This Sunday, December 11:
Sunday Service in the Sanctuary and via YouTube
at 10:45 am:
Sermon by Rev. Jay Wolin
We are nearing the Jewish Holiday of Hanukkah, known as the festival of lights. I will explore the complex question of freedom from oppression that this holiday represents as well as the image of flaming candles/chalice in our culture and religion.
Religious Education for Children and Youth 10:45 am:
Forum in the Reeb Room and on Zoom at 9:15 am:
The Proud Boys and the Rise of the Far Right in Sarasota
The rise of the far right is being covered in the national news, but much less here where it is happening. Our presenter, Carol Lerner, has deep local roots and has been researching what is happening at The Hollow and elsewhere in our community. Get the deep background that is not available in our local media.
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 email@example.com with your name and email address. We'll email you the password and credentials. Read more...
Board accepts Remembrance Project
Our Board of Trustees has approved the placement of a historical marker on our property memorializing lynchings in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, to promote reconciliation with the past and "looking toward a brighter and more inclusive future." Click here to read the Board's statement regarding this decision...
Article 2 Study Commission needs your Feedback!
The Article II Study Commission is reviewing and revising our principles and sources statements. The Commission is excited to share a full draft of Article II (PDF, 3 Pages) for feedback. The Study Commission's outreach team will be hosting Zoom feedback sessions in the first half of November, along with gathering feedback through an online Google form for individual comments. This draft makes significant changes to our principles and sources. Feedback sessions are on Zoom starting November 5th and ending November 14th. Times, registration and more information can found HERE.
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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...
These gatherings will continue as long as folks want to connect with each other in this way. Join us on your computer, tablet or smart phone.
Happy Hour Friday, 5:00-6:00
Forum Sunday, 9:15 am
Zen Buddhism Sunday, 7:00 pm
(Read more about Sunday events above and left.)
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The Board of Trustees meets at 7 pm on the third Tuesday of the month. Read the latest minutes at Members Corner. 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.
We are a
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.