UU St. Pete InfoNet: August 25, 2017

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, August 27, 2017: "The Right Way to Right Speech"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Lisa Hill
Worship Leader: Lisa Hill

“Have you ever received advice that you didn’t want? How do you know if you are being truly helpful when trying to help someone? This service tells the story of Motke the fish peddler, who was helped a little too much by his friends. This service explores the concept of right speech, in which we ask what we can do to communicate in better and healthier ways.”  


Lisa Hill, Religious Ed. Director, and the RE Kids



Sunday August 27th is Share the Plate Sunday

One half of the non-pledge portion of the Offering will be used to purchase clothing for Twizere’s children: Jibu, Sifa and Tarek. All three are growing quickly and really need some new clothes. If you would like to donate new or gently used clothing — Jibu the oldest boy wears size 6 and is now in kindergarten. His sister, Sifa, wears 4T.

Please be generous. Thank you.

Contact: Karen Coale




UU's Helping People Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 11:30am

UU's Helping People will be host a pancake breakfast (with a gluten free option, eggs and fruit salad) AFTER the service.  


Proceeds will go toward their Friday Night Picnic for People in Need ministry. Individuals/$4 and families/$10 or enjoy some 'cakes on us.

Contact Sabine with any questions.

Contact: Sabine von Aulock




Social Justice -- Take Action During Pancake Breakfast

Stop by the Social Justice to . . . . 

  1. Complete and sign a form that supports the proposed Constitutional Amendment to restore voting rights to Floridians who have done their time and paid their debts. This amendment would return the ability to vote to people only after they have completed their full sentences -- including any probation, parole, fines or restitution to their victims.  
  2. Then sign a postcard opposing building a wall with Mexico. The Administration’s current budget proposes budget cuts of $18B from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community grants to cover the down payment on the wall. Stamped and addressed postcards to our local US Congressmen and both US Senators will be available for you to write on and sign. Scripts will be available, if you chose to use them. We will mail them for you. Join us. Your voice does count. ALL ages are welcome!


Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day



Tell Us How you Really Feel!

The Board of Trustees wants to hear from every single member and friend your position and your thoughts on the proposed sale of Parcel 1 and improvement of parking lot on Parcel 2 and 3.  Paper ballots can be found on Parking Lot Central in Gilmour Hall after the service.

Contacts: Sabine von Aulock, Reggie Craig




Straw Vote for the Entire Congregation

We need the input from all members of our congregation on the offer by Wannemacher Jensen to buy Parcel 1 of our parking lot. This includes snowbirds and members who are out of town. Even though our bylaws only permit members who are present on September 10 to vote on this offer, we will be collecting everyone’s viewpoint and straw vote beforehand. Everyone should participate, whether in person at church, by email, by telephone, or by snail mail.  All board members are willing to discuss this matter with members by telephone at a time mutually agreeable.


Straw votes must be received by August 30, when we’ll tally up the votes and the reasons for the votes, and publish for everyone to see (without names).  With our bylaws limiting voting to those present only, this is a way to make everyone’s opinions visible, which may influence those who are undecided. 


Click the link below to reach the Straw Vote document, you can print it out and get it back to the church.  There is a Word version on our UUSP website under Get Involved, then Document.


Straw Vote Document PDF


Thank you for your participation!

Your Board of Trustees:
Paul Burnore, President; Morgan Gresham, Vice President; Reggie Craig; Sabine von Aulock; Linda Paul; Laurie Clement; Lori Price; 


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




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 – next Sunday, 9:30am - 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



Administrative Notes: The Devil is in the Details!

Our Administrative Assistant will be away in early September.


August 28-31 (Mon - Thurs): 12 to 4pm*

                *OOS Deadline: Wednesday 5pm

For the week of September 4-9:   Admin Assistant away, please call first**

                **OOS Deadline:  speak to Paster Jack

September 11-15 (Tues - Fri): 12 to 4pm***

                ***OOS Deadline:  Thursday noon, as usual.

September 18-22 (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Friday:  12 to 4p




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

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 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



New FAST Justice Ministry

Our new FAST Justice Ministry kicks off with a simple step, "house gatherings", to hear each other's stories. We will be asking, "What issues keep you up at night?" as the start of a process to advocate for change in our community by collaborating with other congregations.

If you are wondering, "What can I do in these scary times?" or if you just want to get to know some folks better, then a house gathering is for you. FAST (Faith in Action for Strength Together) has proven successes in addressing issues around education, youth and affordable housing. We will be inviting you personally to come learn more.

Right now the scheduled meetings are:
Sunday, September 10, 5pm at Karen Day's house 
Tuesday, September 12, 7pm at Coales' house with Gary Nakarado 


More meetings may be scheduled so stay tuned.

Contacts: Karen Day, Gary Nakarado, Dave Coale



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



A Month with Carl Sagan - Wednesday Beliefs Discussion Group

Join the discussion this Wednesday, August 30, for the remaining chapters.  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



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