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IMPORTANT UUSP Congregational Vote - Results and Next Steps:

UUSP held a Special Meeting on Sept. 17, 2017, to vote on the parking lot question: 

“Does the Congregation approve the Board of Directors accepting WJA's Letter of Intent, and proceed with formal negotiations to enter into a contract, consistent with the Letter of Intent, for the Church to sell Lot 1 to WJA for development, and have WJA create an appropriate paved parking lot on Lots 2 and 3?”

The 65 people who voted in person were more than double the quorum required by our bylaws.  It resulted in 58 for, 6 against, 1 abstention – about 90% in support of the sale.  This result tracks closely with the straw poll results in the weeks before, from members inside and outside the Tampa Bay area: 55 for, 6 against, 2 undecided – about 87%.  The Board’s straw poll in August was 4 for, 1 against, 2 abstentions. This consensus puts the Board in a very strong position as we negotiate a contract.

During the past year the Board tried to use an open and inclusive process with the congregation, and to publish whatever was discovered in our search for relevant information, whether by board members or others. Most members feel that they were included and their concerns heard.

Next steps: The Board and UUSP lawyer Chuck Hinton will be working out the exact terms of the contract with WJA in the coming month and will keep the congregation informed as completely as possible. In contract negotiations we will include the concerns expressed by those opposed to the sale. WJA has previously been very responsive.

I want to acknowledge that grappling with this lengthy, complicated issue has often been confusing, difficult and emotional for all of us.  We’ve argued and debated for over a year. However, this congregation has been impressive in respecting others’ opinions in Town Halls and Google group posts and roundtable discussions.  I’m proud of all of us for adhering to our UU principles of respect for the individual and using the democratic process.   

Thank you UUSP! This bodes well for continuing to grow in our covenant with each other.

Board of Trustees

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on September 18, 2017, at 8:39pm

Curious About Our Church And Membership?

UU St. Pete exists so we can help and be helped to grow in understanding and caring for our lives and our community. Care to join?

Visit our Welcome Table after service or speak with Pastor Jack.

Come to our Inquiring Minds, Hearts and Spirits Class, Part I & II, after Sunday Service from 11:45am - 1pm, October 29 and November 5 in Conway Hall - Middle Room. Snacks will be provided. 

Share your questions and we’ll share our best answers about UU St Pete and the Unitarian Universalist tradition. 

Group: Membership
Posted on September 16, 2017, at 12:38pm

Stone Soup

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Gilmour Hall, Kitchen

UU's Helping People are sponsoring their annual Stone Soup event during which donated bowls will be auctioned off and filled with home made soup. This fundraiser for UUHP's community service activities will begin at 9:30am when there will be a pre-auction preview of the bowls. The auction will commence at noon followed by soup for all.

Come check out the Stone Soup Bowls and Make a Bid! And have some Soup November 19 at 12:15pm.

Posted on August 31, 2017, at 9:41am

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

FLOWER POWER! 

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

Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Conway Middle Room

BoT meetings on the second Thursday of every month. 

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on July 29, 2017, at 9:51am

Hurricane Preparation


During hurricane season and when there is a threat of severe weather, please note that UUSP is located in a non-evacuation zone -- but it is also not designated as a shelter. However, even though we are not a designated shelter facility, members of our congregation are always welcome to come to our church at any time.

If you expect to stay more than a few hours, please be sure to bring food, water, and all the items recommended for storm preparedness with you as you will be responsible for taking care of yourself and your family members. And remember that we do not have showers or beds. Also, remember that utilities (water, electricity) might be out so be prepared for that possibility.

We recognize pets are also family members and they are welcome as long as they are contained in carriers or cages. Gilmour will be designated as the pet area in order to provide animal-free areas for those members who may have pet allergies.

If severe weather threatens, Rev. Jack and the Board of Trustees, working with the Buildings and Grounds Committee, will designate volunteers to open up the Church if needed. Church leadership will notify the congregation who to call to make arrangements for Church access if you are forced to evacuate and wish to stay at the Church.

Contact: Morgan Gresham
Posted on July 21, 2017, at 8:57pm

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

UU's Helping People Pancake Breakfast



Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 11:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Gilmour Hall, Kitchen

UU's Helping People will be host a pancake breakfast (with a gluten free option, eggs and fruit salad) AFTER the service, February 19

Proceeds will go toward their Friday Night Picnic for People in Need ministry. Individuals/$4 and families/$10 or enjoy some 'cakes on us.

Contact Sabine with any questions.

Posted on February 17, 2017, at 12:28pm

Fair Trade Coffee, Tea & Chocolate For Sale After Sunday Service



Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Gilmour Hall

After our Sunday service, "Equal Exchange" Fair Traded Coffee, Tea and Chocolate will be available for your purchasing pleasure. These products are regularly available the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month. (Dates may vary during the summer, holidays and special events.)

And remember, when you purchase the fair trade products that are available here, you are helping to support small farmers around the globe, you are helping the UUSC continue its commitment to their human rights, you are helping our church community to live our mission, and you are getting an excellent product at a fair price.

Contact: Karen Frank
Posted on December 18, 2015, at 1:55am

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