This Sunday, November 26, 2017:
Dan Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," challenges the idea that we'll be miserable if we don't get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don't go as planned. Join us as we watch this very engaging speaker discuss ‘The Surprising Science of Happiness’.
14.9 million viewers of this talk are on to something.
Daniel Todd Gilbert is an American social psychologist and writer. He is the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, and is known for his research with Timothy Wilson of the University of Virginia on affective forecasting.
Social Justice Committee
Book Donations: The Sarasota County Jail is expanding its inmate library and requesting donations. The Social Justice Committee of the Sarasota Church asked us to join them in this effort. Donations of soft cover books will be accepted during the month of November. They do not have to be new but should be in good condition. Both fiction and non-fiction are acceptable . Collections are geared more, but not exclusively to men. Books for teens, 14-16 are also needed. Please leave book donations on the Social Justice table in the back of our meeting room during the month of November.
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.
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.
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Turning Points Support: Turning Points is the homeless support center for Manatee County. It provides friendly, caring, compassionate assistance to people that come for a variety of issues in order to help people move on a path to improve their situation.
If you'd like to become more active in planning our Social Justice outreach, please contact Kathleen Konicek-Moran (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Social Justice in the Community: Are you an active supporter of a local community organization, or charity with values that are in sync with Unitarian Universalism? If you would like to invite others to become more familiar with your favorite not-for-profit organization, please contact Mae Steg (email@example.com) and she will add it's name to our website (uulakewoodranch.org) for our members and the general public's information. Please include a brief description of the organization's purpose and mission.
ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER: We are having our annual Thanksgiving dinner at church this year on Thursday, November 23, Thanksgiving Day on the Fruitville church campus. Festivities begin at 1:00 PM with beverages and appetizers, and dinner will be served at 2:00 PM. We pre-order turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and provide the appetizers and wine, but we need YOU to bring your favorite family recipe - vegetarian or vegan main dishes, all manner of side dishes, or dessert (or your favorite from the grocery store). To order the correct amount of food, we need you to make your reservation! Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children under 12, with financial assistance available. Make a check payable to UUCS and give it to John Yoder on Sunday to reserve your place.
Volunteers Always Needed - UU Lakewood Ranch
. 'Many hands make light work' has never been truer than in our Sunday program production. There are many jobs from Worship Song Leader to Greeter, Web Master and Worship Leader. Please see our new Volunteer Coordinator Jane Yoder if you'd like to learn more.
Directions to the River Club: Exit East onto Rt. 70 off I-75. Turn Right at the 4th light onto River Club Road. Turn Right again into the River Club parking area in about 1/2 mile. We'll meet you at the door. Come for the service, stay for breakfast.
Interactive Web Site Offers Portal to Service: Click on the 'Get Involved' page. Scroll down to 'Sign Up Below' to indicate your willingness to be part of our volunteer team. Whether you choose to be a Worship Leader or Front Door Greeter, all of our efforts are needed and valued.
Active on Facebook? Make 'Unitarian Universalists of Lakewood Ranch' your Friend. Sheila Sullivan has done a great job of raising our profile on this social media site. Join us here: https://m.facebook.com/Unitarian-Universalists-of-Lakewood-Ranch-800344990004289/?tsid=0.20781894815848567&source=typeahead, 'Like Us' and Share a post to let others know who we are and what we're about.
1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person
2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part
Who We Are and What We Do
Some members of the UU Sarasota Congregation set out in 2015 to bring the Unitarian Universalist message to Lakewood Ranch. They were encouraged by Roger Fritts, Minister of the UU Church. They found a place to meet at The River Club. With help from their friends in Sarasota, and grants from the UU Association, the UU Church of Sarasota and the Manatee UU Fellowship, they started this new venture.
Its purpose is to bring to the LWR community a place, a home, where people can come together to share their concerns, to help each other find solutions for these concerns but also to celebrate their lives.
Because we believe firmly in the Seven Unitarian Universalist Principles, we try to help those who are less fortunate among us through our Social Justice Program. We are a Welcoming Congregation. We may hear a sermon on Jesus' teachings of love and forgiveness, on creating change through humanism, on gun violence, or an exercise in zen meditation. We may also hear in our forums and discussion groups concerns of voter suppression in this or other countries, and about issues that affect people throughout the world and affect our planet and all life on it.
The UU at Lakewood Ranch more than anything else seeks to provide a meeting of like-minded people who can come together and support each other. We are now in our second year and we look forward to growing in this community.
Our Flower Power Service on April 16, 2017 was a nice reminder of how far we've come in 2 years. It felt like a celebratory reunion!
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