- National Homeless Persons’ Memorial ServiceOn Friday, December 16 at 4:30 PM the community will unite to honor the persons who died in Pinellas County in 2022 while experiencing homelessness. The service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 100 Mirror Lake Drive in St. Petersburg. The powerful one-hour interfaith memorial will feature selections from sacred scriptures, a reading of names of the people who died while homeless, a candle-lighting ceremony, and a procession. Please plan to join us. This fifteenth annual interfaith observance is Celebrate Outreach’s local observance of National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, which is held on or near December 21, the longest night of the year. Following the service, a to-go dinner will be served in memory of those who have died. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Sabine von Aulock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cluster News!DECEMBER 1st: (Thursday.) A caravan from Saint Petersburg will take supplies to the farm worker families in Immokalee. Blankets, clean clothing, and other cold-weather supplies are needed. We’re helping the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. If you can assist with this project, please let me know. (We’ll need to receive items before December 1st.) DECEMBER 8th: (Thursday.) Bruce Knotts from the UUA’s United Nations office will speak about Unitarian Universalist involvement with international programs. We’ll have information about the climate change conference in Egypt and some other topics. This zoom program is sponsored by the UUs for a Just Economic Community. Information about registration appears on the UUJEC’s home page. DECEMBER 10th: (Saturday.) Human Rights Day. By a happy coincidence, it’s also the day when the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded. In many UU congregations, this is one of the great December holidays. No need to belong to a particular religion ...
- Still No Room in the Inn Christmas CarolingJoin Celebrate Outreach from 7:00-9:00 PM on Friday, December 9 for the 32nd Annual “Still… No Room in the Inn” Christmas caroling at homeless shelters and other sites in downtown St. Petersburg. We begin and end at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 100 Mirror Lake Drive in St. Petersburg. This delightful event has become an annual tradition for many in the Tampa Bay area. People of all ages, professions, economic conditions and religious beliefs carol together, united by the belief that everyone should have decent housing. We will send more information later; mark your calendars now and invite your friends, families, co-workers, religious congregations, and other groups. Call John Stewart at (727) 492-1590 for details.