UU St. Pete InfoNet

A weekly email digest of the latest breaking news from the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, Florida.

UU St. Pete InfoNet: August 10, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, August 12, 2018: "Kids Inspire Us!"
Time: 10:30am
Worship Leader: Karen Day

Worship Associate:  Michael Pohl

 

We will celebrate the wisdom and magic of our children and youth and their Hogwarts adventure this summer. 

EVERYONE is invited to bring a book bag, briefcase or backpack for the Blessing of the Bags! As we go off to school or work or our place in the world that we are grateful to be connected in the ‘interdependent web of all existence.’  ALL school age children and youth will join us for the service.

 

Nursery care will be provided 10:15am to noon in Conway.

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: August 12
 

ll school age children and youth will be in the worship service. Nursery care is provided for infants through preschool by Laura Beard in Conway from 10:15-noon. RE Family Minister, Reverend Karen Day is available to talk with you on Sundays or Thursdays, 1pm - 5pm, contact her at re@uustpete.org.

 

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

New Director of Music for UU St. Pete!

We are very pleased to announce that the UUSP Board has contracted for this new church year with Jon Arterton to be UUSP's Director of Music, starting later this September.  Jon is the founder and director of St. Pete's OneCity Chorus, a large diverse community chorus specializing in inspirational folk and justice music.   Several UUSPers participate in the OneCity Chorus.  When Jon lived on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, he served for 15 years as director of music for the UU Church of Provincetown.  Jon's husband James served the Provincetown UU church for 8 years as its Board president.  Jon's primary responsibilities will be to direct our choirs and coordinate with Pastor Jack, the Worship Committee, and our wonderful accompanist Teresa Ancaya in planning our music for Sunday mornings.  Jon will begin working with our choirs in the last week or two of September.  Please welcome him warmly when he arrives.  Pastor Jack

 

 

Women's Book/Covenant Group: Starts September 2, 2018

Women's Book/Covenant Group: Meets Sunday mornings 9:15-10:15am in Conway North.

 

With over half of our regular attendees still out of town this summer, and with new faces at UUSP every Sunday, we have delayed the kick-off of our third season to Sunday, September 2, 2018. We will begin with the book Not for Ourselves Alone, available from inSpirit, the UUA Bookstore in print; from the Amazon Kindle Store; and on Google Play. We plan to read and discuss 15-20 pages each week. If you are new to UUSP (or newly interested in a book/covenant group) and would like to join this women's group, please contact: Cynthia Patterson, cp3860@gmail.com.  

Contact: Cynthia Patterson

 

 

Support Tiny Homes for Homeless Vets Right Here at UUSP!

UUSP will be hosting a Community Event supporting Celebrate Outreach's Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans project on Monday, August 13, 12:30pm-2:30pm.

Come learn about this project, see the models, and  thank our sponsors, LP Building Products, and their volunteers who will make some aesthetic improvements in the playground (new canopy tarps). Enjoy free lunch provided by John and Lisa Riesebeck owners of Smokn' J's. The event is free.

Please reach out to Sabine von Aulock with your questions or if you can volunteer: beandex@aol.com

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

Parking Lot Update – August 10, 2018

In an August meeting with WJA, we learned that the parking lot construction has been delayed due to the City’s permitting process.  A clerical error stated that WJA owned all three parcels of the UUSP parking lot, instead of just parcel 1. The error has affected several aspects of the PL project but is being corrected.

 

WJA estimates that City permitting will be final at the end of October 2018, and that parking lot construction will begin in early November. The first phase of the construction will take four weeks and we will all have improved parking. The last phase of putting down asphalt, striping, etc. will take two weeks and will be done after the construction of the exterior of the new WJA building.  This will take 9-10 months and has an estimated completion date in September or October 2019.

 

Estimated timeframe:

September 2018 – Pre-Construction Kickoff Meeting for UUSP/WJA to discuss plans, contacts, etc.

End of October 2018 – permitting for PL completed

Early November to December 2018 – PL first phase construction.

December 2018 – improved parking lot completed

January to October 2019 – WJA new building construction

October 2019 – Final surfacing of UUSP PL

 

From an environmental view, pervious layers will be used for ecologically friendly environment; runoff will remain on site and not into Mirror Lake; piles will be drilled, not pounded; as few trees as possible will be taken down in complying with City code which requires a 10 foot wide sidewalk.

 

The City surprised us at the May 2nd City Commission Hearing by requiring that the dumpsters in the alley be moved out of the alley and onto UUSP and/or WJA property. The Easement Agreement does not address the placement of dumpsters since there was no requirement to move them at that time. Options that the Board will consider include moving our dumpster to a parking space or a corner of the playground area.

 

With questions contact Paul Burnore and any Board member.

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

Progress on the New UU St. Pete Website

Janeya Filzen is working on giving UUSP a new website.  We need to put together some header pictures for the various pages, along with phrases describing or identifying the pictures.

 

If you have some interesting or informative photos depicting UUSP activities, we would love it if you'd send them to Janeya at janeyajoy@gmail.com

Thanks, Pastor Jack

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

Sunday Flowers

We would like to remind everyone that we need more folks to step up and agree to bring flowers on Sundays.  Just stop by the Sunday Flowers table during coffee hour after service (usually at the piano in Gilmour) and pick a date that works for you to maybe commemorate a birthday, anniversary, special event, in memory of, etc... 

Reach out to Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.  We love seeing the flowers each week. 

 

Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)

 

UU St. Pete InfoNet: Blessing of the Bags

During this Sunday's Service

EVERYONE is invited to bring a book bag, briefcase or backpack for the Blessing of the Bags! As we go off to school or work or our place in the world that we are grateful to be connected in the ‘interdependent web of all existence.’  ALL school age children and youth will join us for the service.

 

UU St. Pete InfoNet: August 3, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Inspiration from Activists

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Time: 10:30am

Worship Leader:  Steve Benton

Worship Associate: Sherry Benton

 

In the face of challenges some lapse into despair while others are inspired to action for transformation and change.  Our service will explore our own roles in inspiring hope, transformation, and change.

 

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: June 29

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15am - noon.

All children and youth will be in Hogwarts Summer through August 5. Instead of coming to worship children will go directly to Conway “Train Station Platform 9 ¾” to travel together to this magical school. Activities will focus on our seven principles and how they are lived in Harry Potter’s world.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister, is available to talk with you on Sundays or Thursdays, 1 - 5p.  Contact: re@uustpete.org.

 

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

 

Food Collection THIS Sunday 

Sunday’s collection is for Twizere and his family of six which inlcudes his wife Mariam, mother-in-law Elizabeth and three adorable children: Jibu, Sifa and Tarek. This congregation became involved with this Congolese refugee family soon after they arrived in December 2015.  They are doing quite well, but can always use a helping hand to make ends meet. 

They have a traditional diet of rice, root vegetables, citrus fruit and cabbage, but can also use cleaning products, laundry soap and toiletries. Please place your donations in one of the wagons located in each entry way.

Thanks so much!

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

 

Women's Book/Covenant Group

Women's Book/Covenant Group: Meets Sunday mornings 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Conway North.

Our third season kicks off Sunday, August 5, 2018. We will begin with the book Not for Ourselves Alone, available from inSpirit, the UUA Bookstore in print; from the Amazon Kindle Store; and on Google Play.

Contact: Cynthia Patterson, cp3860@gmail.com.

Contact: Cynthia Patterson

 

 

"End the Violence in the Fields” March

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is returning to St Petersburg this Sunday, August 5, as a part of its summer action. Publix and Wendy's have refused for years (eight and five years respectively) to join the CIW's groundbreaking Fair Food Program -- thereby refusing to guarantee fundamental human rights protections for the women and men who harvest our food. With the CIW and allies taking action in St. Pete, Miami, and Orlando, we will remind these two Fair Food holdouts that as long as they continue to turn their backs on farmworkers, we will raise our voices to demand justice in the fields! We will not allow Publix or Wendy's to continue rejecting farmworkers and consumers' urgent demands for justice, respect, and accountability through the Fair Food Program. 

The one-mile march will begin at 2:30pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N. in St. Petersburg). Our Social Justice Committee has been a long time supporter of the work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Stop by our table after service Sunday for more info about the CIW and the march.  

 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

 

Be Prepared to VOTE -- Attend Candidate Forum

JUDICIAL CANDIDATE FORUM: Sponsored by League of Women Voters and National Council of Negro Women - St. Pete Metro Section 

AUGUST 7, 2018  6pm- 7:30pm  Enoch D Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave S, St. Petersburg

 

Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day

 

 

 

Looking for UUSP volunteers to help...

UUSP will be hosting a Community Event supporting Celebrate Outreach's Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans project on Monday, August 13, 12:30pm-2:30pm.

Come learn about this project, see the models, and  thank our sponsors, LP Building Products, and their volunteers who will make some aesthetic improvements in the playground (new canopy tarps). Enjoy free lunch provided by John and Lisa Riesebeck owners of Smokn' J's. The event is free.

Please reach out to Sabine von Aulock with your questions or if you can volunteer: beandex@aol.com

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

Progress on the New UU St. Pete Website

Janeya Filzen is working on giving UUSP a new website.  We need to put together some header pictures for the various pages, along with phrases describing or identifying the pictures.

 

If you have some interesting or informative photos depicting UUSP activities, we would love it if you'd send them to Janeya at janeyajoy@gmail.com

Thanks, Pastor Jack

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

 

Sunday Flowers

We would like to remind everyone that we need more folks to step up and agree to bring flowers on Sundays.  Just stop by the Sunday Flowers table during coffee hour after service (usually at the piano in Gilmour) and pick a date that works for you to maybe commemorate a birthday, anniversary, special event, in memory of, etc... 

Reach out to Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.  We love seeing the flowers each week. 

 

Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack (Reminders as he is away)

FOR PASTORAL NEEDS WHILE PASTOR JACK IS AWAY (July 30-August 19), please contact UUSP RE Family Minister Rev. Karen Day (karenelizabethday@gmail.com; 540-357-5657) or Care Committee chair Sue Price (sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910).

 

Tuesday Mediation: 11:45am, or a little earlier for instruction - in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

Tuesday Brown Bag Lunchtime; 12:15pm-1:00pm – in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

YES, Meditation and Lunch gatherings will continue through August.

 

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES:  On summer break until Wednesday, September 12.  Thank you to everybody who participated in our 2017-2018 Wednesday Discussions of Experience and Beliefs.  What a richness there is within and among us!  On Wednesday September 12 (10am or 7pm, your choice) we continue with chapter 6 of A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Church and Buehrens.  Pastor Jack

 

Possible NEW Programs in the Fall  (Your feedback requested and appreciated):

(1) Wednesday morning meditation.  Which starting times would you prefer: 6:00am, 6:30am, 7:00am, 7:30am?

(2) Thursday Citizens Café:  To discuss your social concern of the day over lunch (brown bag) or coffee (provided) – with pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses.  Is this an idea worth implementing?

Tell Pastor Jack for Fall Planning: In person; or Feedback sheets on piano; or Email (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net)

 

AUDIOS OF UUSP SERMONS:   The Worship Committee as been working to making the Sunday experience accessible beyond attending the Service. Please visit UUSP's website, click the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see "Sermons and Readings." For audio recordings, click on a Sunday Service and look for the sound icon   audio

For screen shots of examples, click the link:  Worship Service Online Enhancements

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

UU St. Pete InfoNet: July 28, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, July 29, 2018: "THE END OF UNIVERSALISM"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Susan Burnore

Two Sundays ago, we explored the question, "What is the end of Unitarianism?"  The same question about Universalism is important to us as it effects our own understanding of life and how to live.  What does  the term "Universalist" tell us about our religious purpose or beliefs or practices?  What is the end of Universalism?

And as a religious tradition grounded in a particular teleology - an understanding of the grand design of existence - how revelatory and relevant is the term "Universalist" to our journey and end goal?  When does the usefulness of the term "Universalist" come to an end?

This Sunday's sermon will raise these questions and invite you into discussion in the Sanctuary right after the service.

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: June 29

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15am - noon.

All children and youth will be in Hogwarts Summer through August 5. Instead of coming to worship children will go directly to Conway “Train Station Platform 9 ¾” to travel together to this magical school. Activities will focus on our seven principles and how they are lived in Harry Potter’s world.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister, is available to talk with you on Sundays or Thursdays, 1 - 5p.  Contact: re@uustpete.org.

 

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

FOR PASTORAL NEEDS WHILE PASTOR JACK IS AWAY (July 30-August 19), please contact UUSP RE Family Minister Rev. Karen Day (karenelizabethday@gmail.com; 540-357-5657) or Care Committee chair Sue Price (sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910).

 

Tuesday Mediation: 11:45am, or a little earlier for instruction - in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

Tuesday Brown Bag Lunchtime; 12:15pm-1:00pm – in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

YES, Meditation and Lunch gatherings will continue through August.

 

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES:  On summer break until Wednesday, September 12.  Thank you to everybody who participated in our 2017-2018 Wednesday Discussions of Experience and Beliefs.  What a richness there is within and among us!  On Wednesday September 12 (10am or 7pm, your choice) we continue with chapter 6 of A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Church and Buehrens.  Pastor Jack

 

Possible NEW Programs in the Fall  (Your feedback requested and appreciated):

(1) Wednesday morning meditation.  Which starting times would you prefer: 6:00am, 6:30am, 7:00am, 7:30am?

(2) Thursday Citizens Café:  To discuss your social concern of the day over lunch (brown bag) or coffee (provided) – with pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses.  Is this an idea worth implementing?

Tell Pastor Jack for Fall Planning: In person; or Feedback sheets on piano; or Email (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net)

 

AUDIOS OF UUSP SERMONS:   The Worship Committee as been working to making the Sunday experience accessible beyond attending the Service. Please visit UUSP's website, click the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see "Sermons and Readings." For audio recordings, click on a Sunday Service and look for the sound icon   audio

For screen shots of examples, click the link:  Worship Service Online Enhancements

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

 

Be Prepared to VOTE -- Attend Candidate Forums

PINELLAS COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: Sponsored by Pinellas Education Foundation, PTA - Pinellas County Council, League of Women Voters, and SPC Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions

Candidates are running to fill four Pinellas County School Board seats. UU St Pete is a member of the FAST Coalition which has asked the current school board to counter the rising number of in-school arrests and suspensions for minor offenses by putting in place a robust “restorative practices” program.  FAST members are meeting with candidates, and these are the questions they are asking them:

  1. Do you agree that Pinellas County Schools has a track record of not giving teaching staff the training and resources they need when implementing new Programs?
  2. What have your experiences been with restorative practices? Do you see this as an effective way to deal with the discipline problems of the school district?
  3. If elected, would you agree to a pilot of the “safer saner schools” program?
  4. if elected, will you advocate for the school district to release quarterly accountability reports of suspension, arrest and reading scores broken down by school and race?

JULY 30, 6 - 8 pm  St. Petersburg College Music Center, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N.

AUGUST 2, 6 - 8 pm  St. Petersburg College Digitorium, Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole

 

JUDICIAL CANDIDATE FORUM: Sponsored by League of Women Voters and National Council of Negro Women - St. Pete Metro Section 

AUGUST 7, 2018  6pm- 7:30pm  Enoch D Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave S, St. Petersburg

July 30, 2018 is the Voter Registration Deadline for the Primary Election on August 28.

Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day

 

 

 

Publix and Wendy's: End the Violence! March in St. Pete

On Sunday August 5, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will return to Tampa Bay as part of its summer Florida action season to join allies for a march on Publix and Wendy's!

Publix and Wendy's have refused for years (eight and five years respectively) to join the CIW's groundbreaking Fair Food Program -- thereby refusing to guarantee fundamental human rights protections for the women and men who harvest our food. With the CIW and allies taking action in St. Pete, Miami, and Orlando, we will remind these two Fair Food holdouts that as long as they continue to turn their backs on farmworkers, we will raise our voices to demand justice in the fields! We will not allow Publix or Wendy's to continue rejecting farmworkers and consumers' urgent demands for justice, respect, and accountability through the Fair Food Program. 

The one-mile march will begin at 3pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N. in St. Petersburg). 
Our Social Justice Committee has been a long time supporter of the work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Come join the march against these two holdouts -- Publix and Wendy’s. Sign-up to march as a congregation and/or for a ride by emailing kcoale@tampabay.rr.com.

 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

 

Celebrate Outreach's Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans Project

UUSP wil be hosting a Community Event supporting Celebrate Outreach's Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans project on Monday, August 13, 12:30pm-2:30pm.

Come learn about this project, see the models, and  thank our sponsors, LP Building Products, and their volunteers who will make some aesthetic improvements in the playground (new canopy tarps). Enjoy free lunch provided by John and Lisa Riesebeck owners of Smokn' J's. The event is free.

Please reach out to Sabine von Aulock with your questions: beandex@aol.com

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

 

Sunday Flowers

We would like to remind everyone that we need more folks to step up and agree to bring flowers on Sundays.  Just stop by the Sunday Flowers table during coffee hour after service (usually at the piano in Gilmour) and pick a date that works for you to maybe commemorate a birthday, anniversary, special event, in memory of, etc... 

Reach out to Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.  We love seeing the flowers each week. 

 

Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)

UU St. Pete InfoNet: July 20, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, July 22, 2018: ""Making connections: How Poetry Inspires""
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Paul Burnore

Worship Associate: Sherry Benton
Speakers:  Denis Calandra and Jean Calandra

 

When Rev. Jack Donovan is not in the pulpit the worship committee presents different themes that inspire us to be stronger UUs. This week we will explore the world of poetry and how it influences and inspires our lives. Joining me will be Jean and Denis Calandra, lifelong educators, who recently became UU St. Pete members.

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: June 24

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15-noon.

All children and youth will be in Hogwarts Summer Sundays May 27 through August 5. Instead of coming to worship children will go directly to Conway “Train Station Platform 9 ¾” to travel together to this magical school. Activities will focus on our seven principles and how they are lived in Harry Potter’s world.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister will be on leave for study and travel June 25-July 25.

Any questions regarding our RE Program, please contact Melissa or Morgan.

Contacts: Karen Day, Morgan Gresham, Melissa Allen

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

Tuesday Mediation: 11:45am, or a little earlier for instruction - in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

Tuesday Brown Bag Lunchtime; 12:15pm-1:00pm – in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

YES, Meditation and Lunch gatherings will continue through August.

 

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES July 25 (10am or 7pm, your choice), discussing Chapter 5 (& 6?) of A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Church and Buehrens.  Copies available in the UUSP library for borrow or purchase ($10).  Quotes for discussion available at meeting and by email.   Pastor Jack

FYI:  This will be the last Wednesday discussion until we start again on Wednesday September 5th.

 

Possible NEW Programs in the Fall  (Your feedback requested and appreciated):

(1) Wednesday morning meditation.  Which starting times would you prefer: 6:00am, 6:30am, 7:00am, 7:30am?

(2) Thursday Citizens Café:  To discuss your social concern of the day over lunch (brown bag) or coffee (provided) – with pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses.  Is this an idea worth implementing?

Tell Pastor Jack for Fall Planning: In person; or Feedback sheets on piano; or Email (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net)

 

AUDIOS OF UUSP SERMONS:   The Worship Committee as been working to making the Sunday experience accessible beyond attending the Service. Please visit UUSP's website, click the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see "Sermons and Readings." For audio recordings, click on a Sunday Service and look for the sound icon   audio

For screen shots of examples, click the link:  Worship Service Online Enhancements

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

Fair Trade Coffee, Tea & Chocolate For Sale After Sunday Service

Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 11:30am

After our Sunday service, "Equal Exchange" Fair Traded Coffee, Tea and Chocolate will be available for your purchasing pleasure. These products are regularly available the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month. (Dates may vary during the summer, holidays and special events.)

And remember, when you purchase the fair trade products that are available here, you are helping to support small farmers around the globe, you are helping the UUSC continue its commitment to their human rights, you are helping our church community to live our mission, and you are getting an excellent product at a fair price.

Contact: Karen Frank

 

 

Arts & Aesthetics Meeting

Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 12:00pm

Arts and Aesthetics Committee will be meeting this Sunday at noon to discuss current and upcoming projects. 

Agenda will be be sent out to current members, contact Rain for agenda if you are not on the current email list and would like to join us!

Contact: Rain Turner

 

 

 

2018 CANDIDATES FORUM: Pinellas County School Board 

Candidates are running to fill four Pinellas County School Board seats. UU St Pete is a member of the FAST Coalition which has asked the current school board to counter the rising number of in-school arrests and suspensions for minor offenses by putting in place a robust “restorative practices” program.  FAST members of our congregation are meeting with candidates, and these are the questions they are asking them:

  • Do you agree that Pinellas County Schools has a track record of not giving teaching staff the training and resources they need when implementing new Programs?
  • What have your experiences been with restorative practices? Do you see this as an effective way to deal with the discipline problems of the school district?
  • If elected, would you agree to a pilot of the “safer saner schools” program?
  • If elected, will you advocate for the school district to release quarterly accountability reports of suspension, arrest and reading scores broken down by school and race?

The League of Women Voters is moderating Candidate Forums for school board candidates. YOUR vote can shape the future of education in Pinellas County!  All parents, teachers and community members are invited to attend this important debate to learn more about the candidates’ positions before casting your vote in the Primary Election on August 28, 2018.

JULY 24, 6pm - 8 pm: St. Petersburg College Ethics & Social Science (ES 104), Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater

JULY 30, 6pm - 8 pm: St. Petersburg College Music Center, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg

AUGUST 2, 6pm - 8pm: St. Petersburg College Digitorium, Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole

Sponsored by Pinellas Education Foundation, PTA - Pinellas County Council, LWVSPA, and SPC Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions

Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day

 

 

Update from the Board of Trustees

At the 12 July 2018 BOT meeting, the following officers were elected to positions on the Board:

  • Morgan Gresham, President
  • Steve Benton, Vice President

Additionally, Dani Skrzypek will be serving as Assistant Financial Secretary.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Contact: Morgan Gresham

 

 

 

A UU Prayer

To those who stay when everyone scurries home

And turn out the lights

Turn down the AC

Unplug the toilets

Clean up standing water

Fix leaks in the ceiling

Wrestle a failing grease trap

Install modern lighting

Paint dingy stairways

Clean up dirty dishes

I thank you and light my internal chalice in gratitude to you.

(Sabine von Aulock)

 

 

Announcing the New UUSP Kayaking Club

UUSP’S new Kayaking Club is for those who want to get out on the water on guided kayak excursions for all levels and ages – beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Popular kayak trails are located at Ft Desoto, Boca Ciega Bay, Lake Seminole, Weedon Island, Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island, Egmont Key, Cockroach Bay, etc. Participants can bring their own kayak, borrow one (I have three), or rent one. All safety regulations will be observed. Kayaking Leader is Paul Burnore.

Contact Paul at plburnore@gmail.com if you’re interested.

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

 

Celebrate Outreach's Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans Project

UUSP wil be hosting a Community Event supporting Celebrate Outreach's Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans project on Monday, August 13, 12:30pm-2:30pm.

Come learn about this project, see the models, and  thank our sponsors, LP Building Products, and their volunteers who will make some aesthetic improvements in the playground (new canopy tarps). Enjoy free lunch provided by John and Lisa Riesebeck owners of Smokn' J's. The event is free.

Please reach out to Sabine von Aulock with your questions: beandex@aol.com

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

Sunday Flowers

We would like to remind everyone that we need more folks to step up and agree to bring flowers on Sundays.  Just stop by the Sunday Flowers table during coffee hour after service (usually at the piano in Gilmour) and pick a date that works for you to maybe commemorate a birthday, anniversary, special event, in memory of, etc... 

Reach out to Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.  We love seeing the flowers each week. 

 

Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)

UU St. Pete InfoNet: July 13, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

THE END OF UNITARIANISM

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Steve Benton

What is the purpose of religion? One answer is: To serve through beliefs and practices as a guide to a life of coherence, integrity, and meaning. So what does the term "Unitarian" tell us about our religious purpose or beliefs or practices? What is the end of Unitarianism?

And as a religious tradition grounded in evolution and development, when does the lifespan development of the term Unitarianism come to an end? When will it have served and outlived its purpose? What is the shelf-life of the name "Unitarian"?

This Sunday's sermon will raise these questions and invite you into discussion in the Sanctuary right after the service.

 

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: June 24

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15-noon.

All children and youth will be in Hogwarts Summer Sundays May 27 through August 5. Instead of coming to worship children will go directly to Conway “Train Station Platform 9 ¾” to travel together to this magical school. Activities will focus on our seven principles and how they are lived in Harry Potter’s world.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister will be on leave for study and travel June 25-July 25.

Any questions regarding our RE Program, please contact Melissa or Morgan.

Contacts: Karen Day, Morgan Gresham, Melissa Allen

 

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am, or a little earlier for instruction.

BROWN BAG LUNCH-TIME 12:15pm -1:00pm

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES July 18 (10am or 7pm, your choice), discussing Chapter 5 & 6 of A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Church and Buehrens.  Copies available in the UUSP library for borrow or purchase ($10).  Quotes for discussion available at meeting and by email.   Pastor Jack

POSSIBLE NEW PROGRAMS IN THE FALL  (Your feedback requested):

(1) Wednesday morning meditation.  Which starting times would you prefer: 6:00am, 6:30am, 7:00am, 7:30am?

(2) Thursday Citizens Café:  To discuss your social concern of the day over lunch (brown bag) or coffee (provided) – with pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses.  Is this an idea worth implementing?

Tell Pastor Jack for Fall Planning (In person; Feedback sheets on piano; Email jfdonovan@bellsouth.net)

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price,  UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910 – or Pastor Jack

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

Worship Service Online Enhancements

The Worship Committee as been working to making the Sunday experience accessible beyond attending the Service. Please visit UUSP's website, click the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see "Sermons and Readings." For audio recordings, click on a Sunday Service and look for the sound icon   audio

For screen shots of examples, click the link:  Worship Service Online Enhancements

 

You may not find every sermon recorded but we are building the collection.

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

UU's Helping People Donation

UU's Helping People, as part of their support to local providers of services to people experiencing homelessness, is contributing $200 to Family Resources LGBTQ+ Homeless Youth Project.  Jeri Huempfner-Gatz led our UUSP volunteers at the Gay Pride Festival in inviting passersby to fill a poster with affirming messages for these youth.

 

Please add your signature and message during coffee hour. 

 

Thank you!

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

Food Pantry Volunteers Needed!

Lots of Shifts avaialble each week to help our neighbors in need in our Brand New client-choice food pantry!

TELL YOUR FRIENDS!!

Come to the New Volunteer Orientation:

Wednesday, July 18

10am - 11am

St. Petersburg Free Clinic:  863 3rd Ave South

Additional orientation sessions: 10am - 11am on the first and third Wednesday of each month

or 

Call/Email Debbie Sokolov, Direct of Development at (727-821-1200 x110) or debbie.sokolov@stpetersburgfreeclinic.org to get involved!

Go to stpetersburgfreeclinic.org/volunteer to learn more.

Contact: Sue Price

 

 

B & G Committee Meeting

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 5:30pm

Want to make a difference you can see?

Check out the ​Buildings & Grounds Committee!

Whether you don’t know which end of a screwdriver to use or you can build a home from scratch, B&G is looking for YOU!  We have various projects you can enjoy like (1) helping to find and coordinate the best contractors or (2) getting your hands dirty outside on the grounds, or handyman jobs – light painting, electrical, carpentry, etc.  (Yes, that should probably be “handyperson” but we can only carry PC so far.)

We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 7:00 PM in Conway MIddle.  Stop by and find out what we do!  Request copies of our Minutes be emailed to you.  Join in and brag to your friends about things like a new bookshelf you helped install (provided it stays up, of course …).  Anyway, come on by and find out more!  Fame, glory, fun and more can be yours!

For more info, please email us at uustpete.bg@gmail.com.

 

Contact: Tom Archibald

 

 

Sunday Flowers

We would like to remind everyone that we need more folks to step up and agree to bring flowers on Sundays.  Just stop by the Sunday Flowers table during coffee hour after service (usually at the piano in Gilmour) and pick a date that works for you to maybe commemorate a birthday, anniversary, special event, in memory of, etc... 

Reach out to Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.  We love seeing the flowers each week. 

 

Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)

 

 

Trip to Chiapas, Mexico for the 2018 “Day of the Dead”

The following announcement is from the Center for Global Justice, an organization involved in protecting the rights of indigenous people. Tim Flaherty and I went with this group on a similar trip to Chiapas in March of 2017, and found it worthwhile and fascinating. Please contact Paul Burnore or Tim Flaherty for more information.

October 28, 2018  through November 4, 2018

The Center for Global Justice is planning a "Day of the Dead" adventure to Chiapas this fall.  From October 28th to November 4th, a group of no more than 10 will experience the blend of indigenous and catholic ritual that entwines in this region honoring of those that have passed.  It's a very memorable few days filled with incredible beauty and traditions unique to the region. 

ITINERARY

Oct 28th

Flight from Mexico City to Tuxtla and transportation to our hotel in San Cristobal

Oct 29th

Sumidero Canyon, Universidad de la Tierra; San Cristobal school aligned with the Zapatistas’ 

Oct 30th

Oventic; a Zapatista community

Oct 31st

SIPAZ; an international organization that works to protect indigenous rights; Museo de las Trabajadoras and Textile Museum.

Nov 1st

Na Bolom; former home of Franz and Gertrude Bolom, now a museum dedicated to the Lacandon Maya and the preservation of the Chiapas rain forest; DESMI; a local non-profit that supports indigenous sustainable agriculture, social justice and collective economic models.

Nov 2nd

Day of the Dead activities in Chamula and Zinacantan.

Nov 3rd

Tonina; an archeology site dating back to 514 AD. This early Mayan city contains a "great pyramid" and well preserved stela.

Nov 4th

Transfers to Tuxtla Airport for flight back to Mexico City.

 

Click to MAKE YOUR RESERVATION  ONLINE

$250 Deposit Required
Balance due by Sept 1
Group size limited to 10 people

 

Cost per person:
DOUBLE - $1100
SINGLE - $1400

 

Costs include:

  • Roundtrip flights from and to Mexico City to Tuxtla.
  • Airport transportation to and from Chiapas.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • 7 nights hotel stay.
  • Local transportation and entry fees to all planned activities.

To secure your place, mail a check for $250 USD per person: 
Center for Global Justice,
5802 Bob Bullock Loop,
C1 #84, Laredo TX 78041

 

If you are mailing a check,be sure to email admin@globaljusticecenter.org to alert us that your reservation is in the mail.  Balance due September 1. For more info, contact Olivia at admin@globaljusticecenter.org

Contact: Paul Burnore

UU St. Pete InfoNet: July 6, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Women Inspire!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Time: 10:30am
Guest Speaker: Michael Blake
Worship Leader: Julie Newcomb

Worship Associate: Susan Burnore

When Rev. Jack Donovan is not in the pulpit the worship committee has presented different themes that Inspires us to be stronger UUs. This week we ask, "How have women Inspired You in your Life?".

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: June 24

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15-noon.

All children and youth will be in Hogwarts Summer Sundays May 27 through August 5. Instead of coming to worship children will go directly to Conway “Train Station Platform 9 ¾” to travel together to this magical school. Activities will focus on our seven principles and how they are lived in Harry Potter’s world.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister will be on leave for study and travel June 25-July 25.

Any questions regarding our RE Program, please contact Melissa or Morgan.

Contacts: Karen Day, Morgan Gresham, Melissa Allen

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

TUESDAY MEDITATION AND LUNCH GROUP – Meditation at 11:45am; Brown Bag Lunch at 12:15pm – come when you can!

 

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES July 11 (10am & 7pm, as usual): Chapter 4 of our book, A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Forrest Church and John Buehrens.  Copies available in the UUSP library for borrow or purchase ($10).  Quotes for discussion will always be available at the meeting and by email.  Hope you can join us.   Pastor Jack

 

POSSIBLE NEW PROGRAMS IN THE FALL (Your feedback requested):

(1) Wednesday morning meditation.  Which starting times would you prefer: 6:00am, 6:30am, 7:00am, 7:30am?

(2) Thursday Citizens Café:  To discuss your social concern of the day over lunch (brown bag) or coffee (provided) – with pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses.  Is this an idea worth implementing?

Tell Pastor Jack for Fall Planning (In person; Feedback sheets on piano; Email jfdonovan@bellsouth.net)

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

 

March for Our Lives Road to Change St. Petersburg Rally: July 12

Concerned about gun violence?  Interested in supporting the student-led March for Our Lives movement, founded after the Parkland FL shooting?

If so, plan to attend…  

 

March for Our Lives

Road to Change St. Petersburg Rally

July 12, 2018 • 11am - 2pm

Williams Park • 350 2nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Host Contact Info:  info@marchforourlives.com

 

Join this rally to get people educated, registered, and motivated to vote! We need to rally around saving lives this November and call out the leaders who refuse to stand up to the NRA. Bring a friend and get registered to vote on site with March for Our Lives. 

 

There’s also a Road to Change Town Hall & Student Panel in Tampa at 6pm, July 14th, no details yet on location.

To RSVP or learn about more FL Rally locations, visit https://marchforourlives.com/floridatour/ 

For those who are out-of-state, visit https://marchforourlives.com/tour/ for national tour dates.

Contact Sharon Winters at 727.954.6024 or swinters@tampabay.rr.com for more information.

 

 

 

Families Belong Together

My heartfelt thanks to those of you who attend the ACLU/League of Women Voters rally last Saturday in Gulfport and/or wrote or called your US Representative and US Senators. Raising our voices together we can and are making a difference. In many ways our work has just begun as we must continue to ask our elected officials to take action and hold them accountable at the ballot box. 

 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

 

Food Pantry Volunteers Needed!

Lots of Shifts avaialble each week to help our neighbors in need in our Brand New client-choice food pantry!

TELL YOUR FRIENDS!!

Come to the New Volunteer Orientation:

Wednesday, July 18

10am - 11am

St. Petersburg Free Clinic:  863 3rd Ave South

Additional orientation sessions: 10am - 11am on the first and third Wednesday of each month

or 

Call/Email Debbie Sokolov, Direct of Development at (727-821-1200 x110) or debbie.sokolov@stpetersburgfreeclinic.org to get involved!

Go to stpetersburgfreeclinic.org/volunteer to learn more.

Contact: Sue Price

 

 

Fair Trade Coffee, Tea & Chocolate For Sale After Sunday Service

Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 11:30am

After our Sunday service, "Equal Exchange" Fair Traded Coffee, Tea and Chocolate will be available for your purchasing pleasure. These products are regularly available the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month. (Dates may vary during the summer, holidays and special events.)

And remember, when you purchase the fair trade products that are available here, you are helping to support small farmers around the globe, you are helping the UUSC continue its commitment to their human rights, you are helping our church community to live our mission, and you are getting an excellent product at a fair price.

Contact: Karen Frank

 

 

 

Trip to Chiapas, Mexico for the 2018 “Day of the Dead”

The following announcement is from the Center for Global Justice, an organization involved in protecting the rights of indigenous people. Tim Flaherty and I went with this group on a similar trip to Chiapas in March of 2017, and found it worthwhile and fascinating. Please contact Paul Burnore or Tim Flaherty for more information.

October 28, 2018  through November 4, 2018

The Center for Global Justice is planning a "Day of the Dead" adventure to Chiapas this fall.  From October 28th to November 4th, a group of no more than 10 will experience the blend of indigenous and catholic ritual that entwines in this region honoring of those that have passed.  It's a very memorable few days filled with incredible beauty and traditions unique to the region. 

ITINERARY

Oct 28th

Flight from Mexico City to Tuxtla and transportation to our hotel in San Cristobal

Oct 29th

Sumidero Canyon, Universidad de la Tierra; San Cristobal school aligned with the Zapatistas’ 

Oct 30th

Oventic; a Zapatista community

Oct 31st

SIPAZ; an international organization that works to protect indigenous rights; Museo de las Trabajadoras and Textile Museum.

Nov 1st

Na Bolom; former home of Franz and Gertrude Bolom, now a museum dedicated to the Lacandon Maya and the preservation of the Chiapas rain forest; DESMI; a local non-profit that supports indigenous sustainable agriculture, social justice and collective economic models.

Nov 2nd

Day of the Dead activities in Chamula and Zinacantan.

Nov 3rd

Tonina; an archeology site dating back to 514 AD. This early Mayan city contains a "great pyramid" and well preserved stela.

Nov 4th

Transfers to Tuxtla Airport for flight back to Mexico City.

 

Click to MAKE YOUR RESERVATION  ONLINE

$250 Deposit Required
Balance due by Sept 1
Group size limited to 10 people

 

Cost per person:
DOUBLE - $1100
SINGLE - $1400

 

Costs include:

  • Roundtrip flights from and to Mexico City to Tuxtla.
  • Airport transportation to and from Chiapas.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • 7 nights hotel stay.
  • Local transportation and entry fees to all planned activities.

To secure your place, mail a check for $250 USD per person: 
Center for Global Justice,
5802 Bob Bullock Loop,
C1 #84, Laredo TX 78041

 

If you are mailing a check,be sure to email admin@globaljusticecenter.org to alert us that your reservation is in the mail.  Balance due September 1. For more info, contact Olivia at admin@globaljusticecenter.org

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

Sunday Flowers

We would like to remind everyone that we need more folks to step up and agree to bring flowers on Sundays.  Just stop by the Sunday Flowers table during coffee hour after service (usually at the piano in Gilmour) and pick a date that works for you to maybe commemorate a birthday, anniversary, special event, in memory of, etc... 

Reach out to Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.  We love seeing the flowers each week. 

 

Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)

UU St. Pete InfoNet: June 30, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

 

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Sunday, July 1, 2018: "MAKE AMERICA GRATEFUL AGAIN: The Battle for the Souls of Americans"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Sabine Von Aulock

This week we celebrate Independence Day.  Across the political spectrum, people seem in agreement that we are in a struggle for the soul and spirit of America - which will have great influence on the souls and spirits of Americans and of nations.  What's our way?

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: June 24

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15-noon.

All children and youth will be in Hogwarts Summer Sundays May 27 through August 5. Instead of coming to worship children will go directly to Conway “Train Station Platform 9 ¾” to travel together to this magical school. Activities will focus on our seven principles and how they are lived in Harry Potter’s world.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister will be on leave for study and travel June 25-July 25.

Any questions regarding our RE Program, please contact Melissa or Morgan.

Contacts: Karen Day, Morgan Gresham, Melissa Allen

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

THANKS AND CHEERS TO COURTNEY ALLEN AND SABINE VON AULOCK and their prime supporters Melissa and Jeri along with their teams of UUSPers who made the parade and festival booth so much fun – and got lots of applause.   We’re helping change the world, one parade at a time.  Pastor Jack

 

FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER RALLY: Saturday, June 30, 1:30pm - 3:00pm, City of Gulfport, Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd S., Gulfport, FL  33707.  This is a national event.  Join with the ACLU, Indivisible 13, and the Gulfport, FL community, our civic organizations and our local, county, state and US elected officials and candidates for office invite you to join us on Saturday, June 30, 2018 as we stand as one solid voice for compassion, integrity, civility, decency and common sense in the politics of our country.  Our mission is to re-enfranchise and re-empower ALL our voters, and especially those who are struggling. We will have speakers from the community, art and music and a seaside atmosphere.  Rev. Jack

 

YES, THE TUESDAY MEDITATION AND BROWN BAG LUNCH GROUP IS MEETING THIS TUESDAY AS USUAL – Meditation at 11:45am; lunch at 12:15pm – come when you can!

 

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES:  No meetings this Wednesday because everybody’s rallying for liberty!  Next meetings are July 11 (10am & 7pm, as usual): Chapter 4 of our book, A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Forrest Church and John Buehrens.  Copies available in the UUSP library for borrow or purchase ($10).  Quotes for discussion will always be available at the meeting and by email.  Hope you can join us.   Pastor Jack

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.

 

HELP UUSP BUILD A UU-CENTERED LIBRARY in our Library Reading Room off Gilmour Hall.  By UU-Centered, we mean books about us – about Unitarianism, Universalism, UUism, UU people, UU influenced people, UU influenced books, and UU-influencing books. See the bulletin boards for our growing booklist and please add to it.  And then decide what book you can contribute or pay for (name label in your honor inside the cover).

Examples for this week?

  • The Epic of Unitarianism (David Parke, 1984),
  • American Universalism (George Hunston Williams, 1983)
  • A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism (Forrest Church & John Buehrens, 1996
  • Myths of Time and History (Alice Blair Wesley, 1989)
  • Universalists and Unitarians in America, A People’s History (John Buehrens;)
  • Anthology of World Religions (Robert Van Voorst, 2011)
  • The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley, 1945)
  • The World Religions (Huston Smith, 1991)
  • A History of God (Karen Armstrong, 1993)
  • Turning Point: Essays on a New Unitarian Universalism (Frederick Muir)
  • Drawing Down the Moon: Paganism in America (Margo Adler)
  • Origin of Species, Charles Darwin, 1859
  • Frankenstein (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley).

 

Please see Sarah Craig or Pastor Jack to make contributions.

 

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

Keep Families Together!

Join the ACLU Pinellas Chapter and the St Petersburg League of Women on

  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 1:30pm
  • Gulfport Casino (5500 Shore Blvd S, corner of Beach Blvd and Shore Blvd)

To stand as one solid voice to challenge what’s happened and is happening to immigrant families at the border. 

In response to President Trump’s recent executive order, Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, offered the following reaction: “Kids should not have been separated from their parents in the first place. [President Trump’s] alleged solution to a crisis of his own making is many months too late. It is a crisis that should not have happened to begin with. He has caused irreparable damage to thousands of immigrant families. This crisis will not abate until each and every single child is reunited with his or her parent. “An eleventh-hour executive order doesn’t fix the calamitous harm done to thousands of children and their parents.”

The League's national position on immigration advocates for keeping families together and firmly states the constitutional right that anyone who is in this country is entitled to due process.  The "zero tolerance" policy of criminalizing requests for asylum, separating families and incarcerating parents is cruel, mean-spirited and unlawful. The hastily announced executive order neither addresses reuniting separated families nor has a target date for ceasing the separations. 

Wear your teal shirt!  Parking may be limited, neighborhood side streets are available, but watch for No Parking signs, and please don't block sidewalk crossings and driveways.

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

Take Action TODAY

Separating Children from their Parents is Inhumane 

To deter Central American and Mexican families from claiming asylum when crossing the border into the U.S., the Trump Administration began separating children from their parents under their “zero tolerance” policy announced in April, 2018. What we know at this time is that children are shipped to facilities run by contractors or to agencies for temporary foster care placement. The parents are held in detention centers with many ending up in federal prisons. 

This week we learned that one of those facilities is located in south Florida. As reported by the Tampa Bay Times on June 20, 2018 (link to article is below),even elected officials were not allowed to enter the Homestead facility to check on the condition of these children. Later that day the President signed an executive order to solve the problem

http://saintpetersburgtimes.fl.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=3d5902469

So far 2,300 to 2,400 children have been taken from their parents. The executive order neither addresses the reunification of these children with their parents nor states when the separation will stop. At this point we do not know where all of these children are located. The secrecy exhibited by the federal government by not identifying all of facilities, denying access to facilities housing children as well as the lack of response to Honduran and Mexican embassies seeking information about children being place in foster care is inexcusable and raises very serious concerns about the treatment of these children. What is the government hiding? 

It is critical that each one of us contact our elected federal officials and ask them to ensure that these children are reunited with their parents. Contact your Representative and both Florida Senators. It takes just a few minutes, and is so easy to do.

  1. State your name and zip code. Calls and messages from outside their district are not counted.
  2. Since the executive order does not address reunifying separated families — ask that they request a plan to do so immediately and then track progress towards total reunification. 
  3. Also, ask them to determine where all the facilities housing children are located and visit at least one.

Contact Information:

US House of Representative from this area

Charlie Christ:  visit website and complete template   https://crist.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-5961 or (888) 205-5569

US Senators for Florida

Bill Nelson:  visit website and complete template  www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact-bill
Phone: (202) 224-5274 or  (813) 225-7040

Marco Rubio:  visit website and complete template    http://www.rubio.senate.gov
Phone:  (866) 630-7106 or (202) 224-3041

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

Trip to Chiapas, Mexico for the 2018 “Day of the Dead”

The following announcement is from the Center for Global Justice, an organization involved in protecting the rights of indigenous people. Tim Flaherty and I went with this group on a similar trip to Chiapas in March of 2017, and found it worthwhile and fascinating. Please contact Paul Burnore or Tim Flaherty for more information.

October 28, 2018  through November 4, 2018

The Center for Global Justice is planning a "Day of the Dead" adventure to Chiapas this fall.  From October 28th to November 4th, a group of no more than 10 will experience the blend of indigenous and catholic ritual that entwines in this region honoring of those that have passed.  It's a very memorable few days filled with incredible beauty and traditions unique to the region. 

ITINERARY

Oct 28th

Flight from Mexico City to Tuxtla and transportation to our hotel in San Cristobal

Oct 29th

Sumidero Canyon, Universidad de la Tierra; San Cristobal school aligned with the Zapatistas’ 

Oct 30th

Oventic; a Zapatista community

Oct 31st

SIPAZ; an international organization that works to protect indigenous rights; Museo de las Trabajadoras and Textile Museum.

Nov 1st

Na Bolom; former home of Franz and Gertrude Bolom, now a museum dedicated to the Lacandon Maya and the preservation of the Chiapas rain forest; DESMI; a local non-profit that supports indigenous sustainable agriculture, social justice and collective economic models.

Nov 2nd

Day of the Dead activities in Chamula and Zinacantan.

Nov 3rd

Tonina; an archeology site dating back to 514 AD. This early Mayan city contains a "great pyramid" and well preserved stela.

Nov 4th

Transfers to Tuxtla Airport for flight back to Mexico City.

 

Click to MAKE YOUR RESERVATION  ONLINE

$250 Deposit Required
Balance due by Sept 1
Group size limited to 10 people

 

Cost per person:
DOUBLE - $1100
SINGLE - $1400

 

Costs include:

  • Roundtrip flights from and to Mexico City to Tuxtla.
  • Airport transportation to and from Chiapas.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • 7 nights hotel stay.
  • Local transportation and entry fees to all planned activities.

To secure your place, mail a check for $250 USD per person: 
Center for Global Justice,
5802 Bob Bullock Loop,
C1 #84, Laredo TX 78041

 

If you are mailing a check,be sure to email admin@globaljusticecenter.org to alert us that your reservation is in the mail.  Balance due September 1. For more info, contact Olivia at admin@globaljusticecenter.org

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

Sunday Flowers

We would like to remind everyone that we need more folks to step up and agree to bring flowers on Sundays.  Just stop by the Sunday Flowers table during coffee hour after service (usually at the piano in Gilmour) and pick a date that works for you to maybe commemorate a birthday, anniversary, special event, in memory of, etc... 

Reach out to Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.  We love seeing the flowers each week. 

 

Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)

UU St. Pete InfoNet: Keeping Families Together - June 30

Keep Families Together!

Join the ACLU Pinellas Chapter and the St Petersburg League of Women on

  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 1:30pm
  • Gulfport Casino (5500 Shore Blvd S, corner of Beach Blvd and Shore Blvd)

To stand as one solid voice to challenge what’s happened and is happening to immigrant families at the border. 

In response to President Trump’s recent executive order, Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, offered the following reaction: “Kids should not have been separated from their parents in the first place. [President Trump’s] alleged solution to a crisis of his own making is many months too late. It is a crisis that should not have happened to begin with. He has caused irreparable damage to thousands of immigrant families. This crisis will not abate until each and every single child is reunited with his or her parent. “An eleventh-hour executive order doesn’t fix the calamitous harm done to thousands of children and their parents.”

The League's national position on immigration advocates for keeping families together and firmly states the constitutional right that anyone who is in this country is entitled to due process.  The "zero tolerance" policy of criminalizing requests for asylum, separating families and incarcerating parents is cruel, mean-spirited and unlawful. The hastily announced executive order neither addresses reuniting separated families nor has a target date for ceasing the separations. 

Contact: Karen Coale

UU St. Pete InfoNet: June 22, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, June 24, 2018: "Magic + Mystery = The Power of Love"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Karen Day
Worship Associate:  Bill Motter
 

"Magic + Mystery = The Power of Love" Reverend Karen Day

In honor of Pride Weekend we will consider the strength we gain when we join forces and trust beyond ourselves.

 

The service will be shortened so we can all proceed to our table at the Festival.

 

Karen is our RE Family and Community Minister and has felt the transformative and mysterious Universalist power that love can have in our lives!

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: June 24

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15am - noon.

 

All children and youth will be in Hogwarts Summer Sundays May 27 through August 5. Instead of coming to worship children will go directly to Conway “Train Station Platform 9 ¾” to travel together to this magical school. Activities will focus on our seven principles and how they are lived in Harry Potter’s world.

 

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister will be on leave for study and travel June 25-July 25.

 

Any questions regarding our RE Program, please contact Melissa or Morgan.

Contacts: Karen Day, Morgan Gresham, Melissa Allen

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES this Wednesday, June 27 (10am & 7pm, as usual): Chapter 3 of our book, A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Forrest Church and John Buehrens.  Copies available in the UUSP library for borrow or purchase ($10).  Quotes for discussion will always be available at the meeting and by email.  Hope you can join us.   Pastor Jack

 

PASTOR’S THIRD REPORT ON THE POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN IN FLORIDA:  This past Monday, June 18, Rev. Karen Day and I went to the state capitol in Tallahassee for the sixth Monday of the Poor People’s Campaign.  The demonstration was rather small.  But it felt meaningful.  A big rally is planned for this weekend in Washington, D.C.   I expect that after that, further strategizing will emerge.  As many have observed, perhaps the most important task next on the list is to get out the vote for the mid-term elections.  Is this a religious matter?  As religare is Latin for bonding together, I would say it is religious for our country.  Is it a spiritual matter?  As spirit is what sprouts or springs or spires from the seed we call the soul, I would say it is spiritual.  As the French social historian Alex de Toqueville observed of America in Emerson’s day, it is the willingness of Americans to join in associations to get the job done that will make them great.  Still true, I think.   Pastor Jack

 

HELP UUSP BUILD A UU-CENTERED LIBRARY in our Library Reading Room off Gilmour Hall.  By UU-Centered, we mean books about us – about Unitarianism, Universalism, UUism, UU people, UU influenced people, UU influenced books, and UU-influencing books. See the bulletin boards for our growing booklist and please add to it.  And then decide what book you can contribute or pay for (name label in your honor inside the cover).

Examples for this week?

  • The Epic of Unitarianism (David Parke, 1984),
  • American Universalism (George Hunston Williams, 1983)
  • A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism (Forrest Church & John Buehrens, 1996
  • Myths of Time and History (Alice Blair Wesley, 1989)
  • Universalists and Unitarians in America, A People’s History (John Buehrens;)
  • Anthology of World Religions (Robert Van Voorst, 2011)
  • The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley, 1945)
  • The World Religions (Huston Smith, 1991)
  • A History of God (Karen Armstrong, 1993)
  • Turning Point: Essays on a New Unitarian Universalism (Frederick Muir)
  • Drawing Down the Moon: Paganism in America (Margo Adler)
  • Origin of Species, Charles Darwin, 1859
  • Frankenstein (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley).

 

Please see Sarah Craig or Pastor Jack to make contributions.

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.

 

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

Trip to Chiapas, Mexico for the 2018 “Day of the Dead”

The following announcement is from the Center for Global Justice, an organization involved in protecting the rights of indigenous people. Tim Flaherty and I went with this group on a similar trip to Chiapas in March of 2017, and found it worthwhile and fascinating. Please contact Paul Burnore or Tim Flaherty for more information.

 

 

October 28, 2018  through November 4, 2018

The Center for Global Justice is planning a "Day of the Dead" adventure to Chiapas this fall.  From October 28th to November 4th, a group of no more than 10 will experience the blend of indigenous and catholic ritual that entwines in this region honoring of those that have passed.  It's a very memorable few days filled with incredible beauty and traditions unique to the region. 

ITINERARY

Oct 28th

Flight from Mexico City to Tuxtla and transportation to our hotel in San Cristobal

Oct 29th

Sumidero Canyon, Universidad de la Tierra; San Cristobal school aligned with the Zapatistas’ 

Oct 30th

Oventic; a Zapatista community

Oct 31st

SIPAZ; an international organization that works to protect indigenous rights; Museo de las Trabajadoras and Textile Museum.

Nov 1st

Na Bolom; former home of Franz and Gertrude Bolom, now a museum dedicated to the Lacandon Maya and the preservation of the Chiapas rain forest; DESMI; a local non-profit that supports indigenous sustainable agriculture, social justice and collective economic models.

Nov 2nd

Day of the Dead activities in Chamula and Zinacantan.

Nov 3rd

Tonina; an archeology site dating back to 514 AD. This early Mayan city contains a "great pyramid" and well preserved stela.

Nov 4th

Transfers to Tuxtla Airport for flight back to Mexico City.

 

Click to MAKE YOUR RESERVATION  ONLINE

$250 Deposit Required
Balance due by Sept 1
Group size limited to 10 people

 

Cost per person:
DOUBLE - $1100
SINGLE - $1400

 

Costs include:

  • Roundtrip flights from and to Mexico City to Tuxtla.
  • Airport transportation to and from Chiapas.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • 7 nights hotel stay.
  • Local transportation and entry fees to all planned activities.

To secure your place, mail a check for $250 USD per person: 
Center for Global Justice,
5802 Bob Bullock Loop,
C1 #84, Laredo TX 78041

 

If you are mailing a check,be sure to email admin@globaljusticecenter.org to alert us that your reservation is in the mail.  Balance due September 1. For more info, contact Olivia at admin@globaljusticecenter.org

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

It is Pride Month!!

Let’s take our UU message to the streets. "Love is the spirit of our church - and service our law." We have some great ways to show your Pride: march with us in the Pride Parade or help spread our message of love at our Booth. 

 

Saturday, June 23: In downtown St. Pete,  we will march in Florida’s largest Pride Parade which begins at 7pm.  For more info or how you can join us, Please contact Courtney: Courtney.S.Allen@gmail.com.  

 

Sunday, June 24:  Come join Sabine and the UUSP team to sing songs of peace, love, and action, and show passers-by that doing social justice can be fun as well as impactful. Feel free to suggest and lead songs!  Contact Sabine at beandex@aol.com. Feel free to suggest, and lead songs! 

 

Contacts: Courtney Allen, Sabine von Aulock

 

 

Take Action TODAY

Separating Children from their Parents is Inhumane 

To deter Central American and Mexican families from claiming asylum when crossing the border into the U.S., the Trump Administration began separating children from their parents under their “zero tolerance” policy announced in April, 2018. What we know at this time is that children are shipped to facilities run by contractors or to agencies for temporary foster care placement. The parents are held in detention centers with many ending up in federal prisons. 

 

This week we learned that one of those facilities is located in south Florida. As reported by the Tampa Bay Times on June 20, 2018 (link to article is below),even elected officials were not allowed to enter the Homestead facility to check on the condition of these children. Later that day the President signed an executive order to solve the problem.   http://saintpetersburgtimes.fl.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=3d5902469

 

So far 2,300 to 2,400 children have been taken from their parents. The executive order neither addresses the reunification of these children with their parents nor states when the separation will stop. At this point we do not know where all of these children are located. The secrecy exhibited by the federal government by not identifying all of facilities, denying access to facilities housing children as well as the lack of response to Honduran and Mexican embassies seeking information about children being place in foster care is inexcusable and raises very serious concerns about the treatment of these children. What is the government hiding? 

 

It is critical that each one of us contact our elected federal officials and ask them to ensure that these children are reunited with their parents. Contact your Representative and both Florida Senators. It takes just a few minutes, and is so easy to do.

  1. State your name and zip code. Calls and messages from outside their district are not counted.
  2. Since the executive order does not address reunifying separated families — ask that they request a plan to do so immediately and then track progress towards total reunification. 
  3. Also, ask them to determine where all the facilities housing children are located and visit at least one.

Contact Information:

US House of Representative from this area

Charlie Christ:  visit website and complete template   https://crist.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-5961 or (888) 205-5569

 

US Senators for Florida

Bill Nelson:  visit website and complete template  www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact-bill
Phone: (202) 224-5274 or  (813) 225-7040

 

Marco Rubio:  visit website and complete template    http://www.rubio.senate.gov
Phone:  (866) 630-7106 or (202) 224-3041

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

Announcement Regarding Expenses!

With the fiscal year ending June 30, please make sure all requests for payment or reimbursement through June are submitted by Monday, July 1. Use the white Request for Payment form and put them in the Treasurer's mailbox in the office. Also, if you have made any Donations Not Requiring Reimbursement please submit that orange form. Thank you.

 

Let us know if you have any questions or leave a note in the Treasurer's mailbox in the Church Office.

 

Contact: Andy Bragg

 

 

Thank you for your Contribution!

Curious about how to designate your contributions to UUSP?

 

Any checks made payable to UUSP are allocated to your pledge first if there is nothing indicated in the memo line of the check or specified in a note accompanying the check. If you make a gift in cash included in an envelope with your full name clearly written, it will be allocated to your pledge.

 

If you wish your contribution to be allocated for another purpose such as Social Justice for Migrants/Immigrants, Fair Trade products, or the UUs Helping People, please clearly indicate the purpose in the memo line of your check or in an accompanying envelope with your full name if you want to receive credit for tax purposes.

 

When sharing the plate, all cash unless otherwise noted with an accompanying envelope or note is divided equally between a plate contribution and the specified social justice contribution.

 

If you have any questions, about how to make any special contributions to UUSP, please contact UUSP’s Financial Secretary.

 

To make payments on your pledge easier, consider setting up an automatic payment with your bank payable monthly to UUSP at the time of month you choose.

Contact: Carol Ulmer

 

 

Sunday Flowers

We would like to remind everyone that we need more folks to step up and agree to bring flowers on Sundays.  Just stop by the Sunday Flowers table during coffee hour after service (usually at the piano in Gilmour) and pick a date that works for you to maybe commemorate a birthday, anniversary, special event, in memory of, etc... 

Reach out to Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.  We love seeing the flowers each week. 

 

Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)

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