Event Calendar


One of the best things we Unitarian Universalists do is offer a sexuality class to youth grades 7--12. UUA originally created the class in 1970 with the name “About your Sexuality.” (I wish it had been around in 1964 when I was in eighth grade. I was shy and my parents were shy about talking about sexuality and I could have really used the class.)  Today we call it Our Whole Lives or OWL. Our Whole Lives is the result of a collaborative effort in the 1990s by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ's Board for Homeland Ministries.

Some people think that teaching about human sexuality in church is a shocking scandal. In 1997 a national TV network did a story on the “scandal” with the line “You will not believe what they are teaching children in this church!” The network canceled the news program, but our efforts continue. We help children and youth learn to be emotionally healthy and responsible regarding their sexuality. Our Director of Religious Education, Susan Cook-Hallock, is working to offer the OWL class to our young people.


* Death Café, Saturday, October 14, 1 - 3 p.m. in the Reeb (formerly Jefferson) Room
Death Café is an opportunity to meet and share hopes, wishes, dreams, questions and fears about the fact that we are all mortal beings.  The Death Cafe provides an open and respectful environment for this sharing--free of any doctrine or desire to lead anyone to any particular conclusion, course of action, or merchandise ... simply a community coming together to speak safely and confidentially.  All are welcome! Contact Risa Marlen to register at 201-741-6056 or  You may also read more about Death Cafe at  



* 10:30 a.m. "Ethics and Leadership" sermon by Rev. Roger Fritts 

Walter Shaub, the director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, who has criticized the way President Donald Trump has handled his business conflicts, resigned July 19. When powerful leaders are unethical, who sets limits?

* 10:30 a.m. Music: Giuseppina Ciarla, harp; Don Bryn, piano

* Italian born harpist Giuseppina Ciarla's performances have been described as "hearty and colorful . . . enchanting and infectious." Equally at home in the orchestra as well as a soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Ciarla has a true passion for opera and has been Principal harpist with the Sarasota Opera since 2002. Additional performances have included the Prague Symphony, Orchestra of Slovacchia, Festival Pucciniano di Torre del Lago, Smithsonian Institute’s Axelrod String Quartet, Santa Fe Pro Musica and appearances at both the International Jazz and Pop Harp Festival in Monterey, California, the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy and many more.

* 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Forum, Reeb Room (formerly Jefferson Room), "What is the Trump administration policy toward the Arab world?"
The Trump visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel/Palestine suggests his administration has an Arab-world foreign policy but wiser counsel says it is chaotic and even dangerous for American interests.  Presenter, John Stinespring; Moderator, Don Diddams

* 11:45 a.m. TED Talk Talk, Reeb Room (formerly Jefferson Room)
How Self-Driving Cars Will Transform Our Cities and Our Lives by Dr. Jeff Schneider
Dr. Schneider is the Engineering Lead for Machine Learning at Uber ATC. He is currently on leave from Carnegie Mellon University where he was a research professor in the School of Computer Science. Through his research, commercial, and consulting efforts, he has worked with dozens of companies and government agencies around the world. Along the way he has visited 52 countries on 6 continents. He also milked 100,000 cows during his teen years!

Unitarian Universalists of Lakewood Ranch

* 10:00 a.m.  Finding Your Soul in Nature by Kathleen Konicek-Moran

Dr. Kathleen Konicek-Moran will talk about how actually getting into nature can help us to discover and/or uncover our  souls, in order to to nourish and heal them.  Because our lives have become so distant from the natural world, she has some suggestions about how to do little but important  things to keep in touch with this life affirming aspect of our world. 
Dr. Kathleen Konicek-Moran is a writer and illustrator living in Lakewood Ranch.  She spent 30 years teaching writing and critical thinking at the college level, all the while trying to get out into nature as much as possible. 

* 10:00 a.m. Music: Darren Server

* Brunch is available at the Caddyshak Cafe at 11:00 each Sunday.  It is here that we get to know each other and share our concerns.  First time attendees are given a free brunch, as a token of our appreciation for your joining us and to help us get to know you better. 


* 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 & youth during the 10:30 a.m. Service.
* Sunday, October 8:  The children and youth will start in the Sanctuary for the Time for All Ages story, “The Dog and the Heartless King”.  Following our time in the Sanctuary we will move into the West Wing to talk about hunger in our community and how we can help.  We will make food collections bins and posters for around the church. 
* Youth Group @ Nite – Sunday, October 15, 6:30 – 8 pm.   Youth (Grades 6 -12) will be meeting in the teen room.  Friends are welcome.  There will be pizza for dinner. 
* Our Whole Lives (OWL) Classes for Youth -  We are pleased to be offering Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum for youth.  The program will be starting on October 22.   If you know anyone who might be interested in the program and would like more information, please contact Susan Cook-Hallock at

* Volunteer at All Faiths Food Bank – All children (age 8 & older), youth and adults are invited to join us as we help sort and pack food at All Faiths Food Bank.  Come and lend a hand on Saturday, November 4 from 8:30 – 11:30 am.    We will meet at All Faiths Food Bank (8171 Blaikie Ct, Sarasota).  Please note, closed toed-shoes are required. 

* We are also collecting food items for All Faiths Food Bank.   Please drop off food items in the bins outside the Sanctuary or the West Wing.    Needed items include soup, peanut butter, jelly, rice and beans.  

* Save the Dates: 
** Family Fun Night: Saturday, October 21; Mandeville Beer Garden; 6:00 pm
** Halloween Party: Sunday, October 29, 10:30 am. 


Look for the most recent listing of Adult Programs this Sunday.  This program lists the Catalog (with program descriptions), and registration will also be available on the website under the Adult Programs tab.

We prefer that you register for a program online, but this Sunday you may also visit our table in the courtyard before or after the service to ask questions and register.  Please take advantage of the wealth of information and experience that our church members generously share with us all!

For specific questions about a program, please contact the facilitator.  For general questions about our programs, contact Nancy Saum, 703-297-1749, or


* See Sarasota Kicks Off the 2017-18 year on October 21

Have you heard your children or grandchildren talking about STEM classes?  Join us on Saturday, October 21 for a tour of the Sarasota Sun Coast Fab Lab.  The Faulhaber (Fab) Lab at Beneva and Wilkerson offers experiential learning for all ages in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  It has state of the art equipment to foster innovation within the community.

We will gather at church at 11:15 to carpool to the Curry Station at Beneva and Clark to enjoy a buffet of Indian Cuisine.  Our tour of the Fab Lab begins at 1:00 and we should be back at church around 2:30.

There is no charge for the Fab Lab tour.  The total cost of the lunch is $15.00, including beverage, tax, and tip.  You may pay by cash or check made out to Kathy Cook.  We will be signing people up after the service on October 15. 


* Resources and Referrals
Congregational Care Committee: Have you been grappling with questions about senior housing? Grief counseling? Home health care? Drug rehabilitation? Assisted living communities? Volunteer opportunities? We may be able to help connect you with the special service or facility you need. Brochures and information are available on the wall in the Lexow Wing.  For further information on resources and referrals, contact 371-4974 ext. 6 or email


* IMPORTANT: Our annual big fund raiser the FLEA Market will be setting up from November 15 through November 17...if your committee has a meeting that week, please cancel as the rooms will be busy and noisy....thank you.

* Members can access a printable directory of our membership on the Website,  Go to "Members Corner" from the home page -- if you need the password, please call the church office.  The directory was updated on September 22.

* Welcome to new church members:

Monica Jarnot
Thomas Stephenson

* Happy Birthday to the following members:  

October 15 Martin Collins
October 15 Dennis Dudley
October 16 Donna Schuyler
October 17 Tom Dente
October 17 Susan Kennedy
October 19 Marvin Fields
October 20 Mary Jane Cowell
October 21 Bill Cummings

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 UU veterans group will meet on Wednesday, October 18, 9 AM at Papa Nick‘s 4940 Fruitville Rd.  From this point on, the meetings will be on the third WEDNESDAY of each month.   Barry Dyer.

* Women's Group:  All UU women are invited to attend our monthly gathering on Saturday, October 21, 10:30 am, in the Lexow Wing for a presentation by Janet Watson, Chair of our church Congregational Caring Committee.  She will outline the goals of the committee, discuss its mission and purpose, and then lead a discussion about ways in which we can all help fellow UU's keep in touch in a large congregation.

* Two special concerts featuring Chopin Project artists will be presented in the Sanctuary on Saturday October 21 at 7 PM and on Sunday October 22 at 3 PM.  Featured performers are Matthew Graybil on the piano on Saturday and Rhiannon Banerdt on the violin in concert with Matthew Graybil on Sunday.  Please contact additional information including cost. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the church.

* Interweave, our LGBT/Allies group will meet Sunday October 22 in the home of Debbie Thurber,  4720 Hamlets Grove Drive. This is a pot-luck social, so bring a dish to share.

* We’re hosting a pre-flea jewelry repair workshop/training session on October 26. Read more under FLEAMARKET in the next section!

* The Women's Book Group will be reading "Too Close to the Falls" by Catherine Gildiner on October 27, "Daring to Drive" by Nanal al Sharif on December 1, and "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" by Matthew Desmond on January 26.  Our "casual" wine, cheese and book swap will be on December 29.

* PARTNER CHURCH NEWS!  The two ministers of our partner church in Korond, Romania, and the presidents of their respective congregations will be our guests for nearly two weeks from November 13 to November 29.  Five of those days they will be with another church in New Mexico.  Further announcements will be forth-coming in the next few weeks. 

The annual Authors’ Showcase book sale and signing will be held this year in the Lexow Wing on Sunday, November 26. Any UUCS member or friend who has authored a book and would like to participate in this event is welcome. We encourage books on a variety of subjects and genres – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children's books. The church receives 15% of the total sales collected for each book. The deadline for signing up is:  OCTOBER 29.  For further information, please contact: Jim Keeney at or 928-3378 or Lynne Singer at  or  726-746

* Thanksgiving Potluck: Each year we hold a potluck with catering on Thanksgiving Day.  If you would like to help plan and host this year's event, please come to the planning session on Sunday, October 15 at 11:45 a.m. in the West Wing.  Contact or Suzie Brucklacher with questions.


This year's Flea Market will take place on Saturday November 18.

The Boutique at our flea market is the place to buy treasures, and our highest money-maker.  There’s jewelry, but we also place the nicest donations of other types in the Boutique.
We especially need volunteers to work in this area.  Do call me if you have experience with jewelry, art works, or antiques. 

We’re hosting a pre-flea jewelry repair workshop/training session on October 26.  Call Joan Bennett, 780-6638,  Space is limited.


* We continue to collect non-perishable food for All Faiths Food Bank.  Look for the large yellow barrel for your donations. The food is sorted by volunteers at AFFB and delivered to local schools to stock their pantry, where students and families can "shop" for groceries. Tuttle Elementary and Wilkinson are two local schools that have pantries. Thank you all for your donations each week.                               

* Eat Local Week starts Friday October 20 with Keynote presentation by Samantha Benjamin Kirk here at church at 7:30 pm. followed by 9 days of amazing activities and workshops! Check out all the listings and details at or pick up a flier at the Social Justice Table.  

* Hidden Voices: The Immigrant Experience in Southwest Florida is a free, timely public forum, presented October 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m., at the West Coast Black Theatre, with a panel discussion by immigrants from several countries.  Tickets are free but you must make online reservations at    

* BIKES FOR TURNING POINTS - El Parent will pick up bicycles and bike parts to deliver to Turning Points, a major Bradenton multiservice facility for the poor and homeless. Tax receipts provided upon request. Email El at or call him at 941-201-6201 or his cell at 813-507-8735. The Turning Points bike repair shop can also use parts off unusable bikes.


* The DREAM Act is still in Congress.  Call your MOC (Rep. Thomas J. Rooney at (202) 225-5792 or Rep. Vern Buchanan at 941-951-6643) and Senator Marco Rubio at (202) 224-3041 and let them know if you want them to co-sponsor the DREAM Act without amendments.  Also call Senator Bill Nelson at (202) 224-5274 to thank him for being a co-sponsor.

* Town Hall with Sarasota County Commissioner Nancy Detert, Tuesday, October 24 6:30 pm at Fogartyville.  A chance to hear and be heard on Sarasota County Issues. 

* Sarasota Fair Food, which supports the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' efforts for farmworker justice, including raising the pay for a bucket of tomatoes, will protest at Wendy's, 4141 S Tamiami Trail, on Sunday, October 29 at 1 pm.  Our Social Justice Committee has supported CIW for the past several years and seen major companies such as Trader Joe's and major fast food corporations sign onto the Fair Food Agreement. 

* Nina Turner, President of Our Revolution, will deliver the keynote speech at the first Critical Times Conference on Friday, November 3.  The three-day conference on progressive issues will be at Fogartyville.  Tickets available at



* 10:30 a.m. "United Nations" by Rev. Dr. Tracy Sprowls.

Rev. Dr. Tracy Sprowls is an Interim Minister at The Unitarian Church of All Souls in NYC. 
October 24 is United Nations Day.  Rev. Dr. Tracy Sprowls will look at the role of the United Nations during the age of climate change, globalization, interstate cyber interference, refugee crises and the possibility of WW III

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

* 9:30 am Forum: “Poetry in a Time of Despair.”
Louise Stinespring, Ph.D. has had a lifelong passion for poetry.
As a young child she memorized many poems and throughout her life she has continued to derive great pleasure from memorizing, reading, reciting and writing poetry. She will celebrate the art of poetry by reading aloud a few selected poems that have meant the most to her over the years and influenced her perspectives on life. Louise will then invite audience members to read aloud a poem of their choosing. Or, they may ask her to read the poem. Art prevails and poets speak to the wisdom of life in ways that can uplift us and nourish our souls. At this time of great political unrest and divisiveness, Louise hopes that a bit of poetry will enliven us and remind of us of the true meaning of life. Presenter, Louise Stinespring; Moderator, Verna Safran

Unitarian Universalists of Lakewood Ranch

* 10:00 a.m.  Video Sermon: "What Makes a Good Life?  Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness" by Robert Waldinger

* 10:00 a.m. Music: Mindy Simmons