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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

Maximize Your 2017 Tax Deduction

FeatherPenFor many of us, this is a time of year when we make donations to charities with missions and values we support.
Dan Hadley, Chair of the Stewardship Committee, suggests that you may want to pay as much as you can on your pledge commitment before year-end to maximize tax-deductibility for 2017. And, as a reminder to those who have not yet made a payment on their pledge – now is a good time to start! Questions or comments: Contact Dan 941-786-9827 .
John Spitzer, Chair of Legacy Friends, adds a suggestion for those who wish to promote UUCOV’s mission and values far into the future: consider making a donation to the Endowment Fund as part of your year-end giving. By contributing stock or cash by year-end you can receive a tax deduction for tax year 2017, and donors to the Endowment Fund are automatically enrolled as a member of Legacy Friends. If you have questions about Legacy Friends or wish to obtain information about planned giving, please contact John Spitzer 319-331-5914 .

NEW: Neighborhood Gatherings

Have you heard anyone declare, “I don’t recognize anyone at UUCOV anymore. There are so many new people!” Or, how about, “I know I am new, but how do I sort out some of the faces so I can match them to some names?”
The Caring and Remembrance Team has heard these comments and is introducing “Neighborhood Gatherings.” These are intended to be opportunities to spend a little time with a person from UUCOV who lives relatively near to you. A “Gathering” can be anything: coffee and dessert, a glass of wine, a walk in the neighborhood. The host will choose the date, the time, the event. The only thing prescribed is the guests, who are on a list of those who live nearby.
At the initial meeting, the host will distribute a list of everyone included in the group, along with contact information. Any subsequent meetings of the group will be up to the people on that list.
How do you get on a list? You have already been included if you were in the last UUCOV Directory. If you were not, please contact Bev Morrison, Leader of the Caring and Remembrance Team,   or 941-497-6337. The names of those in each Neighborhood Gathering will be distributed to the initial host of the group in the week after Thanksgiving. Watch for your invitation to meet at least one new person who lives near you!

Our Journey to a Mission

Mission StatementOur journey towards a new mission statement has been launched. The Mission Task Force did a yeoman’s job of working for several months to propose a refreshed mission to the congregation. This revised mission is on the screen on Sundays and was in the November Connection.
A series of open meetings was planned to review the proposal and the first one, held in Nov, was attended by a small but determined group who discussed why they are here at UUCOV - their individual missions and their desires re the collective mission. We also practiced relating to each proposed wording using a consensus-building principle, i.e. to check whether.a proposed statement , while not perhaps a perfect fit for us, is one in which our individual goals are reflected enough that we feel in alignment with it.
The Task Force will use what we have learned to further refine our statement of purpose. If this is of interest to you, please participate in the conversation. Our next mission conversation will be Wednesday, December 6th, at 10:00am in the Sanctuary.

Tip of the Hat

Tip 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,tip of the hat 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 Ruth Boysworth and Francie Storey. Kudos to both of you who recently spent 2 hours cleaning the sanctuary kitchen! --Pat Wellington

To Leie Carmody, Brad Jenkins, Bruce King, Marty King, John McGuire, Richard Palmer, Dale Povenmire, and Bill Wolfers. The very popular Sunday ARE series which ran from April-November, Cycles of American Political Thought, could not have been presented without your dedicated assistance as moderators. Thank you all!! --Jaye Williams

To Trudy Jacoby. Thank you for the many years of your leadership to the Community Outreach Program in the Social Justice Team. It is through your leadership that UUCOV is actively supporting the hungry, the homeless, and children. Thank you.--Coordinating Council.

 Campus Team BenchesTo Dave Williams, Dick Smith, Ken Boysworth, Hal Schaeffer, Jim Beckwith, John McGuire and Bill Dowling, Hats off to you, Campus Crew, for showing up with one day’s notice to put the VERY heavy benches together so all the congregation could enjoy them. --The Board

Tip of the Hat

tip of the hatTip of the Hat is a new column that 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 Nan Kritzler: Now, as you are finally ‘officially’ able to retire from UUCOV, I want to extend a HUGE thank you for all the time (blood, sweat and tears), you put into training me to become the next UUCOV Office Administrator. As you always have done for this congregation, you went above and beyond in your time and efforts. You have made the transition as smooth as possible for all involved. I will never be ‘Nan’, but I will try my best to maintain the standards you have set. Go enjoy your life—you earned it and deserve it!  Blessed be. - Salli Clarke

to Bench Donors: A big public thank you to those who donated toward the three new benches that have been ordered for our front patio. That will complete the plan for the patio - to have four benches on our circular front patio offering a welcoming spot for visitors and members alike. The benches will arrive early in December and will be assembled by our Campus Crew. - The Board of Trustees

to Marianne Koerner and Green Sanctuary Team: Susan and I very much enjoyed the Green Sanctuary’s presentation and discussion of ‘Before the Flood’. We’ve seen interviews with DiCaprio, but we had not seen his movie. It’s very well put together. Our thanks to you and to all involved at UUCOV. - John and Susan Darovec (Citizens' Climate Lobby).