UU St. Pete InfoNet: July 14, 2017

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, July 16, 2017: "HOW TO IMPROVE THE GOSPEL"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

First, what really was the Gospel - the good news? 

Second, is there something missing from the Gospel as it is written that could redeem it from Midnight Clear laments like "beneath the angel strain have rolled two thousand years of wrong" - to redeem it from Yeatsian Second Coming prophecy like "Now I know that twenty centuries of stony sleep were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?"

Troubling stuff.  Wintry stuff.  Best to tackle this renovation now, in the summer, while the light is still good.  This, by the way, is what Unitarians and Universalists think about on vacation.  Come bring your ideas on what the Gospel is and how, if possible, to improve it.



Announcements From Pastor Jack

FIRST BOOK FOR WEDNESDAY DISCUSSIONS THIS FALL: Our study emphasis this fall will be part of becoming better allies, partners, and justice co-workers without equal rights and opportunity in our community and world – especially people of color, but also many cross-color categories of those left out of “the general Welfare and secure Blessings of Liberty.”  Contrary to my earlier announcement, I’d like us to start with the personal testimony of the Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates in Between the World and Me (his book in the form of a letter to his young son).  Discussions start the second Wednesday in September, 9/13, 10am and 7pm.  Book quotes provided for discussion. 


Can you recommend any great biographies or autobiographies?  Please share with Pastor Jack who is looking for materials on how lives get shaped for better or worse.



Wednesday Religious Studies Reading List for UUSP Fall–Spring Wednesday Discussion Groups

I hope these books will help us as we continue to expand our caring into our wider community, especially with FAST (the interfaith community organizing coalition, Faith in Action for Strength Together).  I’d suggest the following order, but amended as the discussion group prefers, including other book selections

  1. Between the World and Me, a father’s letter to his son, by Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates.
  2. The Covenant with Black America, action plans to secure social justice in America, Tavis Smiley, editor (2006)
  3. The Third Reconstruction: Overcoming the Politics of Division & Fear, by Rev. Dr. Wm J. Barber II (2016)
  4. Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, by Michael Eric Dyson (2017) 
  5. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander (2010)
  6. Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest (& the Harlem Children’s Zone), by Paul Tough (2008)
  7. Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil, by W.E.B. DuBois (1920)
  8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  9. Waking Up White (and Finding Myself in the Story of Race), by Debby Irving (2014)
  10. Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans (1865-1941), by Douglas A. Blackmon
  11. Letter from the Birmingham Jail, by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963)
  12. Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones & Tema Okun (2001) (google on-line)
  13. www.blacklivesuu.com.  See UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn.


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.


Pastor Jack would appreciate emails from UUSP members new and longer-term with whom he hasn’t met recently for a kind of annual check-in, letting him know your best times for a visit.  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



RE Corner

Youth: Join us this Sunday for Be The Change!  This program gives Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth a starting place for discussions about the role of race, identity and justice in living out their faith. Youth class begins at 10:30 in the library.


Elementary Students: Join Trish and Joe for Windows and Mirrors. This program nurtures children's ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to seek out, care about and respect those of others. The sessions unpack topics that lend themselves to diverse experiences and perspectives—for example, faith heritage, public service, anti-racism and prayer. The program teaches that there are always multiple viewpoints and everyone's viewpoint matters. 

Contact: Lisa Hill



Roundtable Discussions - Parking Lot

Sunday July 16 at 11:30 am in Gilmour/Sanctuary
Wednesday, July 19 at 10am and 7pm in Front Office
Sunday July 23 at 9:30 am in Gilmour

Roundtable discussions will continue to be hosted by Board members and B&G Chair Howard Taylor on the next two Sundays. 

These are opportunities to discuss every aspect of the parking lot offer from our neighbors, Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA). The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been updated to include additional questions, with all answers examined and approved by our attorney Chuck Hinton and by WJA. This updated version (called FAQs v4) is posted on our UUSP website with Notes from our last Roundtable session July 9, under Get Involved/Documents. I recommend that everyone read these documents thoroughly since every question from members so far has been addressed and checked. Please let me know if anyone would like an additional discussion session scheduled during the week. 

Direct links to the documents are below:

FAQs v4
Roundtable Discussion Notes July 9, 2017

Remember that the congregational vote will be held at 12:00 noon on Sunday July 30, so please examine the FAQs, discuss details as much as you want, and plan to be there to vote.

Paul Burnore, President
Board of Trustees

Contact: Paul Burnore

Join the Parking Lot Discussions From Anywhere

UU St Pete members:

We need to hear your thoughts. The most recent offer from Wannemacher Jensen Architects is to purchase Parcel 1 of our parking lot for $240,000. Parcels 2 & 3 would remain the property of UUSP and would have 35 parking spaces, the same as now. The offer includes free paving, landscaping, environmental compliance, and lighting of parcels 2 & 3, which is UUSP property, valued at $180,000. The total value of the WJA offer is $240,000 plus $180,000, or $420,000. In return, WJA would have shared parking privileges for the 35 parking spaces during weekday work hours.

The latest offer from Wannemacher Jensen Architects requires that UU St. Pete respond no later than July 30, 2017.

There are face-to-face roundtables and meetings underway for UU St. Pete member to participate in, but we have also created an online Discussion Forum in Google Groups. The information for joining the online group is below. Following it is a link to a Google Groups help sheet.


Online Discussion Forum - Parking Lot Discussion

You may join the discussion by clicking on the link below. Then post your questions and comments, and see all of the other comments and questions that members have posted, and the responses to them.


Visit this group at https://groups.google.com/group/uu-st-pete-discussions .

To become a member of the discussion group, click the link that says “apply for membership”

UU St. Pete Discussions

You must be a member of this group to view and participate in it.

Apply for membership or contact the owner.

To view this discussion on the web visit https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/uu-st-pete-discussions/68413d32-385b-42e2-9e96-5d0681521b02%40googlegroups.com .


Google Group help sheet: https://support.google.com/groups/answer/1046523?hl=en&ref_topic=2458613

How to post in google group (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMbljT2hT64

Google Group video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPklzaOd8z4

Please note, many of the video tutorials are geared toward students and teachers. Some of the information included may not apply to your experience.

Contact: Morgan Gresham



Wrapping Up Our 2016 - 2017 Fiscal Year!

As we complete our fiscal year on 06/30/17, it is important that we know all of our expenses for the entire year.

Here's how YOU can help:  If you have made a purchase on behalf of UUSP but have not yet reported that purchase to the Treasurer, please do so before 07/31/17. If you want to be reimbursed for the expense, fill out the appropriate form in the office, attach your receipt, and you will receive a check. If you prefer to donate your purchase price to the church, fill out the appropriate form for that, and we will include your donation in your contribution statement.

Either way, we will have a more accurate picture of how much we spent in the fiscal year if we have your expenses included. If you have any questions about this, contact Sally Carville. And THANK YOU for helping keep our finances in apple pie order!

Contact: Sally Carville



August "Book of the Month" Beliefs Discussion Sessions

Our Beliefs Discussion groups will take a slightly different approach for August with a book being covered in the five Wednesdays that month.

We’ll discuss astrophysicist Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World – Science as a Candle in the Dark.  One review: “A stirring defense of informed rationality…Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.”

To give Rev. Jack a bit of a break, Susan Burnore will facilitate the morning sessions, and Paul Burnore will lead in the evenings.  (And we hear Rev. Jack may be on hand for some of them.)  Come join us!  Printouts of selected quotes from the book will be on hand.

Wednesday mornings 10am – 11:30am

or Wednesday evenings 7pm – 8:30pm in Conway Hall.

Contacts: Susan Burnore, Paul Burnore



Want To Make A Difference You Can See?

Check out the ​Building & Grounds Committee!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 5:30pm - 7pm
Conway North Room

Whether you don’t know which end of a screwdriver to use or you can build a home from scratch, B&G is looking for YOU!  We have various projects you can enjoy like (1) helping to find and coordinate the best contractors or (2) getting your hands dirty outside on the grounds, or handyman jobs – light painting, electrical, carpentry, etc.  (Yes, that should probably be “handyperson” but we can only carry PC so far.)

We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month 5:30 – 7:00 PM at the church office.  Stop by and find out what we do!  Request copies of our Minutes be emailed to you.  Join in and brag to your friends about things like a new bookshelf you helped install (provided it stays up, of course …).  Anyway, come on by and find out more!  Fame, glory, fun and more can be yours!

For more info, please email us at uustpete.bg@gmail.com.



Water Bottles Needed!

Do you have extra water bottles that are filling up the back of your cabinet?

As we enter the hottest time of the year, our friends that participate in the Friday Night Picnic not only have a hard time getting access to clean cool water, but rarely have a water bottle to carry with them throughout the day.  Please look for a special collection box during Coffee Hour after Sunday Service to drop off your donation(s).

If you have a source for further donations (the Lost & Found at your workplace/Leftovers from an event) or need further information please contact Courtney Allen.

Contact: Courtney Allen