INDEPENDENCE DAY: WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

What is Independence Day about? On one thing we’d probably agree: It’s about the spirit of both individual persons and their communal people. But is the Spirit of ’76 a call to focus on Independence? Or has that view caused … read more.

What We Are Doing

  • Letter from the BoardLetter from the Board
    We Can Be Whatever We Have the Courage to See Eleven of your UU St Pete colleagues, along with 5,000 fellow UUs, attended the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) 51st General Assembly last week.  100% virtually, of course.  Just four short months ago, such an undertaking seemed impossible.  Imagine. Four years ago, the UUA Commission on Institutional Change (COIC) launched a comprehensive investigation into the perennial problem of race in our faith community.  The Commission and the Report looked at the issues almost solely from the perspective of Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color “Widening the Circle of Concern” is the report that takes an honest, critical view of our UU Association, our congregations, and our practices that perpetuate white supremacy and systemic racism.  This is a must read. This report is courageous in its honesty, sobering in its truths, and hopeful in its recommendations.  It asks us to hold ourselves and one another accountable. ...
  • New Summer Wednesday Adult Ed Classes
    Wednesday Adult Religious Studies Discussions For the Summer Please note we are holding only one Wednesday Book Discussion Zoom meeting per month in July and August.  For July 29, it’s Nobel laureate Albert Camus’ The Plague, an inspiring reverent novel about humans in pandemic.  For August 26, it will be a book that will help us on our journey toward eliminating the effects of white supremacy in American culture, our church and ourselves.  Our book will be chosen by August 1st.  I’m leaning strongly toward NYTimes bestseller Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad.   Many other contenders, especially Centering: Navigating Race in Ministry; essays by Black UU ministers and Robin DiAngelo’s highly praised White Fragility.   Opinions welcomed.  Weekly Wednesday Religious Studies for Fall, Winter and Spring We will be planned over the summer.  Your input is welcome.  The preeminent issues affecting our human spirits at this time seem to be mindfulness and temperament, racism, climate change, and democracy.  We’ve just finished an excellent discussion ...
  • Pastor Jack’s Weekly MessagePastor Jack's Weekly Message
    Dear Friends, Four messages from four pandemic months: I.  The new church year has begun.  Let me repeat the thanks expressed here a few weeks ago for all of you who are members of the congregation – for your caring support of one another and your persistence in doing what’s good for our world all this past church year.  And again, particular thanks to those who have taken up the multiple leadership roles in the church, especially in pandemic conditions – too many to name  – but deep thanks to each. II.   Overheard Virus Diagnosis: “Many folks are thinking they hate their spouse.”  Added Diagnosis: “And those who live alone?” Prescription:  Mindfulness Meditation** (a): the practice of becoming aware of how your mind works and sabotages you; and (b): the practice of turning your mindset into patience and appreciation. III.   One reason Zoom is not always a great substitute for gathering:  It can seem ...
 

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