Many paths. One welcoming and diverse community.


The Communications Council is comprised of the Communications Team and the UCOV Radio Group. Our purpose is to provide information, news and programming about UUCOV and the Unitarian Universalist denomination to our congregation and our community at large.

The Communications Committee is in charge of internal publications - Connection and UUCOV Happenings, our website, our Facebook page, press releases and paid advertising. If there is an upcoming UUCOV event you need publicized please download and fill out the form below and return it to Leie Carmody.

Communications Event Form (pdf)

The UUCOV Radio Group has created an internet radio station. Their mission statement: UUCOVRadio is an internet radio station which exists to broadcast programs and services embodying the seven principles of UUCOV and the Unitarian Universalist Association to the larger community. In addition to spreading the message of Unitarian Universalism, UUCOVRadio seeks to promote the arts and to focus on the needs and challenges of the local community. The UUCOV Radio site is located at

If you are interested in spreading the word about our congregation and our faith to the wider community, come join us! 

Communications News

Tip of the Hat

tip of the hatTip 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 hat’ 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 Nan Kritzler: Now, as you are finally ‘officially’ able to retire from UUCOV, I want to extend a HUGE thank you for all the time (blood, sweat and tears), you put into training me to become the next UUCOV Office Administrator. As you always have done for this congregation, you went above and beyond in your time and efforts. You have made the transition as smooth as possible for all involved. I will never be ‘Nan’, but I will try my best to maintain the standards you have set. Go enjoy your life—you earned it and deserve it!  Blessed be. - Salli Clarke

to Bench Donors: A big public thank you to those who donated toward the three new benches that have been ordered for our front patio. That will complete the plan for the patio - to have four benches on our circular front patio offering a welcoming spot for visitors and members alike. The benches will arrive early in December and will be assembled by our Campus Crew. - The Board of Trustees

to Marianne Koerner and Green Sanctuary Team: Susan and I very much enjoyed the Green Sanctuary’s presentation and discussion of ‘Before the Flood’. We’ve seen interviews with DiCaprio, but we had not seen his movie. It’s very well put together. Our thanks to you and to all involved at UUCOV. - John and Susan Darovec (Citizens' Climate Lobby).

Be Part of the Conversation

As announced in the October Connection, the Board of Trustees and the Mission Statement Task Force will be holding a series of three open Mission Statementconversations about the proposed mission statement. You are invited to attend the first conversation on November 14th, 7pm, in the sanctuary.
The Task Group spent many hours studying and debating a fresh mission statement to present as an option to the congregation, who will vote on it at the Annual Meeting on March 24th. We will be using consensus building tenets to help us navigate through this process. It will be both interesting and informative as we have a conversation on what we want our mission statement to say.
We want your feedback and impressions, so we craft a statement that truly reflects UUCOV. If you cannot attend this first meeting, please come to one of the other two - January 8th at 1pm or March 14th at 3:30pm.
A mission statement relates to the essential questions of who we are and why we exist. It is transformative and helps focus all our work. The proposed mission statement is –
"A welcoming, caring community
Encouraging spiritual growth,
Seeking truth and justice."

Share a Story of Generosity

Some of the most meaningful moments at UUCOV are when members and friends share personal stories of how they have been touched by generosity they have experienced in their lives. You can help keep alive the UUCOV spirit of generosity. Please share a story with the congregation on a Sunday or write a brief story to be read by a volunteer. If you would like to participate, contact Dan Hadley   - 941-786-982.

Pathways Classes

pathway signAre you interested in joining UUCOV or in learning more about our congregation? Would you like to meet other new folks who may also be thinking about becoming members? If so, why not join us for one of our Pathways classes?
We have scheduled three series of Pathways classes at Waters Hall in the upcoming months:
Mondays, November 13 & November 20, 2017 from 1-3pm
Tuesdays, January 23 & January 30, 2018 from 6-8:30pm
Thursdays, March 15 & March 22, 2018 from 2-4pm
Sign-up sheets for all three can be found at the Welcome Table. Have a question or two before deciding or prefer speaking with someone before signing up? Please contact one of the Co-Chairs, Claire Harrison,   - 941-244-0151, or Pat Schwing,   - 248-851-9519

Spiritual Fellowship Groups

The Spiritual Fellowship Group (SFG) Steering Committee invites UUCOV members and friends to become involved with an ongoing close-knit group of fellow congregants who are ‘like-minded’ in many ways but who commit to being tolerant and welcoming of alternative beliefs and philosophical positions. Members experience this give-and-take as invigorating and helpful as they continue to develop their ideas and beliefs concerning spirituality and a myriad of other subjects and attempt to apply these concepts to today’s world.
Spiritual Fellowship Groups, led by facilitators, are limited to 8-10 members who pledge confidentiality and a commitment to regular attendance at two meetings a month. There are all-women, all-men, and mixed-gender groups depending on an individual’s preference. Facilitators meet once a month with our minister for training, but if there are enough applicants, we will then create new groups.
Persons desiring to join a group should contact Cindy O’Dell -   - 317-370-6705. Folks who would like to learn more about these groups may speak with Cindy or other members of the SFG Steering Committee including: Wendy Voigt   - 419-636-1589, Linda Van Zandt at   - 314-277-6738, or Bill Harrison   - 207-838-2556.

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