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A Thank You from FAST


We want to thank all who came to the Monday night FAST Nehemiah Action. AND a special thanks to -- not only all who recruited and brought other members or friends to the Action--  but also our ministerial support from Rev. Jack and Rev. Karen Day.

Our “official count,” based on tickets turned in, was 94! That is much higher than the 76 who attended last year. The total attendance was 2600 which is higher than our 2500 of last year.

Thank you again for your help, and we will work on keeping you informed during the year on the progress we make on our 3 issues of low-income housing, better school handling of student misbehavior, and criminal justice/mental health issues. 

Posted on April 11, 2019, at 12:36pm

One of Our Congolese Families


Twizere’s family continues to grow — with a soon-to-be added little baby girl — due on April 15. The family arrived in St Pete from a refugee camp in Uganda in December, 2015. UU St Pete began supporting this and two other Congolese families in early 2016.  

This family has made tremendous progress in adapting to their new home — but periodically can use a helping hand. Twizere has a full-time job — but also fills in doing yard work: weeding, planting, mulching, etc. He is very thorough, conscientious and timely. Dave and I have hired him to work several half days for us on Saturday or Sunday — keeping the weeds under control and planting flowers, bushes, etc. If you could use some help in this area — please contact me, and I will gladly link you up. 

 

 

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on March 29, 2019, at 10:22am

The Face of Immigration Today


Sunday, May 19:  4:30 - 7:00pm

Temple Beth El
400 Pasadena Ave South
St. Petersburg, FL 33707

Part of the Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series

Born in England, Author/journalist Sasha Abramsky studied at Balliol College, Oxford, and at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. Currently living in Sacramento, he teaches in the U.C. Davis writing program, while also a fellow at the NYC-based Demos think tank. Sasha's latest book, Jumping at Shadows, is a searing account of America's most dangerous epidemic: irrational fear. The book takes readers on a dramatic journey through a divided nation, where issues such as immigration, gun control and health care have become fodder for fearmongers and conspiracists. The book lays out today's political and cultural landscape and our misconceptions about risk and threats.

 

Check out the Flyer with more information:  Shasha Abramsky - Face of Immigration Today

 

 

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on March 29, 2019, at 9:52am

UUHP (Unitarian Universalists Helping People):

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Front Office

UUHP (Unitarian Universalists Helping People):

Formerly the Homeless Ministry, UUHP meets at 6:00pm on the second Monday of each month in the UUSP office.

Through the generosity of our congregation, the UUHP Ministry receives from fund raisers such as Stone Soup, monthly pancake breakfasts, and share-the-plate, allowing us to donate to the Free Clinic Woman’s Shelter, Daystar, Family Resource Center (LGTBQ),  Family Promise and Celebrate Outreach. We support these local independent service providers for the economically challenged because they are proficient in how they are able to offer assistance.

Coordinating and   improving the Friday night picnic allows us to work with others in the community to help offer nourishing  meals for the food insecure

In the coming year we look forward to continuing our existing programs working on solutions to house the un-housed. Join UUHPs.

Reggie Craig, Chair
UUHP Ministry

 

Group: UUs Helping People

 

 

Posted on June 30, 2017, at 12:10pm

Contact: Reggie Craig
Posted on November 11, 2018, at 6:39pm

Farmworker/Immigrant Planning Meeting



Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

This Social Justice committee supports Farmworker and Immigrant Families by identifying and organizing our Church’s  participation in projects that support these immigrant communities via direct outreach as well as advocate for systemic change. There are so many ways to help these underserved and often neglected populations. We welcome your ideas and encourage your involvement in this very loving and meaningful work.

At our monthly planning meetings we review status of existing projects and plan new educational and advocacy events as well as steps for outreach to specific refugee and immigrant families.  

Please join us -- all are welcome. 

 

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on August 22, 2018, at 9:26am

Social Justice Planning Meeting

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Front Office

At this time the UU St Pete Social Justice Committee includes these five ministries: 

  • American Promise 
  • Fair Trade Coffee & Chocolate Sales
  • Farmworker/Immigrant Families
  • FAST
  • UU’s Helping People 

Our events and projects support those in-need, address local and wide-ranging injustices and the building of local justice networks. Some projects are Outreach; like providing a meal for the less fortunate and supporting refugee families’ basic and educational needs.

This past year we continued our Justice efforts; wanting to address systemic issues. Examples include advocating against punitive immigration legislation at the state and federal levels, working with USF and other organizations on the Tiny Homes for Veterans and Homeless Bill of Rights, joining the FAST network of Churches to increase affordable housing, improve schools and the juvenile justice system and economic justice thru our FairTrade Chocolate and Coffee sales. 

We also maintained and strengthened our partnerships with other organizations – The Society of Friends, Coalition of Downtown Churches, Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services Refugee Resettlement Office and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. 

We encourage any Church member or friend to be engaged in the various aspects of our Social Justice ministries. Though the above ministries plan and communicate their respective projects -- we consider all members of the congregation to be members of the Social Justice Committee and consciously design our projects to facilitate the involvement of a wide range of members and friends of all ages.

 

Posted on August 22, 2018, at 9:06am

Fair Trade Coffee, Tea & Chocolate For Sale After Sunday Service



Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Gilmour Hall

After our Sunday service, "Equal Exchange" Fair Traded Coffee, Tea and Chocolate will be available for your purchasing pleasure. These products are regularly available the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month. (Dates may vary during the summer, holidays and special events.)

And remember, when you purchase the fair trade products that are available here, you are helping to support small farmers around the globe, you are helping the UUSC continue its commitment to their human rights, you are helping our church community to live our mission, and you are getting an excellent product at a fair price.

Contact: Karen Frank
Posted on December 18, 2015, at 1:55am

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