Special Collection Aug 18: Jacksonville Arboretum

A 120 acre urban woodland filled with trails, walkways, birds, wildlife and plants the Jacksonville Arboretum is a stunning example of the preservation of natures gifts. The Arboretum is managed through a volunteer board and receives no money from the city. Open 365 days without an admission fee, the Arboretum depends on the generosity of donors and members. Our speakers today will be Lad and Mindy Hawkins, long time members of UUCJ. Instrumental in the founding of the Arboretum, they will be available after the service to give additional information on ways we can support this wonderful organization by becoming members or volunteering and your generous donations. More information is available at www.jacksonvillearboretum.org.

Arlington Expressway Sidewalk Improvement Project to Begin this Month

UUCJ has just received notice that the Florida Department of Transportation will begin work on an Arlington Expressway sidewalk improvement project, starting on or around August 26th. UUCJ is in the area that will be impacted by the project. There will be detours for Eastbound traffic, although Westbound traffic will not be impacted. This project is projected to be completed in fall of 2020. Click here for more information.

Our Muslim Neighbors August 17

Buckman Bridge UU Church invites our congregation to an  afternoon workshop, “Our Muslim Neighbors” on August 17th, from 4:30 – 7:30 The afternoon starts off by viewing “America Inside Out: The Muslim Next Door” followed by listening circles as our Muslim neighbors share their stories and experiences of Muslim life in NE Florida. They will break with light Halal refreshments before their special guest, Basma Alawee of the Florida Immigrant Coalition, presents a workshop on what to do when confronted with islamophobia in our communities and daily lives. Please RSVP through neighbors@bbuuc.org. Join Buckman Bridge UU in this afternoon of deep sharing and community building!

Craft Fair November 10

Attention Crafters!

The UUCJ Craft Fair will be held on Sunday, November 10th, 2019 from 10am – 2pm.

There will be 12 inside spaces and 6 outside spaces available.

Tables and chairs will be furnished for inside spaces and on an “as available” basis for outside spaces

Rates are:

  • Inside table: Church members – $25 Non Members – $45
  • Outside space: Church members – $20 Non Members – $40

Vendor setup 9:00 AM

Vendors selling plants or produce are asked to reserve an outside space

Vendor applications are available via download (click here) or at the church office. Applications will be confirmed by email. After receipt of the application and payment vendors will have their choice of location. This is on a first come, first served basis. Location assignments are only available through the craft fair chair.

We are looking forward to a fun event and hope to see you there.

Speaker Bio for August 11: Blanche Williams

Blanche Williams grew up with music, and it has played a large part in her spiritual journey throughout her life. Her spiritual path has taken many twists and turns, culminating in her ongoing involvement in the Diamond Approach to Inner Realization since 2010, with music continuing to serve as a source of joy and a conduit to the divine. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and works as a clinical health psychologist at Baptist M D Anderson Cancer Center.

SUUFI 2019

Want a fabulous learning experience as you escape the heat and hassle by going to The (UU) Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, NC? Signup for SUUFI 2019 (Oct. 6-11) for its “Aging to Saging” program with Key Presenter Dr. Rita Broadnax (neuroscience expert and educator) plus 24 Afternoon Workshops, daily Worship, and 4 nights of Entertainment.  Your spirit will soar as you focus on your needs of Body, Mind, Soul and Community.  For video intro, flyers, workshop descriptions and schedule, registration details and discount, go to this link: https://themountainrlc.org/event/suufi-southern-uu-fall-institute-2019/

Speaker Bio for August 4th: Nancy Murrey-Settle

Nancy Murrey-Settle, MA currently  teaches AP Human Geography and AP European History at Stanton College Preparatory School.  She has a background in anthropology, journalism, and is a former librarian. A recent graduate of Mindful Schools, a practicing meditator and a certified life coach, Nancy’s coaching specializes in discovering meaning and purpose in your life choices.  When she is not teaching, grading or preparing lessons she likes to write. She participates in a women’s writing circle  called  Women Writing for (a) Change Jacksonville, which builds community by encouraging women to explore their stories and their voices.  She lives in Riverside with her husband Steve, two teen daughters, a dog, feral cats and chickens.