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Interest Groups

BookClub1Book Club

The UUCOV Book Club will hold its April meeting on Thursday, the 13th at 1:30pm to discuss "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right," by Jane Mayer.

In May, we’ll talk about "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”, by Matthew Desmond

From June-September, we will meet on second Tuesdays of the month in the Sanctuary, 2pm.for programs sponsored by the Venice Area Historical Society and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice; these programs are free and will be funded by the Bill Jervey, Jr. Charitable Foundation. The programs will deal with local history and will, we hope, feature local historians. Please direct any questions to Barb Smith 941-408-1729 or

BuddhaMindfulness Meditation
Guided meditation and a look at early Buddhist teachings on living a more peaceful life. Meets weekly Wednesdays 6-7:30pm. 

platoPlato's Circle
Plato's Circle will meet on Wednesday, April 5th , from 1-3pm, at Asta Linder House.
The topic is "Change", which we’ve all been through plenty of during our lifetimes--personal, technological, and societal. But the pace of change has accelerated very sharply in recent years, and may now be exceeding our capacity to adapt in time. Thomas Friedman strongly suggests this in his latest (he says maybe his last) book, "Thank You for Being Late", which essentially is a survival guide for this new age. His solutions (more co-operation and collaboration and more interaction at the local, grass roots level) have also been espoused by more conservative writers such as Charles Murray. No advanced reading is necessary, however, for us to have a lively discussion on the topic of Change.

Socrates Cafe
Socrates Cafe are gatherings around the world where people from different backgrounds get together and exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences while embracing the central theme of Socratizing, the idea that we learn more when we question and question with others. UUCOV’s Café meets every third Wednesday of the month in Waters Hall at 1pm. All UUCOV members, friends, and neighbors who enjoy lively discussions are invited to participate on March 15.

ParkWellness Walking
The Saturday walking group, led by Marianne Lombard, has a new starting place in April. Meet her at 10:30 at Sleeping Turtle Preserve, 3464 Border Rd. Venice. We focus on awareness and light exercises (breathing, posture, stretching). Donations to UUCOV are welcome. Contact Marianne 941-485-5270, with any questions.