UU St. Pete InfoNet: June 15, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services


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Sunday, June 17, 2018: "DECIDING THE FUTURE: A Midsummer Father's Day Dream"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Sarah Craig

Fatherhood in America is not defined by just one ethnicity or generation.  But, from Confucius, Odysseus, Yehovah, and Shylock to Chief Seattle, Mr. Rogers, Nelson Mandela and Archie Bunker, American dads have been influenced by diverse visions of what we are.  So, what should fathers and grandfathers be and do these days for the sake of posterity and themselves?



RE Corner

Religious Education: June 17

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

All children and youth will be in Hogwarts Summer Sundays 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 will be available to chat on Sunday morning or Thursday 2-5

Contact: Karen Day



Announcements From Pastor Jack

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES this Wednesday, June 20 (10am & 7pm, as usual): Our text: A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Forrest Church and John Buehrens – a book worth revisiting.  Copies available in the UUSP library for borrow or purchase ($10).  Quotes for discussion will always be available at the meeting and by email.  Hope you can join us.   Pastor Jack


PASTOR’S SECOND REPORT ON THE POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN IN FLORIDA:  This past Monday, June 11, Rev. Karen Day, UUSP member Carol Ulmer, and I went to the state capitol in Tallahassee for the fifth Monday of the Poor People’s Campaign.  With send-off cheers from UUSP member Robert Alicea, we traveled with about 20 other St. Peteians on a bus provided by some of the participating unions (SEICU, Fight for Fifteen, St. Pete Adjunct Faculty, etc).  The demonstration itself:  about 125-150 people from the coalition groups involved in the PPC; lots of personal testimonies and excellent speeches; a brief blockade of a lane of traffic by the capitol building (quickly dispersed at the friendly request of the police); but no news media other than our own group’s social media efforts.  I am more encouraged by the potential influence of this coalition movement, especially adding to the justice efforts of the League of Women Voters and the ACLU, than anything I’ve seen.  Good to know that the UUA is also very involved at the national level in the U.S. Capitol.  Pastor Jack


HELP UUSP BUILD A UU-CENTERED LIBRARY in our Library Reading Room off Gilmour Hall.  By UU-Centered, we mean books about us – about Unitarianism, Universalism, UUism, UU people, UU influenced people, UU influenced books, and UU-influencing books. See the bulletin boards for our growing booklist and please add to it.  And then decide what book you can contribute or pay for (name label in your honor inside the cover).

Examples for this week?

  • The Epic of Unitarianism (David Parke, 1984),
  • American Universalism (George Hunston Williams, 1983)
  • A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism (Forrest Church & John Buehrens, 1996
  • Myths of Time and History (Alice Blair Wesley, 1989)
  • Universalists and Unitarians in America, A People’s History (John Buehrens;)
  • Anthology of World Religions (Robert Van Voorst, 2011)
  • The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley, 1945)
  • The World Religions (Huston Smith, 1991)
  • A History of God (Karen Armstrong, 1993)
  • Turning Point: Essays on a New Unitarian Universalism (Frederick Muir)
  • Drawing Down the Moon: Paganism in America (Margo Adler)
  • Origin of Species, Charles Darwin, 1859
  • Frankenstein (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley).


Please see Sarah Craig or Pastor Jack to make contributions.

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



Arts & Aesthetics Committee Meeting

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 12:00pm

Arts and Aesthetics Committee will be meeting to discuss current and upcoming projects. 

We haven't met for a while, so this one will be a catch-up meeting. Agenda sent out to current members, contact Rain for agenda if you are not on the current email list and would like to join us.

Contact: Rain Turner





Want To Make A Difference You Can See in 2018?

Check out the ​Buildings & Grounds Committee!  

Next Meeting: Tuesday - June19  5:30pm - 7pm - Church Office

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.)

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.

Contacts: Reggie Craig, Tom Archibald



It is Pride Month!!

Let’s take our UU message to the streets. "Love is the spirit of our church - and service our law." We have some great ways to show your Pride: march with us in the Pride Parade or help spread our message of love at our Booth. 

Saturday, June 23 in downtown St. Pete we march in Florida’s largest Pride Parade.  For more info, please contact Courtney: Courtney.S.Allen@gmail.com.  

Sunday, June 24 we'll staff our UUSP Gay Pride booth, sing songs of peace, love, and action, and show passers-by that doing social justice can be fun as well as impactful. Contact Sabine at beandex@aol.com. Feel free to suggest, and lead songs! 


Other UUSP Pride Week Activities: 
Tuesday, June 19, 11:30am - 1:00pm at Gulfport Public Library, an interfaith clergy panel on our various religious responses to LGBTQ concerns – Pastor Jack participating on the panel;

Thursday, June 21, 7:00pm at First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg, the annual Interfaith Pride Service – Pastor Jack and Rev. Karen are participating in the service.

Contacts: Courtney Allen, Sabine von Aulock



Announcement Regarding Expenses!

With the fiscal year ending June 30, please make sure all requests for payment or reimbursement through June are submitted by Monday, July 1. Use the white Request for Payment form and put them in the Treasurer's mailbox in the office. Also, if you have made any Donations Not Requiring Reimbursement please submit that orange form. Thank you.

Let us know if you have any questions or leave a note in the Treasurer's mailbox in the Church Office.

Contact: Andy Bragg



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)