Announcements and Events

Thank you Gloria Holloway!

At the July 9 service, the Board of Trustees honored Gloria Holloway for her decades of music stewardship for this congregation, with diverse concerts that have brought us great joy (and even some revenue). The engraved stone will reside along the periphery of the labyrinth, so we can all enjoy a memory of a concert and a grateful thought of Gloria as we pass by.

Photo:  Left:  Kim McDonald, BOT President; Right: Gloria Holloway, Award Recipient


Announcement! Raise the Roof!

Summer greetings! Not too long ago we found ourselves lamenting the fact that we were experiencing a drought. Now we may find ourselves lamenting a rainy season. Feast or famine, right?

We at the UU Church of Tampa have been worshiping in a sanctuary whose roof is now 25+ years old. Those of you familiar with roofs and roof life span know that this is more than old! Let’s just say we’ve gotten a lot of miles out of this roof. But alas, the time has come that we must deal with active leaking and a deteriorating structure.

The Board of Trustees has voted to enter into a contract with Arry’s Roofing to repair and re-shingle our dome. Arry’s installed a large tarp last Tuesday to prevent more active leaking. The work should begin in the next three weeks, weather permitting.

We are ‘preaching to the choir’ when we say that roofs aren’t free! Any of us who have undergone renovation on an aging structure knows that there may be fixes hiding underneath. We just don’t know what Arry’s will find when they begin work.

Many of you knew this day was coming. For some this is the first time we must depend upon your generosity to ensure the continued safety of our dome.

We write to you today to ask that you support this immediate need. We currently have, in our reserve fund, $30,000.00. We have a roof fund of $15,000.00. We do not think it wise to exhaust all our reserve funds to put a roof on, and we are unsure of how much the roof will cost. The contract with Arry’s Roofing Services is for $70,000.00, but that does not include replacing anything that is rotten underneath the shingles. The final cost is likely to be much more than $70,000.00.

We’re asking you to support our “Raise the Roof” fund, and help our community raise an additional $80,000.00. While this may seem like a large ask, if we each help, we can make this goal and truly raise the roof!

Donations can be made by writing a check to UUCT with “Roof” in the memo line, or go to the UUCT webpage and use the “Donate” button. Be sure to designate the donation as being for the roof.  Or just go directly by clicking here:  Donate Here!

We love our community and we love being together in our sanctuary! It truly is time to replace and repair, and we are absolutely sure that we will make this happen together.

If you have questions, please be in touch with your Board of Trustees. Please plan on attending Conversations with the Board, after the service on June 25th.

It continues to be a pleasure to serve all of you. We cannot thank you enough for your enormous generosity.

In faith, Rev. Patricia and Kim McDonald, President, UUCT Board of Trustees


Announcement! Congratulations Jae Polcyn

The Betty McCluer Lee award winner for 2017 was Joe Polcyn!  The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa is far richer because of what Jae gives to us. She is a fine musician who gives freely of her time and talents for Sunday services, for Religious Exploration, and for the Monday night music group.
In addition, she has a strong commitment to social justice. Jae chairs the Social Justice Committee, making sure that our congregation is a visible force in the community. She also has helped to further our congregation’s involvement with HOPE, the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality, believing that there is strength in numbers in trying to establish equality for all in Hillsborough County.
Jae is a long-time member of the UUCT and has been instrumental in many other committees and projects of our congregation in the past. Make sure that you take the time to congratulate her for joining the distinguished group of the Betty McCluer Lee award winners!

SCHEDULED EVENTS (Click to see what’s happening This Week/Next Week.)

UUCT Day Trippers!

Please note:  There are no UUCT Day Trippers events scheduled for July and August.  Trips will resume in September. Suggestions for destinations are always welcome.


Padmasambhava Buddhist Center of Tampa Bay now holds Buddhist practice in the large dome; Mondays at 7pm For more information on PBC International please visit

The UUCT MUUsic Group meets every Monday evening at 7:30 in the Small Dome. In the spirit of old-time hootenanny’s and good-time jam sessions, this is an informal gathering of musicians, vocalists, and just plain music lovers who want to make or listen to mUUsic.  Everyone is welcome, regardless of ability.

The UU Mindfulness Meditation Group: Tuesday at 6:00pm. These are two twenty
minute meditations with a five-minute walking meditation between them. A short Loving-Kindness recitation is practiced. We close with a short reading and discussion. All are welcome. Contact: Grant Wilson and Diana Stevens;

TEEN & ADULT GAME NIGHT, second Friday of the Month; we meet in the main room in Multi-Purpose Bldg., 6:30-9:00’ish.  – If you haven’t been to Game Night recently, come on out – it’s a lot of fun.  Make new friends or hang out with old ones.  Come play Mexican Train Dominoes (a perennial favorite) or other games of your choice.   Excellent refreshments provided, for questions, email

Light Yoga Class, Friday at 11 am.  Yoga Class meets in the Multi-Purpose Building. Bring a mat or towel and wear loose or stretchy clothing. We do light yogic stretching with no difficult poses. Cost: $6. (a church fund-raiser)  Facilitator: Grant Wilson;  All are welcome.


Circles in the Woods CUUPS: All Circles in the Woods CUUPS activities are open to the public and held at UUCT. The only cost is a love donation. Families with children are welcome.  No pets please. Plan to stay to socialize afterward.  Bring a dish to share. For more information about Circles in the Woods CUUPS, e-mail Check the UUCT online calendar for monthly Full Moon Celebrations.

Al-Anon meets in the multi-purpose building on Saturdays at 10:30 am each week. For additional information about Al-Anon in Hillsborough County, call 813-881-9372 or visit us on the web at




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