Our Vision
An inclusive religious community, a beacon for reason, meaning and bold social action.
Our Mission
To celebrate dignity and respect for all, nurture lifelong spiritual growth, act for justice and equality, and serve the wider community. 
E-Octagram
June 17, 2022
NOTICE OF CHANGE TO COVID POLICY

For the month of June (until the next board meeting) we will continue to hold in-person services and request that everyone wear masks when in the Octagon, however there will be no beverage service during social hour and everyone is expected to continue wearing their masks in the social hall. This is a precaution to protect our guests and members from the wave of Covid infections that are currently on the rise. Please help us keep our members and guests safe.
SUNDAY SERVICE
June 19, 2022 at 10:30 am
In-person and Zoom
Katie Green
"Thoughts on Egyptian Mythology"
Guest Speaker: Katie Green

Thoughts on Egyptian Mythology sounds more academic than my presentation will be. While some connections with the Christian Bible will be mentioned, I will be speaking about the foundations of Ancient Egyptian culture, as I understand them, and sharing a story that listeners may connect with in their lives today." 

Katie Green is a member of the Clearwater Friends Meeting (Quakers). Katie is an award-winning storyteller whose work has been recognized by the National Storytelling Association, the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling, and funded by many corporations and grants.

Worship Associate: Sue Boone

Zoom link is the same for all Sunday services and programs:
Meeting ID: 967 1190 1492
You can also join from your landline or cell phone by calling 301 715 8592  and entering 967 1190 1492 when prompted to enter the meeting ID
Community Outreach Collection For June and July

All donations for the months of June and July, excluding pledges, will go to Feeding America Tampa Bay. More than 1 million people in west central Florida found themselves food insecure when Covid-19 surged. The pandemic increased food insecurity among families with children and communities of color, who already faced hunger at much higher rates before the pandemic. In 2021 Feeding Tampa Bay experienced a 46% increase in new users over 2020. Supply chain issues and increased gas prices have continued to negatively impact the problem. Hunger has no boundaries. It affects millions of children, seniors, and households. When you give a donation to Feeding America, you give more than a meal. You give hope to families in need all across Tampa Bay. Please be generous and give hope, the need is so great. For More Information go to feedingtampabay.org.
LIFELONG LEARNING
Supporting Our Search for Truth and Meaning

RE CHILDCARE IS AVAILABLE BEGINNING JUNE 19th!
We hope to see you there! If you have not done so, please register.  https://www.uuc.org/children-youth
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LIFELONG LEARNING...

VOLUNTEER TO HELP SET THE COURSE!

Megan Foley and Kathy Krohn will hold the first meeting of the Lifelong Learning Committee in July. If you are interested in volunteering for this committee, please reach out to Megan Foley at: leahyfoleyfamily@gmail.com 
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OPEN ISSUES
Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 9:30 am
On campus in the Patio Room and Zoom


Judge Kathy Hessinger is the incumbent candidate for County Judge Group 13

Join the conversation at https://zoom.us/j/92768217534

Click here for future topics

  • During the summer, Open Issues will only meet on Sundays when UUC has on-campus services.
Fun & Fellowship on Zoom: “Resilience, Anyone?”
Wednesday, July 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.,

Join a convivial discussion about resilience. Review this brief discussion guide to spark thoughts. Group is limited to the first 12 respondents.


Any questions? Contact the facilitator, Lore Eargle at lore.eargle@gmail.com
Celebrate June as Freedom Month

You are invited to participate in events to celebrate two very important moments in American History this month. Juneteenth commemorates the freedom of enslaved people in the United States after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Pride celebrates the 1969 Stonewall Uprising considered to be a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Both of these events signify the beginning of struggles of oppressed people in our country for their civil rights. These struggles continue today.

Click here to find a list of Juneteenth Events in our county. Come visit the UUC table at the Pride Family Day at North Straub Park on June 18th from 10 AM to 3 PM. Then join us in marching in the Pride Parade on June 25th in St. Petersburg. The march will begin at 4PM at Vinoy Park. More details about the march will be in the next week’s Octagram.

UUC Social Justice Council Supports the NAACP Voter Registration and Get Out the Vote Campaign

The UUC Social Justice Council decided to expand our civic engagement program and support the NAACP’s Get Out the Vote campaign presented at Open Issues a few weeks ago. The NAACP will be hiring young Black and Latino individuals to knock on doors in communities of color to conduct a nonpartisan campaign to register non registered folks and get out the vote of nonvoters. They are engaged in a fundraising drive to pay the salaries of these young people and you can help. Go to clearwaternaacp.com and click on donate 2022 GOTV Campaign in the menu on the home page or send a check with 2022 GOTV in the memo to NAACP, PO Box 2073, Clearwater, Fl.33757
As of today, we have written 601 postcards that will be sent out to people living in zip codes identified by the NAACP. Please continue to write the Get Out the Vote cards throughout the summer. We would like to send out at least 1000 postcards in September! Everything you need is available on the Social Justice Table. For people who can’t pick up cards please call Barbara Czech at 727-773-5624 to arrange for card pickup.
Watch the Octagram for more opportunities to help this summer. Join in this community collaboration to support fair elections in Pinellas County. 
Be sure to check out the Social Justice page on UUC's website at
https://www.uuc.org/social-justice and the UUC SJ Immediate Response Team page on Facebook
A Message from the Care Circle

"This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year`s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath." - Margaret Atwood

The Care Circle provides UUC community members temporary, short-term assistance during an illness or injury. Volunteers help with tasks such as pick-up and delivering medications, and running errands to name a few. They can also make referrals to agencies that can provide more intensive help if needed. To request assistance, please use this form, contact Eloise Hardman, or the UUC Office (727) 531-7704.
Pastoral Associates

UUC has a team of Pastoral Associates who offer confidential, emotional support and spiritual companionship to fellow community members who are facing challenging life issues. The Pastoral Associates are trained and mentored by our minister. To connect with one of our dedicated volunteers, please call the office (727-531-7704, Ext. 5) and leave a voicemail message or use this form. The Pastoral Associate who is scheduled for that week will get in touch with you.
What else is happening at UUC this week?

Tuesday, June 21, 7- 8 pm: Free to Be Me, AA group (Social Hall)

Wednesday, June 22, 4 - 5:30 pm: Weeding with Chris Mueller;
5:30 - 6:45 pm: Exhale Meditation on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96047650495

Friday, June 24, 10:30 am - Noon: Book Club (Chorale Room);
1 - 3 pm: Spiritual Potpourri on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/98442090304

Saturday, June 25, 7 – 8 pm: Free to Be Me, AA group (Social Hall)
Click here and check the calendar tab on the website for more information
Share a joy...Share a sorrow
Each Sunday during service, we drop a stone into water to celebrate those moments when joy has entered our lives or to acknowledge moments of sorrow. Please click on the link below to submit a joy or sorrow.
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 Ana " Soledad " Vaquer and she will help you coordinate your contribution. 
UUC MAKES ONLINE GIVING and PLEDGING EASY

In lieu of our traditional collection baskets that you see during the Offertory on Sundays, we are trying out some different ways to make online donating easier. You might want to try:
Text Giving
(727) 500-2410

If you prefer to donate online, feel free to click the button below.
DID YOU MISS A SERVICE? CHECK THE WEBSITE AT:
(The recorded service is typically posted the week after the service)

What are the 7 Principles? When does the book club meet? Check the website for answers to these questions and many more! Events, meeting times and details are located on the CALENDAR. All organizational documents and reports are posted in the MEMBER section. If you are a member but don't have the password, please contact the Office Administrator at admin@uuc.org.