UU St. Pete InfoNet: July 29, 2017

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

O Freedom of Speech, how do I love thee?    Let me count the ways.



Announcements From Pastor Jack

IN CASE OF PASTORAL EMERGENCIES while Pastor Jack is on August vacation, UU minister Rev. Karen Day has graciously agreed to be on call.  Karen is our UUSP community minister (helping connect us more significantly on justice issues with the wider St. Pete community).  She is an ordained UU minister (2001), has since served congregations as pastor in North Carolina and Virginia, and began work in UU religious education in 1984.  In case of emergency (hospitalization, life crisis, etc.), you may contact Karen by phone (540)-357-5657 or email karenday3@swva.net.  Many thanks to Rev. Karen. Rev Jack


ANNOUNCING UUSP’S FIRST SUNDAYS MONTHLY MEDITATION GROUP – starting Sunday, August 6 – 9:30-10:15am­ – in the Treuthart Room, upstairs in the RE area (in UUSP’s Conway Building).   Long experienced meditator and UUSP member Mimi Anzel will facilitate a few minutes of breath work followed by silent meditation.  Carpe Pacem!  Many thanks to Mimi for facilitating.  Rev. Jack


UPDATING THE UUSP CALENDAR:  It’s time!  Please put all your 2017-2018 meetings and events on the church website calendar as soon as possible.  This is very important to avoid scheduling conflicts, to help the office with knowing what space is available for outside rentals, and to help the UUSP Program Council coordinate plans.  2017-2018 has begun!  Happy New Year!  Rev. Jack


FIRST BOOK FOR WEDNESDAY DISCUSSIONS THIS FALL (starting September 13, 10am & 7pm, your choice) : Between the World and Me - the personal testimony of the Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates in his book in the form of a letter to his young son.  Our study emphasis this fall will be part of becoming better allies, partners, and justice co-workers with those who are 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 “the Blessings of Liberty.”  Book quotes provided for discussion.  (Please note that this book selection is different the originally proposed book, which we’ll do later.)  Rev. Jack



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 (Faith in Action for Strength Together - an interfaith justice coalition,).  I’d suggest the following roughly this 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) Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah (host of The Daily Show) (2016)
8) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
9) Waking Up White (and Finding Myself in the Story of Race), 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.
14) Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil, by W.E.B. DuBois (1920)
15) The Color of Water, by James McBride (1995) – a mixed race son writes of his white mother’s life and his.
16) Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson (2014) Time’s “Top 10 Nonfiction 2014)


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



Support the DREAM Act of 2017

More than 750,000 young undocumented immigrants have received work permits and deportation relief through the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program since it was created by Executive Order in August, 2012. The program gives unauthorized immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 16 – a group sometimes called “Dreamers” – a chance to stay in the U.S. to study or work. Those approved for the program are given a work permit and protection from deportation for two years. These benefits can currently be renewed. 

There is a great deal of concern about whether this Executive Order will stay in place. However the recent bi-partisan announcement to replace it with a permanent law is very good news. U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Il) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are the co-sponsors of the DREAM Act of 2017.  

If you want to protect the Dreamers -- join us after service on Sunday to sign postcards to both of your Senators. We will mail them for you.


Contact: Karen Coale


Parking Lot Vote - Date Change from July 30 to September 10


In order to accommodate as many UUSP members as possible for the vote on WJA’s offer to buy parcel one of our parking lot, the Board approached them and asked for an extension. This is because a number of our members may be on vacation on July 30 (WJA’s original deadline), but most UUSP vacationers and some snowbirds will have returned by September 10. 


WJA has reluctantly agreed to postponing a UUSP decision from July 30 to September 10. During the 6-week extension period we will continue to hold discussion roundtables, publish any new information we have, hold Skype or GoToMeeting internet sessions to encourage verbal interaction with those members who are out of town, and publish Pros/Cons from our roundtable discussions.

Please mark September 10 as the new Vote Date!

Contact: Paul Burnore



Parking Lot Central

Stop by the Parking Lot Central table during Social Hour with questions, ideas, or concerns. You can also pick up printed copies of information about the forthcoming vote on the Parking Lot  proposal.  This table will be available each Sunday until the day of the vote on September 10.

Thank you!

Contact: Linda Paul




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 by our recently updated voting date of September 10, 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



Want To Make A Difference You Can See?

Check out the ​Building & Grounds Committee!  

Next Meeting August 1, 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.



A Month with Carl Sagan - Wednesday Beliefs Discussion Group

The Wednesday Beliefs Discussion group will read Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World - Science as a Candle in the Dark for the month of August.  From its cover: “How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience, New Age thinking, and fundamentalist zealotry and the testable hypotheses of science?”   Amid charges and counter-charges of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts,’ we need Sagan’s rational, respectful approach now more than ever.

To give Rev. Jack a bit of a break, Susan Burnore will facilitate the morning sessions, and Paul Burnore will lead in the evenings.  Come Join us!

Email Susan at susanburnore@gmail.com to be put on the distribution list for reminders and the weekly page of quotes to be discussed.  (For the first session, August 2nd, read chapters 1-3, pages 1-59.)

Every Wednesday in August in Conway Hall:
Morning Session: 10a -11:30am
Evening Sessions: 7p-8:30pm


Contacts: Susan Burnore, Paul Burnore



Hurricane Preparation

During hurricane season and when there is a threat of severe weather, please note that UUSP is located in a non-evacuation zone -- but it is also not designated as a shelter. However, even though we are not a designated shelter facility, members of our congregation are always welcome to come to our church at any time.

If you expect to stay more than a few hours, please be sure to bring food, water, and all the items recommended for storm preparedness with you as you will be responsible for taking care of yourself and your family members. And remember that we do not have showers or beds. Also, remember that utilities (water, electricity) might be out so be prepared for that possibility.

We recognize pets are also family members and they are welcome as long as they are contained in carriers or cages. Gilmour will be designated as the pet area in order to provide animal-free areas for those members who may have pet allergies.

If severe weather threatens, Rev. Jack and the Board of Trustees, working with the Buildings and Grounds Committee, will designate volunteers to open up the Church if needed. Church leadership will notify the congregation who to call to make arrangements for Church access if you are forced to evacuate and wish to stay at the Church.

Contact: Morgan Gresham



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