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Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater 
2470 Nursery Rd., Clearwater, FL 33764  727-531-7704              www.uuc.org

Upcoming Events from April 13th to April 20th, 2017

April 16, Sun:  
Open Issues, 9:30-10:30 am, Patio Room
Toni Van Pelt, "Florida Constitutional Revision Commission"
Toni is the president and public policy director of the Institute for Science and Human Values, a non-profit organization committed to social justice, planetary ethics and the development of shared values for the human family.  Since 2006 she has served as a registered Congressional lobbyist.  She is also a candidate for the presidency of the National Organization for Women.

Worship Service, 10:30-11:45 am, Octagon.
Service Leader: Rev. Patrice Curtis. Sermon Title: "Arise and Greet the Day."

Spring Fling, 11:45-1:45 pm, Playground 
Spring/Easter themed games, snacks, and crafts. All ages are welcome and we still need volunteers to help. 

April 18, Tues: Bridge, 9-12:30 am, Patio Rm.

April 19, Wed: Exhale! and Soup Supper Potluck.  Pre-service Supper 5:30, Exhale 6:15-6:45 pm, Post Service Supper, 6:45-7:30 pm.Extend the moments of nourishment for the body and spirit by joining fellow Exhale participants pre AND/OR post service at our Soup Supper. 
  It's easy. Just bring some soup to share, or bread or salad, maybe a dessert. Crockpots are great. Listing ingredients is very helpful. 
To support ease of cleanup and to keep our footprint tiny, please plan on bringing your own bowls or help with cleanup. 

April 21, Fri:  UU Humanists Group, 7- 9:00 pm, Octagon
A Better Life - A new Freethought Film   There is no God. Now what? If this is the only life we have, how does that affect how we live our lives, how we treat each other, and cope with death. Photographer and filmmaker Chris Johnson introduces us to some of the many voices from his book   See the film and meet the director, Chris Johnson  
Presented by UUC Humanists & Tampa Bay Coalition of Reason 
$5.00 All welcome!





Save the Date! 

April 

(Click HERE for link to UUC's full April Calendar)

April 23, Sun: Open Issues, 9:30-10:30 am, Patio Rm
April 23, Sun: Worship Service, 10:30-11:45 am, Octagon
April 23, Sun: A Course in Mindfulness, 12:30-2:00 pm, Patio Rm.
April 23, Sun: Joining UUC, 12:30-1:30 pm, Chorale Rm
April 24, Mon: Nehemiah Action 7:00 pm,Tropicana
Field in St. Petersburg 
April 28, Fri: Fourth Friday in the Food Forest, 5:00 -10:00 pm, Food Forest Shelter
April 30, Sun: Open Issues, 9:30-10:30 am, Patio Rm
April 30, Sun: Worship Service, 10:30-11:45, Octagon
April 30, Sun: Black Lives Matter Cmmte mtg, 12:15-2:15 pm, Chorale Rm
April 30, Sun: PSI Symposium/Buddhist Fellowship, 12:30-2:00 pm, Patio Rm

May

(Click HERE for link to UUC's full May Calendar)

May 4, Thurs:  Women's Lunch12:00- 2:00 PM,
Benedicts Family Restaurant, 768 Belcher Rd.
May 4, Thurs: Compassion and Choices, 1:30-3:00 pm, Patio Rm
May 7, Sun:   Open Issues 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM, Patio Rm
May 7, Sun: Worship Service 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM, Octagon 

Meet with Rev. Patrice Curtis

If you would like to meet with Rev. Patrice contact the office at 727-531-7704. If you wish to contact her, please call

(510) 852-9304.

Rev. Patrice Curtis
  Service 
Sunday at 10:30

April 16, 2017

"Arise and Greet the Day"
Service leader:
Reverend Patrice Curtis

Theme for April:
Creativity
  Pastoral Care Associates

UUC has a strong team of lay Pastoral Associates who offer confidential, emotional support and spiritual companionship to fellow church members. You can access pastoral care by contacting Rev. Patrice Curtis at 727-531-7704 ext. 5 or revpatrice@uuc.org.

Please note that emails sent to the front office are not confidential; emails to Rev. Patrice are.

This week’s pastoral care associate is Dorothy Gardiner and is available at 727-531-7704 ext. 5.   
What Is 'Spirit Space'?
It's the space on the upper level of the Sanctuary where children can go during service for quiet activities. Be sure to go check it out with your little ones.

           Open Issues
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.,
Patio Room
April 16th
Toni Van Pelt. “Florida Constitutional Revision Commission” Toni  is the president and public policy director of the Institute forScience and Human Values, a non-profit organization committed tosocial justice, planetary ethics and the development of shared values for the human family. Since 2006 she has served as a registered  Congressional lobbyist. She is also a candidate for the presidency of the National Organization for Women. 
  Flowers for Sunday Services
If you would like to supply the flowers for an upcoming Sunday service in honor of a special event or person in your life, please email Patricia  here. She will help you coordinate your contribution. 

We are getting there but we still have many who haven't submitted their 17-18 pledge.

Lighting the way together is a unifying commitment members and friends of UUC make to ourselves and to each other. Supporting each other’s growth is fundamental to our faith.

To make a pledge of financial commitment go the 2017-18 Pledge Drive, please click on the following link: 2017-18 Pledge Form  ***OR fulfill your pledge ONLINE, go to PLEDGE FULFILLMENT.  (Do you need help with our new online pledge fulfillment site? Contact Carol Kay at the UUC office at 727-531-7704 and I can walk you through it.)

Exhale! 
A Gathering for Sitting and Moving Mindfulness.
Third Wednesday of every month thru May 2017. Next Exhale and Soup Supper is April 19th
6:15 to 6:45 in the Sanctuary.

  5:30 - pre service soup potluck

6:15 - 6:45 Exhale! service in Octagon

6;45 - 7:30 post service soup potluck

 Love offerings are accepted to help cover shared costs.

Wednesday Soup Supper
pre and post Exhale! service
Extend the moments of nourishment for the body and spirit by joining fellow Exhale participants pre AND/OR post service at our Soup Supper. 
  It's easy. Just bring some soup to share, or bread or salad, maybe a dessert. Crockpots are great. Listing ingredients is very helpful. 
  To support ease of cleanup and to keep our footprint tiny, please plan on bringing your own bowls or help with cleanup. 


  Can You Help? 
The flyer below lists the items needed by mothers in North Pinellas. If anyone can provide any of these, please contact Kamran Rouhani at  k.rouhani@aec-inc.com or   727-460-6410.
[Kamran is a friend of mine, a member if the local Bahai Community,
who often attends UUC's Open Issues Forum.] .........  John Chase 727-787 3085
April is RE Month and We Need You!

Come and be a part of the Religious Enrichment Program at UUC and help nurture the spiritual lives of our children and youth. There is a place for everybody with flexible time commitments and a variety of skills needed. 

Opportunities range from being an RE Leader/Advisor or Class assistant to Special Event Helpers or Playground Peacekeepers. 
You will be fully trained and supported by our current team. 

It takes a congregation to build a beloved community and deepen our faith as Unitarian Universalists. Come and share the richness in your life with the Religious Enrichment Program and make a difference in the lives of our children, youth, and in your own!
For more information contact Christine Ducady, Director of RE at: dre@uuc.org


UUC In Action... Upcoming Committee Meetings
Please get your meeting information to events@uuc.org NO LATER than one week before the next E-Octagram (publishes on Thursdays). If there are changes, they must get to the above email NO LATER than the Wednesday before publishing. Thank you. 


-- Humanists Meeting is Movie Night, Friday April 21st, in the Octagon

A Better Life - A new Freethought Film

There is no God. Now what? If this is the only life we have, how does that affect how we live our lives, how we treat each other, and cope with death. Photographer and filmmaker Chris Johnson introduces us to some of the many voices from his book.

In this fascinating documentary — learn the stories behind the book in interviews with some of our greatest thinkers. Join Chris as he explores issues of joy & meaning and travels around the globe meeting people from all walks of life and backgrounds, who challenge the false stereotypes of atheists as immoral and evil. From Daniel Dennett and A.C. Grayling, to Julia Sweeney and Robert Llewellyn —learn the various ways many atheists have moved on to a better life filled with love, compassion, hope, and wonder! 

See the film and meet the director, Chris Johnson 
Friday 7:00 p.m. April 21, in the Octagon 
Presented by UUC Humanists & Tampa Bay Coalition of Reason 
$5.00 All welcome!

-- Fourth Friday in the Food Forest, Friday, April 28th, 5-10:00 pm
ENJOY, FOOD, FUN, FROLIC and A GROWING COMMUNITY!!! 
We host these monthly gatherings to bring a diverse, intergenerational, multicultural, multiracial, interfaith crowd to our garden to share food , fun and community. It is FREE to the public, so invite all of your friends!
This is also a POTLUCK, for those inclined to share food (optional). We also prepare produce directly from the garden to share.
We are crowdsourcing ideas and energy to determine how YOU, our beloved community, would like to see our garden evolve and grow.
Input from the invested will be directly incorporated into the planning for creation of the space that will best serve the needs of the growing local community. YOUR INPUT IS VALUED!!
Check out the facebook page for more information HERE.

-- Black Lives Matter, Sunday, April 30th, 12:15-2:15 pm, Chorale Rm.
We will be discussing the book Waking Up White by Debby Irving and watching some relevant videos. For this meeting, please read sections 25 Years of Tossing and Turning (pp. 113-156) and Leaving my Comfort Zone (pp. 157-184). Ordering info at www.debbyirving.com/the-book/. It is fine to come even if you haven’t done the reading. 

  ONLINE PANEL Hosted by Black Lives of UU

on 'Confronting White Supremacy in Faith Institutions,' Sunday April 23,
7:00 pm ET

The Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) Organizing Collective is excited to host this  much needed, online panel discussion. Together, we will discuss the many issues that  people of faith doing liberation work confront within religious institutions. Our conversation  will focus on strategies for challenging and dismantling institutional racism within faith  communities and what resources might be useful in confronting oppressive structures meant
to hold us back.

PANELISTS INCLUDE: • Dr. Takiyah Amin - Assistant Professor, UNC Charlotte & BLUU  Lead • Candace Benbow, M Div - Writer, Educator & doctoral student at Princeton  Theological Seminary • Vicar Lenny Duncan - St. Mark's Lutheran Church & organizer #decolonizelutheranism • Vahisha Hasan - Founder, Movement in Faith
• Kenny Wiley - UU World Senior Editor & BLUU Lead Moderator: Leslie Mac – Co- Founder Safety Pin Box & BLUU Lead



 
ACLU Pinellas County Chapter Bill Of Rights Dinner
Thursday April 20, 2017, 6 pm Social Hour, 7 pm dinner
Banquet Masters, 13355 49 th St North, Clearwater, FL 33762

Tickets $50 per person. Pick up order form at Social Justice table or print ticket at the
following link and mail with check:


ACLU Update: Howard Simon, Executive Director ACLU of Florida

Keynote Address: Dr. Bernard LaFayette, President SCLC, Professor of Theology, Emory
University, Civil Rights leader and Freedom Rider.

Awards:  The Gardner W. Beckett Jr. Civil Liberties Award Recipients:
Suzanne Benton and Amy Weintraub for the January 21st St. Petersburg Womens Solidarity  March.

The Irene Miller Vigilance in Journalism Award recognizes the consistent, vigilant
reporting on public affairs and the actions of governments. The Miller Award recipient is
Tampa Bay Times columnist, John Romano.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1911440722474622/
Three Major Social Justice Events Coming This Spring...

Get on the Bus! 
The FAST UUC Nehemiah Action will be on April 24thth at 7PM at Tropican Field in St. Petersburg. Join thousands of other people from 40 congregations as we ask our elected officials to support more affordable housing, expanded use of civil citation and better Pinellas Schools. We will have a bus from UUC to the Trop but seating is limited and you must sign up now! Sign up at the Social
         Justice Table after the service or contact Linda Stoller.

The issue committees are finishing up their work in anticipation of the upcoming FAST Rally and FAST Nehemiah Action.Meetings are being held with local officials and invitations have gone out for their attendance at the Nehemiah. However, this year due to a scheduling conflict within the school district, school board members are being invited to the Rally. That means we need you to attend both events.
Don’t forget to wear your UUC T-shirts.

1.The Rally will be on April 3,2017 at 7:00PM at St. Catherine of
Siena Catholic Church, 1955 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater 33764.


2. The Nehemiah Action will be on April 24, 2017 Tropicana
Field in St. Petersburg at 7:00 PM. Once again, we will be
providing buses to the Nehemiah. Sign up at the Social Justice
Table if you want to ride the bus.

But wait I said three events…………

3. The Celebration will be on May 15 th at 7:00 PM at Blessed
Trinity Catholic Church at 1600 54 th Ave .s, St. Petersburg.

If you have any questions regarding these major social justice
events contact UUC FAST Team Leaders, Linda Stoller, Mark
Kanuck, Gretchen Craig or Theo Betjemann

What's Happening at UUC
To buy your tickets online for this event go HERE
 
Gallery Hours:  
9:00 am - 12:00 Tues-Fri
and Sunday  12:00 noon - 1:00 pm  Sunday

FREE
Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater
2470 Nursery Road
Clearwater, FL

Contact: Charlene Carnes    727-789-3536   


Feature Heading
New Art Show continues til May 17th
Watercolor Paintings by

Taylor Ikin & Friends
  Octagon Arts Center

Opening Reception:
April 8, 2017, 7-9:00 pm




Text Link
Our Librarian, Bruce Gotts reports he has ordered the book, "A House for Hope" for the library.  The UUC Library is across from the Social Hall entrance. It is open on Sundays after service and books are available for check out with a self-checkout system. For more information contact our Librarian, Bruce Gotts  bcgotts@gmail.com
Readers Forum
We will be reading Dark Money by Jane Mayer on April 7,14 and will start Against Empathy by Paul Bloom on April 21 and read half way. We'll finish it on April 28. We meet Friday's in Chorale Room 10:30-11:30. All are welcome.


Adult Religious Enrichment Presents
 
A COURSE IN MINDFULNESS
 
This course will begin by examining the common elements in mindfulness practices, how they address everyday psychological distress and how we can begin integrating mindfulness practice into a busy life. It  will also address how to use mindfulness and meditation to engage with challenges such as alienation, aging, trauma, illness, and death.  In addition the course will cover the role of wisdom and ethics in psychological well-being from both ancient and modern scientific perspectives. 
 
Course contains 24 lectures for 12 individual sessions.Each session will discuss two 30 minute 'Great Courses' lectures featuring Dr. Ronald D. Siegel, a clinical psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. 
 
These sessions will be followed by a discussion.  Ruth Samuel, a member of UUC who has led the course at OLLI (Osher Learning Centers) for several years, will facilitate the series.  
 
Lectures will be held in the Patio Room on Sundays starting at 12:30 p.m. Meets once each month, check calendar for specific dates. 

 

Beyond UUC...
  UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2017 - New Orleans LA

From Wednesday, June 21, 2017 -  01:00pm
To Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 05:00pm
Events are local time unless noted. WEBINARS are Eastern time.
Location  Location TBD
Contact  generalassembly@uua.org