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The Latchkey Child

"We are all lit up from within as if from a sacred source" – Lama Surya Das.

Michael Solomon will be sharing the story of a latchkey child, a boy who was home alone more than the typical latchkey kid because he was sickly. Loneliness, fear, and hope were constants in this boy’s childhood. A strong spiritual connection and revered leaders of two faith-based organizations helped this boy build his self-esteem and optimism for the future. As Unitarian Universalists, investing in our children’s exploration of religion and spirituality is an important aspect of the ministry. Reflecting on this true story of a latchkey child and the role of spiritual support and growth in overcoming his challenges reinforces the importance of all of us nurturing the curiosity of our youth with what’s beyond the physical world.

This month's theme: Abundance

Speaker: Michael Solomon

Michael Solomon lives in Connestee Falls, which he made his principal residence in 2016 after vacationing here every summer for 20 years while living with his family in Boca Raton, Florida. He has been a member of UUTC since the spring of 2017. He has two daughters who have attended services here during visits – Dara and Jessica, and a grandson, Carter. His eighty-something mother and sister both live in South Florida. Michael has been a health care executive, educator, and researcher for more than 39 years. He holds an MBA in health administration and earned his PhD in health services research. Today, you’re going to hear the story of a boy whose spiritual connection and gifts of abundance helped him to overcome major challenges.

The first guiding Principle of Unitarian Universalism is the inherent worth and dignity of every person. UUTC welcomes all—persons of various ages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, theological and political beliefs, socio-economic status, educational backgrounds, abilities and ethnicities. Services are at 9:15 and 11:00am. The building is wheelchair accessible, dress may be casual and visitors of all ages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, and beliefs are warmly welcomed.

Infant care is available during both services.

Join us for coffee between services at 10:30am

Earlier Event: August 3
Heartfulness Meditation
Later Event: August 6
Men's Group