A Minister’s Musings: A Toxic Cesspool By Any Other Name …

For my non-Unitarian Universalist friends (whom I still love anyway!), the faith tradition I serve is currently embroiled in what I’m calling a struggle for the soul of our faith.  I don’t think that that’s hyperbole.  I think at question is no less that whether we are truly the people...

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The Talk of TJMC – Current Events in the UUA

On Current Events in the UUA, and the Recognition of White Supremacy Before beginning the annual IMPACT service on April 9th, 2017, I spoke briefly to the current events and conversation(s) going on within our wider Association.  This post from the Youth and Young Adult Ministry’s blog Blue Boat, “Reflections on White...

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TJMC-UU T-shirts for Sale

Show your UU pride and help support our youth programming! The YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalist) Youth Group is selling custom designed TJMC t-shirts. On sale now for a limited time. Orders can be placed in the Social Hall after services or by emailing [email protected] Include style, size and quantity desired....

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The Talk of TJMC – Making a Change; Making an IMPACT

This is the text of the reflection I offered on April 9th, 2017.  It was for our annual IMPACT service, hopefully serving both to update people on the work that IMPACT has been doing, and to inspire people to attend the Nehemiah Action on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017. What do...

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The Talk of TJMC – Questions and Responses

Here are the questions asked during the “question box” sermon, Questions in Search of Answers, on March 26, 2017.  For those who weren’t there, at the beginning of each service people wrote questions on index cards, and when the time came for the reflection, the cards were gathered together and...

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Art Show – April 2017

Janice Walker “Quilts as Art” I make art for the challenge of seeing what I can do next with my palette of commercially printed fabrics. The originally designed works are sewn using a layering process similar to quilting, but made to hang on the wall like fine art. After the initial design is constructed, I add additional color and...

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Words of Wikstrom – April 2017

This month’s theme is “transformation,” and as I sat to write I found myself curious about the difference between change and transformation.  The word change means, “to make or become different,” and it comes from the Old French changier, which means essentially the same thing.  Transformation is defined as, “a...

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TJMC’s Social Action Collection

The Social Action Collection is the monthly collection to benefit a non-profit organization whose mission and vision are aligned to our seven principals. If you are a church congregant, now is the time to apply to have an organization you support be part of this process during the 2017-2018 church...

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Social Action Collection – April 2017

Barrett Early Learning Center By Pete Armetta Barrett Early Learning Center was established in 1935 and is the oldest child care program in Virginia. It was started by nurse Daisy V. Green of the Charlottesville Health Department, and with local churches and community members. Barrett was initially supported by the...

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The Talk of TJMC – Making an IMPACT

You haven’t heard much this year about IMPACT — the Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together.  IMPACT is an example of what’s known as a CBCO — congregation-based community organizing — and we have been actively involved since its founding.  We’ve had members serve on their Board, participate in...

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