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The Communications Council is comprised of the Communications Team and the UCOV Radio Group. Our purpose is to provide information, news and programming about UUCOV and the Unitarian Universalist denomination to our congregation and our community at large.

The Communications Committee is in charge of internal publications - Connection and UUCOV Happenings, our website, our Facebook page, press releases and paid advertising. If there is an upcoming UUCOV event you need publicized please download and fill out the form below and return it to Leie Carmody.

Communications Event Form (pdf)

The UUCOV Radio Group has created an internet radio station. Their mission statement: UUCOVRadio is an internet radio station which exists to broadcast programs and services embodying the seven principles of UUCOV and the Unitarian Universalist Association to the larger community. In addition to spreading the message of Unitarian Universalism, UUCOVRadio seeks to promote the arts and to focus on the needs and challenges of the local community. The UUCOV Radio site is located at

If you are interested in spreading the word about our congregation and our faith to the wider community, come join us! 

Communications News

Tip of the Hat

tip of the hatTip of the Hat provides a place for each of us to express recognition of or thanks to others in the congregation. You might ‘tip your hat’ to a group, a team, or an individual. If you have a submission for this column please email it to the editor, Leie Carmody, with “tip of the hat” in the subject line. Your message should include who is being recognized or thanked.

To Linda Underwood and Bill Dowling for their excellent three-minute speeches on the changes to the Venice Comprehensive Plan at the Open to the Public session of the Venice City Council on November 28th. What a great example for others! It is important to bring our concerns to our elected officials. Bill was even interviewed by the Herald-Tribune and appeared on ABC-TV7 news that night. Way to go, Bill and Linda! Kindra Muntz

To Pat Franks - Our Sunday services are made all the more special by the time we spend afterwards with each other and Pat helped make that time even more enjoyable. Thank you, Pat, on behalf of the Sunday Morning Experience team for finding volunteers for our Sunday social times over the last several months. In addition, you and your helpers have cleaned and organized the kitchen numerous times. Lori Baribeault

To Bev Morrison - Kudos to Bev Morrison for all the work she did to organize UUCOV into neighborhoods! Bonnie Hurley

To Karen Griffin, Barbara Smith, Marilyn Amick, and Saxon Stanley. We appreciate you! * Jaye Williams
*see Lifespan Learning, YRE article

To Marianne Koerner, Steve Doublestein, Nancy Zarowin and Ray Goins for sharing their diverse and high energy musical talent and organization with the congregation and to the choir for their continuing and well-appreciated service as we transition into a new musical era for UUCOV. Board of Trustees

Reserve January 27, 2018

For most of you, one word will do. AUCTION. For newcomers, here’s the scoop. Every year, UUCOV holds a late afternoon-evening event in January that’s filled with fun, food, and laughter; we call it our Auction, where – privately, marking a sheet to bid on some desired item or hands high in response to the auctioneer’s bid calling – you bid on what you want: a boat riGavelde up the intracoastal, a lovely painting, a lesson in that craft you’ve always hoped to learn, a spot at the St. Patrick’s day party, a ride to the airport, and on and on, maybe a ride on you-know-who’s motorcycle. If any UUCOVer can imagine offering it, you can bid to make it yours.
And now is the time to think about what you can offer for others to bid on: an item, a service, a class, a dinner, a party, a trip. Pick up a donation form on the lanai; you’ll find past Auction bulletins there to help get your ideas flowing. If you have questions, contact . This is our biggest fund raiser for UUCOV - last year we raised well over $10,000. You’ll be hearing more about the Auction; look for it.

Share a Story of Generosity

Some of the most meaningful moments at UUCOV are when members and friends share personal stories of how they have been touched by generosity they’ve experienced in their lives. You can help keep alive the UUCOV spirit of generosity. Please share a story with the congregation on a Sunday or write a brief story to be read by a volunteer. If you would like to participate, contact Dan Hadley -or- 941-786-982.

Spiritual Fellowship Groups

Fellowship 1The Spiritual Fellowship Group (SFG) Steering Committee invites UUCOV members and friends to become involved with an ongoing close-knit group of fellow congregants who are ‘like-minded’ in many ways but who commit to being tolerant and welcoming of alternative beliefs and philosophical positions. Members experience this give-and-take as invigorating and helpful as they continue to develop their ideas and beliefs concerning spirituality and a myriad of other subjects and attempt to apply these concepts to today’s world.
Spiritual Fellowship Groups, led by facilitators, are limited to 8-10 members who pledge confidentiality and a commitment to regular attendance at two meetings a month. There are all-women, all-men, and mixed-gender groups depending on an individual’s preference. Facilitators meet once a month with our minister for training, but if there are enough applicants, we will then create new groups.
Persons desiring to join a group should contact Cindy O’Dell 317-370-6705. Folks who would like to learn more about these groups may speak with Cindy or other members of the SFG Steering Committee including: Wendy Voigt   419-636-1589, Linda Van Zandt   314-277-6738, or Bill Harrison   207-838-2556.

Getting to Know You

Here’s your opportunity to get to know other members and friends of the congregation, in a small group setting, by signing up for the 2018 UUCOVdinner party Revolving Dinners. From mid-January through April, you will be assigned to groups of 5-7, a different group each month. Each member/couple will take one turn as host. When the host, you may choose to organize a brunch, lunch, or dinner and may set it up as a potluck in a home, a gathering at a local restaurant, or another creative option of your choice.
Please note that there will be no sign-up at church. The only way to sign up is to email Anne Utschig at ., including your name, email address, and telephone number; Anne will confirm by email. The deadline for signing up is December 28..Lists will be emailed to all participants after the holidays. If you don’t have email or have any questions, please call Anne at 715-523-1231.