UU St. Pete InfoNet: May 4, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, May 6, 2018: "AFTER YOU’RE GONE #1: What Will You Miss?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Janeya Filzen



RE Corner

Religious Education – May 6, 2018

Nursery care is provided from 10:15a - noon by Laura and Marisa.

Today’s story and activity will focus on Hands. All other groups are going to visit Clothes2Kids, the non-profit that collects clothing to provide free for families. Bring your child to the parking lot before 10:30am so you can sign a field trip form and we can leave at 10:30am.

We will be collecting gently used clothing, accessories and new underwear May 13 and May 20.

RE Family Minister, Rev. Karen Day, will have office hours Tuesday, May 8, 1pm - 5pm, instead of Thursday this week. re@uustpete.org

Contact: Karen Day



Food Collection This Sunday

We want to remind you to bring food to service this Sunday, May 6, for the monthly food collection.

This month your Social Justice Committee will be collecting food for Twizere’s family, one of the Congolese refugee families that this congregation supports, during the service.  Their diet is traditional – so donations of rice, dried beans, vegetables and citrus fruit would be appreciated. However they can also use size 6 disposable diapers for toddler, Tarik.

Thank you!  Your support means a lot to this famly of six.

Contact: Karen Coale



Announcements From Pastor Jack

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES: this Wednesday, May 9, 10am and 7pm (same study, your choice of time):  Rev. Dr. William J. Barber’s The Third Reconstruction: How A Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear – “14 Steps Forward Together”.  Grand Finale!  We will discuss what opportunities Rev. Barber’s ideas provide you, me, and UUSP.   Not too late to join the discussion, just and caring people!  All welcome.  Discussion quotes provided.  Pastor Jack


SAVE THE DATE!!!  Saturday, June 2 - UU St Pete will host a potluck (5:30pm) and public presentation (7:00pm) for the Tibetan monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery in India, traveling on a Sacred Arts Tour for global peace. 

Info: Pastor Jack; Florida CraftArt director Katie Deits (UUSP member).


THE POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN BORN AGAIN, organized by Moral Mondays founder Rev. Dr. William Barber and colleagues.  On Monday, May 14, at 2:00pm, thousands will be protesting at over 30 state capitals regarding the impoverishing and oppressive state of justice and equal rights in the United States.  The protest in Tallahassee will be held at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum, 400 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee.  If UUSPers are interested, let me know and I’ll get you in touch with one another.  The web address is www.PoorPeoplesCampaign.org.   Pastor Jack


NEW IN THESE PARTS?  Come learn more about Unitarian Universalism and about joining our UU St. Pete congregation.  Our next two Inquirers’ Gatherings are on Sundays, May 27 and June 3 at 11:45a after church service. 

If you feel we could be good for you or you could be good for us, we hope you’ll join us.   Sign-up sheets are on the piano in Gilmour Hall.  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 – that covers a lot of territory, all good. 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 Wollestonecraft Shelley – who knew its UU?)

Please see Sarah Craig or Pastor Jack to make contributions of books or funds (checks to UUSP, note “Books”).


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



Changing of the Padlocks

The padlocks on the gate, shed and dumpster are being changed this weekend (May 5 & 6)

If you have a key, you will need to turn in your old one for a new one. Please see Reggie Craig or the office manager to do so.

Contact: Reggie Craig



WJA Public Hearing and Plans for New Building

The City’s Development Review Commission (DRC) held a Special Exception Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 2. The purpose was to discuss and approve/disapprove a WJA request for an exception to city zoning.  WJA requested that their new building have a 37% residential component (in 10 living units) rather than the 25% in the city code. UUSP was fortunate to have eight members and the minister attend.


Several UUSP members had questions about the WJA plan, many of which focused on UUSP members having enough parking spaces and on the new building having six stories. After much discussion, the following amendments were added and approved: 1) no dumpsters in the alley, 2) no construction equipment in the parking area, 3) no construction work during Sunday services, and 4) clear signage for “UUSP Parking Only” for 15 reserved spaces on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  The Special Exception was approved by the commission.


Regarding six stories: during the 12 months of UUSP debate about the parking lot, WJA submitted three different proposals to UUSP, of which one was rejected, another was withdrawn, and the third one passed. These various proposals contained a number of design possibilities, including a 10-story building (which was unacceptable) along with 3, 4, and 5 story designs. The final agreement negotiated and approved by the Board did not include a design requirement. WJA explained that it had submitted a plan to the City for five stories, but the City required that the fifth story must be set back by 20 feet, so that six stories were then needed to accommodate the same amount of space. The setback requirement is to avoid encroachment on UUSP’s environment and is standard in some other cities. WJA said that because floors five and six must be set back, they wouldn’t be visible from the church and it would look like a four-story building.


Regarding parking: we don’t entirely know the future about cars or parking or even church size and activity - and we won’t, since it’s an organic process. UUSP already enjoys extensive additional parking in neighboring lots. As for daytime parking, the vast bulk of our programming happens in the evening and if we need to be sure of more daytime parking for any given event, our agreement with WJA is that we will consult and work that out. I think we discussed and negotiated that very well months ago and the matter was settled by both a board and congregational vote.


I believe the outcome is consistent with UUSP’s agreement with WJA, and for UUSP it looks excellent. The new design looks innovative and beautiful, and it enhances our neighborhood in many ways.


From mid-June to late-July the parking lot will be renovated and, in the fall, WJA’s building construction will begin. We are working with our neighbors to ensure UUSP parking during the renovation. The Board will stay in close communication with WJA in order to keep the UUSP congregation informed of progress.


The entire DRC report (including the site plan and site views from all four directions) and the renderings are available for you to read on our UUStPete website under the Get Involved! tab, then Documents.  We have put the links to these documents below.

Special Exception Hearing - WJA

WJA Building Rendering


Paul Burnore, President

Board of Trustees

Contact: Paul Burnore



Arts & Aesthetics Committee Meeting

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 12:00pm

Arts and Aesthetics Committee will be meeting to discuss current and

upcoming projects. 

Contact: Rain Turner




Social Justice Interest Fair for Newbies and Nearly Newbies

Are you New or Nearly New?

Are you interested in looking into one of our social justice ministries?

Please join members of these committees to learn about their work and volunteer opportunities.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Conway Hall

Contact: Sabine von Aulock



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)