InfoNet: News & Updates
June 5, 2020
Kitchen Rehab & Facilities Master
Plan Update
Sunday Jun 7, 2020 at 11:15am

Join Cal Fox, Reggie Craig & Sharon Winters with the Buildings & Grounds Team to get the latest scoop; Q&A to follow.

Sharon will provide context and an update on our Facilities Master Planning effort. The kitchen rehab project will be considered as part of the larger Master Plan.

A Kitchen for the Future: Cal and Reggie will describe the kitchen design process, major functional improvements, estimated costs & timelines, and what comes next… visuals included.

Join us to hear all the juicy details.
  • Sharon Winters, Design & Planning/B & G
This Week at a Glance:
  Monday : Weekly Minute Meditation 8am UUSP YouTube Channel - Emerson: See God, See Me, See Thee
Tuesday: Zoom Lunchtime Check-in/Chat 12:00pm ( ** mindful meditation* on your own, pre or post).
Wednesday: Zoom Adult Religious Studies Discussions (10am/7pm) F.M. Lappe's Daring Democracy, Chpt 6
Thursday: Weekly Minute Meditation 8am UUSP YouTube Channel - Channing: Reverence Human Nature
Thursday: Zoom Citizen's Cafe' 12:00pm lunch hour & conversations on the news of our times

Zoom invitations are sent to all members and also to friends who request invitations.
Email Pastor Jack directly to be added or removed from the distribution list.
Pastor Jack's Weekly Wonder
Dear Friends,

You may not have time to read this whole column. So here’s my thinking as haiku:

Since instinct makes tribes,
but reason defines the line,
divinely define.

I’d love to hear your interpretations and, if possible, applications.

Joke of the Day:  “Every disaster movie begins with the government ignoring a scientist.” Whether this is a physical scientist or a social scientist being ignored, events continue making this joke prophetic.

What to do? We’re all asking. 
Short run thoughts: We can go to well-organized protests whenever we can, perhaps with signs reminding the public that each revealed atrocity is only the tip of the iceberg of much unnecessary, unjust suffering and much premature, unjust death. (And for safety, leave protests quickly if either police or protesters edge toward force.) Perhaps for the next few days, join the City’s 8:00pm vigil – check with Susan Burnore for 8:00pm vigils at UUSP.

Attend The
UUA Virtual General Assembly
June 24 - 28, 2020

 Registration is $150 - quite the bargain, with no travel expenses! You can
Free viewings of General Sessions and Sunday Worship will be live-streamed at www.uua.org.
Religious Education
Wednesday Zoom Adult Religious Studies Book Discussions
June 10, 10:00am & 7:00pm
Chapt. 6; Meet the Democracy Movement

We will begin a five-session discussion of Frances Moore Lappe’s Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want . Quotes will be provided as the focus of each discussion. Contact Pastor Jack to receive the Zoom Link and Discussion points.
Children's Religious Education:
June 7, 2020
Check out some great information in the weekly newsletter
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Please contact RE@UUStPete.org .
For this weeks' lesson from Ms. Trish and Ms. Jeanay, click on the recording box below.
This month’s theme for Religious Education is  Family .

Creating Your Sabbath Space
Online Weekly Meditation Schedule (feedback appreciated)
Contemplative Meditation Readings
(Mondays & Thursdays)

Monday, June 8: Emerson, See God, See Me, See
Thursday, June 11: Channing, Reverence Human Nature

**For Monastic Days - How to do Mindful Meditation
  1. Set your alarm for 5 to 40 minutes;
  2. Sit erect, breathe deeply once or twice to relax;
  3. Watch your breathing ease to normal, observing breath come and go;
  4. Count in cycles of ten breaths if it helps you keep observing – or repeat a “sacred” word for focus (eg, peace, grace, life, thanks, care, see, being);
  5. If deep focus is lost to extraneous thought, feeling, or sensation, note it simply as “thought” or “feeling” or “sensation” and return to your breath or word;
  6. Sometimes, for deeper peace, try shifting attention to consciousness itself or to your sense of being.
  7. When your timer goes off, remain awake.
Social Justice
"I Can't Breathe"
George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died on May 25, 2020 after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a white police officer’s knee.

“People of faith, particularly those of us who are white progressives, need to combat the systems of criminalization in our country. Systems of policing and criminalization in the country are inherently violent, steeped in and created to reinforce white supremacy, anti-blackness, and radicalized control.” UUA President, Reverend Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray

We must do more than say the names of those whose lives have been taken by racialized violence. We must do more than name the systems of white supremacy and capitalism that wage violence against our Black neighbors.

UUSP Community
Caring & Connected Newsletter
We are continuing to sent out the e-newsletter  “Caring & Connected” to help sustain our UUSP community during uncertain times. Click  HERE to read it and learn “how can I help?” and "how can I stay connected?” during the church closure. 

for the Communications Team
Staying Connected With Pastor Jack & Staff
Pastor’s Open-Air Office Hours:   :   For those experiencing a serious sense of isolation, you are welcome to contact Pastor Jack (352-327-6166)  to arrange a visit online or in the open air at the church.

For members with mobility limitations, upon request, he will be glad to visit with you at any open-air location (eg, backyards, porches, local parks).

Our UUSP staff members will continue their duties in a safe, cautious manner to the fullest degree possible. Our Church Office Administrator is now working from home and can be reached at officeuustpete.org@gmail.com .

During this challenging time, may we remember that we need to pay close attention to how everybody is doing and how we can help.   
Resources within UUSP
Joys/Concerns & Helping One Another: Share those joys you are having during this time of separation, as they will help us all feel the light. You may also have concerns. Just reach out to Pastor Jack or Patti Hanks, Care Committee so we can help lift you up or lift those that may need it through a message at Sunday Service or just to talk to them.
 
Our UUSP Sermons (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website
For some of our services prior to the COVID-19 changes, Click the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see "Sermons and Readings" and Audio Icon (small speaker). All Services from mid-March - current will now be on our UUSP YouTube Channel .
Thank you for your interest in UU St. Petersburg!
From me to you and to those around you Be Safe and Be Well!

Kelli DeGraw, part of your Communications Team.
Feedback and suggestions are welcome (pubs@uustpete.org).
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