InfoNet: News & Updates
May 15 , 2020
This Week at a Glance:

 Monday : Weekly Minute Meditation 8:00am UUSP YouTube Channel
Tuesday: Zoom Lunchtime Check-in/Chat 12:30pm (mindful meditation* on your own, pre or post).
Wednesday: Zoom Adult Religious Studies Book Discussions (10am or 7pm) F.M. Lappe's Daring Democracy, Chapt 4.
Thursday: Weekly Minute Meditation #2 8:00am UUSP YouTube Channel
Thursday: Zoom Citizen's Cafe' 12:00pm
Friday: Zoom Lunchtime Check-in/Chat 12:30pm (mindful meditation* on your own, pre or post).

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,

Today, May 15, is National Endangered Species Day . And guess who is the endangered species? Never saw that coming.

I took a course once on ritual, studied from an anthropologist’s point of view. The essential lesson was that a ritual is to help a person transition through an intermediary (liminal, threshold) time, moving in that time from an established way of being to an unknown way of being.  Communion, Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation, Weddings, the Blessing of the Sick or Threatened, and Funerals are such rituals. 

When you enter community or adulthood or marriage, when you leave school and parents for enter employment and “independence,” when you must say farewell to a loved one, you really have no idea what’s coming.  If you are lucky, your family and community provide some education as to what to expect. Recognizing your responsibility for that knowledge is to happen during the liminal time.

UU Community
UUA Virtual General Assembly
June 24 - 28, 2020

Have you ever attended a UU General Assembly? This year, for the first time, General Assembly is 100% virtual. You can learn more about the this year's theme  here . Registration is $150 - quite the bargain, with no travel expenses! You can  register here . Several UUSP members are already registered.

We can't think of a better time to be Rooted, Inspired, & Ready! — Michael Killoren .
Religious Education
Wednesday Zoom Adult Religious Studies Book Discussions
May 15, 10:00am & 7:00pm

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:
May 17, 2020

This month’s theme for Religious Education is  Thresholds .

Reflecting on the many ways we transition through our life.
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Click on the pictures for the Lessons of the week from our RE Staff!
Miss Trish (above) K - 3rd grade
Miss Jeanay (below) 4th - 12th grade
Experimental Online Weekly Meditation Schedule (feedback appreciated)
Tuesdays & Thursdays Contemplative Meditation
Pastor Jack will offer a ten-minute online contemplative meditation based on selected readings. Readings this coming week are from Albert Einstein on “Our Task” and Rebecca Solnit on “Hope” Participate at UUSP YouTube Channel .

* Mindfulness Meditation Sessions:
Mindful Meditation (Vipassana/Insight Meditation) guidelines:
1) Set your alarm for 5 to 40 minutes;
2) Sit erect, breathe deeply once or twice to relax;
3) Breathe normally, watching your breath come and go;
4) Count in cycles of ten breaths if it helps stay focused on your breath;
5) If breath-focus is lost in thoughts or feelings, note them and return to your breath;
6) Sometimes, for deeper peace, try shifting attention to consciousness itself or to just being.
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
Adding UUSP's Endowment Fund as one of the final beneficiaries of your retirement fund can be as easy as filling out a change-of-address form.

Watch this space for more. Meanwhile, keep safe.
Movie Meetup - Tuesday May 19 at 7pm
Please join us for a discussion of the movie “Changing Lanes” with Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Affleck. The film follows a successful, young  Wall Street  lawyer (Affleck) who accidentally crashes his car into a vehicle driven by a middle-aged, recovering alcoholic insurance salesman (Jackson). After the lawyer leaves the scene of the accident, the two men try to get back at each other, engaging in a variety of immoral and illegal actions that end up having a major impact on each man's life.

Just watch the movie on Netflix or Amazon Prime (or wherever) before the discussion. Then at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 19, click on Movie Meetup Zoom Meeting Link to join in on our discussion.

Join Zoom Meeting:   Movie Meetup Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 770 480 0200
BYO popcorn. See you AFTER the movie! 
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 .

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
Helping One Another: If you need help, or need to talk. Or if you know of a UUSPer who might? Please notify Patti Hanks , Care Committee or Reach out to Pastor Jack .

Joys & Concerns: 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 , reach out to Pastor Jack or Patti Hanks so we can help lift you up or lift those that may need it.
Our UUSP Sermons (printed or audio) are available on UUSP's website :  C lick the Spirituality tab, click Worship Services and Sermons. Scroll down the services and you will see "Sermons and Readings" and Audio Icon (small speaker) and 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.
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