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Guest at Your Table Continues 


At this time of year UU Churches across the country engage in an unique program to support the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). "Guest at Your Table" is an annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about key human rights issues. The UUSC works in over 25 countries, with over 75 grassroots partners. 

This year’s theme is: Justice Across Borders with particular emphasis on our southern border with Mexico and the path of refugees seeking safety. Together we are learning about the work of four individuals involved in the work of the UUSC partners. They are called “guests” and we invite them to dine with us by placing the Guest at Your Table box on our dining tables. 

Last week you were introduced to Ely who works for one of UUSC’s partners in Honduras, a radio station called Radio Progreso, which provides a rare independent media space amid waves of propaganda in favor of President Hernández. Reaching over 700,000 listeners daily, Radio Progreso covers a wide range of topics, from politics to environmental issues, as well as a weekly feminist talk show. With UUSC’s support, they continue to broadcast daily and share news about the political unrest in Honduras with U.S. media outlets.

Today you will hear the story of our second guest: Clementina Flores. In January the Religious Wednesdays Studies programs on January 9 & January 16 will  be informational discussions covering facts about caravans thru Mexico to our southern border, the immigration court system and for-profit detention centers.  

Thank you for remembering these heroic Guests and supporting them — as we have the luxury of enjoying this festive time with friends and family.

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on December 13, 2018, at 1:19pm

Make the Holidays Merry for our Refugee Families - Share the Plate


December 16 is share the plate Sunday which means one half of the non-pledge portion of the offering will support one of UU St Pete’s social justice projects. Your donations will be used to help the two Congolese families that we all support.

They are Santa and her four children — one arrived here with her 3 years ago, and her three other children are currently in France with other relatives since their escape from the Congo. The paperwork to bring them here has just been approved by US Customs & Immigration Service. Now all three children can migrate permanently to the US and live with their older sister and mother — after a 6 year separation. Santa is picture a left with her children during a recent short viist with them in Lille, France. Your donation will help pay for their airfare. 

The other family — is a family of six: Twizere is the father and he and his wife have 3 small children —the oldest is in first grade. The grandmother lives with them and provides child care for the youngest while the two parents are at work. The children are growing and need some new clothes. Thank you for your generosity.

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on December 13, 2018, at 1:06pm

Guest at Your Table Begins This Sunday


At this time of year UU Churches across the country engage in an unique tradition to support the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). This program is called Guest at Your Table (GAYT).

This year’s program focuses on providing support to those seeking refuge in our country at our southern border via reliable on-the-ground outreach organizations who provide shelter, food and legal assistance to those, mainly Central Americans, seeking refuge in our country. These  organizations are a counter-force to the recent disturbing treatment of caravans of migrants attempting to cross into California from Mexico.

Giving via the UUSC GAYT program is one big way to help them. Another is to prepare cards, drawings, and welcome messages to send to our partners on the U.S.-Mexico border who are working tirelessly to support asylum-seekers as they arrive in the United States. These cards will be shared with migrant children and families who have recently arrived to remind them that they have a home and are welcome here.

Join us after service and create your own welcome card or drawing. Cards, paper and markers will set up at a table after service. All ages welcome. 

We will send our “creations” to the UUSC who will share them with one of their host organizations. This is one small step to show asylum-seekers a welcome that is stronger and louder than the messages of hate and fear they are hearing from the Trump administration.

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on December 7, 2018, at 7:25am

Guest at Your Table is at the Mexican Border


At this time of year UU Churches across the country engage in an unique tradition to support the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). This program is called Guest at Your Table (GAYT).

This year the focus is on our southern border and providing support to those seeking refuge in our country. The UUSC finds reliable on-the-ground outreach organizations across the globe, but this year’s GAYT is focusing on supporting the NGOs who provide shelter, food and legal assitance to those, mainly Central Americans, seeking safety  who arrive at our southern border in California, Arizona and Texas. They are a counter-force to the recent disturbing treatment of caravans of migrants attempting to cross into California from Mexico.

Giving via the UUSC GAYT program is one way to help them. We can also contact elected officials and organize and/or participate in vigils locally. I welcome additional ideas. 

UU St Pete’s Guest at Your Table campaign takes place over a 2 month period, and will include introductions of four “guests” who are from Central America or Mexico and the organizations they participate in to help migrants; and two informational discussions in January covering facts about caravans, the immigration court system and for-profit detention centers. These discussions will be co-hosted by Rev Jack and Karen Coale.

We will kick-off the program by having our children distribute GAYT boxes during service on Sunday, December 9. We ask you to put the box on your dining table and enter the cost of feeding a guest for the duration of the campaign which will conclude on Sunday, January 20, 2019.  Bring your boxes to service on that date and the children will collect them. We suggest paying by check, payable to:  UU St Pete with UUSC/GAYT in the memo line. 

Thank you!

 

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on November 29, 2018, at 6:59pm

UUHP (Unitarian Universalists Helping People):

Monday, January 14, 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 5:39pm

Farmworker/Immigrant Planning Meeting

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

This Social Justice subcommittee 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 individuals. 

Please join us -- all are welcome. 

 

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on August 22, 2018, at 8:26am

Social Justice Planning Meeting

Thursday, January 3, 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 8:06am

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



Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 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 12:55am

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