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Issue No. 1813

Venice, FL

January 2016

 

Sundays at UUCOV

Services: 9:30 and 11:00am. Youth Religious Education at 9:30am (starts in the Sanctuary), Forums 9:30am and Adult RE at 11:00am, in Asta Linder House Room A.

Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:00am

January 3, 2016: "Free and Clear"

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. Sometimes we carry too much into a New Year, so it can feel good to put down our burdens and dust ourselves off before continuing along the path.

January 10, 2016: "Swerving into the Future"

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. The prominent humanist Poggio Bracciolini spent much of his life in the Vatican hierarchy. He was also an avid book hunter who, in 1417, made an astounding find that mapped our path toward becoming modern.

January 17, 2016: "Properly Maladjusted"

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. "There are some things in our social system to which all of us ought to be maladjusted," said the Rev. Dr. King. Even in our overwhelmingly Caucasian neighborhood, racism is one of those things to which we should be properly maladjusted.

January 24, 2016: "Just Mercy"

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, details the author's law practice in which he defended those most in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. The book is our 'common read' for this month, so read it if you dare.

January 31, 2016: "Margaret Fuller: Lost Transcendentalist

Rev. Dr. Sara Zimmerman, retired UU minister who served the fellowship in Port Charlotte and. most recently, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa. As Unitarian Universalists we hear a lot about Emerson and Thoreau and their influence on the development of a Transcendental infused Unitarianism. Yet, it is their Concord friend Margaret Fuller who deserves the spotlight and more recognition than she has been given for the last 150 years for her contributions on many fronts, including women's rights and Unitarianism as we know it today.

 

Sunday Forums: 9:30am, Asta Linder House

January 3, 2016: Forums

Sunday Forums are still being planned for January. Stay tuned for more information.

Adult Religious Education: 11:00am, Asta Linder House

January 3, 2016: "Islam"

The Contemporary Resurgence of Islam. From the Great Courses lecture series. Discussion to follow.

January 10, 2016: "Islam"

Islam at the Crossroads. From the Great Courses lecture series. Discussion to follow.

January 17, 2016: "Islam"

Women and Change in Islam. From the Great Courses lecture series. Discussion to follow.

January 24, 2016: "Islam"

Islam in the West. From the Great Courses lecture series. Discussion to follow.

January 31, 2016: "Islam"

The Future of Islam. From the Great Courses lecture series. Discussion to follow.

Special Offering

January 10, 2016: Center of Hope

The Center of Hope Social Service Program provides more services to the homeless, hungry and economically deprived in the Venice area than any other agency. People in need can get food, clothing, hygiene items, bus passes, emergency financial assistance for utilities and rent, help replacing lost or stolen ID, referrals for dental work, hair cuts and other services, and friendly and compassionate attention. If you wish to write a check make it out to UUCOV, with The Center of Hope Social Services on the memo line. Thank you for your generosity.

Minister's Corner

Compassion is Our Best Hope

glasses-books 250x137When I first picked up Bryan Stevenson'™s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, I had no idea I was in for such a ride! I don'™t know when I'™ve learned so much or experienced so many emotions from reading a simple little non-fiction book.

It'™s obvious from the outset that Mr. Stevenson has quite the ability with a story, getting the reader to the edge of her seat with one situation before turning to another and then another. He's just as adept with statistics, quoting reams of data that in lesser hands would be sleep-inducing. Somehow the numbers are made personal by the stories and thus, for the reader and for society at large, become all the more real and ultimately compelling.

Taken as a whole, the stories and the statistics tell a tale of broken systems grinding up broken people, of racism and classism crushing the innocent and the guilty alike, of powerful people in powerful places ignoring the facts of sensational cases and throwing away others'™ lives in order to make political points and keep the masses happy.

Who among us, though, is happy knowing that today there are more than 500,000 people in prison in America for drug-related offenses alone? Maybe the law-and-order set think we'™re moving in the right direction, because in 1980, there were only 41,000.

And economically, too: in 1980, we as a nation only spent $7 billion on keeping people locked away. Today, our largely privately-owned, tax-supported, prison-industrial system is proud to report that $80 billion is spent on incarceration -“ which means the profits on those expenditures, supposedly meant to keep us safe from the many, actually go to lining the pockets of the few.

Our prison population now includes a number of folks we used to care about and, as a society, try to take care of. Twenty percent of the people in prison are veterans of our armed services. Over half of all inmates have been diagnosed with mental illnesses. Teenagers, some as young as 13, are sentenced to life without parole, all before their brains have had a chance to mature enough to make decisions for themselves.

When will enough be enough? Between 1900 and 2005, a new prison facility opened in the US every 10 days.

As hard as the book is, it is also full of hope. As Stevenson says, "We have a choice. We can embrace our humanness, which means embracing our broken natures and the compassion that remains our best hope for healing. Or we can deny our brokenness, forswear compassion, and as a result, deny our own humanity."

[Please consider reading the book in preparation for presentations and discussions of these important topics during the week of January 18th to 24th.]

See you in church,
Khleber

 

How to Contact Us

Mailing Address: UUCOV
1971 Pinebrook Road
Venice, Fl 34292-1563

Website: www.uucov.org

Minister: Rev. Khleber Van Zandt V
Phone: 314-223-0551
Email:
Office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10:00am-1:00pm
Email or phone anytime to meet at a different time.

Office Administration: Nan Kritzler
Phone: 941-485-2105
Email:  
Office hours: Monday - Friday 10:00am -Noon

Music Director: Steve Hanson
Phone: 630-346-1842
Email:

From the Board

President's Message

JoelMorrisonAs negative forces swirl about us around the globe, and nationally we'™re inundated with sound bites that might make us wonder whether rational thought has been discarded completely, at least here at UUCOV a different picture is being painted. Our UUCOV community is moving forward with great ideas and energy and we are beginning to chart a clear direction for our future. In the areas of Stewardship and Adult Education, important changes are being made that will strengthen our community.

By our congregational meeting on Jan 24, you will have read the "œNext Steps"report from our weekend in Nov. with Mark Ewert and understand that we are being asked to replace our past sense of stewardship as an "exchange relationships" to one of being a"covenantal relationship", "a spiritual/value based orientation" "œcontributing to the Common Good". Please read the report and think about these so that you can bring your best thought to the discussion. At the same meeting UUCOV will discuss the CSAI (Congregational Study and Action Issue) resolution being sponsored by UUCOV which will be voted on at the UUA General Assembly in June.

Adult Education planning will offer many learning opportunities to us in the coming year. Already we have had the course on Islam each Sunday at 11:00, with Room A in Asta Linda filled to overflowing; the course has lead to further interest in interacting with the local Muslim community. This is only a sampling of activities that will take place at UUCOV during 2016.
And don't forget our Auction on January 16. It is our major (at the risk of reverting to our old financial habits) fund raiser of the coming year.

Congregational Life

Wanted

A flat screen television. If you have one to donate, please check with Dick Smith, 941-408-1729, to see if will suit UUCOV's needs.

Spreading Our Wings

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That's the theme for this year's pledge drive; it aptly portrays what is happening here at UUCOV! The official opening date for the pledge drive is February 7th, but we have plans for January as well - watch your mail in early January for details!

"More than Services" Auction

GavelSaturday, January 16, 4:30-7:30pm
Thank you to all UUCOV members who donated services and items for our upcoming auction. We have changed the name of this event, as we have far more than just services to auction off on January 16 - from boat tours to hosted home dinners, from theater tickets to restaurant gift cards, from kayaking trips to art lessons -these are only a few of the many items donated!

The event will begin at 4:30pm with registration, hors d'™oeuvres, cash bar and the Silent Auction -“ including raffle tickets for beautiful themed baskets. UUCOV'™s talented Marianne Koerner will entertain during the Silent Auction,“ which will close at 5:45pm. The Live Auction will begin promptly after that, with our own Dave Lyon and professional auctioneer Francesca Lund conducting the proceedings.

A detailed Auction Brochure will be available in early January with descriptions of all items. Some print copies will be available. We will have a Silent Auction Preview on the Lanai before and after Sunday services on January 3 and 10, to give you the opportunity to bid early on a few of the items.

Past auction chairwoman, Linda Underwood, says that this event is not only an effective way to raise additional revenue for UUCOV but, more importantly, it is fun and a great social time for our members. Plus - many of us plan our social calendars for the season based on the events we purchase at the auction! We look forward to seeing you on January 16!

 

Common Read: Just Mercy

The week of January 18-24 will include a series of events and programming centered around the book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. This highly engaging and compelling book was selected by the Unitarian Universalist Association as the denomination "Common Read" for the 2015-2016 year. A New York Times bestseller, it is based on Stevenson's work as an attorney serving inmates on death row, the underrepresented and those who have been incarcerated unjustly.

A series of events are scheduled for us to come together to discuss the book, the themes it presents and our concerns about the criminal justice system. Please consider reading the book and joining some or all of these events. The book is widely available from various vendors and from the Sarasota county libraries. If you need a copy speak to Khleber, Jaye Williams or Bonnie Norton. There are copies available to be borrowed from UUCOV. Even if you have not read the book.... come to the events!!! They promise to be very interesting.

Please save the following dates:

Jan 18 - 11:30am, Sanctuary. Brown bag lunch with Jaye Williams and Bev Morrison. They will discuss their experiences working with youth and young adults incarcerated in Sarasota county.
Jan 19 - 11:30am, Sanctuary. Possible Brown Bag lunch... stay tuned!
Jan 20 - 11:30am, Sanctuary. Possible Brown Bag lunch... stay tuned!
Jan 22 - 5:00pm, Sanctuary. Dinner for UUCOVers and speaker. Dinner will be provided, please sign up in advance so we know the numbers to plan for.
- 6:00 p.m. Adam Tebrugge will speak on "What do we mean when we talk about Criminal Justice Reform?" He is an attorney, former public defender and currently has a client on death row scheduled for execution on 2/11/16. Active in the Florida Justice movement he is particularly interested in issues surrounding the incarceration of juveniles in Florida. Discussion will follow his presentation. The speaker portion of the program is open to the public.
Jan 23 - 1:30pm, Sanctuary - Book Discussion. Come together with others in the congregation to share your reaction to the book. Facilitated conversation led by Dan Hadley.
Jan 24 - Rev. Khleber Van Zandt will incorporate the themes of this book into our morning services.

What Are Legacy Friends?

willLegacy Friends are members or friends who have chosen to help ensure a secure future for UUCOV by including UUCOV in their estate plans, including bequests, trusts or other deferred gifts; they have a special event each year. The names of most of our Legacy Friends are embroidered on a wall hanging just inside the sanctuary door. For more information, contact Nancy Ryder, 941-483-4576 or

Caring Team Meeting Rocks - You Can Join Us

HelpHandOn December 3rd, 15 UUCOVers met to consider a re-organization proposal by the Caring Team Core (Lynn Stelle, Bev Morrison, Khleber Van Zandt, and Olivia Weinberger), built on a group discussion of last May of the many ways we support each other. Each group* will be a subcommittee of the Caring Team with a designated chair. Subcommittees will meet as they choose. The chairs of the subcommittees will meet quarterly, or as needed, with the Caring Team Leader (currently Lynn Stelle).

The meeting itself was lively, interesting, and educational. In small groups, everyone responded to three scenarios that touched on issues of confidentiality.

Please notify the Caring Team Leader if you or another in the congregation needs support or assistance.

*Home Based Needs, Assistance In a Hospital or other Facility, Reach Out Fellowship, Transportation, Preventative Activities, Sending a Card, Resource Referral (Problem Solving), Planning for Aging Education and Assistance, Memorial Services Reception Planning, Remembrance and Support Groups

Meet More New Members

HadleyDanny Hadley
1164 Bird Bay Way
Venice, Florida 34285
941-786-9827

Dan has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. Now retired, he has been a college professor, marketing and fundraising consultant and health care administrator.

Before moving to Venice he lived on an island in Maine. He enjoys acting and has been in 10 musicals, many staged play readings and has written several short comedies that have been performed at the Stonington Maine Opera House and in Portland Maine. He is working on a play on aging and the family.

He is married to Diane de Grasse who is his partner and muse. He is pleased to join UUCOV, returning to his Unitarian roots first nurtured at the Unitarian Church in Medford, Massachusetts in the 1940s.

deGrasseDiane de Grasse
A UU since her teens, Diane has been an artist all her life. She has been a graphic artist and illustrator in publishing and with her own agency, a gallery owner, an award-winning pastelist and a chronicler of two years at sea painting over 200 small watercolors.

Diane was recently married to Dan Hadley who sweet-talked her onto the stage with performances in his romantic comedies, which she loved. Before leaving Maine last December for what was to be a 3 month Florida vacation, she found UUCOV on the internet and aimed the two of them for Venice. With their very first service, Diane and Dan knew they had found a welcoming new home.

HalvorsenCCarol Halvorsen
I was formally educated at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN. Having lost my first husband, suddenly, after nearly 20 years of marriage, I found myself raising two teenagers and equally suddenly, owner and principal of a fastener distributorship in Fayetteville, NY. Just about 10 years later, John came into my life. I was ready to sell that business and move on to my next career, that of Corporate Controller for an engineering/manufacturing company in East Syracuse, NY. Yet another 10 years later we chose to retire to the Englewood/Venice area. Currently we are both realtors, listing and selling in both Sarasota and Charlotte Counties. My hobbies include entertaining, reading, Sunday puzzles and "nesting", as John puts it.

HalvorsenJJohn Halvorsen

John was educated in the sciences at the State University College at New Paltz New York, and Syracuse University. He was employed in Pharmaceutical Research and development, and appliance R & D. He has worked in the public sector for not-for-profits and the New York State Office of Mental Health. John and Carol are currently realtors. He also is President of the Men'™s Garden Club of Englewood, Manager of the Englewood Community Garden, and is chair of the Englewood Fishing Club'™s Conservation Committee. John's activities include fishing, gardening, woodworking and public speaking on conservation matters.

Lifespan Education

Youth Religious Education

KidsColorDaysHumor, energy, freedom, a fresh perspective and openness. Sound good? How about a way to change the course of the future in a profound and positive way? You are ready to ask me, "Jaye, what course is this?" It is easier than that. This isn't a course. This is the benefit to you and the impact you have when you give an hour of your time by volunteering with our YRE program. Please watch for our special presentations during Words for All Ages on 1/10 and 1/17 to hear about how you can be a part of an amazing aspect of UUCOV. If you want to volunteer or hear more before then, please call or e-mail me for details. We are going to have a great time together!

Adult Religious Education

We are ready to launch like a rocket with Adult RE in 2016! Having received feedback on a number of fronts, the topic of aging and its impact in so many aspects of life is an area many of you want to explore. An Aging and Spirituality course  will begin Jan 12 (2pm) or 14 (6pm). Please know that speakers on related topics are being lined up for dates in February.

great-courses-islamOur very successful RE program on Islam continues. The entire program, sessions 1 - 12, will be presented Tuesday evenings beginning January 12 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary for those who haven't been able to take part on Sundays. They're open to the public; please let your friends and neighbors know.

I have to share how excited I am about the week Jan 18-“ 24, of opportunities to learn and challenge our ideas around justice, mercy, the criminal justice system and the value of life - this as a result of our congregation joining Unitarian Universalists around the country reading Bryan Stevenson'™s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

We are learning and growing as individuals and a community!

Aging and Spirituality

Aging-SpiritualityTuesdays, 2-4pm, Jan. 12th through March 1st OR Thursdays, 6-8pm, Jan. 14th through March 3rd

This eight-week course will follow the book, Landscapes of Aging and Spirituality, edited by Kathleen Montgomery, in which nineteen writers reflect on the experience of aging and the ways it intersects with their spiritual lives. The authors, many of them retired religious professionals, approach the topic from many angles and sharing many stories ,including - being called "a woman of your age", considering what it would be like to have nothing left to prove, and reflecting on assisted suicide and its impact on those we love. We'™ll take the essays two or three at a time and explore our own experiences of the readings and of aging itself.

The Spiritual Fellowship Groups Drop-In Program

Discussion-GroupDue to the enthusiasm for the summer Drop-In Program and wanting to be inclusive of those not available weekdays, we have made changes. Mark your calendars now....the Drop-in Program will run the entire year on the 3rd Saturday each month, from 10-12 at Waters Hall.

Anyone interested in participating in the meetings is invited to attend, no commitment required. For newcomers this is a great chance to meet members on a small group basis, while they get to know you.

Next meeting is Sat., Jan. 16th in Waters Hall. Plenty of time to take part, rest up, & return at 4:30 for the "More Than Services Auction". Questions: Phone Carol Wolfers: 941-483-3877 or Pat Schwing: 941-474-0008.

Interest Groups

bookBook Club
The Book Groups meets in Waters Hall the second Thursday of the month to discuss books chosen by the group. All are welcome to attend. January's book, "Dear Life Stories", is a collection of short stories by Alice Munro.

14Mindfulness Meditation
Guided meditation and a look at early Buddhist teachings on living a more peaceful life. Wednesdays, 6:00 -“ 7:30pm, led by Linda Kabo.

platocolorPlato'™s Circle
A discussion group that meets the first Wednesday of the month at 1:00 in the Asta Linder House. Everyone is welcome to attend. This month's discussion will be related to the book "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson, which is this year's UUA Common Read. The book is a deeply disturbing presentation of the miscarriage of justice for the marginalized in our society, but also offers hope. The discussion will explore the effect of economic and racial bias on the justice system and its consequences for poor minorities. There will be a short TED presentation by the author followed by a discussion facilitated by Bill Dowling.

socratescolorSocretes 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. All UUCOV members, friends, and neighbors who enjoy lively discussions are invited to participate. Socrates Cafe meets every third Wednesday of the month in Waters Hall at 1:00pm..

ThreeOClockThree O'™Clock Poets
Attn: Poets. Three O'Clock Poets will meet on the first and third Thursday of the month in the Asta Linder House at 3:00pm. All poets and poetry lovers are welcome.

spanish-clubSpanish Club
The Spanish Club invites everyone interested in practicing Spanish language skills in an informal setting. Bring any resources you have. Meets weekly, Sundays at noon in Waters Hall.

Social Justice

An Eye-Opening Film: Gen Silent

pride-flagOn Monday, January 11, 2pm, we'™ll show the award-winning (Best Documentary) film Gen Silent in the sanctuary; the filmmaker follows the lives of six LGBT seniors who face long-term health care decisions.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender older people who fought the first battles for equality now face so much fear of discrimination, bullying and abuse in care settings that many are hiding their lives to survive. Thousands in the aging LGBT community, feeling isolated and fearing to ask for help, die sooner than their straight counterparts.

Art for Social Change: The Imagine Project

Would you like to join Lee Plyler in starting 2016 by creating an art project whose goal is positive social change? A goal or intention, much like a prayer, carries a vision and is energy charged. It might be...celebrating diversity...or...safe environment for every child...or...any cause that we decide on. Then, using our own symbols, words, and/or art creating an individual cloth strip that will hang together as part of a larger project*. When we work together we can make a difference. For more information, contact Lee Plyler 207-522-5296 or or checkout https://www.facebook.com/ImagineProjectExpressiveArtsFlorida/?ref=tn_tnmm

Your Used Grocery Bags Are Needed!

PlasticMatUUCOV is launching a project to create plastic sleeping mats for the homeless from used plastic bags. A clearly labeled trashcan will be ready and waiting for your used, clean grocery and similar plastic bags on the lanai on Sundays starting December 20th and out in front of the sanctuary during the week starting January 3rd. On Saturday, January 30th at 10:00 a.m., we will begin the process of creating these mats with a bag sorting and yarn making party. All are welcome!

Common Good

uujfTwo Special Events
Want to help solve some of the most important problems of our time? Help change the course of history? REGISTER NOW!

1. January 28-30, 2016 National Assembly, Florida Interfaith Climate Action Network, Longwood, Florida
REGISTER NOW: interfaithflorida.com
CLIMATE CHANGE---critically important in: mass migrations of people worldwide; sea level rise; loss of arable land; loss of drinking water; rising unrest and even the growth of terrorist organizations that appeal to desperate and angry people. As fossil fuel billionaires worldwide continue their march toward profits and perpetual wars to fuel them, our government continues to favor and subsidize the fossil fuel industry that is destroying our planet.

2. February 8-9, UU Justice Florida Legislative Day, Tallahassee, FL
REGISTER NOW: http://www.uujusticefl.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=63600
Our elected officials MUST hear from us—otherwise they only hear from their largest campaign donors and corporate lobbyists. We must bring the voice of our values to the public arena, the more. It is time for EVERYONE to be engaged, to care enough to speak up and speak out to those in office, and to hold them accountable.

Carpooling, room-sharing, and discounted lodging make these doable for all. Together we make a difference.

Denominational Affairs

Thirty Days of Love

StandingLoveDear UU Congregation of Venice,

During this time of organizing and resistance, may we strengthen our resolve to work for racial justice and build beloved community. And Kicking off in the New Year on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend and concluding with a Valentine's Day transformation, we will be honoring and observing Thirty Days of Love---a time for love, community, and prophetic action. From Saturday, January 16 through Sunday, February 14, 2016 people of faith and conscience will show up for Black Lives Matter and racial justice throughout the country as part of Thirty Days of Love.

We'™re still in the kitchen cooking up and finalizing some details for next year's Thirty Days but in the mean time, we wanted to let you know what you can expect from us:
- Weekly meditations from partners at the front of Black Lives Matter and racial justice organizing throughout the country
- Calls to action in support of organizing taking place around the United States
- Information on how to honor and celebrate people organizing for racial justice in your community with a Courageous love award
- Worship resources for your own Share the Love Sunday
- Tools to receive a collection for Share the Love Sunday Stories of resistance from our Standing on the Side of Love community

In turn, we hope that you will participate, send us your stories (and photos) of racial justice to , and take collective action together as a community, During the four week season of 30 Days of Love we will be sending you weekly messages via this list. Stay tuned for more details from us in December.

In the meantime, we'™re sending you love and light at this time of profound loss and grief, and of hope and resistance.

Gratitude,
The Standing on the Side of Love team

 

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UUCOV Mission and Covenant

Our mission is to build a welcoming and diverse community which encourages growth of the human spirit, the free and responsible search for truth and meaning, and active participation in social and community issues.

In a climate of joy, goodwill and trust this congregation covenants

  • to treat one another with kindness and respect,
  • to listen with openness and acceptance,
  • to support and protect the environment of which we are all a part,
  • to solve problems responsibly as we grow and change,
  • to encourage learning and nurture the growth of diverse human spirits, and
  • to dedicate time, talent and re- sources in an effort to make a difference in local and world communities.

In the spirit of our free religious heritage, we promise these to one another.

 

UU Principles

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

UU Sources

The Living Tradition we share draws from many sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
  • Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.

 

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