Articles, Reflections, & Announcements


Celebration of John Whitton’s Life This Saturday

Elinor Elfner would like all to know that a Celebration of Life for John Whitton will be held at the Elks Lodge on 276 N. Magnolia Road on Saturday, December 11th from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM.

Elinor was John’s sweetheart and partner for more than 30 years. The event will consist of attendee’s sharing special remembrances of John.  The family kindly requests each attendee be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect the immunocompromised and young children in attendance.  Masks are also encouraged.

To view John’s obituary, click here


Share the Plate – Advancement Project

By Linda Wright

The Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, they exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. They use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change.

Locally, Advancement Project National Office provides direct, hands-on support for organized communities in their struggles for racial and social justice, providing legal, communications and campaign organizing resources for on-the-ground efforts, while assisting in building their own capacity and power in their communities. Their Florida grassroots partners include the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, the New Florida Majority, and Florida Immigrant Coalition.

Their recent report, “Democracy Disappeared: How Florida Silences the Black Vote through Felony Disenfranchisement” provides an unprecedented analysis of Black neighborhoods and Florida’s historic problem of felony disenfranchisement.

This Sunday’s Share the Plate partner is The Advancement Project.


Coming soon! UUCT Festival on the Green                                            

By Bonnie J. Abellera

Plans are being made now for an outdoor holiday drop-by event on December 18, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  I invite you to come help decorate the outside of the church this Saturday during our regular church work day 9 AM – 3 PM.

If you play an instrument, would like to read a holiday story, recite a poem, or would like to tend a fire pit, please email me (  your interest before the 18th and I will provide you with more details. All activities will be outside with current UUCT Covid Guidelines being followed.

Participants may decorate an ornament ahead of time to bring and place on the tree (family member names are an option). Groups are welcome to decorate an event tent. Feel free to bring a non-perishable food item for the donation box and/or donation for the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. I look forward to celebrating the holidays with you!



First Quarter Financial Update

By Dan D’Arcangelis, VP Finance

The 2021-22 first quarter can be found here:

All figures are through September 30th, 2021. Since this is a bit late, we know that October rebounded substantially from what we saw in September, so overall UUCT’s finances are in better shape than indicated here. Thank you all for your continued generosity supporting UUCT.


The 8th Principle and Black Women

By Robin Gray

After the Civil War Black women like Ida B. Wells adopted “respectability” centered in clothing, coiffures and careers. They gladly shed the attire and pursuits foisted on their mothers when held in slavery. But, being a lady didn’t truly change their status, as Ida learned when she was forcibly ejected from the “Ladies Car” and told she could only ride in the car for Blacks.

Mikki Kendall explains the ”respectability” requirements for Black woman today. They entail “a nonstop remodeling of body language, wardrobe, and hairstyles so as to be seen as nonthreatening, engaged, and somehow ready to join the broader world.” This “respectability” is demanded to access even the least desirable jobs.

Like Ida B. Wells ejected from the “Ladies Car”, respectability doesn’t protect Black women as it protects white women. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research reports that Black girls are more likely to be suspended from school than other girls. Black women are subject to higher rates of abuse – humiliation, insults, and coercive control. Abuses continue in the workforce, where Lean In notes Black women are paid 20% less than white women. Black women with higher degrees continue to earn less than their counterparts.

If “respectability” earns Black women few gains, where might the answer lie? Perhaps in a world where Beloved Community is more than a phrase, where the assumptions and effects of racism have been confronted and overcome, where you and I work as anti-racists implementing the 8th Principle.


Register Now: We’d love to see you on Wednesday, December 22 for Winterlight – A Solstice Celebration, sponsored by UU Ministry for Earth with Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen on Zoom at 5pm PT / 6 MT / 7 CT / 8 ET.

This sacred gathering reminds us of our interdependence with Earth, life, and the universe. Enjoy an hour of music, reflection, ritual and meditation as we gather in the sacred darkness of Winter to honor all that life brings.