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Interest Groups

UUCOV has several interest groups to choose from that meet either monthly or weekly, depending on the group.

Meditation, Wellness Walking, Socrates Cafe, Plato's Circle, Book Group and more. See the newsletter or calendar for more information.

Interest Groups News

Interest Groups

Book Club
The Book Club will continue through the summer, meeting at 1:30pm on the second Thursday of the month.
On July 13th, we will discuss Amoc Fowles’ “A Gentleman from Moscow”. August’s book is Carson McCuller’s “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”.
Remember that we’re also co-sponsoring the Summer History Lecture Series with The Venice Historical Society (see above). The second lecture, on July 11th, is titled “Bertha Palmer and Her Family in Sarasota, 1910-1982” All programs are open to the public; we’ll meet in the sanctuary.


Mindfulness Meditation
The group will not meet again until September.

platoPlato's Circle
Plato's Circle is a gathering, open to the community, on the 1st Wednesday of each month, at which people discuss challenging ideas and issues through empathetic listening and conscientious thinking. A discussion leader presents an overview of the topic; it is then opened for participants’ responses and group interactions. Plato’s Circle will not meet July-Oct. The first fall meeting will be Nov 1st at 1pm. See note below. ***


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.

ParkWellness Walking
The group will not meet again until September.




***A recent survey to determine whether to continue Plato's Circle July-October revealed only five individuals available for summer sessions and one who would serve at least once as a discussion facilitator. Since I, too, am gone during the summer, Plato's Circle is adjourned until November. But until then, I suggest Plato Circle attendees explore interesting discussion topics. Of the many sources on the internet, an exciting and stimulating one is the ‘TED Radio Hour’, which has video presentations of 15 minutes or less that can serve as a discussion vehicle for us. I will be in touch with them to share ideas and for help planning November’s meeting. If you want to be included in this group send your name and email to Bill Dowling .