Yearly Archives: 2017

April 23, 2017

9:30 a.m. – Forum: Language and Social Justice, led by Elise Morse-Gagne

Dr. Elise Morse-Gagne is an Associate Professor of Linguistics and English in the English Department of Tougaloo College. She earned her doctorate in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.

uu coffee mug10:30 a.m. – Coffee Fellowship

Join us for a cup of coffee, a snack, and conversations!

11:00 a.m. – Service: Earth Day, led by Ann Maclaine

Shall we celebrate the progress made toward environmental protection in the past 47 years, or mourn the expected backslide that makes for an uncertain future for us and our planet?  Or can we do both?  Perspective, pessimism, and possible inspiration will be shared.

11:30 a.m. – Religious Exploration:

  • Chalice Children & U.U. Kids: Through stories, discussion, and activities, the Chalice Children and U.U. Kids develop their own Unitarian Universalist identity and moral compass to guide them on the path toward becoming empathetic and responsible teenagers and adults.

Lunch Bunch (2)Childcare is available from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m. – Lunch Bunch

Join us at a local restaurant for food and fellowship!

April 16, 2017

UUCJ Easter Flower Communion at Mynelle Gardens
4736 Clinton Blvd, Jackson, MS 39209

flowers 310:30 a.m. — Intergenerational Service: Do Not Pass Me By: Easter Flower Communion Service – led by Rev. Justin McCreary and Jim Becker

The Flower Communion is an annual ritual celebrating beauty, diversity, and community. This unique service was originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek, founder of the modern Unitarian Church in the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia), as a symbolic ritual to recognize the uniqueness of every person joined together in a congregation.

In this ceremony, everyone brings a flower of their choice, either from their own gardens, a field, or a roadside. Everyone place their flowers in a shared vase on the altar symbolizing the coming together of individuals into a congregation. During the ceremony, everyone comes forward, one by one, to select a different flower to take home symbolizing the sharing within the bonds of community.

Please join us as we celebrate this annual Easter tradition with flowers, music, singing, and dance! Don’t forget to bring a flower to share!

Easter-Egg-Hunt 212:30 p.m. – Easter Egg Hunt and Potluck Cookout After service, the children and youth will gather to hunt for hidden eggs filled with goodies!

Paul Gore and Corey Melton, resident grill masters, will prepare a variety of omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan (not burnt) offerings. Sign up to bring an item to share at Perfect Potluck!

April 9, 2017

9:30 a.m. – Forum: UUCJ Social Justice Book Circle: The 3rd Reconstruction, led by Patricia Ice

The UUCJ Social Justice Book Circle will continue our discussion of The 3rd Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II. Select the following links to get more information about the book and the UUCJ Social Justice Book Circle.

uu coffee mug10:30 a.m. – Coffee Fellowship

Join us for a cup of coffee, a snack, and conversations!

11:00 a.m. – Service: Gettin’ in the Groove, led by Jim Becker

Leadership, Management, Indian, Chief, Pony Express, Honey-Gatherer, Hive-Keeper, Queen Bee…. Whatever!

We all have roles in keeping alive the flame of Unitarian Univesalism and UUCJ. Let’s see where you fit in!

11:00 a.m. – Religious Exploration:

  • Chalice Children and U.U. Kids: Celebrating Passover – The children will hear stories about Passover and learn about the Seder Meal, a sacred ritual of the Jewish religious tradition.

Childcare is available from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m. – Town Hall Meeting

Join us at a local restaurant for food and fellowship!

April 2, 2017

9:30 a.m. – Forum: Leadership Development – led by the Leadership Development Council

In the context of the current crisis in leadership in the UUA, join us as we continue our discussion of leadership at UUCJ and how our Unitarian Universalist Principles inform our views. We will examine our understanding of power in relationships, our beliefs about adaptive leadership, and how we can dismantle white supremacy culture.

uu coffee mug10:30 a.m. – Coffee Fellowship

Join us for a cup of coffee, a snack, and conversations!

11:00 a.m. – Service: Alone on the Ocean: Embracing Connection, led by Min. Justin McCreary

Sometimes I hear people say, “We just don’t talk anymore”. If we’re not careful we can feel as if we are all strangers, in our homes, with our friends, and even when we look in the mirror. Over time it’s as if we started speaking different languages. It is easy in the current climate to feel isolated, alone, and in the dark. How do we find connection and what does it take to learn to speak the same language again?

Note: The Chalice Children and UU Kids will join the congregation for the beginning of the service for the chalice lighting, song, collection, joys and concerns, and a Story for All Ages.

11:30 a.m. – Religious Exploration:

  • Chalice Children: Wonderful Welcome – Through stories, song, guided play, and arts and crafts, the Chalice Children explore and share the intangible gifts of welcoming central to Unitarian Universalism, such as kindness, love, friendship, hospitality, and fairness.
  • U.U. Kids: Amazing Grace: Exploring Right and Wrong – Through stories, discussion, and activities, the U.U. Kids develop their own moral compass to guide them on the path toward becoming empathetic and responsible teenagers and adults.

Lunch Bunch (2)Childcare is available from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m. – Lunch Bunch

Join us at a local restaurant for food and fellowship!