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Parking Lot Update for August 18

As we get closer to our congregational vote on September 10th to decide on WJA’s proposal, the Board would like to continue to offer several ways to discuss, ask questions, and give feedback. Here are ways to continue the conversation.


FAQ document update - which contain new questions and answers about the environmental and tax/insurance impact of accepting WJA’s offer. Don’t worry, it’s positive. Please click on the link below to see the updated FAQs v7 and the new FAQs # 40 and 41. You can always look at them on the UUSP website, under Get Involved and then click Documents.

FAQs v7: Parking Lot


Skype conversation with Board member Sabine von Aulock on Sunday, August 20 from noon to 1:00p.m.

        When in Skype search Jeribean2013. Sabine’s cell phone # is 973-768-3256.


Parking Lot Central - after the Sunday service in Gilmour Hall. Discussions, questions and feedback. Plus straw poll ballots will be available.


Phone conversations with Reggie Craig 727-631-1031 and Linda Elem 727-637-3970. 


Google Group Discussion Site: Check our Website for instructions and contacts


Straw poll – to get all members’ input via straw votes and the reasons for the votes. The results will be published for everyone to see (without names) and may influence those who are undecided. You can email Sabine at with your responses to these three questions:


1) Shall UU St. Pete enter into an agreement with WJA in which:

§  WJA would buy UU St. Pete’s Parcel 1 for $240,000

§  WJA would oversee and pay an estimated $180,000 to pave, light, landscape and meet environmental compliance for UU St. Pete’s Parcels 2 and 3

§  UU St. Pete would have 35 parking spaces, 15 of which would be shared with WJA Monday-Friday during work hours (8:00am-5:00pm)

§  WJA would make special arrangements to accommodate UU St. Pete’s need for special-event parking during regular work hours:   Y/N    


2) Do you believe you have enough information to make a decision?   Y/N             


3) What contributed to your decision?  _____________________________




Posted on August 18, 2017, at 7:01pm

Board Straw Vote on Parking Lot Offer

At the August 10 Board meeting, Board members held a straw vote on the WJA offer to buy parcel 1 of our parking lot for $240,000, which includes paving, landscaping, lighting, and compliance with environmental code for drainage and filtration, on UUSP’s parcels 2 & 3, worth $180,000.


The vote was:
4 Yes
1 No
2 Abstain 


For the Board to be transparent, Board members have provided the reasons for their vote, which can be read on the UUStPete website by clicking on Get Involved and then Documents, or Click the link below.

Board Straw Poll & Reason

Please feel free to follow up with any Board member to ask questions or give feedback.

Posted on August 18, 2017, at 6:40pm

Not the "Typical" Primary

The August 29 Primary Election for mayor of St. Petersburg is not the "typical" primary. If one of the 5 candidates receives 50% plus 1 vote, that candidate is our next mayor. ONLY if NO candidate receives a simple majority will there be a run off vote in November. It is important to vote for your preferred candidate in the August 29 "primary".

(from Our Huddle--an outgrowth of the Women's March)

Linda Paul and  Geneva Nelson

Posted on August 18, 2017, at 6:29pm

A Month with Carl Sagan - Wednesday Beliefs Discussion Group

Join the discussion this Wednesday, August 23th, of Chapters 14-19.  Attend either session, 10am-11:30am or 7pm - 8:30m, in Conway Hall.  Printed quotes from these chapters will be provided to get the discussion going.

To give Rev. Jack a bit of a break, Susan Burnore will facilitate the morning sessions, and Paul Burnore will lead in the evenings.  Come Join us!

Email Susan at to be put on the distribution list for reminders and the weekly page of quotes to be discussed or with any questions. 

Every Wednesday in August in Conway Hall:
Morning Session: 10am -11:30am
Evening Sessions: 7pm-8:30pm


Posted on August 18, 2017, at 6:25pm

The Class Divide

Carter G. Woodson Museum of African American History is hosting a film showing of "The Class Divide" which highlights current racial inequities in the Pinellas County School system. A discussion follows to consider how to address ongoing discrimination.

When: Saturday, August 19, 1pm - 4pm
Where: Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum - 2240 9th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 (22nd Street South turn right on 9th Avenue South.)

The Museum will also hold a rededication ceremony and party from 3pm - 7pm, on Sunday, August 20.

Contact: Karen Day
Posted on August 17, 2017, at 4:31pm

Sharing Our Responses to Charlottesville

On Sunday, August 20, after worship in Conway Hall, the Social Justice Committee invites you to a conversation to share our responses to Charlottesville. In the wake of the horrible acts of white supremacists there, we will gather to share our feelings and thoughts, and our ways of responding right here every day.


Contacts: Karen Coale, Karen Day
Posted on August 17, 2017, at 4:27pm

RE Corner

Join us this Sunday, August 20

Youth: Riddle and Mystery guides youth in their own search for understanding. Each of the 16 sessions introduces and processes a Big Question. The first three: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? The next ten, including Does God exist? and What happens when you die?, could be found on almost anyone’s list of basic life inquiries. The final three are increasingly Unitarian Universalist: Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me? Youth begins at 10:30am in the library.


Elementary Students: Join Trish and Joe for Windows and Mirrors. This program nurtures children's ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to seek out, care about and respect those of others. The sessions unpack topics that lend themselves to diverse experiences and perspectives—for example, faith heritage, public service, anti-racism, and prayer. The program teaches that there are always multiple viewpoints and everyone's viewpoint matters. 

Contact: Lisa Hill
Posted on August 17, 2017, at 4:24pm

Board of Trustees Parking Lot Poll

August 14, 2017

Re: Proposed offer from Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA) regarding sale of Parcel 1 and retention of Parcel 2 and 3


Dear Fellow Member of UUSP:


We are coming to the close of a year-long process involving assessing scenarios, gathering and disseminating information, and introspection. The ultimate question is 'what is best for our religious community?'

In an effort to achieve maximum participation of our members and for all to have an understanding where members stand on this issue, we have developed a straw poll asking 3 basic questions:


1) Shall UU St. Pete enter into an agreement with WJA in which:

  • WJA would buy UU St. Pete’s Parcel 1 for $240,000
  • WJA would oversee and pay an estimated $180,000 to pave, light, landscape and meet environmental compliance for UU St. Pete’s Parcels 2 and 3
  • UU St. Pete would have 35 parking spaces, 15 of which would be shared with WJA Monday-Friday during work hours (8:00am-5:00pm)
  • WJA would make special arrangements to accommodate UU St. Pete’s need for special-event parking during regular work hours.

2) Do you believe you have enough information to make a decision?


3) What contributed to your decision?


In order to have the benefit of your input, we are using multiple means of communication. If you are comfortable emailing your responses, please forward this email, with your responses typed in for 1), 2) and 3) above, to by August 31, 2017. Please be sure to include your name so that we can track responses accurately. We also have a variety of ways to gain additional information:


UUSP Website: We have posted all the information regarding this proposal at Click "Join the Parking Lot Discussions From Anywhere" to find the FAQ, map and online discussion forum.


A quick link to our Pros and Cons document is below. 

Parking Lot Pros/Cons 7/27/2017


PHONE: If you would like to speak to a Board member about your questions/concerns, please reach out to:

Linda Elem: 727-637-3970

Reggie Craig: 727-631-1031


Skype: On Sunday, August 20, we will host a round table for Q & A with Board members available to talk to you via Skype.


There will be a congregational vote Sunday, September 10th, 2017. Our Bylaws require that members be present in order to vote. We hope you will be able to join in this important decision. If you are unable to attend, we hope you will use this opportunity to weigh in on the questions. Please know that we are committed to maintaining confidentiality. We will not share your name but will retain it for tallying purposes


Thank you for your consideration. It is an honor to work with such thoughtful, committed individuals from whom I learn every day.


In faith,


Paul Burnore, Laurie Clement, Reggie Craig, Morgan Gresham, Lori Price, Linda Paul and Sabine von Aulock

Posted on August 14, 2017, at 10:01pm

Buildings & Grounds Committee Meeting

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: Conway North Room

Want to make a difference you can see?

Check out the ​Buildings & Grounds Committee!

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.)

We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday 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

Contact: Howard Taylor
Posted on August 12, 2017, at 12:21am

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

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