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All Literature is Gossip

A Keep St Pete Lit Salon with Teresa Carmody
A program Co-Sponsored by UUSP

Thursday, January 31 

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Universalist Unitarian Church on Mirror Lake


Whose ear does not bend to chatter about other people’s sensational intimacies?

The English root of the word ‘gossip’ is “godsibb”, meaning “a person related to one in God,” or “a godparent”. Up until the 1800s, gossip denoted friendship. Gossip is a basic part of human relationships--- and an essential craft tool in literature from oral traditions to classical drama and the epistolary novel.

Come join Teresa Carmody, PhD in Literature and Gossip, for a presentation, experiments and a discussion about private matters.

Teresa Carmody is a writer, editor and publisher.

Her most recent book, Maison Femme: a fiction (2015), is a roman a' clef about two women who run an independent press out of their basement in Los Angeles. Drawing on the structure of their shared house Carmody explores the border between writing and publishing, private and public, memory and the archive. Teresa is also the author of Requiem (2005), a micro-collection of short stories lauded by the American Book Review as "darkly poignant". 


Teresa is the co-founding director of Les Figues Press, an award-winning nonprofit publisher of innovative poetry, prose and translation, and regularly presents talks and publishing workshops. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Millay Colony and has taught literature and creative writing at California Institute of the Arts and University of California-San Diego. She currently works as assistant Professor and Director of the MFA of the Americas at Stetson University in Winter Park, Florida.

Posted on January 10, 2019, at 10:48pm

Religious Education Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 5:45pm - 7:15pm
Location: Conway Middle Room

RE Committee Meeting

Join us for Religious Education planning and discussion for our children, youth, teens and families. Meet in Conway Middle Room or in Front Office. 

Contact: Melissa Allen
Posted on January 10, 2019, at 10:29am

2019 MLK Jr Dream Big Parade - January 21

Join us for the 2019 MLK Dream Big Parade! We march through downtown St. Petersburg to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, January 21. We will meet at UUSP around 10:00am and then head to the Parade start as a group.  The route is about 1.1 miles.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Courtney Allen  for further details.  

Posted on January 8, 2019, at 9:21am

UUSP Care Committee planning meeting

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 11:45am
Location: Conway Middle Room

Please join Care Committee chair Sue Price and Pastor Jack to discuss and plan the UUSP Care Committee's work in helping UUSP members in need of support in times of illness, loss, or struggle.

Group: Pastoral Care
Posted on January 7, 2019, at 10:19pm


Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 11:45am
Location: Conway Middle Room

UUSP/LGBTQ PROGRAM INTERESTS:  As UUSP grows, we have the need and the resources to expand our programs to serve the spiritual growth – or, as Unitarian Thomas Jefferson put it, “the safety and happiness” - of all members of our congregation.  Please join Pastor Jack for a start-up meeting about what programs or activities might be of particular value to LGBTQ members and allies – after church, Sunday, February 24, 11:45am in Conway lounge.  Community needs many hearts & minds.

Posted on January 7, 2019, at 9:45pm

Program Council Meeting

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Conway Middle Room

Program Council Meeting

Contact: Steve Benton

Posted on January 4, 2019, at 2:39pm

Kayak Club Outing - Saturday, January 12 9am Ft. Desoto Park

Our next excursion will be Saturday morning, January 12, at Ft. Desoto Park and is appropriate for all skill levels. Kayak rentals are available. We’ll paddle around Mullet Key in calm waters and see lots of wildllfe. Please arrive by 8:45am. We’ll meet at Ft Desoto’s kayak rental shop, and will launch our excursion from there at 9:00am. We plan to be back by 11am. 


The weather forecast at this point is: Sunny, 10% chance of rain, high temp of 75F with mild winds. Low tide will be around 9:45am, rising to high tide by 4:45pm. Sunrise is 7:21am, and a waxing quarter moon rises around 11:00am. There are lots of other activities at Ft. Desoto:  have a picnic, visit the fort, see Egmont Key, do some biking or swimming, etc. Ft. Desoto Park charges a $5 parking fee on entry. Turn right on Anderson Drive and go 2 miles to the kayak rental site, at which we’ll launch.



  • life jacket, if you bring your own kayak (provided with rentals), water shoes
  • water, gatorade, snack, sun protection (hat, sun glasses, sun screen), towel and dry clothes
  • optional:  whistle, dry bag (for cell phones, cameras, keys, wallet, etc), binoculars
  • 75 cents in quarters for 1st park entrance (automated machine only)
  • $5 at last entrance for parking fee for the day

Rentals Check out Top Water Kayak Outpost if you’re renting. This is where we’ll meet, put in, and end.



Please contact Paul Burnore at if you’d like to join us.

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on January 4, 2019, at 8:20am

Guest at Your Table Continues 

We share our Guests’ stories during service to raise your awareness about human rights issues that Central Americans face in their home countries, during their treks through Mexico and then at our southern border as they seek asylum in the US.

To participate in a more in-depth look at these human rights issues — join us for the Religious Wednesdays Studies programs on January 9 & 16, which will be informational discussions about justice, or lack there of, at and across borders south of the US. These workshops will be co-facilitated by Rev Jack and Social Justice Co-Chair, Karen Coale, and held at 10am and 7pm on both dates in Conway Hall. Use Office entrance on Arlington Avenue. 

Topics for January 9 include: 

You can access the articles for the January 9 session by clicking on the above, or stop by the Social Justice table in Gilmour Hall after service this Sunday. To obtains an electronic copy email Karen Coale.

Please continue to share meals with our Guests by placing the cost of those meals in your Guest at Your Table box. On Sunday, January 20, our children will be collecting your boxes with the enclosed donations during the service. It would be most helpful if you would combine your donations into a single check made payable to UU St Pete with Guest at Your Table in the Memo line. That way we can write a single check to the UUSC. 


Contact: Karen Coale
Posted on January 4, 2019, at 7:53am

JOURNAL-MAKING: The Expressive Arts Way

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Conway Middle Room, Conway North Room

Alisun Donovan and Cynthia Alicea, workshop facilitators

Posted on December 30, 2018, at 10:31am

Trip To Chiapas, Mexico with the Center for Global Justice: March 9 - 16, 2019

This trip will focus on the social/political stew that has been simmering in this area rich in history, cultures, resources and natural beauty. Using San Cristobal as our home base, we will explore this southern state that borders Guatemala. The geography of the area has assisted the preservation of some 13 different indigenous groups, most of Mayan heritage, with their own language, customs, autonomous governance and attire. The group will also wander around the artisan markets of San Cristobal and beyond. If you enjoy handwoven textiles, world class gourmet food and cultural museums, you'll love San Cristobal. Day trips include the incredible Sumidero Canyon ecosystem, which will give you a sense of the natural beauty and ancient history that abounds in Chiapas.


Cost per person: Double - $1100, Single - $1300

$250 deposit required, balance due by January 19

Group size limited to 10 people - If you’re interested, you should apply right away.

For a full description and to apply for the trip, go to:


Costs include:

  • Roundtrip flights from and to Mexico City to Tuxtla.
  • Airport transportation in Chiapas.
  • Bilingual guide.
  • 7 nights hotel stay.
  • Local transportation to all planned activities.
  • All itinerary activities

For more administrative info, contact Olivia at

Paul Burnore and Tim Flaherty from UUSP went on this trip in March 2017 and found it fascinating and well worth the cost.

You can contact them at: and

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on December 21, 2018, at 4:44pm

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