Katie Dalbey became a member of UUCJ in 2010, shortly after moving to Jacksonville. She has been serving as a Worship Associate and member of the Worship Committee for the past several years, and is currently chair of the Worship Committee. Katie’s professional life has found her sleeping on canoes in the everglades for weeks at a time, backpacking through the NC mountains, managing programs for youth with behavior challenges, and training and coaching staff in the art of facilitating character development through wilderness experiences. She holds a BA in Psychology and has intermittently been pursuing a Masters in Social Work over the past several years.
Come join us Friday, July 6th in the Social Hall for our first Family Night Fridays. This month it’s board game night. BYOBG (Bring Your Own Board Game) and join in on the fun!
Despite the president’s order to stop separating families at the border, the crisis is far from over. It’s important to support our UU Service Committee with phone calls to legislators. Remember that the founders of UUSC, Rev. Waitsill and Martha Sharp, gave up their lives in the US in 1939 to help people flee the Nazi terror in Europe. Surely we can take a few minutes to call or write a letter.
The most important item to stress to your legislators is that the children who were taken from their parents need to be re-united as quickly as possible. Grants for asylum should not be reduced; TPS (protective status) for many Central American and Haitian refugees should remain in place. Our country could also increase aid and support to the countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala so that people do not have to flee in the first place. Choose any of these points to discuss, but please do something. If we are silent, Congress can only assume we do not care.
- Sen. Marco Rubio – 904-354-4300 DC – 202-224-3041
- Sen. Bill Nelson – 904-346-4500 DC – 202-224-5274
- Dist. 4 – Rep. John Rutherford – 904-831-5205 DC- 202-225-2501
- Dist. 3 – Rep. Ted Yoho – 904-276-9626 DC – 202-225-5744
- Dist. 5 – Rep. Al Lawson – 904-354-1652 DC – 202-225-0123
- Dist. 6 – Rep. Ron DeSantis – DC – 202-225-2706
Women of All Ages meets Thursday, June 28th in the Anthony Room at 6pm. 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.
Aging to Saging – Designing your Extraordinary Elderhood is the theme for SUUFI (SE UU Fall Institute) October 14-19. It’s held at The Mountain in Highlands NC — a beautiful time of the year. Four UUCJ sages have already registered: Donna Janesky, Meg Rohal, Susanne Mckelvey and Linda Plummer. Join us! Register at TheMountainRLC.org 828.526.5838 If you want to know more about SUUFI, Linda Plummer can answer questions. 904.223.5505 email@example.com
The UUCJ Summer Series is almost here! Our theme for the series is “Won’t you be my neighbor?” The series will explore how we can connect with and support our neighbors of various identities and what it means to be a good neighbor. The series kicks off on July 1st and runs through August 26th.
The upcoming board meeting will take place Tuesday, June 12th at 6:00pm in the Fletcher Room. The agenda is posted on the governance page of the website: uucj.org/who-we-are/governance/ Members are welcome to attend.
Afesa Adams’ memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, June 9th at 11:00 am. There will be a reception following in the Social Hall.
We learned earlier this week that long-time beloved member Gail Bristol has passed away. More information to come.
Green Sanctuary Meeting: this Sunday, June 3rd, 12:30 in the Fletcher Room.
Any member or guest interested in UUCJ’s environmental efforts is encouraged to attend. Brief updates will be given and future plans discussed. All are welcomed!