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Letter from the Minister for November 2022

Dear Ones,  Our liturgical theme for November is Path to Change. When I realized this, I laughed out loud. Sometimes I think the Universe is playing jokes on me and other times, like now, I think the Universe is giving me just what I need – whether I like it or not! You and I are being given an opportunity to explore the role of change in our lives – both its pain and its possibilities.   A Unitarian Universalist congregation…

President’s Letter

The success and survival of UUCJ relies on the contributions of many members.  The Worship Committee, Music Committee, and Minister coordinate a great variety of wonderful programs.  But we do not see the work done by many others. When things need to be repaired, the grounds need to be cleaned, rooms need to be organized, or any of a variety of other jobs that need to be done, members of our community step up.  They quietly do the work and…

Minister’s Letter September 2022

Dear Ones, Our Seventh Principle reminds us that we are part of an interdependent and interconnected web of existence – that we belong to each other. We feel each other’s pain and share in each other’s joy.  So, as we begin meteorological autumn and a new liturgical cycle, it is appropriate that our first monthly theme is “belonging.” John O’Donohue asserts that “the word ‘belonging’ holds together the two fundamental aspects of life: Being and Longing, the longing of our…

Minister’s Message for June

Dear Ones,  This month’s theme is Celebrating Blessings. A blessing has traditionally been thought of as a favor or gift bestowed by G-d that brings happiness and well-being.  So, I’d like to share with you an ancient blessing that empowers the speaker to invoke the blessings of G-d. In the book of Numbers it is said that G-d taught the Israelite priests what to say over the children of Israel on G-d’s behalf so that “they will put my name…

Message from The President

A lot has happened in the last 2 months.There are many positive changes at UUCJ:  Sunday services have continued to strengthen in variety and quality due to the hard work of the Worship Committee, Music Committee, Worship Associates and so many behind the scenes members who have worked hard to repair, clean and improve the campusThis has been possible under the strong leadership of Rev. Lee Ann. Members have returned for in-person services, new members have joined the church, and…

Minister’s Message for March

Dear Ones: The theme this month is “Renewing Faith.” Faith is an ambiguous word, like “spirit” and “love,” difficult to define and yet, like pornography, you generally know it when you see it, or in this case experience it. In this month’s Soul Matters material for small group ministry (a link to which is found below) Ernie Jones’s Quora answer to the question “What are the origins of the word ‘faith’?” is quoted. I like his answer and so I share it…

President’s Message

We are finishing up the first quarter of the year.  Things certainly do change a lot.  The Azaleas are blooming, our Governor is criticizing children whose parents recommend masking, and Europe is embroiled in a major war.  The arrival of spring was a good bet, but so many other things are impossible to predict. Fortunately, peace and tranquility can be found at UUCJ.  There is a lot of positive energy here. The biggest news is that we plan to resume…

Minister’s Message for November 2021

Dear Ones, The theme for this month is “holding history.” While our history does not have to determine our future, it does have a significant impact on who we are today. The joys and the sorrows, the achievements and the failures, the hopes and the disappointments of each stage in a life leaves its mark on the present. Understanding our personal history is an essential part of spiritual growth and development. For many of us, we choose to remember only…

New Normal Team Update

The number of new COVID 19 cases in the Northeast Florida area has continued to decrease and in-person services are planned when the number of new cases has been less than 10/100,000 per day and the percent of positive tests less than 5% for a period of two weeks.  On 10/22/21 the number of new cases the Jacksonville metropolitan area was 11.3 per 100,000 (down from 115 per 100,000 on 8/1/21), and the precent positive tests was 3.9%. We are excited…

New Normal Team Update

The New Normal Team has made recommendations that: All members should be vaccinated. Vaccinated individuals can safely attend small groups. In-person services should resume when the number of new cases in the Jacksonville metropolitan area is less than 10/100,000 per day and the percent of positive tests is less than 5% for two weeks. On 10/14/21 the number of new cases was 14.7 per 100,000 (down from 115/100,000 on 8/1/21), and the test positivity was 5.1%. All persons attending UUCJ…