UU St. Pete InfoNet: January 10, 2020

This Sunday's Worship Services

Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

To paraphrase the Declaration of Independence, "When in the course of human development it becomes necessary for one person to become individually responsible for one's own life decisions, a decent respect for the safety and happiness of self and all requires that one take up one's own search for truth and meaning."

This is the stage of life that some start as they begin puberty or young adulthood, or some much later, as they ponder how to raise their children or contribute to their society or care for Earthkind.  And some, never.

How helpful has the guidance of the world's wisdom traditions been in your search for truth and meaning?  (And for a later date, how helpful has your own direct experience been in finding truth and meaning.)



RE Corner

Religious Education:  January 12, 2020


This month’s theme for Religious Education is Integrity. 


Each week, the students have been submerged in the theme of each month.  We’re diving in this month by looking at the many ways our UU faith invites us to become “a people of integrity”. To get help with that, our sessions are each built around the various ways we come to feel integrity by being true to ourselves. What an adventure this new year will bring for us all. This weeks session is based on Finding your inner voice.


For more information about the themed curriculum, review the monthly e-newsletter or 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. Parents are more than welcomed to join their youth in class. 


Children and youth are returned to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45 a.m.


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.



UUSP Landscape Project Groundbreaking

After this Sunday's Service on the UUSP front lawn, join us for the "Groundbreaking" and the start of our Landscaping Project.

Everybody welcome to get into the photo!



Tibetan Monks Sacred Art Tour


UU St. Pete is happy to welcome the Tibetan monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery in India (their place of exile with the Dalai Lama).

Come meet the Tibetan Monds on Saturday, January 11 at 5pm for the Second Saturday ArtWalk – at Florida CraftArts. (FCA)

All are invited to a special healing moment on Saturday, January 11 at 6 p.m.  (to purchase tickets go to www.floridacraftart.org - FCA members $15, nonmember $25).  As part of the Second Saturday ArtWalk, people can meet the monks at 5pm at Florida CraftArts and then promptly at 6pm participate in a worldwide meditation to promote healing of self, friend, family, country, and earth. It will be a time to come in harmony with the healing powers of the Universe. The Healing Minute of Meditation around the world broadcast live.  Participate wherever you are! 

Mandala Dissolution Ceremony, 1:00pm this Sunday at FCA. 

Further information about the monks' activities through the week, especially their creation of the healing mandala at Florida CraftArts, please check out the flyer as there are some costs involved for some events.  Just click the link below to view the flyer and/or print it out.

Tibetan Monks Events 2020

Thank you!

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



UUSP Members' Notices

UU SNOWBIRDS: A UUSP MEMBER is renting a comfy room with bath and general access in her lovely St. Pete home, pretty private yard, jacuzzi. 15 minute drive to UUSP, a walk to park and bay.   Well-behaved resident greyhound.  $250 weekly; discounts for 30+ days; thru April 20, 2020.  Prefer female renter.  Info/pictures: JoAnn: 727.398.4403; JoAnn@JoAnnMil.com.



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, January 5. Workshop begins at noon and ends at 3pm. You may want to eat lunch beforehand or bring a brownbag lunch. Limit 8 - Registration is full but see Alison about the wait list. Donations accepted for materials. Maybe bring a bag lunch.

Your expressive arts team: Alisun, Cynthia, Jill.

Contact Alisun with questions at alisundonovan93@gmail.com

Contact: Alisun Donovan




Thank your for Your Generosity 

People across the country are gathering on Sunday, January12 at the Brownsville,TX/Matamoros, Mexico border crossing to give witness to the atrocities of the Administration's “remain in Mexico” policy. Under this policy asylees arrive at the US border and request asylum, they file their request and then are returned to Mexico to await their court date. The conditions there are filthy and dangerous. 

Five people from the Pinellas Coalition for Immigrant Justice, which our Church is a member of, are witnessing at this Border crossing. They are also bringing all of the clothing that you donated and will be giving it to those trapped in Mexico by this horrific policy. Upon their return we will have a forum where they will share what they have witnessed and most likely have further actions we can take.

To help plan such events and advocacy steps as well as give a helping hand to two Congolese refugee families -- join us at the Migrant/Refugee Families planning meeting on Monday, January 13 in the Library at 5:00pm.

Contact: Karen Coale



Request for Transportation for Church Members

The Care Committee needs more volunteers who can provide transportation mainly to Sunday church services for our members who can no longer drive. If you would like to provide this service even occasionally, please contact  Sue Price pricesue63@gmail.com or 727-290-9910.  Ideally, I can connect a volunteer to someone needing a ride who lives near the volunteer.


Contact: Sue Price


David Roth Concert: January 28, 2020

This year David Roth will be giving his concert at the St Pete Friends Meetinghouse

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
30 19th Ave SE at  7 pm

Suggested donation $20 all welcome.  Please join us for this joyful evening. 

Click the link below for more information

David Roth Jan 28 2020

For inquiries: flfriendsevents@gmail.com 

Contact: Laurie Clement




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 Updated 1/10/2020

Contact: Geneva Nelson



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



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



The UUSP Silent Auction

It’s Back!  The UUSP Silent Auction returns on February 22, 2020

In conjunction with the February 22, Becca McCoy Concert, the Silent Auction returns! Be creative and donate your talents, some treasures or an event.

This is a chance to raise money for UUSP.

Auction items are currently being compiled .

Contact Steve Benton, Sarah And Paul Craig and Linda Paul to plan your donation.


Contacts: Steve Benton, Sarah Craig, Paul Craig, Linda Paul



DEATH CAFE: An Opportunity to Talk About Death, Eat Cake, and Drink Tea

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:30am

Death Cafe: an opportunity to talk about death, eat cake and drink tea.  Our common human experiences are birth and death, with death being the more mysterious. Aging adds to the discomfort of important conversations.  A Death Cafe's mission is to help make talking about death less scary. This is not a grief support group meeting.  Come and share your thoughts/experiences about death in a safe and supporting environment. 

Facilitated by UU ministers Rev. Nan L. White (of our UUSP congregation) and Rev. Patricia Owen (former pastor of the UU Church of Tampa).

Please RSVPrevnanlwhite@gmail.com


Legacy Builders' Corner

Who will write your legal will? The state of Florida does this for you if you don't. And you may not like the version Florida has prepared for you! (Never fear. We'll have a program for you soon.)