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Pro/Cons for Selling Parcel 1 of the UUSP Parking Lot

The Board of Trustees has been discussing the offer by Wannemacher Jensen to buy our parking lot for many months. Our discussions have been lengthy and thorough. Out of these discussions, with all points of view represented, we as a board have developed and agreed on this chart of Pros/Cons in an effort to simplify the many issues involved into a few important ones. 

Click the link below to view the Pros/Cons chart or you can find them in the Get Involved area of the website, then choose Documents.

Pros & Cons July 27, 2017 


Paul Burnore, President; Morgan Gresham, Vice President; Reggie Craig; Sabine von Aulock; Linda Paul; Laurie Clement; Lori Price; 

Board of Trustees

Posted on August 11, 2017, at 9:49pm

Straw Vote for the Entire Congregation

We need the input from all members of our congregation on the offer by Wannemacher Jensen to buy Parcel 1 of our parking lot. This includes snowbirds and members who are out of town. Even though our bylaws only permit members who are present on September 10 to vote on this offer, we will be collecting everyone’s viewpoint and straw vote beforehand. Everyone should participate, whether in person at church, by email, by telephone, or by snail mail.  All board members are willing to discuss this matter with members by telephone at a time mutually agreeable.


Straw votes must be received by August 30, when we’ll tally up the votes and the reasons for the votes, and publish for everyone to see (without names).  With our bylaws limiting voting to those present only, this is a way to make everyone’s opinions visible, which may influence those who are undecided. 


Click the link below to reach the Straw Vote document, you can print it out and get it back to the church.  There is a Word version on our UUSP website under Get Involved, then Document.


Straw Vote Document PDF


Thank you for your participation!

Your Board of Trustees:
Paul Burnore, President; Morgan Gresham, Vice President; Reggie Craig; Sabine von Aulock; Linda Paul; Laurie Clement; Lori Price; 


Posted on August 11, 2017, at 9:33pm

Skype Discussion for Members Out of Town

The Board will arrange, for members who are out of town, Skype sessions with board members. Dates, times, and full instructions will be sent next week. This will allow conversations with members who are out of town and want to engage in questions and answers “real time with real voices.”

Thank you!

Your Board of Trustees

Posted on August 11, 2017, at 9:28pm

Back to School for Aaliyah and Jibu

Thank you for your generous Share the Plate donations. They enabled Sue Price to take Santa and her daughter Aaliyah shopping for new school clothes. Aaliyah started her sophomore year this week at St Pete High. At the same time Twizere’s eldest, Jibu, began kindergarten.  This same Share the Plate paid for his pre-school physical, school supplies and a few new clothes.  Again Sue Price was the super shopper. We are still working on after-school arrangements for Jibu -- filling out more forms to hopefully get discounted care in an after-school program. Dick Miller has joined our “merry band” and looks forward to taking the family on outings. 


Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on August 10, 2017, at 9:15pm

Building Stronger and Safer Communities

Join community members for an action orientated conversation about building stronger and safer communities, following a special viewing of Newton, a documentary on the sense of community after the scathing mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 

Thursday, August 31st at USF St Pete’s Student Union 

  • Film screening of Newton: What Remains after All Is Lost?  at 6:00pm
  • Community Discussion at 7:45pm  

Free and open to the public. To reserve your seat, please email

Sponsors are: The Florida Holocaust Museum, Sandy Hook Promise, Community Tampa Bay, USF St Pete and Temple Beth El 

Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on August 10, 2017, at 9:12pm

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 August 4, 2017, at 8:00pm

Announcements From Pastor Jack

IN CASE OF PASTORAL EMERGENCIES while Pastor Jack is on vacation, UU minister Rev. Karen Day has graciously agreed to be on call from Friday, August 4 through Saturday, September 2.  Karen is our UUSP community minister (helping connect us more significantly on justice issues with the wider St. Pete community).  She is an ordained UU minister (2001), has since served congregations as minister in North Carolina and Virginia, and began work in UU religious education in 1984.  In case of emergency (hospitalization, life crisis, etc.), you may contact Karen by phone (540)-357-5657 or email  Many thanks to Rev. Karen. Rev Jack


ANNOUNCING UUSP’S FIRST SUNDAYS MONTHLY MEDITATION GROUP – starting this Sunday August 6 – 9:30-10:15am­ – in the Treuthart Room, upstairs in the RE area (in UUSP’s Conway Building).   Long experienced meditator and UUSP member Mimi Anzel will facilitate a few minutes of breath work followed by silent meditation.  Carpe Pacem!  Many thanks to Mimi for facilitating.  Rev. Jack


UPDATING THE UUSP CALENDAR:  It’s time!  Please put all your 2017-2018 meetings and events on the church website calendar as soon as possible.  This is very important to avoid scheduling conflicts, to help the office with knowing what space is available for outside rentals, and to help the UUSP Program Council coordinate plans.  2017-2018 has begun!  Happy New Year!  Rev. Jack


FIRST BOOK FOR WEDNESDAY DISCUSSIONS THIS FALL (starting September 13, 10am & 7pm, your choice) :  Between the World and Me - the personal testimony of the Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates in his book in the form of a letter to his young son.  Our study emphasis this fall will be part of becoming better allies, partners, and justice co-workers with those who are without equal rights and opportunity in our community and world – especially people of color, but also many cross-color categories of those left out of “the general Welfare” and “the Blessings of Liberty.”  Book quotes provided for discussion.  (Please note that this book selection is different the originally proposed book, which we’ll do later.)  Rev. Jack



Wednesday Religious Studies Reading List for UUSP Fall–Spring Wednesday Discussion Groups


I hope these books will help us as we continue to expand our caring into our wider community, especially with FAST (Faith in Action for Strength Together - an interfaith justice coalition,).  I’d suggest the following roughly this order, but amended as the discussion group prefers, including other book selections


1) Between the World and Me, a father’s letter to his son, by Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates.

2) The Covenant with Black America, action plans to secure social justice in America, Tavis Smiley, editor (2006)

3) The Third Reconstruction: Overcoming the Politics of Division & Fear, by Rev. Dr. Wm J. Barber II (2016)

4) Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, by Michael Eric Dyson (2017) 

5) The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander (2010)

6) Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest (& the Harlem Children’s Zone), by Paul Tough (2008)

7) Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah (host of The Daily Show) (2016)

8) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

9) Waking Up White (and Finding Myself in the Story of Race), Debby Irving (2014)

10) Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans (1865-1941), by Douglas A. Blackmon

11) Letter from the Birmingham Jail,  by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963)

12) Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups by Kenneth Jones & Tema Okun (2001) (google on-line)

13)  See UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn.

14) Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil, by W.E.B. DuBois (1920)

15) The Color of Water, by James McBride (1995) – a mixed race son writes of his white mother’s life and his.

16) Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson (2014) Time’s “Top 10 Nonfiction 2014)

17) Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, by Dee Brown (1971)


Can you recommend any great biographies or autobiographies?  Please share with Pastor Jack who is looking for materials on how lives get shaped for better or worse.


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

Posted on August 4, 2017, at 7:43pm

Welcome Medina Family

Welcome…Bienvenidos new UUSP members Pau, Andree and Farah Medina!

Born and raised in Mexico, Pau and Andree moved their family from Queretaro (near Mexico City) to St. Petersburg in 2015 to learn and experience the American culture, become fluent in English and grow together as a family and as individuals. Family has always been extremely important to Pau and Andree. “You can’t have healthy relationships with others if you don’t have it in your own family,” Pau says. Homeschooling six-year-old Farah gives Pau and Andree a chance to be involved and provide a holistic approach to Farah’s education.  

Andree’s construction company serves client investors building and remodeling houses, with the intention of selling or “flipping.” A martial arts black belt competitor in Mexico, Andree continues to practice here, as well as Japanese Jujitsu, Ninpo and other spiritual and physical arts and extreme sports. “After my accident in which I could have lost my life, I have become a sort of “God Warrior,” teaching and sharing my deep beliefs in the greater power." 

Creative and passionate about her Mexican culture, arts and health, Pau graduated with a college degree in Travel and Hospitality Management and is in the import/export retail business bringing top quality Mexican arts, crafts and products to the U.S. Her future plan is to open a retail store, as well as build her practice as a certified practitioner in Biomagnetic therapy, which is now being introduced into the U.S. An alternative medicine, Biomagnetic therapy aims to rebalance the body’s PH by fixing illness or dysfunction from parasites, bacteria, viruses and fungus. “We’re excited to find UUSP,” says Andree and Pau. "It feels very comfortable to us. Sunday is one morning Farah gets up quickly and can’t wait to get to church!” Watching her new friends interacting with Farah, there is no doubt they are very happy she’s arrived!

Written by Virginia Fox, Membership Committee


Group: Membership
Posted on August 4, 2017, at 5:04pm


Wouldn't it be nice to have flowers on our podiums each Sunday to brighten our church? 

If you would be interested in helping with this project, please sign up after service in Gilmore Hall to bring flowers for specific Sunday(s). Flower arrangements (from a florist or from your garden) can be made in honor of or in memory of someone, and we will note this in the order of service.  If you have any questions, please contact Jim Fitzgerald or Gay Breuler.  Thank you!


Contact: Gay Breuler
Groups: Membership, Worship
Posted on August 3, 2017, at 4:05pm

Immigrant/Refugee Planning Meeting

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 5:30pm - 6:50pm
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


Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on August 3, 2017, at 2:26pm

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