“Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War” still available. If you missed last week's showing, it is available for free at PBS.org through October 5, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial printed in Monday's Herald-Tribune. The new documentary, directed by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, tells the story of Martha and Waitstill Sharp, two of the founders of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). Their story was the theme of the September 18 service. The wider theme of fear and hatred of "the other" in the form of Islamophobia will be explored this Sunday, as noted below.
The Tampa Bay region is home to tens of thousands of American Muslims. However, lack of dialogue and understanding between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities leads to misunderstanding, intolerance, stereotyping and conflict. Twenty-nine percent of Americans say they know nothing at all about Islam, and 57% say they know only a little. Anti-Muslim hate crime is reported to have risen 500% in Florida in 2015. The Imam's recent participation in an interfaith dinner in Manatee County is featured in Monday's Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Read more...
Tapestry of Faith lessons. Check out our Re Calendar for our scheduled programs. Nursery: Loving care for infants and toddlers is available during the 10:30 a.m. Service. Read more about our nursery... Read more about our Religious Education programs for children and youth.
A History of the Second Amendment
How did our courts' interpretation of the Second Amendment evolve from a right to bear arms only for those duty bound to serve in a local militia, to the right of every citizen to bear arms (including military style weapons) almost any time, any place? A discussion of “The Second Amendment, A Biography” by Michael Waldman.
Enjoy coffee, juice and other refreshments as you converse with old friends and make new ones. Join a welcoming and loving community as you bask in the sunshine and relax in our lovely garden setting. Read more...
Brunch and Conversations: Join us for brunch at the Caddy Shack next door to our meeting room for a relaxing brunch. First-time visitors are guests of the Lakewood Ranch church. Read more...
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Here we affirm and promote reason and the scientific method as the tools in learning to love each other and live in harmony with the earth.
We have no creed, but we do strongly encourage everyone to treat each other with respect. We are affirming and promoting the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
Our religious education program helps our children develop their own common sense and logic in evaluating religious claims. We provide a safe place to help children learn and talk about the big issues such as God, Death, and Sexuality.
We are a Welcoming Congregation, celebrating and affirming the active presence here of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual members and friends, and their families.
We are a Green Congregation, promoting respect for the interdependent web of all existence.
-Rev. Roger Fritts
Rev. Roger Fritts joined the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota in 2011. Go to this page for more details.
Prayer Flags created on June 26 by our children hang in our Courtyard. Read more...
Game night September 17. Members and friends enjoyed getting together for games and potluck . Read more...
Our grounds declared Florida-Friendly
Our grounds have been recognized as a Florida Friendly Landscape by the Sarasota County Extension Service for following environmentally friendly gardening and landscaping practices. Thank you to our volunteer gardening crew for your hard work!
Has the State Backed Off Cattle Grazing in Myakka State Park?
Florida's Dept of Environmental Protection appears to have backed away from its proposal to permit cattle grazing in Myakka River State Park, according to the Herald Tribune on December 25, 2015. The proposal has generated intense local opposition and the state's position on the matter bears watching. Read more...
GA available online. Our association's General Assembly took place recently. Many of the events are available for viewing online.
Deep Thinking, Deep Listening
A new group begins soon.
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Our church is a safe space for g/l/b/t persons. We take positions against oppression in our larger community.
Our Partner Church
Read about our relationship with the Unitarians of Korond, Transylvania.