This Sunday precedes World UFO Day and celebration of the 4th of July’s declaration of independence from inequality of authority and treatment – and it will be my last Sunday as your minister. This sermon will ask about the importance and possibility … read more.
What We Are Doing
- Pastor Jack’s Weekly Message (June 18,2021)Hello All, As you know, I’m coming down the home stretch as your pastor. And you are heading to a new starting line in the life of the church. But it’s not really ending or beginning. The congregation of UU St. Pete has been growing in ways which, if sustained, will sustain you. Most important, UUSP has developed communal gatherings (study, covenant, caring, worship, social, spiritual) that encourage and nurture. That mutual nurturance empowers fuller lives in and for the world. The Native American teaching story is as good a reminder as there is: Given the ever-present choice between feeding the fierce attack dog within and the friendly helpful dog also within, feed the friendly helpful one. Nurturance feeds growth. I’ll be missing you, Pastor Jack
- A Message From Our BoardRegarding Opening up our Sanctuary Temporary Policy for All UUSP In-Person Gatherings (indoor or outdoor) on Church PropertyApproved by the UUSP Board of Trustees May 28, 2021 All people over the age of 12 who are fully vaccinated may attend without masks or social distancing, though masks are encouraged at any gathering of more than 10 people. All people over the age of 12 who are not vaccinated are respectfully asked to wear masks and practice social distancing. All children 12 and under must wear masks and practice social distancing. This policy relies on the “honor system” – everyone is asked to honor our church and one another by following the policy honestly. This policy will be posted at and included in announcements of all UUSP gatherings. On-line offerings of worship services and other events will continue, allowing those who feel in-person gatherings are not safe for them to attend and participate. All gatherings of more than 10 ...
- Pastor Jack’s Weekly Message (June 4, 2021)Dear Friends, I think you’d relish the spirit of the Berkeley Zen Center’s meditation hall. Enter the airy hall through the garden, place cushions in the communal setting, bow to place, bow to room, sit in peace. Roshi Mel Weitsman rings the temple bowl, offers brief encouraging guidance, we begin what could already have begun – breathing, focus, awareness, communion, peace – repeat. Forty minutes. The bell concludes the practice. We bow to practice and practitioners. Roshi Mel’s death at age 91 was recently announced. He founded the Berkeley Zen Center under the guidance of Sunryu Suzuki (Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind) and served there 53 years – emphasizing the practice, offering its questions, encouraging practitioners to find their answers. His legacy is the many he taught how to keep returning to the path of attention and peace. Thank you, Roshi, Pastor Jack