Social Action Collection – June 2017

In June, TJMC-UU will be supporting The Women’s Initiative through our Social Action Collection on June 18th. This is an amazing local non-profit that provides women with counseling and social support so they can transform life challenges into positive change and growth. The Women’s Initiative offers a walk-in wellness clinic, individual...

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A Minister’s Musings: But I’m not a …

Yesterday I promised that I would return to one of the most frequent responses people who identify as white have to the use of the term “White Supremacy” as the way to describe the dominant culture in which we, to borrow a phrase, “live, and move, and have our being.’...

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A Minister’s Musings: Words, words, words …

During the years I served the First Universalist Church of Yarmouth, Maine, I regularly had lunch with a colleague from the United Church of Christ congregation across the street.  I don’t remember what prompted this particular exchange, but Peter once made the observation that Unitarian Universalists, as a whole, were...

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A Minister’s Musings: From Torches to Whispers …

According to my local paper, The Daily Progress, last night: “Several dozen torch-wielding protesters gathered in Charlottesville’s Lee Park just after 9 p.m. Saturday, chanting “You will not replace us,” “Russia is our friend” and “Blood and soil.”” Lee Park has been in our news a lot lately, since the...

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IMPACT

IMPACT 2017 Update

IMPACT’s 10th Nehemiah Action was one of the best and most successful ever. Three City Counselors and three County Supervisors said yes to continued funding for the new Women’s Residential Treatment Center; Region Ten reported about the plan and successful fund drive so Center will open this Fall. Three County...

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Words of Wikstrom – May 2017

Fun fact:  the first time a crèche, a nativity scene, was ever used as part of a Christmas Eve service was in 1223.  It was a living crèche – with a real donkey, a real ox, a real mother and father, and a real baby – and it happened in...

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Ordination of Pamela K. Philips

We, the TJMC-UU and the UU Community Church, are delighted to invite you to attend the Ordination of Pamela K. Philips into the Unitarian Universalist ministry on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 2 pm in the TJMC sanctuary.  A reception will follow in the Social Hall. Ordination is the act...

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Social Action Collection – May 2017

  Virginia Organizing is honored to have been chosen for the Social Action Collection on May 21 and so appreciates TJMC’s support through the years. Virginia Organizing is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization dedicated to challenging injustice, and fights for the rights of the LGBT community (including marriage rights), for...

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Happy 5th Anniversary, Solar Panels!

Ever since I served as your President, I’ve wanted to continue the discussion about our solar panels.  Thanks to John Semmelhack’s expertise and industry, we have some facts to share.  Thanks to others “who were there,” we have some history and perspective to share.  So on Earth Day 2017, as...

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Art Show – May 2017

Then and There I called out letters blurred and less blurred. My eyes were examined. Machines and I agree. I can see the written page, the threading needle, the paved road. I look and look for, but what I can’t see is the later, the after this. I am blind...

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