UU St. Pete InfoNet: October 13, 2017

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Long before you were conceived of, your ancestors recent and ancient were shaping what you are and what you hope for.  How aware of their influences can we or should we be?  What harvest do they incline us toward?  How do they trick or treat us?



RE Corner

Religious Education Sunday, October 15
Nursery age care is provided in Conway Hall beginning at 10:15am. Elementary school children will meet with Trish and Joe as usual. Youth will meet for an activity and discussion with Morgan Gresham and Michael Pohl.


Fall Holiday Celebration - Sunday, October 29
Mark your calendars and join the RE children, youth and committee in a fall holiday celebration! Wear your Halloween costume to service and participate in a costume contest during a fall holiday-inspired coffee hour.


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). More details to come!

Contact: Melissa Allen



Announcements From Pastor Jack

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS DISCUSSIONS October 18, 10am & 7pm (your choice) in the Conway Building lounge:

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.  Reading for this Wednesday: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, pages 124-152.   Quotes for discussion provided.  Pastor Jack


FLOPS AND SHORTS – A Chore of Your Choice, next Sunday, October 22 after the service:  Next Sunday the Board is hosting “Flops and Shorts ” - a guilt free excuse to wear casual clothes suitable to do chores in. Whether you have been coming to UUSP for decades or this is your first time, we all know it takes a concerted effort to keep a building sound, clean and secure. It takes each of us to look after this old house: tidying up after meetings, making sure doors to the outside are completely closed, removing all temptations from snooping pests. We’ll have our usual Sunday service, enjoy UU’s Helping People’s monthly pancake breakfast and carry out a chore of your choice. Sabine will be available in Gilmore Hall for questions and sign-ups during coffee hour. Let’s put a shine on our shared space!


OCTOBER IS UUSP’S ANNUAL COVENANT GROUP SIGN-UP MONTH:  On Sundays through October, we hope you will sign up at the Covenant Group table in Gilmour Hall to participate in a UUSP covenant group.  Covenant groups meet monthly to share about life.The new groups will start meeting in November.  A great opportunity to get to know, be known, and enrich.  Sign-up is for everyone, even if you’re already in a group.  Pastor Jack


THINKING ABOUT BECOMING A MEMBER OF OUR UUSP CONGREGATION?  Come to our Inquiring Minds, Hearts and Spirits Class, Parts 1 & 2 – October 29 and 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


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.



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



Parents' Group Check-In and Potluck

The Parents' Covenant Group is meeting at church this Thursday, October 19, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm for a check-in and potluck. We'll start with our usual deep check-in. Then, instead of a topic discussion, we'll have a more informal follow-up over a light potluck supper.

Newcomers welcome! As with our regular meetings, child care will be provided so that we parents can have some adult time with each other. For more info, contact Michael Pohl or Morgan Gresham, or visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/UUSPParents/.

Contacts: Michael Pohl, Morgan Gresham



UUSP has joined FAST (Faith in Action for Strength Together)

As part of UUSP’s joining FAST, Dave and Karen Coale are having an introductory meeting about FAST at 7:00 pm on October 17 at their house (111 26th Ave NE).  At our meeting each person will have an opportunity to talk about  “What worries keep you awake at night”, and you will be invited to consider how you can join in working for change.

We also ask that you consider coming to the FAST Annual Assembly on October 23 to finalize the choice of social and economic justice issues that will be the focus of FAST advocacy for the coming year.  It will also be a time to meet people from other congregations who are involved justice.  The time is 7:00 pm and the location is HOLY Family Catholic Church (200 78th Ave. NE,  St. Pete).

Contacts: Karen Day, Dave Coale



Katie Korb

Katie Korb, former interim minister at UUSP, is recovering from surgery at Bayfront Health.  If you wish to send her a card, her address follows:

Bayfront Health
701 6th St. S.
Room 737
St.Petersburg, Florida 33701 



UUSP Pets on Parade

There was no doubt who was really in charge of Sunday's service "Animals ARE Blessings" and it wasn't the Worship Committee.  With pews filled with four legged pets, beloved dogs of UUSP made their voices heard barking applause during readings and adding shrill notes to hymnal singing. Soft spoken cats snuggled closer to their families. The creative service crafted by Susan Burnore featured music and readings paying respect to the role pets play in our universe. Highlights included children performing Old McDonald Had a Farm, 2nd Sunday singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” Singer/Pianist Teresa Ancaya on “Born to Be Wild," and Music Director and dog owner Nic Fizen presenting a thought provoking sermon on St. Francis of Assisi. Admitting "patience" is an important trait for an owner of an active dog, Nic heard his own dog barking approval from the front pew. A pet parade down the aisle and gathering of owners and pets on the outdoor steps closed the high spirited service.  Thanks to Jeri and Sabine for special flowers and reception treats celebrating one year of marriage.



Pancakes and Flip-Flops: October 22, 2017

Come to Church dressed in comfortable clothes (suitable for chores). We’ll enjoy a pancake breakfast (or brown  bag). Then assemble in Conway Hall for chore selection and supplies. Let’s work together to keep our building and grounds safe and sound.


Please sign up with Sabine or on any of the sheets posted throughout the building.


Contact: Sabine von Aulock



PARKING LOT UPDATE - October 13, 2017

The Board Negotiation Team and the Congregational Advisory Team, led by Board member Sabine von Aulock, met last week, on Wednesday, October 4, to draw up and agree on provisions which UUSP members want to have included in the draft contract with WJA. These provisions came from reviewing 105 posts on our Google Group, 49 FAQs and notes from many roundtable discussions. After sending these provision to our attorney Chuck Hinton, representatives from both teams met with Mr. Hinton and reviewed both the UUSP provisions and the WJA draft contact in detail. Mr. Hinton will be discussing these changes to the draft contract with the WJA attorney. The Board will continue to keep our UUSP members up-to-date during this process.


Paul Burnore, President
Board of Trustees

Contact: Paul Burnore




The Board has voted to hold a Special Meeting in January to ask the congregation about two issues:


1)  What UUSP issues which require funding should we prioritize to be addressed in the next couple years? We would like to roll the resulting list of priorities into our 2018-19 budget and our 3-Year Plan.


2)  Should we amend our bylaws on congregational voting procedures, and if so, how?  This question has been raised by a number of members in the past 6 months?  Are there any additional bylaws that should be discussed and possibly amended.  UUSP Bylaws are available to view on our website.


As with the parking lot discussion, there will be discussion groups and surveys to ensure the participation of as many church members as possible. We need your ideas!


Paul Burnore, President

Board of Trustees

Contact: Paul Burnore




Come see the first in a series of documentaries on local heroes:  "Winnie Foster: The Activist Pollinator" by St. Pete film maker Allen Buchanan.  Winnie is an occasional visitor and constant inspiration for UU St Pete folks.  Of her, Buchanan writes, " Mrs. Foster’s contagious energy and tenacity fed into the progressive spirit for civil rights for all people. Her courage and willingness to work with bulwarks of integration and the women’s rights movement forever altered the political and socioeconomic landscape in Southern Pinellas County. Please join with us as Foster shares the story of her life and how her destiny was molded from a little girl until her departure from Providence, Rhode Island to face the absolute unknown in the south."


This documentary is the first of 12 episodes about St. Petersburg’s Sheroes & Heroes Among Us who have left an indelible footprint in the advancement of equal rights, education, and the arts. The documentaries are scheduled to be released over the next year.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



Social Justice Projects at UU St. Pete:

At the beginning of each fall season, as we gather energy, we find it helpful to remind members of our process for developing and working on social justice projects and ministries. 


Here it is:  The UU St Pete Social Justice Committee coordinates the various events and activities of each social justice ministry; in other words, the advocacy and out-reach justice projects that UU St Pete participates in. Our purpose is to ensure communication and understanding of all that we are doing under the Social Justice umbrella and to ensure that we have no conflicting projects -- resource or date wise.


If you have a justice project that you are interested in introducing to the congregation, we have a simple process for doing that. We ask that you begin by contacting one of the Social Justice Co-chairs, Karen Coale migrants@uustpete.org or Reggie Craig homeless@uustpete.org, who will help you step thru the process.



Water Bottles Needed!

Do you have extra water bottles that are filling up the back of your cabinet?

As we enter the hottest time of the year, our friends that participate in the Friday Night Picnic not only have a hard time getting access to clean cool water, but rarely have a water bottle to carry with them throughout the day.  Please look for a special collection box during Coffee Hour after Sunday Service to drop off your donation(s).

If you have a source for further donations (the Lost & Found at your workplace/Leftovers from an event) or need further information please contact Courtney Allen.

Contact: Courtney Allen




Wouldn't it be nice to have flowers on our podiums each Sunday to brighten our church? 

If you would be interested in helping with this project, please sign up after service in Gilmore Hall to bring flowers for specific Sunday(s). 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