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Book Group - Reflections on Learning & Growing

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Gilmour Hall

Our book will be A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Forrest Church and John Buehrens.  Many of you have read A Chosen Faith and many have not.  It offers two lovely sets of perspective on the people, puzzles, and paths that have brought us to where we are today as a religious (the beliefs and practices that hold us together with Self, Others, and Source) movement.  Worth visiting for the first time or revisiting for the tenth. 

Posted on May 21, 2018, at 3:13pm

RE Committee

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Conway Middle Room
Posted on May 21, 2018, at 12:58pm

Book Group, Reflections on Learning & Growing

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: Gilmour Hall

Our book will be A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Forrest Church and John Buehrens.  Many of you have read A Chosen Faith and many have not.  It offers two lovely sets of perspective on the people, puzzles, and paths that have brought us to where we are today as a religious (the beliefs and practices that hold us together with Self, Others, and Source) movement.  Worth visiting for the first time or revisiting for the tenth. 

Posted on May 17, 2018, at 3:07pm

David Roth Concert

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Location: Gilmour Hall
Posted on May 14, 2018, at 1:04pm

Announcements From Pastor Jack

OUR NEXT UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES:  A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by Forrest Church and John Buehrens – starting Wednesday June 6, with seven sessions through July 25 (skipping July 4th) covering the six sources of the Unitarian Universalist tradition.  Pastor Jack

 

SAVE THE DATE!!!  Saturday, June 2 - UU St Pete will host a potluck (5:30pm) and public presentation (7:00pm) for the Tibetan monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery in India, traveling on a Sacred Arts Tour for global peace. 

Info: Pastor Jack; Florida CraftArt director Katie Deits (UUSP member).

 

NEW IN THESE PARTS?  Come learn more about Unitarian Universalism and about joining our UU St. Pete congregation.  Our next two Inquirers’ Gatherings are on Sundays, May 27 and June 3 at 11:45am after church service. 

If you feel we could be good for you or you could be good for us, we hope you’ll join us.   Sign up at the Welcome Table in Gilmour Hall.  Questions?  Contact Pastor Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net) or Membership chair Patti (pthanks1@gmail.com).

 

HELP UUSP BUILD A UU-CENTERED LIBRARY in our Library Reading Room off Gilmour Hall.  By UU-Centered, we mean books about us – about Unitarianism, Universalism, UUism, UU people, UU influenced people, UU influenced books, and UU-influencing books. See the bulletin boards for our growing booklist and please add to it.  And then decide what book you can contribute or pay for (name label in your honor inside the cover).

Examples for this week?

  • The Epic of Unitarianism (David Parke, 1984),
  •  American Universalism (George Hunston Williams, 1983)
  •  A Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism (Forrest Church & John Buehrens, 1996
  •  Myths of Time and History (Alice Blair Wesley, 1989)
  •  Universalists and Unitarians in America, A People’s History (John Buehrens;)
  • Anthology of World Religions (Robert Van Voorst, 2011)
  • The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley, 1945)
  • The World Religions (Huston Smith, 1991)
  • A History of God (Karen Armstrong, 1993)
  • Turning Point: Essays on a New Unitarian Universalism (Frederick Muir)
  • Drawing Down the Moon: Paganism in America (Margo Adler)
  • Origin of Species, Charles Darwin, 1859
  • Frankenstein (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley).

 

Please see Sarah Craig or Pastor Jack to make contributions.

 

UUs HELPING UUs:   Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.

 

Posted on May 11, 2018, at 7:30pm

One City Chorus We Are One - Free Concert


A concert to benefit the family of Luis Blanco

Luis Blanco was recently deported back to Mexico after working and living peacefully in Plant City for twenty years, leaving his family of seven behind.

WHEN:  May 18, 2018

WHAT TIME:  7pm

WHERE: Allendale Unitied Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Rd, St. Peterburg

FREE!

A GOODWILL OFFERING WILL BE TAKEN WITH ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO THE BLANCO FAMILY

www.OneCityChorus.org

 

 

Contact: Laurie Clement
Posted on May 8, 2018, at 1:06pm

California, Here They Come!

California, Here They Come!

Our much-loved music director Nic Filzen and much-loved Communications Coordinator Janeya Filzen are moving to California where Nic will intern as a UU minister.  The choir is sponsoring a California-themed Pot Luck Lunch on Sunday, May 27, to send them on their way with full tummies.

It would be nice to give them a little more than full tummies as they head west.  If you would like to contribute something, please place your cash or check (payable to Nic or Janeya Filzen) in the container labeled "California or Bust" on the piano in Gilmour Hall.  The container​ will be out, along with a card for everyone to sign, on May 13, 20 and 27.

Please bring your pot luck dish to Gilmour before church on May 27.  You can send Anne Hall (annehall@aol.com) a quick email or reach out to her at church, letting her know what you would like to bring or if you have questions. 

Come join the fun and say "Happy Trails" to Nic and Janeya!

 

Contact: Anne Hall
Posted on May 8, 2018, at 12:57pm

Membership Inquirers' Class #2

Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 11:45am - 12:34pm
Location: Conway Middle Room

The second of two classes for those interested in learning more about the UU Church of St. Pete and about UUSP membership.

Group: Membership
Posted on May 7, 2018, at 3:04pm

Membership Inquirers' Class #1

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 11:45am - 12:45pm
Location: Conway Middle Room

The first of two classes for those interested in learning more about the UU Church of St. Pete and about UUSP membership - to be followed on  Sunday June 3rd with the second class.

Group: Membership
Posted on May 7, 2018, at 3:01pm

WJA Public Hearing and Plans for New Building

The City’s Development Review Commission (DRC) held a Special Exception Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 2. The purpose was to discuss and approve/disapprove a WJA request for an exception to city zoning.  WJA requested that their new building have a 37% residential component (in 10 living units) rather than the 25% in the city code. UUSP was fortunate to have eight members and the minister attend.

 

Several UUSP members had questions about the WJA plan, many of which focused on UUSP members having enough parking spaces and on the new building having six stories. After much discussion, the following amendments were added and approved: 1) no dumpsters in the alley, 2) no construction equipment in the parking area, 3) no construction work during Sunday services, and 4) clear signage for “UUSP Parking Only” for 15 reserved spaces on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  The Special Exception was approved by the commission.

 

Regarding six stories: during the 12 months of UUSP debate about the parking lot, WJA submitted three different proposals to UUSP, of which one was rejected, another was withdrawn, and the third one passed. These various proposals contained a number of design possibilities, including a 10-story building (which was unacceptable) along with 3, 4, and 5 story designs. The final agreement negotiated and approved by the Board did not include a design requirement. WJA explained that it had submitted a plan to the City for five stories, but the City required that the fifth story must be set back by 20 feet, so that six stories were then needed to accommodate the same amount of space. The setback requirement is to avoid encroachment on UUSP’s environment and is standard in some other cities. WJA said that because floors five and six must be set back, they wouldn’t be visible from the church and it would look like a four-story building.

 

Regarding parking: we don’t entirely know the future about cars or parking or even church size and activity - and we won’t, since it’s an organic process. UUSP already enjoys extensive additional parking in neighboring lots. As for daytime parking, the vast bulk of our programming happens in the evening and if we need to be sure of more daytime parking for any given event, our agreement with WJA is that we will consult and work that out. I think we discussed and negotiated that very well months ago and the matter was settled by both a board and congregational vote.

 

I believe the outcome is consistent with UUSP’s agreement with WJA, and for UUSP it looks excellent. The new design looks innovative and beautiful, and it enhances our neighborhood in many ways.

 

From mid-June to late-July the parking lot will be renovated and, in the fall, WJA’s building construction will begin. We are working with our neighbors to ensure UUSP parking during the renovation. The Board will stay in close communication with WJA in order to keep the UUSP congregation informed of progress.

 

The entire DRC report (including the site plan and site views from all four directions) and the renderings are available for you to read on our UUStPete website under the Get Involved! tab, then Documents.  We have put the links to these documents below.

Special Exception Hearing - WJA

WJA Building Rendering

 

Paul Burnore, President

Board of Trustees

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on May 4, 2018, at 1:50pm

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