FIVE SMOOTH STONES DISCUSSION
James Luther Adams, Unitarian Universalism’s dominant 20th century theologian, wrote about what he called the Five Smooth Stones of Religious Liberalism in “Guiding Principles for a Free Faith” in On Being Human Religiously, Selected Essays in Religion and Society, Max Stackhouse, ed. Beacon Press, 1976, pp. 12-20. (Rev. Tony Lorenzen, 2011) They are:
1. Revelation and truth are not closed, but constantly revealed.
2. All relations between persons ought ideally to rest on mutual, free consent and not coercion.
3. Affirmation of the moral obligation to direct one's effort toward the establishment of a just and loving community.
4. Denial of the immaculate conception of virtue and affirmation of the necessity of social incarnation. Good must be consciously given form and power within history.
5. The resources (divine and human) that are available for achievement of meaningful change justify an attitude of ultimate (but not necessarily immediate) optimism. There is hope in the ultimate abundance of the Universe.
The group will meet for 4 sessions on Mondays October 27, and November 3, 10 and 17 at 2pm at The Church on the Bayou Library. Attendance is limited. Anyone interested in this or future discussions, contact Barbara Kostreva at firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell or text at 864-650-5638.
THE BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
We will be meeting on December 18th, 1:30 PM, at the
Tarpon Springs Library. This month we will be discussing
"Dreaming in Cuban" by Christina Garcia, The story is
set in Cuba and in Brooklyn, covering three generations
of a family, and their love for each other in spite of
their conflicting political loyalties. The discussion is
open to both members and non-members.- Barbro Wilson &
Laverne Pearson, Co-chairs
To celebrate the Holiday Season we decided to go a
little upscale, to Currents Restaurant, 200 E.
Tarpon Ave, downtown Tarpon Springs. Currents was
voted “Best Restaurant” in Tarpon Springs for the past
three years by “Tampa Bay Magazine”. Some items are
Crab & Lobster Bisque soup, Fish & Chips, Beer
battered “Fresh Catch of the Day”, Shrimp 'n Grits with
cheddar/bacon/shallots, and Gourmet Burgers. Most items
cost $9.00 to $12.00. Join us at this festive time of
the year. Non-members are welcome. You’ll find ample
parking across the Pinellas trail, on the west side. For
questions or late sign up call the Wilson’s at
938-9427 or e-mail at
A Mind, Body, Spirit exercise system
begins again starting on Monday, October 22, 2014 at The
Elks Club, Tarpon Springs. Classes continue every Monday
and Thursday morning: 9:30 to 10:45 A.M. A signup sheet
will be available on Sunday mornings after the service.
We welcome all church members and friends. There is NO
FEE. Tai Chi is a slow, gentle, graceful moving
meditation, strengthening all muscle groups, cultivating
flexibility, enhancing balance, alleviating stress and
tension. Come join us. We have lots of fun. For
further information please call Carol Chaney:
COMMUNITY LIFE TABLE
Have you noticed our new Community Life Table? Make sure you stop by the table before or after services on Sunday’s. A board member and committee people will be available for any questions you may have. You will also be able to sign up
for lunch bunch and other events.
NEW UUA BOOK STORE
Check it out at
We're excited about the new design, which will make your
shopping experience easier, more enjoyable, and more
interactive. Some important things haven't changed: your
username and password remain the same as the ones you
used on the old site. We've added some cool new features
that we hope you'll take a few minutes to explore, like
the opportunity to contribute your own book reviews and
read others'. You can now also build a wish list right
on the site.
Our customer service remains the same as well. In
preparation for the upcoming holiday season, we've
gathered a list of suggested
holiday gift ideas
and we'll keep adding to the list. Shipping will also be
free for orders over $50 until December 15th. If you
need expedited shipping, please call 1-800-215-9076 for
cost and estimated shipping dates. And as always, we
hope you find exactly what you're looking for.
UUCTS continues to support our
partner The Shepherd Center. Thank you to all of you
that have volunteered, brought canned goods or household
items to church, or donated money in the collection box.
Volunteers are of critical need at the center. Even if
you only have an hour or two to volunteer, your help
will be greatly appreciated. Please think of the
Shepherd Center when you grocery shop. That extra item
in the buy one, get one free offer at a local
supermarket could help a person with food insecurity.
Gently used clothing, linens or household goods can be
sold at the Center's thrift store. Buying from the
thrift store helps too. Sales at the thrift store
support critically needed programs offered by the
Center. If you have any questions about The
Shepherd Center please talk to Mark Hopkins, Cathy
Lawson or Irene Prosser from the Social Justice Council.
Caring Team is a network of
volunteers that exists to lend a helping hand to the
members and friends of Unitarian Universalist Church of
Tarpon Springs in times of illness, medical emergency,
birth, bereavement, or other life transitions in close
coordination with the minister. Our goal is to develop
and maintain a mechanism to get parish members involved
in providing assistance; and attention and help to
members who would appreciate these services.
You can SHARE THE CARE by (1) joining the team, (2)
letting us know of specific tasks that you are able to
fulfill (3) letting us know of someone who needs care.
CARING TEAM Contacts
Mark Turley - email@example.com, Penny Boyd -
Alice Donovan - firstname.lastname@example.org, Sally O’Brien -
Linda Gradual - email@example.com, Linda Routhier –
Church office - firstname.lastname@example.org Minister -
Add your name to our lists of volunteers; you may sign
up for Meals, Transportation, Elder Visits, or
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
Here’s a happy way to support
campaign finance reform: Get on the bus--WITH US--
December 2-- call Jaime Canfield at (941) 704-7782 NOW
to save your seat and see where you can hop on! It
starts in Sarasota 9:00 AM Tuesday, December 2, with
several pickups on the way to Tallahassee. Great events
that night (Hey, check that trailer on Pay to Play *).
More celebrations after Rhana Bazzini walks the last
mile on December 3rd. If you can’t walk the last mile,
you can walk the last few feet! All ages are
accommodated. Let's show everyone the people want
campaign finance reform! - Kindra Muntz - Unitarian
Universalist Justice Florida
Donate More than 100 Quilts this Year!
Being dislocated for months has not slowed the
production of charity quilts by our devoted quilters.
When Michael Herrera, Executive Director of the Shepherd
Center, came to church recently to talk about the work
of this Tarpon Springs social agency, he was presented
with a second donation of 20 quilts this year, along
with cash and canned goods from the congregation. Being
at the Crystal Beach Community Center most Tuesdays has
increased the quilter’s visibility and outreach
opportunities in the community. That’s a good thing.
OF THE YEAR
People’s Choice Award
for 2014 Nurse of the Year
When Alice Donovan recently attended a fundraising
dinner for the Good Samaritan Clinic, she never expected
that she would be honored. This clinic offers free
medical and dental care, and the dinner was attended by
about 370 people. Five nursing awards were given out
that day, one for each of the local hospitals, and one
from community agencies, which includes assisted living
facilities, nursing homes, and hospices. Nine nurses
were nominated for the category from which Alice was
This award has special meaning to Alice, as her
nomination was not from the facility for which she
works. She was nominated by a former student who, with
Alice’s encouragement, continued her nursing education
and now has a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. Before
becoming a nurse, Alice worked 24 years in the
administrative offices of a VA hospital. She then
decided to go to nursing school, and now works at the
Bayonet Point Health and Rehab Center in Hudson. Her
reward, besides the public acknowledgement of her
accomplishments, includes riding on the Good Samaritan
float in the Chasco Fiesta Parade next year. Great Job,
Alice, but then we already knew that you were special!tour. His concerts are renowned to
inspire peace and joy. To learn more about his music
Thank You to
our volunteers for their outstanding service!
On Tuesday, November 18th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
volunteers teamed up with The Church on the Bayou to
host our first hot meal service at Metropolitan
Ministries in Pasco. Serving a hot meal and beverage to
needy families was a very rewarding experience for our
volunteers. We will continue to host a monthly meal
service on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.
Join us for the next meal service on Tuesday, December 16th. Please
contact Cathy Lawson if you would like to volunteer.
On Saturday, November 22nd from 9:30
a.m. - 1:00 p.m. UUCTS hosted our first
with support from The Church on the Bayou and The Center
for Religious Tolerance. With our support, low income
families were able to wash their clothing and linens for
free. The families who participated were very grateful
for our generosity and seeing the smiles on their faces
was a great reward for our volunteers.
UUCTS is active with The Shepherd Center's Esther
Project, a mentoring initiative that partners local
professional women with at-risk women working to build
lives of self-sufficiency. Kathy Hopkins is currently
mentoring one of the clients. If you are interested in
being a mentor, see Kathy.
Thanks to all of you who bought quilts and fabric
creations from the quilters at our recent sale. We
appreciate your support of this social justice program.
We made enough money for more batting and sewing
supplies, so that we can continue our mission. This
holiday season we will be distributing quilts and
sweaters to the Shepherd Center, Metropolitan Ministries
of Pasco, the Homeless Emergency Project in Clearwater,
and the Forgotten Nation, a group of Navajo Native
Americans in Arizona.
Therese at Tarpon Springs Elementary School is asking if
anyone can help with the school uniform bank for boys’
clothes sizes 5 - 10. Their uniform is either
Khaki or Navy pants with white or cranberry shirts.
Of course, money to shop for the items is always
appreciated. Please bring your donations to church and
give them to Cathy Lawson or Irene Prosser.
Social Justice Forums:
December 7th, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Metropolitan Ministries' Nathan Gula will speak about
the GED classes they offer and the need for GED test
scholarships for their students. Nathan will also talk
about the monthly meal service UUCTS and Church on the
Bayou are co-sponsoring. There will be time set aside
for questions and answers. The Give-the-Plate collection
on December 14th will be used to sponsor GED Test
Scholarships for students that have completed the GED
Next Social Justice Meeting - Tuesday December 9th,
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Cathy Lawson's house.
Everyone is invited to attend.
Social Justice Priorities:
The Social Justice Council has set their
priorities and focus areas for the 2015 calendar year.
1. Climate Change
Investigate divesting from Fossil Fuel Companies without
impacting portfolio returns.
Initiate the Green Sanctuary Program.
2. Root Causes of Poverty –
Continue the Monthly Meal Service at Metropolitan
Ministries with The Church on the Bayou.
Continue to sponsor The Laundry Project with The Church
on the Bayou.
Long Term Needs:
Provide GED Test Scholarships
Continue to support the ESOL classroom at Tarpon
3. UU Justice Florida
Continue to organize Tally Days
Support conference attendance
Pay Program Fees
Continue our Primary Partnership with The Shepherd
Continue to support the Gay Pride Parade
5. Social Justice Forums
Continue to organize monthly forums
JOYS AND CONCERNS
It is our practice to set aside some time during many of our services to share our joys and concerns. This tradition is an integral part of UU worship services across the country. It is a time for members and friends to share the
significant events in our lives: births and deaths, reunions and farewells, love and grief. All are welcome to share their joys and concerns, and place a stone in our bowl of remembrance. When you participate in this, you are doing more
than making an announcement. You are asking each person in the congregation for their spiritual and emotional support. Please be mindful of this sacred time, and use it gently.
Thank you. The Worship Committee
5 SMOOTH STONES DISCUSSION
5 sessions coordinated by Barbara
Kostreva will be offered in October and November, dates
and times to be arranged at participants’ convenience.
“Five Smooth Stones of Liberalism” refers to an essay by
James Luther Adams providing theology and philosophy of
the liberal, free church. Each stone represents a
foundational tenet for Unitarian Universalism. Adams is
often quoted, interpreted and examined in curricula for
UUA youth, adults and ministers. We can read,
critically discuss, and evaluate its meaning for
ourselves and to UU history through present day.
Discussion can be experiential or academic. Each series
will be slightly different depending on the
participants, allowing for continuous
participation if desired. Four people have already asked
about participation. If interested, please contact
Barbara Kostreva at email@example.com or by cell or
text at 864-650-5638 by September 21st.
The meditation group meets on Wednesday evenings at 7pm
at the Church on the Bayou. On Saturday, December 6,a
night of the full moon. A Robe Offering Ceremony will
take place at the Unity Church in Clearwater from 10.30
- 1.30pm.All are welcome. A quote from the Buddha:
"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared."
This is your opportunity to
network with other local organizations. TCO supports
non-profit organizations and meets the third Friday of
every month at 8:30 AM at the Freedom Inn, 1651 S
Pinellas Ave. The next meeting is Friday, July 18th. The
Freedom Inn provides breakfast and admission is only $1,
so mark your calendars now. Spread the word and help
this organization grow.
Choir practice will be on Mondays, 5:45 - 6:45 pm, in
the home of Bonnie Whitehurst. Contact Bonnie Whitehurst or Kathy Stevens with
Want a Fancier
Name Badge Holder?
Got an ordinary name badge, and
long for something that expresses your individuality? No
longer want pin holes in your blouse or shirt? See Marti
Cardinal or Barbara Rosen for your choice of holders for
$2 or give us your beads, perhaps from a broken
necklace, and we will custom make a badge holder for
you. The Membership Committee.
|GET A UU TARPON T-SHIRT
It is hard to go unnoticed in a crowd when we are all wearing our goldenrod-colored church tee shirts. And, isn’t that the point? Michael Johnson will be collecting your money, $15 for small, medium or large sizes, and $20 for X large shirts. Don’t be left unnoticed – buy and wear your church shirt. There is a sign-up sheet in the Social Hall if you don’t see Michael.
YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
The Book Discussion Group has
been meeting at the Tarpon Springs Library since the
sinkhole. They do not charge a fee. As a way of saying
“Thank You” consider bringing in old CD's, DVD's, VHS
tapes and books to the library as donations for their
semi-annual book sale or library circulation. If the
library cannot add them to their collection, they place
them in the Friends of the Library used book sale area.
You may even find some items to replace those you
donated! So, if you have any of the above,
collecting dust in your home, please consider donating
them for this purpose. You can give them to Irene
Prosser or just bring them to the library and say that
it's from our church.
There are DVDs in the Inman Room on
the bottom shelf of the bookcase on the east wall. A
sign-out/sign-in sheet is located in the same container
as the DVDs. Because these are high definition format
videos they may not play directly on your DVD player
unless it is of reasonably recent vintage. The DVDs also
should readily play on your computer. If you have
trouble with viewing the DVD please let Greg Rosasco
know and he will look for an alternative for you.
The list of available DVDs includes:
1. Ethel Fritts, January 2012 Wisdom-keeper
2. Bill Gladwin, February 2012, Wisdom-keeper
3. Sally O’Brien, March 2012, Wisdom-keeper
4. Ed Erickson, April 2012, Wisdom-keeper
5. Janeth Clark, May 2012, Wisdom-keeper
View a video from the series titled “Renewal:
Stories from America’s Religious-Environmental Movement”
(segments are 10-17 minutes)www.renewalproject.net
SPIRITUAL LITERACY SUNDAY
View a half-hour video from a series
organized around a new alphabet of 26 qualities of mind and
heart important for practicing spirituality in everyday life.
"The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories
from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands." by Margaret Reagan.
We have a few copies of the book available for anyone who
wants to learn more about this Common Read. Also, we can order
in quantity from Amazon and save on shipping charges. Contact
Greg Rosasco – in person, by phone 727-939-8170 or e-mail
to get a trial copy or to add your name for an “in quantity”