Many paths. One welcoming and diverse community.


welcomingcongInterweave of Venice is a chapter of a nationwide group actively working to end oppression based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Interweave affirms our status as a Welcoming Congregation. We provide programs and activities to educate the congregation and promote a safe atmosphere of inclusiveness towards gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning people.

Please email for more information or if you want to get involved.


Interweave News

Transgender 101: Part 2

transgender flagsOn January 25th 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm, in the Sanctuary, Nathan Bruemmer from ALSO Youth in Sarasota will return to share information about the transgender community and the issues and challenges they face. With the current political situation, the transgender community is one of the most vulnerable and at-risk populations in our state. Come for this informative presentation and discussion. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

CHAPS "Reverse Advent Bags"

HIV+/AIDS affected individuals have compromised immune systems and keeping themselves and their homes safe from bacteria and viruses is crucial toCHAPS Logo maintaining their health and the health of their families. SNAP cards (food stamps) only allow one to purchase edible items—no toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, deodorant,feminine hygiene products, household disinfectants, etc.
So, CHAPS Food & Hygiene Pantry, an all-volunteer, 501c3, non-profit pantry that serves over 210 South Sarasota County HIV+/AIDS clients and their dependents in North Port, Venice, Nokomis, Osprey and Englewood, provides 45 different hygiene items and household disinfectant products in addition to their food pantry items. They are collecting hygiene items of all varieties.
They have provided us with ‘Reverse Advent Bags’, which you will find on the lanai during December. Please take a bag and, instead of receiving a daily advent gift, GIVE ONE! A list of suggested items will be provided, all of which can be purchased at Dollar stores; filled bags can be returned to the lanai any time during the month of December. Checks in lieu of items may be made out to CHAPS, Inc. and left at the office with Salli. Thank you for your generosity! For more info about CHAPS go to or see Salli in the office.

Interweave Events

On Thursday, November 2nd, 1-3pm, we will discuss “At the Broken Places” in the sanctuary Mary Collins and Donald Collins, a parent and aAt the broken places transgender transgender son, collaborated on this memoir, recounting their struggle with their differences as Donald Collins undertook medical treatment options to better align his body with his gender identity.

transgender flagsCome to the sanctuary on Thursday, November 9th 6-8pm, for an informative and affirming event to better understand the current issues and to provide an outreach to the transgender community in our area. At the Transgender Remembrance Panel Discussion (clergy, professionals, families in transition and (we hope, transgender individuals), you will learn more about the "T" in LGBTQI, learn about transgender history and current issues facing the transgender community, hear personal stories, and be able to participate in a Q and A session. There will be social time and light refreshments after the presentation.