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Parking Lot Vote - Date Change from July 30 to September 10


In order to accommodate as many UUSP members as possible for the vote on WJA’s offer to buy parcel one of our parking lot, the Board approached them and asked for an extension. This is because a number of our members may be on vacation on July 30 (WJA’s original deadline), but most UUSP vacationers and some snowbirds will have returned by September 10. 


WJA has reluctantly agreed to postponing a UUSP decision from July 30 to September 10. During the 6-week extension period we will continue to hold discussion roundtables, publish any new information we have, hold Skype or GoToMeeting internet sessions to encourage verbal interaction with those members who are out of town, and publish Pros/Cons from our roundtable discussions.

Please mark September 10 as the new Vote Date!

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on July 23, 2017, at 6:44pm

Announcements From Pastor Jack

FIRST BOOK FOR WEDNESDAY DISCUSSIONS THIS FALL: Our study emphasis this fall will be part of becoming better allies, partners, and justice co-workers 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 secure Blessings of Liberty.”  Contrary to my earlier announcement, I’d like us to start with the personal testimony of the Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates in Between the World and Me (his book in the form of a letter to his young son).  Discussions start the second Wednesday in September, September 13, 10am and 7pm.  Book quotes provided for discussion. 


Can you recommend any great biographies or autobiographies?  Please share with Pastor Jack who is looking for materials on how lives get shaped for better or worse.



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 (the interfaith community organizing coalition, Faith in Action for Strength Together).  I’d suggest the following order, but amended as the discussion group prefers, including other book selections

  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. Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil, by W.E.B. DuBois (1920)
  8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  9. Waking Up White (and Finding Myself in the Story of Race), by 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.  See UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn.


UUs helping UUs: Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price,  UUSP Care Committee chair:; 727-290-9910.


Pastor Jack would appreciate emails from UUSP members new and longer-term with whom he hasn’t met recently for a kind of annual check-in, letting him know your best times for a visit.


Posted on July 21, 2017, at 8:58pm

Hurricane Preparation

During hurricane season and when there is a threat of severe weather, please note that UUSP is located in a non-evacuation zone -- but it is also not designated as a shelter. However, even though we are not a designated shelter facility, members of our congregation are always welcome to come to our church at any time.

If you expect to stay more than a few hours, please be sure to bring food, water, and all the items recommended for storm preparedness with you as you will be responsible for taking care of yourself and your family members. And remember that we do not have showers or beds. Also, remember that utilities (water, electricity) might be out so be prepared for that possibility.

We recognize pets are also family members and they are welcome as long as they are contained in carriers or cages. Gilmour will be designated as the pet area in order to provide animal-free areas for those members who may have pet allergies.

If severe weather threatens, Rev. Jack and the Board of Trustees, working with the Buildings and Grounds Committee, will designate volunteers to open up the Church if needed. Church leadership will notify the congregation who to call to make arrangements for Church access if you are forced to evacuate and wish to stay at the Church.

Contact: Morgan Gresham
Posted on July 21, 2017, at 8:57pm

RE Corner

Join us Sunday, July 23, for an All Ages RE Sunday with Lisa and Joe. We will play some fun games and discuss caring for our community. See you at 10:30!

Hogwarts begins on Monday! We will begin decorations for Harry Potter camp on Saturday, July 22. We encourage you to take a tour of our magical spaces, including upstairs. If you’d like to help us transform the church into beloved scenes from the Harry Potter world, join us Saturday, July 22 at 10 a.m. 

Contact: Lisa Hill
Posted on July 20, 2017, at 1:22pm

SUNDAY is Share the Plate Sunday

Early in August Twizere and Elizabeth’s oldest child, Jibu, will start school full-time. He will be in kindergarten -- which is a big step for this serious little chap. He will need clothing and some school supplies -- which your donations on Sunday will help his parents’ purchase. One half of the non-pledge portion of Sunday's offering will be used for this purpose. So please be generous and help Jibu as he begins his formal education. Thank you!

UU St Pete began supporting this Congolese refugee family in early 2016 -- soon after they arrived from a refugee camp in Uganda. 

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on July 20, 2017, at 12:14pm

Celebrate Outreach's Fundraiser: July 26

UU St. Pete and UUHP (UU's Helping People), a founding member of Celebrate Outreach, which is a partnership of St. Petersburg-area faith-based congregations and individuals dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness in our area through social justice, advocacy, community education and direct service, is supporting Celebrate Outreach’s Drag Queen Bingo Fundraiser.

Come support this group on Wednesday, July 26 at Hamburger Mary’s, 2901 Tyrone Blvd. N. in St Pete.

Bingo sheets are available for a $10.00 cash donation and will be sold at 6:30pm and Bingo starts at 7pm. There will be gift bags for the winners.

Come anytime BEFORE the main event if you wish to eat.

If this event is successful, it will pay for the next six months of 150+ people enjoying a substantial breakfast at Trinity Lutheran in St. Petersburg every Saturday morning.

For the website information for the Bingo, Click here

For the website for Celebrate Outreach, the sponsoring organization, Click here

Call Hamburger Mary’s at (727) 851-9386 to reserve seats.

Contact: Reggie Craig
Posted on July 20, 2017, at 12:02pm

Want To Make A Difference You Can See?

Check out the ​Building & Grounds Committee!  

Next Meeting August 1, 5:30pm - 7pm - Conway North Room

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

Posted on July 14, 2017, at 10:35pm

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
Posted on July 14, 2017, at 10:32pm

Join the Parking Lot Discussions From Anywhere

UU St Pete members:

We need to hear your thoughts. The most recent offer from Wannemacher Jensen Architects is to purchase Parcel 1 of our parking lot for $240,000. Parcels 2 & 3 would remain the property of UUSP and would have 35 parking spaces, the same as now. The offer includes free paving, landscaping, environmental compliance, and lighting of parcels 2 & 3, which is UUSP property, valued at $180,000. The total value of the WJA offer is $240,000 plus $180,000, or $420,000. In return, WJA would have shared parking privileges for the 35 parking spaces during weekday work hours.

The latest offer from Wannemacher Jensen Architects requires that UU St. Pete respond no later than July 30, 2017.

There are face-to-face roundtables and meetings underway for UU St. Pete member to participate in, but we have also created an online Discussion Forum in Google Groups. The information for joining the online group is below. Following it is a link to a Google Groups help sheet.


Online Discussion Forum - Parking Lot Discussion

You may join the discussion by clicking on the link below. Then post your questions and comments, and see all of the other comments and questions that members have posted, and the responses to them.


Visit this group at .

To become a member of the discussion group, click the link that says “apply for membership”

UU St. Pete Discussions

You must be a member of this group to view and participate in it.

Apply for membership or contact the owner.

To view this discussion on the web visit .


Google Group help sheet:

How to post in google group (video):

Google Group video tutorial:

Please note, many of the video tutorials are geared toward students and teachers. Some of the information included may not apply to your experience.


Contact: Morgan Gresham
Posted on July 14, 2017, at 7:47am

August "Book of the Month" Beliefs Discussion Sessions

Our Beliefs Discussion groups will take a slightly different approach for August with a book being covered in the five Wednesdays that month.

We’ll discuss astrophysicist Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World – Science as a Candle in the Dark.  One review: “A stirring defense of informed rationality…Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.”

To give Rev. Jack a bit of a break, Susan Burnore will facilitate the morning sessions, and Paul Burnore will lead in the evenings.  (And we hear Rev. Jack may be on hand for some of them.)  Come join us!  Printouts of selected quotes from the book will be on hand.

Wednesday mornings 10am – 11:30am

or Wednesday evenings 7pm – 8:30pm in Conway Hall.

Posted on July 13, 2017, at 2:21pm

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