October 2017 Connection


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Issue No. 2010

Venice, FL

October 2017


Sundays at UUCOV

Sunday Services: 10:00am

October 1, 2017: “Room for Mystery”

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. Many of us fall prey to the belief that we can know all there is to know. Yes, our base of human knowledge expands each day, but it often seems the more we know, the less we understand. Instead of fearing the mystery, perhaps we can celebrate it.

October 8, 2017: “Buffalo Run”

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. Indigenous Peoples Day. At the Battle of Little Big Horn, indigenous Americans stood up to an attacking force of federals. We know a lot about the battle, but it’s still hard to separate fact from fake news.

October 15, 2017: "A Journey of Hope"

Rev. Michael McGee. Rev. McGee will share an inspiring journey he took to India that gave him hope in the power of people to change their lives and our world. In the midst of the chaos and suffering that surrounds us, how can we make a difference? And how can we lift our spirits and deepen our spirituality? Michael has led our worship services several times since he and his wife Emilie moved to Osprey following his retirement in 2012.

October 22, 2017: “Emperor of All Maladies”

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. One of the scariest words one can ever hear their doctor say to them is “cancer.” How did it become thus? And where are we in the fight against this awful and awesome array of diseases?

October 29, 2017: "On Whose Shoulders Do We Stand?"

Bonnie Norton. Let's consider our history as individuals, as a congregation and as a denomination. Who are the heroes who stand out and how have they influenced our beliefs and actions? Are we heroes for future generations allowing our flames to burn bright into the future?


Adult RE, Asta Linder House Room A

October 1, 2017, 09:00am: " The Women's Movement and the 19th Amendment"

Activists such as Susan B. Anthony and Carrie Chapman Catt re-energized the call for the inclusion of women in American political and economic life.

October 8, 2017, 09:00am: "Teddy Roosevelt and Progressivism"

Through trust busting and economic oversight, Roosevelt enacted his belief that government should regulate large corporations in the interest of the public good.

October 15, 2017, 09:00am: "The Racial Revolution"

Responding to the long history of legislation supporting "separate but equal" treatment of African Americans, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B DuBois proposed alternative paths toward the meaningful inclusion of blacks in American political life.

October 22, 2017, 09:00am: "The New Egalitarianism and Freedom"

Waters Hall A:  (Please note change of location due to family promise week.) In the 1960's, American youth join the fight for universal freedom and equality. Through organizations such as Free Speech Movement and Students for a Democratic Society.

October 29, 2017, 09:00am: "The Reagan Revolution"

After the tumultuous 1960's, the American political climate swung back to a more conservative notion of limited, decentralized government.

Special Offering

October 8, 2017: 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

All the Helpers of Humankind

Hurricane Irma blew through a couple of weeks ago and left a big mess in her wake. Some areas were harder hit than others, certainly: lots of Helpers of Humankind Oct 2017Floridians were flooded out, some houses were destroyed, and more than a few businesses suffered major losses. And that’s to mention nothing of the devastation left behind across the Caribbean.
In our own congregation so far, though, the damage reported has been relatively limited: a mangled carport, some minor house damage, a few downed trees, and the loss of electric and water for a few hours or a few days. Of course, a few days without electricity means the loss of everything in your freezer and refrigerator, as well as having to try to sleep in the heat and humidity of a Florida September. Not much fun, for sure.
Irma, as powerful as it was, turned out to be a minor blip on the radar of life for some of us, a frustrating inconvenience for many, and a huge disruption for a bunch of others.
In the midst of the tumult and anxiety, I was touched by the number of people who were willing to help in any way they could.
In the busy days before the storm hit, Bev and others on the Care Team were out trying to touch base with shut-ins and other members we don’t hear from often enough, making sure they had safe places to stay and people they could call in an emergency.
Some of our members invited people to come stay with them or, if their house happened to be empty because they themselves were out of town, invited those who stayed in town to use their houses for a few days.
Lori put together an email thread on which people could check in, which was a wonderful way to find out how everyone was doing before and after the storm.
And then as the weekend progressed, I received a number of calls from members who were themselves safely ensconced up north but watching the news, worrying about those who’d stayed home, and offering to bring truckloads of whatever supplies might help. I had to tell them that in our immediate area, people seemed to be weathering it all pretty well, given the dearth of power and water and all the empty shelves in the stores.
Caring for a congregation our size can never be accomplished by a Care Team or minister alone. This storm - if you’re looking for a silver lining - has highlighted the countless good hearts and numerous helping hands we are blessed to have among us.
See you in church,


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
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
Office hours: Monday - Friday 10:00am -Noon

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

From the Board

From the President

LyonDaveGreetings to all. We weathered hurricane Irma with only the loss of two trees and numerous branches. Our three buildings suffered no damage and never lost power! The Campus Team is busy at work cleaning up the aftereffects.

Last year we convened a UUCOV group to explore whether our mission statement best describes us; after many lengthy work sessions, the group produced a fresh mission statement. The Board wants your input on this statement, which will be voted on at our annual meeting on March 24, 2018: does it better describe us and who we are and where we are going? Please plan to attend one of three meetings in the sanctuary at which members of the Board and of the Mission Statement Task Force will be present to discuss the proposed statement and listen to you.
The Community Conversations on our Proposed Mission Statement will be held on:
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at 7 PM
Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at 1 PM
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 3:30 PM

Also, the Board wants to hear what people want and/or think we need. This is an invitation to imagine our future. Do you want to build a larger sanctuary, a function hall, a gazebo? Do you want to hire a volunteer coordinator, hold more services on the beach, merge our Social Justice programs with UU Sarasota? Whatever; come to one of these community meetings and express your ideas and thoughts.
The Community Conversations on Congregational Needs and Campus Plan will be held on:
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7 PM
Monday, February 12, 2018 at 1 PM
Wednesday, April 11, at 3:30 PM

Lastly, although our Board of Trustee meetings are open to all, the fact that we have met in a small room has probably felt less than welcoming to you. It’s time for a change! We want to be open and transparent. Starting in January, the Board will meet in the sanctuary and we will use microphones. All are welcome. If you are curious about what goes on at these meetings, come and observe. If you would like to know what issues are being decided, please come. Time will be granted for attendees to question or comment. We post our minutes on the lanai and on our website but that is not the same as being at a live meeting.
Board of Trustee Meetings in the Sanctuary:
Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 9:30 AM
Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 9:30 AM
Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 9:30 AM

Dave Lyon, President

Congregational Life

Tip of the Hat

Tip of the Hat is a new column that provides a place for each of us to express recognition of or thanks to others in the congregation. You might ‘tip your tip of the hathat’ to a group, a team, or an individual. If you have a submission for this column please email it to the editor, Leie Carmody, with “tip of the hat” in the subject line. Your message should include who is being recognized or thanked.

To Charlotte Neagle: Kudos, accolades, and a big Woot Woot for hosting, moderating, and providing snacks for the weekly programming of “Unexpected Economics and Understanding Japan” which ran from mid-May through mid-September. Jaye Williams

To Dale Jermyn, Dave Williams, Ken Boysworth, and Dick Smith: For cleaning up our campus after the visit by Irma. You guys on the Campus Team are great! You hauled many branches and trees to the curb for the city to remove and saved us $5,200, the amount of the quote by our landscape company. Khleber and I were pleased to pitch in with you. Dave Lyon

Easy and Tax-Efficient

John and Jean Spitzer donate securities to support UUCOV. Jean says she likes how easy it is to make the donations and John adds that he likes theFeatherPen tax-efficiency. There is no capital gains tax on the donated securities and the full value of the securities is available to support UUCOV.
But isn’t it cumbersome to donate securities? John explains that the key is to set up a Donor Advised Fund, which can be done via the internet. Charles Schwab, Fidelity, Vanguard, Merrill Lynch, and most of the other major securities firms will be happy to create a fund for you, to which you donate securities and receive an immediate tax deduction for the full value of the securities. You can add more to the Fund any time you wish. You “advise” the Fund to send money (called “grants”) to the charity or charities of your choice, and the Fund sends checks according to your wishes. (You do not receive any further tax deductions from the grants, as you have received the full tax deduction at the time you donated the securities to the Fund.)
Because you use the internet to both make donations to the Fund and to make grant recommendations, you can do this at any time, day or night. And a full record of your donations and the Fund’s grants to the various charities is available online – Jean says she likes how easily she can look up how much she gave to different charities in previous years.
John notes that the markets continued to rise in September and suggests that it is still a good time to donate your appreciated securities to support UUCOV. If you have questions about Donor Advised Funds or Legacy Friends, please contact John Spitzer at 319-331-5914 or

We Need Help

FamilyPromiseThose of you relatively new to UUCOV may need an introduction to Family Promise; it is an organization that helps families with minor children who are in temporary need of housing. In its first two years in South Sarasota County, Family Promise has been able to place 40 adults and 63 children, homeless, back into homes.
As we begin the third year, UUCOV, in partnership with Venice United Church of Christ (VUCC) and St. Mark’s Episcopal, has agreed to host up to 3 families in Asta Linder for 2-week stays four times each year. The families will have breakfast at Asta Linder, head out for the day, arrive back in time for dinner, spend the evening and sleep-over. Fourteen days.
And as you can imagine, it takes a small army of volunteers to make this all run smoothly. We need your help. That help can be for 1 hour or 2 hours or many hours. You choose. If you have little time to volunteer, you can do a load of linen laundry or help transform the Asta Linder classroom into a bedroom, you can do a grocery run or a breakfast cleanup, you can fix part of a dinner for our guests; if you can give 3 hours you can hang out in Asta Linder for an evening, play checkers with a kid, maybe help someone with homework; you can sleep over in the ‘staff’ bedroom as the just-in-case person. There are many tasks to choose from.
If you have a question about whether it’s worth doing, check out this letter from a recent guest, the mother of an autistic little boy. “Now, I have found a ray of light in great caring people who have never met me and my child before. Thank you for putting a bright smile on my child’s face on 08/25/2017 and continuing. That day was the day that my child gained his joy back. He is sleeping better at night because of everyone’s generosities. I can’t even describe the smile and the joy your generous help have brought into my child’s life. I am forever grateful for that.”*
The small army of volunteers is overseen by the O’Dells. Call Cindy 317-370-6705 to figure out where you can fit in.
*The entire letter can be found (below) in Letters to the Editor

Lifespan Education

Message from our Director of Religious Education

WiliamsJayeGot a Faith?
Yes, we do! Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal faith.
Since becoming your DRE two years ago, I've noticed that UUs do things a bit differently. This faith community's commitment to one another through our Covenants ideally takes precedent over strategic plans, year to year goals, and how the chairs might be arranged. Our focus is relationship and, most specifically, right relationship. It is a big deal. Some might say it's the biggest deal when it comes to why folks have chosen Unitarian Universalism as their faith. In case you haven't committed them to memory, they are printed in this publication*. As our classes and programs ramp up for our busy season, our Covenants to one another will be displayed throughout our campus. I am excited about the opportunity for RE programing to raise awareness, broaden consciousness, and spark action. My hope is that it springs from the unwavering commitment we've made to one another through covenant.
Jaye Williams. DRE
*scroll down to end of newsletter

Youth Religious Education

The pictures say it all. UUCOV stepped up again to help students attending some of the elementary schools closest to us get off to great start. All of the items requested by the schools were donated along with enough funds to write a check to each school! A special thank you to Nan Amorello from YRE committee and Trudy Jacoby from the Community Outreach committee for going above and beyond. Pictured below: (1) Guidance Counselor Gabrielle O'Berry is all smiles as she accepts UUCOV donations at Garden Elementary School. (2) Jason Hunter, Campus Principal,  Island Venice Montessori School, Venice. Accepting so many donations, he needed help! (3) Laurel Nokomis School Guidance Counselor, Lauren Maturo said she was overwhelmed at seeing so many donations for their students!Gabrielle at Garden ElementaryJason at IVMSLauren at Nokomis

Reminder: Transportation and Child Care

If you need transportation to any of our Lifespan Education programs or are needing child care, contact DRE Jaye Williams (in advance), unless an alternate person to be contacted is listed in the program details.

Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth

UUCOV and VICA (Venice Interfaith Community Association) invite you to four Monday evening programs, 7- 9pm, in which Joseph Campbell and Bill Joseph Campbell and The Power of MythMoyers discuss “The Power of Myth”, this is one of the most highly regarded series in the history of public television.
October 25 The Message of the Myth: At their deepest level, myths teach us how to live - with ourselves, with others, and with the mystery at the heart of life.
November 1 The First Storytellers: All of our culture's rituals have their roots in the myths of ancient hunters, who told stories and acted out rites to bring their lives into harmony with nature.
November 8 Love and the Goddess: From kama to agape to courtly romance, Campbell explores the mythology of love and the role of the female as the giver of life and form.
November 15 Masks of Eternity: All cultures create "masks" - names and images for God - to serve as metaphors for inexpressible transcendence, the being beyond all being and the idea beyond all thought.

Reading Ahead

At the broken places transgenderOur librarian will have copies of “At The Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces” by Mary Collins and Donald Collins for you to borrow as of Sunday, October 8th; you can start reading to prepare for our focus in November, which is Transgender Awareness Month.
Jill Soloway, creator of the TV series Transparent, said of this book, "When one person in the family transitions, everyone transitions. "At the Broken Places" is a profoundly vulnerable and brave account of a son struggling to be seen by his mother, and a mother learning to see her child as he sees himself. A necessary and beautiful book." A group book discussion will be scheduled for November.

Einstein and Spinoza: Not an Odd Couple

Einstein often states that his peculiar religion is based on Spinoza's Pantheism. We know who Einstein is, but who is Spinoza and what is his version of Pantheism? Show up at Asta Linder on Wednesday, October 11th, 1-2:30pm, and Bill Wolfers will shed all the light you need.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration!

On Saturday, October 28, at 4:30 pm in the Sanctuary, UUCOV will celebrate this Mexican holiday. It is celebrated throughout Mexico and the Southwestdia de los muertos United States as a way to remember friends and family members who have died. The evening will include our chili and cornbread potluck. Please bring your favorite chili and/or cornbread recipe to share (enough for 8-10 adults). Costumes are encouraged but not required. We will also have a table set up to remember our deceased loved ones, so please bring any photos you’d like to share. We will have story-telling, opportunities to share memories, and good eats. Hope to see you there!


agwdsl final vertAston Gardens hosts a monthly UUCOV Adult Education Program; DRE Jaye Williams will lead the Tuesday, October 31st discussion, 10-11am.
UUCOVers and friends are welcome to join the Aston Gardens monthly ARE program; sessions are held in the Ballroom, 1000 Aston Gardens Drive, Venice. If you wish to attend a meeting, an RSVP is necessary; call Aston Gardens, 941-240-1000, to let them know you’ll be there.

New Program-"Faith Like a River"

faith like a riverBonnie Norton will lead and moderate this 7-session program, Fridays 1-2:30pm, in which you’ll explore the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist history—the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage. You need not attend all sessions.
October 6 Asta Linder, `Wading In - An Introduction
A selection of stories from our faith heritage offers not only a grounding of knowledge, but also insights into contemporary issues, practices, challenges, and trends in our faith movement.
October 13 Asta Linder, I've Got Tears Like the Raindrops - Freedom
This session explores key moments in our history when questions of freedom and justice were in the forefront of our movement. It shines an honest light on ways our forebears sometimes contributed to oppression as well as worked for liberation.
October 20 Asta Linder, Mirages and Oases - Idealism and Utopianism
This session introduces Transcendentalism, spiritualism, and Utopianism, three 19th-century movements which perhaps represent a high point of idealism in the United States as well as in both Unitarianism and Universalism.
October 27 Waters Hall, Ripples in the Water - The Evangelists
We may not think of ourselves as an evangelical faith, but many over the years have worked to intentionally spread the good news of Unitarian and Universalist thought. This session looks at individuals and groups in our faith history that helped our movement to grow.

Where Do I Live Next?

This program is the kick-off to the Caring and Remembrance Team's focus this year on Aging and Choices. On Tuesday, October 31st, 1-2:30pm in the Sanctuary, Paula Carney, Certified Senior Advisor, CEO & Co-Founder of NAVAMAZE will speak about cost of in-home care, options in senior living, and how to stay out of your children's home! Paula has worked in management and senior care for over 30 yrs. Discussion and questions will follow.

Sexuality Speaks

Do you know what a gender fluid biromantic demisexual is? Plan to attend this program in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, October 11th, 9:30-11am, wheresexuality speaks Stephanie Zoernack will not only enable you to say ‘yes’ to that question, but will inform you about sexual orientation, gender identification, and personal pronouns. It is okay to acknowledge biases and prejudices; learn steps to overcome them.

Interest Groups

BookClub1Book Club
The Book Club meets in Waters Hall at 1:30pm on the second Thursdays of the month. On October 12th, we’ll discuss “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann. Looking ahead to November, read one or both of these: “At The Broken Places” by Mary Collins and Donald Collins and “She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders” by Jennifer Finley Boylan. The book selection for December Is “The Girl Who Fell From the Sky” Heidi W. Durrow


Mindfulness Meditation
The Mindfulness Meditation group meets Wednesdays, Waters Hall A from 6:00-7:30. Contact: Linda Kabo – .



Plato's Circle
Plato's Circle, which meets first Wednesdays of the month, 1-3pm, is adjourned until November. Until then, Plato Circle attendees might individually explore interesting discussion topics for the future. Of the many sources on the internet, an exciting and stimulating one is the ‘TED Radio Hour’, which has video presentations of 15 minutes or less that can serve as a discussion vehicle. If you want to be included in future Plato’s Circle, send your name and email to Bill Dowling . He will be in touch with all interested individuals to share ideas and for help planning the November 1st meeting.

Socrates Cafe
The group is not currently meeting. There are plans to resume meetings in November.

Wellness Walking
  Thwalkinge group will not meet again until January.




Social Justice

Do you care about these issues?

Healthcare - voting rights - immigration reform - climate resiliency - social and environmental justice. UUs have a long tradition of working together for justice. All our voices are needed to encourage elected leaders, at all levels, to address our concerns. Become part of the growing network of like-minded people who want to help the common good by signing up at http://www.uujusticefl.org/action-network/sign-up . Be sure to include your ZIP + 4, so the information you receive will be most relevant to your location. If you don’t know the “+4” of your zip code, find it here: https://tools.usps.com/go/ZipLookupAction%21input.action?mode=1&refresh=true  . And while you’re at it, treat yourself to the 4 ½ minute video “What’s your state of Justice” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_mEpK5lNyo

We Need Help

FamilyPromiseOctober 15-22 is a Family Promise host week for UUCOV, in conjunction with United Church of Christ and St. Mark’s.  There are quite a few slots needing volunteers; some of them require training, some don’t. If you have 2 hours (or more) that you can offer during that week, give a call to Cindy O’Dell, 317-370-6705; she’ll help figure out if there’s a slot you can fill.  (See fuller information in Congregational Life We Need Help, above).

Proud To Be Me

Across the country, Pride is a celebration of freedom from prejudice and discrimination and a way to display visibility and self-esteem among gay men, rainbow fist 0 lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered persons, families and allies. This year's theme is RESIST AND RISE UP. UUCOV will be joining Sarasota Universalist Unitarian Church during the 2017 celebration; Sarasota Pride will be held on October 21 from noon 6pm at J D Hamel Park in Sarasota, located on Gulfstream and Main. Expect a parade, music, various vendors and informational booths that support the LGBTQI communities in our state. Volunteers will be needed to pass out UU brochures and meet people; you’ll have fun while supporting your LGBTQI family and friends! Contact Steve Doublestein,

Transgender Awareness

transgender flags

Mark your calendars! Thursday, November 9, 6 – 8pm. To honor Transgender Awareness Month, UUCOV Interweave will present a panel of clergy, professionals, families in transition and (we hope) transgender individuals who will discuss issues experienced by the "T" in LGBTQI. After a brief presentation by panel participants, there will be a Q and A session. The purpose is to better understand the current issues and to provide an outreach to the transgender community in our area. Watch for details in the November Connection.

"Before the Flood"

In light of the recent catastrophic hurricanes in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico, Green Sanctuary presents the highly acclaimed film before the flood dvd cover 33“Before the Flood” on October 17th at 7pm.
In this riveting climate change documentary, we learn not just facts about climate change, but solutions, within our power to effect, that will drive lasting change for the future. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers and possible solutions.Discussion will follow the film.

Prepare to be Shocked

The Union of Concerned Scientists lists air pollution from fossil fuel vehicles as our Number 1 greatest environmental hazard. So what ranks as Number 2? Take a minute, try to think it through, bet you get it wrong. Number 2, folks, is eating meat!  “When land is used to raise animals instead of crops, precious water and soil are lost, trees are cut down to make room for grazing or factory-farm sheds, and untreated animal waste pollutes rivers and stream.” Yes, it has such a devastating effect on all aspects of our environment that the Union of Concerned Scientists lists meat-eating as the second biggest environmental hazard facing the Earth.

Denominational Affairs

Denominational Affairs

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 .

A ‘thank you’ letter
Dear donors, volunteers and Miss Jennifer,
I want to express my sincere gratitude for the generous caring and giving. It hasn’t always been easy for me to accept help from other people. My late grandparents raised me and they taught me to always live life without expectations. I wasn’t used to other people providing help to me and my child. I spent 5 months bouncing back and forth with my child from people’s house who I thought were my friends until I was referred to Family Promise by the Salvation Army. I thought that I could do it on my own but I was wrong. It wasn’t until my 4th week into the program; I realized that I needed to tone down my pride. It wasn’t an easy thing to do but I had to do it for my child’s sake. So many times when my darkness was greater than the light, when it seems like all hope was lost, when I found myself wrestling and struggling with providing for my child.
Now, I have found a ray of light in great caring people who have never met me and my child before. Thank you for putting a bright smile on my child’s face on 08/25/2017 and continuing. That day was the day that my child gained his joy back. He is sleeping better at night because of everyones’ generosities. I can’t even describe the smile and the joy your generous help have brought into my child’s life. I am forever grateful for that.
Thank you again for the warm caring to the donors (who don’t even know us personally), volunteers, Miss Barbara and Miss Jennifer for their acts of kindness with only the purest intentions. Miss Jennifer did all she can in her power to assist me and my child when I was struggling with my pride to accept help.
There are no words to thank you all.



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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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