UU St. Pete InfoNet: February 10, 2017

This Sunday's Worship Services

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

Today's sermon takes its questions from Valentine's Day's celebration of Devoted Love and Evolution Day's celebration of the birthday of Unitarian Charles Darwin.  Our questions are, To be? or not to be? - or, put another way,  What is the singular most Divine or Holy Word of Creation?   



RE Corner: February 12

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 3rd-5th grade Harry (Potter) and UU fights childhood sickness campaign. We raised $112 through selling homemade soup mix and homemade soap. The money was donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an organization fighting to end childhood cancers.

Plastic Mats for the homeless- Last week, our youth began learning to crochet plastic bags into waterproof mats that can be donated to the homeless. This is an exciting program we’ve been working towards for some time. If you would like to learn how to crochet plastic bags into mats, or would be interested in working with the youth on this project, please contact Lisa: re@uustpete.org

Contact: Lisa Hill



Announcements From Pastor Jack

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSIONS:  “Comparing Beliefs” with the world’s myths discussed in Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth.   For February 15, Chapter 2, pp 61-83.  As always, discussion quotes will be provided.  Rev. Jack   

TODAY!  INQUIRING MINDS (AND SPIRITS) – A TWO SESSION INTRODUCTION TO UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM & THE UU CHURCH OF ST PETE, February 12 and February 19 (12 noon to 1:30pm) -- for people curious about joining UUSP or just curious. Light lunch provided. Welcome!

SAVE THE DATES!  UUWomenspirit 30th Anniversary Spring Retreat (May 17-21, 2017)
Ancient Whispers: A Pilgrimage to Women’s Mysteries of Heritage and Inner Being – at the UU Mountain Retreat & Learning Center, Highlands, NC (www.themountainrlc.org). For more information now and registration after March 1: www.uuwomenspirit.org.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan


Take Heart - A Community Gathering

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

Take Heart

A community gathering for courage and comfort in difficult times. Join us for songs and silence, stories and soup as we call on our deepest wellsprings of loving resistance and persistence. If you feel depleted, confused or energized and hopeful come to share in our time together. We will start with songs and stories at 6:00p, we'll eat homemade soup at 7:00p and be finished by 8:00p. Led by Reverend Karen Day, a UU community minister.

Reserve your place at community@uustpete.org or sign up on the sheet in Gilmour Hall on the piano.

Contact: Karen Day


Save The Dates: UUWomenspirit 30th Anniversary Spring Retreat (May 17-21, 2017)

SAVE THE DATES!  UUWomenspirit 30th Anniversary Spring Retreat - May 17-21. 

Theme: Ancient Whispers: A Pilgrimage to Women’s Mysteries of Heritage and Inner Being – at the UU Mountain Retreat & Learning Center, Highlands, NC (www.themountainrlc.org).  For more information now and registration after March 1: www.uuwomenspirit.org.



Immigration Executive Orders: Continue to Contact your Congressman and both Senators

Despite reductions in Mexican immigrants crossing our southern border -- our President has signed Executive Orders to finish the 2,000 mile wall, hire 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents and 10,000 more immigration officers, build new prisons to house detainees prior to deportation and to deputize local law enforcement. The latter means that our local police and sheriff deputies would be asked to enforce federal immigration law. An additional order bans Muslims from certain countries entry or re-entry into the U.S.

Call your Representative and Senators: 

  1. State your name and zip code.  Their staff discards calls outside their district.
  2. State that you oppose funding an extension of the wall with Mexico, hiring an additional 15,000 federal personnel, using local law enforcement to arrest and detain undocumented immigrants and preventing Muslims who hold Visas from entering or re-entering the US.  
  3. That you support the retention of support for the DREAMERs. 
  4. That you oppose the ban on refugees based on their religion.

If the phone lines are blocked or voice mail box is full, email using the template on their website! 

Contact Information:

US House of Representatives

Kathy Castor  visit website and complete template     http://castor.house.gov/contact/  Phone: (202)225-3376  or  (813)871-2817  

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

US Senate

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 (813) 287-5035

Contact: Karen Coale



UUSC/UUA - Declaration of Conscience

In the face of presidential executive orders targeting immigration and refugees, the UUA in conjunction with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee has issued a Declaration of Conscience. To sign the Declaration and for more information on steps being taken to safeguard those at risk, visit www.uusc.org or on facebook. The time is now.

Declaration of Conscience

At this extraordinary time in our nation’s history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and core values of American society.

In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

In opposition to any steps to undermine the right of every citizen to vote or to turn back advances in access to health care and reproductive rights, we affirm our commitment to justice and compassion in human relations.

And against actions to weaken or eliminate initiatives to address the threat of climate change – actions that would threaten not only our country but the entire planet – we affirm our unyielding commitment to protect the interdependent web of all existence.

We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil.

As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us.

We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice.  

Contact: Nancy Clark