February 2019 Newsletter
Kindra Muntz - Sunday, February 17, 2019
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Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida


UUJF February 2019 Newsletter


Fifth Annual Climate Assembly February 1 & 2

Parramore in Orlando FL

Don’t miss the 5th Climate Assembly: Climate Impact & Environmental Inequity in Orlando on Feb. 1-2. Register here.

UU Justice Florida (UUJF) Legislative Days 2019

It is of critical importance for members of UUJF to participate in this year’s Legislative Days Events in Tallahassee on Monday and Tuesday, March 11-12, and to sign up ASAP. 

Members of Indivisible groups around Florida will join with us at UUJF Legislative Days.  We need to know how many spaces we can save for them for dinner and lobby training Monday night, but we want to accommodate all interested UUs before opening up those spaces.

We will be joined in the Florida State Capitol on Tuesday, March 12, by members of Indivisible, The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, National Council of Jewish Women and Equality Florida followed by members of the ACLU on March 13.

A large turnout by UUJF members along with members of these other pro-active, like-minded organizations will insure that our voices for progressive legislation to advance social, economic and environmental justice will be heard and noticed by our elected Representatives.

Click here for Program information and Registration. UUs: Please register now.

In the meantime, schedule your pre-session meetings with your representatives and ask for their commitment to support our core issues on the UU Legislative Agenda.

St. Petersburg - Global Warning

Sunday, January 27, 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Reverse Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown

#1 Best-Selling Environmental Book of 2017 edited by Paul Hawken

Douglas Bonar and Cher Tanner, facilitators


First Unity EarthCare, First Unity Spiritual Campus

460 46th Avenue North, St. Petersburg


Suggested $15.00 donation at the door

For details or to preregister and save your space contact

  • Douglas Bonar 727-482-4319 –
  • Cher Tanner 727-432-9494–

Florida Interfaith Coalition for Reproductive Health

Reproductive Health – Rev. Dr. Rebecca Todd Peters

  • Naples, Wednesday, January 30, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Orlando, (Near Downtown) Thursday, Jan. 31, 10:00 - 11:30 am
  • St. Petersburg, Thursday, January 31, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Sarasota, Friday, February 1, 10:00 am - 11:30 am - appearing with Stephanie Fraim, CEO of PPSWCF.

Rev. Dr. Rebecca Todd Peters is a nationally regarded feminist and Christian social ethicist. Peters will discuss her new book, Trust Women: A Progressive Christian Argument for Reproductive Justice (Beacon Press, 2018).

Click here for registration and locations

Co-sponsors: Progress Florida and Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida

Port Charlotte - Immigration Justice

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County

1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte

The Immigration Justice Committee of the UUFCC is planning the following activities:

  • Letter/card writing party - (writing to legislators re: Dream Act (DACA) and American Promise Act (TPS). January 30, 5:30-6:30 pm
  • First "Immigration Counseling" session led by Sister Maureen Kelleher, attorney, immigration justice advocate. Feb. 4, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Registration required for counseling sessions.

For registration or information contact Myrna Charry

UUs for Social Justice Update - UU Advocacy in the Nation’s Capital

Contact: or 703-786-5206

What would you like to tell your new members of the U.S. House of Representatives? Concerned about rising sea-levels, health care, immigration or other issues? With the start of the new 116th Congress now is the critical time for UU Floridians, with five new U.S. Representatives, to share their wishes and concerns.

Join UUSJ’s Write Here! Write Now! (WHWN) February letter-writing campaign - “A New Congress -- New Opportunities for Social Justice Advocacy.” Here’s a flyer for UU Floridians with details.

The UUSJ’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Corps (goes to the Hill monthly) will deliver UU’s personal letters on Feb. 12. Interested in hosting a letter writing event at your congregation now or in the future? Here’s the “how to” UUSJ WHWN Toolkit for Letter-Writing Campaigns for organizers.

UUSJ will join the “Climate Impact and Environmental Inequity” assembly in Orlando Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, where UUSJ will promote its Write Here! Write Now! Campaign. Hope to see you there!

On Feb. 3, “Letter-Writing as a Spiritual Practice” will be the sermon by UUSJ at the UU Congregation of Miami. Details are here on the UUCM Facebook page. Following service will be a letter-writing opportunity.

UUSJ just added a new issue to its priorities “Defending our Democracy.” Interest in working on this issue? Contact

Tampa - 2019 Climate Action Conference

Saturday, February 23, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Patel College of Global Sustainability

2019 Florida Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL)annual conference

11710 Maple Avenue, Tampa

Registration required: Fee includes event, lunch and parking

Sponsored by The Patel College of Global Sustainability at USF

and The Florida Chapters of Citizens' Climate Lobby

Orlando - The Yard followed by Panel discussion

Thursday, March 7, 6:30 pm

First Unitarian Church of Orlando

1901 E. Robinson Street, Orlando

1U Hosts Equal Equal Justice Initiative event

Showing of the 60-minute documentary “The Yard,” followed by a three-person panel discussion. Description: A history professor in Memphis Tennessee discovers that the parking lot of the church he attends used to be a slave yard belonging to a general in the Confederate army.

Click here for more information.   Suggested Donation $10.


Suggested reading: The Empowering Internet Safety Guide for Women.  Written by women for women and empowering women to protect themselves online.

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