Mar 10 – Discussion of The Fourth Principle – A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning by Dan Cross
Join us as Dan Cross leads a discussion about our Fourth UU Principle: A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning.
Mar 17 – Spiritual Moments by Barry Pitegoff
Barry Pitegoff comes to us today from the Tampa Bay area where he resides with his wife, Apollonia. Following a career of nearly 30 years in Tallahassee, where he was a Vice President of the state tourism board, Barry is now exploring his passion for chaplaincy – Jewish-based, but as an interfaith outreach. Barry’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees are in business administration; however, he has subsequently complemented that training with a lifetime of seminars, continuing education, and guided study in theology, end-of-life care, pastoral care, and interfaith programs. An active member of Temple Ahavat Shalom of Palm Harbor, Barry is an officer of its Brotherhood and also officiates at worship services in an assisted living facility.
Barry has selected as his title, “Spiritual Moments” about which he offers these words –
“What are spiritual moments, how can we better sense them, how can we better facilitate them for others? Barry, who has “re-careered” from the world of tourism research into the world of Jewish chaplaincy, will guide us on this journey. Currently in the Tampa Bay area, Barry is honored to serve on the Ethics Committee of a hospice, to facilitate Grief Education Networks in three counties, and to be a Pastoral Care Volunteer at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Barry’s experience on interfaith committees and programs has instilled a great respect for the overlapping passions of Unitarianism and Reform Judaism, especially as they relate to the importance of deeds, of individual and inclusive dignity, and the pursuit of justice and compassion.
SPECIAL MUSIC: Rafael Amario, Violin; Rafael plays in the Panama City POPS and lives in Tallahassee where he studies music at FSU.
Mar 24 – Bearing Responsibility by Bill & Eli Perras
Bill & Eli Perras are Performers of Original, Inspired, Acoustic Folk & Blues from DeLand, FL who, like our own Ken Sizemore, lead services for numerous Unitarian Universalist churches and fellowships throughout the southern United States.
The many inspired lyrics given to and interpreted by Eli, combined with Bill’s bluesy finger-style guitar playing create a very uniquely modern take on Americana music. Receiving much recognition for their tightly woven musical creativity, they speak out with strong heartfelt lyrics accompanied by soulful genuine pentatonic rhythms against social injustices, corporate greed, and daily follies in everyday life.
Bill writes that –
“Bearing Responsibility” is a 25-minute song and story program that we will share as the sermon. It consists of four spoken messages, each followed by a song related to the story, and conveys a message of social, political, and education apathy and how we can work at the grass roots level to turn the page on a broken society.”
This program is, in many respects, a reflection of the 7th Principal of Unitarian Universalism- “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”
Mar 31 – “RESURRECTION: Since Easter is Resurrection Day, Why is There a Chocolate Bunny laying colored eggs in my basket?”
by Serena Dee Latiolais, member of UUFBC, priestess in the Fellowship of Isis and interfaith minister for alternative and comparative religions.
Serena Dee tells us that she will explore this colorful topic by taking –
“A brief look at resurrections throughout the religious ages, as well as some folklore about the custom of coloring eggs and using chocolate bunnies to represent the holiday.”
Don’t miss this wonderful occasion at the UU!