A Splendid Care-and-Share Giveaway Day
The guests arrived with anticipation and hope; they left with goods to fill their cupboards and drawers and closets and shelves. And rooms.
In keeping with its principles of "caring" and "doing', the members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice (UUCOV), under the sponsorship of the Community Outreach Committee, turned Saturday, April 21st into a Care and Share Giveaway Day.
Invitations to "Come and Help Yourself" had been sent to prospective guests via churches, food banks, and other organizations and agencies in touch with those in our community who were struggling and could use some help.
The Welcome Pole
The Welcome Pole is a cheerful, hand-painted wooden post featuring "welcome" in 12 different languages, including English, French, Spanish, Scots, Czech, and Cherokee, created by the children of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice (UUCOV). These languages and six more represent the children's heritage and reflect UUCOV's tradition of welcoming people of all backgrounds regardless of heritage, ideology, race, or sexual orientation.
On August 7, the children held an installation ceremony as the welcome pole, a gift to the congregation , was planted at the entrance to Waters Hall, UUCOV's community gathering place. One of our youth lit the flame within the chalice, a symbol of Unitarianism-Universalism, and after a responsive reading reflecting the denomination's openness, the children unveiled the Welcome Pole and the congregation ended with "Let there be peace on earth."