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Sunday, February 19: Can You Be Anybody You Want?

Each week we say to and with one another, “Whoever you are, whomever you love, however you express your identity … we all have a place here.”  What does it mean to claim an identity that is "outside" the mainstream.  What does it mean to be a “welcoming congregation?”  [Note:  this service will include the New Member Recognition Ceremony]

For information about our Lifespan Faith Development Program and classes for children, youth and adults--contact Leia Durland-JonesDirector of Faith Development
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Sunday, February 19th Social Action Collection: Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville (UACC). Founded in 2012, the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville (UACC) is the continuation of an urban agriculture project called QCC Farms, started by the Quality Community Council (QCC). The idea for QCC Farms began with a group of residents at Friendship Court and 6th Street who were looking for a way to bridge the social barriers between their communities. The project started with a series of community conversations which culminated in our breaking ground at the Friendship Court Garden in May of 2007 and the 6th Street garden in June. When QCC disbanded in 2011, committed local residents and volunteers formed UACC to continue the valuable work of bringing community members together through urban agriculture.

To recent new members: this Sunday, February 19 at both services our church community will be celebrating our recent new members with a Recognition Ceremony. For any concerns or questions, please contact or

Last chance this  Sunday, February 19th to register for TJMC UU’s eighth annual Women’s Dream Quest which is next Friday evening February 24 & Saturday February 25, 2017. Stop by the table in the social hall after the service today to learn more. There are only 10 spaces left. Registration is sliding scale ($75-$100 with limited financial aid/work scholarship available.) Contact Leia at or 293-8179 for more information.

Last chance this Sunday, February 19th to register for Return to the Land of the Soul: A Workshop for Men and Women, Sunday February 26, 4-8 PM, social hall. Join us for song, meditation, art, writing practice and labyrinth walking. In these challenging times, it is imperative that we slow down and remember what it means to breathe, share in the sacred circle and tend our inner lives. Led by therapist, healer, musician, teacher and Dream Quest Facilitator Judith Tripp, MA MFT. To register or for more information, contact: Leia Durland-Jones, 434-293-8179 or Registration is $40 with a limited number of work scholarship registrations available. Please bring your own brown bag supper.

Concerned about the political road ahead?   Join us for a PBS- WCVE bipartisan hour documentary on our Va. system of politicians  picking their voters instead of the other way around. Fair Redistricting is explored in this central Va premier screening on  Sunday, February 19th at  4 pm in the TJMC UU Sanctuary. Lift the veil on the 'secret sauce' of modern politics that results in 98% success of incumbents. 

Dan Grogan will follow with Q & A and update of our efforts  in the General Assembly. For more information: 

Ever wonder what sorts of wisdom animals have to share with you? Heard about "Spirit Animals, Power Animals, Totems" on all those online quizzes and want to go a little deeper?   Kiara (KEER-uh) McCadden of Honey Sweet Harmony will facilitate a simultaneously playful and meaningful group experience in connecting with our Spirit Animal Guides at this month's Connect-hers gathering, Tues. Feb. 21 at 7pm in the Parlor. Go to for more details or email Kiara at
Like playing music and/or singing? Join the Sundown Celebration Band! You are invited to be part of the guitar-centered folk-rock musical offerings for the next Sundown Celebration. On 2/21 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary we’ll be working on songs and planning the SATURDAY 2/25 gathering centered around the monthly theme of "Identity". Contact Mike Ludwick for more information at .  
SATURDAY Musical Sundown Celebration: Saturday, 2/25, 5pm, Sanctuary. Join us on our new day SATURDAY as we interactively explore the theme of "Identity" using guitar-centered folk-rock music, silence, activities and words. All ages are welcome. There will be food and fellowship after the Celebration. Contact Mike Ludwick at for more information.  

See Faith Development section for Lifespan Faith Development weekly activities.

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Racial Justice:  Last week we had tables set up for postcard writing.  93 were mailed.  If you missed out or want to do more stop by the tables in the social hall after church services and write your elected official about: NO Wall, No BAN, redistricting, the pipeline, EPA, the Affordable Care Act and anything else you like that fits with our UU principles.   We're asking for 50 cents each stamped postcard but if that doesn't work for you write some anyway.  Check out upcoming events and classes at .

           Ways You Can Help
Does listening to public radio go hand in hand with being a Unitarian Universalist?  It does when your donations to public radio fund outreach announcements for UU churches in central Virginia.  As we have done for many years, donations made to public radio by TJMC members are pooled with donations from the Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Blacksburg churches to purchase underwriting announcements.  You can participate by writing your check to TJMC and putting "public radio" in the memo line.  Your contribution is tax deductible and helps get the word out about our community.  This fund drive starts March 1, and our donations need to be collected by March 22.  Thanks for supporting both TJMC and WVTF!  For more information, contact Maggie Ober at

Attraction Coupon books for 2017 are here!  Stop by the RE display in the social hall and get one for $25. Proceeds benefit special youth programming events throughout the year such as the Senior High Appalachia Service Project trip in June and Goldmine UU Leadership School for youth. For more information, speak with Margaret Gorman or Leia Durland-Jones

February Artist:  “Angels and Still Life”

Anne de Latour Hopper is inspired by her subjects when making a choice of a medium to capture her artistic interpretation of their essence. She works in several media, including oil, acrylic and gouache.  ~

           Notes/For Your Information
What Says “Spring” To You? Rev. Wik wants to hear what it is that says “spring is here” to people.  Maybe it’s a particular sight, or sound, or scent.  Maybe there’s something special that you do, or someplace special that you go.  If you do have your own springtime signal, please email him at

Do you know someone who serves the church in extraordinary ways, and has for a long time? Why not nominate that person for the Connie Cheetham? Why not nominate that person for the Connie Cheetham award for extraordinary service? Whether your person/couple wins the award or not, we write letters to every nominee to share our gratitude for their service, and honor their contributions, using the information from your nomination. Let's recognize our precious volunteers. Please email your nominations to:  Deadline: 03/01/17

Planning a church event? The Communications Committee can help with announcements on the website, church Facebook Page, and guidance for submissions to the Weekly Update and Order of Service (though you can also do those on your own). Get in touch with us at

Please place blue Visitor information forms that do not make it to the Connections table on Sundays into the Membership Mailbox for safe processing by membership volunteers.

TJMC Office Hours:  The TJMC office is open Tuesday-Friday, 9am-1pm. Holiday observances or unforeseen circumstances may impact this schedule. It’s always a great idea to schedule an appointment with staff members if you’d like to stop by to talk with them. 

Board meetings: Board meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:45 pm, in the Social Hall. Click here to find a brief of what happened at our most recent meeting! Board of Trustees

If you are going through an illness, loss, or transition, and want the ministry staff to know, please tell us! Our church is a large vibrant community, and we need your help to alert us when you might need support including meals or a pastoral visit. You may contact Revwik,  293-8179 ext. 1#,  Alex McGee at 293-8179 ext. 2# or Leia Durland-Jones, 293-8179 ext. 3# .
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Save the Date

TJMC UU to Host "Showing Up: A Racial Justice Conference" March 10 & 11. This is a unique opportunity to gather with other UUs from Virginia as we live into our commitment to racial justice and strengthen our competencies for being a force for positive change in the world. There will also be programming for youth (9th-12th grade) including Peer Chaplaincy training. Registration information coming soon. If you would like to join the circle planning this event, please contact Register for the conference at

Spring Retreat at Douthat State Park for TJMC  - Imagine a lovely Spring Weekend in the mountains of Virginia with fellow TJMC members and friends April 28-30. Douthat State Park is located about 2 hours west in Millboro, VA.  Plenty of trails to explore, boating on the lake, fellowship and 5 community meals. There is still available 2 double beds in the lodge (private rooms) and 3 Single Beds in a dorm style room in the lodge. If interested or questions please contact Stephanie Lowenhaupt at

               Faith Development: 
               Children, Youth & Adults
Friday movie White Man’s Burden – a walk in different shoes Friday, February 17, 6:30-9 PM, church parlor. Facilitated by Bob Gross. How would our daily lives be changed if those of us who identify as white were “of color” … and those of us identifying as people of color were “white”? That’s what this 1995 film is about.  Starring Harry Belafonte and John Travolta, the story’s black characters are the wealthy, powerful establishment types and the whites are the poor, disadvantaged minority group. There are oversimplifications, but the film underscores and reveals many of our current assumptions and prejudices.  Food for thought. After viewing the 90-minute film we’ll encourage sharing our considered reflections, insights, and … new learnings. For more information, contact Bob
Adult Faith Development Racial Justice Offerings
The Third Reconstruction Book Group Sundays March 19, March 26, April 912:45-2:15 PM, Lower Hall 3. Facilitated by Jaime McReynolds. Unitarian Universalists were electrified at General Assembly 2016 by Rev. Barber's call for building and sustaining a movement for justice for all people.  The Third Reconstruction , selected as the UUA 2016-17 Common Read, offers helpful, practical guidance for engaging with justice movements born in response to local experiences of larger injustices. Drawing on the prophetic traditions of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, while making room for other sources of truth, the book challenges us to ground our justice work in moral dissent, even when there is no reasonable expectation of political success, and to do the hard work of coalition building in a society that is fractured and polarized.   For more information, contact Jamie

Combatting Racism: a Class for Parents, Grandparents & Caregivers, Tuesday March 21, 5:45-8:30 PM, social hall. Linda Dukes and Leia Durland-Jones lead an evening designed especially for parents and other caregivers to help build awareness and skills for raising anti-racist children. A simple dinner and child care provided. Please contact Leia ( to register. Cost is $5/person with a $20 family maximum. Financial waivers available, please speak with Leia.

The Role of Children in African American History Sunday April 30, 12:45-2:15 PM, Lower Hall 2. Kate Fraleigh will do a slide show presentation of her February 2016 African American History Tour of the southeast.  The focus will be the life of children in the times of racial injustice and the burden on children in racial strife and on the road to justice.  For more information, contact Kate
Seeing With New Eyes: racial justice as a white necessity, Tuesdays March 7, 14, 21 and 28 in the church parlor (except 3/21 in LH2) 7-9pm Faciliator: Rev. Wik Wikstrom. T he majority of White Americans rarely, if ever, thing of themselves as "White." Instead, we generally think of ourselves simply as "Americans." This is problematic, because institutional racism is built on the idea of "whiteness." If white people don't see their "whiteness," they can hardly be in a position to dismantle the systems that have been built to defend it. This "color blindness" also perpetuates the notion that racism is a problem for people of color, where as the truth is that the full freedom of people of color will only be achieved when white people recognize their role in the systems of oppression and understand that our full freedom is at stake too.  Please register by contacting Erik so that you can receive the reading materials in advance of the first class.
Other Adult Faith Development Programs
Contemplative Worship, 11:45-12:30 PM, Wednesdays. Join others on the outdoor labyrinth for this mid-week sacred pause. In addition to the labyrinth, stones are available for stacking/meditation under the oak tree outside  the social hall. Linger in the Remembrance Garden as you make your way to the sanctuary for readings, reflection, meditation, candles of Hope and Remembrance and/or writing in the sands of Atonement and  Forgiveness. Bring your journal and write. Close your eyes and rest. Give yourself the gift of renewal during the week. All are welcome. Come and go as you need.    
Wednesday Wonderings, 12:15-1:15 PM, Church Parlor. Join us for thoughtful readings and discussions in an open-minded and open-hearted atmosphere. Of late we have been reading and reflecting on passages from "The Book of Awakening" by Mark Nepo. Take a mid-week break to feed your mind and spirit.  For more information, contact John Anderson.
Register children and youth for the 2016-2017 religious education program.  All participants (infants through 12th grade) need to be registered in order to participate. More information is available at the religious education display in the social hall after this morning’s service. For more information, contact Leia Durland-Jones, Director of Faith Development  or visit the church webpage.  

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