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The Class Divide

Carter G. Woodson Museum of African American History is hosting a film showing of "The Class Divide" which highlights current racial inequities in the Pinellas County School system. A discussion follows to consider how to address ongoing discrimination.

When: Saturday, August 19, 1pm - 4pm
Where: Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum - 2240 9th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 (22nd Street South turn right on 9th Avenue South.)

The Museum will also hold a rededication ceremony and party from 3pm - 7pm, on Sunday, August 20.

Contact: Karen Day
Posted on August 17, 2017, at 4:31pm

Sharing Our Responses to Charlottesville

On Sunday, August 20, after worship in Conway Hall, the Social Justice Committee invites you to a conversation to share our responses to Charlottesville. In the wake of the horrible acts of white supremacists there, we will gather to share our feelings and thoughts, and our ways of responding right here every day.


Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day
Posted on August 17, 2017, at 4:27pm

RE Corner

Join us this Sunday, August 20

Youth: Riddle and Mystery guides youth in their own search for understanding. Each of the 16 sessions introduces and processes a Big Question. The first three: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? The next ten, including Does God exist? and What happens when you die?, could be found on almost anyone’s list of basic life inquiries. The final three are increasingly Unitarian Universalist: Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me? Youth begins at 10:30am in the library.


Elementary Students: Join Trish and Joe for Windows and Mirrors. This program nurtures children's ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to seek out, care about and respect those of others. The sessions unpack topics that lend themselves to diverse experiences and perspectives—for example, faith heritage, public service, anti-racism, and prayer. The program teaches that there are always multiple viewpoints and everyone's viewpoint matters. 

Contact: Lisa Hill
Posted on August 17, 2017, at 4:24pm

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, August 20, 2017: "Spirituality in Music"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Nic Filzen
Worship Leader: Patti Hanks

Our music director, Nic Filzen, shares some personal and historic insight in to music and the divine.

Group: Worship
Posted on August 15, 2017, at 3:25pm

Board of Trustees Parking Lot Poll

August 14, 2017

Re: Proposed offer from Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA) regarding sale of Parcel 1 and retention of Parcel 2 and 3


Dear Fellow Member of UUSP:


We are coming to the close of a year-long process involving assessing scenarios, gathering and disseminating information, and introspection. The ultimate question is 'what is best for our religious community?'

In an effort to achieve maximum participation of our members and for all to have an understanding where members stand on this issue, we have developed a straw poll asking 3 basic questions:


1) Shall UU St. Pete enter into an agreement with WJA in which:

  • WJA would buy UU St. Pete’s Parcel 1 for $240,000
  • WJA would oversee and pay an estimated $180,000 to pave, light, landscape and meet environmental compliance for UU St. Pete’s Parcels 2 and 3
  • UU St. Pete would have 35 parking spaces, 15 of which would be shared with WJA Monday-Friday during work hours (8:00am-5:00pm)
  • WJA would make special arrangements to accommodate UU St. Pete’s need for special-event parking during regular work hours.

2) Do you believe you have enough information to make a decision?


3) What contributed to your decision?


In order to have the benefit of your input, we are using multiple means of communication. If you are comfortable emailing your responses, please forward this email, with your responses typed in for 1), 2) and 3) above, to by August 31, 2017. Please be sure to include your name so that we can track responses accurately. We also have a variety of ways to gain additional information:


UUSP Website: We have posted all the information regarding this proposal at Click "Join the Parking Lot Discussions From Anywhere" to find the FAQ, map and online discussion forum.


A quick link to our Pros and Cons document is below. 

Parking Lot Pros/Cons 7/27/2017


PHONE: If you would like to speak to a Board member about your questions/concerns, please reach out to:

Linda Elem: 727-637-3970

Reggie Craig: 727-631-1031


Skype: On Sunday, August 20, we will host a round table for Q & A with Board members available to talk to you via Skype.


There will be a congregational vote Sunday, September 10th, 2017. Our Bylaws require that members be present in order to vote. We hope you will be able to join in this important decision. If you are unable to attend, we hope you will use this opportunity to weigh in on the questions. Please know that we are committed to maintaining confidentiality. We will not share your name but will retain it for tallying purposes


Thank you for your consideration. It is an honor to work with such thoughtful, committed individuals from whom I learn every day.


In faith,


Paul Burnore, Laurie Clement, Reggie Craig, Morgan Gresham, Lori Price, Linda Paul and Sabine von Aulock

Posted on August 14, 2017, at 10:01pm

Buildings & Grounds Committee Meeting

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: Conway North Room

Want to make a difference you can see?

Check out the ​Buildings & Grounds Committee!

Whether you don’t know which end of a screwdriver to use or you can build a home from scratch, B&G is looking for YOU!  We have various projects you can enjoy like (1) helping to find and coordinate the best contractors or (2) getting your hands dirty outside on the grounds, or handyman jobs – light painting, electrical, carpentry, etc.  (Yes, that should probably be “handyperson” but we can only carry PC so far.)

We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month 5:30 – 7:00 PM at the church office.  Stop by and find out what we do!  Request copies of our Minutes be emailed to you.  Join in and brag to your friends about things like a new bookshelf you helped install (provided it stays up, of course …).  Anyway, come on by and find out more!  Fame, glory, fun and more can be yours!

For more info, please email us at

Contact: Howard Taylor
Posted on August 12, 2017, at 12:21am

Pro/Cons for Selling Parcel 1 of the UUSP Parking Lot

The Board of Trustees has been discussing the offer by Wannemacher Jensen to buy our parking lot for many months. Our discussions have been lengthy and thorough. Out of these discussions, with all points of view represented, we as a board have developed and agreed on this chart of Pros/Cons in an effort to simplify the many issues involved into a few important ones. 

Click the link below to view the Pros/Cons chart or you can find them in the Get Involved area of the website, then choose Documents.

Pros & Cons July 27, 2017 


Paul Burnore, President; Morgan Gresham, Vice President; Reggie Craig; Sabine von Aulock; Linda Paul; Laurie Clement; Lori Price; 

Board of Trustees

Posted on August 11, 2017, at 9:49pm

Straw Vote for the Entire Congregation

We need the input from all members of our congregation on the offer by Wannemacher Jensen to buy Parcel 1 of our parking lot. This includes snowbirds and members who are out of town. Even though our bylaws only permit members who are present on September 10 to vote on this offer, we will be collecting everyone’s viewpoint and straw vote beforehand. Everyone should participate, whether in person at church, by email, by telephone, or by snail mail.  All board members are willing to discuss this matter with members by telephone at a time mutually agreeable.


Straw votes must be received by August 30, when we’ll tally up the votes and the reasons for the votes, and publish for everyone to see (without names).  With our bylaws limiting voting to those present only, this is a way to make everyone’s opinions visible, which may influence those who are undecided. 


Click the link below to reach the Straw Vote document, you can print it out and get it back to the church.  There is a Word version on our UUSP website under Get Involved, then Document.


Straw Vote Document PDF


Thank you for your participation!

Your Board of Trustees:
Paul Burnore, President; Morgan Gresham, Vice President; Reggie Craig; Sabine von Aulock; Linda Paul; Laurie Clement; Lori Price; 


Posted on August 11, 2017, at 9:33pm

Skype Discussion for Members Out of Town

The Board will arrange, for members who are out of town, Skype sessions with board members. Dates, times, and full instructions will be sent next week. This will allow conversations with members who are out of town and want to engage in questions and answers “real time with real voices.”

Thank you!

Your Board of Trustees

Posted on August 11, 2017, at 9:28pm

Back to School for Aaliyah and Jibu

Thank you for your generous Share the Plate donations. They enabled Sue Price to take Santa and her daughter Aaliyah shopping for new school clothes. Aaliyah started her sophomore year this week at St Pete High. At the same time Twizere’s eldest, Jibu, began kindergarten.  This same Share the Plate paid for his pre-school physical, school supplies and a few new clothes.  Again Sue Price was the super shopper. We are still working on after-school arrangements for Jibu -- filling out more forms to hopefully get discounted care in an after-school program. Dick Miller has joined our “merry band” and looks forward to taking the family on outings. 


Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on August 10, 2017, at 9:15pm

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