UU St. Pete InfoNet: May 25, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, May 27, 2018: "AFTER YOU’RE GONE #3: Will You Still Be Present? "
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Sarah Craig


RE Corner

Religious Education:


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


All children and youth will begin Hogwarts Summer Sundays May 27 and continue through August 5. Instead of coming to worship children will go directly to the courtyard “Train Station Gate 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 vacation May 29 - June 9.


Contact: Karen Day



Announcements From Pastor Jack



On Monday, May 14, a Moral Movement was begun in Washington, DC, and in 30 State capitals around the nation. The movement is called The Poor People’s Campaign.  I hope it won’t end until it succeeds.


The movement is about a single question:  Why, in the wealthiest nation on the earth, do so many people live in abject poverty and oppression?   It is a movement in which many organizations are joining to resolve the many facets of poverty, injustice, and degradation that Americans (along with Earthkins) are experiencing at an accelerating pace.  The purpose of the movement is to end the institutional oppression and national impoverishment that now results from the way of doing business in the capitols and corporations of our nation and our many states.


The national Poor People’s Campaign is inspired by the initiative of Martin Luther King, Jr, who had just started a 1968 Poor People’s Campaign when he was assassinated.  Now, inspired by Rev. Dr. William Barber’s Moral Mondays coalition movement in North Carolina, leaders from numerous justice causes have joined to re-establish the Campaign at the national and state levels.


The demonstration two Mondays ago focused on the oppression and impoverishment of children, women, and those who have some disability.  It was the first of six sequential nationwide Monday demonstrations. It is expected that the Monday, June 11 demonstration will be the biggest, boosted by labor union participation. 


Representing UUSP at the first Monday demonstration at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee were Dave Coale, Rev. Karen and Rev. Jack.  About fifty representatives of a wide variety of groups – unions, women, children, races, disabilities, and religions participated with speeches, prayers, songs, and rituals. The theme song for the week was “Someone’s hurting my people/children/women/workers - and it’s gone on far too long, far too long.” 


As plans for upcoming demonstrations unfold, Dave, Karen, and Jack will try to keep you informed – and we hope you can join in some of the demonstrations – especially on June 11.


Appreciation to all,

Jack, Karen, and Dave



JOIN THE TIBETAN BUDDHIST MONKS ON THEIR SACRED ART TOUR FOR COMPASSION AND GLOBAL PEACE: Next Saturday, June 2:  5:30pm  POTLUCK AT UUSP with the eight monks for UUSPers and guests – bring a dish to share (veggie or otherwise is fine).  In Gilmour Hall, UU St. Pete.  Sign up if you have time, in Gilmour Hall or by contacting Pastor Jack.  7:00pm PANEL DISCUSSION – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: “Tibetan Buddhist Response to Our Troubled Times – How Can We Make Peace?”  Q & A to follow.  Come share with the Tibetan monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery in India – in the UU St. Pete sanctuary.



OUR NEXT UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES begins on Wednesday, June 6 (10am & 7pm, as usual): Our book will be A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Forrest Church and John Buehrens.  Many of you have read A Chosen Faith and many have not.  It offers two lovely sets of perspective on the people, puzzles, and paths that have brought UUs to where we are today as a religion (the beliefs and practices that keep life and lives intact) and movement.  It’s worth reading for the first time or revisiting for the tenth.  We will meet for seven sessions, June 6 - July 25 (skipping July 4).   Hope you can join us.   Pastor Jack



NEW IN THESE PARTS?   Come learn more about Unitarian Universalism and about joining our UU St. Pete congregation – this Sunday, May 27 and next Sunday, June 3 after church.  If you feel we could be good for you or you could be good for us, we hope you’ll join us.  Meeting at 11:45am in Conway Lounge (the Religious Education wing).  Questions?  Contact Pastor Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net) or Membership chair Patti (pthanks1@gmail.com).



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



California, Here They Come!

California, Here They Come!


Our much-loved music director Nic Filzen and much-loved Communications Coordinator Janeya Filzen are moving to California where Nic will intern as a UU minister.  The choir is sponsoring a California-themed Pot Luck Lunch on Sunday, May 27, to send them on their way with full tummies.


It would be nice to give them a little more than full tummies as they head west.  If you would like to contribute something, please place your cash or check (payable to Nic or Janeya Filzen) in the container labeled "California or Bust" on the piano in Gilmour Hall.  The container​ will be out, along with a card for everyone to sign, on May 13, 20 and 27.


Please bring your pot luck dish to Gilmour before church on May 27.  You can send Anne Hall (annehall@aol.com) a quick email or reach out to her at church, letting her know what you would like to bring or if you have questions. 


Come join the fun and say "Happy Trails" to Nic and Janeya!


Contact: Anne Hall



Fair Trade Coffee, Tea & Chocolate For Sale After Sunday Service

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 11:30am


After our Sunday service, "Equal Exchange" Fair Traded Coffee, Tea and Chocolate will be available for your purchasing pleasure. These products are regularly available the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month. (Dates may vary during the summer, holidays and special events.)


And remember, when you purchase the fair trade products that are available here, you are helping to support small farmers around the globe, you are helping the UUSC continue its commitment to their human rights, you are helping our church community to live our mission, and you are getting an excellent product at a fair price.


Contact: Karen Frank



Membership Inquirers' Class #1

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 11:45am

The first of two classes for those interested in learning more about the UU Church of St. Pete and about UUSP membership - to be followed on  Sunday June 3rd with the second class.



Arts & Aesthetics Committee Meeting

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 1:00pm

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

Contact: Rain Turner





Town Hall Meeting - Social Justice and Parking Lot Funds

Town Hall Meeting - Social Justice and Parking Lot Funds - June 3, 2018, 12:00pm


Please join us for this important Town Hall meeting. The agenda will include a presentation of the Tiny Homes for Vets Social Justice proposal and an opportunity to hear about other potential Social Justice project ideas. In addition, we’ll discuss a needed process for Social Justice projects which propose to use funds from the sale of our parking lot, how much of the parking lot funds should go to Social Justice, and the distinction between internal (e.g., handicapped access) and external social justice projects.


I hope to see you there.


Paul Burnore
President, Board of Trustees



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)