UU St. Pete InfoNet: November 3, 2017

Fall Back! Daylight Savings Ends

Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour this Saturday evening, November 4.

If you don't, you may miss our Sunday Services.  We all get our hour of sleep back, which is a wonderful thing.

This is also a great time of year to change the batteries in your Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Detectors.

 

 

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, November 5, 2017: "GETTING DELIVERED I: WHAT SPIRITS WAITED WITH YOUR MOTHER?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Did your mother have a birthing team?  Who was there to help?  What influence have they had on your life?

 

RE Corner

Religious Education Sunday, November 5, 2017
Nursery age care is provided in Conway Hall beginning at 10:15am. Elementary school children will meet in their room with Trish and Joe. Youth will meet for a discussion in the youth room.

 

RE Volunteers
If you are interested in volunteering in the classroom with our wonderful children and youth, please contact Melissa Allen (melissa.m.allen@me.com).

 

UU St. Pete is Hiring!
We have immediate need for the following positions in our Religious Education (RE) program:

  • RE Coordinator (15-20 hours/week)
  • RE Instructor for Children (3-4 Sundays per month)
  • RE Instructor for Youth (3-4 Sundays per month)

 

For more info, please visit http://uustpete.org/re-jobs, or contact our search committee at hiring@uustpete.org, or touch base with Morgan Gresham, Beate Hughes-Brown, or Linda Paul.

Contacts: Melissa Allen, Morgan Gresham, Beate Hughes-Brown, Linda Paul

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

A WORD OF PRAISE AND THANKS:  As we rev up (as ministers like to say) our church programming for the fall, and as we remember our forebears who made our presence possible here on Earth, I would like to offer words of praise and thanks for those who have served us all as facilitators of life in our congregation.  We have people who have held this congregation together through thick and thin.  We have people who have started looking to our future as a time of fruitfulness.  We have people who have touched our hearts and sometimes kept our hearts safe.  Some of you don’t even know you did it because it’s just you being you.  As we move through Harvest toward Thanksgiving and the Season of New Light, may our spirits keep growing in kindness and delight.  Pastor Jack

 

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS - THIS SUNDAY’S SERVICE (November 15) will include a celebration of Dia de los Muertos, the joyful honoring of ancestors as celebrated in the Hispanic community and increasingly in American society.  Please bring a photo or remembrance of a family member or friend whom you would like to honor on this day, to place on an altar table in Gilmour Hall.  Paulina Alvarez will be providing special DDLM refreshments (tamales, sweet bread, hot chocolate) after the service!

 

TODAY!!!  THINKING ABOUT BECOMING A MEMBER OF OUR UUSP CONGREGATION?  Even if you missed last Sunday, come to our Inquiring Minds, Hearts and Spirits Class, Parts 2 (UU and UUSP history) –November 5 after Sunday service, 11:45-1:00pm in Conway Hall  - to get acquainted and get informed about UU St Pete and the Unitarian Universalist tradition.  Snacks provided.  Patti HanksPastor Jack

 

UU ST. PETE IS A UUA CERTIFIED “WELCOMING CONGREGATION.”  Several years ago we completed the process to be so recognized by the UU Association of Congregations.  In the near future, we will hold a refresher course of study to remind ourselves of the best practices for fulfilling Welcoming Congregation commitments.  In the meantime, on our Sunday bulletin and elsewhere you will see the following words as a reminder:  UU St. Pete is a Welcoming Congregation, affirming and promoting the full human worth and dignity of every person regardless of class, gender, race, sexual orientation, ability, faith, or nationality.

 

THIS COMING WEDNESDAY’S RELIGIOUS STUDIES November 8, 10am & 7pm (your choice) in the Conway Building lounge: Reading for this Wednesday (November 8):  Covenant #2 (A Public Education System That Works for All) in Covenant With Black America (Ten Years Later edition), Tavis Smiley, editor.  Study emphasis this fall is part of becoming better justice co-workers with those without equal rights and opportunity in our community and world – especially people of color.    Quotes for discussion will be provided.  Pastor Jack

 

WITH SADNESS AND DEEP APPRECIATION, WE ANNOUNCE THE PASSING OF JOAN BARCLAY.
A memorial service will be held for Joan on November 18 at 11:00am in our UUSP sanctuary, with refreshments to follow.  Joan died peacefully in the early morning of October 23rd with her daughter holding her hand.  Great thanks to Dani and Deb and all Joan’s friends for sharing so fully in Joan’s great life.

 

HELP THE UUSP CARE COMMITTEE HELP THE CONGREGATION.  UUSP’s Care Committee helps provide support and assistance for UUSP members in times of need.   Mainly, we are all lucky. Times of need requiring help are pretty rare.  But they happen.  When they do, we depend on our members to inform the Care Committee when and where help is needed. Then a call goes out from the Care Committee specifying what kind of help is needed. 

Please sign up if you can be on the contact list for any of the following kinds of help:  Prepare and/or deliver a meal;  Make visits or calls;  Provide transportation to an appointment or church; Help with receptions for memorial services and funerals (set-up,  clean-up, or bring food); Provide respite for family caregivers; Provide emergency child care; Consult or help on home maintenance;  Offer other expertise.  

If we can put you on our contact list, please inform Care Committee chair Sue Price (pricesue63@gmail.com).

 

UUSP FALL MEDITATION RETREAT: Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm, Gilmour Hall.

Our UUSP Meditation Retreat is an opportunity to move away for a short time from external distractions to find and reconnect with your life-enhancing center of peace, energy, and well-being - a time for finding thankfulness and new light.  The morning from nine to noon will be divided into three one-hour segments, each divided by the temple bell into 40 and 20 minute periods.  In each period you may sit in silence or walk in the hall or sanctuary or outside (perhaps, reflectively, around Mirror Lake).  The three segments will start with brief instruction on the slightly different but compatible practices of Zen, Mindfulness, and Contemplation.  Refreshments provided.  For more information, contact Pastor Jack at 352-327-6166 or jfdonovan@bellsouth.net. 

 

SAVE THE DATE:  Saturday December 9, 5-7pm  Pastor’s Happy Holiday Party at Jack’s & Alisun’s house, 1104 12th St. N.

 

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.

 

 

DISMANTLING PREJUDICE AND OPPRESSION EVOLVING BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Wednesday Religious Studies Reading List for UUSP Fall–Spring Wednesday Discussion Groups

I hope these books will help us as we continue to expand our caring into our wider community, especially with FAST (Faith in Action for Strength Together - an interfaith justice coalition,).  I am hoping that our Wednesday Religious Studies discussions will have time to study at least the first three books this year.  But I’m sure you will find the others compelling, too.

 

1) Between the World and Me, a father’s letter to his son, by Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates.

2) The Covenant with Black America, action plans to secure social justice in America, Tavis Smiley, editor (2006)

3) The Third Reconstruction: Overcoming the Politics of Division & Fear, by Rev. Dr. Wm J. Barber II (2016)

4) Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family & Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance

5) Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, by Michael Eric Dyson (2017) 

6) The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander (2010)

7) Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest (& the Harlem Children’s Zone), by Paul Tough (2008)

8) Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah (host of The Daily Show) (2016)

9) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

10) Waking Up White (and Finding Myself in the Story of Race), Debby Irving (2014)Slavery By Another Name: The Re-11) Enslavement of Black Americans (1865-1941), by Douglas A. Blackmon

12) Letter from the Birmingham Jail,  by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963)

13) Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups by Kenneth Jones & Tema Okun (2001) (google on-line)

14) Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil, by W.E.B. DuBois (1920)

15) The Color of Water, by James McBride (1995) – a mixed race son writes of his white mother’s life and his.

16) Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson (2014) Time’s “Top 10 Nonfiction 2014)

17) Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, by Dee Brown (1971)

18) Raising Bertie – documentary film on PBS – 8.28/17

19) Unbowed, by Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Matthai (2005)

20) A Colony in a Nation, by Chris Hayes (2017)

21) Dreaming Me, by Black Baptist turned Buddhist teacher Jan Willis

22) www.blacklivesuu.comSee UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn.

 

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

Stone Soup - November 19: Save the Date

Here is an opportunity to clean out your closet AND contribute to UU's Helping People's homeless ministry. Between now and November 19, bring us your gently worn bowls, or seconds from a favorite potter or garage sale find. On November 19, we will auction off the bowls and serve home made soup in our new treasures.

Contacts: Sabine von Aulock, Reggie Craig

 

 

Hurricane Maria: Mainland Impact

Thirteen people from UU St Pete braved rush hour traffic thru Tampa to attend the Bay News 9 live broadcast of a special on Hurricane Maria's impact in Florida due to the massive migration of Puerto Ricans to central Florida. The event was in an airport hanger full of donations awaiting shipment to the island territory.

The special broadcast was shared by two Spectrum stations, our Bay New 9 and an Orlando station. To see the entire program, it will be rebroadcast on Bay News 9, Saturday, November 4 at 7:00pm. There were a few scans of the audience, part of which is shown here.  

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

25th Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading - November 11, 2017, USF St. Pete

UUSP member Paul Burnore will be discussing and signing his two recent books of poetry: Outside Gravity, published in 2015, about grief, loss, and coming to terms with life; and Love’s Orbit, published in 2016, about love, relationships, and the curiosities of life. You can read customer reviews on Amazon.

 

If you like browsing a wide range of books, discussions with authors, readings by well known authors, and food - the TBT Festival of Reading is for you. It’s held annually at the University of South Florida, 140 7th Ave South, St Pete, from 10am to 5pm. Find out more at:  http://www.tampabay.com/expos/festival-of-reading/

Contact: Paul Burnore

 

 

FAST and UUSP Participation Update

FAST (Faith and Action for Strength Together) held its Annual Assembly Meeting last Monday evening (October 23). About seven hundred people from over 40 congregations gathered at Holy Family Church from all parts of the county. Most importantly, 18 UUSP members attended, and UUSP was officially recognized as a FAST Member.  At this meeting, the Assembly decided to continue working on increasing affordable housing and legislation for statewide civil citations for school age children rather than arresting them.  The new issue for this year will be a broader look at youth issues, and this was overwhelmingly approved. If you want to be active on one of these issues, you may want to join one of the three research committees (one for each issue). These committees will form on November 13. So if you want to know more, just reach out to Karen Day (540-357-5657) or Dave Coale (727-898-8038) before then. 

 

At the very least, please mark your Calendar for the evening of April 30 for FAST Rally at Tropicana Field when FAST elected and appointed officials for specific steps to move forward on all three issues. 

Contacts: Dave Coale, Karen Day

 

 

Temple Beth-El: Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series

White Nationalism, Anti-Semitism and Neo-Fascism: Threats to US Democracy

Social Justice Shabbat & Lecture by Journalist, Scholar & Author Chip Berlet

  • Friday, November 17 @ 7:00 PM Shabbat service; 7:45 PM lecture and Q/A
  • Allendale United Methodist Church
  • 3803 Haines Rd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33703
  • FREE & Open to the Public
  • Dessert reception to follow lecture
  • For more info: Temple office (727) 347-6136

 

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

Job Posting: Part-Time Interfaith Instructor for Youth

The Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg is seeking a part-time instructor for our Religious Education program for youth (middle and high school age students). The instructor will lead Sunday religious education classes using sessions from a provided curriculum. Sample youth-oriented curricula include:

The successful applicant will be able to make a strong connection with youth; have excellent presentation skills and creativity; demonstrate an understanding of non-creedal religious instruction; and be able to draw from a variety of faith- and science-based traditions.

Pay rate is $50 per class for three or four Sunday classes per month.

Submit cover letter, resumé, and references to hiring@uustpete.org. Candidate reviews will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled. Candidates must pass a background check. For more information about UU St. Pete, please visit http://uustpete.org/.
 

 

Job Posting: Part-Time Interfaith Instructor for Children

The Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg is seeking a part-time instructor for our Religious Education program for children in grades 3 through 6. The instructor will lead Sunday religious education classes using sessions from a provided curriculum. Sample curricula include:

The successful applicant will be able to make a strong connection with children; have excellent presentation skills and creativity; demonstrate an understanding of non-creedal religious instruction; and be able to draw from a variety of faith- and science-based traditions.

Pay rate is $50 per class for three or four Sunday classes per month.

Submit cover letter, resumé, and references to hiring@uustpete.org. Candidate reviews will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled. Candidates must pass a background check. For more information about UU St. Pete, please visit http://uustpete.org/.

 

 

Job Posting: Part-Time Religious Education Coordinator

The Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg is seeking a Part-Time Religious Education (RE) Coordinator to facilitate our religious education program for children and youth (ages 2-17).

Position Overview

The RE Coordinator is responsible for planning and implementing a growing religious education program for children and youth at the Unitarian Universalist St Petersburg Church (UUSP). The RE Coordinator will find tangible ways to translate the church’s values and goals into an engaging RE program.

The RE coordinator leads administrative and instructional support for the UUSP RE program. The RE program focuses primarily on Sunday morning classes and child care. The program is also involved in:

  • multi-generational services
  • summer camps
  • social justice initiatives
  • special events

The RE Coordinator guides RE instructors, child care workers, and volunteers. The Coordinator reports to the minister and collaborates with the Religious Education Committee.

Hours and Pay

15-20 hours per week during the church year, including Sundays from 10 am – 1 pm. Hours may vary during summer (June – August). Pay rate is $17.25/hour - $19.50/hr, depending on Religious Education Credentialing through the UUA (https://www.uua.org/careers/re/credentialing).

Required Skills

The successful applicant must be self-motivated; highly organized; have an understanding of Unitarian Universalist religious education; have strong written and oral communication skills; demonstrate an ability to work effectively with children/youth, instructors, church leadership, and parents; and have experience in a field related to education and/or administration.

Next Steps

Candidate reviews will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled. Submit resumé, cover letter, and references to hiring@uustpete.org.

For more information about UU St. Pete, please visit http://uustpete.org.
 

 

FLOWER POWER! 

OPEN DAYS FOR FLOWERS

Please consider signing up to bring flowers to brighten our services on the following days.  Look for the FLOWER POWER table in Gilmour Hall during coffee hour:

  • 2017 - December 3rd, 17th and 24th
  • 2018 - January 21st and 28th
  • And most of the rest of 2018.

It has been wonderful to have flowers on our podiums each Sunday. 

Flower arrangements (from a florist or from your garden) can be made in honor of or in memory of someone, and we will note this in the order of service. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jim Fitzgerald or Gay Breuler.  Thank you!

 

Contact: Gay Breuler