Reaping the Harvest 2021

Total forms returned: 15 forms representing 17 people in the congregation.  That’s about ¼ of the church family.

Total hours volunteered:  2,591.  One person responded, ‘Not enough.’ 

Total amount donated: $76,500.  One person added ‘More.’ 

Organizations, people, and causes that have received support from the congregation:

American Civil liberties Union

Antioch College

Black Lives Matter (BLM)

Blessing Hands, funding students in China

Blue Mountain Center

Boley Center

Boston Climate Action Network

CASA, Community Action Stops Abuse

Charis Books

Civitan International

Coffin- Siris Syndrome Foundation

Dali Museum

Democratic Party Candidates

Democratic Political Campaigns 

Douglass College Alumni Association

Eckerd College

Eden Theological Seminary

Editorial Freelancers Association  

Equality Florida

Fired Up Pinellas

Florida Dream Center

Florida Orchestra

Food Banks

Freefall Theater 

Friends of South Community Library


Gifford’s PAC

Good Will

Grinnell College

Habitat for Humanity

Harvard University

Heifer Project International

Helping Friends and Neighbors

Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association

Homeless and needy individuals unrelated to groups

Hortin Child Development Center

International Refugee Agency

International Rescue Committee

Lakewood UCC – including


Care Team

Creation Justice Task Force

Facebook Live

Worker Bees – Wednesday Women’s Work group

League of Women Voters

Little Free Library

Maximo Elementary School

Metro Inclusive Wellness


National Council of Negro Women St. Pete Metro Section

Neighbors in Need

Nature Conservancy

One City Chorus

Operation Attack

Pace Center for Girls, Inc. Pinellas


Planned Parenthood

Raiders Soccer Club

Rincon UCC

Salvation Army

Shepherd’s Center

Southern Poverty Law Center

St. Petersburg Free Clinic

St. Petersburg High School

St. Petersburg History Museum

St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society (SPIFFS)

St. Petersburg Time Bank

St. Vincent de Paul


Stonewall Democrats

Suncoast Employees Appreciation Fund

Suncoast Hospice

The Temple – Atlanta

Thurgood Marshall Middle School

UCC Creation Justice Task Force

Union Theological Seminary

WEDU Television

Wellesley College

Westminster Suncoast

Westminster Suncoast Foundation


Women’s March and other social justice marches

Woodson African American Museum- Scholarships


12- Step Programs

And someone added:  Many others!

3 Native-American Melodies as set by Arthur Farwell

This coming Sunday, Lakewood UCC celebrates UCC’s Native American Ministries. As part of that liturgy, all the music for the service is based on Native American melodies: 2 hymns, 3 songs set by the American composer, Arthur Farwell (see,, and, and one setting of my own. I’ll post my own setting—one I’ve posted before—later this week, but today’s post are the 3 Farwell settings combined into one video.

The Native American melodies (of primarily the Omaha tribe)) harmonized by Arthur Farwell were drawn from the late 19th Century 20 year research of Alice C. Fletcher, holder of the Thaw Fellowship, Peabody Museum, Harvard University.

Creative folk (musicians, authors, graphic artists, dancers, etc.) create amid a world of 7,874,965,825 ideas of what we should and shouldn’t do! It’s hard enough discerning what we believe ourselves, but the cultural noise gets deafening and discouraging sometimes. One bit of that cultural noise is the prohibition against “cultural approbation.” To make matters worse—regard that issue—white supremacists have taken up against the issue. One is damned if one does support cultural sensitivity or damned if one doesn’t!

Unless we wish to discard Debussy’s pieces based on the traits of Spanish music, Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Ravel’s music based on Asian scales, Beethoven’s “Turkish March” in his 9th Symphony, and on and on and on…then, everyone needs to find their own comfort zone as to where the boundaries are regarding the setting of “folk” material. (I realize even the term, “folk,” has a colonialist tinge to it.)

My own feeling is that if a setting of other material is…

  • respectful,
  • fully acknowledges the source,
  • isn’t intended to represent itself as anything other than what it is, and
  • makes its own contribution to the material artistically,

…then it doesn’t deserve to be condemned for cultural approbation.

I believe Farwell’s setting (and hopefully my own) fall into the “approved” category.

Here’s some info about the UCC’s Native American Ministry. I especially like the first one!

“The 29th General Synod of the United Church of Christ approved a Resolution of Witness calling for the UCC to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery, which authorized the genocide of native people and the theft of native lands. In that Resolution we recognize the complicity of the Churches, including the UCC, in the perpetration of these injustices.”

“The Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM) is the voice for American Indian people in the UCC. CAIM provides Christian ministry and witness to American Indians and to the wider church. Justice issues that affect American Indian life are communicated to the whole UCC by CAIM.“