Democracy Begins With You

  Meet Pinellas County School Board Candidates

On August 23rd, we will elect a new slate of school board members.
Those who get 51% of the vote will be elected immediately.
If fewer than 51%, the candidate(s) will go to the general election in November. 

When:July 6, 2022,7:00 – 8:00 PM on Zoom School Board Members play a significant role in deciding how to best support our children and teachers. School Boards make policies that affect students, teachers, faculty, and the community at large. In addition, these positions often lay the ground work for candidates to run for higher office. This upcoming election highlights the importance of voting for those individuals who have the experience, qualifications and the values that reflect our own. 
On August 23rd, we will elect a new slate of school board members. Those who get 51% of the vote will be elected immediately. If fewer than 51%, the candidate(s) will go to the general election in November. 

To sign up: Click here
The Zoom link will be provided the day of the event. 

The Candidates: Keesha Benson (District 3) Website
Caprice Edmonds (District 7) Website
Brad DeCorte (District 2) WebsiteBrian Martin (District 6) Website
Carl Zimmermann (District 3) Website 

This event is Sponsored by: Pinellas Parents Advocating for Public Schools, Fired Up Pinellas, Pinellas County School Forum, Pinellas Safe Schools, Indivisible FL-13, Allendale UMC, Florida Freedom to Read Project, Pinellas Parents for Healthy Schools

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Bill Parsons Ukraine Discussion

Lakewood UCC member Bill Parsons led a discussion about the war in Ukraine. He gave background information and respond to questions from those gathered. Bill is a retired history professor from Eckerd College. His specialty was Russia/USSR. He was instrumental in establishing the sister city relationship between St. Petersburg, FL and St. Petersburg, Russia. Bill has also fostered many other connections between Florida and Russia including the sister church relationship between Lakewood UCC and St. Job’s in St. Petersburg, Russia.

June / July issue of Celebrate Florida

Page 15 of includes this article and picture featuring LUCC by Claire Styles: article


New year greetings, Florida UCC:

Here are the links to the June/July 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 and stories to inspire ministries in your congregation. Here’s some of what is inside this edition:

  • How our churches observed Holy Week
  • Lots of 3 Great Loves activity
  • Protesting migrant children detention in Homestead
  • Preparing for General Synod in Milwaukee
  • Unique ministries, creative concepts, original outreach
  • So, what does a Regional Minister do?
  • Earth Day observances and activities
  • It’s the “H” word time again — be prepared (prayers included!)

Thanks to all those churches that share information about what has been happening in their congregations. Please make sure we’re on the mailing list for your newsletter and e-blasts and copy us with your Facebook postings ( 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.

Have a SAFE summer!

Rick Carson



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UCC Pastoral Letter on Racism

For those who are interested in being part of the Sacred Conversations on Race, a 5 week series beginning Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015, from 7;8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, the following article will inform some of the discussion at the first session.  To see the full article, simply click on the link below.  Please read it before coming to the first session.  Many thanks!  Kim Wells and Claire Stiles