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. 
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May 27, 2022
NOTICE OF CHANGE TO COVID POLICY

On May 25th the board voted to respond to the rising threat of covid infection by the following change to our 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.
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Sunday Service Information
May 29, 2022 at 10:30 am
In-Person and Zoom
Erin Powers

Nurturing Beauty to Honor and Heal 
Guest speaker: Erin Powers (they/them)
Erin is a Unitarian Universalist religious
educator from the Tampa area.

"When we remember and honor those who have died through acts of war and military service, we seek beauty.  Beauty is healing for our souls and our communities.  This Memorial Day, may the inherent beauty of this community be a balm for the suffering and loss we honor and remember."

Worship Associate: Sue Hand

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
Important message for parents

RE childcare will not be available this Sunday the 29th. It will start again on June 19th.
Memorial Day
 
"Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory there would be no civilization, no future."
– Elie Wiesel
Moving from "i" to "We"
“Turning Point” Conversations at UU Clearwater Begin Sunday, June 5

When:
Summer 2022
6 sessions, Sunday mornings, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
June 5, June 12, July 3, July 17, August 7, August 21
 
What:
Interactive conversations based on “Turning Point: Essays on a New Unitarian Universalism”, edited by Fredric Muir. The book outlines a bold vision for the future of Unitarian Universalism and a path towards becoming a robust faith for a new age. It can be ordered from the UUA bookstore. Here’s a link: https://www.uuabookstore.org/Turning-Point-P17720.aspx It also can be ordered on Amazon. Please use Amazon Smile and designate Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater as the organization you want to support when making purchases. There is one copy of the book in the UUC library. “Turning Point” also is available as an eBook in the Amazon Kindle store or on Google Play.
There will be a short reading assignment before each session, either a chapter from the book or from alternative online links to articles and videos that will cover the same material as the book.

You are encouraged to prepare in advance for each session.
During each session, you will be invited to share a favorite (short) quote from the advance work. We will also break into small groups for discussion questions.
 
Where:
Zoom only
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

Who:
Everyone interested in personal and institutional development and growth at Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater and Unitarian Universalism. You do not have to be a member of UUC. All are welcome.

Why:
One of UU Clearwater’s developmental goals is “Moving from an “iChurch” to a “We Church”, balancing individual needs with Beloved Community. These six sessions will help us understand what an iChurch is, what a “We Church” looks like, and how we can make the shift.

 What you need to prepare for each session:

June 5
Read “Turning Point” - “On the Trinity of Errors” and “The iChurch Revealed” by Fredric Muir (pages 1-15)
OR
Watch the video of the 2012 Berry Street Essay (start at 18:35 in the video and continue through 55:16)

June 12
Read “Turning Point” – “The Power of Community” by Cheryl Walker (pages 43-48)
OR
Read Walker’s essay in the Winter 2015 UU World

July 3
Read “Turning Point” – “The Story We Tell by Kimberly Wildszewski (pages 49-57) and “Our Historic Opportunity” by Peter Morales (pages 71-79)
OR
Watch the video of the responses to the 2012 Berry Street Essay (start at 1:16:54 in the video and continue through 1:37:38)

July 17
Read “Turning Point” – “The Trinity of Promises” and “The Promises of Unitarian Universalism” by Fredric Muir (pages 55-58)
OR
Watch the video of the Moderator’s report to the 2016 General Assembly

August 7
Watch “Beyond Individualism – The Power of We” by Jamie Hinson-Rieger
AND
Read “The Power of We”, UU World

August 21
Read “Turning Point” – “A Story of Imagination” by Mark Stringer (pages 117-128)
OR
Watch the Breakthrough Congregation video from the 2009 General Assembly
OPEN ISSUES
Sunday, May 29 - No session


  • During the summer, Open Issues will only meet on Sundays when UUC has on-campus services.

Coming up:

June 12: Judge Kathy Hessinger is the incumbent candidate for County Judge Group 13

June 26: Attorney Ken Afienko is the other candidate for County Judge Group 13

July 10: Caprice Edmond is the incumbent candidate for Pinellas County School Board District 7

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Community Outreach Collection For May

Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. 

Their strong presence in the Capitol has allowed them to defeat or neutralize dozens of anti-LGBTQ bills since forming in 1997. These bills included efforts to: overturn all local anti-discrimination policies, repeal all safe schools policies, expand Florida’s anti-gay adoption ban, and prohibit domestic partnership benefits and protections. Through lobbying, grassroots organizing, education, and coalition building, they are changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Equality Florida Institute's Safe and Healthy Schools Project aims to create a culture of inclusion while countering the bullying, harassment, social isolation, and bigotry that dramatically increase risk factors for LGBTQ+ students. Through this project, they seek to shift the culture so that each of Florida’s 67 school districts will adopt comprehensive, nationally recognized best practices for meeting the needs of LGBTQ+ students to build a model that can be replicated nationwide. Due to the recent attacks regarding school curriculum, the progress Equality Florida has made in achieving true equality is in danger. Equality Florida needs our support, now, more than ever. For more information please go to www.eqfl.org .
Social Justice Council
Saturday May 28th at 10 AM
Via Zoom and in person in the Patio Room

On the agenda: discuss the ongoing work of the social justice committees, the Pride Parade and UU the Vote. If you have a social justice issue that you would like to bring to the council or would like to participate on an ongoing project, please join us. For any questions, please contact Linda Stoller at lstol10403@aol.com.

Zoom link to join meeting: https://zoom.us/j/97869604806
UUC Steps Up to Participate in Pride in St. Pete
We are so excited to announce UUC and UU St. Pete will be participating in Pride this year. We are participating in two big ways. First on Saturday, June 18th we will have a booth at LGBTQ+ Youth and Family Day. This event will take place in Staub Park in Downtown St. Pete from 10 AM to 3. Then on June 25th we will be marching in the Pride Parade. Can’t march? No problem because we will have a small “float” for people to sit on. This is going to be so much Fun!

Can you volunteer for either or both events? Sign up at the Social Justice Table in the Social Hall or contact Linda Stoller at lstol10403@aol.com
Everyone is invited!!!!!!
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
Hurricane
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM
THE CARE CIRCLE

Hurricane Season is upon us and in case you haven't seen (in media and utility bill postings), many of us find that our homes are in riskier levels than they were last year; a recent storm level evaluation has caused these changes. UUC is in Evacuation Level C.

For those of you in Pinellas, here is the link to check your evacuation zone:  https://kyz.pinellascounty.org and for a wealth of valuable information: https://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/knowyourzone.htm#differ (preparing for hurricanes--please do it BEFORE one is on it's way--, making plans for evacuation if necessary, pets, pills, food, etc.) You know the drill.
  
If you live in a non-evacuation area, perhaps you can offer housing if necessary to others who may be in need. If so, please offer your hospitality now by contacting each other directly BEFORE anything is upon us.

(If you reside in another county, please check your county's Emergency Management website)

We hope this is only an exercise, but certainly a worthy one. May we be well. And prepared!
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, May 31, 7- 8 pm: Free to Be Me, AA group (Social Hall)
Wednesday, June 1, 4 - 5:30 pm: Weeding with Chris Mueller;
5:30 - 6:45 pm: Exhale Meditation
Friday, June 3, 10:30 am - Noon: Book Club (Chorale Room); 1 - 3 pm: Spiritual Potpourri on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96047650495
Saturday, June 4, 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.