Our Membership Committee is in need of a new chair. The Membership Committee is vital to growing our UUCJ community—they serve as a friendly face to new visitors and provide them with information on UUCJ and how to become members. They guide people through the membership process and help them become more involved with UUCJ once they join.
While we are still hosting virtual services and events, Membership is not hosting their monthly Path to Membership Q&A groups—at this time they are mostly answering visitor questions about UUCJ and becoming a member. We will also be posting most of our membership materials online soon which will make that job even easier—so now would be the perfect time to ease into this position if you’re interested.
Contact Stewardship Portfolio at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to take on the Membership Chair position. You can also contact Hope Clayton (the previous chair) or Janine Leland (who is currently on the committee) if you have specific questions about the Membership Committee.
Allen Tilley is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of North Florida, where he taught for 35 years. After completing his BA at Vanderbilt University, he served as an officer in the US Navy, seeing duty in Viet Nam. He received his PhD in Medieval and Renaissance English literature from the University of Iowa in 1972. At the University of North Florida he chaired the English department for nine years and was awarded the University Outstanding Teaching Award and was named Distinguished Professor.
Allen’s academic publishing field is narrative theory and he has published several books related to this topic.
For about 25 years Allen was the Tenzo (cook) for the Jacksonville Zen Sangha, where he was given the dharma name of Zojo (‘Keeper of the Dharma Treasury’). That experience led to Hungry Zen: Vegetarian Meals in Under an Hour (2009). His non-vegetarian recipes, including family traditions, are collected in Back Porch Feasts (2012), which provides low carb versions of most recipes except desserts.
Allen is active in environmental groups. Since 2004 he has prepared a biweekly online news list on global warming, the Global Warming Study Group (GWSG). He and his wife live in Jacksonville, Florida, close to their two children and their families.
Our final tally for 2020 was $1,040, achieved through chocolate sales and membership donations. When a crisis occurs, as in Texas this past month, UUSC works through their established partners to provide extra support. ‘The Corizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas’ and ‘Living Hope Wheelchair Assoc.’ in Houston both received assistance.
Thanks for Continuing Contributions—List of Needs Below
UUCJ/ACS Teamsters delivered 70 lbs. of contribution on Monday. I know others are donating directly and we will see the actual number of donations when ACS sends us our monthly total.
In December, Mary Louise Weber, Executive Director at ACS, indicated that the current needs are: canned fruit, jelly, peanut butter, pudding cups, tuna/salmon in pouches or pop tops, toothpaste, detergent, masks, and clean white T-shirts (L, XL) for the homeless.
Congratulations to Nancy Murrey-Settle and Steven Settle on the birth of their first grandchild, a daughter, Neely Scott. She was born on February 13, 2021 at 8 lb and 11 oz and 21”. Her parents are Ashley (Steven’s oldest daughter) and Jeff of Oakland, California.