UU St. Pete InfoNet: August 18, 2017

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, August 20, 2017: "Spirituality in Music"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Nic Filzen
Worship Leader: Patti Hanks

Our music director, Nic Filzen, shares some personal and historic insight in to music and the divine.




RE Corner

Join us this Sunday, August 20

Youth: Riddle and Mystery guides youth in their own search for understanding. Each of the 16 sessions introduces and processes a Big Question. The first three: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? The next ten, including Does God exist? and What happens when you die?, could be found on almost anyone’s list of basic life inquiries. The final three are increasingly Unitarian Universalist: Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me? Youth begins at 10:30am in the library.


Elementary Students: Join Trish and Joe for Windows and Mirrors. This program nurtures children's ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to seek out, care about and respect those of others. The sessions unpack topics that lend themselves to diverse experiences and perspectives—for example, faith heritage, public service, anti-racism, and prayer. The program teaches that there are always multiple viewpoints and everyone's viewpoint matters. 

Contact: Lisa Hill



Sharing Our Responses to Charlottesville

On Sunday, August 20, after worship in Conway Hall, the Social Justice Committee invites you to a conversation to share our responses to Charlottesville. In the wake of the horrible acts of white supremacists there, we will gather to share our feelings and thoughts, and our ways of responding right here every day.


Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day



The Class Divide

Carter G. Woodson Museum of African American History is hosting a film showing of "The Class Divide" which highlights current racial inequities in the Pinellas County School system. A discussion follows to consider how to address ongoing discrimination.

When: Saturday, August 19, 1pm - 4pm
Where: Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum - 2240 9th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 (22nd Street South turn right on 9th Avenue South.)

The Museum will also hold a rededication ceremony and party from 3pm - 7pm, on Sunday, August 20.

Contact: Karen Day




Parking Lot Update for August 18

As we get closer to our congregational vote on September 10th to decide on WJA’s proposal, the Board would like to continue to offer several ways to discuss, ask questions, and give feedback. Here are ways to continue the conversation.


FAQ document update - which contain new questions and answers about the environmental and tax/insurance impact of accepting WJA’s offer. Don’t worry, it’s positive. Please click on the link below to see the updated FAQs v7 and the new FAQs # 40 and 41. You can always look at them on the UUSP website, under Get Involved and then click Documents.

FAQs v7: Parking Lot


Skype conversation with Board member Sabine von Aulock on Sunday, August 20 from noon to 1:00p.m.

        When in Skype search Jeribean2013. Sabine’s cell phone # is 973-768-3256.


Parking Lot Central - after the Sunday service in Gilmour Hall. Discussions, questions and feedback. Plus straw poll ballots will be available.


Phone conversations with Reggie Craig 727-631-1031 and Linda Elem 727-637-3970. 


Google Group Discussion Site: Check our Website for instructions and contacts


Straw poll – to get all members’ input via straw votes and the reasons for the votes. The results will be published for everyone to see (without names) and may influence those who are undecided. You can email Sabine at sabinevaulock@gmail.com with your responses to these three questions:


1) Shall UU St. Pete enter into an agreement with WJA in which:

§  WJA would buy UU St. Pete’s Parcel 1 for $240,000

§  WJA would oversee and pay an estimated $180,000 to pave, light, landscape and meet environmental compliance for UU St. Pete’s Parcels 2 and 3

§  UU St. Pete would have 35 parking spaces, 15 of which would be shared with WJA Monday-Friday during work hours (8:00am-5:00pm)

§  WJA would make special arrangements to accommodate UU St. Pete’s need for special-event parking during regular work hours:   Y/N    


2) Do you believe you have enough information to make a decision?   Y/N             


3) What contributed to your decision?  _____________________________




Contacts: Paul Burnore, Laurie Clement, Reggie Craig, Morgan Gresham, Lori Price, Sabine von Aulock



Board Straw Vote on Parking Lot Offer

At the August 10 Board meeting, Board members held a straw vote on the WJA offer to buy parcel 1 of our parking lot for $240,000, which includes paving, landscaping, lighting, and compliance with environmental code for drainage and filtration, on UUSP’s parcels 2 & 3, worth $180,000.


The vote was:
4 Yes
1 No
2 Abstain 


For the Board to be transparent, Board members have provided the reasons for their vote, which can be read on the UUStPete website by clicking on Get Involved and then Documents, or Click the link below.

Board Straw Poll & Reason

Please feel free to follow up with any Board member to ask questions or give feedback.

Contacts: Paul Burnore, Laurie Clement, Reggie Craig, Morgan Gresham, Lori Price, Sabine von Aulock



Pro/Cons for Selling Parcel 1 of the UUSP Parking Lot

The Board of Trustees has been discussing the offer by Wannemacher Jensen to buy our parking lot for many months. Our discussions have been lengthy and thorough. Out of these discussions, with all points of view represented, we as a board have developed and agreed on this chart of Pros/Cons in an effort to simplify the many issues involved into a few important ones. 

Click the link below to view the Pros/Cons chart or you can find them in the Get Involved area of the website, then choose Documents.

Pros & Cons July 27, 2017 


Paul Burnore, President; Morgan Gresham, Vice President; Reggie Craig; Sabine von Aulock; Linda Paul; Laurie Clement; Lori Price; 

Board of Trustees



A Month with Carl Sagan - Wednesday Beliefs Discussion Group

Join the discussion this Wednesday, August 23th, of Chapters 14-19.  Attend either session, 10am-11:30am or 7pm - 8:30m, in Conway Hall.  Printed quotes from these chapters will be provided to get the discussion going.

To give Rev. Jack a bit of a break, Susan Burnore will facilitate the morning sessions, and Paul Burnore will lead in the evenings.  Come Join us!

Email Susan at susanburnore@gmail.com to be put on the distribution list for reminders and the weekly page of quotes to be discussed or with any questions. 

Every Wednesday in August in Conway Hall:
Morning Session: 10am -11:30am
Evening Sessions: 7pm-8:30pm


Contacts: Susan Burnore, Paul Burnore



Not the "Typical" Primary

The August 29 Primary Election for mayor of St. Petersburg is not the "typical" primary. If one of the 5 candidates receives 50% plus 1 vote, that candidate is our next mayor. ONLY if NO candidate receives a simple majority will there be a run off vote in November. It is important to vote for your preferred candidate in the August 29 "primary".

(from Our Huddle--an outgrowth of the Women's March)

Linda Paul and  Geneva Nelson

Contacts: Linda Paul, Geneva Nelson



Immigrant/Refugee Planning Meeting

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 5:30pm

This Social Justice subcommittee meets monthly to identify and organize our Church's participation in projects that support the farm worker, immigrant and refugee communities. Our current direct outreach is focused on supporting two refugee families, from the Congo, adapt to their new home here in St. Pete, as well as one immigrant family from the Caribbean. We also advocate for systemic change -- in particular fair and just treatment for all immigrants including the negotiation of labor and wage practices for farmworkers in the fields of Florida, assurance of due process for the undocumented, protection of the DREAMers and the retention of in-state-tuition for immigrant students.

To counter the current negative and fearful messaging about immigrants and refugees -- it is important that we come together and take positive action. We welcome your ideas and encourage your involvement in this very loving and meaningful work.

We are always looking for volunteers. Whether you want to donate your time or money, we would love to hear from you. Contact Karen at migrants@uustpete.org.


Contact: Karen Coale



Building Stronger and Safer Communities

Join community members for an action orientated conversation about building stronger and safer communities, following a special viewing of Newton, a documentary on the sense of community after the scathing mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 

Thursday, August 31st at USF St Pete’s Student Union 

  • Film screening of Newton: What Remains after All Is Lost?  at 6:00pm
  • Community Discussion at 7:45pm  

Free and open to the public. To reserve your seat, please email NewtonRSVP31@gmail.com

Sponsors are: The Florida Holocaust Museum, Sandy Hook Promise, Community Tampa Bay, USF St Pete and Temple Beth El 

Contact: Karen Coale




Wouldn't it be nice to have flowers on our podiums each Sunday to brighten our church? 

If you would be interested in helping with this project, please sign up after service in Gilmore Hall to bring flowers for specific Sunday(s). Flower arrangements (from a florist or from your garden) can be made in honor of or in memory of someone, and we will note this in the order of service.  If you have any questions, please contact Jim Fitzgerald or Gay Breuler.  Thank you!


Contact: Gay Breuler



Water Bottles Needed!

Do you have extra water bottles that are filling up the back of your cabinet?

As we enter the hottest time of the year, our friends that participate in the Friday Night Picnic not only have a hard time getting access to clean cool water, but rarely have a water bottle to carry with them throughout the day.  Please look for a special collection box during Coffee Hour after Sunday Service to drop off your donation(s).

If you have a source for further donations (the Lost & Found at your workplace/Leftovers from an event) or need further information please contact Courtney Allen.

Contact: Courtney Allen



Announcements From Pastor Jack

IN CASE OF PASTORAL EMERGENCIES while Pastor Jack is on vacation, UU minister Rev. Karen Day has graciously agreed to be on call from Friday, August 4 through Saturday, September 2.  Karen is our UUSP community minister (helping connect us more significantly on justice issues with the wider St. Pete community).  She is an ordained UU minister (2001), has since served congregations as minister in North Carolina and Virginia, and began work in UU religious education in 1984.  In case of emergency (hospitalization, life crisis, etc.), you may contact Karen by phone (540)-357-5657 or email karenday3@swva.net.  Many thanks to Rev. Karen. Rev Jack


ANNOUNCING UUSP’S FIRST SUNDAYS MONTHLY MEDITATION GROUP – starting this Sunday August 6 – 9:30-10:15am­ – in the Treuthart Room, upstairs in the RE area (in UUSP’s Conway Building).   Long experienced meditator and UUSP member Mimi Anzel will facilitate a few minutes of breath work followed by silent meditation.  Carpe Pacem!  Many thanks to Mimi for facilitating.  Rev. Jack


UPDATING THE UUSP CALENDAR:  It’s time!  Please put all your 2017-2018 meetings and events on the church website calendar as soon as possible.  This is very important to avoid scheduling conflicts, to help the office with knowing what space is available for outside rentals, and to help the UUSP Program Council coordinate plans.  2017-2018 has begun!  Happy New Year!  Rev. Jack


FIRST BOOK FOR WEDNESDAY DISCUSSIONS THIS FALL (starting September 13, 10am & 7pm, your choice) :  Between the World and Me - the personal testimony of the Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates in his book in the form of a letter to his young son.  Our study emphasis this fall will be part of becoming better allies, partners, and justice co-workers with those who are without equal rights and opportunity in our community and world – especially people of color, but also many cross-color categories of those left out of “the general Welfare” and “the Blessings of Liberty.”  Book quotes provided for discussion.  (Please note that this book selection is different the originally proposed book, which we’ll do later.)  Rev. Jack



Wednesday Religious Studies Reading List for UUSP Fall–Spring Wednesday Discussion Groups


I hope these books will help us as we continue to expand our caring into our wider community, especially with FAST (Faith in Action for Strength Together - an interfaith justice coalition,).  I’d suggest the following roughly this order, but amended as the discussion group prefers, including other book selections


1) Between the World and Me, a father’s letter to his son, by Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates.

2) The Covenant with Black America, action plans to secure social justice in America, Tavis Smiley, editor (2006)

3) The Third Reconstruction: Overcoming the Politics of Division & Fear, by Rev. Dr. Wm J. Barber II (2016)

4) Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, by Michael Eric Dyson (2017) 

5) The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander (2010)

6) Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest (& the Harlem Children’s Zone), by Paul Tough (2008)

7) Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah (host of The Daily Show) (2016)

8) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

9) Waking Up White (and Finding Myself in the Story of Race), Debby Irving (2014)

10) Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans (1865-1941), by Douglas A. Blackmon

11) Letter from the Birmingham Jail,  by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963)

12) Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups by Kenneth Jones & Tema Okun (2001) (google on-line)

13) www.blacklivesuu.com.  See UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn.

14) Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil, by W.E.B. DuBois (1920)

15) The Color of Water, by James McBride (1995) – a mixed race son writes of his white mother’s life and his.

16) Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson (2014) Time’s “Top 10 Nonfiction 2014)

17) Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, by Dee Brown (1971)


Can you recommend any great biographies or autobiographies?  Please share with Pastor Jack who is looking for materials on how lives get shaped for better or worse.


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