UU St. Pete InfoNet: January 27, 2017

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, January 29, 2017: "HINDU AND BUDDHIST WAYS OF KNOWING TRUTH: Why Believe?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Jack Donovan
Worship Leader: Michael Pohl

What ways of developing or choosing beliefs do the Vedic religions of Hinduism and Buddhism offer as having Authority?  How dependable are they in helping us find truth and live wisely and well?


UUSP Meditation Retreat

Saturday, January 28, 9am-12noon.  Come get away from yourself and get in the flow for the new year - resolutions are no good without awareness and strength of spirit.  Sitting and walking meditation – instructions and snacks provided.  

If you haven't signed up for this retreat, please reach out to Pastor Jack to let him know you would like to attend or if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Contact: Jack Donovan



Mirror Lake Clean Up: Saturday January 28

A Mirror Lake Clean up is scheduled for this Saturday, January 28 from 9am - 12noon. Let's join in to clean up around our Church and Parking Lot. After an hour or so of meditative grounds work we might join the on going meditation in Gilmour.
Contact: Laurie Clement



UUSP - Family Promise: January 28

UUSP is about to start its first week in 2017 as a support congregation to St. Luke's United Methodist.  Thank you all who have stepped up to volunteer. We will be having a tour of St. Luke's on this Saturday, January 28 at 10am for those who wish to familiarize themselves with the property.

Also, we are in need for someone to prepare dinner for 15 including young children on Monday evening, January 30.  If interested please contact Nancy Clark.

The next Family Promise training is Monday, February 13,  at Central Christian Church, 6161 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, 33710.

Contact: Nancy Clark



Announcements From Pastor Jack

UUSP MEDITATION RETREAT: Saturday, January 28, 9am-12noon.  Come get away from yourself and get in the flow for the new year - resolutions are no good without awareness and strength of spirit.  Sitting and walking meditation – instructions and snacks provided. 

“ART AND SPIRITUALITY”:  Open discussion Wednesday February 1, 1:30pm, at the Florida CraftArt Gallery (501 Central Ave) while the monks work on the sacred Peace mandala.  Co-facilitated by Rev. Jack Donovan and Maureen McDole, Poet & Founder of Keep St. Pete Lit(erate).

UUSP HOSTS A WELCOME TO AMERICA POTLUCK DINNER for eight Tibetan Buddhist monks conducting a Sacred Art tour of the U.S.  Join us next Saturday, February 4, 6:00 pm in our Gilmour Social Hall – Presentation by the monks to follow dinner.  Please bring a dish to share on Saturday, February 4!  Thanks, Pastor Jack

PUBLIC EVENTS CALENDAR FOR THE SACRED ART TOUR OF TIBETAN MONKS:  Tuesday, January 31 through Saturday February 4 at the Florida CraftArts gallery at 501 Central Avenue, St Pete.

  • Daily 10am - 15 minutes of chanting

  • Daily 10:15-4pm - creating the sacred Peace Sand Mandala

  • Wednesday, February 1, 1:30pm – “Conversation about Art and Spirituality” – facilitators: Rev. Jack Donovan UU St Pete and Maureen McDole, poet and director of Keep St Pete Lit(erate)

  • Saturday, February 2, 6:00pm Pot Luck Dinner held by UU St Pete for the monks, with presentation by monks after dinner.

  • Sunday, February 5, 1pm – Dissolution Ceremony –  Distributing the sand of the mandala to attendees; Walk to deposit sand in bay, with blessings and prayers for peace.

‚ÄčWEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSIONS:  “Comparing Beliefs” with the world’s myths discussed in Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth.  For February 1, Chapter 1, pp 19-41.  As always, discussion quotes will be provided.  Pastor Jack

INQUIRING MINDS (AND SPIRITS) – A TWO SESSION INTRODUCTION TO UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM & THE UU CHURCH OF ST PETE, 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


UU's Helping People Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 11:30am

UU's Helping People will be hosting a pancake breakfast (with gluten free, eggs and fruit options) AFTER the service, January 22.

Proceeds will benefit their Friday Night Picnic for People in Need ministry. Individuals/$4 and families/$10 or simply enjoy a plate of 'cakes on us.

Contact: Sabine von Aulock



Roundtable Discussion Groups - Parking Lot Options

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 11:45pm

Please join our Roundtable Discussion Groups about options on what to do with our parking lot. This will be the second 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. After January 29, we'll have another roundtable discussion after the Sunday Service on February 5.

Contact: Paul Burnore



RE Corner

Thank you again to all who helped make our OWL facilitator training a success! We received so many compliments about our beautiful church and warm, inviting congregation! 

Harry and UU Fight Childhood Sickness

Our 3rd -5th graders are currently working to Fight Childhood Sickness. For the past few weeks, they have been busy making soap and dry soup mixes to sell at coffee hour. Items will be available January 29 and February 5. Handmade soap $1-3 donation, Soup mix $3-5 suggested donation. All proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital

OWL 7th- 9th Classes:

We would like to offer OWL classes to our youth as soon as possible. If you know of anyone who would like to participate in our 7th- 9th grade OWL class, please contact Lisa: RE@uustpete.org. For more information about OWL, visit: uua.org/re/owl

Contact: Lisa Hill



UU T-Shirt Sales and Reminder

Several people picked up shirts the Sunday before the MLK Parade  and didn't have their check or $12.00 on hand to pay.  

Please bring your check (payable to: UU St. Pete) or $12.00 cash this week.  If you are bringing cash, please put it in an envelope with your name and note T-shirt on it for us.  If you are bring a check, please note T-shirt in the memo area.

Thank you!

Contact: Beate Hughes-Brown



2016 Tax Statements are Now Available

The congregation's 2016 Tax Statements are available every Sunday. Tee Taylor and Casilia Smith will be in the narthex (little lobby area by the front door) before service and up in the stage area after service. Donations to the church are tax deductible. So everybody who has donated can pick up their confidential, sealed envelope that lists all the money they have donated to the church during 2016.

Contact: Tee Taylor



TIBETAN MONKS AT UU ST PETE - Potluck and Presentation

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 12:00am

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).



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


Executive Order on Immigration -- Take Action NOW

Despite reductions in Mexican immigrants crossing our southern border, our new 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. Contact your Congressman and both Senators. Last week we marched -- this week we email or call.

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


  1. State your name and zip code.  
  2. State that you oppose extending the wall, hiring an additional 15,000 federal personnel and using local law enforcement to arrest and detain undocumented immigrants. 
  3. Also state that you support the retention of support for the DREAMERs -- those undocumented who came as infants and children with their parents.
  4. Rationale:
  • The number of immigrants from Mexico has dropped significantly.
  • The costs would be exorbitant, and I want my tax dollars spent in other areas such as education and health care. 
  • Using local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law could have a chilling affect on the undocumented. They will be less likely to report crimes committed against

Contact: Karen Coale