UU St. Pete InfoNet: October 27, 2017

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, October 29, 2017: "YOUR HERITAGE II: WHAT ANCESTRAL HAUNTS NEED TREATING? "
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

The Ten Commandments declare, "I Yehoveh your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents to the third and fourth generation."  Genetics and sociology indicate that biological and cultural characteristics often get passed on far longer than three or four generations -  sometimes helping us adapt well, sometimes not so well.  How are we to treat these haunting visitations?

 

 

RE Corner

Religious Education Sunday, October 29
Nursery age care is provided in Conway Hall beginning at 10:15am. Elementary school children will meet in their room for holiday crafts.. Youth will meet for an activity and discussion in the youth room.

 

Fall Holiday Celebration - Sunday, October 29
Join us for a fall celebration coffee hour in Gilmor Hall - complete with Costume Contest! Wear your Halloween costume to service and participate in a costume contest during our 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).

 

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 any of the contacts noted below.

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

 

 

Announcements From 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 23 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.

 

UUSP SOCIAL JUSTICE CO-CHAIR (and chair of our Farmworker/Immigrant subcommittee) KAREN COALE invites you to join her this Wednesday 11/1 at a live broadcast of a one-hour special on "Hurricane Maria: Mainland Impact".  Karen (and guests) have been invited by Bay News 9 anchorwoman Veronica Citron to be the audience for Veronica’s special live broadcast about how the storm's aftermath is forcing thousands of Caribbean people to move to Florida and how the state is preparing for the influx and its impact on education, politics, health care, and housing.  Karen urges 40 of us to come "support this type of proactive reporting of FACTS!"  Contact: Karen Coale at 727-204-9141 or migrants@uustpete.org for location and carpooling (departing at 5:00pm, 11/1).

FINAL SUNDAY!  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
 

THIS SUNDAY!!!  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, 11:45am - 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

THIS WEEK’S WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES November 1, 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:  Covenant I (Health Care and Well-Being) in Covenant With Black America (Ten Years Later), Tavis Smiley, editor.  Quotes for discussion will be provided.  Pastor Jack

 

 “AMERICA’S FUTURE: What Can We Do?” November 4, UU St Pete sanctuary – a talk presented by human rights activist Nina Turner (former Ohio state senator; current national president of Our Revolution), sponsored by the St. Pete Progressive Democrats of America.  Doors Open/Mingler 11:30am; Program 12pm - 1pm at UU St Pete.  Suggested donation $10.  Contact mikefox@pdamerica.org or 727-320-4502.  (I heard Nina Turner speak at a Fired Up Pinellas event – a message for our times - Pastor Jack)

 

UU ST. PETE BABY SHOWER, November 4, 2:00pm in Gilmour Hall:  Marcile Powers and Keevy McAlavy are about to provide Orion McAlavy with a new brother due this New Years.  Come join the festivities and show support for the Powers-McAlavy family! No gift is necessary, but if you want to bring something small, consider a bead for baby and a bead for mother for a blessingway ceremony.   Pastor Jack

 

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS - NEXT SUNDAY’S SERVICE (November 5) will include a celebration of Dia de los Muertos, the 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 and Andree Alvarez-Medina will be providing special DDLM refreshments (tamales, sweet bread, hot chocolate) after the service.

 

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 9am 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. 

 

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

 

 

Save the Date: November 19 - Stone Soup

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.

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

Hurricane Maria: Mainland Impact

Veronica Citron, Bay News 9 Anchorwoman, invited me to a live broadcast of a 1-hour special on Wednesday, November 1st called "Hurricane Maria: Mainland Impact." 

This special looks at how the storm's aftermath is forcing thousands of people to move to Florida, as well as how the state is preparing for the influx of new residents. From education, to politics, health care and housing, she'll explore Maria's impact here.

Veronica asked me to help grow the audience size to 40. So I am inviting you to join me. Please let me know if you would like to attend as I am putting together a list for the Station. I can also arrange car pools to the event -- please indicate if you can drive or prefer a ride. Since the event is in Tampa near the airport -- we will be leaving St Pete around 5pm. Let’s support this type of proactive reporting of FACTS!

Contact: Karen Coale

 

 

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

 

 

UUSP FALL MEDITATION RETREAT

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:00am

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. 

 

 

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.
 

 

 

Thank You Flops and Shorts Crew!

Forty-five enthusiastic workers polished, power washed, organized, vacuumed, de-spider-webbed, washed windows, landscaped, made art, installed signage, spruced up the playground, dusted and made pancakes and eggs. Thank you, "Flops and Shorts" crew! Our space is more sound and sparkly-looking, and we made new friends.

Let's do it again in March!

If you are interested in being involved in Buildings and Grounds, please email uustpete.bg@gmail.com

Contact: Sabine von Aulock

 

 

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

 

 

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