This Sunday, October 9:
Sunday Service in the Sanctuary
and via YouTube at 10:45 am:
Sermon by Rev. Jay Wolin
Aristotle considered virtue as the mean between excess and deficit. He considered the virtue of courage to be the mean between the excess of rashness and the deficit of cowardice. What does it mean for us to have courage in our religious lives?
Religious Education for Children and Youth
at 10:45 am:
Forum in the Reeb Room and on Zoom at 9:15 am:
Embracing Our Differences--
Supporting the Educational Component
This year our church will be fundraising for an Embracing Our Differences (EOD) Panel and support for a CoExistence Club at Booker High School. Our speaker will talk about the many educational initiatives of the EOD program.
Presenter, Ben Jewel Plocher
Live Zen Buddhism via Zoom at 7:00 pm:
A group focusing on "The Study and Practice of Zen" meets every Sunday evening at 7 pm via Zoom. Each session is organized into two components: The study of Zen and the practice of Zen through a 20-minute meditation. Open to newcomers as well as experienced Zen practitioners. To join the session send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and email address. We'll email you the password and credentials. Read more...
Sunday, October 9, in Lakewood Ranch:
Sunday Service at 10:00 am:
Will Our Divisive Culture Ever Heal?
Sermon by John Brackett
It seems our democracy is going backwards, not just here but in democracies everywhere. As tiresome as it feels, will there ever be a way out? It may be helpful to take a big step back and see where the deeper issues lie.
Coffee and Conversations after the Service
Enjoy coffee and other refreshments as you converse with old friends and make new ones.
We meet at The Hyatt Place, Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch, 6021 Exchange Way, Bradenton, FL 941-748-3100. This is just East of the I-75 and University Parkway interchange. See map, get directions on our Upcoming Services in Lakewood Ranch page.
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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. Jay Wolin
We welcome Rev. Jay Wolin as our new settled minister. His tenure with us began August 1. Read more about Rev. Wolin...
The Board of Trustees meets at 7 pm on the third Tuesday of the month. Read the latest minutes here. The current year budget can be found in the Members Corner.
Our Board of Trustees is elected annually by the congregation. Read more...
Click here for a Guide to Streaming Sunday Services, Meetings, and Classes
Drone video of our partner church is now available. Click here to view...
Read more about our partner church...
Getting distracted in Church
Read more in our "From the Garden Gate" blog...
"Our Hymns" page added
Extensive information about our hymns, including lyrics, background and musical commentary, is now available in the Music section on the Our Hymns page.
Love stories of our musicians.
It's February and our musicians' love stories again appear in local media. This time Betsy and Fernando Traba are featured. Read more...
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.