Local to Global: Environmental Challenges Facing Us Today

Local to Global: Environmental Challenges Facing Us Today

Indivisible FL-13 is co-sponsoring this event

Please join us for an engaging panel discussion moderated by Jennifer Rubiello, Environment Florida, State Director along with a knowledgeable and diverse group of thought leaders in Tampa Bay.
Friday, April 26, 2019
6:30 PM-800 PM followed by a reception from 8-8:30p
Allendale United Methodist- 3803 Haines Rd N, St Pete
This timely and important discussion will focus on the global and local issues affecting us and our environment, and the actions being taken to impact them.Free and open to the public. Reserve your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-local-to-global-environmental-challenges-facing-us-today-tickets-60350468877

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The event is hosted by Fired Up Pinellas with co-sponsors: Chart 411, Suncoast Sierra Club, Allendale UMC, Democratic Socialists of America, Indivisible FL-13, League of Women Voters St. Pete and the Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series.

About our Moderator:
JENNIFER RUBIELLO, State Director for Environment Florida since 2012. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from University of California, Berkeley and has been Canvass Director for Fund for the Public Interest as well as Work for Progress and a Field Organizer for Green Corps

Environment Florida exclusively focuses on protecting Florida’s air, water and open spaces through independent research and tough-minded advocacy. They work at local, state and national levels to improve the quality of our environment and lives.

About our Panelists:        
BRYAN BECKMAN, Suncoast Sierra Club leads the Pinellas Ready for 100 campaign. In 2018, he led the Largo Ready for 100 campaign, which resulted in a city resolution to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2035. He is a precinct captain in Pinellas County Democrats – District 66, a member of the NAACP, LULAC, and League of Women Voters. Bryan is retired from Kraft Foods/Mondelez International, where he was responsible for global logistics information systems. He enjoys spending much of his time volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and helping non-profits, churches, and other organizations save energy, money, and understand how to lessen our collective impact on the environment.

RACHAEL CURRAN, Florida Staff Attorney at Center for Biological Diversity is committed to protecting all things wild in Florida. A native Floridian, she holds a law degree and a certificate of concentration in environmental law from Stetson University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. Before joining the Center, Rachael clerked for the EPA and Our Children’s Trust, and was a paralegal for six years at various South Florida law firms.

ZULEMA RAMOS, Extinction Rebellion, Activist, and recent graduate from the University of Tampa in philosophy and history. She co-runs seven organizations in Tampa and St. Pete, including Sex Worker Solidarity Network, Occupy ICE Tampa, Tampa Food Not Bombs, and Extinction Rebellion Tampa Bay. Extinction Rebellion (XR Tampa Bay) is a climate justice group focused on empowering and protecting those affected first and worst by the accelerated climate crisis. like immigrants, non-men, people of color, differently abled/disabled people, LGBTQ++ members, low-income workers, etc. They work every day to achieve full liberation for all earthlings.

SHARON WRIGHT, Community and Environmental Planner, is currently St. Petersburg’s Sustainability Manager for the Mayor’s Office, which involves establishing an internal and community-wide sustainability program. Responsibilities include working with leadership and community to set goals and actions, manage projects related to sustainability, incorporate sustainability into the City’s “DNA” through code and policy revisions, lead sustainable design and green building certification efforts for multiple City projects, and work regionally on climate action and resiliency issues.

Fired Up Pinellas is a grassroots political advocacy organization working at the local, state and national level to protect our progressive values and defend our democracy.

For more information email: info@fireduppinellas.org


Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association: Iftar Dinner

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Breaking Bread Together with Compassion and Love

On May 29, 2019, Mayor Rick Kriseman and Muslim leaders from throughout Tampa Bay will host St. Petersburg’s 3rd Annual Iftar Dinner welcoming residents of all faiths to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Iftar is the evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset. The event will be held at St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum, located at 535 Fourth Avenue North.

Mayor Kriseman said “Now more than ever, we must be expressive in our love and respect for people of all faiths. For our third year, I am excited to bring the community together to honor our Muslim brothers and sisters.”

RSVP Deadline: May 15, 2019

go to http://www.stpete.org/mayor_s_office/iftar_dinner.php to make reservation!

Youth Activism with Parkland Survivor


Kai Koerber, founder of Societal Reform Corp. and Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting survivor, will be joining us for an evening of mindfulness and mental health practices, as well as talking about his own experience in transforming trauma into productive, creative solutions in youth activism.


6:30-8 Pm April 5, 2019


Please Contact

Rachel Burke
For more details, including venue address, and to register for the event.


April/May issue of Celebrate Florida

In the following, the LUCC Ash Wednesday service gets top billing with a stunning photo taken by Yoko Nogami.


Greetings, Florida UCC:

Here are the links to the April/May issue of Celebrate Florida. You will find two versions of this document; one is the standard PDF, and the other is the interactive version, which requires that your computer has a Flash player.

Standard version | Interactive version

Please set aside some time to read about what has been taking place or will be happening among the brothers and sisters in our larger church family. We are in covenant with one another, and one way to demonstrate our caring is through this sharing.

As always, this issue is full of great ideas to inspire ministries in your congregation. Here is some of what is inside this edition:

  • How our churches observed Ash Wednesday and Lent (and Mardi Gras!)
  • Plans for 3 Great Loves
  • Coalition of Immokalee Workers Fair Food rally in Gainesville
  • UCC responses to the New Zealand shootings and the debate within the United Methodist Church
  • Unique ministries
  • Noted scholar appearances
  • General Synod is coming!
  • Church policies on sexual harassment, bullying and abuse

Thanks to all those churches that share information about what has been happening in their congregations. Please make sure we’re on your mailing list, either electronic (celebrateflorida@uccfla.org) or hard copy. Yes, we do want to know what you are doing — there is always room for more good news

We especially appreciate your providing the Celebrate Florida link information to church members via your Sunday bulletin, newsletters, e-communications and on your website. Please help spread all the good news about the United Church of Christ in Florida among your church members.

May this Easter season bestow you with blessings of love and peace.

Rick Carson



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Help Angela Wells-Bean Win an Award!

angelaAngela Wells-Bean is a former member of Lakewood UCC. She grew up in the church and is now the pastor of Burlington Congregational United Church of Christ in Burlington, MA. Angela has been nominated for a community service award. If she wins, a $2,000 donation will be made to People Helping People, this is the main provider of food and other services to those in need in Burlington. Angela is on the board of People Helping People.

To help secure this significant donation for People Helping People, follow this link CHOPPS Champions. Go down to the Community category and click. Then scroll down until you get to Angela Wells-Bean and vote by clicking in the red box with the heart. Voting is open until April 12. You can vote once a day.