UU St. Pete InfoNet: June 30, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services


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Sunday, July 1, 2018: "MAKE AMERICA GRATEFUL AGAIN: The Battle for the Souls of Americans"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Sabine Von Aulock

This week we celebrate Independence Day.  Across the political spectrum, people seem in agreement that we are in a struggle for the soul and spirit of America - which will have great influence on the souls and spirits of Americans and of nations.  What's our way?



RE Corner

Religious Education: June 24

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

THANKS AND CHEERS TO COURTNEY ALLEN AND SABINE VON AULOCK and their prime supporters Melissa and Jeri along with their teams of UUSPers who made the parade and festival booth so much fun – and got lots of applause.   We’re helping change the world, one parade at a time.  Pastor Jack


FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER RALLY: Saturday, June 30, 1:30pm - 3:00pm, City of Gulfport, Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd S., Gulfport, FL  33707.  This is a national event.  Join with the ACLU, Indivisible 13, and the Gulfport, FL community, our civic organizations and our local, county, state and US elected officials and candidates for office invite you to join us on Saturday, June 30, 2018 as we stand as one solid voice for compassion, integrity, civility, decency and common sense in the politics of our country.  Our mission is to re-enfranchise and re-empower ALL our voters, and especially those who are struggling. We will have speakers from the community, art and music and a seaside atmosphere.  Rev. Jack


YES, THE TUESDAY MEDITATION AND BROWN BAG LUNCH GROUP IS MEETING THIS TUESDAY AS USUAL – Meditation at 11:45am; lunch at 12:15pm – come when you can!


UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES:  No meetings this Wednesday because everybody’s rallying for liberty!  Next meetings are July 11 (10am & 7pm, as usual): Chapter 4 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


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.


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.


Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



Keep Families Together!

Join the ACLU Pinellas Chapter and the St Petersburg League of Women on

  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 1:30pm
  • Gulfport Casino (5500 Shore Blvd S, corner of Beach Blvd and Shore Blvd)

To stand as one solid voice to challenge what’s happened and is happening to immigrant families at the border. 

In response to President Trump’s recent executive order, Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, offered the following reaction: “Kids should not have been separated from their parents in the first place. [President Trump’s] alleged solution to a crisis of his own making is many months too late. It is a crisis that should not have happened to begin with. He has caused irreparable damage to thousands of immigrant families. This crisis will not abate until each and every single child is reunited with his or her parent. “An eleventh-hour executive order doesn’t fix the calamitous harm done to thousands of children and their parents.”

The League's national position on immigration advocates for keeping families together and firmly states the constitutional right that anyone who is in this country is entitled to due process.  The "zero tolerance" policy of criminalizing requests for asylum, separating families and incarcerating parents is cruel, mean-spirited and unlawful. The hastily announced executive order neither addresses reuniting separated families nor has a target date for ceasing the separations. 

Wear your teal shirt!  Parking may be limited, neighborhood side streets are available, but watch for No Parking signs, and please don't block sidewalk crossings and driveways.

Contact: Karen Coale



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


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



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



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)