UU St. Pete InfoNet: January 3, 2020

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, January 5, 2020: "PREPARING FOR EPIPHANY: What Do You Expect?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Worship Associate: Paul Craig

Our congregation was founded on the Day of Epiphany, January 5, 1915, with a dream for a church that was "less rigid in its doctrines than those prevalent here in St. Petersburg."   And it came to be - as have many unexpected things in the last 100 years.

On this Epiphany Sunday, January 5, 2020, with what dreams do we as individuals and as a congregation begin the new year and new decade?  If epiphany is the name for unexpected revelations, what unexpected things are you expecting?  Are you ready?



RE Corner

Religious Education:  January 5, 2020


This month’s theme for Religious Education is Integrity


Each week, the students have been submerged in the theme of each month. January’s theme is Integrity. 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 Walking the talk (Emancipation Proclamation). 


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.



Help Those Stranded at the Border

Under the “Remain in Mexico” policy, migrants who request asylum are sent back to wait in Mexico while their asylum cases move slowly forward in the U.S. immigration court system. So far, at least 54,000 asylum seekers have been returned to wait in Mexico.


The conditions are deplorable with migrants oftentimes living in makeshift camps for months. They sleep outside in the cold and live without access to basic hygiene resources like a bathroom. The camps in Mexico’s northern border cities rank among the most dangerous in the country. 


The Pinellas Coalition for Immigrant Justice, which the UU St Pete Social Justice Committee is a member of, has decided to support a national witnessing program at the Brownsville, TX/Matamoros, Mexico border. Some are traveling to the border with their passports to witness the conditions on both sides of the border. The goal is to shine a spotlight on the inhumane conditions and thus force the cancellation of the “Remain in Mexico” policy. 


We can also provide temporary relief by purchasing necessities for those camping in Mexico awaiting their court date. Here is what they now need: sweatshirts with hoods, underwear, gloves and socks. All sizes — adult and children.


Because these supplies will be carried across the Border, there are some Customs requirements. No used clothing. Leave the price tags on the items and put them with the  sales slip in a bag and tie it shut. Place your donation under the Christmas Tree in Gilmour by January 5.  If you cannot deliver your gifts during a service – email Karen Coale to arrange for another delivery time. 


Thanks so very much!


Contact: Karen Coale



Announcements From Pastor Jack

TUESDAY MEDITATION AND/OR BROWN BAG LUNCH STARTS BACK UP THIS TUESDAY, January 7:  Meditation 12-12:30pm; Lunch 12:30-1:15pm.




THURSDAY NOON CITIZENS CAFÉ STARTS BACK UP THIS THURSDAY, January 9 at 12 noon – conversation about the public issues of our times.  Please let Pastor Jack know if you’re planning to come, because our schedule is sometimes erratic! 


WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES STARTS BACK UP WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 10am and 7pm (your choice).  Final decision on next study book: scholar Stephen Prothero’s God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World.   Contact Pastor Jack if you haven’t received the quotes for discussion.


NEXT BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM AND UU ST. PETE after the service, January 19, 12noon, with Pastor Jack in the UUSP library.


UUSP COVENANT GROUPS – trusted circles for sharing about life.  Contact: Patti Hanks (pthanks1@gmail.com).


NAMETAGS FOR FREQUENT VISITORS:  If you come often and would like a permanent name tag, please email Dave Coale at dcoale628@icloud.com.  


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


UUSP SERMONS (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:   Go to www.uustpete.org, 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


Flea Market Bins

Several people donated goods to our November Flea Market in large plastic bins and asked for them to be returned. We still have several bins remaining.  If you have not picked up your bins, please check the porch, just outside the French doors in Gilmour Hall.

Thank you!


Contact: Geneva Nelson




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 Flyer Updated 1/1/2020

Contact: Geneva Nelson



New Year, New Friends!

Greetings!  As UUSP begins a new year, we're inviting all members of the congregation to gather to welcome the new year and to make new friends. Over the next several weeks, you will receive an invitation from a member of the congregation to join a small group of fellow members on a Sunday in January. Stay tuned!


Like coffee hour, we will gather informally, socially, but we also want to mix it up a little, and initiate a discussion as a starting point to explore the concept of "Radical Hospitality," especially with people you may not already know.


Please make every effort to attend the gathering to which you’ve been invited and RSVP promptly to your host. Thank you to the nine hosts who are inviting us into their homes to share conversation and hospitality with our congregation of 175 members!


Radical Hospitality?  What does that mean?

Radical Hospitality is not a new idea. It's been around for several years, embraced by many liberal churches and denominations like ours, to attempt to break away from our homogeneous boundaries. In our time of deeply partisan division, growing inequity, racial and social injustice, intolerance, and a decreased capacity for compassion, perhaps we, as Unitarian Universalists, might begin the new year with a sense of hope, strengthened by a commitment to find ways to open our minds and hearts even further, to think deeply about our lives, our church, and the diversity of our beloved community. Especially in 2020. 


“So what does this mean for us as a church? We are committed to being a welcoming community. We say we believe in the “inherent worth and dignity of all.” And yet we are human beings, and we have the same challenges that all human beings have. We feel more comfortable when we’re with people we know. We come to church, we gravitate to people we know. We feel less comfortable when we are with people who have different ideas and interests, different cultural assumptions. Tribalism is strong, and we need look no further than our church.”—Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell, minister emerita of the First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon.

To learn more about radical hospitality and inform our discussions with each other, we invite you to read Rev. Sewell’s writing on Radical Hospitality (on the UUA website) and explore your own definition of Radical Hospitality.  


We will explore the concept of radical hospitality together, asking questions and considering possible answers. We don't expect to provide you with any answers. We can't even begin to provide you with the questions.  But we trust that you will know how to engage in the discussion. We will engage with each other, speaking our truths and most of all, listening.


Get-togethers are being held each Sunday in January. Look for your invitation! Join us for nourishing the soul and spirit and making new friends.

Contacts: Michael Killoren, Carol Ulmer




We'd Like to Get to Know You!

Membership Directory at UUSP.org


Find contact information for UUSP members in the Directory at UUSP.org.


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Click on Directory, type in your name, click on Edit Profile. Add a photo and tell your UUSP friends more about you!


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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. Donations accepted for materials.  Conact Alisun with questions at alisundonovan93@gmail.com

Contact: Alisun Donovan




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




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. February 22nd, 9:30am-11:30am at UU St Pete (Conway).

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




Legacy Builders' Corner

How important is a will? Does it bless your family and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Saint Petersburg?





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.