UU St. Pete InfoNet: June 22, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, June 24, 2018: "Magic + Mystery = The Power of Love"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Karen Day
Worship Associate:  Bill Motter

"Magic + Mystery = The Power of Love" Reverend Karen Day

In honor of Pride Weekend we will consider the strength we gain when we join forces and trust beyond ourselves.


The service will be shortened so we can all proceed to our table at the Festival.


Karen is our RE Family and Community Minister and has felt the transformative and mysterious Universalist power that love can have in our lives!



RE Corner

Religious Education: June 24

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


All children and youth will be in Hogwarts Summer Sundays May 27 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 on leave for study and travel June 25-July 25.


Any questions regarding our RE Program, please contact Melissa or Morgan.

Contacts: Karen Day, Morgan Gresham, Melissa Allen



Announcements From Pastor Jack

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES this Wednesday, June 27 (10am & 7pm, as usual): Chapter 3 of our book, A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Forrest Church and John Buehrens.  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 THIRD REPORT ON THE POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN IN FLORIDA:  This past Monday, June 18, Rev. Karen Day and I went to the state capitol in Tallahassee for the sixth Monday of the Poor People’s Campaign.  The demonstration was rather small.  But it felt meaningful.  A big rally is planned for this weekend in Washington, D.C.   I expect that after that, further strategizing will emerge.  As many have observed, perhaps the most important task next on the list is to get out the vote for the mid-term elections.  Is this a religious matter?  As religare is Latin for bonding together, I would say it is religious for our country.  Is it a spiritual matter?  As spirit is what sprouts or springs or spires from the seed we call the soul, I would say it is spiritual.  As the French social historian Alex de Toqueville observed of America in Emerson’s day, it is the willingness of Americans to join in associations to get the job done that will make them great.  Still true, I think.   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



Trip to Chiapas, Mexico for the 2018 “Day of the Dead”

The following announcement is from the Center for Global Justice, an organization involved in protecting the rights of indigenous people. Tim Flaherty and I went with this group on a similar trip to Chiapas in March of 2017, and found it worthwhile and fascinating. Please contact Paul Burnore or Tim Flaherty for more information.



October 28, 2018  through November 4, 2018

The Center for Global Justice is planning a "Day of the Dead" adventure to Chiapas this fall.  From October 28th to November 4th, a group of no more than 10 will experience the blend of indigenous and catholic ritual that entwines in this region honoring of those that have passed.  It's a very memorable few days filled with incredible beauty and traditions unique to the region. 


Oct 28th

Flight from Mexico City to Tuxtla and transportation to our hotel in San Cristobal

Oct 29th

Sumidero Canyon, Universidad de la Tierra; San Cristobal school aligned with the Zapatistas’ 

Oct 30th

Oventic; a Zapatista community

Oct 31st

SIPAZ; an international organization that works to protect indigenous rights; Museo de las Trabajadoras and Textile Museum.

Nov 1st

Na Bolom; former home of Franz and Gertrude Bolom, now a museum dedicated to the Lacandon Maya and the preservation of the Chiapas rain forest; DESMI; a local non-profit that supports indigenous sustainable agriculture, social justice and collective economic models.

Nov 2nd

Day of the Dead activities in Chamula and Zinacantan.

Nov 3rd

Tonina; an archeology site dating back to 514 AD. This early Mayan city contains a "great pyramid" and well preserved stela.

Nov 4th

Transfers to Tuxtla Airport for flight back to Mexico City.



$250 Deposit Required
Balance due by Sept 1
Group size limited to 10 people


Cost per person:
DOUBLE - $1100
SINGLE - $1400


Costs include:

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

To secure your place, mail a check for $250 USD per person: 
Center for Global Justice,
5802 Bob Bullock Loop,
C1 #84, Laredo TX 78041


If you are mailing a check,be sure to email admin@globaljusticecenter.org to alert us that your reservation is in the mail.  Balance due September 1. For more info, contact Olivia at admin@globaljusticecenter.org

Contact: Paul Burnore



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 will march in Florida’s largest Pride Parade which begins at 7pm.  For more info or how you can join us, Please contact Courtney: Courtney.S.Allen@gmail.com.  


Sunday, June 24:  Come join Sabine and the UUSP team to sing songs of peace, love, and action, and show passers-by that doing social justice can be fun as well as impactful. Feel free to suggest and lead songs!  Contact Sabine at beandex@aol.com. Feel free to suggest, and lead songs! 


Contacts: Courtney Allen, Sabine von Aulock



Take Action TODAY

Separating Children from their Parents is Inhumane 

To deter Central American and Mexican families from claiming asylum when crossing the border into the U.S., the Trump Administration began separating children from their parents under their “zero tolerance” policy announced in April, 2018. What we know at this time is that children are shipped to facilities run by contractors or to agencies for temporary foster care placement. The parents are held in detention centers with many ending up in federal prisons. 


This week we learned that one of those facilities is located in south Florida. As reported by the Tampa Bay Times on June 20, 2018 (link to article is below),even elected officials were not allowed to enter the Homestead facility to check on the condition of these children. Later that day the President signed an executive order to solve the problem.   http://saintpetersburgtimes.fl.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=3d5902469


So far 2,300 to 2,400 children have been taken from their parents. The executive order neither addresses the reunification of these children with their parents nor states when the separation will stop. At this point we do not know where all of these children are located. The secrecy exhibited by the federal government by not identifying all of facilities, denying access to facilities housing children as well as the lack of response to Honduran and Mexican embassies seeking information about children being place in foster care is inexcusable and raises very serious concerns about the treatment of these children. What is the government hiding? 


It is critical that each one of us contact our elected federal officials and ask them to ensure that these children are reunited with their parents. Contact your Representative and both Florida Senators. It takes just a few minutes, and is so easy to do.

  1. State your name and zip code. Calls and messages from outside their district are not counted.
  2. Since the executive order does not address reunifying separated families — ask that they request a plan to do so immediately and then track progress towards total reunification. 
  3. Also, ask them to determine where all the facilities housing children are located and visit at least one.

Contact Information:

US House of Representative from this area

Charlie Christ:  visit website and complete template   https://crist.house.gov/contact/
Phone: (202) 225-5961 or (888) 205-5569


US Senators for Florida

Bill Nelson:  visit website and complete template  www.billnelson.senate.gov/contact-bill
Phone: (202) 224-5274 or  (813) 225-7040


Marco Rubio:  visit website and complete template    http://www.rubio.senate.gov
Phone:  (866) 630-7106 or (202) 224-3041

Contact: Karen Coale



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



Thank you for your Contribution!

Curious about how to designate your contributions to UUSP?


Any checks made payable to UUSP are allocated to your pledge first if there is nothing indicated in the memo line of the check or specified in a note accompanying the check. If you make a gift in cash included in an envelope with your full name clearly written, it will be allocated to your pledge.


If you wish your contribution to be allocated for another purpose such as Social Justice for Migrants/Immigrants, Fair Trade products, or the UUs Helping People, please clearly indicate the purpose in the memo line of your check or in an accompanying envelope with your full name if you want to receive credit for tax purposes.


When sharing the plate, all cash unless otherwise noted with an accompanying envelope or note is divided equally between a plate contribution and the specified social justice contribution.


If you have any questions, about how to make any special contributions to UUSP, please contact UUSP’s Financial Secretary.


To make payments on your pledge easier, consider setting up an automatic payment with your bank payable monthly to UUSP at the time of month you choose.

Contact: Carol Ulmer



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)