Upcoming Services

    April 27
  • 10:30am: Have the Climate Change Deniers Won?
  • Programs for Children and Youth
  • 9:30 Forum: Urban Sprawl in Sarasota County
    May 4
  • 10:30am: "May the Fourth Be With You" -- Celebrating the Wonder and Awe Which Connects the Generations
  • Programs for Children and Youth
  • 9:30 Forum: "Vote No on Medical Marijuana" - Sheriff Knight
    May 11
  • 10:30am: Mother's Day: What Is a Good-Enough Mother?
  • Programs for Children and Youth
  • 9:30 Forum: "Vote Yes on Medical Marijuana" - United For Care

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Katie Culbert, Ministerial Intern, speaks at a recent Sunday Service. (Picture by Richard Czina)

  

We now return to our summer schedule of one service from 10:30 to 11:30 am, preceded by the Forum from 9:30 to 10:15 am.  The Religious Education programs for children and youth will be during the 10:30 am service.

 

 

  April 27, 10:30 am, Sunday Service 

 Sermon:

 

Have the Climate Change Deniers Won?

 Sermon by Roger Fritts

From an article in the Guardian: “Scientists continue to warn us about global warming, but most of us have a vested interest in not wanting to think about it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 Music (during 10:30 service):

 
 
Palm Strings, violin and viola
 
 
Palm Strings Duet, violin and viola, pictured left, plus Don Bryn at the piano and Charles Allman at the organ 
 

 Religious Education for Young People (during 10:30 service) 

 

 

Nursery: Loving care for infancts and toddlers is available.

Pre-K - 12th Grades: The classes are all preparing for next Sunday's presentations. 

 

 

 Forum 9:30 to 10:15 

  

Urban Sprawl in Sarasota County

An update on the “2050 Plan” in light of the Laffer Report and the County Commission’s response to it.  Presenter, Dan Lobeck  a partner in the law firm Lobeck & Hanson and President of the Sarasota organization Control Growth Now which is celebrating its 25th year.

  May 4, 10:30 am, Sunday Service 

 Sermon:

 

Multi-generational familyMay the Fourth Be With YouOne thing that connects Unitarian Universalists from the very young to the young at heart is mystery and wonder. May 4th is Star Wars Day. And after 37 years, Star Wars is still a phenomenon. The story bridges science with fantasy by posing the idea of the Force, an evergy that permeates all of life. The Force can be used to do good in the world or it can be utilized for destruction. This idea can be grasped by humanists who believe humans have the potential to do great things. The Force utilizes the idea that all things are energy. It also supports a more mystical approach that we are all connected through this energy. The Star Wars saga aligns with the Unitarian Universalist source, "Direct experieence of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life." This experience of transcending mystery and wonder, of excitement at possiblities that exist and an openness to finding more answers, is one things all of the generations can connect and identify with.
 
This Sunday is a celebration of our Religious Education programs for children and youth. Each class will contribute a unique skit or aspect to the service based on topics explored in their classes the past year.
 
 Music (during 10:30 service):
 

Palm Strings, violin and viola
 
 
Mindy Simmons, pictured left, with Don Bryn at the piano and Charles Allman at the organ 
 

 Religious Education for Young People (during 10:30 service) 

 

 

Nursery: Loving care for infancts and toddlers is available.

Pre-K - 12th Grades: The classes will all be participating in the Sunday service. 

 

 

 Forum 9:30 to 10:15 

  

 

Legalizing Medical Marijuana in Florida: Part One

Why Voters Should Vote "No"

Presenter, Sarasota County Sheriff, Thomas M. Knight; Moderator, Fredric Sirasky.

The Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 2 is on the November 4 ballot in the state of Florida as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would legalize the cultivation, purchase, possession and use of marijuana to treat medical conditions when recommended by a licensed physician. The measure would also order the Florida Department of Health to register and regulate producers and distributors of medical marijuana and to issue identification cards to patients and caregivers utilizing marijuana. The measure is sponsored by People United for Medical Marijuana.

The official title of the ballot measure is 

“ Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions ”

 
The official Ballot summary:
“ Allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not authorize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana. ”—Office of the Florida Secretary of State, as quoted at ballotpedia.org/Florida_Right_to_Medical_Marijuana_Initiative,_Amendment_2_(2014)  The complete text of the amendment that would be added to the state constitution is available at ballotpedia.org/Florida_Amendment_2_(2014),_Full_Text_of_Constitutional_Changes 
 
 

  May 11, 10:30 am, Sunday Service 

 Sermon:

 

Mother's Day: What Is a Good-Enough Mother?

 Sermon by Roger Fritts

Donald Winnicott, an English pediatrician and psychoanalyst, invented the concept of the "good-enough mother." The “foundations of health are laid down by the ordinary mother in her ordinary loving care of her own baby.”

 

 

 

 

 
 Music (during 10:30 service):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our choir plus Don Bryn at the piano and organ 
 
 Religious Education for Young People (during 10:30 service) 
 
 


 
Nursery - Loving care for infants and toddlers is available..
Pre-K - 12th Grades: Combined classes. Children and youth will be making gifts for Mother's Day.

 
 

 Forum 9:30 to 10:15 

 

 

Legalizing Medical Marijuana in Florida: Part Two

 

Why Voters Should Vote "Yes"

Presenter, Bianca Garza (or an alternate representative) of United For Care; Moderator, Fredric Sirasky. Details about the ballot measure are available under the May 4th Forum description above.