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Letter from The President

The UUCJ Board has been busy this year. In January, we have met on two occasions to plan for 2021.  The first session was to discuss the UUCJ governance structure and the roles and responsibilities of each board member.  We have organized an excellent group dedicated to working closely with the congregation. The second session was to discuss goals and…

From the Minister

I was pleased with the good-sized group which joined me for “Unitarian Universalism—Then and Now” on Sunday afternoon, February 7. The intent of the presentation was to show how our seven core principles have drawn on mystical traditions, humanist teachings, Judaism, Christianity, prophetic traditions, world religions, and nature-based religions to create current…

From the Minister

Last fall I delivered a sermon on “What About God” in response to suggestions made in the meet the minister sessions.   A request was made for a written copy of the sermon which I did not have readily available but I did send on a copy of a paper entitled “God and Evil” which covers the same ground.  The suggestion was made that I distribute it…

Message from the Minister

As we embark on a new year I want to share with you an ancient reading from the Sanscrit  poet Kalidasa which is found in our hymnbook (#419). I have memorized it and often say it to myself during my morning walk. Look to this day!For it is life, the very life of life.In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of your existence:The bliss of…

From the Minister

The last report I received from Virginia, our administrator, put the total of  pledges for the coming year at about $189,000, which leaves us $11,000 below the amount necessary to receive a challenge grant of $41,000 from a generous anonymous donor. If we don’t make this goal by December 31, the finance committee and board will have to significantly reduce the…

Minister’s Letter

The day after Thanksgiving the holiday lights and other decorations were installed by the management of the complex where Carol and I live. Something deep within me registered a note of delight and joy. Hindu Diwali, Christian Christmas, Jewish Hanukkah, Pagan Solstice, and African American Kwanza all feature light as a symbol of deep-seated virtues and aspirations this…

Letter from The Minister

My favorite nineteenth century Unitarian minister is James Freeman Clarke who served the Church of the Disciples in Boston for nearly 40 years. He is responsible for inaugurating a great number of the features of our contemporary congregational life. One aspect of his religious vision escaped him during his lifetime—extensive, systematic, and effective cooperation among…

Letter from The President

Dear UUCJ Family, I know that there are those of us who are anxious to be able to gather physically on the UUCJ campus and be in community together. The Board totally understands this desire to be together again. However, we continue to feel strongly that we have an obligation to ensure the well-being and safety of all our members, including those who are at high risk for…

Letter from the President, June 2020

Dear UUCJ Family, I hope you are all staying well during this time of increasing Covid-19 cases in our region. Trying times for us all! Over 60 people from UUCJ attended yesterday’s General Assembly church service from the UUA – I hope you were as inspired as I was. I cannot believe the amount of time, effort and technical expertise that went into creating this…

Letter from The President, June 8, 2020

Dear UUCJ Family, Several weeks ago, I sent you a letter announcing that Rev. Roberta and Rev. Marti were going to return to UUCJ in September and share a half-time position through December of this year.  Unfortunately, after deep consideration, they have determined that this would not serve the interests or needs of the church, and they will not be with us…