Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019: Reflection Group: Intentional Attending

In her poem Gratitude, Mary Oliver asks herself and then answers eight questions of attention:

What did you notice?

What did you hear?

When did you admire?

What astonished you?

What would you like to see again?

What was most tender?

What was most wonderful?

What did you think was happening?

It’s a poem that treats the details of our days as a blessing and calls us to do the same.

So for this exercise, we’ll take some time sitting outside, weather permitting, to notice the many sounds that surround us. Then using Oliver’s questions, we’ll write a version of our own poem by giving our own answers to her eight questions.


Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019

Reflection Group: Find Your Place in the Work of Belonging

Belonging always comes with blindsides. When we receive a generous welcome it’s hard for us to imagine and notice the ways in which that open door doesn’t work the same for everyone. Our faith is slowly waking up to the fact that we haven’t been and aren’t the “welcoming congregations” we aspire to be. This is especially true when it comes to race and systems of white supremacy. The gap between our intentions and impact remains painfully large. The work is urgent and large.

This morning we will explore our place in that large work.

 

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019: Reflection Group: Your Question

Earlier this month, reflection questions were shared about this month’s theme: Belonging. This Sunday, we will take time to share the one question you have identified as speaking to you the most, i.e., “your” question. How do you answer it? What does that say to you? What did the question get you to notice or remember?

 

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019: Fins, Feathers, & Fur Social

As we prepare for the blessing of our animal companions, come, meet, and socialize together. We hope to have an time of fun as we explore our place in the interdependent web of all existence!

Please bring appropriate treats for your human friends and animal companions.


Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019: Reflection Group: Lie Back into “Enough”

Sometimes pausing to rest is a spiritual exercise in and of itself. We spend so much time chasing expectations, those of others and those we place on ourselves. It becomes such a way of life that we don’t notice we are doing it and stop wondering why we are doing it. Together we will reflect and discuss on how we have built our lives around expectations rather than “enoughness” and how we can learn to lie back and trust the sea of life to hold us.

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019: Social Justice Book Circle

Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment edited by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom

At a time when racial justice, environmental justice, and economic justice are seen as issues competing for time, attention, and resources, Justice on Earth explores the ways in which the three are intertwined. People and communities on the margins are invariably those most affected by climate disaster and environmental toxins. The book asks us to recognize that our faith calls us to long-haul work for justice for our human kin, for the Earth and for all life. It invites us to look at our current challenges through a variety of different perspectives, offers tools to equip us for sustained engagement, and proposes multiple pathways for follow-up action.

Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019: Reflection Group: Your Question

Earlier this month, reflection questions were shared about this month’s theme: Expectation. This Sunday, we will take time to share the one question you have identified as speaking to you the most, i.e., “your” question. How do you answer it? What does that say to you? What did the question get you to notice or remember?

Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019: Goodbye Party for North State!

Come join the celebration as we say goodbye to North State Street, our home for 50 years! We will share memories, reflect on what we will miss, thank the buildings for how they has sheltered us, and say goodbye. If you wish, bring a snack to share.


Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019: Song Circle Forum

We’ll Rise Up Singing at the UUCJ Forum this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. All ages are welcome! It’s very casual. Bring your voice (and your instrument, if you’d like). Everyone can choose a song for the group to sing. For a source, we’ll use the songbooks Rise Up Singing and its sequel, Rise Again – about 2,400 songs. If you have a copy of either book, bring it with you if you can.

Links to song lists for both books are below. If you see a song listed you’d like the group to sing (or just have a song in mind) add the title in the comment section. See you Sunday! – RISE UP SINGING SONG LIST:
http://www.rustling.org/…/…/rise-up-singing-song-titles.html RISE AGAIN SONG LIST: https://www.riseupandsing.org/songs/lists/title

Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019: Alliance of Sustainable Farms, Part 2

Guest speaker, D.J. Baker, will lead the second part of a discussion on sustainable farming and ecology. Originally from Edmond, OK, D.J. Baker came to Mississippi to educate and engage communities in healthier living through horticulture and nutrition. He works with farmers around sustainability and co-owns Eritaj Cookery, a restorative food cafe.

Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019: What Is IWOC? Unions In the Age of Mass Incarceration

Guest speaker, Bezal Jupiter, will be talking about what Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee is, why it is necessary, and some of the events the IWOC Mississippi has planned.


Sunday, July 28, 2019: Medical Marijuana

According to the Marijuana Policy Project, Mississippi is one of the 23 states that have decriminalized personal use marijuana possession; however, data indicates that Mississippi’s marijuana laws are not being evenly enforced. A 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union found that although blacks and whites use marijuana at nearly identical rates, blacks in Mississippi are 3.9 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession.

Last year, Mississippians for Compassionate Care filed a ballot initiative to make medical marijuana legal in Mississippi. The group is aiming to bring an amendment to the state constitution to voters in 2020. You can read the proposed amendment here.

This Sunday, Paul Gore will be facilitating a discussion of medicinal uses of marijuana and what policy changes may occur in Mississippi.

Sunday, July 21, 2019: The Ugly Abortion Situation

This forum, led by Rick Childs, a retired Unitarian Lay Minister, who is in Jackson this summer to help the the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi – “Jackson Women’s Health Organization” – will look at the abortion situation in 2019. We will be discussing the complex and disturbing situation at the national and Mississippi level — including why so many states, with Mississippi at the forefront, are doing everything possible to take away women’s reproductive rights and what we can do, individually and collectively, to reverse this trend. He’ll include a summary of the several projects he’s helping our clinic out with — with an invitation to anyone interested in helping.

Sunday, July 14, 2019: UUCJ Social Justice Book Circle

Patricia Ice will facilitate our discussion of the UUA Common Read: Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment. Please come prepared, having read pages 97-106.

Sunday, July 7, 2019: Alliance of Sustainable Farms, Part 1

Guest speaker, D.J. Baker, will lead a discussion on sustainable farming and ecology. Originally from Edmond, OK, D.J. Baker came to Mississippi to educate and engage communities in healthier living through horticulture and nutrition. He works with farmers around sustainability and co-owns Eritaj Cookery, a restorative food cafe.


Sunday, June 30, 2019: EnvironMentality

Special Guest Karissa Bowley will share with us about her environmental work in Mississippi with EnvironMentality, a company promoting recycling as a way of expressing care for our environment and our community that lives in it.

Check the website at https://www.environmentality.org/ and come prepared to ask questions and discuss environmental justice in Mississippi!

Sunday, June 23, 2019: UUCJ Social Justice Book Circle

Patricia Ice will facilitate our discussion of the UUA Common Read: Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment. Please come prepared, having read pages 77-96.

Sunday, June 16, 2019: Lammas

We’ll be discussing the festival of Lammas, a festival to mark the annual wheat harvest. Lammas is the first harvest festival of the year, falling halfway between the summer Solstice and Autumn September Equinox. On this day it was customary to bring to church a loaf made from the new crop harvested at Lammastide.

Sunday, June 9, 2019: UUCJ Social Justice Book Circle

Patricia Ice will facilitate our discussion of the UUA Common Read: Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment. Please come prepared, having read pages 57-76.