UU St. Pete InfoNet: January 19, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, January 21, 2018: "INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD #2: Is “To Learn or Not to Learn” the Prior Question?” (On the Stupor) "
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Sherry Benton



RE Corner

Religious Education January 21, 2018

Nursery care is provided by Laura and Marissa in Conway Hall from 10:15 to noon (longer for choir members.) Today our K-3 group, using Love Surrounds Us, will be led by Trish and Karen. Knights of Light (4th-6th) will explore Love Connects Us with Natashia and Joe. Youth will continue with Building Bridges led by Alex and Jeanay.

Contact: Karen Day



Announcements From Pastor Jack

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION GROUP at 10am or 7pm (your choice – all welcome). Reading this Wednesday, January 24, 2018, Chapter 1, pp 34-56, in Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living, by Krista Tibbett. Tibbett is award-winning host of NPR’s On Being.  Her book draws on 400+ interviewees with esteemed thinkers such as poet Mary Oliver, human rights leader Desmond Tutu, biologist Ursula Goodenough, and Nobel nominee Thich Nhat Hanh.  Quotes provided.  Pastor Jack


BOOKS TO GO FREE!  In the UUSP Reading Room (just off UUSP’s Gilmour Social Hall) are a couple of hundred books on the three standing bookshelves.  We are clearing the shelves to make room for books about Unitarianism, Universalism, and UUism, and books about and by those who have inspired or been inspired by our tradition.  ­Do your part for free speech - please take any of the books you would like, for free!  (P.S.:The bookshelves at the end of Gilmour Hall will now be our single UUSP Book Exchange focal point.   Pastor Jack


UU ST. PETE COVENANT GROUPS meet monthly (or more often if the group prefers) to deepen acquaintance with and appreciation of one another and of life.  A covenant group consists of 7-12 people and is facilitated by a group leader.  The meetings include opportunity for a personal check-in, plus discussion of a more general question of life – and are a great opportunity to get to know and be known.  The gatherings are held wherever the group chooses – often at a member’s home or at the church.  Currently UUSP has seven covenant groups.  If a group grows beyond 12 people, it usually chooses to seed a new group. 

INTERESTED?  Current meeting times are:

  • 3rd Mondays (6:30-8:00pm);
  • 3rd Mondays (7-8:30pm);
  • 4th Tuesdays (7-8:30pm);
  • 2nd Thursdays (4-5:30pm);
  • 1st Saturdays (11-1:00pm for RE parents/childcare provided);
  • 1st Sundays (7-8:30pm);
  • Every Wednesday (2-3:30pm) - for snowbirds, starting in January.

The 6:30pm Monday and 7pm Tuesday groups are new start-up groups and would particularly appreciate new members.  If interested, please contact Pastor Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net).


2018 UU SERVICE COMMITTEE GLOBAL JUSTICE SUMMER INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS OPEN with the UU College of Social Justice!  Learn about the program and each internship opportunity at uucsj.org/internships/ - open to young adults between ages 18 and 25 who are passionate about social justice.  Spread the word.  Pastor Jack


UUs helping UUs: Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price,  UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



Sunday Flowers

We would like to remind everyone that we need more folks to step up and agree to bring flowers on Sundays.  Just stop by the Sunday Flowers table during coffee hour after service (usually at the piano in Gilmour) and pick a date that works for you to maybe commemorate a birthday, anniversary, special event, in memory of, etc... 

Reach to Gay Breuler or Jim Fitzgerald if you have questions or to sign up.  We love seeing the flowers each week. 


Thank you!


Contact: Gay Breuler



David Roth Concert

David Roth in Concert on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at UUSP
Time:  7:30 pm, doors open at 7
$15 suggested donation but no one will be turned away! 

David returns near the one-year anniversary of his participation in the 2017 Women’s March in St Petersburg. 

Poignant to improbable, holistic to hilarious, the Chicago native (now living on Cape Cod) once again adds St Pete to his ongoing world tour. 

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 13 of his own), 4 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 two and a half decades. www.davidrothmusic.com

Join us for a night to remember... 

Tickets are available, reach out or contact Laurie Clement for more information.

Contact: Laurie Clement



WOMEN’S MARCH FLORIDA: In 2017 We Marched! In 2018 We Act!

When: January 21, 2018, Time: 12:30-4:30pm

Where: Williams Park, 330 2nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Gather after service this Sunday in Gilmour Hall at 12:30pm, and we will walk to Williams Park together. Wear your UU St Pete teeshirt.  Contact Karen Coale at migrants@uustpete.org


Contact: Karen Coale



American DREAMers: Meet Them & Help THEIR Dreams Come True

1.9 million young adults and millennials were brought to the U.S. as children and have known life only in the U.S. 790,000 of them are temporarily protected by DACA. They all face deportation -- unless Congress enacts the DREAM Act. Come and hear the stories of three DREAMers, learn why their status is in jeopardy, and take action to help them.
When:   Wednesday, January 24, 2018 6:30pm – 8pm Eastern Time
Where:  Empath Partners in Care, 3050 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg (map)
Free and Open to the Public. Presented by the League of Women Voters' Immigration Action Group 

Contact: Karen Coale



FAST February Update

FAST February Update We have so much progress to share! On Sunday, February 4, at 11:45 join us for a FAST update in Conway Hall.  FAST - Faith & Action for Strength Together -- is made up of some 40 Pinellas congregations, and UUSP joined last fall.

By involving the thousands of members of so many congregations, FAST has the political strength to exert effective political pressure to bring about positive change to social justice issues in the county.  Research has already started on Affordable Housing, Youth/Education Concerns, and Statewide Youth Civil Citations (instead of arrest).  During Sunday's meeting we will bring you up to date on research activities and next steps for you.

We already have some 18 UUSP members involved with FAST, and we definitely want more.  We especially invite newer UUSP members and friends to come and learn about FAST.

Rev. Jack Donovan, Rev. Karen Day, Dave Coale, Pat Fling, Dwight Lawton, and Carol Ulmer/


Contact: Karen Day



Inquiring Minds, Hearts and Spirits

As Pastor Jack says, “If you think we’d be good for you, or you’d be good for us” please join us at Inquiring Minds, Hearts and Spirits, Parts I and II, and learn about being a Unitarian Universalist at UUSP.


Classes will begin right after Sunday service in Conway Hall from 11:45am – 1:00pm on February 11 (Part I) and 18 (Part II).


Contact Patti Hanks at pthanks1@gmail.com or sign up at the Welcome Table during coffee hour.

Contact: Patti Hanks




Chiapas: The Indigenous Wealth of Mexico

The Center for Global Justice is planning an adventure to Chiapas from February 19 to February 26, 2018. A group of no more than 10 people will experience the blend of indigenous culture, crafts, European history and local social economies that entwine in this southern Mexico state. It’s an outstanding, educational trip.

UUSP members Paul Burnore and Tim Flaherty went to Chiapas last March with the Center for Global Justice and found the trip to be enriching, colorful, and well worth it. You may contact Paul or Tim to find out more.

Cost per person:
DOUBLE - $1100
SINGLE - $1300


Contact: Paul Burnore



New Faces Luncheon - Pledge Team

Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 10:00am

All new members are invited for a lunch and learn about UUSP finances and giving.  Lunch provided by the 2018-2019 Pledge Team.  Brief program about our budget and where the moeny comes from.


Contact: Rebecca Wilson