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Adult Exploration

Adult Exploration programs include Sunday Forums; classes to educate, open new horizons, and enrich your spiritual journey; monthly discussion groups on various topics; and more. Any programs that offer the opportunity for development of a personal philosophy to live by will encourage open dialogue on questions of beliefs and spiritual practice.

Adult Exploration News

Message from our Director of Religious Education

So Many Choices-
Often followed by, "so little time". I hear this much more often around UUCOV as we head into our January-April time of year. So, I invite all of us: say itWilliamsJaye250 loud, say it softly, out of the side of our mouth, with glee, through gritted teeth, and with joy in our hearts. So many choices, so little time!
I find myself in a constant mental looping "cost/benefit analysis" of these many choices presented for my attention during the season. It goes something like: "Will it really be worth my time?" "If I leave that program early, maybe I can do both." "This program sounds so fun, but shouldn't I staff the table on that vital political issue instead?" "With the traffic the way it is now, it's going to take forever to get up/down to that program."
I am inviting myself to shut down that mental loop in 2018 and to choose to trust that I will make wise choices involving my time. I will be in attendance where I am supposed to be and I will be mindful of how I benefit from being there.
I look forward to seeing you at UUCOV programming and other opportunities throughout our community. I also look forward to hearing that you chose lunch with a friend, a walk on the beach, time with your kids, or curled up with a book.
Jaye Williams, DRE

Chalice Circles

UUCOV Chalice CirclesEver wanted to explore topics of spiritual importance with a small group of fellow congregants, but just couldn’t face a years-long commitment? This winter, come join in a new small-group ministry we’re calling Chalice Circles (not exactly Spiritual Fellowship Groups but similar). These covenant-based Chalice Circles will meet regularly over a period of a few months before breaking up to reform with different members, allowing groups to continually be renewed and participants to get to know new people.
Interested? An organizational meeting will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Questions? Rev. Khleber Van Zandt, .

Your Role in an Age-Friendly Community

Dr. Kathy BlackCaring and Remembrance Team is thrilled to announce that Dr. Kathy Black will speak at UUCOV on Tuesday, January 24th, 1-2:30pm as part of our Aging and Choices series. Dr. Black is a professor of Aging Studies and Social Work at the Univ of South Fl., Sarasota- Manatee snd is currently The Patterson Foundation Initiative Consultant for Age-Friendly Sarasota. You will be inspired to consider the myriad of ways in which each of us can contribute to our collective age-friendly journeys that enhance community life for all.

Age-Friendly Sarasota is Florida’s first global age-friendly community. This talk will discuss community features that enhance active, healthyAge Friendly Sarasota and engaged living for people at all life stages and abilities. Everyone is a stakeholder in an aging society and we will review the contributions of key sectors including government, nonprofits, businesses, people and communications.

UUCOV Hosts…

Betty Intagliata Lecture Series LogoThe theme of the Betty Intagliata Lecture Series winter series, funded by the Bill Jervey, Jr. Foundation, sponsored by the Venice Area Historical Society, and held in UUCOV’s Sanctuary is "Civil Rights in Florida." The 1st of the series will be on Tuesday, January 16, 7pm. The kickoff program will feature noted award winning, Florida historian Gary Mormino whose topic will be "Florida Civil Rights Heroes." All programs are free and open-to-the-public and will be followed by refreshments. For more information, see 

Back by Popular Demand

Did you notice that “Long Strange Trip” is on the ARE schedule once more, beginning January 7th?Long Strange trip
It was one of the most widely attended Sunday ARE series and we are honoring requests, by those who missed all or parts of it, that it be repeated at the 11am RE slot through March. The program will present the history of Unitarian and Universalist thought from the beginning of the Christian era to what we know today as Unitarian Universalism. Each lecture and discussion stands alone, so attend one, some, or all. Moderated by Bonnie Norton.

faith like a riverAlso back on the programming schedule is “Faith Like a River”, with sessions beginning January 31st . Watch for details in Happenings.