UU St. Pete InfoNet: October 19, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, October 21, 2018: "CAN YOU GET OUTSIDE THE BOX OF YOUR MIND: Influencing Your Culture's Influence on Your Soul and Spirit"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate:  Sarah Craig

Dr. Frankenstein's man could not get outside the box of his mind, especially because of the outposts others had in it.  Did Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley treat our gothic world to any transcendental hope?  What about you this trick-sated Halloween election season? 

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education: October 21

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15-noon for infants through preschool by Laura and Linda today.

Families begin in worship at 10:30a and school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All Ages. Our theme for this month is Sanctuary and today we will focus on stories and activities about sanctuary within and protecting each other. Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister, is at a contemplative leadership conference this week. Contact Karen at re@uustpete.org.

Contact: Karen Day

 

 

Announcements From Pastor Jack

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MARCILE POWERS’ MOTHER NANCY this Saturday, October 20, 2:00pm at UUSP.

 

CONSIDERING UU ST. PETE MEMBERSHIP or curious about our tradition?  Attend the two-session Inquirers Class after Sunday services October 21 (this Sunday) and October 28 (next Sunday) to get all your questions answered (and meet folks).  Sign up at the Welcome Table or with Patti at pthanks1@gmail.com

 

MONDAY EVENING MEDITATION (an experiment through November at least), 5:30-6:15pm.   Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.

 

TUESDAY MEDITATION 11:45am-12:15pm – or come a little earlier for instruction – in our social hall.   Pastor Jack

 

TUESDAY BROWN BAG LUNCH 12:15-1:00 pm – in UUSP’s Gilmour social hall.

 

 WEDNESDAY MORNING MEDITATION (another experiment through October at least) 7:30am-8:00am in Gilmour Hall, coffee and tea following.  Contact: Pastor Jack

 

WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION: This Wednesday’s (October 24) focus: Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.  Our leading questions:  1) Why should we understand Frankenstein as a love story?  2) Why should we understand Frankenstein as a Unitarian (and Universalist) novel (besides the fact that Mary Shelley was a Unitarian).

As usual, quotes excerpted from the text will be emailed ahead and available at the discussions.  Pastor Jack

 

THURSDAY CITIZENS CAFÉ 11:30am – 1:00pm (the third of our experiments at least through October) to chat about the news of the day – and perhaps write a politician or two (wi-fi, pens, paper, envelopes provided along with officials’ addresses).  Coffee/Tea provided; BYO Lunch if desired.  Pastor Jack

 

UUSP PLAY READING/DISCUSSION GROUP:  Sunday, October 28 (a week from this Sunday evening) 6:30– 8:30pm, in UUSP’s Gilmour (Social) Hall.   Facilitators: Jean and Denis Calandra (calandra@usf.edu) in UUSP’s social hall 6:30 – 8:30 PM. The first play is Helen Edmundson’s THE HERESY OF LOVE, based on the life of 17th Century nun Juana Inez de la Cruz living in colonial Mexico, striving to reconcile love of God, the free life of the mind, and the Spanish Inquisition. Shared scripts provided at reading.  If buying, get (2015) 2nd edition: ISBN 781848424937.

 

DREAMWORK WITH EBENEZER SCROOGE:  Six Wednesdays in November and December, 10:00am and 7:00pm.  Start or continue your dreamwork as a spiritual practiceOur basic text:  Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (one chapter per meeting: November 7, 14, & 28; December 5, 12, & 19.  Before Freud, Scrooge.  (“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, wakes.” - Carl Gustav Jung)  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.

 

LEIF NISSEN MEMORIAL SOCIAL JUSTICE LECTURE SERIES presents “Story Telling for Social Justice” - featuring award-winning novelist and journalist Ana Menendez - Friday, November 16.   Supported by the Temple Beth-El Social Justice Action Committee and co-sponsored by UU St Pete.  You are welcome at the 7:30pm Shabbat service, the 8:15pm lecture and Q/A with Ms. Menendez and dessert to follow.

 

AUDIOS OF UUSP SERMONS:   The Worship Committee as been working to making the Sunday experience accessible beyond attending the Service. Please visit UUSP's website, click the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see "Sermons and Readings." For audio recordings, click on a Sunday Service and look for the sound icon   audio

For screen shots of examples, click the link:  Worship Service Online Enhancements

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

Music!!

Did you know that singing has been scientifically proven to be good for your health? All are welcome to join our wonderful Choir which meets on Sunday mornings at 9:15 AM. Our brave band of Bell Ringers meets bi-weekly on Tuesday evenings at 6:45 PM and performs at least once a month during services. We’re always looking for new folks to join both of these groups. Please email me for more information at jon@jonandjames.com. -  Jon Arterton

 

 

Transportation Help Needed

If you live in the 33708, 33709 or 33710 Zip Code areas and can help provide transportation to church for some folks living in those areas, please call Sue Price (727) 290-9910 or send a quick email for more information.

 

Thankl you!

Contact: Sue Price

 

 

Suncoast Tampa Bay Memorial Society

The annual meeting of the Suncoast Tampa Bay Memorial Society will be held on Sunday, October 21 at 12:30p at UUSP.

 

Please contact Laurie Clement for further information. 

Contact: Laurie Clement

 

 

UU JUSTICE ACTION BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS FOR VOTING ON FLORIDA AMENDMENTS:

Amendment Summaries and UUJF Board Recommendations

Members of the UU Justice Florida Board have reviewed the following recommended actions from like-minded progressive organizations along with pro and con arguments for each of the proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution on the November 6 ballot and unanimously recommend the positions as noted in the table below.

Principal reasons for making these recommendations are noted in the summary statements following the table of recommendations. 

 

Progressive Organization Recommendations

 

Amendment

UU Justice

Florida Action

Board 

ACLU

Common

Cause

Democratic

Progressive

Caucus - FL

LWV-FL

NOW

Progress

Florida

SPLC

1

NO

   

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

2

NO

   

NO

NO

NO

   

3

YES

   

YES

YES

 

YES

 

4

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

5

NO

   

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

6

NO

NO

 

NO

NO

NO

 

NO

7

NO

   

NO

NO

NO

   

8 Removed From Ballot

               

9

YES

   

YES

YES

YES

YES

 

10

NO

   

NO

NO

NO

   

11

YES

YES

 

NO

 

YES

YES

YES

12

YES

 

YES

NO

 

NO

YES

 

13

YES

   

YES

YES

YES

   

Amendment 1

Increases the amount of a home's value exempted from property tax (Will force local governments to cut public services or raise local taxes)

 

Amendment 2

Makes permanent an already existing cap of 10 percent on annual property value increases for non-homestead property such as vacation homes, investment, and commercial properties. Same consequences as Amendment 1.

 

Amendment 3

Ensures that people, not politicians, control decisions about casino gambling in Florida. This amendment would require a constitutional amendment by citizen initiative for any new casino gambling in Florida.

 

Amendment 4

Restores the eligibility to vote and a second chance for Floridians who have served their time in prison and paid their debt – including parole, probation, and restitution. 

 

Amendment 5

Requires an almost impossible 2/3 legislative vote to end tax breaks for big corporations or for the state to pay for improving schools or emergency responses to weather or environmental crises. Severely restricts the ability of the state to invest in critical areas including high-quality public schools, affordable health care, modernized roads and transit, environmental protection and affordable housing, to name a few.

 

Amendment 6

Expands the scope of victims’ rights in our constitution and broadens the definition of victim to include corporate entities and financial offenses. It creates, for the first time, constitutional rights for corporations in our criminal justice system making it more difficult to hold them accountable. Additionally, it eliminates an existing constitutional protection that ensures that the rights of the accused are not interfered with. It is bundled with raising the judicial retirement age and abolishing judicial deference to state agencies.

 

Amendment 7

Creates an onerous supermajority requirement for universities to impose new or increase existing student fees; enshrines guidelines for the State College System in the Florida Constitution; mandates that employers or the state pay a death benefit to first responders and members of the military killed in the line of duty.

 

Amendment 8  

Charter Schools – removed from ballot (misleading title)

 

Amendment 9

Protects Florida’s coastline and beaches by prohibiting oil drilling in Florida’s state waters. Also, protects indoor air quality by including tobacco vaping in the existing prohibition of tobacco smoking in enclosed indoor workplaces.

 

Amendment 10

Bundles multiple subjects together, but most notably this amendment would force all Florida counties to elect the positions of sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections and clerk of courts, even if their local charters as approved by local citizens and policy-makers have chosen not to.

 

Amendment 11

Bundles multiple subjects together: repeals a nearly century-old, discriminatory provision that allowed the Florida legislature to restrict the property rights of non-citizens; allows for criminal justice reforms to apply retroactively, thus allowing for ameliorative sentencing reforms to apply to incarcerated individuals serving lengthy sentences that the legislature determines are not warranted; deletes obsolete language.

 

Amendment 12

Helps end the revolving door between public officials and lobbying firms by expanding from two to six years the time that many public officials would have to wait before they could lobby state government.

 

Amendment 13

Bans wagering on all types of dog racing, notably greyhound racing, to be phased in effective Dec. 31, 2020. Passage of this amendment would allow dog tracks to continue offering other types of gambling.

We invite your comments and opinions. Please address them to info@uujusticefl.org or post them to the UUJF Facebook Group at the link shown below.

https://www.facebook.com/uujfactionnetwork/

 

Contacts: Paul Burnore, Rev. Jack Donovan

 

 

Learn the Issues -- Then VOTE

UU St. Pete and the League of Women Voters are co-sponsoring a series of educational forums to prepare you to vote knowledgeably in the upcoming November election.

The first, Local Control of Education and Restorative Practices for Students, was held on October 2, and the second, Gun Safety, on October 16th. If you could not attend — pick up the very informative handouts on the VOTER Table in Gilmour Hall after service. 

Mark your calendar for the final session on October 23 covering the proposed Amendments to the FL Constitution

Amendments to the FL Constitution, have been submitted by the Constitutional Review Commission, the Legislature, as well as citizen groups. Twelve will be on the November ballot, and several are very confusing. 

They include critical issues such as the restoration of felon voting rights, oil drilling along the FL coast and a proposal to require 2/3 vote of the Legislature to approve new or increased taxes or fees, rather than a simple majority.  The non-partisan League of Women Voters will share their presentation, recommendations and fact sheets with us.

Where: UU St. Pete sanctuary; at 7:00pm — FREE and open to the public. Join us and bring your friends. Become informed before you vote, and remember that every election is determined by the people who show up. We are counting on YOU

 

Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day, Sharon Winters

 

 

Training Provided by the League of Women Voters -- Poll Monitor

Are you concerned about reports of voter suppression? Do you want to make sure everyone who has the right to vote can do so on Election Day? 

You can have a real impact on this serious issue by becoming a poll monitor with the national non-partisan Election Protection coalition! We're looking for volunteers to advocate for voters at polling places on Election Day. You'll be trained in person and you'll be supported by a team of lawyers and legal experts.  If you're interested in helping out with this critically important effort, email Caitlin Constantine at caitlin.constantine@gmail.com

 

 

 

Are you and your pet ready?

Whether you have a pet or not, plan now to celebrate Halloween and the wonder of animals at the worship service on Sunday, October 28.  Costumes welcome on animals or people!

Since the teens and children (and animals!) will be with us for the entire service, we'll aim for a bit shorter service.  We will not share Joys and Concerns during the service.  If you have something that the congregation needs to know about, please contact Rev. Jack or Susan Burnore.

Finally, if you can't bring your special animal, you can bring a picture to share with everyone.  

Contact: Susan Burnore

 

 

Pets & Pancakes in the Courtyard October 28

Bring a pet (or not) and join us in the courtyard for pancakes & conversation after service on the October 28. Our courtyard team is revitalizing the space for after-service gatherings, meetings, quiet conversations and more.  We'd love to chat about our plans and hear your ideas. The space will be ready for active use in December — so come check it out.

 

 — Sharon Winters, Ted Ellquist, Gay Breuler, Billy Crider, Janet Mills & Lise Beane

 

 

Come One, Come All!

Let all those folks that would like to celebrate Thanksgiving with each other come to our annual UUSP Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, November 22 at 2pm in Gilmour Hall. It's a potluck affair, so brush off those traditional recipes, although you don't need to bring a dish to join in the festivities.

 

There are two sign up sheets on the piano in Gilmour Hall; one to help with the decorations the day before, and one to sign up for the dinner. Please note your name, email address, phone number, what you would like to tentatively bring and how many people will be attending with you.  We will verify the final list of food and the approximate number of people well in advance of the dinner.

 

As we mentioned you don't have to bring a dish to participate, but we do need to make sure we have enough food for all, so please sign the sheet if you want to attend.  If there are any questions please contact Kevin Wamboldt at kwam4181@gmail.com.

 

I am looking forward to seeing you all come Thanksgiving!

Thank you!

Contact: Kevin Wamboldt

 

 

Survey for the AA Committee

Our AA Committee is would like the congregation to take part in an online survey to gauge interest in some of the projects that they would like to go forward with.

Please take a moment to click on the link and go through the survey.
https://www. surveymonkey.com/r/T7T3ZD8

Thank you!

 

Contact: Rain Turner

 

 

UU’s Helping People (UUHP) Volunteer Opportunities

October 28: Pancake Breakfast – Seeking flippers, servers, bus crew. Help needed 9:30-10:30am; 11:30am-12:30pm.

 

November 2: Showered and Empowered, a mobile shower, is coming to the Friday Night Picnic. We need 12 volunteers to assist efficient flow of guests, power wash the showers in between use and hand out supplies. 

 

November 18: Stone Soup (supports homeless ministry) – seeking bowl contributions, soup ingredients, bus crew. Day of help needed 9:30-10:30am; 11:30am-12:30pm. 

 

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities:

Saturday Morning Breakfast, Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Petersburg, 401 5th St, 3rd Floor, 8:00-10:00am. 

 

Friday Night Picnic: Seeking food donations, servers, bus crew, and guest outreach. UUSP, 5:30-7:00pm.

 

If you have any questions about any of the events or volunteer opportunities, please contact Sabine von Aulock beandex@aol.com, as she will be more than happy to help you.

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)