February 2018 Connection


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Issue No. 2013

Venice, FL

February 2018


Sundays at UUCOV

Sunday Services

February 4, 2018: Relinquishing the Center 9:30 & 11:00

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. Mitra Rahnema’s powerful new book of essays by UU clergy and laypeople of color is entitled Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry and contains deep insights into the struggles of people of color in our ministries and our movement.

February 11, 2018: I Heart UUCOV 9:30 & 11:00

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. On this Stewardship Sunday, we’ll explore what we accomplished together last year, see what’s coming up this year, and talk about ways to support the mission of this place that is worth so much to so many.

February 18, 2018: Still Honoring a President 9:30 & 11:00

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. Presidents' Day. King George III asked the American painter, Benjamin West, what Washington would do after winning independence. West replied, “They say he will return to his farm.” “If he does that,” the incredulous monarch said, “he will be the greatest man in the world.” ‘Nuff said.

February 25, 2018: Idolatry of Anti-Choice

Rev. Jennifer Dant. This sermon received the 2011 Skinner Sermon Award which recognizes quality expression of UU social justice values. Choice and access to safe, legal abortion is threatened now more than ever in today’s political climate. This response comes out of Rev. Dant’s two decades working in women’s health as a nurse practitioner both in the private sector and Planned Parenthood.


Adult RE, Asta Linder House Room A

February 4, 2018, 09:30am: Frontline Series: "From Jesus to Christ - The First Christians"

Frontline Series, From Jesus to Christ:The First Christians-Drawing upon historical evidence, these programs challenge familiar assumptions and conventional notions about Christian origins. Through engaging on-camera interviews with twelve scholars--New Testament theologians, archaeologists, and historians--the series presents their contributions to this intellectual revolution.
Jesus' Many Faces - How well do the archaeological clues historians are uncovering match up with the story Christians have long told each other? Jesus was an ordinary Jewish resident of this time, but new archaeological findings show that he was probably not the humble village peasant often portrayed. Moderator Sylvia Hancock.

February 4, 2018, 11:00am: "Long Strange Trip"

This session covers the first development of an American Unitarian movement, including Joseph Priestly who was a Unitarian minister as well as world famed chemist. The Pilgrims (Puritans or Congregationalists) arrive and debates ensue between the two burgeoning religions.

February 11, 2018, 09:30am: Frontline Series: "From Jesus to Christ - The First Christians"

Drawing upon historical evidence, these programs challenge familiar assumptions and conventional notions about Christian origins. Through engaging on-camera interviews with twelve scholars--New Testament theologians, archaeologists, and historians--the series presents their contributions to this intellectual revolution.
Jesus' Many Faces - The Romans had little tolerance for those it judged disruptive of the Pax Romana. Jesus was a victim of the Pax Romana. Jesus was born before 4 BCE and died around 30 CE. The timeline is short, but the historical scale is large. Moderator Bev Morrison.

February 11, 2018, 11:00am: "Long Strange Trip"

This session follows the continuing saga of American Unitarianism up through the life and work of Theodore Parker and the formation of the first Unitarian Association.

February 18, 2018, 09:30am: Frontline Series: "From Jesus to Christ - The First Christians"

Drawing upon historical evidence, these programs challenge familiar assumptions and conventional notions about Christian origins. Through engaging on-camera interviews with twelve scholars--New Testament theologians, archaeologists, and historians--the series presents their contributions to this intellectual revolution.
A Portrait of Jesus' World - explores the period after the crucifixion of Jesus and the beginnings of the Jesus Movement as it was called before being called Christianity. Moderator Nan Amorello.

February 18, 2018, 11:00am: "Long Strange Trip"

Presentation covering Unitarian Universalist history followed by a discussion. This week: Universalism in 19th century America is explored.

February 25, 2018, 09:30am: Frontline Series: "From Jesus to Christ - The First Christians"

Drawing upon historical evidence, these programs challenge familiar assumptions and conventional notions about Christian origins. Through engaging on-camera interviews with twelve scholars--New Testament theologians, archaeologists, and historians--the series presents their contributions to this intellectual revolution.
A Portrait of Jesus' World - What was the impact of the catastrophic Jewish revolt against Rome ending in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple? How did it impact the future for Jews and Christians? Moderator Nan Amorello.

February 25, 2018, 11:00am: "Long Strange Trip: Universalism"

Presentation covering Unitarian Universalist history followed by a discussion led by Bonnie Norton. This session concludes "Universalism", begun last week, and shows its explosion in America during the first half of the 19th century as people adopted the teachings of Hosea Ballou.

Special Offering

February 11, 2018: UU JUSTICE, FLORIDA

UUJF is one of 21 UU State Action Networks that combine the power of congregational and individual commitments to work for systemic change on problems at the local, state, and national levels. Our Issues for Common Good Committee works closely with UUJF on important issues like climate change, immigration, and democracy at risk; all UUCOV members and friends are invited to join the action network at www.uujusticefl.org/action-network/sign-up. Please make checks payable to UUCOV with "UU Justice FL" in the memo line. Thank you for your generosity.

Minister's Corner

We Promise These Things

As more and more of us come back down from up north, it might serve all of us well to remember the promises we make to one another.
We have no creeds or dogma, no limits on membership as to belief or unbelief, gender or orientation, color or ethnicity, level of education, or citizenship, immigration, or justice system status. All we have is a covenant wherein we promise to behave in certain ways with each other.
Sometimes the pressures in the outside world cause us more anxieties than we can easily deal with. We may feel like acting out, or we pinky promise anime tumblr on pinky promise photosmay seek to work out our troubles on those closest to us - who are, in many of our cases, our fellow congregants.
And not only pressures from the outside world. From time to time we have questions come before us in this congregation that call for decisions to be made. We are each given the freedom to form our own opinions, which means we’re going to have strong opinions on either side of any issue among our growing number.
Rather than working out our anxieties on one another, our covenant explicitly places before us a higher level of mutual behavior to work toward. It’s not always easy to act within the boundaries of those key words of “kindness, respect, openness, and acceptance.” But if we can ever get the “climate of joy, goodwill, and trust” part right, then the rest will almost certainly fall into place.
And when it doesn’t, there’s a backup plan hidden in the spirit of the text.
Our covenant never uses the word “forgiveness,” but knowing this set of promises is difficult to keep - especially when times are hard like they are now - as a people in covenant with one another, we have to make allowances when one of us steps off the path. Yes, accountability is critically important. But so is compassion and mercy.
As a reminder, here’s our collective promise to one another:
In a climate of joy, goodwill and trust this congregation covenants:
• To protect 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 resources in an effort to make a difference in local and world communities.
In the spirit of our free religious heritage, we promise these things to one another.
In the spirit of this promise, I’ll 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: By appointment.

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

From the Board

From the President

Open Board of Trustees Meetings
We had our first Board meeting on the sanctuary lanai on January 11. It was much more open and welcoming than the back room at Waters Hall. How LyonDave150about joining us on February 8 at 9:30am? We appreciate interest shown by congregants and are most welcoming.
Sale of Land to Island Village Montessori School to build a Road
We continue to talk but progress has come to a standstill. First the holidays shut down the school and staff. More recently, IVMS has not yet obtained the cost to build a road and they seem to be more withdrawn and burdened by an anticipated high cost. In addition, they have made no progress in seeking approval for a road cut into Edmondson from the city nor determining if a deceleration lane will be required. It appears that a vote on the sale of land will not occur in the near future. Stay tuned.
Music Director Search
As our search committee moves forward, there is a lot of anticipation and excitement regarding filling that position. Music means so much to all of us. Marianne has done a great job filling in and Ray has rallied the choir with great performances. Still the empty position lingers…
Our annual stewardship campaign is fast approaching. A festive kickoff is planned for 6pm on February 10, 2018. Please put this event on your calendar. It should be memorable.
So with the music vacancy and the looming pledge campaign, I decided it was time to put my money where my heart is. I anticipate the new director will probably cost more than we paid in the past. So I increased my pledge by $1,000 and I plan to continue that in the future. How much does the music program mean to you?

Dave Lyon, President

Congregational Life

Tip of the Hat

tip of the hatYou may ‘tip your hat’ to a group, a team, or an individual. Email submissions with “tip of the hat” in the subject line. Your message should include who is being recognized or thanked.

To Sandy McHenry (of Venice United Church of Christ) A huge “Thank You” for coordinating two weeks of hosting Family Promise during the winter holidays. Paul and Cindy O’Dell

To Ray Goins  A BIG Tip of the Hat to Ray. On the night of the VICA event held in the sanctuary we had a full house and Rev. Walker announced that his choir was unable to come. Ray stepped up to the piano and led us in several songs that saved the night. Ray is our hero !!! And it was an excellent night with Rev. Walker, as usual. Linda Underwood

To Kindra Muntz Deep appreciation for your leadership in corralling UUCOV energy for collecting petitions to restore voting rights in Florida. Leie Carmody (See Social Justice)

To Steve Batchelor and Phil Veach A Big Thank You. Community Outreach Committee (see Social Justice)

To Stephanie Zoernack and her team, Marianne Koerner, Lori Baribeault, Marty King and Donna Schafer Tip of the hat to all of you for your Winter Candle Light Solstice service. It was was well appreciated by all who attended. Coordinating Council.

To Social Activities Team, Catherine DiSante, Kim McHugh and Janet and Bob Knudsen You hosted a beautiful Christmas Day Open House in Water's Hall. It was a festive event with wonderful food. Coordinating Council

To Nancy Ryder and Dick Pastore Thank you for sharing the celebration on your nuptials with the congregation. So nice to be included in such a joyous occasion. And Nancy's Spiritual Fellowship Group hosted a wonderful coffee hour for us all. Celebrations are a good thing. Linda Underwood


The 2018/19 Stewardship Campaign will be kicked off by a raucous musical event to celebrate our thankfulness for our UUCOV family. percussion partyThe event will be held February 10th with the bar open at 5:30pm and the music beginning at 6pm. Come with joy in your hearts and bring your musical instruments- tambourines, maracas, drums, bells, etc as we will make beautiful music together. The musical theme is appropriate as we work to support our musical program expansion with our generosity. If you can, please bring an appetizer or dessert to share.

Visit the UUCOV Library!

book shelvesLooking for a thought-provoking book or video? Visit UUCOV’s library in Waters Hall! You’ll find books in a variety of categories, including LGBTQ, Meditation, Mythology, Parenting, Social Justice, Spiritual Traditions and Wellness. There is no sign-out required. Simply borrow the materials that interest you and return them on the honor system. Waters Hall is typically open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, but you can also contact one of the “Library Ladies” (Ruth Boysworth, Suzy Choate, Janet Knudsen and Janet Lemoine) if you’d like to arrange access at another time.

Your Last Chance to be Heard

The last Congregational Conversation about a revised UUCOV Mission will be held Friday, February 2nd at 10am in the Sanctuary. We will review the workMission Statement completed in the previous three conversations and come to a consensus on the wording for a proposed mission statement to be presented to all members and to be voted on at the Annual Meeting scheduled for March 24th.

Legacy Friends’ Social Event

FeatherPenAll Legacy Friends are invited on Saturday, March 3 , 4-6pm, to celebrate our commitment to supporting UUCOV’s mission and values far into the future. We’ll gather at the Bird Bay Clubhouse in Venice, 606 Bird Bay Drive South for refreshmentsn wine, beer, soft drinks, and hors d'oeuvres. Kirstin Fulkerson of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation will give a short presentation on Charitable Gift Annuities, which can be structured to provide lifetime income, a tax deduction, and a donation to UUCOV. Legacy Chair John Spitzer encourages those not presently a Legacy Friend, but wanting to share a commitment to UUCOV’s future, to make a donation to the UUCOV Endowment or include UUCOV in their estate plan and join in the March 3rd event. To learn more, contact John 319-331-5914 or .

Lifespan Education

Message from our Director of Religious Education

Do You Dare?
The second UU Common Read for this year is Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want by Frances MooreWilliamsJaye150 Lappe and Adam Eichen. I knew I recognized Frances Moore Lappe's name and, sure enough, I read her Diet for a Small Planet many moons ago. Between you and me, a copy was recently donated to the UUCOV Library, if you missed it the first time around. It turns out that Ms. Moore Lappe and Mr. Eichen came to know one another through a chance conversation and that is how the "intergenerational duo" came to collaborate on the book.
One page in the book (p.102) speaks to how humans thrive best.
Keys points are:
                        -a sense of power (our voices count)
                        -feeling our lives have meaning (beyond our own survival)
                        -a satisfying connection with others
Do you agree with these points? On a personal level, can you reply yes, to all three? I wonder what "satisfying connection" might mean for us on an individual level. Is our RE program succeeding in advancing us toward these goals on an individual, congregational, wider community level?
See you at the book discussion on February 27th.

Youth Religious Education

Kids Say The Darndest Things!
This year will mark the 60th anniversary of the famous Art Linkletter book series of this article's title. The books were compilations of mostly humorous quotes from the many young children he interviewed over the years.
On the Sunday prior to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Rev. Khleber gathered the children and asked what they knew of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I was so moved by the detail with which two 7 yr. olds responded to his question. I'm sure in an attempt to remain focused on the positive, Khleber did not go into the circumstances around Dr. King's death. Yet, a 7 yr. old recounted that Dr. King was shot and died. You could have heard a pin drop in the sanctuary.
Kids say some of the most clear, pure and unadulterated things. I am grateful that we allow our children the opportunity to be heard. We are listening.

YRE Art Project

YRE pic for feb 2018 2Another spectacular school break special YRE session with our kids. Barbara Smith led two wonderful art projects.YRE pic for feb 2018 You will see one this Sunday and likely see these lovely jewelry pieces as well. A big shout out to Bridget Mickish for being the assistant on the from-scratch hot chocolate. There were chocolate moustaches a plenty!

Have Fun and Learn Something

The Youth Religious Education (YRE) Committee and the DRE invite you to join us to learn about our children's programming and get to know oneinvitation another. We hope to see you Thursday, Feb. 1st 10-11:30am in Asta Linder House, RSVP to Jaye Williams or 941-587-2981.


agwdsl final vertAston Gardens hosts a monthly UUCOV Adult Education Program; Jaye Williams will lead the Tuesday, February 27th discussion,10-11am. UUCOVers and friends are welcome to join the sessions; they are held in the Ballroom,, 1000 Aston Gardens Drive, Venice.

You Asked for It!

For those of you who missed it first time around or who weren’t in Florida to enjoy it, Bonne Norton is again moderating the “Faith Like a River” series:faith like a river the people, ideas and movements that have shaped our denomination. Each session invites participants to learn some history, exchange ideas and experiences through engaging activities and consider how the thoughts raised might affect us and our congregation today. No advance prep. No sign-up. Each session stands by itself. Come and experience an informative and entertaining program.
Wednesdays, 1-2:30pm, in Asta Linder.
Feb 7: “Verdant Springs: The Reformation." Learn more about the historical reformation and how it led to the rise of Unitarianism. More importantly, how do these concepts apply today? Are we currently experiencing a reformation?
Feb 14: "Martyrs and Sacrifice." Hear about Michael Servitus, Norbert Capek, and other martyrs of our denomination. Come and learn why they are important to us today.
Feb 21: "Rise of Unitarianism." Have you ever heard of the Iowa Sisterhood? Come learn this compelling story of early members of the denomination. How might our Congregational history be similar?
Feb 28: "Rise of Universalism." Universalism did much to shape our culture and moved west as our country expanded. Come and learn about some notable, but often unmentioned Universalists, many of whom launched important social justice work and movements.
Mar 7: "Consolidation and Merger." As is frequently the case with UU, the Unitarian and Universalist merger into the organization we know today was far from smooth. Come and learn about being Sleepless in Syracuse and consider how our movement can continue to be a vital force in our society today.


The Bettty Intagliata Lecture Series winter series, funded by the Bill Jervey, Jr. Foundation and sponsored by the Venice Area Historical
society, will be held in UUCOV’s sanctuary. The 2nd sessioBetty Intagliata Lecture Series Logon, "Civil Rights Era: Sarasota County," is on Tuesday, February 20th , 7pm, with John McCarthy, Executive Director of historic Spanish Point, moderating a 3-member panel discussing the subject. All programs are free and open-to-the-public and will be followed by refreshments. For more information, see www.veniceareahistoricalsociety.org.

Higher Education and Climate Change

vica logoVenice Interfaith Community Association is presenting a talk in the UUCOV sanctuary, 7-9pm, on February 26th by Dr. Frank Alcock, Associate Professor of Political Science of New College of Florida, Sarasota. He teaches courses on world politics, international law, and environmental policy. His talk will address what college and graduate courses about the environment deal with: the science, governmental policies, politics, and the role of the media. He will open the meeting to discussion and questions.

Chalice Circles

Chalice circles at UUCOVThe Chalice Circle that formed in January will continue to meet every other Thursday (in Feb. on the 8th and 22nd) at 1 pm in the Sanctuary. Although this group is now closed, there will be another opportunity to join a Circle in future, probably in April, when this group breaks up to reform with different members, allowing groups to continually be renewed and participants to get to know new people.

Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want

CenteringA “common read” is a book chosen yearly by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) that all congregations throughout the country are978 080703261 9 urged to read and to discuss. This year UUA chose two common reads: “Centering” (which will be discussed January 30th at 1pm) and, now, “Daring Democracy." This powerful, informative collaboration between authors Francis Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen speaks to what our country has been and is becoming; it addresses the essence of what democracy, small ‘d’, requires. The book transcends party and asks us to be citizens who live what we believe in and dare to risk being part of the change we say we want. It is a readable guide to understanding what has happened to our country and motivating us, as ordinary people, to act in small ways that can make a difference. On February 27th we will gather in the sanctuary, 1-3pm, to talk about the book and what it raises for us and how it affects us. In early March, we will hold one or more workshops for those who want to explore how to utilize what “Daring Democracy” has stirred up and how to engage with that awareness nationally, locally, and in everyday life.

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.

Interest Groups

978 080703261 9UUCOV Book Club
The Book Club will meets in the sanctuary this month on Thursday at 1:30 to discuss one of this year’s two communal reads, ‘Daring Democracy’ by Frances Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen. You will be able to check out one of the copies being purchased by UUCOV. (See article above)

The Mindfulness Meditation group meets Wednesdays in Waters Hall A, 6-7:30pm. Julie Jons will facilitate in February. After a short reading an14d discussion, followed by gentle stretches, Julie will guide the group in silent meditation; all meditators (beginning and experienced) are welcome. If you have any questions, contact Julie   402-708-6508

platoPlato’s Circle
Plato's Circle will meet Wednesday, February 7th, 1-3pm at Waters Hall. After a brief Ted Talk by Paul Piff asking, “does money make you mean?” to present one facet of the “Money Paradox’: how money motivates, tricks, satisfies and disappoints us” we will talk about this paradox and our observations and feelings regarding this and other conflicting ideas regarding money.

                                             Sleeping Mats for the Homeless
Meet in Waters Hall on Saturdays, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. We need all types of workers: bag cutters, plarn (plastic yarn) makers, and especiallyplastic grocery bags 3601377 ver1.0 640 360 crocheters! There is on-the-job training!!! Contact Judy Heipel 813-924-3387

                                                                                                                                                Socrates Café
Socrates Cafe are gatherings around the world where people from different backgrounds get together and exchange thoughtful ideas and experiencessocratescolor while embracing the central theme of Socratizing, the idea that we learn more when we question and question with others. Beginning in December, our Café will meet every third Wednesday of the month in Waters Hall at 1pm,. Spread the word that the general public is welcome and invited.

walkingLeftWellness Walking
This group meets with Marianne Lombard each Saturday through April, 10:30-12:00 at Pinebrook Preserve, 1251 Pinebrook Rd. Park at the tennis courts. Our walks, with awareness, will include light exercises (breathing, posture, stretching). Donations to UUCOV are welcome. If you hsve questions, contact Marianne or 941-485-5270.

                                                                        Writer’s Support Group
Share your writing - poetry or prose - fiction or your own life journey - in a supportive environment of fellow writers on the 1st and 3rd Mondays, 1-3pm,will Waters Hall A. Questions? Call Sylvia Hancock at 360-460-8593.

Social Justice

For Service Above and Beyond

The Community Outreach committee would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to two of its veteran members, Steve Batchelor and Phil Veach.thanks These gentlemen have worked tirelessly for many years on behalf of the neediest individuals in our community. During the frigid nights we have had in the recent weeks, they spent hours calling volunteers, cooking meals, and doing whatever else was needed for the Cold Weather Shelter at Grace United Methodist Church. Their work for the Backpack Kids and sandwich-making programs is invaluable. Their energy seems limitless, and their service to our neighbors in need is awe inspiring.
Steve and Phil's efforts have inspired several UUCOV members to sign up for the Cold Weather Shelter. If you would like to participate in this or any program of the Community Outreach committee, call Eileen Leapley 941-525-4328.

Be The Change

climate change‘Change is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions’ is a five-week program that will help you roll your sleeves up and get started taking action toward a better tomorrow. Susan Brinckerhoff will facilitate this Northwest Earth Institute Course, integrating video, audio, and printed content with action plans. The program begins on Thursday, February 8th, 1pm, and is limited to 10 participants; pre-registration is required. Feb.2 is last day to register. For info or to secure one of the remaining spots, contact Jaye Williams   or 941-587-2981.

Over the Top - On the Ballot

votebuttonLed by Kindra Muntz, UUCOV contributed to the gathering of more than a million signed petitions to restore voting rights to convicted felons who’d served their sentences. Of these, 799,000 signatures were certified, surpassing the required 766,000 needed to get an amendment on the ballot. We Floridians will get to vote to restore voting rights on the November ballot. Florida is one of just three states that has permanently banned ex-felons from voting unless they get clemency. But if approved by 60 percent of us, about 1.5 million Floridians with felony convictions will be able to vote after they fully complete their sentences, including parole or probation. Those convicted of murder or sexual offenses would continue to be barred from voting.

Undie Sundays!

Undie SundayYRE joined by UUCOV Community Outreach, and in partnership with Emmanuel Lutheran Church, is collecting new underwear, socks, and tee shirts for immigrant children age 4-16. These items will be donated to Farm Workers Self-Help, Inc. serving migrant workers in Dade City.
Look for the collection box on the lanai and bring in your donations on either Sunday Feb. 11 or Sunday Feb. 18. Colors and prints are permitted. Let's see a tidal wave of tighty-whities!

Growing Up Trans

Join us February 22, 7-8:30pm in the sanctuary, for the viewing of the Frontline documentary “Growing Up Trans”. Many people are identifying as a gendergrowing up trans other than the one assigned at birth at an earlier age. These are the stories of several young people and their families as they tell us about the challenges they face being transgender in our gender biased society. A short discussion will follow the viewing.

New News from Family Promise

FamilyPromiseFamily Promise South Sarasota County is expanding its space by renting an office space from the strip mall next to the Day Center on Shamrock Blvd. This will house the administrative offices allowing the Day Center to be used completely for the families and the Family Service Coordinator. The Office Angels, Allisa, and the weekend employee will still be located at the Day Center.
FPSSC will now be an Access Point for Sarasota County for Coordinated Entry for Homeless Services and are adding volunteer staffing positions for that. The Family Promise Director’s office and the Access Point office will be at the new location as well as a new Administrative Assistant they are hiring.
If you know of anyone who might be interested in the Administrative Assistant position, Monday thru Friday 9-3, please contact the FP Day Center 941-497-9881. The position requires the applicant to be proficient in Microsoft Office.
Thanks to all of you who helped UUCOV, UVCC and St. Marks complete the two week hosting of Family Promise families over the Christmas and New Year holidays; we hope you enjoyed your volunteering and will be ready to join us again March 25th-April 8th!

Denominational Affairs

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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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