UU St. Pete InfoNet: January 4, 2019

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, January 6, 2019: "WHAT THE WILD THINGS ARE: Our Childhoods of Pure Possibility"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan
Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

Are we agreed that human beings, personalities and spirits grow and change over the years - that we are not born as blank slates nor as completed works - that we are born as beings of potential whose development is influenced by both internal and external forces?  I think scientists and philosophers now largely agree on that (though with lots of debate still about the nature of consciousness and the likelihood of free will),  

So as the new year begins, let us take January to look back at childhood and consider what potentials of the human spirit begin to emerge in the early years. to await the influence of will and world.  Our first question is, what are those childhood potentials.  What are those wild things within  us?



RE Corner

Religious Education: January 6

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

Families begin in worship at 10:30am 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 is possible for each of us.

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


Next week we need HELP with a SPECIAL PROJECT. Are you a fixer, scientist, builder or maker??? On January 13 our groups will have a TAKE APART/ MAKE ANEW day. We are bringing old electronics and stuff to be taken apart and remade so we need folks and tools to tinker. If you can join us from 10:30am-11:45am.  Contact Karen re@uustpete.org Thanks.


Contact: Karen Day



Food Collection THIS Sunday, January 6

During today’s service our youngest members will be collecting food for one of the two Congolese refugee families that UU St Pete supports. This family arrived three years ago in St Pete from a refugee camp in Uganda. Despite not knowing the language nor having jobs, this young family has made impressive progress. Twizere and his wife Mariam both are working full time — though only a few dollars above the minimum wage. Their young family — Jibu a first grader whose favorite subject is “reading” and  his siblings Sifa 4 and Tarek 2 are adorable. Grandmother Elizabeth takes care of the two youngest and two others in the Congolese community of 9 families at James Park while parents work.

Keep in mind that this family's diet is rice, beans and fresh produce based. They enjoy root vegetables, cabbage and citrus fruit. They do not eat canned or packaged foods, but could use soaps -- personal, dish and laundry as well as cleaning products.  

Thank you for your generosity today and for the share the plate collection in December which allowed us to give this hard working family a $350 gift card. You indeed made their holidays merrier.  Thank you!

Contact: Karen Coale




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.


  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 on break till January 7, 2019.  UUSP member Mimi Anzel


UUSP TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm on break till January 8, 2019. Pastor Jack


UUSP TUESDAY BROWN BAG LUNCH 12:15-1:00pm on break till January 8, 2019.  Pastor Jack


UUSP WEDNESDAY MEDITATION 7:30am-8:00am on break till January 9, 2019.  Pastor Jack


UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES 10:00am & 7:00pm on break till January 9, 2019 see topics below.


UUSP THURSDAY CITIZENS CAFÉ 12:00am – 1:00pm on break till January 10, 2019.  Pastor Jack


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

(1) “Exploring the Border and the Refugee Caravan” January 9 – 16, 20196 – Karen Coale & Pastor Jack, facilitators

(2) “Pagan & Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism” 8 sessions starting January 23, 2019 (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.)


MINISTER’S CHRISTMAS WISH AND NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: One stop shopping at UUSP members Keevey and Marciile’s new “Kenwood Organic Produce (KOP - a Zero-Waste Store)” at 3325 5th Avenue North (corner of 5th Ave. and 34th Street North).  Locally sourced organic fruit and vegetables and KOP’s own-made salsas, sauces, jams & jellies with 100% reusable containers. 


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




Guest at Your Table Continues 

We share our Guests’ stories during service 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 for the Religious Wednesdays Studies programs on January 9 & 16, which will be informational discussions about justice, or lack there of, at and across borders south of the US. These workshops will be co-facilitated by Rev Jack and Social Justice Co-Chair, Karen Coale, and held at 10am and 7pm on both dates in Conway Hall. Use Office entrance on Arlington Avenue. 

Topics for January 9 include: 

You can access the articles for the January 9 session by clicking on the above, or stop by the Social Justice table in Gilmour Hall after service this Sunday. To obtains an electronic copy email 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. 


Contact: Karen Coale




Drag Queen Bingo!

“Church Challenge” at Hamburger Mary’s, 2901 Tyrone Blvd, St. Petersburg 33710, Wednesday, January 16.

Join area faith houses, who are working to end homelessness, in a wacky fundraiser for Celebrate Outreach’s Meal Share Program.

Let’s dazzle the crowd with UUSP presence!

Bingo starts at 7pm; $10 to play. Dinner optional; early arrival recommended.

Contact: Sabine von Aulock




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




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




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

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



Trip To Chiapas, Mexico with the Center for Global Justice: March 9 - 16, 2019

This trip will focus on the social/political stew that has been simmering in this area rich in history, cultures, resources and natural beauty. Using San Cristobal as our home base, we will explore this southern state that borders Guatemala. The geography of the area has assisted the preservation of some 13 different indigenous groups, most of Mayan heritage, with their own language, customs, autonomous governance and attire. The group will also wander around the artisan markets of San Cristobal and beyond. If you enjoy handwoven textiles, world class gourmet food and cultural museums, you'll love San Cristobal. Day trips include the incredible Sumidero Canyon ecosystem, which will give you a sense of the natural beauty and ancient history that abounds in Chiapas.


Cost per person: Double - $1100, Single - $1300

$250 deposit required, balance due by January 19

Group size limited to 10 people - If you’re interested, you should apply right away.

For a full description and to apply for the trip, go to:  https://globaljusticecenter.org/civicrm/event/info?id=406&reset=1


Costs include:

  • Roundtrip flights from and to Mexico City to Tuxtla.
  • Airport transportation in Chiapas.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • 7 nights hotel stay.
  • Local transportation to all planned activities.
  • All itinerary activities

For more administrative info, contact Olivia at admin@globaljusticecenter.org

Paul Burnore and Tim Flaherty from UUSP went on this trip in March 2017 and found it fascinating and well worth the cost.

You can contact them at:  plburnore@gmail.com and tif_dds@yahoo.com

Contact: Paul Burnore




Exploring Human Sexuality

UU Church of Tampa Pioneers Regional Adult Workshops: 'Exploring Human Sexuality

On Saturday, January 12, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa will be the first UU congregation in western Florida to offer the adult version of the Our Whole Lives curriculum on human sexuality. Twelve regional congregations have been invited to register members for 20 workshop openings.

While versions for younger audiences have been offered for years, the adult (35 and over) and young adult (18-35) versions have not. The sexuality education series was jointly developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.  

Beyond two prerequisite workshops, January attendees may choose up to three advanced topics from a list of additional workshops. "We've planned two field trips to venues where UUs rarely go in groups," said Dr. Ronald Hammerle, one of the two course leaders and a former interuniversity scholar at the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research.

The other co-leader, Betty Clark, a masters-educated, registered nurse, brings more than four decades of experience teaching human sexuality. She has presented workshops nationally and internationally on sexual function and sexuality issues related to people with disabilities.

Sessions run approximately two hours in length.  They are held on Saturday afternoons and will end in late February. The fee for the two prerequisite workshops is $25 for UUA and UCC members until December 8. Up to three, advanced courses are $10 per person for members of UUA and UCC congregations until  December 8. 

Applicants will need to complete a confidential, anonymous questionnaire to attend. The questionnaire and registration may be obtained by contacting Betty Clark, at bettyclark555@yahoo.com.

Click the link below to see the informational flyer:
Exploring Human Sexuality Flyer

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan