February 2016 Connection


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Issue No. 1902

Venice, FL

February 2016


Sundays at UUCOV


Sunday Services: 9:30 & 11:00am

February 7, 2016: "Spreading Our Wings"

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. Every year about this time, we're asked to consider our promises and commitment to this community of seekers. In this our eighteenth year, as with any other eighteen-year-old, it's about time we spread our wings.

February 14, 2016: "Wiser to be Sad?"

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. Some scholars believe that Abraham Lincoln suffered from bouts of clinical depression, or what was called 'melancholy' at the time. Was depression a fertile soil for his evolution into the greatest of our leaders?

February 21, 2016: "Imagine a Mission"

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. The church is a business and must practice fiscal responsibility. But it is not only a business: it is a liberating community with a distinct mission in the world. Perhaps we need to reconsider all our resources and all our activities through the lens of a missional imagination.

February 28, 2016: "A Savior of Her People"

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. One of the superstars of Jewish legend, the widow Judith used her feminine wiles to overcome adversity in the form of Holofernes, the Assyrian general besieging the Hebrews. Her exploits beg many questions, among them: what is homeland security worth?


Adult Religious Education: Asta Linder House Rm. A

February 7, 2016, 09:30am: "Hinduism - Death and Rebirth"

A key element in the evolution of Hinduism was the acceptance of samsara, the belief that beings endure a series of births, deaths and rebirths. This Great Courses lecture explores the development of these major concepts. Discussion to follow.

February 7, 2016, 11:00am: "Buddhism - Buddhism as a World Religion"

During its 2,500-year history, Buddhism has grown from a tiny religious community in northern India into a movement that now spans the globe. The Buddhist tradition will challenge us to look in new ways at some basic religious questions. A Great Courses lecture and discussion.

February 14, 2016, 09:30am: "Hinduism - The Quest for Liberation"

This Great Courses lecture explores the variety of forms and expressions that gave rise to the religious practices often associated with Hinduism. Discussion to follow.

February 14, 2016, 11:00am: "Buddhism - The Life of the Buddha"

Historically, we have just a few facts about the life of the Buddha. This handful of historical facts is actually important to us. It tells us that the Buddha was not a figment of someone's imagination. He was a real human being. A Great Courses lecture and discussion.

February 21, 2016, 09:30am: "Hinduism - The Vedantic Solution"

A Great Courses lecture and discussion. To realize the Absolute entails penetrating reality's veil and acknowledging the identity of the self and ultimate reality.

February 21, 2016, 11:00am: "Buddhism - All is Suffering"

Suffering is a broad concept that includes not only physical and mental pain, but also the pain and distress of change, loss and impermanence. The Buddha teaches the causes of suffering and the path to the ending of suffering. A Great Courses lecture and discussion.

February 28, 2016, 09:30am: "Hinduism - The One and the Many"

Hindus who found ascetism too austere worshiped personal deities that manifested reality in a myriad of knowable aspects. A Great Courses lecture and discussion.

February 28, 2016, 11:00am: "Buddhism - All is Suffering"

Nirvana is the complete and total freedom from suffering and its causes. The Buddha describes the eight steps we can take on the path to Nirvana. A Great Courses lecture and discussion.

Special Offering

February 14, 2016: Transition Venice

This local group is part of a worldwide grassroots effort to make our community more food and energy resilient. Contributions support outreach, training, lending library, and materials to support projects, such as helping to reestablish a community garden that is open to the public. If you write a check, make it to UUCOV with "Transition Venice" in the memo line. Thank you.

Minister's Corner

Whither Thou Goest?

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt

glasses-books 250x137Consultant Mark Ewert characterized our congregation as a train barreling down the tracks at full speed - a lot of energy moving forward, a lot of work getting done in all kinds of directions, a lot of momentum building up and building up.

Only trouble is, no one knows where the train is going.

This time of year, I often find myself playing "what-if"games in my imagination to see if I can find some new direction for my thoughts and efforts in the coming months. If you wish, you can play along with me for a few moments:

What if we worked toward becoming the go-to organization in Venice for learning about world religions by offering lectures, experiences, and spiritual practices? We've had visitors join us for the series on Islam, and Venice Interfaith has seen an increase in attendance at their Winter Series on world religions in our sanctuary, so apparently there's a desire in the broader community for such a thing.

What if we sought to act as the primary support in South Sarasota County for LGBTQ teens, seniors, and singles? Our Interweave group is exploring ways to fill the huge need for housing, services, and information sharing among this burgeoning segment of our community. Could they use help?

What if we could become the recognized leader in support of the homeless and low income individuals and families in the Venice-Nokomis area? We're already participating in the Family Promise program, but surely there's more that these families on the edge need that we could provide.

What if we shifted our twelve outreach offerings each year to support only three or four programs? Imagine then, if we dedicated our time and talent in addition to our dollars in support of these few organizations that we collectively deem most essential to our Community Outreach efforts. How much more help could we be in such a targeted fashion?

What if we partnered with the Laurel Civic Association, directing our time, talent and treasure to serving their population of underserved but deserving folks? LCA currently serves a diverse demographic that we don't seem to be able to reach here at Pinebrook and Edmondson. If we pitched in with LCA's already up-and-running programs, how many lives could we affect for the good?

Or what if we began a concerted effort to affect people in jails and prisons: visiting them, sending books and supplies, lobbying our government officials, supporting those returning from prison to society?

Considering any of these things as individuals would be daunting. But as a congregation, we are a powerful bunch of folks. What if fear of failure didn't hold us back? Where might this train take us then?

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: Nan Kritzler
Phone: 941-485-2105
Office hours: Monday - Friday 10:00am -Noon

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

From the Board

President's Message February 2016

Joel Morrison

JoelMorrisonTalking with a friend on the lanai after service recently, he said, "There is too much going on in the congregation these days, I can't take advantage of all of it. I have to pick and choose what I attend."

There is no better statement about the growth of our community. We are becoming a mature church that offers different opportunities to our diverse members. The coordinating Council recently debated whether we could schedule two "pot luck suppers" on successive evenings. It was agreed that both were worthwhile and probably did not appeal to the same groups in our congregation, so that overlap would be minimal. These situations will continue to arise and are signs of progress as our numbers swell.

It is wonderful that we can offer such diverse chances for growth. I remember as an undergraduate the many courses offered in my major. In addition to the required courses, I could pick and choose from many related courses.. So should it be within a mature congregation. With the Sunday sermon as a "required course" and our seven guiding principles directing our philosophy, we should be able to choose between a study of Islam, Buddha, or Hinduism, and a series of programs on the latest developments in physics, the science of the brain, or global warming. Similarly we should be able to discuss recent literature, compare health programs, and join with others in offering services to those less fortunate than ourselves.

I, for one, am completely pleased that I have to "pick and choose" which programs I attend. I see it as UUCOV offering meaningful and important contributions to my life and to the lives of other UUCOV members.

Congregational Life

Jim Scott Concert: A Pete Seeger Songfest

Jim ScottFeb 6, 7:00 p.m. UU composer/guitarist Jim Scott presents "A Pete Singer Songfest", a concert honoring the folk legend. Admission is $15. Beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase. We'll hear Where Have All the Flowers Gone,Turn, turn, turn and many, many other old favorites.

Jim, who has performed at over 600 UU congregations, knew Pete well and collaborated on many projects with him. Jim is a prolific composer in his own right and his much loved "Gather the Spirit" and other songs are in the UU hymnbooks.

Compassion and Choices

This inaugural meeting of the Venice chapter of Compassion & Choices (C&C)will be held in the Sanctuary on Saturday, February 6, 2:00pm. C&C is a national nonprofit organization that works to improve care and expand choice at the end of life. The most well-known component of C&C's work is state and federal advocacy to secure the legal right for patients to receive end of life medication from their physicians when certain health related criteria are met.

We will view a documentary that explores real life responses to Oregon's "Death with Dignity Act," the first law in the U.S. to allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to the terminally ill. After a brief discussion of the film, we will learn a bit more about C&C and discuss future plans for the group. Contact Olivia Weinberger - 845-797-1878 or .

Applause, Applause!

OpenMicUUCOV members and friends, it's time to sing, play an instrument, tell a story, read a poem or essay, or share something special with all of us; on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 5pm we're having a Chowdah Potluck dinner and at 6:30 we're having an "Open Mic" party!

We'™ll get together and entertain each other. Since that day happens to be Valentine's Day, you may want to consider working a love song or two into your session in the spotlight! We'll have a sign-up sheet, and you'll have approximately 10 minutes to perform.

So reach into your recipe book and pull out your best Chowdah dish, be it clam, lobster, crab, corn, or any chowdah you can think of to bring. If you don't make a chowdah, please come anyway! You can always bring oyster crackers, saltines, salad, or any other side dish that works with chowdah.

We'll have water and iced tea, and for those of you who need some extra liquid courage, we'™ll also sell wine and soft drinks. If you choose to eat at home but want to participate in or just watch the show, the microphone will be open starting at 6:30.

The most important part of this party is of course, sharing your gifts with friends. So if you've ever thought of getting up in front of a group of happy, supportive people, Sunday, February 14th at 5 p.m. is the time, and the UUCOV sanctuary is the place!

Legacy - the gift that lives on beyond us

If you look to the right during the Sunday morning service, you glimpse through the window the Memorial Garden that member Bill Lynch had built to honor his late wife, Helen. Bill died years ago, but the Garden remains for all of us a lovely place of peace and solace.

Our Founders dug deep to be able to buy the land and build the sanctuary that is the heart of UUCOV. Several members have given tangible gifts that we use every week. Sal Salorenzo gifted us with the beautiful grand piano that will outlast us all to honor his beloved parents. Edna Robinson's gift made possible the purchase of our modern audio/visual equipment.

All of them have left us a legacy in this, our spiritual home.

And one fourth of present members have already committed to leaving a monetary legacy through their wills or trusts that future UUCOVers will decide how best to use to continue the inner and outer work of our congregation.

When asked why they decided to be Legacy members of UUCOV, Marty and Bruce King cited two reasons: They had a strong sense of homecoming when they started attending UUCOV and wanted to help assure that it will still be there to provide that home for future families. So they wanted to help build the endowment. Income from the endowment can be used for day-to-day expenses, and the principal is there to provide financial security for the future. They found it easy to add this endowment provision when they reviewed their will and hope it will help assure that UUCOV will still be there for future generations.

If you are interested in joining the other 63 members of the Legacy Friends Group, please contact Nancy Ryder at 483-4576 or email

Revolving Dinners

foodAnne Utschig, Revolving Dinners Coordinator, is spending some months in Japan and she sends greetings from Japan. It just snowed there! But Anne is letting people who didn't sign up for Revolving Dinners in December know that she will keep a waiting/backup list and if someone is unable to attend a dinner the hosts may invite someone from the backup list. So-o-o if you didn't sign up and would like to see what Revolving Dinners are like email Anne (far away in Japan), , and let her know you would like to be on the backup list.

Anne wins the prize for staying involved with UUCOV and being far, far away! Far away in miles but close to our hearts.

UUCOV Building Work Group

UUCOV is very fortunate to have a group of men and women who come together on Thursday mornings to help maintain our campus. You may find them painting curbs, cleaning fans, building walls, repairing the sprinkler system, moving chairs, etc. This dedicated group saves us thousands of dollars each year by their do-it-yourself skills and energy. They also can be found on Thursdays enjoying lunch at Black Gold and enjoying their jokes and stories. Anyone interested in helping UUCOV with their hands and energy is invited to participate.
And we all owe this group a big thank you for their dedication.

Work GroupSome of the group in the new workshop they are building in Waters Hall Garage to house the tools that Dave Williams is donating.
Big thank you to Dave!!!

Meet New Members

Irene NelsonIrene Nelson
I first met my husband (Dick Nelson) at a youth program in church when we were teenagers and have been together ever since. He is my best friend, love and supporter. We have been given the gifts of five wonderful children seventeen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. My life's work outside home has varied quite a lot. I worked in patient care in nursing homes for fourteen years and took care of both sets of parents. Spent twenty three years at the University of RI as Coordinator for non academic functions and the URI information desk. Now my life has brought me back to the medical field. I am currently a volunteer for Tidewell Hospice. Most of my time is helping at our local Englewood House. This is one of the most gratifying gifts given me. I love music and enjoy singing. Also like traveling, theater, cooking, playing bridge, but best of all time spent with family.

SchaferDonnaHalHal and Donna Schafer
140 Wisteria Rd, Venice, FL 34293
Hal -
Donna -
I was born and raised in Toledo, OH and attended a United Brethren (Methodist) Church. I first attended a UU church in Akron OH after meeting my wife Donna. We moved to Middlebury, Vermont and were part of a group that started the UU Church in the community. The church grew large enough that we needed a building and a Jehova's Witness building was purchased. I was part of the remodeling of both the sanctuary and later the purchasing and remodeling of the parsonage.

I retired from teaching middle school math after almost 20 years mostly in Vermont. I also owned a retail fabric store and worked in industrial sales.

We moved from Vermont to North Carolina where we lived for 14 years and from there to Venice. We have several friends who highly recommended this area.

We have three dachshunds who control our lives. I love gardening, tennis, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles and football. I'm a member of the UUCOV gardening club we are members of the theater group.

I was born in Burlington, Vermont and raised in Akron, Ohio. When my parents felt my siblings and I needed some religious training they found the Universalist Church in Akron Ohio so I have been a UU since I was 10-11 years old. I love the challenges to my thinking and the questioning of my stances that have opened my eyes to a broader way of looking at the world.

I retired from United Airlines where I worked as a ticket/gate agent at Raleigh Durham International Airport in North Carolina. So I was one of those people that you had to deal with when your flight was delayed or canceled. I also owned a retail fabric store in Akron, Ohio with my husband Hal. When we moved to Vermont I worked with students in the Chapter 1 program and also with disabled students and substituted in all 12 grades. I also worked in a computer store in sales and HR and ran the training center.

The most important role that I have had is being a parent to 2 and a step-parent to 5.

I love to quilt, play tennis, walk, go to the theater, read, bike, and enjoy the beach as much as I can. I want to learn to sail.

Lifespan Education

In Search of a Gentle Death - a 21st Century Social Issue

On Thursday, February 18th, 1:00, we welcome Jim Chastain to UUCOV. Jim brings 30 years of experience with end of life issues and organizations. He has worked in the Denver headquarters of the National Hemlock Society and is a former president of the Final Exit Network of Florida. Jim currently serves on the board of the Hemlock Society of Florida.

End-of-life decisions continue to stir controversy. Jim will discuss how social attitudes, moral beliefs and laws, related to death, are changing.

We encourage you to invite family members and friends to what will be a very informative and thought provoking presentation.

Youth Religious Education

As our children continue to explore a variety of faith traditions, they learn of similarities in beliefs and customs across religions. Meditation, prayer ritual, quiet time, and the closing of one's eyes are a common thread among many religions

Our youth will be making prayer beads as part of our curriculum on prayer as it relates to various faith traditions. We would love donations of interesting and varied beads for this project. Please contact Jaye at or bring them to UUCOV by Sunday February 7th.

The children are also learning about breath and becoming aware of how they breathe: chest or belly, deep and slow or shallow and fast. The children all agreed that when they took time to be more aware of their breathing and practiced the tools we taught them for deep and centering breathing they felt more calm and settled. Now that's a lesson for all of us.

kids and balloonsTo become more aware of their breathing, the children practice blowing balloons across a table in one slow, steady breath.


chaliceMonday evenings, 6-8pm, six weeks beginning Feb. 22nd through March 28th. This six-session adult education course follows the book, A Chosen Faith, by John Buehrens and Forrester Church. It is designed to deepen your understanding of Unitarianism, Universalism, and the ideas, history, and people driven by the values that have culminated in the founding of the UU Congregation of Venice. It is a continuation along the path of involvement in an international community of faith that is dedicated to the uplifting of the human spirit.

And More... Adult RE

As we begin to offer more and varied Adult RE programming to an intelligent, engaged and ever questioning congregation, what evolves are requests for follow-up programming to dig deeper and learn more...... as you learn more. The Aging and Spirituality course will be supplemented with some one-time presentations during February related to often challenging, but necessary, choices regarding the end-of-life. With a weighty topic such as this, isn't it reassuring to be part of a community where we are all willing to learn together?

The Spiritual Fellowship Groups Drop-In Program

Discussion-GroupThe Spiritual Fellowship Group Drop-in Program will run the entire year on the 3rd Saturday each month, from 10-12 at Waters Hall.

Anyone interested in participating in the meetings is invited to attend, no commitment required. For newcomers this is a great chance to meet members on a small group basis, while they get to know you. Questions: Phone Carol Wolfers: 941-483-3877 or Pat Schwing: 941-474-0008.

Interest Groups

bookBook Club
The Book Groups meets in Waters Hall the second Thursday of the month to discuss books chosen by the group. All are welcome to attend. February's book is A Fine Balanceby Rohinton Mistry. With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India.

14Mindfulness Meditation
Guided meditation and a look at early Buddhist teachings on living a more peaceful life. Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30pm, led by Linda Kabo.

platocolorPlato's Circle
A discussion group that meets the first Wednesday of the month at 1:00 in the Asta Linder House. Everyone is welcome to attend. 
Do you often wonder: If "they", the people who hold religious or political beliefs very different than yours, if "they" are passionate about beliefs that defy rational thinking (unlike yours) and "they" are driving you nuts, why do "they" believe that - and why don't "they" listen?

Then, come to Plato's Circle and learn just how irrational your own thinking may be regarding morals and beliefs; and, perhaps, appreciate why "they"and you- think that way and drive each other nuts

The discussion will be based on the book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. The author, Jonathan Haidt, posits that rationality alone cannot be a complete guide to moral behavior and that "gut"intuition has much more influence. He believes that people are divided because of the lack of understanding on either side, which stems from the fact that neither side comprehends how the other side has come to believe what they believe.

Dan Hadley and Bill Dowling will facilitate the discussion.

socratescolorSocretes Cafe
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. All UUCOV members, friends, and neighbors who enjoy lively discussions are invited to participate. Socrates Cafe meets every third Wednesday of the month in Waters Hall at 1:00pm..

ThreeOClockThree O'Clock Poets
Attn: Poets. Three O'Clock Poets will meet on the third Thursday of the month in the Asta Linder House at 3:00pm. All poets and poetry lovers are welcome.


Social Justice

SPECIAL ACTION REQUEST - Time is Running Out - Act Before Feb. 6

death-rowWe have learned from Adam Tebrugge, Attorney, ACLU of Florida, that Michael Lambrix is on death row and scheduled for execution February 11th. Adam has investigated the case in depth, and feels there is reason to believe Michael is INNOCENT! Even though the U.S. Supreme Court has just ruled that the Florida death penalty system is unconstitutional, Michael may still be executed, as a member of a long-standing case prior to that ruling. Adam requests that all of us send a letter to Governor Rick Scott ASAP simply saying "Please give Michael Lambrix a CLEMENCY HEARING" Please email the Governor  or send a letter immediately to:
Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Family Promise Update

FamilyPromiseUUCOV successfully completed our second Family Promise host week December 20 - 26 when three families, including three adults and eight children, stayed at Asta Linder House. The Coordinating Team especially wants to thank the volunteers who agreed to host during Christmas week. The flexible crew, under the able direction of host coordinator Georgia Blotzer, faced a number of challenges during the week. The third family joined the program at the last minute, requiring adjustments to space configuration, meals and supplies. We learned after the week began that the Family Promise Day Center would be closed on December 24 as well as Christmas Day and Saturday and the families would have no place to go during those day. Thanks to the volunteers who stepped up to host, the families were able to stay at Asta Linder House continuously for those three days and to have a joyous Christmas with gifts supplied through the Day Center from several area churches.

Our third host week will be March 13- 20, changed from February 21 - 27. Anyone who would like to volunteer and has not yet signed up please contact Barbara Griffin, , 941-497-2733, or sign up on the lanai. All new volunteers will have official Family Promise training before the March host week, date and time TBA.


pride-flagInterweave is a committee actively working toward ending oppression based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Interweave of UUCOV has teamed up with Sarasota Interweave to create Suncoast Interweave, to work together on LGBT issues in our area. We are hoping that Bradenton, Port Charlotte and Naples will be joining us in ongoing projects in the future.

We showed the documentary "Gen Silent," which examines issues of aging from the viewpoint of several elderly LGBT citizens, and we hope to develop a resource clearinghouse that will list agencies, facilities and practitioners sensitive to the needs of the LGBT community.

If you are interested in knowing more about Interweave, or joining us at our next meeting/event, please contact Lori Baribeault, Interweave Chair, at .

An Experience You Won't Forget!

uujfJOIN US: UU Justice Florida Legislative Day in Tallahassee February 8-9, an informative and intense view of our State legislature in action.

Training and handouts are provided. No registration fee. Monday night dinner and hotel provided FREE to UUs, with a discounted rate for non-UUs.

  • See the full agenda and register here: http://www.uujusticefl.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=63600
  • Contact your State Representative and State Senator here to make an appointment for Tuesday morning, February 9. www.rocketlobby.com The legislature is in full swing and appointments are needed! (Make an appointment with the Legislative staffer-- best of all.)
  • We will zero in on bills for criminal justice reform, bills for solar and anti-fracking, and a House and Senate Memorial to press for the needed U.S. constitutional amendment to eliminate corporate personhood and money as speech (to overturn Citizens United!)

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Comments, kudos, questions, concerns, musings - all welcome. 325 word maximum. Send yours to

Dear Editor,

The 2016 Auction was a success!

Estimates are that more than 100 people attended the More Than Services Auction on January 16. All seemed to enjoy the fun of bidding, many winning exactly what they wanted. The Guest Auctioneer, Francesca Lund, enticed the crowd to bid generously and people responded. Initial figures indicate the auction brought in more than $11,000.00  the highest amount yet for a UUCOV auction!

Thanks are due to all who donated a service, an item, a meal (most popular!), a gift certificate, a work of art, an experience of some type, a basket filled with goodies. The live auction saw bidding on 41 items while the silent auction invited bids on almost 50. That translates into a spirit of generosity from the entire congregation.

A congregational event never happens by chance. The efforts of many people are necessary and so very much appreciated. The Auction Coordinating Committee met for weeks to plan each aspect; members were Marsha French, Claire Harrison, Marilyn Marcus, Pat Schwing, and Nancy Zarowin. Each had a committee to help carry out their specific tasks. Nancy probably had the largest committee helping with food and drink: Kim and Matt McHugh, Rick Williams and Paul Casavant.. Then there were those who helped on the day of the event - more than 25 people who assisted as cashiers, spotters, runners, recorders, those who helped with set-up and clean up, and Marianne Koerner who played marvelously in the background to set the mood.

Prior to the Auction, behind the scenes work was done by Karen Griffin who produced the brochure, Mary Taylor who created all of the certificates and, of course, Nan Kritzler who assisted with so many details.

As chair of the 2016 Auction I want to express my appreciation and thanks to all who helped. This auction showed that together we can have fun, make connections and bring in needed financial resources as well! Thanks to all.

There are still a few auction itmes left! Follow this link to see the remaining items: http://www.uucov.org/images/2016AuctionRemains.pdf

Bev Morrison

Publication Deadlines

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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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