BBUUC’s Affiliated Community Minister
“Second Sunday Spirit in Practice:
Elizabeth DeCoux, Worship Leader
Dr. Gary Smart, Accompanist
Diane Freeman (Native American Flute), Special Music
Our sermon series continues with a consideration of mind practices that tend our curiosity and our reason, both critical to our core value of a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. You’re encouraged to bring a journal and pen to our Second Sunday Spirit in Practice services.
About Our Speaker:
Rev. Carmen Emerson is the Affiliated Community Minister in covenant with BBUUC. Her work as an ordained UU minister in full fellowship happens within the wider Jacksonville community as the Lead Chaplain for Baptist Medical Center Nassau. She is a BCCI/APC Board-Certified chaplain, and her experience as a parish minister includes ten years of full-time service to our UU congregations in Albuquerque, NM (contract); Meadville, PA (called); and Nashville, TN (called).
Diane is a BBUUC Board Trustee and has been a member since 2017. Born in Ocala and raised in Orlando, she attended the University of Florida and received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in Counseling Psychology there. She had a private practice in Ocala where she was also the President of Altrusa, a service organization professional women and men. Diane was also a Charter Board Member of the Marion County Literacy Coalition. Before becoming a UU, Diane was raised as a Presbyterian and was active in the church for much of her adult life, serving in many leadership roles. She is an avid nature lover and loves to visit our country’s national Parks. Her favorite is Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. In addition to playing the Native American flute, she is also a weaver. In early 2022, Diane was designated as legally blind. Ever-adaptable, Diane has embraced the challenges and utilized the tools she has explored to engage and live her best life.