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The UUC office will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22nd through Monday, Nov. 26th. We will reopen Tuesday, Nov. 27th. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday from all of us at UUC!

November 18th, Sunday...

Open Issues,  9:30-10:30 am, Patio Room
Bill Foley, “Putting UUC’s Budget Together”. Bill Foley is the current president of the UUC Board. He will be joined by Mary Currey and Bob Barnett. This is your opportunity for questions and comments

Sunday Service:  10:30-11:45, Octagon
Service Leader: Rev. Patrice Curtis, "A Thriving Dissent "

Pastoral Associate: Ann Myers

Coming up in RE for November:
Friday, 11/16: Family Movie Night Coco  (PG, 2017), 5:30 pm, Community Center
Sunday, 11/11: Parent Covenant Group  12:30-1:30 pm, Maxwell Library
- Wednesday, 11/21: Waffles + Worship,  5:30 pm, Surti Hall
- Friday, 11/20: Parents Night Out,  6:00-9:00 pm, Surti Hall
- Sunday, 11/25: UUC Moms Group , 12:30-1:30 Maxwell Library
Friday, 11/30: Parents Night Out,  6-9pm in Surti Hall

Exhale!!   Wednesdays at 6:00-6:45 pm in the Patio Room
Come sit or walk with us in a simple format that focuses on breath. Our large sanctuary has room for both sitting and walking meditation. We meditate for 20 minutes or so, stretch, then meditate again. Late-comers welcome, enter softly. Stay for hearty appetizers (we love your offerings too!) and conversation afterward.  Contact Kathy Krohn at:  uuc.kathykrohn@gmail.com  

November 16th, Friday: Readers Forum 10:30 to 12:00 am, Chorale Rm.  

November 18, Sunday: All About UUC   12:35-2:00, Maxwell Library

November 18th, Sunday: Black Lives Matter meeting,   12:30- 2:00 pm,   Chorale Room.  All are welcome to join the UUC Black Lives Matter committee meeting for discussion on how we want to continue our work to end the injustices faced by black people in our communities. Because UUC is a mostly white congregation, we focus on the role of white people in becoming aware of white supremacy and privilege, ending white silence, and uniting with others for community action.

November 22nd, Thursday: UUC's Annual Thanksgiving Dinner   1:30-4:00 pm in the Community Center Hall.
Appetizers at 1:30, Meal at 2:00 and dessert whenever you want.
Thanksgiving Dinner at UUC is the kick-off event for our Holiday Season. All Members and Friends are invited and it is a family friendly dinner. It is, as always, a potluck. Please sign up at  www.perfectpotluck.com  and enter " ThanksgivingAtUUC ", password:  3472 .by Nov. 19th and tell us what you will be bringing to share. Families or groups are asked to bring 2-3 items. (Seating for 100)
If you are planning to attend you can sign up in the Community Center OR email Mary Currey at  mary.currey@gmail.com , OR text at  727-218-9777.

November 25th, Sunday: Open Issues , 9:30-10:30 am, Patio Room
Marva Wingfield McWhite. “Diversity”. Ms McWhite is the president of the NAACP of Clearwater/UpperPinellas, active for reform of ‘stand your ground’ law.

November 28th, Wednesday: Board of Trustees Meeting , 7:00-9:00 pm,
Patio Room Changed from November 21st due to Thanksgiving Holiday

November 29th, Thursday: Social Justice Evening Issues , 6:30-9:30, Community Center, This month’s Evening Issues series will feature a participative small group activity on Economic Inequality. Based on the book, Runaway Inequality , by Les Leopold

November 30th, Friday: Art Opening - Surface Design Group, 6:00-9:00 pm, Octagon

December 2nd, Sunday:  All-Music Sunday
UUC invites you to worship on All-Music Sunday. Among the musical offerings will be the first half of the work  "Lux: The Dawn From On High"  by American composer Dan Forrest. 

December 2nd, Sunday: Chalice Tea and Home-Made Pastries ,   11:30-1:00 pm, Community Center and Patio Room  (Free to All UUC Family and Friends)
We invite you to take a moment before your holiday festivities and celebrations begin and share a cup of tea with a member of your spiritual-family. We can reflect with one another on the personal events of this past year that have brought us joys and sorrows.

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
This Sunday
November 18th, 2018
Sunday, 10:30-11:45

Service Leader:
Rev. Patrice Curtis

" A Thriving Dissent "

  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 Ann Myers and she is available at
727-531-7704 ext. 5.  
Open Issues
9:30-10:30 am
Patio Room
Bill Foley, “Putting UUC’s Budget Together”. Bill Foley is the current president of the UUC Board. He will be joined by Mary Currey and Bob Barnett. This is your opportunity for questions and comments
  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 Laura Daniel at flowers@uuc.org . She will help you coordinate your contribution. 
This week in RE: This Sunday in RE we will be continuing to learn about how we can be a people of MEMORY by remembering and noticing all of life's gifts around us through the simple acts of setting a table and sharing food. We will talk about the memories we have and new memories we can make. Please email Julie Daysa ( dfm@uuc.org ) if you are able to provide bread/pita/naan/etc for the children to share.

All About UUC, 12:35-2:00, Maxwell Library
Come learn about UUC - our social justice activism, fellowship groups, how we make decisions, our building, and more. Rev. Patrice Curtis and congregational leaders.
Blanket Collection Begins
this Sunday!
Harriet Ha-Sidi and the Migrant Justice Team will again be collecting blankets and comforters to be distributed to the migrant workers in Plant City. These are the farm workers who work so hard to bring us the fruit and vegetables that we all enjoy for a very minimal income. They live in dilapidated mobile homes with no heat or air conditioning.
The winter nights get very cold in that area and they need our help. The blankets will be collected from November 18 through December 9 in the narthex. If you prefer, you can donate cash and Harriet will do the shopping for you with our tax exempt certificate so the money will go a bit farther. Any questions? Call 727-398-7012. If you wish to join us in distributing blankets, please let Harriet know.
December Is Almost Here, and What a Wonderful FIRST
Weekend Is Coming to UUC! 
A Note from Ann Kanuck...
Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, are both days are full of joy and excitement for our Beloved Community and YOUR guests!
On December 1 One City Chorus  will perform in the Octagon at 7:30 p.m. (with receptions before and after the performance—stay tuned next week regarding food and beverages at the receptions).
On December 2 , Our  UUC Chorale Extraordinaire  will perform in the Octagon at 10:30 a.m. will perform in  All Music Sunday .
On December 2 , Our traditional  Chalice Tea , a pause before the “busyness” of December fully engages us, will occur in the Community Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tickets for  One City Chorus  ares available online at our website ( www.uuc.org ) or over in the Community Center after service (Look for the red balloon in the Community Center or Ann Kanuck to buy an advance ticket if you don’t choose the online option). AND pick up a flyer from the Narthex or our Community Center to spread the word about this special performance in December to friends, family, colleagues, and everyone you know. Whether we testify to our congregational welcome and inclusivity in the sharing of our social justice vision through the songs of One City Chorus, or our wonderful UUC music through our own Chorale (Carnegie Hall or Bust!), or our own traditions of fellowship and community through a cup of tea, December is a joyous time indeed for our Beloved Community, and we want to offer our gifts to others. Overflow parking will be available for One City Chorus at our friends’ church across the street, Unity of Clearwater. Come celebrate with us!
... more merrymaking at UUC! -- Decembe r 1 6th is our annual fundraiser bake sale all glammed up with a new name and fresh offerings of artisanal treasures - both baked goods and crafts:
Holiday Home.
In the Community Center starting at 9:30 before service and continuing after service at 11:45. All proceeds will go to the UUC general fund.
We’ll offer delicious foods perfect for holiday gift-giving (or immediate consumption), unique craft items, special holiday helper services, and on-the-spot packaging so you can take our artisanal treasures straight from our beloved community to all your other special family and friends. Contact Kathy Krohn at  uuc.kathykrohn@gmail.com  or Ann Kanuck at  afkanuck@gmail.com  to let us know how you wish to participate. 
Social Justice Evening Issues, Thursday, November 29th 6:30-9:30 pm, Community Center, Many of us have been increasingly concerned about the growth of the divide between the haves and have-nots in the United States. This month’s Evening Issues series (on Thursday
November 29th 6:30-9:30) will feature a participative small group activity on Economic Inequality. Based on the book, Runaway Inequality, by Les Leopold the material was
developed for group use by the Communications Workers of America. Donna Polhamus and Sean Armil recently attended the training sponsored by CWA and will lead the
The material as developed by Les Leopold and his researchers includes material on productivity and the wage gap, how financial strip-mining is affecting us, and how institutional racism helps the 1% stay in power. However, this Evening Issue session will concentrate on only one section, an introduction to the CEO-to-worker wage gap. Come ready to read, learn, and talk (something we UUCers love to do).
Please join us for our first meeting of a new club at UUC,  The Arts and Our Communal Spirit :  a gathering of friends to share the world's great art. We will take turns presenting a poem or a painting or perhaps even a piece of music. The presenter will offer interpretation (perhaps 15 or 20 minutes) and lead a short discussion on her or his chosen piece. We hope to include three works of art each time we meet. Other times, we may choose to read a play out loud together. Our emphasis will be on celebrating human achievement and appreciating how art enriches our spiritual selves.   Friday, December 7, at 2:00 in the library . We welcome non-UUC members and are excited to share great art with each other. 
All Music Sunday, December 2nd
UUC invites you to worship on All-Music Sunday. Among the musical offerings will be the first half of the work  "Lux: The Dawn From On High"  by American composer Dan Forrest. Members of the chorale will be performing this piece at Carnegie Hall in New York City this coming February. The second half of the work will be sung as part of the All-Music Sunday in March of 2019. To listen to the complete work, you can go to the following link:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly_leYhUVrU&t=1389s

Fair Trade Coffee Sales Is Back
Every 2nd Sunday at Social Hour! Next Sale is Sunday Dec. 9th
The Social Justice Council is selling fair trade coffees and teas AND CHOCOLATE the second Sunday of each month throughout the coming year. These products are produced by a worker-owned enterprise that provides a fair wage directly to the workers. A portion of the proceeds supports both the local and the national level efforts of the UU Social Justice mission. We look forward to you becoming a regular monthly customer. There will be a variety of chocolate, teas, and coffee blends available. Payment can be done by cash, check, or credit card. We look forward to your participation.
December 5th, Wednesday: Life Line Screening - A Preventive Health Event, 9:00-5:00, Community Center
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis.  Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount) .  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit  www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle   or text the word 'circle' to 797979
What's My Name?
T he names have changed...
The Social Hall is now called the Community Center. (CC)
The new multi-purpose room is now called the Surti Hall (SH)
The classrooms 1 thru 5 are called by number but will at some point be named. Stay Tuned.

On another note:
Please be aware when you are finished in the building that the back doors to the kitchen, the CC and the classrooms are closed and locked.
Exhale is Weekly
Wednesdays 6-6:45 pm
A Gathering for Sitting and Moving Mindfulness.
Join us weekly in the Patio Room for meditation and some quiet moments of mindfulness and connection. All levels of meditators welcome. Stay for hearty appetizers.
Readers Forum
Friday, November 16th
10:30 am-12:00, Chorale Room
We are reading  Florida  by Lauren Groff over these two weeks and will start  Rise of the Robots  by Martin Ford (instead of  Leonardo DaVinci, which we’ll read later) on Nov. 23,30.
A new addition:

"When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir"   by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele

...from the Amazon review: 
Raised by a single mother in an impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, Patrisse Khan-Cullors experienced firsthand the prejudice and persecution Black Americans endure at the hands of law enforcement. For Patrisse, the most vulnerable people in the country are Black people. Deliberately and ruthlessly targeted by a criminal justice system serving a white privilege agenda, Black people are subjected to unjustifiable racial profiling and police brutality. In 2013, when Trayvon Martin’s killer went free, Patrisse’s outrage led her to co-found Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi.

The Library is also expanding a shelf featuring UUC authors, but we need some help. The section is located just below the Unitarian Universalism section. Please stop by and see if your favorite UUC author is there, and more importantly, if you have copies of these UUC works, consider donating them to the Library.

Let me know about Books, CD's or other material that have had an impact on your Spiritual/Intellectual Journey!

Please let us know what they are because they might also be available to others.


UUs ...

Alexander Graham Bell was born and mostly raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. He briefly attended school in London during his childhood. He died of diabetes in Nova Scotia, Canada in 1922.
There is little information about Bell’s religious upbringing, but it is safe to assume that he was raised–at least in name–in the Church of Scotland, an Anglican/Episcopalian/Presbyterian faith that exercises the most influence over Scottish religious tradition to this day.
Perhaps because it was not taken seriously in his home, or because he came to his own conclusions, Bell considered himself an agnostic for the most part. His wife, Mabel, said that he never denied nor affirmed the existence of God. Though the Bells would occasionally attend church, either Episcopalian or Presbyterian and they sent their children to Presbyterian church regularly, it wasn’t a major part of their life.
However, according to Mabel, Alexander came across a pamphlet for the Unitarian/Universalist faith and quite liked what it had to say. He told his wife:
I have always considered myself as an agnostic, but I have now discovered that I am a Unitarian Agnostic.
Apparently, Bell was attracted to the non-dogmatic nature and acceptance of different ideas present in the Unitarian faith–indicating he was probably just turned off by the heavy-handedness of organized religion.
Beyond UUC...