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3 - Year Plan Update

A 3-year vision has been created by the team of Barbara Rowell, Morgan Gresham, Jill McCracken, and Courtney Allen. It was presented to the Board at the May 11 Board meeting and is now moving into it’s next phase. Next steps will include:

  • Expanding the core team to include all interests in the church
  • Identifying major building blocks of a 3-year plan based on the 3-year vision
  • Designing a congregational survey to assess what’s important to our membership
  • Executing a Listening Campaign to accumulate ideas from members
  • Gathering specific input from committee heads in order to include program direction and needs
  • Scheduling a leadership retreat to include trustees, officers, and committee heads in order to reach consensus on common purpose and coordination
  • Re-invigorating the Program Council as the driver of a coordinated leadership team and participant in 3-year planning activities.

This is an exciting, comprehensive project at a time in our growth when a clear direction is needed, and when congregational input is essential. The Board sincerely thanks the 3-Year Vision team for getting this project launched and moving forward. This effort will take time, and we will need interested people to get directly involved. Please let the team members know if you’d like to join this effort.

 

Paul Burnore, President
Board of Trustees

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on June 9, 2017, at 11:30pm

Parking Lot Update - New Offer from Wannemacher Jensen

A few weeks ago Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA) withdrew their offer to purchase one of three parcels of our parking lot after the Board decided to delay a vote until November.  WJA has just come back with a new offer with a time frame of two months for UUSP to make a decision.

Their reason is that in the 15+ years WJA has occupied their current building, they have grown from 7 to 23 people and are out of space, and they would like to expand without moving. They like their location on Mirror Lake and want to improve the neighborhood. If UUSP votes not to sell to them, they will begin searching for new offices immediately and put their current building up for rent.

WJA's new offer is to purchase one parcel of our parking lot at the highest and best price of $240,000, the same as the prior offer, but additionally WJA would fully pay for the paving of parcels two and three, which would remain the property of UUSP.  The value of the paving is $50,000-$75,000, and would be in exchange for shared parking during weekday work hours. Weekends and evenings would be UUSP parking only. The number of parking spaces would remain about the same and  could accommodate both parties’ parking needs. Special events (weddings, funerals, etc.) would be managed as they come up. The total value to UUSP would be $290,000 - $315,000.

The new WJA offer is contingent upon UUSP’s agreement to sell within 60 days (August 7) and to close within 90 days (September 7). The Board unanimously agreed it could not make a decision on it’s own, but instead to arrange for a congregational vote by August 7. The vote would decide whether to accept the new offer or not. In order for the congregation to be fully informed, a Town Hall will be announced shortly, along with discussion roundtables and an internet “Discussion Board.”  In order that all members can vote, including those who are snowbirds or out of town on vacation, the Board is exploring the possibilities of real-time telephone and/or internet voting methods, which are commonly used today, in accordance with our Bylaws and our attorney’s approval.

More information will be coming. Please don’t hesitate to contact Board members with any questions.

Paul Burnore, President
Board of Trustees

June 11 followup: WJA's Letter of Intent is available here: http://uustpete.org/document/letter-intent-purchase-property

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on June 9, 2017, at 11:23pm

Reading List for UUSP Fall – Spring Wednesday Discussion Groups

People in UU congregations and many other denominations are realizing that racial division and prejudice in America have an historical legacy tantamount to continuing holocaust for African Americans and Native Americans. I hope this summer you will deepen your understanding of this reality. And this fall, I hope, we will develop and enact a plan for how we at UUSP may become allies of our oppressed brother and sister Americans.  I know many of you are well launched on this journey and can help guide us on this journey.  In the meantime, below is a reading list of mainly current books that could help enhance our understanding. If you have further suggestions, please let us know.  

  • The Third Reconstruction: A Moral Movement Overcoming the Politics of Division & Fear, by Wm J. Barber II (2016)
  • The Covenant with Black America, essays by The (Tavis) Smiley Group (2006)
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander (2010)
  • Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest (& the Harlem Children’s Zone), by Paul Tough (2008)
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, by Michael Eric Dyson (2017)
  • Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil, by W.E.B. DuBois (1920)
  • Letter from the Birmingham Jail,  by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1063)
  • Waking Up White (and Finding Myself in the Story of Race), Debby Irving (2014)
  • The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B.DuBis (1903)
  • Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun (2001) (google on-line)
  • www.blacklivesuu.com.  See UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn

 

Thank You!

Pastor Jack

Posted on June 2, 2017, at 3:07pm

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 June 2, 2017, at 9:07am

Covenant Group Fair #2

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 11:45am
Location: Conway Middle Room

This is a meeting for all who were unable to attend the October meeting on the Purposes and Practices of our UUSP covenant groups. We will meeting in Conway Hall lounge.

Posted on May 28, 2017, at 9:04am

Covenant Group Fair

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 11:45am

This is a meeting for all Covenant Group participants and those interested in joining a covenant group -- a gathering to talk about the purposes and practices of our Covenant Groups.

Posted on May 28, 2017, at 8:58am

RE Corner

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 library.

 

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 May 4, 2017, at 2:57pm

Want To Make A Difference You Can See?


Check out the ​Building & Grounds Committee!

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 uustpete.bg@gmail.com.

Posted on May 4, 2017, at 1:38pm

Family Promise Update

UUSP will again assist St. Luke's United Methodist the week of July 2, staffing the Day Center, preparing meals, serving as evening and overnight hosts for 2 - 3 days that week.  To work with families experiencing temporary homelessness, a one-time, 2 hour training session must be completed.

Here is the upcoming training schedule:

Monday, May 8, 2017 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Central Christian Church
6161 22nd Avenue North
St Petersburg, FL 33710
Room 10

 

Monday, June 12, 2017 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Central Christian Church
6161 22nd Avenue North
St Petersburg, FL 33710
Room 10

 

Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:00am to 11:30am
Central Christian Church
6161 22nd Avenue North
St Petersburg, FL 33710
Room 10

 

Monday, July 10, 2017 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Central Christian Church
6161 22nd Avenue North
St Petersburg, FL 33710
Room 10

 

Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:00am to 11:30am
Central Christian Church
6161 22nd Avenue North
St Petersburg, FL 33710
Room 10

Reach out to Nancy Clark if you have any questions.

Contact: Nancy Clark
Posted on April 21, 2017, at 9:52pm

Seeking Muggles and Wizards to Volunteer for Hogwarts


Seeking Muggles and wizards aged 16 and up to participate in an immersive Harry Potter themed summer camp for children and youth. We are looking for volunteer prefects, assistant head-of-houses, professors, prop masters, and those willing to play small parts as needed throughout camp. We also would like a social media volunteer who can take photos and upload them to facebook throughout camp.

Dates: July 24-28 from 8:00am-4:00pm; July 31- August 4 from 8:00am-4:00pm

Training dates: TBA

For more information, contact Lisa Hill: re@uustpete.org or visit uustpete.org/hogwarts

Contact: Lisa Hill
Posted on April 14, 2017, at 8:21pm

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