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Attention ALL IN Pledgers!

If you haven't yet received your personalized button, check out your name tag lanyard.  We've attached lots of them to the lanyards hanging in the church front foyer.

If we couldn't find your lanyard, we placed the buttons on a table in the foyer.  Look for yours and wear it proudly!  

If yours still isn't found, please let Courtney Allen know at, and we'll try to get you one.  Thanks to Courtney for this HUGE job!

And thanks again to all you who went ALL IN for UUSP!

Contact: Susan Burnore
Group: Membership
Posted on April 21, 2017, at 7:40pm

Wanted: RE Instructor For Youth

We are looking for a youth instructor for our vibrant, socially-minded, meaning-seeking squad of youth. More information here:

The posting is for a paid position (for non-UUSP members), but volunteers from within the congregation are also encouraged to apply.

See Lisa Hill for additional details.

Contact: Lisa Hill
Posted on April 21, 2017, at 7:37pm

Job Posting: Part-Time Interfaith Instructor for Youth

The Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg is seeking a part-time instructor for our vibrant, socially-minded, meaning-seeking squad of youth (middle and high school age students). The instructor will lead Sunday morning classes using sessions from youth-oriented UU curricula, such as:

Popcorn Theology (
Building Bridges (
Virtue Ethics (

The successful applicant will be able to make a strong connection with youth; have excellent presentation skills and creativity; demonstrate an understanding of non-creedal religious instruction; and be able to draw from a variety of faith- and science-based traditions.

Pay rate is $50 per class. Schedule is three or four Sunday classes per month.

Submit cover letter, resumé, and references to Reviews will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled. Candidates must pass a background check. For more information about UU St. Pete, please visit

Contact: Lisa Hill
Posted on April 21, 2017, at 8:58am

The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives

Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture: Sasha Abramsky, Journalist 

"The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives"
Sunday, April 30 at 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave S, Saint Petersburg

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on April 20, 2017, at 3:38pm

If You Oppose Criminalization of Immigration Offenses/Increased Deportations... 

This month U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced new policies that would prioritize the prosecution of individuals who have committed immigration-related offenses, effectively criminalizing the treatment of many such violations. Because most immigration offenses are currently civil offenses, they have traditionally been handled administratively through the federal immigration court system, separate from the criminal justice system. 

Your Congressperson and both U.S. Senators are home on recess this week. Call, email or visit each of them. And let them know that you oppose the White House's budget request for increased funding for expanding the wall with Mexico, increasing the immigration detention spaces by 22,100 and criminalizing mmigration offenses. 

These plans are contingent upon on funding from Congress, and we must act now to prevent this fundingIt takes just a few minutes, and is so easy to do. Simply state: : 

  1. Your name and zip code.  Calls from outside their district are not counted.
  2. That you oppose funding an extension of the wall with Mexico, expanding the number of immigrants that can detained and housed prior to deportation and criminalizing immigration offenses 

If the phone lines are blocked or voice mail box is full, cut and paste the bullet points from above into their email templates on their websites! 

US House of Representatives from this area

Kathy Castor  visit website and complete template      Phone: (202)225-3376  or  (813)871-2817  

Charlie Christ  visit website and complete template      Phone: (202) 225-5961 or (888) 205-5569

US Senators for Florida

Bill Nelson  visit website and complete template     Phone: (202) 224-5274 or  813-225-7040

Marco Rubio  visit website and complete template            Phone:  (866) 630-7106 or (813) 287-503


Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on April 20, 2017, at 12:17pm

Update on Parking Lot: Wannemacher Jensen Architects New Proposal

BoT Review, April 13, 2017


Our neighbors, Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA), have withdrawn their previous proposal to buy our parking lot. In its place they’ve sent a new proposal which tries to address the main concerns of our congregation:  (1) retaining property ownership for parking, (2) selling price, (3) weekday parking, and (4) city compliance for paving our parking lot.


In short, WJA says that since our parking lot is comprised of three parcels, they propose to purchase only one parcel, leaving UUSP ownership of the other two, with 37 parking spaces. The parcel they propose to buy is alongside their building on Mirror Lake Drive, where there are currently only a couple parking spaces. Scott Seaman appraised the whole parking lot (parcels 1, 2, & 3) at $690,000 highest and best. Parcel 1 by itself is appraised at $240,000 highest and best. Please see attached graphic.


  • WJA proposal allows UUSP to retain property ownership of parcels 2 & 3 with 37 reconfigured parking spaces, the same as now.
  • WJA proposes to buy only parcel 1 along Mirror Lake Drive, where there are only a couple UUSP parking spaces currently, for $240,000, which is the highest and best appraised value.
  • WJA would expand their office space and build a retail coffee shop on lot 1 in accordance with zoning ordinances and St Pete Historical Preservation guidelines, making our part of our neighborhood more attractive.
  • WJA has also offered to pay half of the construction cost for new paved parking on UUSP’s parcels 2 & 3, which stretches from 2nd Avenue to the alley, in exchange for a parking easement for shared UUSP/WJA usage during business hours. This would save UUSP approximately $57,000.
  • WJA would have use of the aisle on Lot 2 to access WJA parking spaces
  • Parking during business hours in WJA’s current lot is for 5 cars maximum. Parking during business hours in UUSP’s current lot averages 8-14 cars. The proposed shared parking would have 37 spaces, the same as now, and easily accommodate the combined 13-19 spaces now used.


  • UUSP continues to own the property with parcels 2 & 3 with 37 parking spaces,.
  • UUSP gains $240,000 (highest and best appraisal) for lot 1.
  • UUSP saves $57,000 (half the paving cost) for paving UUSP parking lots 2 & 3.  UUSP would only pay half of the paving cost of our own parking lot.
  • UUSP would be in compliance with the City’s paving requirement, which expires in 2017. 
  • Improves safety and attractiveness.
  • Mirror Lake neighborhood would be improved, which adds to UUSP’s attractiveness and property value.
  • Additional funds for social justice programs.
  • Additional funds for RE safety (elevator) and program growth.
  • Additional funds for B&G improvements (kitchen, sound system, Conway upstairs, roof).
  • Additional funds for Endowment.


Please contact Paul Burnore with questions.

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on April 18, 2017, at 6:42pm

Sunscreen Film Festival -- Immigration Films

The League of Women Voter’s Immigration Action Group in partnership with the Sunscreen Film Festival invites you to two immigration related films — one about our Southern border and the other about the Syrian refugee crisis. Sunday, April 30th, 3:30pm - 5:05pm at American Stage Theater Company: 163 3rd St N. St.Petersburg, FL. 


Sunday, April 30th - 3:30pm -5:05pm  After Spring
With the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year, the UN estimates 6.3 million Syrians have been displaced. After Spring is the story of what happens next. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, refugees struggle to rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent.

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on April 18, 2017, at 11:14am

Welcoming 19 (or more!) New Members This Sunday

Our congregation has grown by 19 since the beginning of 2017, and we will be welcoming many of them at the Worship Service and during Coffee Hour this Sunday. Join us for a cake generously provided by Sabine von Aulock and Jeri Huempfner-Gatz. Be sure to seek out the new folks and welcome them warmly!

And, if you're one of those new members, don't forget to be here for the service, and come to the Welcome Table afterwards. You're the guests of honor!



Contact: Susan Burnore
Group: Membership
Posted on April 14, 2017, at 8:39pm

UU St. Pete Annual Meeting - April 30, 2017

The UU St Pete Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, April 30, 11:45am, after the Sunday Service. The purpose of the meeting is to elect the UUSP Board of Trustees, Board of Endowment, and officers for the 2017-18 fiscal year. In addition, we will adopt a new budget and conduct other business as may come before the meeting. An Annual Meeting Packet will be sent electronically to all members by April 20, ten days before the meeting. Please let me or the office know if you require a hard copy of the packet. We hope that as many UUSP members as possible will attend.

Paul Burnore, President

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on April 14, 2017, at 8:30pm

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: or visit

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

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