Many paths. One welcoming and diverse community.

Social Justice

scalesofjusticechaliceOur social justice ministry at UUCOV is in the best tradition of Unitarian Universalist history and principles. We support our Seven Principles, nurture our spirits, and help heal the world through:

Social Service: charitable assistance and hands on help to those in need
Social Witness:
publicly addressing justice issues
Social Education:
discussion, study, and reflection about justice issues
Social Action:
organized action to remedy injustice

Our five committees are focused on:

Community Outreach: work in the larger community
Common Good: local, state, and national public policy
Family Promise: on campus hosting for homeless families in need
Green Sanctuary: environmental issues
Interweave: gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues

Social Justice News

For Service Above and Beyond

The Community Outreach committee would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to two of its veteran members, Steve Batchelor and Phil Veach.thanks These gentlemen have worked tirelessly for many years on behalf of the neediest individuals in our community. During the frigid nights we have had in the recent weeks, they spent hours calling volunteers, cooking meals, and doing whatever else was needed for the Cold Weather Shelter at Grace United Methodist Church. Their work for the Backpack Kids and sandwich-making programs is invaluable. Their energy seems limitless, and their service to our neighbors in need is awe inspiring.
Steve and Phil's efforts have inspired several UUCOV members to sign up for the Cold Weather Shelter. If you would like to participate in this or any program of the Community Outreach committee, call Eileen Leapley 941-525-4328.

Register Now

climate changeSusan Brinckerhoff will facilitate ‘Change is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions’, a Northwest Earth Institute Course. This five-week course, beginning on Thursday, February 8th, 1:00pm, is limited to 10 participants and pre-registration is required.
Presented in an interactive format, this discussion course integrates video, audio and printed content with action plans that help you roll your sleeves up and get started taking action toward a better tomorrow.For info or to secure one of the 10 spots, contact Jaye Williams 941-587-2981.

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 080703261 9

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 uujfKeynote 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 FamilyPromisecongregation 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

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.