The Talk of TJMC – A Statement from the Leadership of Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church-Unitarian Universalist

If Nikuyah Walker were a white man, rather than a woman of color, the article that appeared in The Daily Progress on Saturday, November 4, 2017 would have been quite different. We would have read about his passionate engagement with city officials. There might have been an acknowledgment that he...

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Racial Justice Activities

Racial Justice Events & Activities around town more detail at bit.ly/ActNowCville Every Wed 12-1:30 “The Haven Home Cooking” UNTIL January 2018 Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Contemporary Exhibit, “Karma” by Lisa Beane UNTIL April 15 “Like a Study in Black History: P. H. Polk, Chester Higgins and The Black...

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The Talk of TJMC – The Three Fifths Compromise

This piece was written by Peter Walpole for worship on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017.  This was the day we took part in the second UU White Supremacy Teach-In. In order to preserve the unity of the infant nation the Constitutional Convention agreed upon “the three fifths compromise.” Three fifths. The...

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A Minister’s Musings: Roots Run Deep and Wide

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “If you have made castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.  Now put the foundations under them.” I cannot tell you how many people, over the years, have told me that they discovered Unitarian Universalism at some...

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We are in this together

Dear TJMC-UU Community, The past months have seen tragedy after tragedy wearing at our everyday existence…Cville August 12, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico and now Las Vegas. It would be easy to try to minimize, to compartmentalize and to just plain give up...

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Suggestions for Spiritual Seeking: October 2017

In the fall we will be examining and exploring issues of identity.  Each month within the season we’ll use a different image to help shape our journey of discovery.  For October, the image is “roots.” If you want to continue, and deepen, your personal exploration beyond Sunday mornings, here are...

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Words of Wikstrom – October 2017

Nearly every religious tradition we humans have ever developed has had some way of describing the concept of there being a true, authentic self (who we really are), and a false self (who we are conditioned to appear to be).  There are different terms used for these two states of...

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Art Show – October 2017

“Water Like Memory”  I am fascinated by water. Its patterns and dynamics are at once calming and stimulating. Water is ever changing and what lies beneath its evocative surfaces is never fully revealed – a mystery that drives my recent paintings. With camera in hand, I have spent many hours...

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Social Action Collection – October 2017

TJMCUU Food Pantry Our own church Food Pantry operates on the first Friday of each month.  About 21 TJMC volunteers arrive between 9AM and 1PM to unload the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank truck of over  4+ TONS of food each month.  Twenty-one TJMC volunteers, plus 9 non-church members, work...

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