The Welcome Pole
The Welcome Pole is a cheerful, hand-painted wooden post featuring "welcome" in 12 different languages, including English, French, Spanish, Scots, Czech, and Cherokee, created by the children of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice (UUCOV). These languages and six more represent the children's heritage and reflect UUCOV's tradition of welcoming people of all backgrounds regardless of heritage, ideology, race, or sexual orientation.
On August 7, the children held an installation ceremony as the welcome pole, a gift to the congregation , was planted at the entrance to Waters Hall, UUCOV's community gathering place. One of our youth lit the flame within the chalice, a symbol of Unitarianism-Universalism, and after a responsive reading reflecting the denomination's openness, the children unveiled the Welcome Pole and the congregation ended with "Let there be peace on earth."