UU St. Pete InfoNet: September 29, 2017

This Sunday's Worship Services

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

Pondering the cycle of human life, what kind of community reality do we humans get born into?  What kind of influences can a person expect to experience from a community?  What kind of influences can a community expect to experience from its members and from outsiders?  Is it pre-determined?


Food Collection THIS Sunday

During this Sunday's Service our youngest members will collect food to support the work of UUs Helping People committee, specifically the Friday Night Picnic.

Special requests, all large sized: tomato sauce, jelly, baked beans, dry dog food, powdered ice tea, 8 oz. paper cold cups and heavy duty paper plates. 

Thank you for your generosity!

Contact: Sabine von Aulock



RE Corner

Religious Education Sunday Morning - October 1:

Nursery age care is provided in Conway Hall beginning at 10:15am.

Elementary school children will meet with Trish and Joe to continue discussing the "Windows and Mirrors" curriculum.

Youth will meet to continue their discussions on the "Amazing Grace" curriculum.

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



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 1, 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 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 worship service.  PLEASE bring it ready to serve, if possible. Geneva Nelson has volunteered to be in the kitchen before the service to help you keep things warm in the oven if necessary, but space will be limited.  If you can bring a cooler half-filled with ice, please do.

And you can add to the fun by wearing something to add to the decor!


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


Contact: Susan Burnore



Announcements From Pastor Jack

RESULTS:  UUSP SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR HURRICANE RELIEF:  Thank you, all!  Our special collection for hurricane relief raised $2696.  Three quarters of this will go to the UUA Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund and one quarter will be used by UUSP’s Social Justice Committee to help its partner group, the Immokalee Farmworkers.  As we were preparing to send the UUA/UU Service Committee check, Rev. Dawn Cooley, a UUA staffer helping administer the funds, let us know that the UUA’s contribution goal for Harvey relief has been far exceeded – but that contributions for Irma and Maria relief are far behind.  So the contributions we are forwarding are going mainly to Irma and Maria relief in Florida and the Caribbean (including several UU congregations in Puerto Rico). Rev. Cooley reports that despite meeting certain UUA/UU Service Committee goals for Harvey relief, the actual need caused by all three hurricanes will remain great for months.  Additional contributions are welcome online at giving.uua.org/Irma-aid or by check made to “UUA” with the memo line “Disaster Relief Fund,” sent to UUA Gift Processing, 24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA. 02210.


WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS DISCUSSIONS October 4, 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.  Reading this week: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me , pages 60 – 99.   Quotes for discussion provided.  Rev. Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net).


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.  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


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.  Share your questions and we’ll share our answers.    Snacks will be provided.  Contacts: Patti HanksRev. Jack Donovan


NEXT SUNDAY MEDITATION:  First Sundays Monthly Meditation Group – this Sunday, October 1 , 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! 



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 Eulogy

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



Care Committee

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:30pm

The Care Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on October 5 in Conway.

If you are interested in supporting and assisting congregants in their time of need, you are welcome to attend this meeting to share your ideas.  Contact Sue Price (727) 290-9910 or pricesue63@gmail.com for more information.   

Contact: Sue Price



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.  



Organic Agriculture and Cooperatives in Cuba

If you want to learn about what’s really happening in Cuba, including the economy, health system and focus on sustainable, organic agriculture and cooperatives, this is the trip for you. I’ve been on two social justice trips with this organization - to Cuba and Chiapas, Mexico - and they’re excellent. Dr. Cliff Durant, UU from Asheville, has organized these study trips for over 25 years.

Organic Agriculture and Cooperatives in Cuba

November 26 - December 5, 2017 

Tour Led by Jennifer Ungemach

Two decades ago Cuba was the first country to convert from industrial agriculture to organic agriculture. Today it is converting a major part of its economy to cooperatives. Learn how this island nation is striving for food sovereignty as it reorganizes its economy. Visit organic gardens and cooperatives, both urban and rural, an ecological zone, a community project.Talk with specialists in sustainable agriculture, the Cuban economy, its health system, US-Cuban relations, and more. Experience Cuban culture and the vibrancy of its people in this 10-day trip hosted by Havana’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center. Sponsored by the Center for Global Justice and Via Organica along with Organic Consumers Association.  

Estimated cost of $1,700 includes dormitory style accommodations and all meals at MLK Center, translation, guide, transportation and a full program of activities.  Airfare is extra.

If you are interested, please let us hear from you by next Wednesday October, 4th. 

Our host organization MLK Center needs to know you are coming!!!

Application and non-refundable $100 deposit, will be needed after. Full payment due one month before departure. Limited scholarships are available.

For applications and further information, contact cuba@globaljusticecenter.org.


Please contact the Center for Global Justice for more information. Contact Paul Burnore at plburnore@gmail.com with questions.

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