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Pancakes and Flip-Flops: October 22, 2017


Come to Church dressed in comfortable clothes (suitable for chores). We’ll enjoy a pancake breakfast (or brown  bag). Then assemble in Conway Hall for chore selection and supplies. Let’s work together to keep our building and grounds safe and sound.

 

Please sign up with Sabine or on any of the sheets posted throughout the building.

 

Posted on October 6, 2017, at 6:01pm

Social Justice Projects at UU St. Pete:

At the beginning of each fall season, as we gather energy, we find it helpful to remind members of our process for developing and working on social justice projects and ministries. 

 

Here it is:  The UU St Pete Social Justice Committee coordinates the various events and activities of each social justice ministry; in other words, the advocacy and out-reach justice projects that UU St Pete participates in. Our purpose is to ensure communication and understanding of all that we are doing under the Social Justice umbrella and to ensure that we have no conflicting projects -- resource or date wise.

 

If you have a justice project that you are interested in introducing to the congregation, we have a simple process for doing that. We ask that you begin by contacting one of the Social Justice Co-chairs, Karen Coale migrants@uustpete.org or Reggie Craig homeless@uustpete.org, who will help you step thru the process.

Posted on October 6, 2017, at 5:51pm

UUSP has joined FAST (Faith in Action for Strength Together)

As part of UUSP’s joining FAST, Dave and Karen Coale are having an introductory meeting about FAST at 7:00 pm on October 17 at their house (111 26th Ave NE).  At our meeting each person will have an opportunity to talk about  “What worries keep you awake at night”, and you will be invited to consider how you can join in working for change.

We also ask that you consider coming to the FAST Annual Assembly on October 23 to finalize the choice of social and economic justice issues that will be the focus of FAST advocacy for the coming year.  It will also be a time to meet people from other congregations who are involved justice.  The time is 7:00 pm and the location is HOLY Family Catholic Church (200 78th Ave. NE,  St. Pete).

Contacts: Karen Day, Dave Coale
Posted on October 6, 2017, at 8:40am

Want To Make A Difference You Can See?


Check out the ​Buildings & Grounds Committee!  

Next Meeting October 17, 5:30pm - 7pm - Conway North Room

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.)

A CHANGE:  We meet the 3rd Tuesday (ONLY) 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.

Contact: Howard Taylor
Posted on October 4, 2017, at 1:07pm

Surviving Irmageddon…the potluck that blew us together !!


It wasn’t your usual potluck, featuring “Eye of the storm deviled eggs,” the "Nach-o House, Irma" serving warm and tasty nachos, a strong winded Seabreeze Punch and a sheet cake with a hurricane design which would make meteorologists proud. Under the watchful eye of Captain Susan Burnore, a team of “can do” stormtroopers turned Gilmour Hall into a site of celebration.  One hundred grateful survivors joining together at long tables festooned in confetti swirls and live saver mints after the October 1 Sunday Service.

Thanks to the Stormtrooper Team of Tamera Boudreau, Karen Bedigian, Gay Breuler, Sue Price, Kevin Wamboldt, Virginia Fox, Cal Fox, Patti Hanks, Sarah Craig, Julie Newcomb, and especially Wild Geneva Nelson, who had the idea to begin with!  

Posted on October 3, 2017, at 12:24pm

In Times of Trouble

Hello, Church Members,

Just a reminder in the face of sad news from Las Vegas - that we are a support team for one another, for our families and friends, and for whatever part of our world we can reach.  As Jack often quotes from an old friend, No matter what, you can always work on building circles of decency.  Circles of decency expand, because they are open and are beneficially contagious.  If you are feeling anxiety over the random, but rare, threats of violent people, the best antidote we know is to talk to a friend – and you have many in our congregation, even if you don’t know all their names.  So call us or pick a name from our directory and say, “Can we talk?”  That is the center point for drawing the circle of decency.  Our covenant, which we live by, says that we “help one another.” And so we will.

Pastor Jack & Paul Burnore

 

Posted on October 3, 2017, at 9:26am

Monthly Immigrant/Refugee Planning Meeting



Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: Front Office

Location: Front Office
This Social Justice subcommittee meets monthly to identify and organize our Church's participation in projects that support the farm worker, immigrant and refugee communities. Our current direct outreach is focused on supporting two refugee families, from the Congo, adapt to their new home here in St. Pete, as well as one immigrant family from the Caribbean. We also advocate for systemic change -- in particular fair and just treatment for all immigrants including the negotiation of labor and wage practices for farmworkers in the fields of Florida, assurance of due process for the undocumented, protection of the DREAMers and the retention of in-state-tuition for immigrant students.

To counter the current negative and fearful messaging about immigrants and refugees -- it is important that we come together and take positive action. We welcome your ideas and encourage your involvement in this very loving and meaningful work.

We are always looking for volunteers. Whether you want to donate your time or money, we would love to hear from you. Contact Karen at migrants@uustpete.org

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on September 30, 2017, at 4:34pm

Organic Agriculture and Cooperatives in Cuba


If you want to learn about what’s really happening in Cuba, including the economy, health system and focus on sustainable, organic agriculture and cooperatives, this is the trip for you. I’ve been on two social justice trips with this organization - to Cuba and Chiapas, Mexico - and they’re excellent. Dr. Cliff Durant, UU from Asheville, has organized these study trips for over 25 years.

Organic Agriculture and Cooperatives in Cuba

November 26 - December 5, 2017 

Tour Led by Jennifer Ungemach

Two decades ago Cuba was the first country to convert from industrial agriculture to organic agriculture. Today it is converting a major part of its economy to cooperatives. Learn how this island nation is striving for food sovereignty as it reorganizes its economy. Visit organic gardens and cooperatives, both urban and rural, an ecological zone, a community project.Talk with specialists in sustainable agriculture, the Cuban economy, its health system, US-Cuban relations, and more. Experience Cuban culture and the vibrancy of its people in this 10-day trip hosted by Havana’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center. Sponsored by the Center for Global Justice and Via Organica along with Organic Consumers Association.  

Estimated cost of $1,700 includes dormitory style accommodations and all meals at MLK Center, translation, guide, transportation and a full program of activities.  Airfare is extra.

If you are interested, please let us hear from you by next Wednesday October, 4th. 

Our host organization MLK Center needs to know you are coming!!!

Application and non-refundable $100 deposit, will be needed after. Full payment due one month before departure. Limited scholarships are available.

For applications and further information, contact cuba@globaljusticecenter.org.

 

Please contact the Center for Global Justice for more information. Contact Paul Burnore at plburnore@gmail.com with questions.

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on September 29, 2017, at 1:37pm

Marcile/Keevy Baby Shower

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Gilmour Hall, Kitchen

Baby shower for the new baby soon to come to Marcile Powers and Keevey McAlavy.  Congregation invited.

Contact: Marcile Powers
Posted on September 22, 2017, at 4:33pm

Minutes from Sunday’s Special Meeting - Voting on the Parking Lot Offer

At Sunday’s Special Meeting, on September 17, 2017, 65 members voted, more than twice the required quorum, and several additional non-members attended. But since not everyone could attend please see the Minutes as recorded by Dani Skrzypek and edited and approved by board members.

The link to the document is below and it is also avaialable in our Documents section of the UUSP website (uustpete.org) under Get Involved.

 Parking Lot Vote Minutes

 

Paul Burnore, President

Board of Trustees

 

Posted on September 21, 2017, at 2:20pm

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