Author: Kelli De Graw

Social Justice Update: October 14, 2021

YOUR Vote Matters:  St Pete Election — Nov 2, 2021

In addition to electing a new mayor and filling five City Council positions — this election has seven proposed amendments to the City Charter on the ballot. A Commission is appointed to review the Charter which … read more.

Santa Needs Our Help

(Santa Wezago, that is)

Not all of us at UU St. Pete know that our Social Justice Group has been looking after two Congolese families who sought asylum here in the U.S. One of these families is Santa Wezago and her four children: Aaliyah, Erisa, Gabriella … read more.

Friday Night Picnic

On Friday (June 25), 15 of our guests were vaccinated with the J & J vaccine.

UU’s Helping People provided a $10 cash incentive and will extend the same offer to guests attending the Saturday Morning Breakfast and Sunday evening meal at Praise the Lord Outreach … read more.

Message from FAST on Mental Health Access

FAST – Faith in Action for Strength Together – has been working on improving access to mental health services in Pinellas County. We are pleased to report that the nonprofit mental health community has collaborated to have a single point of access phone number to … read more.

A Message From Our Board

Regarding Opening up our Sanctuary

Temporary Policy for All UUSP In-Person Gatherings (indoor or outdoor) on Church Property
Approved 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 … read more.

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 … read more.

Pastor Jack’s Weekly Message (May 28, 2021)

Dear Friends,

Got awe?

UC Berkeley psychology Professor Dacher Keltner researches biological and evolutionary origins of emotion— particularly, prosocial states such as compassion, awe, love, and beauty.  

He reports that awe – sensing something vast that challenges your understanding of the world –diminishes bounded self-focus and expands sense … read more.