UU St. Pete InfoNet: July 28, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, July 29, 2018: "THE END OF UNIVERSALISM"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Susan Burnore

Two Sundays ago, we explored the question, "What is the end of Unitarianism?"  The same question about Universalism is important to us as it effects our own understanding of life and how to live.  What does  the term "Universalist" tell us about our religious purpose or beliefs or practices?  What is the end of Universalism?

And as a religious tradition grounded in a particular teleology - an understanding of the grand design of existence - how revelatory and relevant is the term "Universalist" to our journey and end goal?  When does the usefulness of the term "Universalist" come to an end?

This Sunday's sermon will raise these questions and invite you into discussion in the Sanctuary right after the service.



RE Corner

Religious Education: June 29

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15am - noon.

All children and youth will be in Hogwarts Summer through August 5. Instead of coming to worship children will go directly to Conway “Train Station Platform 9 ¾” to travel together to this magical school. Activities will focus on our seven principles and how they are lived in Harry Potter’s world.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister, is available to talk with you on Sundays or Thursdays, 1 - 5p.  Contact: re@uustpete.org.


Contact: Karen Day



Announcements From Pastor Jack

FOR PASTORAL NEEDS WHILE PASTOR JACK IS AWAY (July 30-August 19), please contact UUSP RE Family Minister Rev. Karen Day (karenelizabethday@gmail.com; 540-357-5657) or Care Committee chair Sue Price (sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910).


Tuesday Mediation: 11:45am, or a little earlier for instruction - in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

Tuesday Brown Bag Lunchtime; 12:15pm-1:00pm – in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

YES, Meditation and Lunch gatherings will continue through August.


UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES:  On summer break until Wednesday, September 12.  Thank you to everybody who participated in our 2017-2018 Wednesday Discussions of Experience and Beliefs.  What a richness there is within and among us!  On Wednesday September 12 (10am or 7pm, your choice) we continue with chapter 6 of A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Church and Buehrens.  Pastor Jack


Possible NEW Programs in the Fall  (Your feedback requested and appreciated):

(1) Wednesday morning meditation.  Which starting times would you prefer: 6:00am, 6:30am, 7:00am, 7:30am?

(2) Thursday Citizens CafĂ©:  To discuss your social concern of the day over lunch (brown bag) or coffee (provided) – with pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses.  Is this an idea worth implementing?

Tell Pastor Jack for Fall Planning: In person; or Feedback sheets on piano; or Email (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net)


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


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




Be Prepared to VOTE -- Attend Candidate Forums

PINELLAS COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: Sponsored by Pinellas Education Foundation, PTA - Pinellas County Council, League of Women Voters, and SPC Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions

Candidates are running to fill four Pinellas County School Board seats. UU St Pete is a member of the FAST Coalition which has asked the current school board to counter the rising number of in-school arrests and suspensions for minor offenses by putting in place a robust “restorative practices” program.  FAST members are meeting with candidates, and these are the questions they are asking them:

  1. Do you agree that Pinellas County Schools has a track record of not giving teaching staff the training and resources they need when implementing new Programs?
  2. What have your experiences been with restorative practices? Do you see this as an effective way to deal with the discipline problems of the school district?
  3. If elected, would you agree to a pilot of the “safer saner schools” program?
  4. if elected, will you advocate for the school district to release quarterly accountability reports of suspension, arrest and reading scores broken down by school and race?

JULY 30, 6 - 8 pm  St. Petersburg College Music Center, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N.

AUGUST 2, 6 - 8 pm  St. Petersburg College Digitorium, Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole


JUDICIAL CANDIDATE FORUM: Sponsored by League of Women Voters and National Council of Negro Women - St. Pete Metro Section 

AUGUST 7, 2018  6pm- 7:30pm  Enoch D Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave S, St. Petersburg

July 30, 2018 is the Voter Registration Deadline for the Primary Election on August 28.

Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day




Publix and Wendy's: End the Violence! March in St. Pete

On Sunday August 5, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will return to Tampa Bay as part of its summer Florida action season to join allies for a march on Publix and Wendy's!

Publix and Wendy's have refused for years (eight and five years respectively) to join the CIW's groundbreaking Fair Food Program -- thereby refusing to guarantee fundamental human rights protections for the women and men who harvest our food. With the CIW and allies taking action in St. Pete, Miami, and Orlando, we will remind these two Fair Food holdouts that as long as they continue to turn their backs on farmworkers, we will raise our voices to demand justice in the fields! We will not allow Publix or Wendy's to continue rejecting farmworkers and consumers' urgent demands for justice, respect, and accountability through the Fair Food Program. 

The one-mile march will begin at 3pm at Allendale United Methodist Church (3803 Haines Rd N. in St. Petersburg). 
Our Social Justice Committee has been a long time supporter of the work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Come join the march against these two holdouts -- Publix and Wendy’s. Sign-up to march as a congregation and/or for a ride by emailing kcoale@tampabay.rr.com.


Contact: Karen Coale




Celebrate Outreach's Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans Project

UUSP wil be hosting a Community Event supporting Celebrate Outreach's Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans project on Monday, August 13, 12:30pm-2:30pm.

Come learn about this project, see the models, and  thank our sponsors, LP Building Products, and their volunteers who will make some aesthetic improvements in the playground (new canopy tarps). Enjoy free lunch provided by John and Lisa Riesebeck owners of Smokn' J's. The event is free.

Please reach out to Sabine von Aulock with your questions: beandex@aol.com

Contact: Sabine von Aulock




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


Thank you!

Contact: Jim Fitzgerald (jamfitz2nd@gmail.com)