic in a century together with a tragically inept federal response, persistent presidential prevarication across the board until January 20, concern for personal safety and that  of family and friends, police violence against minorities, lack of sufficient response to Russian assaults upon us, continued fraying of relationships with our European allies, unrest…