UU St. Pete InfoNet: September 22, 2017

This Sunday's Worship Services

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Sunday, September 24, 2017: "KNOW THY SOUL:: An Ugly Duckling’s View "
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Rev. Jack Donovan

What are you?  Is it important to know?  How do you find out?


RE Corner

Religious Education Sunday Morning - September 24:

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 a special Sunday activity and discussion with Jeri Huempfner-Gatz and Gail Anderson. 

See you then!!

Contact: Melissa Allen



Pancake Breakfast this Sunday

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Location: Gilmour Hall, Kitchen

UU's Helping People will be host a pancake breakfast (with a gluten free option, eggs and fruit salad) AFTER the service.

Proceeds will go toward their Friday Night Picnic for People in Need ministry. Individuals/$4 and families/$10 or enjoy some 'cakes on us.

Contact Sabine with any questions.

Contact: Sabine von Aulock



Announcements From Pastor Jack

SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR VICTIMS OF HURRICANES HARVEY AND IRMA – not too late to make a donation through UUSP this Sunday, September 24:  Please make your check payable to UU St Pete but put Hurricane Relief in the memo section -- or place cash in the envelopes and mark for Hurricane Relief.  We would like to send one check to the UUA and UUSP as the UU St Pete community to help these efforts.


NEXT SUNDAY:  First Sundays Monthly Meditation Group – this Sunday, October 1, 2017, 9:30-10:15am­ – in the Treuthart Room, upstairs in the RE area (in UUSP’s Conway Building).  Long experienced meditator and UUSP member Mimi Anzel will facilitate a few minutes of breath work followed by silent meditation.  Carpe Pacem!


OCTOBER IS UUSP COVENANT GROUP SIGN-UP MONTH:  On Sundays through October, starting October 1, you may sign up to participate in a UUSP covenant group at the Covenant Group table in Gilmour Hall.  What’s a Covenant Group?   Covenant groups meet monthly (or more if the group prefers) to deepen acquaintance with and appreciation of one another and of life.  Each meeting includes opportunity for personal sharing, plus discussion of a more general question of life.  The new groups will start meeting in November.  A great opportunity to get to know and be known.  Pastor Jack


WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS DISCUSSIONS September 27, 10am & 7pm (your choice) in the Conway Building lounge.  Our study’s emphasis this fall is part of becoming better allies, partners, and justice co-workers with those who are without equal rights and opportunity in our community and world – especially people of color, but also many cross-color categories of those left out of “the general Welfare” and “the Blessings of Liberty.”  This week’s reading continues in Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, pages 40-60.   Quotes for discussion provided.  Rev. Jack (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.


Curious About Our Church and Membership?

Come to our UUSP Inquiring Minds, Hearts and Spirits Class, Part 1 & 2 -- after Sunday service, October 29 and November 5, 11:45-1:00pm in Conway Hall.  Lots of getting acquainted and getting informed about UU St Pete and the Unitarian Universalist tradition.  Snacks will be provided.  Contacts: Patti HanksRev. Jack Donovan



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

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

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

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

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

9) Waking Up White (and Finding Myself in the Story of Race), Debby Irving (2014)

10) Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans (1865-1941), by Douglas A. Blackmon

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

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

13) www.blacklivesuu.comSee UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn.

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


Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



The Surviving Irmageddon Party

It will blow you away!


We made it!  We lived through Irma and lots of other challenges and we’re all still here in community with one another.  So let’s celebrate with a

POT LUCK PARTY – Sunday, October 1st, after church.


We’ll provide an appropriate play list of music (Blowin’ in the Wind, Stormy Weather, Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head…), beverages (including, of course, some Hurricanes), and a few surprises.


Please bring a dish to share – and if you’re creative – give it a hurricane-themed name.  (Everything-Upside-Down cake?  Bay Watch 9-layer dip?  Tuna-in-my-swimming-pool salad?  You get the idea!)


The party gets started right after church, so bring your food to the table in Gilmour Hall before the service.  PLEASE bring it ready to serve.  If you can bring a cooler half-filled with ice to keep things cool, please do.


Don’t miss it!!!  We hope it’s one of a kind!

Contact: Susan Burnore



ANIMALS ARE BLESSINGS Service - Sunday, October 8

All our well-behaved pets are welcome at the service on Sunday, October 8, to hear us say nice things about them and the roles they play in our lives.  Plan now to bring your pet - in a carrier or on a leash, please - or you can bring a picture of an animal that means a lot to you to share with everyone.  


Speaker Nic Filzen and Worship Leader Susan Burnore will share thoughts on how pets and animals fit into the UU view of the world.  




Minutes from Sunday’s Special Meeting - Voting on the Parking Lot Offer

At Sunday’s Special Meeting, on September 17, 2017, 65 members voted, more than twice the required quorum, and several additional non-members attended. But since not everyone could attend please see the Minutes as recorded by Dani Skrzypek and edited and approved by board members.

The link to the document is below and it is also avaialable in our Documents section of the UUSP website (uustpete.org) under Get Involved.

 Parking Lot Vote Minutes

Paul Burnore, President

Board of Trustees


IMPORTANT UUSP Congregational Vote - Results and Next Steps:

UUSP held a Special Meeting on Sept. 17, 2017, to vote on the parking lot question: 

“Does the Congregation approve the Board of Directors accepting WJA's Letter of Intent, and proceed with formal negotiations to enter into a contract, consistent with the Letter of Intent, for the Church to sell Lot 1 to WJA for development, and have WJA create an appropriate paved parking lot on Lots 2 and 3?”

The 65 people who voted in person were more than double the quorum required by our bylaws.  It resulted in 58 for, 6 against, 1 abstention – about 90% in support of the sale.  This result tracks closely with the straw poll results in the weeks before, from members inside and outside the Tampa Bay area: 55 for, 6 against, 2 undecided – about 87%.  The Board’s straw poll in August was 4 for, 1 against, 2 abstentions. This consensus puts the Board in a very strong position as we negotiate a contract.

During the past year the Board tried to use an open and inclusive process with the congregation, and to publish whatever was discovered in our search for relevant information, whether by board members or others. Most members feel that they were included and their concerns heard.

Next steps: The Board and UUSP lawyer Chuck Hinton will be working out the exact terms of the contract with WJA in the coming month and will keep the congregation informed as completely as possible. In contract negotiations we will include the concerns expressed by those opposed to the sale. WJA has previously been very responsive.

I want to acknowledge that grappling with this lengthy, complicated issue has often been confusing, difficult and emotional for all of us.  We’ve argued and debated for over a year. However, this congregation has been impressive in respecting others’ opinions in Town Halls and Google group posts and roundtable discussions.  I’m proud of all of us for adhering to our UU principles of respect for the individual and using the democratic process.   

Thank you UUSP! This bodes well for continuing to grow in our covenant with each other.

Board of Trustees

Contact: Paul Burnore



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