Event Calendar


Weather permitting, as you read this I am in New Orleans for the UUA General Assembly. Much of the meeting is broadcast on the World Wide Web. The new President of the UUA will be announced at 9:30 New Orleans time Saturday night. The staff of the Unitarian Universalist World continues to do an outstanding job of reporting about the issues facing our association. 
I do not expect the issues described in the Unitarian Universalist World will have a major impact on our congregation here in Sarasota. Because we are a healthy church, with many wise members, we seldom need the services of the UUA and I think we will be fine.
My summer schedule: June 29, I will fly to Maryland and I can be reached there by e-mail (rfritts@uusarasota,org) until August 10. In July I will plan sermons for the fall and winter. For two weeks in August I will be in Edinburgh, one Sunday speaking at the Edinburgh Unitarian Church. These two weeks contacting me will not be easy. I will be back in Sarasota Tuesday, August 29.
Have a great Summer!


* 10:30 a.m. "Poison or Antidote?" sermon by Rev. Bill Morgan

There are stories that poison the world.  One now dominates the news.  In this story, the world is an arena where nations, business, individuals and institutions, including religions, engage in the effort to compete for advantage.  It sees only winners and losers.  It demands that our tribe must win. Such stories have always arisen, and they are always toxic. However, there is an antidote to the poison.  Walk with me into the stories of ordinary people who simply and powerfully challenge that poisonous story by opening our imagination to see a healthier way of being, as individuals and as a nation.
William M. Morgan, Jr., has taught courses in ethics and religion at Georgia College and State University and the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee.  He is an ordained Presbyterian minister who has served churches in West Yellowstone, Montana; Taos and Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico; Dallas, Texas; Moberly, Missouri; and Milledgeville, Georgia.  He has received awards for his work in national and international peacemaking and for work in racial, ethnic, and gender relations.

* 10:30 a.m. Music: Choir; Don Bryn, piano

* 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Forum, Jefferson Room, "The Federal Budgeting Process and the Military Budget"
Anthony Hardie, a national board member of Florida Veterans for Common Sense, has just been in Washington working on budgeting issues regarding Smart Power. Smart Power is a combination of military and diplomatic power, which recognizes the importance of alliances, partnerships, and institutions to support American influence and activities.  Hardie's experience in testifying before Congress and serving on Congressionally-appointed committees will provide special insights into today's budgeting issues.  Moderator:  DeeAnna Dowdle.

* 11:45 a.m. TED Talk Talk, Jefferson Room, "Our Democracy No Longer Represents the People. Here's How We Fix It"

Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig makes the case that our democracy has become corrupt with money, leading to inequality that means only 0.02% of the United States population actually determines who's in power. Lessig says that this fundamental breakdown of the democratic system must be fixed before we will ever be able to address major challenges like climate change, social security, and student debt. This is not the most important problem, it's just the first problem.

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, former director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and founder of Rootstrikers, a network of activists leading the fight against government corruption.


Nursery:  Loving care for infants and toddlers is available during the 10:30 a.m. Service.
RE Classes:  A religious education program is available for children during the 10:30 a.m. Service.

* Our RE Summer Program is underway. Join us as we explore our 7 UU Principles through stories, science, games and crafts. Special activities during the summer include marshmallow building, digging for our principles and crafting a chalice.  The program is for children PreK through 5th Grade.  Registration is not required and visitors are always welcome.

* The Sunday morning Youth Group (6-12th graders) are taking a break for the summer.  Youth are encouraged to attend Sunday morning services or volunteer in the children’s program.

* Save the Date:  RE is hosting a Game Night on August 12th at 5:30 pm. Everyone is invited to attend this multi-generational event.

* Keep in touch over the summer - even while away.  We're posting pictures of our summer activities and adventures.  Please forward pics of your special moments to Susan (  Check the UUSC website - Children/Photo Gallery to see what we're up to.


* Sunday's Share the Plate gifts will support Turning Points' One-Stop Center for clients working to overcome homelessness. Turning Points is located in Bradenton and their services are free to clients. Services include medical and dental care, case management, help in obtaining legal ID cards, housing, job counseling and a variety of personal care needs such as showers, laundry and a mailing address -- things we all take for granted. The many faces of homelessness reveal that anyone's life can easily take an unfortunate path. You can provide help, health, healing and - HOPE to Turning Points' clients by supporting today's Share the Plate.  Please give generously.  If you wish your check to be designated to your Pledge, please write that on the memo line.


* Get Together Dinners
Now is the time to sign up for our Summer 2017 Get Together Dinners. The dates are July 22, August 26, and September 23. It is a great way to get to know new friends at the church and/or reacquaint with old friends. The dinners, usually 6 to 12 people, are held in people's homes. The host provides the main dish and guests bring the sides, hors d'oeuvres, and dessert. See the Participant Letter on the Church website for additional information. Registration forms are available at the Get Together Dinner table in the courtyard during the month of June or save paper and register online Deadline for registering is June 25. Please consider being a host one of the months if possible. If you are not sure of your plans, we are encouraging signing up for our Wait List.


* Carole Martin wishes to thank all those who sent her cards following her recent surgery. "I have never received so many cards, ever! Every one of them lifted my spirits during my recuperation. Thanks for the kindness and thoughtfulness."

* Our member June Snyder, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, sent this note to the church:  "Dear Friends, Thank you so much for your birthday cards.  They are lovely and so thoughtful.  People say they can't believe I am 100 and I confess that I never thought I would!  It was very kind of you."

* We are here to help members and friends in times of need. If you are having surgery, coping with a serious medical problem, or just having a difficult time, let us know. We'll try to provide support. You can contact us by calling 371-4974, ext. 6 to leave a message or use a "Request for Care" form that you can find at the Welcome Center on Sunday.


* Happy Birthday to the following members:  

June 23   Joan Athman, Sue Ladwig, Jim Livingston, Mitzi Seith
June 24   Jorgen Jensen, Carl Morrison
June 25   Anna Thorson, Tom Thibault
June 26   Rita Meech, Chris Sensenig
June 29   John Casadevall
June 30   Paul Lewis 

If you are a member with a birthday this week that is not listed here, please inform the office.

* Does the Minister have your Memorial Form on file?  Has your emergency contact information changed since you filled out the form?  Update and submit your form for a memorial service and have peace of mind knowing you've made choices easier for your loved ones.  The form can be found online at or in the church office.

* Would you like to share good news or honor a friend who passed away?  Make a Tribute donation today and send your check, with a Tribute form, to the office.  Forms are available in the office and online.  The Tribute will be acknowledged in the Weekly Contact


* The Women's Group Book Club will meet on June 30th at 2:00 in the teen room at the church.  We welcome any women in the church to join us in discussing "The Zookeeper's Wife" by Diane Ackerman.  The book has been made into a movie which is being shown in Sarasota.  Our Book Club will be meeting through the summer and we certainly are open to and welcome new members! 

* Cinema Conversations - Our next meeting will occur on Wednesday, July 5th at 7 pm in the Lexow Wing. We will be discussing the movie "Beatriz at Dinner," starring Salma Hayak and John Lithgow. View the film on your own and join us that evening for a lively discussion.

* The UU Vegetarian Lunch Group will meet at ISAN THAI RESTAURANT, 5758 S. Tamiami Trail, on Friday, July 7 at 1:00 pm.  Non-vegetarians are welcome. However, we ask that everyone have a "vegetarian" lunch.   Reservations are necessary and must be received on or before July 6.  For further information, please RSVP to: email: or via phone: 929-3845.


* Climate Justice: The city of Sarasota voted to support two sustainability initiatives in setting a community wide goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045 and joining a list of municipalities opting to abide by the Paris climate accord.  Sarasota is the third city in Florida to embrace the Sierra Club's "Ready for 100" campaign. The Sarasota Climate Justice Coalition led the local effort. The coalition collected over two thousand signatures in favor of the initiative.  The Social Justice committee is a member of the Climate Justice Coalition. 

* Call to Action:  The most important thing to do this week is to call Senator Rubio and let him know what you think about the secret bill to replace Obama's Affordable Care Act.  He has expressed concerns about the closed, secret nature of the process to repeal and replace, as have Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Bob Corker (R-TN).  Just three Republican Senators could stop their party's secrecy and require open debate on the health care bill.   Don't forget that there is supposed to be a July 4th recess, during which you can speak to our Members of Congress  in person, if they come home and have office hours or public functions.
* The Nation Group of Bradenton/Sarasota invites you to come to their public discussion meetings on the first Thursday of each month at the downtown Selby Library in Sarasota from 10 am until noon.  Their discussions draw from articles in The Nation magazine.

* There is an Indivisible group for constituents of Florida's 17th (Rooney) and 16th (Buchanan) Congressional districts.  Go to  The web address will provide information for both districts.
* Felon Voting Rights Restoration: This constitutional amendment would restore the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation. Florida is one of three states that impose a lifetime ban on voting if you are convicted of a felony. If you are registered to vote in Florida, please fill out the Constitutional Amendment petition form at the Social Justice table. If you have previously filled out a Constitutional Amendment Petition Form to restore voting rights to felons, you will need to fill out the form again to count toward the required number of signatures for the 2018 ballot.

 * Looking for More Social Justice Information?  Stop by the Social Justice table to learn about volunteer opportunities, to sign petitions and to purchase Fair Trade items including chocolate, coffees, teas and olive oil.  For Fair Trade special orders, contact Suzie Brucklacher at, subject line Fair Trade Special Order.


* 10:30 a.m. "Holding Truths and Declarations," sermon by Rev. Margaret Beard
Two hundred and forty-one years ago the American colonies declared themselves to be free and independent states. The "Declaration of Independence" described their reasoning and declared their new status. Three of the five primary writers and a number of signers of that document had ties to Unitarianism. One can see Unitarian fingerprints in a number of places.  We will explore their process of creation and the implications it might have for us today.

Rev. Margaret Beard is a life-long Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist.  In 2016 she retired from full time parish ministry and is now a part-time community minister affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Meyers, FL.  Rev. Beard received her Master of Divinity Degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, IL. Before she retired she served Unitarian Universalism for over 20 years first as UUA staff developing print, web and training resources for new and growing congregations and later as a parish minister in congregations in Georgia, North Carolina and Florida.

* 10:30 a.m. Music: Keven Aland and Jon McLaughlin, gypsy jazz; Don Bryn, piano

* 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Forum, Jefferson Room, "Why Mayors Should Rule the World"

As we celebrate July 4th, it often seems like federal-level politicians care more about creating gridlock than solving the nation's and world's problems. So who's actually getting bold things done? City mayors. Political theorist Benjamin Barber suggests: Let's give them more control over global policy. Barber shows how these "urban homeboys" are solving pressing problems on their own turf - and maybe in the world. Moderator, DeeAnna Dowdle

* 11:45 a.m. TED Talk Talk, Jefferson Room, "Why We Need to Imagine Different Futures," by Anab Jain

We live in extraordinary times, concurrently breathtaking and deeply precarious. Anab Jain co-founded the vanguard laboratory, design and film studio Superflux with Jon Ardern to parse uncertainties around our shared futures. She creates tangible, provocative experiences that transport people directly into possible future worlds.

Superflux is currently developing tools and strategies that can enable us to mitigate the shock of food insecurity and climate change. Recently, they produced a series of civilian drones -- creating a vision of a near-future city where these intelligent machines begin to display increasing autonomy within civic society.