UU St. Pete InfoNet: February 4, 2017

Announcements From Pastor Jack

THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4:  UUSP HOSTS A WELCOME TO AMERICA POTLUCK DINNER for eight Tibetan Buddhist monks conducting a Sacred Art tour of the U.S.  Potluck in our Gilmour Social Hall – Presentations by the monks to follow dinner: “Talk on Buddhist Practice” and “The Snow Lion Dance and the Good Fortune Dance”.  Please bring a dish to share on Saturday, February 4!   Thanks, Pastor Jack


WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES - 10AM AND 7PM DISCUSSIONS: “Comparing Beliefs” with the world’s myths (as discussed in Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth). For February 8, Chapter 2, pp 42-60.  As always, discussion quotes will be provided. Rev. Jack   


INQUIRING MINDS (AND SPIRITS) – A TWO SESSION INTRODUCTION TO UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM & THE UU CHURCH OF ST PETE.  Shortly after the Sunday service, February 12 and February 19, 12noon to 1:30pm -- - for people curious about joining UUSP or just curious. Light lunch provided. Please sign up on the sign-up sheet in the social hall at the Visitors Table.  Thanks! 

Contact: Jack Donovan


TIBETAN MONKS AT UU ST PETE - Potluck and Presentation

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 6:00pm

UUSP has the honor of hosting eight Tibetan Buddhist monks at a dinner on Saturday evening, February 4, in our social hall.  The evening will start with a potluck dinner at 6:00pm, followed by a presentation by the monks. Please be part of our welcome of this extraordinary group. 

The monks (usually in residence with the Dalai Lama, exiled in India) are conducting a Sacred Art Tour, with St. Pete as one of their stops. Their primary activities in St. Pete will be creating a sacred Peace sand mandala at the Florida CraftArts Gallery at 501 Central Avenue, plus daily chanting at 10am and 5pm.

The focus of the presentation at UUSP has yet to be decided - possibly one of the tradition's sacred dances, possibly a talk on Tibetan Buddhist tradition and practice (with perhaps a note or two about how the community is maintaining the tradition and practice in exile).



Roundtable Discussion Groups - Parking Lot Options

Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 11:45pm

Please join our Roundtable Discussion Groups about options on what to do with our parking lot. This will be the third of three roundtables, which are designed for church members to find out what's been happening with the parking lot, have a look at the various options our congregation has, and give voice to your questions and concerns. This is an important issue, and knowing the facts and options is the responsibility of UUSP members, who will ultimately decide which direction our church should go.

Contact: Paul Burnore



This Weeks' Hot Ticket

There are just four tickets left for the Tour of Historic Kenwood with Dessert and Coffee, Saturday, February 11.  Meet at 1:00pm at the home of Linda Paul and Peter Elem and join them on a neighborhood stroll learning the history of Kenwood.  Then visit over coffee and dessert at their 1928 bungalow.  What a great afternoon!

The $20 fee all goes to UUSP and our roof repair project.  To reserve your spot, send an email to SusanBurnore@gmail.com, then pay at the door.  

Contact: Susan Burnore



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