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UU Service

KhleberVanZandt Atencion

By Jon Sievert

At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, the Rev Khleber Van Zandt V discusses the lessons we can learn from failure.

Though the current culture of Los Estados Unidos seems to value winning above all else, there may be no better teacher in all of sports—and perhaps in all of life—than failure. Most often, losers are relegated to the scrap heap of history. However, if we overlook the wisdom the universe makes available to losers of all varieties, we will miss the spiritual lessons to be gleaned from those times when we didn’t come out on top.

Failure is life’s great teacher; it’s nature’s chisel that chips away at all the excess, stripping down egos as it molds and shapes us through divine intentions. Without failure, we’d be less capable of compassion, empathy, kindness, and great achievement; we would be less likely to reach for the moon and the stars. In life, it’s necessary to fail. Failure is a steppingstone.

Rev Van Zandt is currently minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice, Florida. He previously served for ten years as minister to the First Unitarian Church of Alton, Illinois, and before that ran a construction business in St Louis, Missouri.

A native Texan (though to be clear, he was not involved in stealing Texas from Mexico), he received engineering degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington. He then moved to St Louis where he found a church home at the local Unitarian Universalist church. His experience of lay leadership in that congregation led to study at Eden Theological Seminary and a life devoted to the UU ministry.

Rev Van Zandt and his wife, Linda, have seven grown children, now spread across the continental United States. Linda enjoys organizing the Dia de Los Muertos celebration each year at their church in Venice. Rev Van Zandt will also perform this week’s special music.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For information about our Children’s Sunday Program, contact us at The meeting room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


UU Service

“The Strength of a Loser”

By Rev Khleber Van Zandt V

Sun, Jul 8, 10:30am

Posada de la Aldea

Ancha de San Antonio 15



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