Three opportunities to act for the Common Good
1) Borrow or buy the UUA Common Read ‘Daring Democracy’; be ready to join in February discussions and workshops at UUCOV.
Some copies will be available at the Social Justice table. Buy your own for $9.09 or less at Amazon.com.
2) Join the March for Democracy in Sarasota ,January 20th. There will be speeches and music and an alternative program for those who cannot march. Sign up to travel by bus; the bus is scheduled to leave from Jacaranda near I-75 is filling up fast. We aren’t certain if a second bus can be scheduled. Buy a T-shirt if you wish.
3) Carpool with a group from Venice, Monday, January 22nd, to the state Capitol for the most exciting UU Justice Florida Legislative Days ever! Our Keynote Speaker Monday night is Desmond Meade, the founder of the Voting Restoration Amendment campaign. We will be celebrating his good work and, we hope, the SUCCESSFUL completion of the petition drive to put the amendment on the ballot in 2018 This is a wonderful opportunity to see the Florida Capitol, meet with the legislative staff, and see our legislators in action. As representatives of the UU Justice Florida Action Network, we will be lobbying our legislators Tuesday morning on bills for the common good. You will be given a packet of information about the bills and lobby training Monday night. UU Justice Florida pays for your Monday night dinner and hotel. Register and join us for this informative, intense two-day experience. We have dinner enroute on the way back and are home Tuesday night by 10:00 PM.
Family Promise: Thank You’s All Around
This year’s first hosting (December 24, 2017 – January 7, 2018) presented an opportunity for UUCOV to show our flexibility and what a caring congregation we are. Because of the holidays, we added 8 more shifts and additional van drivers to ensure our families had access to the Family Promise South Sarasota County Day Center when it was open. The Center, the primary place where these families’ lives are focused (there they have access to computers, play grounds, washing machines, showers etc) will be closed for three days in a row so the employees can have the holidays off.
-Thank you to all the volunteers from our co-hosts Venice United Church of Christ and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and to the ‘free agents’ (not affiliated with a church) who help us host.
-YRE has plans to welcome the hosted families and their children to UUCOV’s home - joy, sharing, taking time to say hi! Thank you, YRE.
-Jim Beckstrom has been working to bring us into the 21st century with a computer program that will seriously reduce the number of times people touch the same document to accomplish 1 task. Thank you, Jim.
-Thank you to the Social Activities Team for inviting our Families to the UUCOV holiday party on Xmas Day. Whether they attended or not, they knew they were welcome.
- Physical Plant team continues to amaze with their work. Thank you for all your help with Asta Linder House.
-And to all the volunteers who are giving food and shelter and a shoulder to lean on to the 2 families in the current program (a single mother with 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl, aged 8years to 6 months and another single mother with a 3 year old), it is an honor and a privilege to work with you and for you. You make a difference!!
Transgender 101: Part 2
On 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.
Have you noticed…?
...the new addition to the UUCOV campus? The Green Sanctuary Committee hopes that the new BIKE RACK will inspire all to use biciycles as much as possible, with the goal of lessening fossil fuel emissions as well as adding to good health.