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UUSP Movie Night: September 21 - Little Miss Sunshine

Saturday, September 21
Where: Conway Hall

Please join us on Saturday September 21 at 6:30pm for the movie Little Miss Sunshine, to be screened in Conway. The film is 1 hour 41 minutes long. A short discussion will follow.

Little Miss Sunshine is an acclaimed 2006 family comedy which earned numerous awards from several film festivals, a 91% rating from Rotten Tomatoes, and 4 Academy Award nominations.  And it’s more than a kids’ movie as it explores how our world seems to categorize our human emotions and desires into winners-or-losers, forms, step-by-step procedures, carefully defined job titles, etc. - when just being our best selves is usually the answer. If by chance you’re feeling down, this is the movie that will bring your smile back - not because of schmalz but what is ultimately true in life. 

We’ll meet in the Conway as usual. Bring your own snacks, drinks and pillows if you like. Free popcorn will be available. We’ll have a short discussion afterwards.

Please RSVP to Paul Burnore at if you plan to attend.

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on September 12, 2019, at 12:41pm

Pot Luck Lunch, September 29 - after service

Please sign up to bring food to our Celebration Lunch on Sunday, September 29th.  Kevin is making his famously-delicious lasagna, and we'll have a special cake, but we need everything else to make it a fun, yummy event.  There is a sign-up sheet on the piano during Coffee Hour, or you can email Kevin at to let him know how you can help.  


This luncheon is for EVERYONE!  If you bring something at the last minute, that's okay.  If you can't bring anything that day, that's okay, too!  If you can bring a dish and/or help, please do.  But the most important thing is that we all come and enjoy a meal together!


Posted on September 12, 2019, at 12:12pm

Breakfast Celebration for Our Roots Members

If you were a member who welcomed Jack 5 years ago, UU St. Pete will be honoring you, an Our Roots member, on September 29.  We will have a special breakfast just for you at 9:00am in Gilmour Hall.

If you are an Our Roots member and have not yet responded to the invitation, please RSVP to Michael Killoren at or (206) 450-6824.

If you are an Our Roots member and have not received an invitation or if you need transportation, please let Michael know.

The entire congregation will acknowledge Our Roots as we recognize Our Roots members during the service.

Posted on September 12, 2019, at 12:07pm

Announcements From Pastor Jack

Hello Everyone!

After the September 22 Sunday Service, we will socialize and share thoughts on how the children, youth, young adults and older adults of UUSP can be more enrichingly engaged with one another.  It takes an intergenerational community to raise a child and also to raise an adult.  Intergenerational community is good for everyone’s sense of understanding, caring, and belonging.  As our congregation grows in numbers, it grows in opportunities and resources to bless each other’s lives across the generations as well as across the city’s neighborhoods.

As Sunday September 22 approaches, consider whether the old biblical promise holds true today – “Youth shall dream and elders shall have visions.”  If so, it could be the basis for orienting ourselves, young and old, to be better than ever for one another.  See you on September 22 – and of course this Sunday as cooler weather is in the offering.

With appreciation,


NEXT LGBTQ+ INTERESTS PLANNING MEETING, this Sunday, September 15 before church, at 9:00am in the UUSP Library.  Questions?  Pastor Jack.


SIGN-UP FOR A UUSP COVENANT GROUP:  After this Sunday’s September 15 Service (and two Sundays thereafter) you may either (1) sign up for a Covenant Group that currently has openings and meets at a good time for you or (2) sign up and indicate the times that would work for you (and we will do our best to develop new covenant groups at workable times). 

Joining a covenant group later in the year is also fine – though less certain since the scheduling of the groups meeting times will be finalized in October.


What’s a Covenant Group?  UUSP currently has seven covenant groups, usually consisting of 8-12 people.  Six of these groups meet monthly, one being reserved for parents of our Religious Education children.  The seventh group is for snowbirds and meets weekly January through April. 


The groups meet for about 90 minutes (often plus some social time) at an established place and time (usually at the church or at the facilitator’s home).  The purpose is to have a trusted circle with whom to discuss life at whatever level one is interested in sharing, as well as to deepen supportive and appreciative connections in the congregation.


The format typically has two parts: first, about 45 minutes for personal check-ins; then about 45 minutes to discuss a more general life question (perhaps “What was your greatest vacation and why,” or “What has friendship meant in your life” or perhaps a discussion of one of the month’s sermon topics).


The groups are called “Covenant Groups” because they function under a covenantal commitment to deep listening, respect, and confidentiality.  They cannot take the place of professional therapy or counseling, but significant insight can come from participation.


Any questions?  Patti Hanks ( or Pastor Jack ( will be glad to try to help.


INTERESTED IN UUSP AND BECOMING A UUSP MEMBER?  Come to our two Inquirers Meetings and learn more - Sundays October 6 and October 11, 11:45am in UUSP’s Conway Hall.  Come learn why our religious community could be your beloved religious home.  Pastor Jack


PERHAPS THIS WILL BE HISTORIC AND YOU COULD BE PART OF IT – The board of directors of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism is hosting a symposium titled and purposed for “Proclaiming a Black UU Theology”.  The symposium is open to all and will offer six plenaries related to the overarching question of “how to live out a Unitarian Universalism that centers (and celebrates) Blackness.”  What would such a UUism look like?  How would it be lived?  Would it still be UUism or something new?  The symposium will be in St. Paul, MN, October 30 to November 2.  Registration is open at


SAVE THE DATE:  UUSP SATURDAY MORNING MEDITATION RETREAT, November 9, 9a, to noon, UUSP’s Gilmour Hall.  Come recover attention, clarity, and peace – really.  Pastor Jack


TUESDAY MEDITATION (11:45am – brief instruction provided) and BROWN BAG LUNCH (12:15pm – checking in with friends), in UUSP Gilmour social hall.   


WEDNESDAY MORNING MEDITATION this Wednesday, September 18, 8:00-8:30 a.m.  Drop in, find your zone, go live your best day.


WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION this Wednesday, September 18, 10am and 7pm, we will begin our first book discussion of the church year with The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons from the World’s Happiest People (2017) by National Geographic journalist/explorer Dan Buettner.   Is happiness a spiritual issue?  It is for us!  And this comprehensive study is a very inspiring hopeful book for these worrisome times.  As always, quotes from the book to focus our discussion will be provided.  Pastor Jack


CITIZENS CAFÉ MOST THURSDAYS AT NOON!!!  in UUSP’s Gilmour (Social) Hall.  Join us (but let Pastor Jack know you’re planning to come, because our schedule is still erratic at this time of year)!  Our Citizens’ Café is a chance as American citizens to clarify and deepen our understanding of the issues of society that influence our lives and that we might influence.  Bring your lunch if you’d like, and any proposed communications to the TB Times editor or elected officials.  Coffee and tea provided.  Pastor Jack –


DID YOU KNOW:  The website of the League of Women Voters (St. Pete Area) has a comprehensive list of elected public officials with click-on email links – just in case you want to send a message –  To borrow words from the League, Citizenship is about making democracy work.


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


UUSP SERMONS (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website:   Go to, click the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see"Sermons and Readings." For audio recordings, click on a Sunday Service and look for the sound icon   audio

For screen shots of examples, click the link:  Worship Service Online Enhancements


Posted on September 12, 2019, at 12:00pm

Save the Date: Meet our Architect

Our facilities master planning process has been underway for almost a month — architect Martin Gold and his team are studying our facilities, blueprints, historical documents and reports of our work in the past 8 months to gain a thorough understanding of our facilities and their condition. 

Martin is eager to start a conversation with congregation members to hear about your long term individual and collective facilities needs. 

We’ve tentatively identified Sunday, October 6 as a good date for Martin to start that conversation, with sessions at 9-10am and again at noon-1pm to accommodate those who have commitments before or after service.  There will be a mechanism for those absent that day to submit their thoughts.

NOTE:  This will be a first conversation… there will be more opportunities over the next 9 months or so. We will keep you posted.


— Sharon Winters, Design & Planning Team

Contact: Sharon Winters
Posted on September 12, 2019, at 11:52am

UUSP Kayak Outing: John's Pass

Saturday, September 21

The post-summer weather looks excellent for Saturday, September 21. A great place to start our new 2019-2020 kayaking season is Boca Ciega Bay at John’s Pass. It's gorgeous. Sunrise is 7:19am, moon is waning gibbous at 62%, morning temperature high 70’s F.  Good fortune and clean living gives us a high tide at 8:02am, which is just right for a morning kayak excursion. Remember to bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses,  a whistle for emergencies, water shoes, water and UU humor. Your guide is Gratis (though not his real name).


Since I live 1/2 block off Boca Ciega Bay, I’ve kayaked these waters extensively. There are a number of small islands, including one with an actual sandy beach (I’ve named it “Paul’s Beach") and another with a central passage through a mangrove tunnel. Dolphins are always in the Bay and recently manatees too. Bird life is prodigious. If you’re interested in getting out in nature, getting some fresh air and exercise, and paddling around islands and through mangrove tunnels, please join us. 


Let’s meet at Hubbard’s Marina located at John’s Pass on Gulf Blvd in Madeira Beach at 8:45am. For those who need to rent a kayak, the rental office opens at 9:00am.  Arriving early will ensure that a kayak is available. There are numerous restaurants at John’s Pass for breakfast before or lunch after kayaking. The distance from UUSP is 11 miles or a 25 minute drive. 


Hubbard's Marina
170 Johns Pass Boardwalk
Madeira Beach, FL 33708
(727) 393-1947


Get directions from your home to Hubbard’s Marina here:'s+Marina/@27.784661,-82.782359,13z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xe50345c1194c63c5!8m2!3d27.784661!4d-82.782359?hl=en-US


Hubbard’s Marina website is:


Please let me know if you can join us! 

I hope to see you.


Good words and good paddling to you.


RSVP Paul Burnore at: if you plan to join us.

Contact: Paul Burnore
Posted on September 12, 2019, at 11:48am

Meet the Architect: Martin Gold... facilities master planning process

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Sanctuary
Contact: Sharon Winters
Posted on September 12, 2019, at 11:48am

Meet the Architect: Martin Gold... facilities master planning process

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Library
Contact: Sharon Winters
Posted on September 12, 2019, at 11:46am

Alley Next to UUSP

Please be aware of some upcoming closures.

The alley between UU St. Pete and Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA) properties will be closed on September 23 due to a city requirement to build "aprons" out into the alley."

Watch for further announcements...

Contact: Steve Benton
Posted on September 12, 2019, at 11:42am

Stone Soup - UUHP annual fundraiser

Monday, October 21, 2019 (All day) - Sunday, November 24, 2019 (All day)
Location: Gilmour Hall

Stone Soup is UUSP's annual event supporting the work and outreach of UU's Helping People homeless ministry. During October and November we will collect pottery bowls (could be gently used or from your favorite St. Pete potter); please leave in kitchen, labled "Stone Soup." On November 24th there will be a sneak preview prior to the Service, and a silent auction following the Service. Auction winners will then enjoy hearty soup in their newly acquired bowl. Proceeds support the Friday Night Picnic, serving ~80 people in need every week of the year. They also will enable financial support of local service providers e.g., St. Petersburg Free Clinic, DayStar, CASA women's Shelter, and Celbrate Outreach's Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans Project.

Posted on September 10, 2019, at 1:11pm

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