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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

Wellness Walking

The Saturday walking group meets at 10:30 at Sleeping Turtle Preserve, 3464 Border Rd. Venice. They focus on awareness and light exercises (breathing, posture, stretching). Donations to UUCOV are welcome. Contact the walk leader Marianne Lombard with any questions 941-485-5270, . PLEASE NOTE: April 29th will be the last session of this season. Walks will begin again in the Autumn.

Book Club

BookClub1  The UUCOV Book Club will meet on Thursday, May 4th at 1:30pm in the Sanctuary to discuss "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”, by Matthew Desmond. Refreshments will be served. Plato's Circle and other social action groups of UUCOV will be joining us at this meeting, in the Sanctuary.


Looking ahead, the UUCOV Book Club will continue through the summer on 2nd Thursday at 1:30pm.
June 8: Janet Snyder Matthew, "Venice, Journey From Horse and Chaise," This selection is from the reading list for the Summer Lecture Series 2017.
July 13: Amor Towles "A Gentleman in Moscow, " This book is on the current best seller list so should be available at the libraries and on Amazon. Charlotte Neagle will be discussion leader.
August 10: Carson McCullers, "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter."


We also hope you will participate in the Summer History Lecture Series, which UUCOV sponsors with the Venice Historical Society. The 1st of these will be on June 13th 1:30pm, discussing “Four Visionary Women of Venice: Ann Worthington Manning, Louella Albee, Elizabeth Savage Owens and Frances Bourne.” This is the first program in a series of four that will focus on local South County history from 1865 to 1965. All programs are open to the public.

Mindfulness Meditation

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The group meets Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm, for guided meditation and a look at early Buddhist teachings on living a more peaceful life. After May 31st, the group will not meet again until September. 

Plato’s Circle

plato The topic for the May Plato’s Circle is ‘eviction’. The interplay of poverty and economic exploitation will be examined and discussed, as well as the increased inequality and hopelessness stemming from evictions. The basis for the discussion is the 2017 Pulitzer Prize book “Eviction”, by Matthew Desmond. Plato’s Circle will be joining the UUCOV Book Club for this discussion. Please note: the joint meeting will be at the Sanctuary on Thursday, May 4th at 1:30pm.

Socrates Cafe

socratescolor   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.