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This Week In RE

Youth: Join us this Sunday for Be The Change!  This program gives Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth a starting place for discussions about the role of race, identity and justice in living out their faith. Youth class begins at 10:30 in the youth room upstairs.

Youth class will not meet June 25. Youth are encouraged to stay in service with your family

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 June 24, 2017, at 9:20am

St. Petersburg Pride Parade 2017

Would you like to join in and participate in the largest Pride Parade in Florida? Well, you live in the right place -- St. Pete sees over 220,000 people participant in Pride weekend. This year's Pride Parade will be the evening of June 24. Once again our Church and UU’s from across the Bay Area will have a prominent place in the parade. We want to show our support of the LGBT community and commitment to inclusiveness by having a large UU showing.

Key Parade Info for those that have signed up with Courtney:

What to bring:

  • Wear your UU St. Pete T-Shirt
  • Walking shoes
  • Water bottle
  • A lot of UU spirit

What we will have:

  • 1,500 Mardi Gras bead necklaces with a UUSP card attached to toss out
  • Two tear drop banners and our vertical UUSP banner
  • Small first aid kit
  •  A few extra water bottles

Where we will meet:

  • 5:30PM at Vinoy Park – we are group #135 (which means we are in the first wave of marchers).
  • Look for our banners that are out-front on Sundays -one is our UUSP banner and the other is our Pride banner.
  • There will be bathrooms at Vinoy Park, but accommodations once we start to march will be limited.

Parade Facts:

  • The parade officially starts at 6:30PM (but no later than 7PM)
  • The parade route is attached. The length is roughly 1 mile.
  • The parade starts at the corner of 5th Ave N and Bayshore and follows Bayshore until the Dali Museum.

Day of Contact info:Sabine VonAulock – 973.768.3256 – please feel free to call or text on the day of the parade. Courtney will not be at the parade

Posted on June 24, 2017, at 9:16am

Announcements From Pastor Jack

Wednesdays Belief & Spirituality Discussions:  June 28: Chapters 8 part 2. (pp 106-128), Untie the Strong Woman by Jungian  psychoanalyst Clarissa Pinkola Estes.  Who is Pinkola Estes trying to liberate with this mythos?  .Whose soul and spirit could it save?   (Discussion quotes from the chapters will be provided each meeting – though the full book may transcend quotations.) Rev. Jack


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.


COMING TO UU ST PETE – HUGELY POPULAR SINGER/SONGWRITER/GUITARIST (AND UU) JIM SCOTT – Friday, June 30, 7:00 p.m.  in UUSP’s Gilmour Social Hall.  Come have a coffee-house evening full of songs for Earth, Justice, Peace, and Fun.  Suggested donation: $15 per adult; kids free.   Jim is a former member of the Paul Winter Consort, co-composer of the PWC’s celebrated “Missa Gaia/Earth Mass” plus eight hymns in the two UUA hymnals, and co-creator of the UUA’s Green Sanctuary program.  Jim’s friend, folk legend Pete Seeger, called him “Some kind of magician.” Come enjoy the magic (and refreshments).

Posted on June 24, 2017, at 9:04am

UUSP Town Hall Meeting: New Parking Lot Offer June 25, 2017 11:45am

Please join us for a Town Hall Meeting at 11:45 am on June 25, after the Sunday service. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a new offer by our neighbor Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA) 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.


This new 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, and a final decision by the UUSP congregation by August 6. 


Discussion Roundtables about this offer will be held by Board members at 11:45 am after the Sunday services on July 2 and July 9. Additional discussions will be held on Sundays and/or during the week on request. A web-based Discussion Forum will be created for people who would like to submit questions or comments electronically, 24/7, and receive a response. A Special Meeting of the UUSP congregation for a vote on this offer is scheduled for July 30, 2017.


For answers to most questions about this offer, please see Frequently Asked Questions, UUSP Parking Lot, a document which will be available on our website soon. I’d suggest that everyone review this document before the Town Hall Meeting on Sunday so that everyone is fully informed. We plan to have some printed copies available on Sunday, but to save expense, it would be good if you printed your own copy.


Paul Burnore, President

UUSP Board of Trustees


Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on June 24, 2017, at 9:02am


Friday, June 30th, 7-9 pm

Jim Scott is a favorite of many UUs.  He has six hymns in our two hymnals, and delights all audiences with his concerts and sing-alongs.

UUSP’s Gilmour Hall will be transformed into a Friday-night Coffeehouse.  We will provide coffee, light snacks, and cafe-style seating.  Feel free to BYOB and something to add to the snack table.

Suggested $15 donation for adults, kids free with their parents.  No one turned away!  

For more information (or to volunteer to help!) contact Susan Burnore at  or  770-480-0200.

Posted on June 23, 2017, at 10:18pm

This Sunday's Worship Services


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Sunday, June 25, 2017: "Celebrating the Rainbow, Soul Searching and More"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Sabine von Aulock

Join us in Gilmour Hall from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. for a pancake breakfast benefiting UU's Helping People's Friday Night Picnic for People in Need. We will then remain for coffee and conversation during our Cafe Rainbow service. UUSP became a "Welcoming Congregation" in 2012. While this community has a large heart, some of us are still unsure of their place at our 'table.' Listen to personal stories, share yours, and let's look at possible steps we can take to truly embrace our LGBTQ friends and family who cross our threshold.

Group: Worship
Posted on June 21, 2017, at 9:51pm


Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 9:45am - 10:45am
Location: Gilmour Hall, Kitchen

Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast prior to the service today.  All donations go to our Friday Night Picnic for those in need.  JOIN Pastor Jack and Jeri in the kitchen after 8:30 am to help out.  Donate $4 per person, $10 per family as you are able, no one turned away.   Contact Jeri, 727-829-3294, leave a message.

Posted on June 19, 2017, at 2:00pm

Wrapping Up Our 2016 - 2017 Fiscal Year!

As we complete our fiscal year on 06/30/17, it is important that we know all of our expenses for the entire year.

Here's how YOU can help:  If you have made a purchase on behalf of UUSP but have not yet reported that purchase to the Treasurer, please do so before 07/31/17. If you want to be reimbursed for the expense, fill out the appropriate form in the office, attach your receipt, and you will receive a check. If you prefer to donate your purchase price to the church, fill out the appropriate form for that, and we will include your donation in your contribution statement.

Either way, we will have a more accurate picture of how much we spent in the fiscal year if we have your expenses included. If you have any questions about this, contact Sally Carville. And THANK YOU for helping keep our finances in apple pie order!

Contact: Sally Carville
Posted on June 18, 2017, at 12:31pm

Can you help with Transportation?

Liz Gerdnic, who lives in South Pasadena, would like a ride to church, and if possible in time for Discussion Group at 9:30.  If you think you can assist her, even occasionally, she can be reached at (727)367-7306.  

Thank you!

Posted on June 16, 2017, at 10:19pm

Hogwarts Announcements

Thursday, June 29, from 1pm - 3pm

Ollivanders assistants needed:  Want to learn the secret of making wands, monster book of monsters, and other magical items? Come learn the art of wand lore, make a magical item for yourself and another to display at our Hogwarts camp this summer. Adults and youth welcome (especially prefects!!)! Send Lisa an email ( if you’d like to attend, we’d like to have supplies for everyone


Help a child go to camp:  Each year we have children who cannot attend camp because of financial constraints. Please consider sponsoring a child by contributing part or all of the $135 camp tuition. Each scholarship offered helps a dream come true for a child in our community. Please note “Hogwarts sponsorship" on the memo line or envelope


Supplies needed:  This summer we will have over 120 students and staff involved with our Hogwarts summer camp program. We have tons of activities planned and are in need of the following items:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Aloe vera (any color)
  • Hand soap (colored/translucent please)
  • Hand soap (clear)
  • Napkins
  • Paper plates
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic tablecloths
  • Inexpensive paintbrushes
  • Plaster of paris
  • Clothes pins
  • Toothpicks
  • Sponges
  • 6” peat pots
  • Potting soil
  • Balloons
  • Bag of play sand (2)
  • Small, disposable gloves
  • Small, latex free disposable gloves
  • Egg cartons (no plastic, please)
  • Large mixing bowls for crafts
  • White glue (30)
  • Shaving cream (7)
  • Borax (2)
  • Clear plastic cups
  • Flour (6)
  • Table salt (6)
  • Ziplock bags
  • Baby oil
  • Food coloring
  • Calligraphy supplies


Thank you for supporting our RE program!

Contact: Lisa Hill
Posted on June 16, 2017, at 10:15pm

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