September 2017 Connection


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Issue No. 2005

Venice, FL

September 2017


Sundays at UUCOV

Sunday Services: 10:00am

September 3, 2017: "Who From Their Labors Rest"

In this day and age, Labor Day signals the end of summer. We know that was not the original intent. You may not know about Unitarian fingerprints on the holiday and improvements of labor conditions. Come and find out. Rev. Beard, a life-long Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist, retired in 2016 from full-time parish ministry and is now part-time community minister for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, FL.

September 10, 2017: “Not From Here”

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt. As some of our neighbors have already been deported, we need to get ready for an even bigger push by our government to get rid of people who are not from here.

September 17, 2017: “Beachfront For Sale” SERVICE AT MAXINE BARRITT PARK

Rev. Khleber Van Zandt.  SERVICE AT MAXINE BARRITT PARK. As sea levels rise, the poor in many locales are threatened. For the rest of us, the border between solid ground and deep water creeps ever closer.

September 24, 2017: “Feel The Spirit”

Kathleen Korb, current president of the West Central FL UU Cluster and serving on the Tampa Bay Interfaith Board, returns to talk to us about what being spiritual looks like from a humanist perspective.


Adult RE, Asta Linder House Room A

September 3, 2017, 09:00am: Eugene V. Debs and Working-Class Socialism-Influenced by Marx"

Influenced by Marx, Eugene Debs offered a critique of mainstream liberalism by emphasizing economic class as the crucial element in American society.

September 10, 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.

September 17, 2017, 09:00am: NO ARE - Service at the Beach

September 24, 2017, 09:00am: "Supreme Court and Laissez-Faire"

The Supreme Court of the early 20th century embraced Sumner's Darwinian understanding of governmental power.

Special Offering

September 10, 2017: Interfaith Outreach

Interfaith Outreach, Inc., a south Sarasota County volunteer organization, sponsors programs to help the hungry and homeless. Each week member churches host free community dinners open to all; the backpack kids program provides weekend food to school children who are on the assisted lunch program; a cold weather shelter houses homeless people on the coldest winter nights. Checks should be made out to UUCOV, with 'Interfaith Outreach' on the memo line. Thank you.

Minister's Corner

It Begins Inside

Many years ago, in my old hometown, the Dixiecrat segregationist and presidential candidate George Wallace was scheduled to make a campaignWhite Silence white consent stop on a lovely fall afternoon. Some friends and I drove downtown and walked toward the event, not knowing quite what to expect.
The first gathering of people we encountered happened to be what we’d now call counter-protesters and they were equipping anyone who was willing with signs and instructions for what to shout, what to sing, and what to do. I was handed a sign that said, “General Lemay sniffs airplane glue,” a cynical jab at the otherwise distinguished career of Wallace’s vice-presidential running mate.
I don’t know if Wallace noticed my sign or paid any attention to the voices arrayed against him there that day, but we had fun in the party atmosphere while exercising our freedom of speech and freedom of assembly and absolute rejection of Wallace’s white supremacist rhetoric.
Back then, my young friends and I could afford to be lackadaisical. While Wallace and his ilk did indeed feel to us like a threat to the Republic, they were never in our wildest dreams going to win the Electoral College.
But today is not fifty years ago, and many things that once were unimaginable have come to pass.
After Charlottesville, it is disturbingly obvious that there are competing visions of America out there among our neighbors. While some of us look forward to a bright new day, others are trying to drag us back in time into their dystopian version of the “good ol’ days.”
But there is no Golden Age back there in the past; we have always had our collective foibles and our moral failings, and we have yet to get it all into perfect order. In fact, the greatness of our nation has always depended on our best efforts to expand Jefferson’s imperfect and too narrow “All men are created equal” into the most inclusive and vigorous and radical America imaginable.
That’s not going to happen, though, if I hit the streets like I did when I was young: unprepared and simply on a lark. Before I can help get my country and my world right, I need to get my own life in better shape.
Anne Lamott has said, “While fixing and saving and trying to rescue is futile, radical self-care is quantum, and it radiates out from you into the atmosphere like a little fresh air. It’s where world peace begins.”
Since world peace has to start in my own heart, maybe I’ll add to my morning yoga routine a meditation on the phrase, “It begins inside, it begins inside, it begins inside.”
See you in church,

How to Contact Us

Mailing Address: UUCOV
1971 Pinebrook Road
Venice, Fl 34292-1563


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

To our Northern friends,
As I write this, Charyl and I have been here in Venice, no longer snowbirds, for 2 ½ weeks. In the past, back in Indiana, I kind of figured everything hereLyonDave150 slowed down to a snail’s pace in the summer and everyone was visiting out of state or hunkered down at home in the air conditioning. In other words: nothing much happened here.
Was I ever wrong!  I arrive to find Waters Hall has a totally new look. Salli Clarke has moved into a slick professional office across from Khleber (it looks great), the ‘old’ office has become a small meeting room, and the ‘living room’ is completely closed off with French doors to give privacy and noise protection to what’s happening inside. I attend a Sunday Morning Experience Team meeting and Lori, Khleber, and supporting cast have all the visiting guest speaker slots filled for this calendar year and Lori is working on 2018. I sit in with the Social Activities Team meeting and Catherine and crew have events planned for the whole year! I get to hear the 3rd of a very interesting 4-series presentation by The Venice Historical Society UUCOV on the history of the Venice area. I learn about the town of Woodmere that existed from 1910 to 1927; a large sawmill was the central focus of this community of nearly 600 that was located from the dome, thru Circlewood, and approached where Walmart is located. Each Thursday evening, we visit Japan and learn more about their history and traditions via a video lecture led by Charlotte Neagle.
These are the things I actually attended; more was happening: fellowship groups, Book Club, Common Good meeting, a new program called “Lunch and Learn.” And Sunday’s service was attended by 110 people!  I wanted you northerners to know this.
To Everybody,
One of the responsibilities of your Board of Trustees is to recognize the needs of our congregation.Our congregation is actively growing so there are more of us; we are an older congregation and at any time we have people hospitalized, ill at home, and under hospice care; we have congregants serving as caretakers. We on the Board, acutely aware of the personal and pastoral needs of our growing congregation, have been deliberating the need for additional help so that we have a trained and known minister available to our congregation at all times. This would mean additional hours of pastoral care from a part time minister when our minister is away or committed to other tasks, a not uncommon solution in churches of our size. We welcome your feedback on this option as we continue to consider such an addition. Further information will be shared as this possible expanded pastoral option unfolds.
Jonathan Greenstein, our YRE Assistant, has written a lovely letter to me and the Board; check it out in Letters to the Editor (below).
Dave Lyon, President

Congregational Life

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 the members of UUCOV: I would like to thank the members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice for the donations to the needy students of our school. Each year they provide students with supplies to start the school year off on the right foot. Thank you for being such great neighbors and helping our students achieve their academic dreams. Jason Hunter, Island Venice Montessori School, Venice campus principal.
To the ARE Team and the Social Justice Team: Thank you for keeping us informed and relevant. Every summer the NY Times does an article about the books that the nation's colleges and universities are recommending for summer reads, indicative of what our educational institutions deem important and what some of the younger generation is reading. I was delighted to see several of our UUCOV reads from last year listed in the article - "Just Mercy", "Hillbilly Elegy", and "Evicted". - Linda Underwood
To Kindra Muntz: Her energy to make our community a better place is extraordinary. From afar, all summer, she keeps track of what our county and state legislators and commissioners are doing and calls on us to write, march, picket, and call. Linda Underwood
To Linda Engle, for Chairing the summer meetings of the Common Good Committee, and to Leie Carmody, Francie Storey, Peggy Drogosch, Barbara Buehring, Becky Leas, Marty King: All you Common Good volunteers who staffed the Social Justice table, gathered petitions for Single Member Districts and the Voting Restoration Amendment, kept our Public Facebook group dynamic and growing, and all our Common Good efforts humming all summer, you are the greatest! - Kindra Muntz

Do it now!

FeatherPenJohn Spitzer, Chair of Legacy Friends, notes that the stock market has been strong – the Dow index recorded over 50 record highs during the past 9 months, and the index broke through the 22,000 level in early August. He suggests providing your intended long-term support to UUCOV now, by donating some of your appreciated stock to the Endowment Fund.
He points out that, if you ‘wait’, you risk that the markets will be lower at the time your estate settles. If you sell the stocks to avoid that risk, the gains are subject to capital gains taxes. But, if you donate the stocks to the UUCOV Endowment Fund now, you pay no capital gains taxes, the endowment (as a tax-exempt entity) receives the full market value of the stocks, and the value of your donation then grows as part of the endowment.
If you have questions about Legacy Friends or wish to obtain information about planned giving, please contact John Spitzer at 319- 331-5914 or email .

Another GA Participant Speaks Up

Linda Van Zandt
Ministry Days start on the Monday before GA starts on Wednesday afternoon and evening. Khleber and I try to attend the smaller, more intimate Ministry Days before the bigger, more complicated days that are GA. Ministers have two and a half days of meetings, workshops, worship services, etc. The Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Partners/Spouses (UUMPS) also meet. The UUMPS have two scheduled get-togethers to renew connections aGA 2017 NOLAnd make new connections.
This year, for the first time, the UUMPS had a table set up during registration allowing us some recognition of our status, separate from our partners/spouses. Next year, I have volunteered to be the logistics chair of the UUMPS meeting at Ministry Days. I look forward to setting up meetings at GA as well. We have met informally at GA in the past, but next year it is one of my goals to have a meeting space of our own and maybe even some programming. It is all about the connections we can make, at GA and everywhere.

The Librarian Speaks

If you have a copy of "Evicted," please return it to the welcome table or to Ruth Boysworth, 941-218-4754 .EvictedApril

Aah, have a seat!

benchWith appreciation of all UUCOVers who made donations and the secret donor who matched their offerings, we’ll soon have three new benches for our outdoor comfort. The patio is complete.

Lifespan Education

Message from our Director of Religious Education

On the Edge
Making plans for another ‘season’ of ARE I can't help but hope that the programs we offer will inform, heal, motivate, and stretch participants. If I'm goingWilliamsJaye250 to be honest, I also want very much for those unfamiliar with UUCOV to find something in our programs that brings them to our campus.
At the July Lunch and Learn an option in our Risky Business questions sheet began with, "Have you fallen into more "vanilla pudding" than you thought you would?". "Lose the edge and you're dribbling along in the uncooked vanilla pudding of life"- Lisa Martinovic
Beware the following thoughts that might keep you in the "pudding"
• The subject is uninteresting, boring
• I don't agree with the message
• It's a difficult subject
• I don't like the emotion laden words associated with the program
• We covered that topic years ago
As our programming really ramps up, beginning in October, I invite you to stay out of the pudding and reach for the edge: challenge yourself, choose something different, invite a friend, listen reverently, and share openly.

New Beginnings

jonathan greenstein 2017The Sunday before the new school year began, we experienced the bittersweet day of saying farewell to our long term YRE Assistant, Jonathan Greenstein, as he begins his freshman year at Florida State University. Jonathan was presented with a check from the congregation along with cards, a photo collage and a cake. Our YRE youth performed a dance to Phil Phillips song “Home”, while Rev. Khleber played the guitar and the congregation joined with their strong voices.
Rev. Khleber blessed all our children as they begin this new academic year. Special backpack charms with the UU chalice were made by Stephanie Zoernack and presented to each child.jonathan greenstein 3 2017
jonathan greenstein 2 2017We wish our children a successful and fulfilling school year!!
On August 13th, we honored YRE Assistant Jonathan Greenstein as he leaves for FSU and Khleber blessed all of the youth as they start school their school year. Then it was off to play musical clothes and enjoy a farewell cake with Jonathan.

Cook It Up!

Cook It Up 2 2017YRE had a cooking/feasting session to kick off the last week of summer break; veggie wraps and strawberry ladybugs and chocolate cupcakes from scratch with vanilla buttercream frosting. Many thanks to Nan Amorello, Kathleen Cook It Up 2017Gertsner, Carol Zoernack and Stephanie Zoernack. Our youth volunteer was Saxon Stanley, who washed a lot of dishes!Cook It Up 3 2017

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.


Aston Gardens hosts a monthly UUCOV Adult Education Program; DRE Jaye Williams will lead the Tuesday, September 26th discussion, 10-11am, about our Seventh Principle: ‘Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.’
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.

Last of the Lecture Series

TheBetty Intagliata Lecture Series Logo lecture series about local South County history, co-sponsored by the Historical Society, the Bill Jervey Charitable Foundation, and UUCOV, concludes on September 12th with a program on “History of the African-American Community of Laurel”. The discussion will be led by a panel of local African-American leaders and Sarasota County historians; panelists include Betty Intagliata, James C. Sims Jr., Sandra Sims Terry, and Lorrie Muldowney. This program, free and open to the public, will be held in the sanctuary from 1:30-3pm.

Lunch & Learn

Come to Asta Linder on Thursday, September 21st, 11:30-1:30pm, for our last Lunch and Learn of the season. Remember, bring a brown bag lunch; Lunch LearnUUCOV provides the drinks and a sweet treat. Our guest speaker will be Louise Bruderle who in 19889 helped launch a monthly publication reaching Sarasota and Manatee Counties, with the unique feature of profiling women making a difference in our community. Louise purchased the publication in 1993 and over 475 women have been profiled.

Understanding Japan

thThe video lecture series: “Understanding Japan: A Cultural History” (lecturer, Mark J. Ravina of Emory University) ends on Thursday, September 7th, 7-9pm with “Japan"s Economic Miracle”, “Kurosawa and Ozu: Two Giants of Film” and “The Making of Contemporary Japan”. Then, on Sept 14th, we’ll have a cultural history Japanese movie night, watching an early Kurosawa film "The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail”. Lord Yoshitsune and his samurai dress as monks to pass through an enemy checkpoint.

Interest Groups

BookClub1Book Club
The Book Club meets at 1:30pm on the second Thursdays of the month. On September 14, we’ll discuss “Noon at Tiffany’s” by Echo Heron. In October, we’ll consider David Grann’s “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI”. 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 last of the Summer History Lecture Series is on September 12th. Details above.


Mindfulness Meditation
On Sept 27, the Mindfulness Meditation group will resume meeting at Waters Hall, weekly on Wednesdays, from 6:00-7:30 pm. 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
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. UUCOV’s Café meets every third Wednesday of the month in Waters Hall at 1pm. All UUCOV members, friends, and neighbors who enjoy lively discussions are invited to participate.

Wellness Walking
Thwalkinge group will not meet again until January.




Social Justice

Green Sanctuary

EarthUnderwaterCalling all folks who are interested or just curious about GREEN SANCTUARY; what our mission is, what plans we have for the immediate future and the coming year. There will be a brainstorming session at Asta Linder at 1:30pm on Wednesday, September 20.
Bring your questions, ideas, and hopes for continuing to create a greener UUCOV, as well as suggestions for making our beloved planet a more people and animal-friendly place. Please inform Marianne Koerner 941-244-2435 or   of your interest.
The UUA Green Sanctuary has been asked to inform you that the extensive new “U.S. Climate Science Special Report” (final 2017 draft) was posted by the NY Times. You can read the report at  Scientists fear that the report is in danger of rejection or distortion by the Trump administration, hindering critical action on climate change. Please call or fax your senators and representative to support the report. Phone / free fax numbers here: 

Sign Up for the Common Good

Be sure to sign up on the Common Good list at the Social Justice table on the lanai to see how you can help make a difference for public policy in Venicepetitions1 and Sarasota County, and sign up online at to learn what state efforts will affect us locally. We have two immediate opportunities to make a difference in Venice and Sarasota County:
1) If 15,096 petitions for Single Member Districts for County Commissioners and Charter Review Board members can be submitted and validated at the Supervisor of Elections office by January 15th, the referendum can be placed on the March 13th ballot along with the School Board election to help get the BIG MONEY out of control of our county elections. Qualified candidates of all political parties can then run for office, and be held accountable to be responsive to the people, rather than to their large campaign donors and Super Pacs.
2) Venice could be the 4th city in Florida—behind St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Orlando—to commit to becoming a Clean Energy Community by 2050. In conjunction with the League of Women Voters and the Sierra Club, we can help press the Venice City Council to adopt a similar resolution to use only clean and renewable energy. We have made a difference with the council before by showing up in great numbers on important issues. We can do it again. And don’t forget how one of our UUs, Maxine Barritt, even saved a park in Venice by her persistence.

Newcomers Take Note

FamilyPromiseUUCOV is a proud member of the Family Promise of South Sarasota County (FPSSC) program, which helps homeless families with children in South Sarasota County. We provide the families with dinner, host the evening, play with the kids, and spend the night. We help get them off the next day after breakfast. The parents spend their days working or looking for work and housing with help from the Family Promise staff while their children are in school. Flexibility is key as each mother’s/father’s needs and their children’s needs are different.
UUCOV, in partnership with Venice United Church of Christ (VUCC), will host families at Asta Linder the weeks of October 15 through the 22nd; December 24, 2017 to January 7, 2018; March 25, 2018 to April 8, 2018; July 1, 2018 to July 15, 2018; September 30, 2018 to October 14,2018 and December 23, 2018 to January 16, 2019. Family Promise lost $45,000 in funding for this year. Our partnering with VUCC to host these families for an additional week, and their good faith offering of $1600 a year, allows UUCOV to commit that money to supporting FPSSC. And to that end, we gave FPSSC $1200 for Publix gift cards and gas gift cards to distribute to families as needed out of this year’s budget. The remaining budget will be spent for supplies for host weeks, buying clothes (school and work), medicine, items needed when the families find housing, etc.
Our Team has its plate full and we need and encourage your help. For more information about volunteering for Family Promise, contact Cindy O’Dell 317-370-6705

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 .
Dear Mr. Lyon and the entire UUCOV Board:
I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful organization for several years now, and for the generous gift. It truly has been a joy to see these bright, funny, and caring children grow into wonderful adults, and I'm honored to have played a part in seeing them blossom into the individuals they are today. Everyone at UUCOV has always been so kind and welcoming towards me, and it really does make me feel like I've joined this truly amazing community. I wanted to express my gratitude for the check as well. Being a college student comes with a lot of expenses, and your generosity really helps so much in paying for food and books. I'll never forget the incredible experiences that I've gained over these past few years, and hope I'll be able to stop by now and again when back from college on breaks. Thank you all so much, Jonathan Greenstein



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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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