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Adult Exploration

Adult Exploration programs include Sunday Forums; classes to educate, open new horizons, and enrich your spiritual journey; monthly discussion groups on various topics; and more. Any programs that offer the opportunity for development of a personal philosophy to live by will encourage open dialogue on questions of beliefs and spiritual practice.

Adult Exploration News

Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want

CenteringA “common read” is a book chosen yearly by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) that all congregations throughout the country are urged to read and to discuss. This year UUA chose two common reads: “Centering” (which will be discussed January 30th at 1pm) and, now, “Daring Democracy." This powerful, informative collaboration between authors Francis Moore Lappe and Adam Eich978 080703261 9en speaks to what our country has been and is becoming; it addresses the essence of what democracy, small ‘d’, requires. The book transcends party and asks us to be citizens who live what we believe in and dare to risk being part of the change we say we want. It is a readable guide to understanding what has happened to our country and motivating us, as ordinary people, to act in small ways that can make a difference. On February 27th we will gather in the sanctuary, 1-3pm, to talk about the book and what it raises for us and how it affects us. In early March, we will hold one or more workshops for those who want to explore how to utilize what “Daring Democracy” has stirred up and how to engage with that awareness nationally, locally, and in everyday life.

Chalice Circles

Chalice circles at UUCOVThe Chalice Circle that formed in January will continue to meet every other Thursday (in Feb. on the 8th and 22nd) at 1 pm in the Sanctuary. Although this group is now closed, there will be another opportunity to join a Circle in future, probably in April, when this group breaks up to reform with different members, allowing groups to continually be renewed and participants to get to know new people.

Higher Education and Climate Change

vica logoVenice Interfaith Community Association is presenting a talk in the UUCOV sanctuary, 7-9pm, on February 26th by Dr. Frank Alcock, Associate Professor of Political Science of New College of Florida, Sarasota. He teaches courses on world politics, international law, and environmental policy. His talk will address what college and graduate courses about the environment deal with: the science, governmental policies, politics, and the role of the media. He will open the meeting to discussion and questions.

UUCOV Hosts

The Bettty Intagliata Lecture Series winter series, funded by the Bill Jervey, Jr. Foundation and sponsored by the Venice Area Historical
society, will be held in UUCOV’s sanctuary. The 2nd sessioBetty Intagliata Lecture Series Logon, "Civil Rights Era: Sarasota County," is on Tuesday, February 20th , 7pm, with John McCarthy, Executive Director of historic Spanish Point, moderating a 3-member panel discussing the subject. All programs are free and open-to-the-public and will be followed by refreshments. For more information, see www.veniceareahistoricalsociety.org.

You Asked for It!

For those of you who missed it first time around or who weren’t in Florida to enjoy it, Bonne Norton is again moderating the “Faith Like a River” series:faith like a river the people, ideas and movements that have shaped our denomination. Each session invites participants to learn some history, exchange ideas and experiences through engaging activities and consider how the thoughts raised might affect us and our congregation today. No advance prep. No sign-up. Each session stands by itself. Come and experience an informative and entertaining program.
Wednesdays, 1-2:30pm, in Asta Linder.
Feb 7: “Verdant Springs: The Reformation." Learn more about the historical reformation and how it led to the rise of Unitarianism. More importantly, how do these concepts apply today? Are we currently experiencing a reformation?
Feb 14: "Martyrs and Sacrifice." Hear about Michael Servitus, Norbert Capek, and other martyrs of our denomination. Come and learn why they are important to us today.
Feb 21: "Rise of Unitarianism." Have you ever heard of the Iowa Sisterhood? Come learn this compelling story of early members of the denomination. How might our Congregational history be similar?
Feb 28: "Rise of Universalism." Universalism did much to shape our culture and moved west as our country expanded. Come and learn about some notable, but often unmentioned Universalists, many of whom launched important social justice work and movements.
Mar 7: "Consolidation and Merger." As is frequently the case with UU, the Unitarian and Universalist merger into the organization we know today was far from smooth. Come and learn about being Sleepless in Syracuse and consider how our movement can continue to be a vital force in our society today.