THE ART SQUAD and the Activists ride again!

THE ART SQUAD and the Activists  ride again!  This time at the beach with red towels! (Start collecting extra red towels now.)

We plan to go to Treasure Island Beach the Beach and organize folks into giant human letters.

After we take aerial photos, sing, drum and watch the sunset we will join circles all over the world lighting at the 7PM candle lighting and meditation for World Peace and Justice.

 

THIS IS SET FOR NEXT WEEK! We need help to make it happen. Please pass this notice to whoever you can and ask your friends to repost it everywhere!

ALSO PLEASE come to my art studio  on  this Sat. March 4 at   1 :00 PM   to work on staffing the committees.  

Do this by going to the Facebook page, friending us and signing up for our event.  

You will find the committee sign-up and all the transportation and parking information there as well as my address and directions to my house and the committees there.

Our e-mail :  gianthumanletters.RESIST@gmail.com

 

We are closing the event at 2000 so please go to the Facebook page and sign up NOW .

Here are the list of possibilities.

Media : get the word out and meet the press at the event

Set up – people to come early to the site and actually inscribe the letters in the sand

Clean-up– people who will take big plastic bags and scour our area at the end

Peacekeepers to keep disrupters from causing mayhem (and bad vibes)

Posters: cutters ahead of time and poster making supervisors at the site,

Letter Leaders who will fill up the outlines of their letter with people

Loud Voices  Chanting/Singing Drumming leaders who will encourage/conduct free form music throughout

March 8, 2017   5:30-7:15 PM

Come sit in the sand with us, form letters that say RESIST

and light a candle for world peace and justice.

 

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Sentencing in Capital Felonies

 

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Too Flawed to Fix

– Please post and share with Floridians –

A bill titled “Sentencing in Capital Felonies” (SB 280 and HB 527) in the Florida legislature is rapidly making its way towards passage. Your help is needed to try to stop it. This bill takes steps to reform and restart Florida’s flawed death penalty program by requiring a unanimous jury for a death sentence. However, this reform will not fix the many fatal flaws of this wasteful and unnecessary government program.

Now is the time to end the death penalty in Florida, not mend it!

The math is simple:

  • Florida’s Death Penalty costs taxpayers over $50 million a year more than the cost of life in prison with no parole;
  • Taxpayers could pay up to $200 million or more in additional costs to try to re-sentence 135-200 men and women on Florida’s Death Row to death;
  • Due to budget cuts, vital public safety programs could be cut by 10% in 2017;
  • So far 26 individuals have been exonerated after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to Florida’s Death Row;
  • Recent polling shows 62% of Floridians now support life without parole over executions;
  • Prosecutors are actively seeking death in 313 cases and report 66 are ready for trial;
  • The alternative sentence of life in prison with no parole makes executions unnecessary.

The cost of maintaining Florida’s death penalty program far outweighs any imagined benefits.

Contact your Florida legislator today and call for an extension of the current pause on executions, and for the State of Florida to conduct a complete and impartial review of Florida’s death penalty program to determine cost, deterrence, accuracy, impact on victims’ families, impartiality, and most importantly – necessity.

Click here to find your legislator’s contact information and then use variations of the messages below and any of the points above to call their office or send them an email.

Sample Email

Subject: Vote against SB 280/HB 527 – End FL Death Penalty

Dear Representative/Senator,

I’m contacting you today to voice my opposition to “Sentencing in Capital Felonies” (SB 280 and HB 527). Now is not the time to mend the death penalty in our state, it’s time to end it. Instead of trying to put a Band-Aid on a terminally flawed program, we need to call for an extension of the current moratorium on executions and direct the State of Florida to conduct a complete and impartial review to determine cost, deterrence, accuracy, impact on victim’s families, impartiality, and necessity.

When up for review, please vote no for these bills and help to end this wasteful and unnecessary government program.

Your constituent,

Sample Phone Script

Hello, I’m calling today to voice my opposition to “Sentencing in Capital Felonies” (SB 280 and HB 527) and ask (Senator/Representative Last Name) to vote NO on these bills if they come up for a vote.

Florida’s death penalty program costs taxpayers over $50 million a year over and above the cost of life in prison with no parole.

Now is not the time to try to mend the death penalty in our state, it’s time to end it. The State of Florida should extend the pause in executions and conduct a complete and impartial review to determine cost, deterrence, accuracy, impartiality, impact on victim’s families, and necessity of the death penalty.

 

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Matthew 25 Pledge

In America right now, too many people are feeling very afraid because of the new political realities in Washington, D.C., both because of the political rhetoric of this election campaign and how they were targeted as groups of people. In response, the message of Matthew 25 is rising up at the grassroots level and among faith leaders — within faith communities, congregations, denominations, seminaries, and faith-based organizations. It’s the Gospel text where Jesus says: How you treat the most vulnerable is how you treat me. You can take the pledge to protect and defend vulnerable people in the name of Jesus at matthew25pledge.com

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Environmental Film Festival

The Creation Justice Task Force at LUCC invites you to attend as many of these free films as possible to raise our awareness of creation justice issues locally and throughout the world. If you need a ride to the film, call the office at church at 727-867-7961. The church will help connect those planning to attend with folks needing rides.

After the film, whoever is interested in further discussion will walk over to the Triton Pub café on campus and enjoy sharing a beverage and our thoughts.

On Sunday, February 26th we will host a potluck lunch and discussion after church of the environmental films and related concerns.

  1. What I learned about the environment
  2. What impressed, surprised, or motivated to act
  3. What LUCC as an organization might address or how we might follow up on our concerns

Please join us in raising our awareness about our beautiful and endangered planet and our role in caring for our creation.

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Support for Refugee Resettlement and Entrant Assistance in Florida


A letter from Janet Blair, a member of Lakewood UCC:
Most of us are aware of the federal issues concerning refugee arrival now–but many are not aware of the actions being taken within our state.  I’m hoping we can spread the news on two ways that our congregation can support refugees here in FL. The Florida State Legislature has introduced a bill that will end our state government’s involvement in refugee services by the end of this year.  Information on this initiative and a letter of support for refugee work can be found at: Floridians Standing with Refugees – Support for Refugee Resettlement and Entrant Assistance in Florida.
All who want to speak out in support of refugees can email our local Refugee Services office at: Janet.Blair@myflfamilies.com
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Writers Resist: Stand Up For Standing Rock

Saturday, February 4 at 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Lakewood United Church of Christ
2601 54th Ave. S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
lakewooducc.org

This gathering will allow a space for community voices to be heard in support of water protectors at Standing Rock. Bring your poems, speeches, songs, and words of solidarity. We will be collecting donations for Standing Rock (specific organization to be announced soon). We will also be making a large banner with our collective words of hope and healing for those who are peacefully inhabiting their treaty-protected land.

The Executive Order has been signed for the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and according to Mother Jones on 2/1/2017, “Clashes broke out today near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota following the announcement that the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) would be completed. Seventy-six protesters were arrested near the town of Cannon Ball after setting up a camp on land owned by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company overseeing construction of the 1,172-mile pipeline.” (Source: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/02/dakota-access-pipeline-standing-rock-trump) This information has been verified with multiple other sources.

For more information see https://www.facebook.com/events/256232794815500/.

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Celebrate Florida February/March 2017 issue

We hope you will find this issue informative, especially the info about:

+ The Women’s March on Washington … and in Florida (beginning on page 1)
+ Your Board of Directors’ January meeting (pages 1 and 11)
+ “Time for Conversations” (beginning on page 16)
+ The WOW Youth Retreat and upcoming Quest Youth Retreat (pages 32-33)
+ Advent and Christmas Florida-style (beginning on page 36)
+ The many opportunities open to our Florida congregations, clergy and members (see box on page 1)

Click HERE for PDF.

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Pax Christi Tampa Bay E-mail Newsletter

Pax Christi Tampa Bay E-mail Newsletter

NEW ITEMS
1.  Homeless Memorial Service this Sunday
2. Missio Dei needs a home


WEEKLY EVENTS calendar


PREVIOUS ITEMS

  1. Laundry Love: Soap and Pizza
    2. Kings Bay Trident Submarine Base Alternative New Year’s Celebration
  2. “The Heart of Activism”: How Activism Touches and Transforms Us


    Good folks,

    Last year, more than forty people in Pinellas County died while experiencing homelessness. They will be remembered at the National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service this Sunday, December 18. The service will begin at 5:00 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 4th Avenue North in St. Petersburg.

    A meal for all will follow the service, followed by the distribution of backpacks containing warm clothing and personal care products. To contribute non-perishable food items and new warm clothing items (jackets, knit caps, gloves, tube socks, etc.), call Reggie at (727) 327-2191.

The theme for the hour-long interfaith service, which will feature songs, music, readings a eulogy, candle lighting, and a reading of those who have died, is “Brothers and Sisters in Love.” It is a powerful, sobering and uplifting event that supports the homeless community in unity and remembrance.

Each year since 1990, National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is observed throughout the nation on or around December 21st — the first day of winter, the longest night of the year — to give communities opportunities to reflect on the lives of those who died while experiencing homelessness, bring dignity to those whose passing might otherwise be overlooked, and call attention to the plight of people experiencing homelessness, particularly those who have been victims of street violence. Please join our local observance of this important day to honor and remember.

MISSIO DEI NEEDS A HOME: Missio Dei, the church that sponsors the Sunday night Extend the Table meal and monthly Laundry Love, can no longer stay at its current church. Missio needs to find a new home in downtown St. Petersburg.

About three-fourths of Missio’s worshipping congregation is experiencing homelessness. It is one of the only churches in St. Petersburg where homeless people and well-housed people are active church members together. Missio meets for worship late Sunday afternoons, so it does not interfere with traditional church worship times. A kitchen will facilitate providing the meals.
If you know of a possible home for Missio Dei, please contact Joe Esposito or call him at (727) 537-0210 to discuss details, including cost for using the space. Please help Missio continue to meet the spiritual and physical needs for both the homeless and the well-housed in St. Petersburg.

WEEKLY EVENTS


PEACE FIRST DECEMBER SITE: The December site for Peace First is at the intersection of 66th St. and 22nd Ave. N. in St. Petersburg (click for map) to encourage shoppers to avoid buying war toys at Christmas and to support other issues of peace and justice. This is the usual Peace First December location; Sears auto repair and a drug store are on two of the corners.  The group will gather every Wednesday in December from 4:30-5:30 PM.  As always, participants gather afterward at a nearby restaurant for a meal. For more information (FMI): SMcCown@tampabay.rr.com

FRIDAY NIGHT PICNIC ON THE PLAYGROUND IN ST. PETEThe Friday Night Picnic is a potluck picnic for hungry people, most of whom are low income or experiencing homelessness.  The picnic continues to need potluck food, beverages, picnic supplies, and volunteers. The picnic, which serves over 100 people a week, is at 6:00 PM every Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 719 Arlington Avenue N. at Mirror Lake Drive in downtown St. Petersburg.  FMI: http://uustpete.org/2014/09/17/friday-picnic-playground or (973) 768-3256.

WEEKLY BREAKFAST: Loaves and Fishes is a breakfast held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday mornings. Volunteers serve a hot breakfast to about 200 people. The breakfast is held on the third floor of Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 4th Avenue North in St. Petersburg.

The breakfast runs from 8:30-10:30 AM, and volunteers can participate in one or all of the shifts: early (7:30-8:30 AM) to help prep the meal; mid-meal (8:30-9:30 AM) for serving; and late (9:00-10:30 AM) for cleanup. Volunteers should go to the side of Trinity Lutheran Church and take the elevator to the third floor.   Please contact G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088 to help.


PREVIOUS ITEMS

 


  1. Laundry Love Projects are regular opportunities to help financially struggling people do their laundry. There are now over two hundred projects nationwide.

The local Laundry Love is sponsored by the Missio Dei and takes place the last Monday of every month.  This month Laundry Love meets from 6:30-8:00 PM on Monday, December 26th at the coin laundry at 365 8th St S, St Petersburg, Florida (map).  Organizers provide soap, coins and pizza for those washing their clothes.

FMI on how you can support and participate in Laundry Love, contact Joe.

  1. PEACEMAKERS’ ALERNATIVE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION: Join peacemakers from all over the southeast and beyond at the annual Alternative New Year’s Gathering at Crooked River State Park, St. Marys, Georgia on the Atlantic coast just north of the Florida/Georgia border. The gathering will begin on the evening of Friday, December 30, 2016 and end on the morning of Sunday, January 1, 2017.  St. Mary’s is home to the Kings Bay Trident submarine base.  Although the Cold War is supposedly over, Kings Bay is the home port for six ballistic missile Trident submarines that can carry up to 24 Trident II nuclear missiles.

    Activities at the Alternative New Year gathering will include a New Year’s Eve vigil at the gates of the King’s Bay base; discussion of peace and justice issues; common meals; a chance to meet, socialize and strategize with peacemakers; and more.

    Each furnished cottage at Crooked River features a fully equipped kitchen and bedrooms with two queen size beds, linens, some towels, a living room, and furnished kitchens with stove, refrigerator, pots and pans, and some utensils.

    Lists of cottages and contact people for reservations are below.  Cost is from $20-30 per night; participants should bring food for two potluck dinners, two breakfasts and a lunch.  Please make arrangements to pay your cottage holder your share of the cost.  The grounds of the park are wooded and cottages look out over the salt marsh estuary of the Crooked River.

    Contact one of these people to reserve a space:
    Nancy O’Byrne – Cottages #6 and #7 (2 bedrooms each) obyrnen@bellsouth.net, 904-461-9216
    Haven Whiteside – Cottage #8 (2 bedrooms) hw931@aol.com, 813-833-0685
    Anne Richter– Cottage #9 (2 bedrooms) arichter58@msn.com  , 727-796-6539

    Crooked River website is at http://www.gastateparks.org/CrookedRiver/

    FMI: Contact Nancy O’Byrne at obyrnen@bellsouth.net, 904-461-9216

 

 

 

 

the Bridge Flash

 

THE HEART OF ACTIVISM

A Community Exploration

into how activism touches and transforms us

 

Sat. Jan. 28  10 AM to 4 PM
Unity of Tampa  3302 West Horatio

 

The challenges of our times call us to get engaged together in actions that honor the dignity of all life. This active engagement grows out of a multitude of deeply felt stirrings in our hearts- emotions, intuitions, longings, callings and dreams- all expressions of the heart’s intelligence.
When we cultivate this intelligence- both individually and in community- our internal experiences and our actions enhance each other synergistically. Vital sustenance that increases the potency of
our activism is unleashed.

 

Join experienced local activists for heart-centered sharing,
meaningful conversation and guided practices
to explore the heart of activism.
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

 

 

 

WE OFFER THIS GATHERING TO PEOPLE WHO:
~are engaged in social/ecological transformation or are seeking
ways to make a difference.

~want to understand and cultivate the inner dimensions of activism.
~want to connect with and be inspired by others in a meaningful manner. 

 

PARTICIPATING LOCAL ACTIVISTS:

 

KENT BAILEY– Environmental Protection
Chair-Tampa Bay Sierra Club

 

BILL BILODEAU– Urban Agriculture Explosion
President-Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition


NICOLE CORDANO
– Animal Rights
Campaign Manager-OneProtest


EDIE DALY
– Old Lesbian Herstorian


GAIL EGGEMAN
– Clean Food & Food Justice
Founder-Saturday Morning Market


JORAN OPPELT
 Interfaith & Religious Literacy
Founder-Integral Church

BARBARA RHODETending & Befriending Mentor
Founder-The Red Tent Initiative

BEVERLY WARD- Climate, Social Justice
Field Secretary Earthcare- Quakers

MICHAEL WHALEN- Heart and Meaning Advocacy
Owner-DayQuest Life Counseling & Healthy-Mind Services

 

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS


Offered By The Bridge

AND CO-SPONSORS:

 

Alternatives to Violence Project Tampa Bay ~~ Florida Voices for Animals

Friends of Human Rights ~~ Grow Permaculture

Integral Church ~~ North Tampa Contemplative Group

OneProtest ~~ Pachamama Alliance Tampa Bay

Social Justice Council – Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater

Suncoast Institute of Noetic Sciences

Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition ~~ Tampa Bay Sierra Club

Tampa Bay Time Bank ~~ Tampa Religious Society of Friends

The Connection Partners ~~ The Red Tent Women’s Initiative ~~ Unity of Tampa

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
OTHER COMMUNITY EVENTS

 

Dec 12  SIERRA CLUB CONSERVATION COMMITTEE MEETING at
St. Paul Lutheran 5103 Central Ave. Room 220  6:30 PM
Open to members and non-members.
Contact  kent.bailey@florida.sierraclub.org

Jan 7   SIMPLE MINDFUL LIVING  Florida Community of Mindfulness

 

THE BRIDGE is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization in Tampa that promotes ecocentric living, social justice, personal development, creativity and the dynamic interplay between these interdependent aspects of life.

 

www.thebridgetampa.org

813 416 3069    contact@thebridgetampa.org

 

 

 

the Bridge, P.O. Box 17843, Tampa, FL 33682

 

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Pax Christi Tampa Bay E-mail Newsletter

Pax Christi Tampa Bay E-mail Newsletter
NEWSLETTER ITEMS
1. “Still No Room in the Inn” homeless Christmas caroling this Friday
2. Laundry Love: Soap and Pizza
3. “The Heart of Activism” Community Exploration from The Bridge


WEEKLY EVENTS calendar

Good folks,

The twenty-seventh “Still No Room in the Inn,” the annual Christmas caroling through downtown St. Petersburg with and for people experiencing homelessness, is this Friday, December 9. A reminder with details is below.

Also below is information on the monthly Laundry Love Project that helps financially struggling people wash their clothes and on “The Heart of Activism,” a gathering of support for local activists.
The Weekly Calendar is at the end of the newsletter.

Pax Christi Tampa Bay

1.STILL NO ROOM”AND TINY HOMES FOR VETS: Here is the information about the “Still No Room in the Inn” Christmas caroling:

  • It will begin at 6:30 PM this Friday, December 9th. Carolers gather at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 100 Mirror Lake Drive in St. Petersburg (map). They will carol through the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, stopping at the Free Clinic’s homeless women’s residence, Cara House independent living facility, and Lutheran Apartments retirement residence.
  • The caroling will end at 9:00 PM with cookies and hot chocolate next to the manger scene near the corner of 2nd Avenue and Bayshore Drive NE (map), next to the approach to the former Pier. Rides back to cars parked at the church will be provided.
  • Before the caroling, USF architecture professor Josue Robles Caraballo will talk about his students’ tiny homes for homeless veterans project. Professor Robles Caraballo will speak on the project at 6:30, and have renderings and models of the houses for viewing. A description of the program is at http://www.celebrateoutreach.org/tiny-homes.html Professor Robles Caraballo, who has worked as an architect internationally, believes, “We, as designers, have the power to make people’s lives better.”
  • The caroling is sponsored by Celebrate Outreach, a homeless aid and advocacy coalition (http://www.celebrateoutreach.org/). The Facebook page for the caroling is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1316828758384045/ The Celebrate Outreach page is at http://www.celebrateoutreach.org/christmas-caroling.html

The caroling is great fun and quite moving. It supports homeless organizations and brings cheer to the well-housed and homeless residents of St. Petersburg. It also reminds us that two thousand years after Jesus was born as a homeless refugee, there is “still no room in the inn” for thousands of people in Pinellas County this Christmas.
For more information (FMI): (727) 894-2832.


2. Laundry Love Projects are regular opportunities to help financially struggling people do their laundry. There are now over two hundred projects nationwide.
The local Laundry Love is sponsored by the Missio Dei and takes place the last Monday of every month. This month Laundry Love meets from 6:30-8:00 PM on Monday, December 26th at the coin laundry at 365 8th St S, St Petersburg, Florida (map). Organizers provide soap, coins and pizza for those washing their clothes.
FMI on how you can support and participate in Laundry Love, contact Joe.

the Bridge Flash
THE HEART OF ACTIVISM
A Community Exploration into how activism touches and transforms us

Sat. Jan. 28 10 AM to 4 PM
Unity of Tampa 3302 West Horatio

The challenges of our times call us to get engaged together in actions that honor the dignity of all life. This active engagement grows out of a multitude of deeply felt stirrings in our hearts- emotions, intuitions, longings, callings and dreams- all expressions of the heart’s intelligence.
When we cultivate this intelligence- both individually and in community- our internal experiences and our actions enhance each other synergistically. Vital sustenance that increases the potency of
our activism is unleashed.

Join experienced local activists for heart-centered sharing,
meaningful conversation and guided practices
to explore the heart of activism.
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

WE OFFER THIS GATHERING TO PEOPLE WHO:
~are engaged in social/ecological transformation or are seeking
ways to make a difference.

~want to understand and cultivate the inner dimensions of activism.
~want to connect with and be inspired by others in a meaningful manner.

PARTICIPATING LOCAL ACTIVISTS:
KENT BAILEYEnvironmental Protection
Chair-Tampa Bay Sierra Club

BILL BILODEAUUrban Agriculture Explosion
President-Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition

NICOLE CORDANOAnimal Rights
Campaign Manager-OneProtest

EDIE DALYOld Lesbian Herstorian
GAIL EGGEMANClean Food & Food Justice
Founder-Saturday Morning Market

JORAN OPPELT Interfaith & Religious Literacy
Founder-Integral Church

BARBARA RHODETending & Befriending Mentor
Founder-The Red Tent Initiative

BEVERLY WARD- Climate, Social Justice
Field Secretary Earthcare- Quakers

MICHAEL WHALEN- Heart and Meaning Advocacy
Owner-DayQuest Life Counseling & Healthy-Mind Services

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS


Offered By The Bridge

AND CO-SPONSORS:

Alternatives to Violence Project Tampa Bay ~~ Florida Voices for Animals
Friends of Human Rights ~~ Grow Permaculture
Integral Church ~~ North Tampa Contemplative Group
OneProtest ~~ Pachamama Alliance Tampa Bay
Social Justice Council – Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater
Suncoast Institute of Noetic Sciences
Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition ~~ Tampa Bay Sierra Club
Tampa Bay Time Bank ~~ Tampa Religious Society of Friends
The Connection Partners ~~ The Red Tent Women’s Initiative ~~ Unity of Tampa

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
OTHER COMMUNITY EVENTS

Dec 12 SIERRA CLUB CONSERVATION COMMITTEE MEETING at
St. Paul Lutheran 5103 Central Ave. Room 220 6:30 PM
Open to members and non-members.
Contact kent.bailey@florida.sierraclub.org

Jan 7 SIMPLE MINDFUL LIVING Florida Community of Mindfulness

THE BRIDGE is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization in Tampa that promotes ecocentric living, social justice, personal development, creativity and the dynamic interplay between these interdependent aspects of life.

www.thebridgetampa.org

813 416 3069 contact@thebridgetampa.org

WEEKLY EVENTS
SUNDAY DINNER: “Extend the Table,” a meal provided by The Missio Dei, begins at 6:30 PM on Sundays in the fellowship hall at Christ United Methodist Church, 467 First Avenue North in St Petersburg (map). The meal follows the 5:00 worship service of Missio Dei, a St. Petersburg church which includes many homeless worshippers in its congregation, in the chapel of Christ United Methodist.Those who would like to help with the meal can help with all or a portion: preparation and cooking begin about 2:00 on Sunday afternoon; serving occurs about 6:30, after the Missio Dei worship service; cleanup takes place after the meal. Financial and food donations are also appreciated. The meal serves over a hundred people weekly. For more information (FMI) on the meal, call G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088. FMI on The Missio Dei: http://themissiodei.com/PEACE FIRST DECEMBER SITE: The December site for Peace First is at the intersection of 66th St. and 22nd Ave. N. in St. Petersburg (click for map) to encourage shoppers to avoid buying war toys at Christmas and to support other issues of peace and justice. This is the usual Peace First December location; Sears auto repair and a drug store are on two of the corners. The group will gather every Wednesday in December from 4:30-5:30 PM. As always, participants gather afterward at a nearby restaurant for a meal. For more information (FMI): SMcCown@tampabay.rr.comFRIDAY NIGHT PICNIC ON THE PLAYGROUND IN ST. PETE: The Friday Night Picnic is a potluck picnic for hungry people, most of whom are low income or experiencing homelessness. The picnic continues to need potluck food, beverages, picnic supplies, and volunteers. The picnic, which serves over 100 people a week, is at 6:00 PM every Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 719 Arlington Avenue N. at Mirror Lake Drive in downtown St. Petersburg. FMI: http://uustpete.org/2014/09/17/friday-picnic-playground or (973) 768-3256.WEEKLY BREAKFAST:Loaves and Fishes is a breakfast held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday mornings. Volunteers serve a hot breakfast to about 200 people. The breakfast is held on the third floor of Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 4th Avenue North in St. Petersburg.The breakfast runs from 8:30-10:30 AM, and volunteers can participate in one or all of the shifts: early (7:30-8:30 AM) to help prep the meal; mid-meal (8:30-9:30 AM) for serving; and late (9:00-10:30 AM) for cleanup. Volunteers should go to the side of Trinity Lutheran Church and take the elevator to the third floor. Please contact G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088 to help.

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Open and Affirming webinar

ONA 201 webinar Dec. 6: best practices for ONA church growth!

 

ONA 201 WEBINAR: HOW CAN CHURCHES THRIVE IN A NEW POLITICAL CLIMATE?

 

The new year will bring new challenges to Open and Affirming churches. A new political climate has empowered politicians and lobbies that seek to reverse LGBTQ civil rights. ONA churches will need more than ever to be an effective and reliable presence in their communities and states. ONA 201 is the Coalition’s webinar for congregational leadership: learn the best practices for ONA advocacy, evangelism, marketing and communications. Experience shows that visible ONA congregations can grow: learn how!

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6! And share this email with your church’s leadership! 
The webinar will be led by Andy Lang, the ONA Coalition’s executive director and a church communications professional. Andy is a former newspaper reporter, public relations specialist on Capitol Hill, the original designer of the UCC’s national website, and minister for web community and training in the UCC’s national setting.
And look for our ONA 201 and Bible and ONA webinars in 2017! Both are designed for congregations taking their first steps towards an ONA covenant, or just curious about ONA and what it can mean for your church.

 

We’ve kept the price low to encourage your participation, and deep discounts are available for churches that gather several participants around one computer!

 

Open and Affirming Coalition | United Church of Christ | 216-926-6262

STAY CONNECTED
UCC Open and Affirming Coalition, 700 Prospect Avenue E, 7th Floor, Cleveland, OH 44115
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Cities for Life – Cities Against the Death Penalty

“Cities for Life,” an international movement against the death penalty that is taking place on November 30 in hundreds of cities around the world (map and more information are at http://nodeathpenalty.santegidio.org/pageID/10/langID/en/Cities-for-Life.html),including eight cities in Florida.  The local actions are:

Tampa Bay
Diocese of St. Petersburg
November 30 at 5:30 p.m.
Downtown Tampa – Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Park
400-498 Twigs St., Tampa
Contact: Sabrina Burton Schultz
Sarasota
Diocese of Venice
November 30 at 6:15 p.m. (following the 5:30 p.m. Communion Service)
St. Martha Church
200 North Orange Avenue (corner of Fruitville Road), Sarasota
Contact: Jeanne Berdeaux

There is more information on Cities for Life below.

John Stewart

Cities for Life – Cities Against the Death Penalty
On November 30, 2016, various locations throughout our Florida dioceses will again participate in the annual event International Day of Cities for Life – Cities Against the Death Penalty, which has been spearheaded by the lay Catholic community of Sant’Egidio since 2002. Each year, about 2,000 cities all over the globe gather to renounce the death penalty and encourage a more civil form of justice. Specific efforts vary by location, but most cities take part by lighting up major historical, religious or civic monuments. In turn, those illuminated monuments become symbols that represent the commitment to creating a world without the death penalty.

You are invited to attend an event in your area:

Daytona Beach
Diocese of Orlando
November 30 at 6:30 p.m. – Please bring a chair or blanket
Our Lady of Lourdes Church Grotto
1014 N. Halifax, Daytona Beach
Contact: Rachel Allen

Miami
Archdiocese of Miami
November 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Saint Dismus Outreach Center, St. Robert Bellarmine Mission
2640 NW 34th Street, Miami
Contact: Deacon Edgardio Farias

Palm Beach Gardens
Diocese of Palm Beach
Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola
November 30 at 5:00 p.m.
Location: Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola, Palm Beach Gardens
Contact: Deacon Gregg Quinn

Pompano Beach
Archdiocese of Miami
November 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Saint Dismus Outreach Center, St. Joseph Haitian Mission
1210 NW 6th Avenue, Pompano Beach
Contact: Deacon Edgardo Farias

Saint Augustine
Diocese of St. Augustine
November 30 at 7:30pm
The Shrine at the Mission de Dios
101 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine
Contact: Kathleen Bagg or Nancy O’Byrne

Sarasota
Diocese of Venice
November 30 at 6:15 p.m. (following the 5:30 p.m. Communion Service)
St. Martha Church
200 North Orange Avenue (corner of Fruitville Road), Sarasota
Contact: Jeanne Berdeaux

Tallahassee
Diocese of Pensacola – Tallahassee
November 30 at 6:00 p.m.
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
4665 Thomasville Rd., Tallahassee
Contact: Deacon Ray Aguado

Tampa Bay
Diocese of St. Petersburg
November 30 at 5:30 p.m.
Downtown Tampa – Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Park
400-498 Twigs St., Tampa
Contact: Sabrina Burton Schultz

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World AIDS Day

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On Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 6:30 PM there will be an event, Faces of AIDS, in Wireman Chapel, Eckerd College. The event will include a panel of individuals who have been impacted by the epidemic, squares from the AIDS Quilt, and a candlelight vigil for those lost to HIV/AIDS. This event is part of the College Program Series, sponsored by Service Learning and the Center for Spiritual Life, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL. It is Free and Open to the Public

1.2 million people have been infected with HIV in the United States, and of all 50 states Florida has the highest rate of infection. The infection rate in Pinellas county alone has increased by over 30% in the last year. Why have we not heard about this growing epidemic? Since the beginning, HIV/AIDS has been a disease stigmatized due to gender, race, class, and sexuality taboos. On World AIDS Day come think through the growing epidemic of HIV/AIDS, and how we can heal ourselves and our communities.

Educate, Support, Protect!
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Pax Christi Tampa Bay E-mail newsletter November 2016

Pax Christi Tampa Bay E-mail Newsletter

WEEKLY EVENTS calendar

NEWSLETTER ITEMS
1. Thanksgiving Day dinner help needed
2. “The Election Is Over: What Now?”: a retreat with Alan Storey
3. “Still No Room in the Inn” Caroling and Tiny Homes for Homeless Vets
4. Post-election multi-faith prayer
5.  Laundry Love: Soap and pizza
6.  Peace New Year celebration at Trident sub base

Good folks,

The recent election has accelerated the ongoing assault on the common good.  This newsletter provides opportunities to counteract this assault with the ongoing activities listed in the Weekly Calendar and new chances to create justice and peace.

“Still No Room at the Inn” Christmas caroling has been a Tampa Bay area tradition for 26 years.  This year the caroling, which is with and for people experiencing homelessness, has a new addition.  USF architecture Professor Josue Robles Caraballo will speak on and present models of his students’ tiny homes for homeless veterans project.  The caroling  will begin at 6:30 PM on Friday, December 9 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in downtown St. Petersburg.  The caroling is sponsored by Celebrate Outreach; the Facebook event page is here.  Details are below.

Directly addressing the election, “The Election is Over: What Now?” is a retreat with South African minister, nonviolent activist and draft resister Alan Storey.  Information on Storey and his retreat are below.  There is also a link below to 30 religious leaders offering a post-election prayer.

The regular local discipline of actions are listed in the Weekly Events calendar; Laundry Love provides its monthly soap and pizza for people who are homeless; and the Peace New Year celebration is being held again this year at the Kings Bay Trident submarine base on the Georgia coast.

Pax Christi Tampa Bay

WEEKLY EVENTS

SUNDAY DINNER: “Extend the Table,” a meal provided by The Missio Dei, begins at 6:30 PM on Sundays in the fellowship hall at Christ United Methodist Church, 467 First Avenue North in St Petersburg (map).  The meal follows the 5:00 worship service of Missio Dei, a St. Petersburg church which includes many homeless worshippers in its congregation, in the chapel of Christ United Methodist.

Those who would like to help with the meal can help with all or a portion: preparation and cooking begin about 2:00 on Sunday afternoon; serving occurs about 6:30, after the Missio Dei worship service; cleanup takes place after the meal.  Financial and food donations are also appreciated.  The meal serves over a hundred people weekly.  For more information (FMI) on the meal, call G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088. FMI on The Missio Dei: http://themissiodei.com/

PEACE FIRST “BLACK FRIDAY” AND DECEMBER SITE: On “Black Friday,” November 25, Peace First will gather from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM at the intersection of 66th St and 22nd Ave. N. in St. Petersburg (click for map) to encourage shoppers to avoid buying war toys.  This is the usual November/December site.  Sears auto repair and a drug store are on two of the corners.  This special day and time is a good chance for people to join the demonstration who are not able to attend the usual afternoon actions.

Beginning Wednesday, November 30 and for every Wednesday during December, Peace First will gather at this site at the usual time, 4:30-5:30 PM,  to oppose buying war toys at Christmas and other topics of peace and justice.  As always, participants gather afterward at a nearby restaurant for a meal. For more information (FMI): SMcCown@tampabay.rr.com
FRIDAY NIGHT PICNIC ON THE PLAYGROUND IN ST. PETEThe Friday Night Picnic is a potluck picnic for hungry people, most of whom are low income or experiencing homelessness.  The picnic continues to need potluck food, beverages, picnic supplies, and volunteers. The picnic, which serves over 100 people a week, is at 6:00 PM every Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 719 Arlington Avenue N. at Mirror Lake Drive in downtown St. Petersburg.  FMI: http://uustpete.org/2014/09/17/friday-picnic-playground or (973) 768-3256.

WEEKLY BREAKFAST: Loaves and Fishes is a breakfast held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday mornings. Volunteers serve a hot breakfast to about 200 people. The breakfast is held on the third floor of Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 4th Avenue North in St. Petersburg.

The breakfast runs from 8:30-10:30 AM, and volunteers can participate in one or all of the shifts: early (7:30-8:30 AM) to help prep the meal; mid-meal (8:30-9:30 AM) for serving; and late (9:00-10:30 AM) for cleanup. Volunteers should go to the side of Trinity Lutheran Church and take the elevator to the third floor.   Please contact G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088 to help.

SINGLE EVENTS

1. THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER HELP NEEDED: Missio Dei Church is sponsoring a Thanksgiving dinner for those experiencing homelessness on Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24.  The meal will be served at Christ Methodist Church, 467 1st Ave N in St. Petersburg, FL 33701. To find out how you can help, call G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088.

2. THE ELECTION IS OVER.  WHAT NOW?: No matter who had won the Presidential election, the question for people walking in the Gospel Way is always how do we follow Jesus in this current situation?

Alan Storey’s experience and education make him well-equipped to answer this question.  He was the last conscientious objector to refuse service in the army of the South African apartheid regime.  Ordained as a minister in the Methodist Church of South Africa in 1996, he turned his first church from an all-white congregation into a church that incorporated people from a nearby shanty town and started six schools in the area.  While taking his theological training at Rhodes University, he co-founded Gun Free South Africa, which he still chairs.  Storey is a founding member of Sacred Worth, an organization working for the full inclusion of GLBIT people within the Church.  He specializes in facilitating Diversity Engagement Encounters, both within the Church and business and education institutions – healing the divisions that divide people. 

“The Election is Over. What Now?” is an Advent retreat with Alan Storey which will discern the signs of the times and understand how to live in these times in the light of Gospel truth.  The retreat will be from December 2-4 at the Rush Center in Midfield, Alabama. The cost is $60 for days only; $65 for nights.

The retreat is sponsored by Mary’s House Catholic Worker in Birmingham, Alabama.  FMI and to register, contact Shelley Douglass at (205) 780-2020 or shelleymdouglass@gmail.com   For more on Alan Storey, including a full bio and recordings of his talks, go to http://mannaandmercy.org/

3.  “STILL NO ROOM” CHRISTMAS CAROLING AND TINY HOMES FOR VETS: “Still No Room in the Inn,” the annual Christmas caroling through downtown St. Petersburg with and for people experiencing homelessness, will have a new and important addition this year.

“Still No Room” will begin at 6:30 PM on Friday, December 9th.  Carolers will gather at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 100 Mirror Lake Drive in St. Petersburg (map).

Before the caroling USF architecture professor Josue Robles Caraballo will talk about the tiny homes his students are designing for homeless veterans.  He will have renderings and models of the homes.  A description of the program is at http://www.celebrateoutreach.org/tiny-homes.html  Professor Robles Caraballo, who has worked as an architect internationally, believes, “We, as designers, have the power to make people’s lives better.”

After Professor Robles Caraballo’s talk, carolers will walk through downtown St. Petersburg, stopping to sing at the Free Clinic’s women’s residence, Cara House independent living facility, and Lutheran Apartments retirement home.  They will end at 9:00 PM with cookies and hot chocolate next to the manger scene near the corner of 2nd Avenue and Bayshore Drive NE (map), which is next to the approach to the former Pier.  Rides back to cars parked at the church will be provided.
The caroling is sponsored by Celebrate Outreach, a grassroots faith-based organization working to end homelessness in St. Petersburg (http://www.celebrateoutreach.org/).

The Facebook event page is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1316828758384045/

“Still No Room in the Inn” takes its name from the Christmas story, when Jesus of Nazareth was born as a homeless refugee.  He was placed in an animal’s feeding trough because there was “no room in the inn” for him and his family.  The caroling is a reminder that, two thousand years after the first Christmas, there is “still no room in the inn” for many people in St. Petersburg.  Invite your friends, co-workers, congregations, and social groups to support homeless organizations and bring cheer to the well-housed and homeless residents of St. Petersburg.  FMI:  (727) 894-2832.

For more information on the Tiny Homes project, here is a four-minute WUSF radio story on USF’s tiny homes for veterans student competition, including the involvement of architectural student Thomas Martineau, a paralyzed veteran who advises other students:http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/tiny-homes-vets-teach-usf-students-huge-lessons#stream/0   The story also features a gallery of photographs that give a good idea of the project. Those who would like to fund the Tiny Homes Project can do so at www.gofundme.com/247p88k    

4. POST-ELECTION PRAYER: On November 9th, the day after the election, Faith in Public Life, Skinner Leadership Institute and Values Partnerships hosted a 45-minute conference call prayer.  The prayer was diverse: 30 leaders from Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Native American and Jewish faiths included prayers for courage, wisdom, compassion, vision, and justice and provide orientation, insight, comfort and courage for the times ahead. Click here to listen to a recording of the call.


5.  SOAP AND PIZZA: Laundry Love Projects are regular opportunities to help financially struggling people do their laundry. There are now over two hundred projects nationwide.

Laundry Love is sponsored by the Missio Dei and takes place the last Monday of every month.  In August the local Laundry Love meets from 6:30-8:00 PM on Monday, November 28th at the coin laundry at 365 8th St S, St Petersburg, Florida (map).  Organizers provide soap, coins and pizza for those washing their clothes.

FMI on how you can support and participate in Laundry Love, contact Joe.

5.  PEACEMAKERS’ ALERNATIVE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION: Join peacemakers from all over the southeast and beyond at the annual Alternative New Year’s Gathering at Crooked River State Park, St. Marys, Georgia on the Atlantic coast just north of the Florida/Georgia border. The gathering will begin on the evening of Friday, December 30, 2016 and end on the morning of Sunday, January 1, 2017.  St. Mary’s is home to the Kings Bay Trident submarine base.  Although the Cold War is supposedly over, Kings Bay is the home port for six ballistic missile Trident submarines that can carry up to 24 Trident II nuclear missiles.  It is also the home port for two guided missile submarines that can carry 154 Tomahawk missiles and Harpoon missiles that are fired through torpedo tubes.

Activities at the Alternative New Year gathering will include a New Year’s Eve vigil at the gates of the King’s Bay base; discussion of peace and justice issues; common meals; a chance to meet, socialize and strategize with peacemakers; and more.

Each furnished cottage at Crooked River features a fully equipped kitchen and bedrooms with two queen size beds, linens, some towels, a living room, and furnished kitchens with stove, refrigerator, pots and pans, and some utensils.

Lists of cottages and contact people for reservations are below.  Cost is from $20-30 per night; participants should bring food for two potluck dinners, two breakfasts and a lunch.  Please make arrangements to pay your cottage holder your share of the cost.  The grounds of the park are wooded and cottages look out over the salt marsh estuary of the Crooked River.

Contact one of these people to reserve a space:
 Nancy O’Byrne – Cottages #6 and #7 (2 bedrooms each) obyrnen@bellsouth.net, 904-461-9216
Haven Whiteside – Cottage #8 (2 bedrooms) hw931@aol.com, 813-833-0685
Anne Richter– Cottage #9 (2 bedrooms) arichter58@msn.com  , 727-796-6539

Food:  There will be potluck dinners Friday and Saturday nights; the O’Byrnes are bringing a turkey.  Bring a dish or two to share.  There are numerous grocery stores nearby.  Breakfasts and lunches are in each cottage and can be planned among the cottage residents.  Organizers will email out a list of cottage occupants prior to the weekend.

Crooked River website is at http://www.gastateparks.org/CrookedRiver/

FMI: Contact Nancy O’Byrne at obyrnen@bellsouth.net, 904-461-9216

 

 

 

 

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Safety Pin

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After a growing rash of hate crimes in the USA against immigrants, racial minorities, sexual minorities, women, and the handicapped, a spontaneous movement has taken hold that originated in the UK following a similar rash of hate crimes against immigrants after the Brexit vote: the wearing of a safety pin, signifying that the wearer was a safe ally for anyone being harassed. The hashtage for this on the Internet is #safetypin. Here’s one of countless articles explaining the meaning of the safety pin.

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Nov 15 #NoDAPL Day of Action at Army Corps of Engineers

Update (Nov 10): After the election results, we know that many of our communities are hurting and afraid. Donald Trump’s presidency will threaten many of the people and things we care about most – including Indigenous rights and the climate. Now more than ever, we need to stand together and show the strength of this movement.
Together, we will fight with everything we’ve got to stop Trump’s dangerous and reckless agenda, but right now we have to keep the pressure on President Obama to do what’s right while he’s still in office and stop the Dakota Access pipeline.

Indigenous leaders are calling on us to take to the streets and disrupt “business-as-usual” one week after the election to demand that President Obama’s Army Corps of Engineers and the incoming administration stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

On Tuesday, November 15th, join a massive day of action in solidarity with those at Standing Rock, and demand the Federal government and the Army Corps reject this pipeline.

Find an event at an Army Corps of Engineer office near you, or sign up to host an action in your city to support the indigenous communities and landowners fighting on the front lines.

Click here for a map of the Army Corps of Engineers District Headquarter offices around the country. (If you’re not near a District HQ, you can search Google to identify if there’s a local Army Corps of Engineers field office in your city)

The Army Corps fast-tracked the Dakota Access Pipeline without proper consultation, and as a result, bulldozers are approaching Standing Rock as we speak. But with coordinated, massive demonstrations across the country, we’ll make it clear that this powerful movement will not allow the sacrifice of Indigenous rights, our water, or our climate.

This day of action is one of many calls for solidarity actions targeting not only the Army Corps, but stakeholders at every level — including the banks who are funding Dakota Access and the companies building the project. If there’s not any Army Corp office or action near you, join or host an action at a bank that’s financing the pipeline, or any Federal building. If you’re planning an action outside the US, you could organize it outside a bank financing the project or US embassy.

This is one of the most courageous stands against a fossil fuel project this country has ever seen. Together, our movements stopped the Keystone XL pipeline almost one-year ago today, and an even bigger movement is rising up to stop Dakota Access and all fossil fuel infrastructure.

We know that elections and individuals alone don’t create change — movements do. That’s why we’ll continue to fight until native sovereignty is honored, indigenous rights are protected, and our communities, water, and climate matter more than fossil fuel profits.

This is a movement-led day of action, taking leadership from indigenous groups active in the Standing Rock struggle including Indigenous Environmental Network and Honor the Earth. We encourage local action organizers to reach out to indigenous and frontline leaders in your community and work together in planning and organizing, reflecting that this moment is about social, climate, environmental, and economic justice – with a centering of indigenous rights and de-colonization. Participating groups include:

  • Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)
  • Honor the Earth
  • 350.org
  • Native Organizers Alliance
  • Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
  • National Nurses United
  • Hip Hop Caucus
  • CREDO
  • BOLD Alliance
  • Greenpeace USA
  • Beyond Extreme Energy
  • Rainforest Action Network
  • Stand.earth
  • Oil Change International
  • Our Revolution
  • Center for Popular Democracy
  • Powershift Network
  • Earthworks
  • Food and Water Watch
  • Justice and Witness Ministries, United Church of Christ
  • Center for Biological Diversity
  • Daily Kos
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Sierra Club
  • Iraq Veterans against the War
  • Ruckus Society
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Climate Hawks Vote
  • and more

Find an action near you on November 15th.

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