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Issue No. 1911

Venice, FL

November 2016

 

Sundays at UUCOV

Sunday Services: 10:00am Nov 3 & 27, 9:30 or 11:00 Nov 13 & 20

November 6, 2016: "What Judaism Can Teach Our Politicians and Us"

Rabbi Harold Caminker of the Jewish Congregation of Venice will discuss how Jewish liturgy (or prayers) and ethics relate to our current political climate and our own discussions with people who may think differently than we do. (Note: Daylight Savings Time ends.)

November 13, 2016: “The Aftermath: Grief and Relief”

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. It’s been a long, long election cycle. Now we can sit back and breathe easier. Okay, maybe not.

November 20, 2016: “Together at the Table”

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. At the first Thanksgiving, people came together from different traditions to share a meal. Our traditional Bread Communion offers us a time to share our gifts around a common table filled with the bread of many peoples. Please bring a small loaf of bread from your particular tradition, family or personal, to share.

November 27, 2016: "Diversity in Venice"

Only one service at 10:00am today. Kris Geddie, Director of Diversity for Venice Theatre, will address what diversity is and how to attract a wider diversity within our community.

 

Adult RE: Asta Linder House Rm. A

November 6, 2016, 09:00am: "Skeptics and Believers: Modern Jewish Philosophy"

Session focuses on the work of Martin Buber, who believed that "I-You" relationships fostered contact with the divine, and on Franz Rosenzweig, whose "New Thinking" focused on the revelatory encounter with God's love, through which one is released into "the flow of life." A Great Courses with discussion.

November 13, 2016, 09:30am: "Skeptics and Believers: Post Holocaust Theology"

With traditional monotheism holding that God is both omnipotent and benevolent, the problem of "theodicy" – the existence of evil and suffering of the innocent - has always been problematic. Explore the theological responses to what is perhaps history's most agonizing conundrum.

November 13, 2016, 11:00am: "Science and Religion"

A Great Courses lecture with discussion to follow. This introductory lecture defines the content, methodology, and focus of the course; it explores and critiques models for the interaction of science and religion.

November 20, 2016, 09:30am: "Skeptics and Believers: Liberation Theology"

Christian theologians and clergy developed "liberation theology" in response to poverty, colonialism, and an underdeveloped third world. Their work also influenced feminist and black theologies in Europe and the U.S. since the 1960s and has influenced a number of different religious traditions.

November 20, 2016, 11:00am: "Science and Religion: The Warfare Thesis"

This session examines of one form of relationship between science and religion, the warfare (or conflict) thesis, which was advanced in the late 19th century and has remained popular to the present. A catalogue of methodological errors and fallacies for all readers of history to guard against will be presented. A Great Courses lecture with discussion to follow.

November 27, 2016, 09:00am: NO Adult RE today

Special Offering

November 13, 2016: ALSO Out Youth

ALSO Out Youth provides peer support services, social activities, educational programs and workshops, advocacy, and referrals for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning youth ages 13 to 21, enhancing self-esteem and promoting healthy dialogue. Checks should be made out to UUCOV with "Also Out" in the memo line.

Minister's Corner

Testing, Testing...

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt

testingThroughout my educational career, I fought a pretty bad case of test anxiety. While in general I love problem solving, I hate tests. Go figure.

Remembering my own struggles and wary of inflicting them on you, I have a couple of riddles for you. If it helps, think of these questions as problem solving rather than as a formal test.

Problem Number One:

Imagine you are driving a city bus. At the beginning of the shift, there are 10 passengers onboard. At the first stop, 3 passengers get off and 8 more get on. At the second stop, 2 get off and 7 get on. At the third stop, 6 disembark and only 4 get on. At the next stop – the airport – 14 get off while 19 push to find seats. The next stop is the bus terminal where everybody must exit.

Now, assuming you’re good at paying attention and are quick with addition and subtraction, here’s your question: what is the name of the bus driver?

Problem Numero Two:

There are 14 frogs on a log. Life is good for the frogs. Oh, there are the usual amphibian tensions and disputes, but they love their log, they love their community, and they get along reasonably well. Now let’s say 3 frogs up and decide to jump off the log.

Again, assuming you’ve paid attention and are somewhat adept at simple subtraction this time around, here’s the question: how many frogs are there on the log?

In the first problem, you might have been ready with the answer “23,” which appears to be the number of people remaining on the bus when it reaches the terminal. As it turns out, though, that wasn’t the question.

And for the second problem, if you’re quick, you might want to say 11 frogs remain on the log after 3 of the 14 decide to jump off. But look closer, and further examination will show you that “deciding to jump” is not the same as actually jumping. So really, 14 frogs remain on the log, at least for the time being.

As we move into the future, the questions faced by this congregation might be similar to the first of our riddles: we are so good at looking for a solution to a problem that we sometimes miss the real questions being asked.

Like the second riddle, we’ll need to remember that deciding to do something is not the same as actually doing it: just because we’ve made a decision doesn’t mean we don’t still have real work to do.

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

From the President

LyonDave150I’m pretty excited about an upcoming event. In January, UUCOV is going to host a day-long program for area ministers and members of their congregations who are already in a leadership role or are considering taking one on. But, in addition, I see it as a marvelous opportunity for newcomers to get familiar and comfortable with the thinking of respected UU leaders. Read the excerpt below from the description I received from the District office and think, please, about reserving January 21st to be a part of it.

The Condensed Leadership Experience is based on Unitarian Universalist theology and system thinking; it builds on the work of the other Leadership Experiences, Presidents' Convocations, Spring Gatherings and the workshops offered to individual congregations. Participants will work together, network, and learn.

We will be exploring the deepest values of the individual congregations and how to apply those values to everything we do. We will learn about shared ministry, roles and responsibilities, faithful stewardship, and leadership in times of conflict.

The workshop presenters are Rev. Kenn Hurto and Connie Goodbread. Kenn and Connie work in a very organic way - this means that the workshop will be fitted to the needs of the participants. Your team will work together on an issue that your congregation has been struggling with this past year.

-- Dave Lyon

Congregational Life

Memorial Book? Memorial Wall? One or Both?

MemorialWallLocation 400x299memorial bookThere are currently two ways to memorialize members of our congregation after death: the Memorial Book and the about-to-be constructed Memorial Wall.

Are you familiar with the Memorial Book? It is unique and a work of art! It is located to the right of the lectern when you are facing the pulpit. Included is a full-page drawing with words that capture the essence of a loved one who has died. Two artists, Marilyn Amick (941-378-4644) and Laura Marcusa (941-474-0670), have worked to lovingly create the book. Call either of them to get details about how to proceed.

The Memorial Wall is about to be constructed. A plaque is available for purchase for anyone associated with UUCOV. Please read the brochure, Spreading our Wings, which is available on the lanai, along with a paper mock-up of the wall. If you are interested in purchasing a plaque for someone who has already died, and you would like that plaque to be in place when the wall is dedicated in January, your order must be placed no later than the first week of November. Check it out immediately by calling Bev Morrison (941-497-6337).

Why am I a Legacy Friend?

Feather PenLegacy Friends help secure a strong financial presence for UUCOV with present gifts or future bequests in their Estate Plans.

Dale and Marilyn Povenmire say: After living decades in daily contact with other cultures and religions, we were so pleased to find ,after moving to Venice in 1999, a little start-up congregation called UUCOV. We immediately felt at home with the people and the church. Being members of the congregation while it has grown and prospered has become an important part of our lives.

So that UUCOV may continue to have an active and positive role in the community in the future, we have taken steps to include a bequest to the church in our estate plan.

He’s Back!

RoyZimmerman2Roy Zimmerman will have us cheering again on Nov. 18th at 7pm Admission is $20, or pay what you can. He’s named this year’s concert “This Machine”, reminding us of Woody Guthrie who had a sign on his guitar reading “This machine kills fascists.” For those of you who haven’t enjoyed him yet, he’s brought the sting of satire to the struggle of peace and social justice for 20+ years. Think Tom Lehrer, add a dash of John Denver, and we get this 21st century reincarnation.

Joni Mitchell says: Roy’s lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection.

Be Our Guest!

turk2Great news! Due to the generosity of our members and the leadership of your Board of Trustees & Fiscal team, Social Events Team is happy to announce that this year our Thanksgiving dinner is open to all - without charge.

The dinner and potluck will be held on Thursday, November 24th starting at 1pm. The venue has changed from previous years; it will be held at the Bird Bay Community room (606 Bird Bay Drive South) and your Social Events team is hopeful that these changes will make Thanksgiving dinner an even better celebration than before.

It is more important than ever that everyone who plans on coming to the dinner signs up for it since we will need an accurate count for our caterer. Therefore, please sign up on the lanai; the signup sheet will be there each Sunday until Thanksgiving. Any voluntary donation you’d like to offer to offset the cost to UUCOV will be cheerfully accepted. You will find a donation box set up near the signup sheet for this purpose.
You can also call Eileen Leapley, 941 525 4328, until November 7th and then after November 17th or email .

Remember, the caterer provides turkey and gravy; it’s up to us to bring the trimmings.

Team Highlights – What is Going On

The following is some of the work your Teams have done in September/October -

Lifespan RE: YRE has new webpages. Go to the UUCOV website to see the new postings. OWL Parent info meeting was offered to our community in October.

Adult RE has planned many exciting presentations by our members. Hats off to John Halvorson, Pat Franks, Richard Palmer, Bill Wolfers, Dale Provenmire and Brad Jenkins.

With the help of the Communication Team, newspaper ads brought in many new visitors to enjoy our presentations.

Volunteers are working on reorganizing the library.

Social Justice: Community Outreach reports that another successful week of hosting Family Promise occurred from October 9 to the 16th. And our next scheduled week over Christmas has been extended, so UUCOV will be providing housing and meals from 12/24 to 1/8. UUCOV Family Promise volunteers have risen to the need to provide a home for homeless families over the holidays when other churches were unable.

Common Good Committee provided information to us about various local events to educate ourselves on local and national issues, as well as to hear our local candidates. The committee encourages all to vote. Common Good hosted two screenings:”Where to Invade Next”, Michael Moore’s documentary on Sept. 27th and “The Brainwashing of My Dad” on Oct. 19th. Both films attracted dozens of visitors to UUCOV for the first time.

Campus Team: The returning Campus Team volunteers thank all the summer volunteers who kept things humming through out the summer months. Research and planning to present to the board is about finished on noise abatement to the lanai, modifications to the entryway of the Sanctuary, reliable internet streaming, and improved microphone system. Dave Williams is finishing up the donation box to be used at social events for voluntary donations.

Social Activities reports the September Beach Service was a success due to the volunteer direction of Cindy and Paul O’Dell and Steve and Sue Barry. And Stephanie Zoernach is thanked for her leadership of Autumnal Equinox. The Dia de los Muertos party held on October 30th.

Stewardship: The Committee is ready to present a proposal to the CC and Board to experiment with eliminating the collection plate and instituting instead a donation box. The Stewardship Committee is also exploring easier online donation options. People interested in joining the committee are invited to contact Dan Hadley.

Fiscal Team reports that the trip to Greece coordinated by Nancy Ryder raised $17,545. Thanks to both Nancy and our travelers!!!

Join in on anything that is of interest to you!

New Pathways Class

Group1The Welcome/Membership Team is pleased to announce that its next two-week Pathways Class will be held two Mondays, Nov. 14th and 21st from 1-3pm at Waters Hall. This is an opportunity to meet other newcomers to UUCOV and learn about our congregation and the basics of Unitarian Universalism. A signup sheet can be found at the Welcome Table or, for more information, contact Claire Harrison at  or at 941-244-0151.

Countdown to Sicily #10

SicilyStrategically located in the Mediterranean, Sicily has been occupied by almost all its neighboring nations and has survived. Visit Sicily with UUCOV in September 16 to 27, 2017 to learn more. For trip information contact Nancy Ryder, . Mark your calendar for Thursday, January 12th  at 4p.m in the Sanctuary for a presentation by the UUCOV Travel Group and Collette travel with wine and snacks about this trip.

Lifespan Education

Message from our Director of Religious Education

WilliamsJaye150Anniversary Date
Last month I reached my one year anniversary as the UUCOV Director of Lifespan Religious Education. With that in mind, here are some things I have learned in the last 12 mos.

  • A woman with a 27 yr. old son can still play the game Twister with 8-10 yr. olds and not end up in physical therapy.
  • The word noodle does not necessarily apply to something I am making for dinner.
  • There is always a person to ask and someone gladly willing to help.
  • It might take 3-4 people to wrestle with technology, but we always get it working.
  • We very well might have the highest concentration of readers and lifelong learners in all of Sarasota County.
  • Kids are willing to help a non-"crafty" person learn how it's done.
  • An ARE class can start on time even if the presenter has a podium fall out of the back of her car, gets to Asta Linder House, picks me up, drives us back to the scene of the podium drop, finds it and loads it back into her car, where we set it up for the class, as if nothing unusual happened.

I am a very fortunate to be your DRE. Cheers!!

Youth Religious Education News

YRE invites you to stop what you are doing and go to uucov.org. Scroll over Lifespan Education at the bottom of the banner and then click on Youth Religious Education. Ta da......We are thrilled to share the new YRE pages on our website. A picture of the main YRE page is shown, below.

YREWebpage

Please explore all of the YRE pages. Our goal was to make sure that the pages could be easily viewed by parents who most often are using a mobile device rather than a desktop. We also took a critical look at how the pages could best be used to communicate to non-UUCOV parents who we are and highlight the goals and activities that comprise the UUCOV YRE program.

Limitless thanks to Karen Griffin for taking the ideas and vision for the revision and bringing it to life. YRE Committee Chair, Stephanie Zoernack, worked extensively on this project, as well. Let us know what you think.

Cultivating a Community of Peace

PeaceProjectA relatively new organization, The Venice Peace Project , will be at UUCOV on Thursday, November 3rd from 1:00 -2:30 pm to present information on the activities they have undertaken to promote peace in our area. A discussion will follow on steps to promote and enhance peace on an individual and community level.

Necessary Conversations

Benjamin Franklin is reported to have said: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

Each early April, the air is rife with talk of taxes. Election years prompt candidates and the electorate to talk about taxes nearly every day. The same cannot be said about the topic of death. Why? Do we fear it? Do we feel there is always more time for that later? Do we just avoid it? Perhaps the opportunity to discuss death just does not present itself?

Death is a topic that deserves much discussion. The Caring and Remembrance Team along with Lifespan Religious Education have created opportunities for us to explore death and the final stage of life. These events are open to all, including the general public. All events will be held in the sanctuary.

ConsiderConversationConsider the Conversation
On Thursday, Nov. 10, from 1-3pm, Tidewell Hospice will show the documentary “Consider the Conversation”. This award-winning film introduces the conversation necessary for each of us to make known our thoughts and feelings about issues surrounding our own death. Following the film, a panel will share ideas and answer questions. The panel will include: Rev. Jennifer Dant, a chaplain and community minister at UUCOV; Miriam Lacher, clinical educator at Sarasota Memorial Hospital; and Attorney John Griffin, specialist in elder care law.

being-mortalBook Discussion
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1-2pm, Bev Morrison and Nancy Zarowin will lead a discussion about Dr. Atul Gawande’s book, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters”

PBSBeingMortalPBS Frontline Being Mortal
Om Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1-2:30pm, we’ll show the PBS Frontline episode on Dr. Gawande's book. Discussion will follow.

GoodDeathCoverBook Discussion
On Tuesday, Nov.29, 1-2:30pm, Bev Morrison and Nancy Zarowin will lead a discussion of Anne Neumann’s “The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America”.

Open Discussion
And looking ahead, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1-2:30, we’ll hold a group discussion to determine where we at UUCOV go from here in terms of programming and support around this topic. For example, what about a Death Café at UUCOV? Whether you have attended one, all, or none of the November programs related to the topic of death, join us in at this session.

Our Lives: A Work in Progress

StepOutBookUsing the book “Step Out of Your Story: Writing Exercises to Reframe and Transform Your Life” by Kim Schneiderman, learn ways to reflect on your life, including your choices and values, to find clues to plan your future. This innovative way to channel writing into a powerful ally for a richer more satisfying life is useful at any stage in life.

Led by Sylvia Hancock and Mary Helen Braceland this course is comprised of three sessions: Jan 19, Feb 16 and Mar 16, 1:00 - 3:00 pm Waters Hall.

You are encouraged to purchase and begin reading the first five chapters of the book and complete the writing exercises before the first session. There will be opportunity to share your responses to the exercises in the group if you wish but no pressure to do so.

Call Sylvia Hancock 941- 497-1237 if you are interested in participating.

Interest Groups

BookClub1Book Club
To allow Book Club members to participate in the special UUCOV series on death and dying, Consider the Conversation, that begins, Thursday, Nov. 10th, the next Book Club meeting will be Nov. 3rd at 1:30pm. Clarissa Thomasson , author of “Surviving Sarasota”, will join us. She has offered to sell copies of her book for $10. Her email is .

All other meetings of the 2016-2017 season will be held on the second Thursday of the month, 1:30pm in Waters Hall. Please bring your friends.

The book list decided thus far is:
December 8 – “The Boys in the Boat”, Daniel James Brown
January 12 – “Third Reconstruction - Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement” Dr. William J. Barber (This is UUCOV's current "Community Read".)
February 9 – “Thirteen Ways of Looking”, Colum McCann

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

platoPlato's Circle
Plato's Circle, an open discussion group, meets 1-3pm the first Wednesday of each month in Asta Linder House. This month, Nov 2, the topic, "To Whom are You Talking To?", stems from the November theme initiated by the Caring Team and Lifetime Learning Team. We will explore the challenge of initiating a discussion regarding our end-of-life wishes.

socratesSocrates Cafe
To kick off our ninth year, we will start with a new discussion concept in November. Socrates challenged and led his disciples by questioning, but he also used a technique called "Socrates Dialogues" and we are are going to try this approach. Come on November 16 at 1:00 in Waters Hall and join in this experiment. We welcome all our snowbirds back, new members, and any undecided or guests. Socrates Cafe meets every third Wednesday of the month in Waters Hall at 1:00pm.

ThreeOClockThree O'Clock Poets
Dawn Spitz will once again meet with the Three O'clock Poets on the third Thursday of the month in Waters Hall, 3:00 – 4:30pm.

Social Justice

Mats for the Homeless

Our UUCOV "crocheters" have been busy this summer making mats from plastic grocery bags, which will be distributed through a homeless service group in Venice. The mats and a working group will be on display on Sunday, November 20, during both services. If you have worked on this project over the past year, we are having a short meeting on November 19 at Waters Hall at 10:00. The purpose of the meeting will be the direction we want to take for 2016-2017, and to make assignments for our display. Contact Mimi Welch at  or 941-918-1379 for more information.

Let’s put our Fifth Principle to work

No matter the results of the November 8 election, we must continue to strengthen the democratic process in our county, state and nation.

1) Please keep gathering petitions to put the Voting Restoration Amendment on the ballot statewide in 2018, and turn them in to Kindra at coffee hour. All must be in by December, 2016 to ensure the 2015 petitions are valid.

2) Please gather petitions for two new local county petition drives: to change election of County Commissioners and Charter Review Board members to Single Member districts. This will expand opportunities for grass-roots candidates not beholden to special interests, to run for office. Pick up petitions at the Social Justice table on the lanai; take 10 and bring them back completed.

3) To further democracy in our country, please sign the petition for Move to Amend, and see the progress nationwide at https://movetoamend.org/resolutions-map. These are small acts that can make a big difference for democracy.

Family Promise

FamilyPromiseWe had another successful week hosting 2 families (including 5 children aged 2 - 8) in the Family Promise (FP) program. Many thanks to everyone for their generosity in time, energy, support and donations. Volunteers at Asta Linder put in a total of 245 hours, not including time preparing meals, shopping, cooking, doing laundry, meetings, orientation with families, etc. They rock!

The Family Promise Steering Committee really appreciates the donations of items that have been made to make each family’s stay comfortable; currently the program has all the supplies it needs and storage is an issue - all closets are full. So if you have items to donate, please contact Georgia Blotzer ( ) before dropping things off.  Some unexpected donations have had to be donated to Goodwill because there was neither a current need nor available storage space.

Denominational Affairs

UUSC

UUSCThe Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is sponsoring a major effort to support Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew which displaced tens of thousands and put already vulnerable families in tremendous peril. The UUSC is working with on-the-ground partners to meet the humanitarian needs of marginalized groups overlooked by other relief efforts and to begin laying the groundwork for sustainable recovery from this disaster. Learn more about UUSC relief efforts in Haiti at http://www.uusc.org/hurricane-matthew-relief . To contribute , go to https://donate.uusc.org/checkout/donation?eid=98992 

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Comments, kudos, questions, concerns, musings - all welcome. 325 word maximum. Send yours to or to our Connection editor, Leie Carmody at .

As the new Chair of the Welcome/Membership Committee and someone with no prior UU experience, I thought attending UU services while in Maine this summer would be of benefit in my doing a better job. My primary purpose originally was to learn how welcome/membership works in other congregations. More importantly my experience at the four congregations served as a reminder of how it feels to walk into a place where folks know each other and I know no one.

Interestingly enough, I felt the most welcomed not at the one where there was a greeter at the door or the one where there was an elaborate welcome table with loads of information. Rather it was the one where many of the attendees made it a point to say hello or give me a smile before the service began or to chat with me during coffee hour.

The building was not the nicest or the best appointed, the choir was not the best I heard, and the minister’s words did not particularly stir me. The experience of that welcome was the thing that made me feel the most connected to the community and to the UU faith. It was a place that I would be drawn to return to.

We are lucky to have enthusiastic, committed folks volunteering at the welcome table each week. However as we begin the busiest season for newcomers and visitors to UUCOV my hope is that all of us will see it as our responsibility to help them feel welcomed.

Claire Harrison

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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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