Our Social Justice program is the way we express Unitarian Universalist Principles in the world beyond our walls. Since its inception in 1998, UUCOV has had an active social justice program. UUCOV's Social Justice Council continues this important tradition locally, nationally and globally in an effort to serve people in need, work for justice and equity for all, increase environmental awareness, and promote systemic changes that will improve life for all on our beautiful and precious planet. In this effort, our Social Justice Council is divided into five committees: Community Outreach, Green Sanctuary, Interweave, and Common Good and Family Promise.
Community Outreach promotes action within our local community for the homeless and the underserved. The group provides financial donations to select local NGO's, informs the congregation of volunteer opportunities within the NGO's and develops in-house projects that allow the congregation opportunities for action through UUCOV.
The Green Sanctuary committee brings the Unitarian Universalist Association's Green Sanctuary Program to the congregation through worship, education, promotion of sustainable living practices, and environmental justice projects.
Interweave, which is an extension of our Welcoming Congregation program, is dedicated to the spiritual, political, and social well-being of Unitarian Universalists who are confronting oppression as lesbians, gay men, bisexual persons, transgender persons, and their heterosexual allies, as we celebrate the lives of all our members.
Common Good shows how individuals can help to solve social and environmental justice problems at the source. We work closely with UU Justice Florida, the UU Service Committee, and interfaith and secular partners for public policy and social change. By taking actions together, we empower the voice of our Unitarian Universalist values in the public arena and make a difference on critical issues such as escalating inequality, climate change, and justice for all.
Family Promise Family Promise of South Sarasota County helps homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. UUCOV hosts these families for eight weeks a year at our Aster Linder House. Our Congregation members provide food and staff the house when families are in residence. We do simple but immeasurably important things. We talk to guests. We listen to them. We treat them with respect. Volunteers are often a source of hope, when hope is lost.
Music at UUCOV
Our music program is an essential part of our life in the congregation and is one way that we reach out to our local community. Music is always present in our Sunday worship services.
"Our faith calls us to live a spirit of radical hospitality—only when we are truly open to the wealth of diversity in our world will the inherent worth and dignity of every person be affirmed with a large voice."
This statement from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) provides the basis to the UUA's Welcoming Congregation Program. As part of our commitment to the welcoming spirit, in 2006 UUCOV chose to complete the program and become accredited. As a welcoming congregation we pledge to:
- Affirm and promote the full participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) people in religious life
- Reach out to members of the GLBT community
- Stand against oppression in the larger community
Small Group Activities
Meeting together every Sunday as a congregation is not the only way we gather to share with each other. We also have many small group activities that are important to the life of our congregation and our growth as individuals. We gather together for fun social activities, which include parties, dinners and picnics. There are also many opportunities for both youth and adults alike to explore our faith and expand our knowledge and understanding of the world around us within our Lifespan Education program. These activities bring us together in more intimate settings where we can get to know each other, grow spiritually and intellectually, and find truth and meaning in our lives and the world around us.
UUCOVRadio.org provides the opportunity to listen to our members' stories, music, and other creations that were recorded on digital audio over the past few years.
Performance, Lecture, and Seminar Series
Venice Interfaith Community Association holds their Winter Educational Series at UUCOV which focuses on interfaith cooperation and education. It provides a forum for members of diverse faiths in our community to learn and share with each other in an atmosphere of openness and respect.
Check our events calendar for more information on these series.