Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship


322 15th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 746-0067


Sunday Services

“What are you Doing Here? What Is It That Calls You Together?”

Time: 10:30am

Speaker: Rev. Margaret Beard

Music: MUUF Choir. Director Nikki Lachambre. Nikki Lachambre is our Choir Director and Accompanist. She teaches piano, flute and music theory at the Suzuki Institute School of Music in the after-school program. Nikki spends her days as an insurance based financial adviser with Mutual of Omaha. She is a graduate of USF.

Margaret Beard will speak about one of the ways Unitarian Universalist congregations are unique is that they are formed by people gathering together. What do you gather around? How can it be strengthened?

Message for Us from the Birmingham Jail

Time: 10:30am

Speaker: Mr. Rodney K. Jones. Currently Mr. Jones is President of Manatee NAACP but has been involved with Manatee NAACP for a decade. Jones has an extensive history of service in Manatee County and currently serves as community coordinator for Bradenton Village’s resident services. He also currently serves on the Manatee County School District’s Cultural Competence Committee and he administers the MLK Day of Service awards

Music: Liz and Chuck Kercher. Both Kerchers played with other groups and orchestras separately, but since their marriage 39 years ago, they have played with all manner of orchestras, big bands, and small groups but almost always have worked together, including ownership of a music store for a period of years. Chuck was born in Rawlins, Wyoming, then moved to Michigan. Liz was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They first moved to Florida in 1976, living in St. Augustine. They came to the Bradenton area in 1995 and live near Ellenton.

Pastor Al will give a Dedication of the MUFF Black Lives Matter Flag as it flies for the first time on Sunday, January 14, 2017.  The life of Pastor Al Davis has had many turns. At 13 Pastor Al’s father died which led to a youthful series of trouble and drugs. He found faith in God after deep soul searching for a better path. Since then he has become a revered husband, father and grandfather. He is also a capable administrator.  He has developed a building for residence of men who otherwise did not have a home. He has developed a work training program which will put his residents and others to work. He includes a food bank and distribution center at the Joseph Storehouse facility. Pastor Al has a vision for creating a better life for the men he serves.

 Activities in January 2017 

  • Sunday, Jan. 1 at 10:30 am
    Speaker: Rev. Emmalou Kirchmeier
    Sunday, Jan. 1 at 12 noon
    Social Justice committee
    Sunday, Jan. 1 at 4 pm
    Eleanora Lvov Concert
  • Monday, Jan. 2 at 2 pm.
    Book Club-Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 11 am
    Memorial Service for Marilyn Codd
  • Thursday. Jan.  5 at 6:15 pm
    Choir Practice
  • Friday, Jan. 6 at 1:30 pm.
    Play Reading Group
  • Saturday, Jan. 7 at 1:00 pm
    Game Day
  • Sunday, Jan. 8 at 10:30 am
    Speaker: Rev. Graham
  • Monday, Jan. 9 at 9:00 am
    Book Club trip to Edison Home
    Monday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 pm
    OCCUPY Discussion meeting
  • Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10:00 am
    Chalice Circle
    Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 3:30 pm
    Membership Committee
  • Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 3:00 pm
    Men’s Group
    Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 6:30 pm
    Women’s Spirituality Group
  • Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6:15 pm
    Choir Practice
  • Friday, Jan. 13 at 6:00 pm
    Share-a-Dish: Tidewell Hospice
  • Saturday, Jan. 14 at 10:00 am
    Game Day
  • Sunday, Jan. 15 at 10:30 am
    Speaker: Rodney Jones, Pres. NAACP
    Raising Black Lives Matter Flag
    Sunday, Jan. 15 at noon
    Security Meeting
  • Monday, Jan. 16 at 10:00 am
    Great Decisions
    Monday, Jan. 16 at 2:00 pm
    Book Club
    Monday, Jan. 16 at 6:45 pm
    Occupy: When Justice Isn’t Just DVD and discussion
  • Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 pm
    Board of Directors
  • Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 pm
    Women’s Spirituality Group
  • Thursday, Jan. 19 at 9:00 am
    Volunteers to Our Daily Bread
    Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6:15 pm
    Choir Practice
  • Friday, Jan. 20 at 1:30 pm
    Play Reading Group
  • Saturday, Jan. 21 at 1:00 pm
    Game Day
    Saturday, Jan. 21 at 6:00 pm
    Chinese New Year at MUUF
  • Sunday, Jan. 22 at 10:30 am
    Speaker: Margaret Beard
  • Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 10 am
    Chalice Circle
  • Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 pm
    Women’s Spirituality Group
  • Thursday, Jan. 26 at 6:15
    Choir Rehearsal
  • Saturday, Jan. 28 at 1:00 am
    Game Day
    Saturday, Jan. 28 at 6:00 pm
    In-Home Dinners
  • Sunday, Jan. 29 at 10:30 am
    Speaker: Glenn Compton Manasota 88
    Silent Auction begins.




Sat., Jan. 14 We walked in the Palmetto Martin Luther King Day Parade with new flag.

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international activist movement, originating in the  African-American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism toward black people.

From the UUA website:  We UUs recognize that racism is an institutionalized pattern reaching far beyond any single incident or person.  Black Lives Matter is a movement and a stance in response to this reality: the United States was built on a legacy of slavery, racism, and oppression that continues to take new, ever-changing forms. To say that “black lives matter” doesn’t mean that black lives are more important than other lives, or that all lives don’t matter. The systemic devaluing of Black lives calls us to bear witness, even as we acknowledge that oppression takes many intersecting forms. Click on the attached website for the words of Kenny Wiley from the Black Lives UU group.

Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service Award to MUUF provides renovations for Joseph Storehouse Recovery Center with volunteer help of Habitat for Humanity and residents of the Center


 Annual Auction:

Silent Auction  Jan. 29 – Feb. 5

Live Auction on Sun., Feb. 5

Members plan dinners, outings, trips that are auctioned for members and the community. A Live Auction is Sunday, Feb. 5. The previous Sunday, Jan 29, starts the silent auction of donations by members, community merchants and friends. The auction is a vital pat of our congregation both for meeting our budget and for building community, It gives us a chance to show off and share our talents since many of the items come from our own members. Catalogs will be available listing all items. Lunch and baked goods will be offered too. Raffle tickets for $1.00.