UU St. Pete InfoNet: December 13, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, December 15, 2019: "WINTER SOLSTICE SPIRITUALITY"
Time: 10:30am
Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

Speaker:  Rev. Bob Murphy, UU Congregation of Tarpon Springs

The Day of the Winter Solstice (December 21) is very near. How can Unitarian Universalists best respond to this special moment? Rev. Murphy is the Unitarian Universalist environmental justice minister who helped to create the Green Sanctuary program. Rev. Murphy will be retiring from parish ministry at the end of this year and will be moving to St. Petersburg, though continuing on in community ministry.  Rev. Murphy will speak about solstice celebrations and the Unitarian Universalist tradition in a changing environment. Where do Unitarian Universalists find spiritual inspiration? What can Florida congregations do that will be helpful?  Please join us in welcoming Rev. Murphy.



RE Corner

Religious Education:  December 15, 2019

We are in mid-December, continuing our theme of each week. This weeks lesson entails Looking At The Night Sky. When is the last time you watched the moon rise or a star set from the night sky? Exercise stopping time: moving with qigong with time dilation practice. This exercise is designed to help break our fixation on time and shift our consciousness. Doing this for a few minutes can really cause a pattern interrupt, help the mind break free from the drudgery of compressed time, and help us jump out into the living, breathing, present moment of the now, which is full of potential and energy. Join us in RE to learn more. Contact: uurefc@gmail.com.


Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:00 am - 12pm for infants through preschool by Laura and volunteer assistant. 


Family Seating for service: On the front, right side of the sanctuary, the first two rows are labeled and reserved for families with children. After “Time For All Ages/StoryTime” (roughly 10:40 am) the children are then guided upstairs by Ms. Jeanay, Ms. Trish and Mr. Joe to RE. Children and youth are returned to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45 a.m.


If your 10-12th graders plan to attend High School level OWL (Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education), please fill out the survey in your email to help us pick dates that work for the group. Please understand that it may be impossible to find dates that work for every person, but we will do our best to find dates that work for most people. Don’t have the email? Contact the DRE using subject ‘OWL Survey Request’. 


Want to stay-in-the-know about what's going on in RE? Subscribe to the RE Newsletter. Text UUSPRE to 22828 and follow us on Instagram @UUSPRE! 


Thank you for your support.



Help Bring Merriment to our Congolese Families

This Sunday is Share the Plate Sunday — which means one half of the non-pledge portion of your Offerings will be used to support one of this congregation’s social justice projects. Today you can bring some extra merriment to our two Congolese families. Twizere and Mariam have four little ones, and Santa has three teens and a grade schooler. 

Both families have made great progress in adapting to life here in St Pete. They have jobs, have learned English and like us adore their children. As many of us celebrate in our homes— let’s share our bounty with them so they can have a special meal and provide some simple gifts to each child. Please be generous — thanks so much.

Your UU St Pete Migrant/Refugee Families Committee

Contact: Karen Coale




Fair Trade Chocolate, Coffee & Tea: The Perfect Little Gift

Do you still need to find a thoughtful little gift or two this holiday season? Your friends and family might really enjoy a gift of fair traded, organic chocolate, coffee or tea. They are top quality, easy to use and ethically sourced - Truly a perfect fit!


We will be offering these Fair Trade products after the service this Sunday, December 15, after Sunday Service.


Please stop by to do a bit of holiday shopping, and while you’re there, maybe pickup a special treat for yourself.


For further information contact Karen Frank

Contact: Karen Frank





UUSP Picnic in the Park; December 15

Enjoy an intergenerational/green/fun-filled coffee hour in the playground where there will be grilled 'dogs' and sides (thank you Randy Nolan and Ms. Jeanay!) and planting activities. You are invited to share a snack.


Contact: Sabine von Aulock





Homeless Memorial Service 2019

Sunday, December 15, 2019 5:00 PM Trinity Lutheran Church “The Elevator Church” 401 5th St. N., St. Petersburg

Music • Sacred Readings • Personal Reflections A free hot dinner will follow this ecumenical service. In lieu of flowers, non-perishable food and warm clothing will be welcomed. Come as you are… Everyone is welcome! For more information: www.celebrateoutreach.org

Contacts: Sabine von Aulock, Reggie Craig






INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST SEX WORKERS – DECEMBER 17 – The UU St. Pete Social Justice Committee invites you to join UUSP member Dr. Jill McCracken of USF and the Sex Workers Outreach Project at UU St. Pete for food, education, and a vigil.  You are welcome to participate in some or all of the following activities:

  • 5:00-5:45pm Potluck and conversation
  • 5:45-6:05pm Mini teach-in about sex worker rights
  • 6:05-6:15pm Q & A Session
  • 6:15-7:00pm Community craft project to be used in our lighted procession
  • 7:00 - 8:45pm Lighted procession with our community craft project; We will begin at the UU Church, march up to Central Avenue and walk along Central Avenue and then return to the church; During this procession, we will share the names of the sex workers who have been lost to violence this year;
  • 8:45-9:30pm Dessert and coffee, open mic, letter-writing opportunity to incarcerated sex workers.

Background for the Events

Sex workers and their allies hold vigils all over the world on this day, and we would like you to join our local vigil and educational opportunity at the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg.

Our goal is to create a gathering where we can learn more about sex work, honor sex workers we have lost, and discuss and celebrate new advocacy efforts.

Feel free to join us at any point in the evening! And please bring a dish to share for our potluck at UUSP (wine, beer, and other drinks will be available for a suggested donation).

Come and go as you please, this is an open house. All activities are optional. Those not interested in walking in the procession can stay at the venue and continue with other activities.

The event is FREE, but please consider bringing:

-A dish or snack to share (for the potluck)
-Items to donate for street outreach (unopened hygiene supplies, tampons, snacks)
-Cash or check donation
-Art donations (we need lots of black and red paint, glitter)
-Flowers and candles



Contact: Jill McCracken




Announcements From Pastor Jack

CHRISTMAS EVE AT UUSP!!!  6:00pm – Lessons and Carols and Christmas With the Choirs.  All ages welcome to ring and sing in the Yuletide!  Refreshments following the service.  Pastor Jack




EVERY TUESDAY BROWN BAG LUNCH (12:30-1:15pm – checking in with friends), in UUSP Gilmour social hall.  


EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING MEDITATION Wednesdays, 8:00-8:30 a.m.  Drop in, find the flow, live your best day.


WEDNESDAY ADULT RELIGIOUS STUDIES are on holiday, resuming Wednesday, January 8, 10am and 7pm.  Study topic yet to be decided.


MOST THURSDAYS CITIZENS CAFÉ AT NOON!!!  in UUSP’s Gilmour Social Hall.  Join us (but let Pastor Jack know you’re planning to come, because our schedule is still erratic at this time of year)!  Discussions of the public issues of our times.


UUSP COVENANT GROUPS – trusted circles for sharing about life.  Contact: Patti Hanks (pthanks1@gmail.com).


NAMETAGS FOR FREQUENT VISITORS:  If you come often and would like a permanent name tag, please email Dave Coale at dcoale628@icloud.com.  


UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price,  UUSP Care Committee chair: pricesue63@gmail.com


UUSP SERMONS (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:   Go to www.uustpete.org, 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


NOTE FOR SNOWBIRDS: UUSP MEMBER IS RENTING A ROOM IN HER LOVELY ST PETE HOME, under 15 minute drive to UUSP.   Comfy bedroom and bath, use of large home including washer/dryer, jacuzzi, private yard.  Walk to park and small swimming beach on bay.   Best for dog people (very well-behaved greyhound in residence).  Discounts for stays over 30 days - 11/1 through 4/2020. Prefer female renter.   More info: JoAnn at 773.398.4403 JoAnn@JoAnnMil.com

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



Wonderful Wassail Reception

Please join us for a Wonderful Wassail reception after Christmas Eve Service, hosted by Jeri and Sabine.

We will provide Wassails for all ages and we welcome the sharing of holiday treats. 








If anyone has a harmonium that Jon could use for our upcoming Taize Service on December 29, please contact him at jon@jonandjames.com or 508-487-0477.




Mingles is the new name for our series of fun events hosted by UUSP members and friends to raise funds for our budget while having a great time together.  You'll see that we already have a wonderful variety of events - and more are coming!   The hosts pick up the tab so you can support the church while having a great time.  Come join the fun! Tickets are on sale each Sunday after church.  Or you can contact Geneva Nelson.

Check out the flyer, by clicking the link you can save a copy of all of our events or print it out.

Mingles Events 2019-2020

Contact: Geneva Nelson



Financial Statements for 2019

UUSP thanks you for your pledge and for the contributions you make during the year. To keep you informed and ensure that our records match yours, we will be emailing you a financial statement of contributions for the 2019 calendar year to date. Please notify Rebecca Wilson, Financial Secretary at uustpete.fs@gmail.com if you have any questions or have made any changes to your contact information. 


Pledges can be changed—increased or decreased—at any time by advising Rebecca in writing (email is fine). Pledges can be made from required minimum distributions from IRAs for those who are 70-1/2 or older. Talk to your financial advisor or accountant to see if you can make this tax-free contribution.


Rebecca Wilson
Financial Secretary

Contact: Rebecca Wilson



Volunteers Needed for Renew - Restore - Rejuvenate Projects

FL Master Gardeners Needed

The UUSP landscaping team needs additional FL Master Gardeners to help design and execute FL Friendly landscape educational features, manage a lawn maintenance contractor and coordinate quarterly volunteer clean-up days.  This work will fulfill MG volunteer requirements.  Contact Sharon at swinters@tampabay.rr.com if you’re willing and able, thanks.


Project Manager Needed

We need someone to take the lead on implementing the narthex/tower entrance/lounge project.  Much of the design work is complete but the task will require some additional design work; coordinating with contractors, the Buildings & Grounds team and volunteers; furniture and art acquisition; budget management and seeing the project through to completion.  Contact Sharon at email address above for details.

Contact: Sharon Winters




Writing the Mind Alive - A Proprioceptive Writing Sampler

Writing the Mind Alive - A Proprioceptive Writing Sampler

Workshop with Ann Mullen, Member of the Faculty of the Proprioceptive Writing Center

Saturday, February 8, 9:00am - 1:00pm

UUSP Library

Reconnect with yourself through Proprioceptive Writing (PW), a method for exploring your thoughts through writing. Easy enough for anyone to learn, PW is practiced under conditions designed to promote relaxation and reflection. Through a process called “Inner Hearing” PW teaches you to listen to your thoughts with empathy and curiosity and reflect on them in writing.

When practiced regularly, PW can bring a new sense of well-being and confidence that is vital to mental health and creativity and can help you communicate with others with greater clarity and purpose. No creative writing experience or ambitions necessary. PW is a thinking practice that uses writing as a vehicle for expression.

Sliding Fee: 0 to $50.00 to benefit UUSP

To register, contact Karen White at kawpsy@verizon.net or text 518-524-1100.

For more information about PW, visit www.pwrting.org

For more information about Ann, visit www.annmunroemullen.com


Contact: Karen White




Finding A Woman’s Place

Finding A Woman’s Place

The Story of a 1970’s Feminist Collective in the Adirondacks

Presentation by Lorraine Duval, Ph.D.

Saturday, February 1, 4:00-5:30pm at UUSP, Middle Conway

Lorraine Duvall’s recent book tells the history of a women’s commune in the Adirondack Mountains of NY. In 1974, seven women with their eight children left jobs, family, and friends to live together communally on a 23 acre rustic resort. 

Hundreds of women passed through the doors of A Woman’s Place between 1974 and 1982.  The popularity spoke to the need for women to congregate and take comfort in knowing that they were not alone in the then male-dominated world.  Author Lorraine Duvall tells their story through a power- point slide presentation followed by a discussion period. Hearing about the lives of the women who were brave enough to begin anew at A Woman’s Place will hopefully inspire women, and men, to take action in their own personal lives.

For further Information and to let us know you’ll be coming, contact Karen White at kawpsy@verizon.net or text 518-524-1100.

Contact: Karen White



Good News from the UU Church of Tucson (UUCT)

This congregation’s No More Deaths ministry provides humanitarian aid to migrants crossing the Arizona desert. They also conduct search & rescue operations and provide legal aid to refugees and residents of southern Arizona. 

U.S. Border Patrol agents filed felony changes agains UUCT volunteer, Scott Warren, because he helped a pair of migrants from Central America who had arrived hungry, dehydrated and with blistered feet. Last summer Mr. Warren’s case resulted in a mistrial after jurors were unable to reach a verdict. However a retrial was scheduled for late November, and this time he was acquitted. Our July Share the Plate was sent to his Church to help cover his legal costs. Thanks to those of you who were so generous.

The UU St Pete Migrant/Refugee Families Committee 

Contact: Karen Coale




New Year. New Friends.

Next month, to help focus our 2020 vision, we're inviting all members of the congregation to welcome the new year, and make new friends. You will receive an invitation from a fellow UUSP member to join a small group of fellow congregation members on a Sunday in January. Stay tuned!


Like our coffee hour, we will gather informally, and socially, but we also want to mix it up a little, and initiate an open-ended discussion as a starting point to explore the concept of "Radical Hospitality," especially with people you may not already know.


Radical Hospitality?  What does that mean?


Radical Hospitality is not a new idea.  It's been around for many years, embraced by several liberal churches and denominations like ours, to attempt to break away from our homogeneous boundaries.  In our time of deeply partisan division, growing inequity, racial and social injustice, intolerance, and a decreased capacity for compassion -- perhaps we, as Unitarian Universalists --  might begin the new year with a sense of hope, strengthened by a commitment to find ways to open our minds and hearts even further, to think deeply about our lives, our church, and the diversity of our beloved community. 

We don’t expect to solve the world’s challenges in a 90 minute gathering, but we do hope to make new friends, and begin exploring how we, individually and collectively, can embrace radical hospitality to strengthen our love of community and belonging in 2020 and beyond!

Contact: Michael Killoren




TREES OF LIFE: A Sunday Studio of the Expressive Arts

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 11:30am

TREES OF LIFE” – UUSP’S SUNDAY STUDIO will offer the second workship in the series of seasonal expressive arts workshops for discovery and delight - first studio on Sunday January 12 after the church service in Conway Hall.  Using tree imagery as metaphor in each season’s workshop, we will explore the seasonal rhythms and patterns of the natural world and our own inner worlds. As we consider going "Into the Woods...in Winter" through story, movement and visual imagery, what winter wisdom might we bring to light?

Join Alisun Donovan, Cynthia Alicea, and Jill Oldenski for an afternoon of discovery and delight. Sign up after church on Sunday, December 29 & January 5. Workshop begins at noon and ends at 3pm. (You may want to eat lunch beforehand) Limit 8. Donations accepted for materials. Questions? Email alisundonovan93@gmail.com

Contact: Alisun Donovan