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Upcoming Inquirers Classes

As Pastor Jack says, “If you think we’d be good for you, or you’d be good for us” please join us at our next 2-part Inquirers Classes and learn about our Unitarian Universalist religious community. Classes will take place after Sunday service from noon to 1:30 on May 19 and June 2 in Conway Hall Middle Room. Contact Patti Hanks at or sign up at the Welcome Table during coffee hour.

Contact: Patti Hanks
Group: Membership
Posted on March 20, 2019, at 10:36am

Town Hall Budget meeting

Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Sanctuary

Town Hall Budget meeting on April 7 at noon in the Sanctuary.

Contact: Steve Benton

Posted on March 15, 2019, at 1:48pm

Announcements From Pastor Jack

FINAL WEDNESDAY DISCUSSIONS ON PAGAN & EARTH-CENTERED VOICES IN UUISM – Wednesday March 20, 10:00am or 7:00pm (your choice -YES, we’ll go for a morning and evening session to give plenty of time for personal debriefing as we conclude this book, following brief discussion of essays #21-23 (Beaumont, Vedder-Shults, Bodeau). Discussion quotes provided. Pastor Jack


SATURDAY MORNING UUSP MEDITATION RETREAT March 31, 9:00am-12noon in Gilmour Hall.    Sitting and Walking Meditations through the morning.  A chance for spiritual healing, strengthening, and peace.  Brief instruction provided. Sign-ups appreciated for planning – sign-up sheets in Social Hall or email Pastor Jack at


FUTURE WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES (10:00am and 7:00pm – your choice, as always): 

 (1) “Get Started with Mindfulness” 5 sessions -  likely start date April 3.   Topics:  Why Meditate; How to Meditate; Bringing It into Your Life (Work, Relationship, Self-Care), Deepening Your Practice.  I have 15 copies of the guidebook for sharing if you plan to participate – contact Pastor Jack at jfdonovan@bellsouth.netor see me at church.

(2) “21 Lessons for the 21st Century – the Summary” 8 sessions - likely start date May 15 on historian Yuval Noah Harari’s overview (80pp) of humankind’s greatest challenges.  (Full 318pp edition separately available.)


SHARE A PLACE OR RENT A ROOM?  Five Year Member of UUSP's Women's Walking Group Kate Houser is looking to share a place or rent a room in the home of a UUSP member or friend.  Please contact Kate at if you can have options.  Pastor Jack


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


UUSP SERMONS (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:   Go to, click the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see"Sermons and Readings." For audio recordings, click on a Sunday Service and look for the sound icon   audio

For screen shots of examples, click the link:  Worship Service Online Enhancements


ABOUT THE UUSP LIBRARY READING ROOM:   Come take a look as it grows!  The focus of our Reading Room is UUism, UUs, and UU sources.  Our books are now being categorized under five areas: Unitarian Universalism, World Religions, Direct Experience, Prophetic People, and Humanism and Science.  We ask for contributions in these categories.  (You might want first to check what we already have.  Please see future bulletins for Pastor Jack’s book wish list.)  Thank you, UUSP Librarian Sarah Craig

Posted on March 15, 2019, at 11:53am

FAST Rally - Monday, March 18

FAST Rally - Monday, March 18, 7pm, St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church (1955 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater).


Come hear about and discuss FAST's important issues (affordable housing,  school youth suspensions) as we prepare for the commitment meeting with public officials at the Tropicana on April 8.  

Posted on March 15, 2019, at 11:39am

BOT meeting

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Board of Trustees monthly meeting

All BOT meetings are open, and all members of the congregation are invited to attend. If a member or committee representative would like to speak at the BOT meeting, please let the President or Vice President know so that it can be added to the agenda.

Location-upstairs Conway

Contact: Steven Benton




Posted on March 14, 2019, at 8:33am

LGBTQ+ Interests Planning Group

Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 11:45am - 12:45pm
Location: Conway Middle Room

Meeting #2 to organize and plan UUSP programs and activities of LGBTQ+ interest. 

Posted on March 14, 2019, at 8:27am

UUSP Kayak Outing: Boca Ciega Bay


Join us for the next UUSP Kayak outing at Boca Ciega Bay. There are a number of small islands, including one with an actual sandy beach (I’ve named it “Paul’s Beach") and another with a central passage through a mangrove tunnel. Dolphins are always in the Bay and from time-to-time manatees are there too.  Bird life is prodigious. If you’re interested in getting out in nature, getting some fresh air and exercise, please join us.  Remember to bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water and UU humor. I highly recommend you bring a whistle also. Your guide is Gratis (not his real name).


Let’s meet at Hubbard’s Marina located at John’s Pass on Gulf Blvd in Madeira Beach at 8:30 am so that we cn launch at 9:00 am. For those who need to rent a kayak, the rental office opens at 6:00 am.  There are numerous restaurants at John’s Pass for breakfast before or lunch after kayaking. The distance from UUSP is 11 miles or a 25 minute drive. 


Hubbard's Marina

170 Johns Pass Boardwalk

Madeira Beach, FL 33708

(727) 393-1947


Get directions from your home to Hubbard’s Marina here:'s+Marina/@27.784661,-82.782359,13z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xe50345c1194c63c5!8m2!3d27.784661!4d-82.782359?hl=en-US


Hubbard’s Marina website is:


Please let me know if you can join us! Contact Paul Burnore at


If you’re too busy to kayak, you’re just too busy.

Good words and good paddling to you.  I hope to see you.  Paul

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on March 8, 2019, at 9:41pm

FAST Update

FAST Update: FAST (Faith & Action for Strength Together) of which UUSP is a member, works with 40 other Pinellas County congregations to bring more social justice to three specific areas:

  1. Affordable Housing; the city of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County have – after past pressure from FAST-- allocated almost $50 million for low-income housing. But both governments have not fully committed as to when they will actually start to use the money for housing.
  2. Criminal Justice: FAST HAS already initiated a survey on law enforcement encounters, of which UUSP participated in two weeks ago, as to the complaints of racial profiling. FAST is also studying how to achieve more effective initial treatment by law enforcement of those with mental illness or drug addition.
  3. Youth arrests/suspensions: better implementation of restorative practices within county schools so to resolve misbehavior within the schools rather than suspension or arrests.

For all three areas we need a strong showing at both, the Pinellas County School Board Meeting (9:45am March 26) AND the Nehemiah Action at Tropicana Field (7:00pm April 8). FAST’s goal is to get 3200 people there to show strong community support. Our goal at UUSP is to recruit 100 of our members and friends to go. If you have not been already contacted to go, please call Dave Coale, Carol Ulmer or Pat Fling.

Posted on March 8, 2019, at 9:30pm

House Concert Next Friday, March 15!

Don't miss the Merry Music and Decadent Desserts party at the Foxes' "Pink Playhouse" next Friday, March 15, at 6:30pm.  Jon Arterton and James Mack entertain with Teresa Ancaya on the keyboard.  Tickets selling fast - 100% of the $35 ticket price goes to UUSP!


Get your tickets for this and the rest of the UUs4U events today during Coffee Hour, or contact Susan Burnore at  Here's what's coming up next:

Shuffleboard Party - Friday, March 29, $15 each

Cocktails, Conversation and Appetizer Buffet - Friday, April 5, $40

Men's Night In - Saturday, April 6, $40

Ice Cream Garden Party - Saturday, April 13, $15 each, $25 family

Contact: Susan Burnore
Posted on March 8, 2019, at 10:14am

RE Corner

Religious Education: 

For information about our Religious Education, families are invited to visit the welcome table in the entry to the sanctuary.

Nursery care is provided in Conway Hall from 10:15-noon for infants through preschool by Laura Beard and a volunteer assistant.

Families begin in worship at 10:30 then school age children and youth will go to their groups after Time for All ages. Each week the children will have stories and activities to strengthen our UU identity. Children will be accompanied to their parents in coffee hour at 11:45. Any questions? Contact




Posted on March 7, 2019, at 12:30am

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