UU St. Pete InfoNet: January 11, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, January 13, 2019: "INFLUENCES ON THE WILD THINGS OF OUR YOUNG SOULS: For Better or Worse?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Steve Benton

As the new year begins, January is our month to ponder our childhood spiritual potentials and their development.   Having looked at what our spiritual potentials are - potentials for surviving and thriving, for understanding, caring, and belonging - we need to look into which influences nurture or injure their growth.  Are we conscious of how well those influences are working?  Are we conscious of how well they could work?



RE Corner

Religious Education: January 13

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15-noon for infants through preschool by Laura and Linda this week.

Families begin in worship at 10:30 and school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All Ages. Our theme for this month is Possibility so today we will explore what we can TAKE APART and make anew!

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister will be in the office on Thursday afternoons. Contact Karen at re@uustpete.org



Contact: Karen Day




Announcements From Pastor Jack

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR UUSP MEMBER BARBARA ROWELL January 19, 10:00am  in UUSP’s sanctuary.  All are welcome.


MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR UUSP MEMBER TRISH BURCH’S HUSBAND JERRY January 26, 3:00pm in UUSP’s sanctuary.  All are welcome.


UUSP/LGBTQ PROGRAM INTERESTS:  As UUSP grows, we have the need and the resources to expand our programs to serve the spiritual growth – or, as Unitarian Thomas Jefferson put it, “the safety and happiness” - of all members of our diverse congregation.  Please join ­ Pastor Jack, Sabine Von Aulock, Randy Nolan and others for an exploratory meeting about what programs or activities might be of particular value to LGBTQ members – Sunday, January 17, 12:00 noon in Conway lounge.  Community needs many hearts & minds.


CONSIDERING UU ST. PETE MEMBERSHIP, and/or curious about our tradition?  Please come to our Inquirers sessions on Sundays January 27 and February 3 after the service in UUSP’s Conway Middle Room to talk with our minister and church leaders, learn more, get questions answered, offer suggestions, and meet new folks.  Sign up at the Welcome Table or with Patti at pthanks1@gmail.com


ABOUT PARKING AT UUSP:  The Pinellas County Social Services parking lot (with 100 spaces on Mirror Lake Drive next to UUSP) is now open for public parking during all non-working hours including Saturday & Sunday all day and evening and Monday-Friday all evenings after 6pm.  (Even closer and available those same hours: the County parking lots at Mirror Lake Drive and Arlington Avenue.)


  The Focus of our Reading Room is UUism, UUs, and UU sources. Our books are now being categorized under five areas: Unitarian Universalism, World Religions, Direct Experience, Prophetic People, and Humanism and Science.  We ask for contributions in these categories.  (You might want first to check what we already have.)

  In an effort to maintain an organized system please place all donations in the book donation basket on the counter.  If you like, you may fill out a donation sticker and attach to the inside cover.

  To check out books, please write the title of the book, your name and date checked out on the clipboard.  We ask that you return books to the return basket on the counter, preferably within two or so weeks.

Thank you, UUSP Librarian Sarah Craig


UUSP MONDAY MEDITATION 5:30-6:15pm weekly - UUSP member Mimi Anzel


UUSP TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm weekly - Pastor Jack


UUSP TUESDAY BROWN BAG LUNCH 12:15-1:00pm weekly - Pastor Jack


UUSP WEDNESDAY MEDITATION 7:30am-8:00am weekly - Pastor Jack


UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES 10:00am & 7:00pm weekly - Pastor Jack


UUSP THURSDAY CITIZENS CAFÉ 12:00am – 1:00pm on weekly - The news worth lobbying about - Pastor Jack


UPCOMING WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES (10:00am and 7:00pm – your choice): 

(1) “Exploring the Border and the Refugee Caravan” January 16 – Karen Coale & Pastor Jack, facilitators

(2) “Pagan & Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism” 8 sessions starting January 23 (with pp. ix-20). This is the first book in a UUA series (with books of Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, & Humanist UU Voices to be explored through 2019).  I have ordered 10 copies of this book.  Please let me know if you would like one ($12 each, discounted by UU Bookstore from $14) Pastor Jack at jfdonovan@bellsouth.net or sign-up sheet on piano.

(3) “Get Started with Mindfulness” 5 sessions starting March 27, 2019.   Topics:  Why Meditate; How to Meditate; Bringing It into Your Life (Work, Relationship, Self-Care), Deepening Your Practice.  I have 15 copies of the guidebook for sharing if you plan to participate – contact Pastor Jack at jfdonovan@bellsouth.netor see me at church.

(4) “21 Lessons for the 21st Century – the Summary” 8 sessions starting May 8, 2019 on historian Yuval Noah Harari’s overview (80pp) of humankind’s greatest challenges.  (Full 318pp edition also available.)


UUSP COVENANT GROUP PARTICIPATION: UUSP currently has six or seven Covenant Groups.  Covenant Groups are regular gatherings (usually monthly, sometimes more often) of 7-12 people to share confidentially about life and living.  UUSP members and those planning to become members are welcome to join.  Please let Pastor Jack know of your interest and the times at which you could meet. 


CONTRIBUTIONS WELCOME TO THE FLORIDA UU DISTRICT CHALICE LIGHTER CAMPAIGN to help UU in the Pines (Weeki Wachee, Florida) buy its first building to celebrate its 30th anniversary and begin expanding its programs in a settled home.  Donations via PayPal (no need for a PayPal account) at www.UUPinesFL.org/Give.  Donations by check to “UU Church in the Pines” with memo “Chalice Lighters,” mailed to UU Church in the Pines, Attn: Chalice Lighter, PO Box 1062, Brooksville, FL 34605.


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


AUDIOS OF UUSP SERMONS:   The Worship Committee as been working to making the Sunday experience accessible beyond attending the Service. Please visit UUSP's website, 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

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan




Time for Action!

Frustrated by the government shutdown, saddened by the continued humans rights violations at our southern border and angry about spending $5B for the Wall?

Join us after service to write postcards to our “elected” federal Representative and Senators. Postage paid postcards with mailing labels will be available as will suggested scripts. Spend a few minutes sharing your thoughts and sign your name and zip code. We will mail them for you.


Contact: Karen Coale




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

Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 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




An Announcement Regarding UUSP Artist Neverne Covington

Neverne Covington on exhibit this Saturday, January 12, at atelier de Sosi from 5.30pm - 9:30pm during the WareHouse Arts District 2nd Saturday Artwalk.

atelier de Sosi
2360 6th Ave S
St. Pete 33712





Parking Lot Update

After months of delays by the City in issuing permits, Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA) is ready to begin work on the new parking lot across the alley before the end of January. Removal of some trees and installation of new electric poles will be first. During construction UUSP members may park in the county parking lot across the street, which is many times larger than ours, during evenings and on weekends. The construction is expected to last a couple of months. Regular updates will be provided. 

Please contact Paul Burnore at plburnore@gmail.com with any questions.



Kayak Club Outing - Saturday, January 12 9am Ft. Desoto Park

Our next excursion will be Saturday morning, January 12, at Ft. Desoto Park and is appropriate for all skill levels. Kayak rentals are available. We’ll paddle around Mullet Key in calm waters and see lots of wildllfe. Please arrive by 8:45am. We’ll meet at Ft Desoto’s kayak rental shop, and will launch our excursion from there at 9:00am. We plan to be back by 11am. 


The weather forecast at this point is: Sunny, 10% chance of rain, high temp of 75F with mild winds. Low tide will be around 9:45am, rising to high tide by 4:45pm. Sunrise is 7:21am, and a waxing quarter moon rises around 11:00am. There are lots of other activities at Ft. Desoto:  have a picnic, visit the fort, see Egmont Key, do some biking or swimming, etc. Ft. Desoto Park charges a $5 parking fee on entry. Turn right on Anderson Drive and go 2 miles to the kayak rental site, at which we’ll launch.



  • life jacket, if you bring your own kayak (provided with rentals), water shoes
  • water, gatorade, snack, sun protection (hat, sun glasses, sun screen), towel and dry clothes
  • optional:  whistle, dry bag (for cell phones, cameras, keys, wallet, etc), binoculars
  • 75 cents in quarters for 1st park entrance (automated machine only)
  • $5 at last entrance for parking fee for the day

Rentals Check out Top Water Kayak Outpost if you’re renting. This is where we’ll meet, put in, and end.





Please contact Paul Burnore at plburnore@gmail.com if you’d like to join us.

Contact: Paul Burnore



Working Effectively with Legislators

Follow-up to our fall Voter Education Series:

Tuesday, January 15 at 7:00pm

Hosted by the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg  Area

at Allendale Methodist Church, Chapel, 3803 Haines Rd. North, St. Petersburg

We’ve voted but our role in the democratic process doesn’t end at the polls.

Let's start sharing our opinions and working constructively with our local, state and federal legislators.

Sharon Winters will share her experience working with legislators and appointed officials on a range of public policy issues, and will identify some of the most the effective advocacy techniques to bring about policy change.

Parking & access:  park in the lot that faces 38th Ave. N and enter through marked doors on west side of bldg.

RSVP to gunsafety@lwvspa.org


Contact: Sharon Winters




Guest at Your Table Continues 

Sunday, January 20, bring your box with a check enclosed. Make check payable to UU St Pete with GAYT on the Memo line.

Last week we introduced you to Valentina who traveled via caravan from El Salvador to the US, and asked for asylum when she crossed the border into California in November, 2017. After seven months in a detention center in California and paying a $15,000 bond, she now resides in a host home and supports women detained in the Orange Count, CA jail with phone calls and letters.

By sharing our Guests’ stories we hope to raise your awareness about human rights issues that Central Americans face in their home countries, during their treks through Mexico and then at our southern border as they seek asylum in the US.

To participate in a more in-depth look at these human rights issues — join us at the Religious Wednesdays Studies programs on January 16, 10am or 7pm in Conway Hall. Reading for this week are:

Use parking lot/playground entrance. These workshops are co-facilitated by Rev Jack and Social Justice Co-Chair Karen Coale.

Please continue to share meals with our Guests by placing the cost of those meals in your Guest at Your Table box. On Sunday, January 20, our children will be collecting your boxes with the enclosed donations during the service. It would be most helpful if you would combine your donations into a single check made payable to UU St Pete with Guest at Your Table in the Memo line. That way we can write a single check to the UUSC. 

Thank you, your Social Justice Farmworker/Immigrant Committee


Contact: Karen Coale




Drag Queen Bingo!

“Church Challenge” at Hamburger Mary’s, Tyrone area, Wednesday, January 16.

Join area faith houses, who are working to end homelessness, in a wacky fundraiser for Celebrate Outreach’s Meal Share Program, which our Friday Night Picnic is a part of.

Let’s dazzle the crowd with UUSP presence!

Dinner seating begins at 5:30pm; Bingo starts at 7pm; $10 to play, excellent prices.

Reservations are highly recommended!

2901 Tyrone Blvd
St. Petersburg
(727) 851-9386

Contact: Sabine von Aulock




Movie Discussion Night - Friday, January 18: NETWORK

Please join us on Friday, January 18 at 6:30pm for the movie Network, to be screened in Conway (or the Sanctuary if more than 15 people sign up). This is a rescheduling from December 7. The film is 2 hours, 1 minute long. A discussion will follow.

Network is a 1976 classic satire, nominated for 10 Academy Awards, about TV news, the business behind the news, the importance of ratings, and how the news reported on TV is chosen. It was written by Paddy Chayevski and directed by Sidney Lummet. The sensationalism and fake news portrayed in Network portend today’s confusing landscape about truth, facts, manipulating what people see and believe, alternative facts, the role of the press in society, and ethical reporting.

The lead character, Howard Beale, is no Walter Cronkite or Harry Reasoner, particularly after the famous “God is business” speech (which reminds us of the “greed is good” speech in Wall Street)

Network compares with other movies about the news business, like another 1976 film All the President’s Men and the 1987 film Broadcast News. Coincidentally, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) is currently playing Howard Beale on stage in Broadway’s Network.

Movie critic John Patterson says, "Prescient and powerful, the film foreshadowed the likes of Bill O’Reilly with its ‘mad as hell’ protagonists and the climate of American anger that birthed Trump.” 

We’ll meet in the sanctuary again, which seemed to work very well. Some people said we might consider bringing pillows. Bring your own snacks and drinks if you like. Popcorn will be free and available. I’ll send a few questions for consideration before the movie and for discussion afterwards.

Please RSVP to Paul Burnore at plburnore@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Contact: Paul Burnore




David Roth Concert: January 19 at 7:30p

David Roth returns again this year with his songs of social justice and stories of the lives of inspiring people he has met over the years.

This will be his “third annual”, and near the two-year anniversary of his participation in the 2017 Women’s March in St. Petersburg. His music of social justice, peace, compassion, and inclusivity fly in the face of racism, discrimination, and disconnection, and his songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, The United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the soul books, the Kennedy Center, NASA’s Space Shuttle “Atlantis”, Peter, Paul, & Mary and Kingston Trio CDs, (and 14 of his own), 5 Positive Music Awards, the “Rise Up Singing” and “Rise Again” (sequel) songbooks, and countless venues in this and other countries (and now other WORLDS) for three decades.  Poignant to improbable, holistic to hilarious, the Chicago native (now living on Cape Cod) once again adds St. Pete to his ongoing world tour.

Tickets will go on sale this Sunday at the Social Justice coffee/chocolate sales table. A portion of proceeds will benefit social justice projects at UU St. Pete and the wider community. 

Contacts: Laurie Clement, Reggie Craig




2019 MLK Jr Dream Big Parade - January 21



Join us for the 2019 MLK Dream Big Parade! We march through downtown St. Petersburg to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, January 21. We will meet at UUSP around 10:00am and then head to the Parade start as a group.  The route is about 1.1 miles.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Courtney Allen  Courtney.s.allen@gmail.com  for further details.  




UUs4U Events

UUs4U Events

Whether you enjoy an intimate dinner, a relaxed cocktail party, or a game of shuffleboard, this schedule has something for you!  Prices will range from $15 to $60 each, as we try to offer options for everyone while still raising much-needed funds.  The best part – 100% of the ticket price goes to the church.  The hosts pick up the tab so you can support the church while having a great time.


TICKETS are on sale now, during coffee hour after church.  You can also buy tickets by contacting Susan Burnore at susanburnore@gmail.com.


January - February 2019


Cheese and Chocolate Fondue

Join hosts Courtney and Melissa Allen for scrumptious fondue plus wines and other beverages.  An evening of great food and relaxed conversation.

Saturday, January 26, 5:30 pm           

$35 each, up to 20 people


1923 Sargent House Tour and More

Tour this airplane bungalow named “Local Historical Landmark” and recipient of the 2017 Award of Honor for Residential Rehabilitation.  Then join hosts Sharon Winters and Kendall Reid for local craft beer, appetizers and conversation after the informal tour.

Saturday, February 2, 2:00 pm

$35 each, up to 12 people


Cocktails, Conversation and Appetizer Buffet

Two of St. Petersburg’s finest hostesses, Sally Wallace and Sue Price, invite you to a classic cocktail party – delightful drinks, delicious food, and the best conversations!  At Sally’s lovely home in Allentown.

Friday, February 8, 5:30 pm        

$40 each, up to 50 people


Tucson Gourmet Dinner

Chef Dave and Sous Chef Karen Coale serve up a dinner to remember!  Wild Boar Stew, fresh home-made pasta, and all the surprises that should accompany such a feast! 

Saturday, February 23rd, 6:00 pm                  

$50 each, up to 6 people



Coming for March – May 2019: Save the Dates!

Details and tickets available February 1st


Musical Merriment and Decadent Desserts – Virginia and Cal Fox – March 15


Shuffleboard Court Party – Ellen Hays and Sarah Craig – March 29


Game Night and Supper – Tom and Barbara Archibald – TBA


Ice Cream Garden Party – Gay Breuler and Billy Crider – April 13


Intracoastal Boat Ride and Poolside Dinner – Paul and Susan Burnore – April 27


Homemade Gourmet Vegetarian Dinner – Linda Paul and Pete Elem – May 4


Old Northeast Progressive Dinner - Patti Hanks, Tammy Boudreau, Sarah Craig – May 11


Men’s Night In – Tom Archibald and Paul Burnore - TBA


Contact: Susan Burnore


All Literature is Gossip

A Keep St Pete Lit Salon with Teresa Carmody
A program Co-Sponsored by UUSP

Thursday, January 31 

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Universalist Unitarian Church on Mirror Lake


Whose ear does not bend to chatter about other people’s sensational intimacies?

The English root of the word ‘gossip’ is “godsibb”, meaning “a person related to one in God,” or “a godparent”. Up until the 1800s, gossip denoted friendship. Gossip is a basic part of human relationships--- and an essential craft tool in literature from oral traditions to classical drama and the epistolary novel.

Come join Teresa Carmody, PhD in Literature and Gossip, for a presentation, experiments and a discussion about private matters.

Teresa Carmody is a writer, editor and publisher.

Her most recent book, Maison Femme: a fiction (2015), is a roman a' clef about two women who run an independent press out of their basement in Los Angeles. Drawing on the structure of their shared house Carmody explores the border between writing and publishing, private and public, memory and the archive. Teresa is also the author of Requiem (2005), a micro-collection of short stories lauded by the American Book Review as "darkly poignant". 


Teresa is the co-founding director of Les Figues Press, an award-winning nonprofit publisher of innovative poetry, prose and translation, and regularly presents talks and publishing workshops. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Millay Colony and has taught literature and creative writing at California Institute of the Arts and University of California-San Diego. She currently works as assistant Professor and Director of the MFA of the Americas at Stetson University in Winter Park, Florida.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan