UU St. Pete InfoNet: September 21, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, September 23, 2018: "TURNING AND TURNING THE MORAL ARC: Can You Influence the Beginner of Being?"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

Worship Associate: Sherry Benton


Today UUSP will host the Interfaith Community of Tampa Bay in recognizing World Peace Day as begun by the United Nations on September 21, 1982.  We are also at the autumn equinox, bringing balance to days, nights, and weather, and marking the beginning of harvests and bounty in many parts of the world - all auspicious ingredients for peace.

Our service this morning will offer the question of whether we can bend the arced Source of our potentials toward a just and moral peace.  In other words, can we grow enough in faith and love - understanding and caring - for justice and peace to have a chance?



RE Corner

Religious Education: September 23

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

Families begin in worship at 10:30am and school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All Ages to focus on stories and activities about VISION and the Autumnal Equinox or Mabon.

Rev. Karen Day, RE Family Minister, is available to talk with you after the service or Thursday 2-5. Contact Karen at re@uustpete.org.

Contact: Karen Day



Announcements From Pastor Jack

UUSP VOCAL CHOIR SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  Already a choir participant or interested in joining up?  This Sunday, September 23, our choir will rehearse with UUSP’s new music director Jon Arterton (WELCOME, JON!!!) at 9:30am and will sing our Anthem during our service.   Jon’s musical philosophy is that “the world would be a much saner place if everyone sang.”  So, all voices welcome!


THIS SUNDAY, members of Interfaith Tampa Bay will participate in our worship service by sharing readings on peace from their religious traditions to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the United Nation’s International Day of Peace.  With us will be representatives of Buddhist, Baha’i, Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith traditions.  Please welcome them warmly.



  • October 3: “Unitarian Christianity” by William Ellery Channing (1819);
  • October 10: “The Harvard Divinity School Address” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1838);
  • October 17: “The Transient and Permanent in Christianity” by Theodore Parker;
  • October 24: "Frankenstein" by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1818). 

Pastor Jack will email the sermons to the Wednesday Discussions mailing list.  Please let Jack know if you would like to receive the sermons.  All three are included in the book, Three Prophets of Religious Liberalism along with a lengthy excellent introduction by Conrad Wright, professor emeritus of American Church History at Harvard Divinity School (inexpensively available on Amazon).  As usual, quotes excerpted from the text will be available.


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


UUSP PLAY READING/DISCUSSION GROUP.   Facilitators: Jean and Denis Calandra. (calandra@usf.edu) First 2 meetings: October 14 and October 28 in UUSP’s social hall 6:30 – 8:30pm. 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.


SIGN UP FOR COVENANT GROUPS* this month of Sundays after the service.  Members and friends are welcome to sign up to indicate interest and preferred days and times, whether in current groups or new groups we might form starting in October.  If you are already a covenant group member, no need to sign up here – just check in with your group’s facilitator.  * Covenant Groups have 5-12 members meeting at least monthly in church or home to be together and talk about life.  Pastor Jack for more info.


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.


UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES (10am or 7pm, your choice) – now discussing A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by F. Church and J. Buehrens.  Quotes for discussion provided – this week from chapters 8-10 – with Pastor Jack in Conway Hall.




(1)  Monday Evening Meditation starts October 1, 5:30-6:15pm.   Facilitator: long time meditator and yoga instructor, UUSP member Mimi Anzel.


(2)  Wednesday Morning Meditation starts October 3, 7:30am-8:00am in Gilmour Hall, coffee and tea following.  Contact: Pastor Jack


(3)  Thursday Citizens CafĂ© starts October 4, 11:30am – 1:00pm, 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.  Questions to Pastor Jack -  jfdonovan@bellsouth.net





- JUSTICE MINISTRY EXCHANGE presents “Being in Relationship, We Are Family” – featuring Rev. Cedric Harmon, executive director of Many Voices – a Black Church movement for gay and transgender justice – Monday, October 1, 6:00 pm, at King of Peace Metropolitan Community Church – sponsored by JME, in which Rev. Karen and Pastor Jack are participants.


- 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.


A MATTER OF INHUMANITY AND GREED:  Prisons-for-Profit and Denial of Medical Care to Prisoners.  At this summer’s UUA General Assembly, the representatives of our assembled congregations voted to work to end the growing practice of privatization of prisons because of their cruelty, greed, and detrimental effect on individuals and society.  The GA Resolution asks us to learn about and act to end prison privatization and, among other efforts, asks us to urge our states and the United Nations to insist on U.S. adherence to UN standards for treatment of prisoners.  Read more about the GA resolutions at UUA.org.  Pastor Jack


RELATED TO THE ABOVE UUA PRISON MINISTRY:  The UUA’s outreach ministry, also known as the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), is for UU-oriented folks who are without a near-by home church.  As members, they receive excellent monthly mailings of UU sermons and spiritual support.  Dr. Albert Schweitzer was one such member, receiving much appreciated mailings and support at his medical clinic in Africa.  There are also, currently, 2000 people incarcerated in American prisons who have connected to CLF and receive regular support by mail.  You can help with a contribution at clfuu.org/sponsor (CLF’s annual cost per incarcerated member is $150) or by becoming a pen pal (worthynow.org/pen-pals) or learning more (worthynow.org/classes-events).   Pastor Jack


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


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



UU's Helping People Pancake Breakfast

Pancakes and Priorities (long-range plan)

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 11:30am

Grab some Pancakes from UU's Helping People, and help the Board of Trustees and the 3 Year Plan Committtee hear from you about your church priorities for the next three years.

Our pancake breakfast also supports our ministry to people in need. Suggested donation $10/family, $4/individual or something in between. 

UUHP Contact: Sabine von Aulock
BoT Contact: Morgan Gresham


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



Learn the Issues -- Then VOTE

The Unitarian Universalist Church of St Petersburg and the League of Women Voters of the St Petersburg Area are co-sponsoring a series of educational forums to prepare you to vote knowledgeably in the upcoming November election.

The three-part voter education series will cover these topics:                     

  • October 2:  Local Control of Education & Restorative Justice Practices           
  • October 16: Gun Safety
  • October 23: Amendments to the FL Constitution

All three programs are FREE and open to the public, and will be held in our sanctuary, 7:00pm to 8:30pm 

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!

Since these events do not magically happen -- we need some help setting up, cleaning up and greeting the multitudes that attend. We will have sign-up sheets for each event on piano on Sunday after service. But you can beat the rush by responding to this notice. 

Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day, Sharon Winters



Fire Drill Alert: Sunday, October 7, 2018

There will be UUSP community wide fire drill.

We will practice leaving the buildings in a safe and swift fashion.

All are requested to participate.

Complete instructions will be provided in the September 30 OOS and InfoNet.  Fact sheets will be available during coffee hours.

Our full service coffee hour will be at usual time and location.

Contact: Sabine 973-768-3256  beandex@aol.com

Contact: Sabine von Aulock



Smile UU - Amazon.com Rebates

Shop local where possible, but if you use Amazon, you can get a rebate of 0.5% on your purchases donated to UU St. Pete at no cost to you. 

To do this:

  1. Log on to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com when you order
  2. Log on to your account (same logon for smile and the regular account)
  3. Your first time on smile you will designate our church and it will be automatic after that.
  • To designate our church, hover your mouse over the “account and lists” icon at top right corner. 
  • A dropdown menu will appear. 
  • Go down and click on “Your Amazon Smile”.  
  • Then, click on “change charity” at top right. 
  • On the new screen, at the bottom in the box under “pick your own charity” enter “St. Petersburg Unitarian” and search. 
  • Once you select St. Petersburg Unitarian Church, you will be donating to our general fund from then on.   

Contact Tom at archibaldmail@gmail.com

Contact: Tom Archibald



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)