Community

Unitarian Universalism is at its best when our principles are manifested in the work of healing the world. To that end I have initiated and served

  • as President of the Tri-County Interfaith Alliance,  adding a progressive religious voice to a very conservative area, and modeling the idea that ‘we need not think alike to love alike.’
  • as the co-founder and two term (four year) President of the Venice Interfaith Community Association, responding to community needs ofTheBottleBandWEBThe Bottle Band!
    • relocating residents in the wake of dangerously deteriorating public housing (Grove Terrace);
    • going beyond tolerance of others' beliefs to educating for a deeper understanding of the factors contributing to those beliefs (five-week Winter Seminar Series);
    • providing a mileau for table fellowship amongst the different faiths (annual Taste of Faith);
    • expressing thanks for the blessings of community (annual Thanksgiving Eve service); and
    • feeding people affected by the economic downturn (weekly Community Dinners).
  • as the initiator of the Venice UCC Hurricane Charlie Relief Response I
    • invited a team of volunteer builders to help restore structures in the aftermath;
    • gathered congregational support to house and provide meal preparation space for the team;
    • formed alliances with other community groups (churches, schools, the YMCA) to provide goods and services to the visiting team and the people affected by the storm.Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Ocala, FLMartin Luther King Jr. Parade in Ocala, FL
  • as the developer of Senior Resource Day, a tradeshow of goods and services designed for the aging population I
    • issued invitations to community providers to exhibit at the event;
    • gathered volunteers to carry out the administrative, financial, and marketing functions of the event.
  • as the co-founder of the Venice Peace Coalition.
  • as the vice-president and newsletter editor of the Venice Area Democratic Club.
  • as a member of the community choral group Exsultate! and the smaller outreach choir, Jubilate!.
  • as the coordinator of Symphony in the Schools, an educational outreach program, and substitute flutist for the Venice Symphony Orchestra.