Why Am I a Legacy Friend?
Barb Smith, speaking for herself and Dick, says: The words from a new friend, "Barbara, you sound like a Unitarian” initiated a 49 year relationship with the Unitarian Universalist movement.
Dick and I maintain relationships with three UU churches, one with a 315 year old New England institutional history and Unitarian heritage; another with 1830 Universalist roots, a history of Sojourner Truth giving her “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech within its walls, and an 1860’s revitalization when the Universalists built a college in that city; and, of course, UUCOV. Dick and I appreciated being able to raise our children in a strong UU religious education program where they were also active participants in youth programs.
In contemplating a move to Florida and considering the importance to us of maintaining a relationship with a UU community and its values, we surfed the internet to identify Florida locations with a UU congregation. When we moved to Venice, we prepared for a drive to Sarasota but were delighted to learn, almost concurrently, a UU congregation was being formed in Venice.
We are very proud of the development of UUCOV and the founders who provided the leadership, skills, hard work, and resources to make it possible. When I look around the congregation on Sunday mornings, I recall the specific gifts of various individuals who remain loyal congregation members. Even in its early days, UUCOV initiated a tradition of spearheading community work consistent with its mission.
It’s important to Dick and me that there is an ongoing presence in Venice of UU values and community leadership. We have designated a legacy to UUCOV.
To join Legacy Friends or to get information about planned giving, please contact John Spitzer: 319- 331-5914 or