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Venice, FL

May 2017

 

Sundays at UUCOV

Sunday Services: 10:00am

May 7, 2017: "Rent"

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. In "Evicted," author Matthew Desmond follows the money in the heartbreaking portrait of several families as they struggle to make ends meet in urban Milwaukee. In a system that is set up against them, most pay so much for rent that they are perpetually a few dollars away from being evicted.

May 14, 2017: Service at Maxine Barritt Park: “The Mixed Emotions of Motherhood”

Mother's Day Flower Communion Service.  Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. Mothers’ Day has become a day to honor, celebrate, and reflect on the women who gave us birth.? But some will come to this day bearing mixed emotions: maybe a little joy and tenderness, but perhaps many more difficult feelings as well. We’ll consider the pain and the pleasure, the love and the loss of motherhood in all its manifestations. As it is Flower Communion Sunday, please consider bringing a few flowers to share during this annual ritual.

May 21, 2017: "All That Jazz"

Rev. Michael McGee. Duke Ellington wrote, "Jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with." Jazz does have an unsavory reputation for some, but for many others jazz is at the heart of American music and democracy.

May 28, 2017: “Question Box Sermon”

Memorial Day. Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. You may have heard it said, “He who asks a question risks being a fool for five minutes, but he who doesn’t ask risks being a fool forever.” Today the minister will invite you to write down questions to be answered during the sermon portion of worship. It’s a risky proposition in both directions: you asking, and the minister attempting to answer. In the process, hopefully we’ll all learn something.

 

Adult RE, Asta Linder House Room A

May 7, 2017, 09:00am: "Theoretical Baggage"

From the Great Course Cycles of American Political Thought-The colonists were influenced profoundly by Protestantism and the theory of liberalism. Discussion will include John Calvin, Martin Luther, Thomas Hobbes and John Locke.

May 21, 2017, 09:00am: "A Puritan Beginning"

From the Great Course Cycles of American Political Thought-This lecture examines the Calvinist world-view, as exemplified in the leadership of John Winthrop.

May 28, 2017, 09:00am: "Expansion and Individualism"

From the Great Course Cycles of American Political Thought-New communities and their leaders develop competing views of political governance that replace Winthrop's theocracy with a more democratic notion of governance.

Special Offering

May 7, 2017: Family Promise South Sarasota County

Families are the fastest growing homeless population. Family Promise helps Venice, North Port, and Englewood families with minor children in temporary need of housing. It provides, in addition to temporary shelter, meals, financial support, and other comprehensive services. UUCOV is one of 11 area churches committed to hosting families. Your contribution, in addition to funding general operations, will add to the Family Promise Day Center's emergency fund that is used for necessary incidentals, transportation and clothing for the families. Please write your check to UUCOV with “Family Promise SSC” on the memo line.

Minister's Corner

Coloring In the Margins

 post its   About ten years ago, the congregation I served decided to hire a new Director of Religious Education.We gathered a committee of four and set to work defining the position, advertising our need, and accepting applications.
After reviewing what we had received, we were left to decide between two people, neither of whom had any direct experience as a DRE but who had interesting skill sets and exhibited some relevant traits.
One candidate, a woman who had been a stay-at-home mom for many years, had been employed for a short time as a teacher’s assistant and wanted badly to work in children’s education. She had taken her child to a UU church for a few months but knew nothing else about UU before seeing the ad.
The other was a man who had never worked in education or stayed at home with his kids, but had years of experience in planning and organizing systems for the Army and for large insurance companies. Also, he was a long-time member of a UU church and had reared his kids there.
The committee was split in its deliberations between those who wanted our new DRE to be a teacher with some organizing skills and those who wanted her to be an organizer with some teaching skills. After extended debate, we hired the man.
Now with the trouble within the national offices of the Unitarian Universalist Association, I can see that our hiring practices in that tiny congregation ten years ago would have needed to be very different.
Someone on the hiring committee argued at the time that we should hire the woman because she was a woman and thus a member of a “traditionally marginalized” group. In response, the question was asked that since most UU DREs are already women, wouldn’t it then be counter-cultural to hire the man?
I don’t recall, as the committee deliberated, that we thought much about the history of racial subjugation in that town or considered that the congregation may have had embedded within it some system of oppression or other. No one that I know of ever applied the term ‘white supremacist’ to any of us or to anyone else in the church.
Now, though, it’s obvious that we have a lot to learn along with the UUA in addressing such issues among ourselves.
By the way, the man we hired built that program from about 25 kids to 75 over about three years, and is now sought-after around the UUA as an interim and consulting DRE. Of course we can’t say what the woman would have done in the position because we didn’t offer her the chance. I hope she found productive employment soon and was just as effective.
As they say, “may you live in interesting times,”

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: Salli Clarke
Phone: 941-485-2105
Email:  
Office hours: Monday - Friday 10:00am -Noon

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

From the Board

Board Announcement

Due to the resignation of Marianne Koerner from the UUCOV Board of Trustees, pursuant to our by-laws, the Board of Trustees in consultation with the Nominating Committee of 2017, has filled the vacant position. The Board of Trustees is happy to announce that Paul Casavant has accepted the invitation to fill the vacated position until the next annual meeting when the congregation will elect a member to fill the remaining one year of the two year term.

President's Message

LyonDave150  On March 25, 2017 at the UUCOV annual meeting, the congregation voted to support the UUA Declaration of Conscience joining over 300+ other UU congregations in support. In true UU fashion we spoke for and against signing the Declaration as a congregation. We supported our principle, "the use of the democratic process within our congregation.”  My regret: The unanticipated hurt and, in some cases, anger and the unacceptable words used by some. We have experienced a breach in our covenantal behavior. We failed to “listen with openness and acceptance.”  In the beginning this issue seemed so simple. My hope is that we will come together stronger, that our core beliefs, our mutual caring, and the feeling we had when we signed the book to join UUCOV will pull us together, stronger than ever.

Also at the Annual Meeting, we voted to modernize our lanai, transitioning it from a screened in porch to a welcoming gateway to our sanctuary. It will have sliding glass doors, windows and exit doors on the side. We also anticipate much more space to display upcoming event fliers and announcements for community events.

During the coming year, 2017-18, we anticipate holding meetings to discuss our future facility needs. I have heard talk of a fellowship hall, a gazebo, a shelter with a roof and picnic tables, and an amphitheater. We will talk and discuss these and other options and how they could help us achieve our mission and vision. We will explore what we could do with these facilities that we can’t do now.

Speaking of our mission, our Mission Statement Task Force has been meeting regularly over the past months exploring and defining our mission. I anticipate this will be condensed into a new, proposed mission statement that will be presented to the congregation. I so appreciate the time and effort this group has spent on a difficult, challenging task.

In the coming months I feel we should look ahead to the needs of UUCOV. The facility study is one part. Another is to explore our future staffing needs. We need to determine where we are going and what is required to get there. This question needs input from the congregation and we intend to provide the venues for that to happen.

Sharyl and I will be back in Indiana by the time you read this. We are putting our condominium up for sale in order to be year-round Venice residents. We will return whenever the real estate transaction is complete. In my absence, Linda Underwood, your Vice President will be in charge of the day-to-day activities.

See you in the fall!
Dave Lyon

Congregational Life

A Thank You to Nan

thanks  A thank you celebration is being planned for the May 28th Sunday service to acknowledge Nan’s work and support to all of us over her years as UUCOV’s Office Administrator. She has tirelessly supported the Teams, Committees, several ministers, Boards of Trustees and the congregation. She has put our dates on calendars, designed and printed our flyers, put together annual reports, found us rooms for meetings, counseled us through computer issues, photographed events, and reminded us of deadlines. She produced our UUCOV history video, shared her art with us, and prepared countless orders of service.
At the May 28th celebration we plan to give Nan a token of our appreciation. Anyone wishing to donate toward this may send a check to Joel Morrison made out to UUCOV with “Nan Kritzler’s gift” in the memo line. These can be placed in the donation box, mailed, or placed in the Waters Hall mailbox for the Finance Team. In addition, Eileen Leapley and Linda Underwood will be available at church on Sundays to collect any cash donations that you might want to make. A card will be available for all to sign. (For those away, let Eileen or Linda know and they will add your name). Let’s show Nan how important her service to us has been!

Why Am I a Legacy Friend?

Pat Schwing writes: Dick & I are honored to have been asked to testify, if you will, to our reasoning behind our decision to become Legacy Friends to UUCOV.     
This has become a deeply felt commitment initiated in the Birmingham Unitarian Church in Michigan where we served in a number of leadership roles including on the Endowment Committee. Having been nurtured and educated to the deep-seated commitment to the future of this religious movement for 50+ years we are deeply committed to seeing our free religious movement progress & nourish many more souls as it has ours.
One does not have to be wealthy to participate. We simply must set aside funds in our estate plan which will be donated to UUCOV for use in the growth of this great congregation. Won't you consider joining us in this endeavor?
To join Legacy Friends or to get information about planned giving, please contact John Spitzer at 319- 331-5914 or .

Benches

SanctuaryPath200  UUCOV would like to add additional benches to the front patio and replace the wooden ones in the Memorial Garden area under the big tree. We also have been requested to consider installing a bike rack to aid those biking to services or meetings. If you have an interest in donating a bench or bike rack, please contact Linda Underwood,
We are asked from time to time for ideas to memorialize a loved one. A bench with a plaque is an excellent option. The straight benches for under the tree are about $1,000 each and the curved benches are about $1,200 each. An individual or a group might consider a memorial bench. The bike rack is about $975.

Countdown to Sicily #4

Sicily As we count down to this splendid trip, be aware that the trip is filled, but if you are interested in going, contact Nancy Ryder, , to be put on the waiting list.

Seeking a New Coordinator

The Fiscal Team is seeking the next UUCOV Travel Coordinator. Nancy Ryder, during her long and successful tenure, has accumulated materials that are invaluable and is eager to share them with the next Coordinator. If interested email Joel Morrison .

For New(ish) Members

As you make your way through the many activities that beckon week by week here at UUCOV, you may find yourself wondering how and where to get involved in an ongoing way. Don’t miss out on the specific requests for your idea, your energy, your creativity. As an example, check out “How Do We Make A Difference” (below, under Social Justice).

Lifespan Education

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. 

Message from our Director of Religious Education: "Move It or Lose It"

WilliamsJaye150   In the March Connection, I encouraged folks to attend the Long Strange Trip programming. Fortunately, Bonnie Norton agreed to present not one, but two repeat sessions on Mondays for those of us who couldn't come on Sundays and I decided to take advantage of this opportunity. If you noticed, I’m walking a bit taller these days, it is because I am absolutely uplifted by the history I am a part of in UU.
I also found the Long Strange Trip sessions a bit like watching Olympic athletes or those exercise clips that I see on Facebook or my Twitter feed. Wow, I say to myself, I'm going to go for an extra walk this week or I can incorporate that "10 Minutes to Great Looking Upper Arms" into my daily routine. Then, when it comes time for the actual work, meh, not so much.
But I noticed something about this sequence in regard to our UU forefathers and mothers. These folks, while devoting extensive time to intellectual pursuits, questioning current thinking, writing and speaking, also took bold action. Many moved extensively, even crossing oceans. They were cast out, publicly ridiculed, lost personal friendships, and some paid with their lives. They raised their voices and moved their feet to end slavery, seek an end to capital punishment, and were a veritable gold medal team for women's rights.
I'm going to be honest and say: I think I've been doing a bit too much watching/learning and too little doing.
I hope that the wide range of programs this season on topics from rights and responsibilities at the end of life, our November ballot issues, homelessness and poverty in our community, climate change and ensuring our democracy works for all, has informed you. Even more, I hope you find a way to ramp up the action aspect. Let's inspire each other to action, through some of the many projects UUCOV has undertaken or in the broader community. There is much at stake. Our heritage demands it.

Youth Religious Education: Blasting Into Spring

YRE May 2017  Our children were able to experience three fun and informative programs during school vacation this spring. “Peace Begins with Me”, ”Journey to Japan”, and “Silk Scarf Painting” were all made possible due to the talent and generosity of Dave Williams, Tim Saltonstall, Donna Day (Venice Peace Project), Barbara Smith, Pam MacFarlane, Diane deGrasse and Brooke Partlan.
The mini peace poles were displayed at the Venice Peace Project International Day of Peace concert!
In addition, Karen Griffin led the children on a hike at Carlton Reserve to see all that is awakening in nature this spring. Thank you, Karen.

Tackle Poverty-Help a Child Read

Getting a child off to a solid start with reading is one of the best weapons we have to attack poverty. The Laurel Civic Association holds a summer reading program and is in need of volunteers. For just a small amount of your time, you can help local children not lose reading progress during the summer.
As a volunteer, you may come to all or just some of six consecutive Wednesdays, June 14 thru July 19, arriving at 2:45 pm and staying until 5:00 pm or so. You’ll read, listen to children read, and help them with words when they get stuck.
We’ll meet at the Laurel Civic Center (509 Collins Road, Laurel*, FL 34275) for a tour on Wednesday, May 24th from 10-11am. If you can’t attend the tour but would like to volunteer or have questions, please let DRE Jaye Williams know so she can keep you in the loop.
*If you have a GPS, use it. It will take you to the Center whether you put in “Laurel, FL” or “Nokomis, FL”

Spring Video Lecture Series

Unexpected Economics   Beginning Thursday May 11th , 7-9pm in Aster Linder, UUCOV Adult Education will host a video lecture series, “Unexpected Economics.” The Lecturer, Professor Timothy Taylor, who previously taught at Stanford and the University of Minnesota is the Managing Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. Weekly lectures with audience discussion, led by Charlotte Neagle, will continue through June and are open to the public.
These lectures will expand the subject of economics beyond the economy itself. They emphasize that economics is about viewing the world where we all face scarcity. Our choices are shaped by the costs and benefits of the various alternatives and change over time. The topics for the May meetings are:
May 11
The World of Choices
A Market for Pregnancy
Selling a Kidney
May 18
Traffic Congestion
Two-way Ties Between Religion and Economics
Prediction Markets
May 25
Pathways for Crime and Crime-Fighting
Terrorism as an Occupational Choice
Marrying as a Search Market

The Last Day of The Long Strange Trip

On Monday, May 1st, both the 1pm and 6:30pm presentation will be "The Hundred Year Waltz" which documents the century-long courtship between Unitarianism and Universalism leading to their ultimate merger in 1961. This video follows the resulting UUA to recent times. Bonnie Norton will lead the discussion.

Social Justice

Collaborating with Others

FamilyPromise   South Sarasota County Family Promise needed 2 more host weeks to complete this year’s hosting schedule. So UUCOV, Venice United Church of Christ (VUCC), St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and the Jewish Congregation are going to collaborate to host the week of July 2 at our Asta Linder. We think the synergy gained from these 4 congregations working together, using Asta Linder, will substantially improve the lives of our families and the homeless in general.
For example, VUCC is donating $400 to UUCOV Family Promise each week they are a host congregation. We take this money and are returning it to the families via gift cards. We give the family a $100 check when they graduate from the program. We also buy gift cards for the families to have breakfast on the Sunday morning they vacate ALH for our Religious Education Programs. Families are delighted to have a nice breakfast on us.

Great News!

votebutton    The language of the Voting Restoration Amendment was approved April 20th by the Florida Supreme Court. Now the major petition drive begins to gather all 700,000 petitions statewide to put this on the ballot in November 2018.
If the ballot measure passes, it will restore the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation. The amendment would not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses, who would continue to be permanently barred from voting unless the Governor and Cabinet vote to restore their voting rights on a case by case basis. Almost 2,000,000 people in Florida have never had their voting rights restored, although they have long ago paid their debt to society.
The other major petition drive is the Sarasota County effort to establish single-member districts for electing County Commissioners and Charter Review Board members. This will help reduce the cost of running for office, and open the field to more qualified candidates. There is another petition drive that could put those referenda on the ballot in 2018. Please “TAKE FIVE” of each petition and bring them back completed. Francie Storey on our Common Good Committee will be collecting them and turning them in.

How Do We Make A Difference

EcoEarth  The Green Sanctuary Committee, having just sponsored a successful program on CO2 emissions and consequent sea level rise and warming presented by Tim Rumage, is now gearing up for future events and projects. Ideas include a forum on ethical eating habits, screenings of movies relating to the condition of our planet, (for example Leonardo DiCaprio Caprio's "Before the Flood"), plus a concentration on March as Water Month and April as Earth Month, probably with a little help from our RE friends. Please lend your thoughts and ideas by becoming part of our new Green Think Tank. These are challenging times and Green Sanctuary needs YOU. Get in touch with Susan Brinckerhoff () or Marianne Koerner () to express your interest.

Hungry, Homeless, Hopeless

Social Justice May 2017    Interfaith Outreach, Inc. is a small group of diverse faith communities serving some of the most persistent populations of homeless in our community. On Thursday, May 11, 1-2:30pm in the Sanctuary, Steve Batchelor and Phil Veach will provide information about Interfaith Outreach, Inc. programs. Come to learn and possibly find a role for yourself in activities that make a positive difference in the lives of our neighbors in need.

Congregation’s Book Discussion

EvictedApril  “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in The American City” by Matthew Desmond. Recently named the Pulitzer prize winner in the nonfiction category we will show a PBS Frontline interview with the author followed by discussion about this highly acclaimed book on Thursday, May 4 in the Sanctuary.1:30-3pm. Invite your friends.
If you borrowed a copy of “Eviction” and have completed reading it, please return it to Ruth Boysworth this Sunday so that another UUCOVer can borrow it. The Sarasota County Library system has copies or you may purchase the book on your own. UUCOV is on the front lines of this issue in our community.

If you need transportation to these programs, contact DRE Jaye Williams, .

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 .

To The Editor:

I wish to acknowledge the very astute call by our minister to request assistance from Kenn Hurto, Lead Executive for UU Southern Division, to help our congregation learn skills to both prevent conflict and to help heal after conflict. I have attended many training courses in my life and I thought this was stellar. I learned tools to help in all parts of my life.
I felt stronger and better equipped by the end of the afternoon than I did in the morning thanks to the experience. We learned things about ourselves and about living in covenant with each other.
I subscribe to making lemon aide out of lemons and I think we did that on Saturday afternoon. I also find difficult times, like we have gone through, a real opportunity for growth and increased understanding. I think the board learned things, individuals learned things and our congregation learned things that will help us as we move forward. In some real ways, this difficult time was a true gift to UUCOV to prepare us for the future.
I am grateful for all who participated and shared and were vulnerable. I am grateful for this congregation.
Linda Underwood

 To The Editor:

“Mis-Connection”
Dear Members and Friends of UUCOV:
Due to technical difficulties, and my being a ‘newbie’ to the world of ‘computer-generated newsletter software’, you will undoubtedly notice a few ‘glitches’ in this month’s edition of Connection. (Most notably, I was unable to get the categories of ‘Interest Groups’ and ‘Lifespan Education’ to separate from each other). I also had difficulty in the placement of the photos, although I was finally able to import them all to the document. All articles are present and accounted for—but not necessarily where you might expect to find them! I beg your patience and promise to resolve the issues in time for next month’s edition.

I would like to thank all of you for warm welcome I have received and I look forward to meeting many more of you over time. Please stop in and introduce yourself! Office hours, as always, are Mon-Fri 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and my email is .
Salli L. Clarke 

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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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