Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship


322 15th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 746-0067


Sunday Service

Exploring Valentine’s Day

Time: 10:30a

Speaker: Dr. Robert Tucker

Music: Weintraub Duo

During his sermon he will survey the pre-Christian/pagan origins of this holiday, its modifications by Christianity, and its more recent developments. You won’t want to miss this informative, inspiring message with all of its surprising elements.

Showing Your Faith: Acts of Love

Time: 10:30am

Speaker: Rev. Dee Graham

Music: MUUF Choir

“Service is our prayer,” the Universalists taught us to say. But how do we bring our collective prayer into acts of faith? How do we manifest love where the world reflects hated? We’ll examine our religious traditions and consider what that means in the unpredictable climate of today’s world.

  • Saturday, Feb. 27 at 6 pm.  Fabulous Old Fashioned Italian Spaghetti Dinner. What else would it be when the chef's name is Pasquarella! Thanks, Geri. Besides spaghetti on the menu: Tossed Salad with Italian Dressing, Capellini with Homemade Marinara Sauce, Beef or Turkey Homemade Meatballs, Garlic and Cheese Bread, Homemade Canonoli or Pizzelle Cookies. Also Lemonade and Iced Tea or BYO wine or drink.  Throughout the evening the music of Perry Como and Frank Sinatra and Tony  Bennett will be there for singing and dancing and dreaming. The public is invited. Adults $ 10, Children $ 5. This is a fund raiser for our building fund.

Special Events

  • Tuesday, February 2, from 4-8 pm Annual Sunset Party on the Bayou. Sharyn Devine and Glenn Tarver are hosting a sunset party where they will be for three months. Sign up in the social room. A $15 donation goes to the Annual Auction. Pay in advance or on arrival.  Enjoy the other guests (including UU visitors from Canada), the food, entertainment, and, of course, the sunset! Help MUUF with a donation while listening to the most soulful and inspiring music played by a world class pianist. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Friday, Feb. 12, 6 pm. SHARE A DISH will be a combination 100th birthday party and memorial celebrating the life of Peg Henderson. Refreshments will begin at 6 pm with dinner and program to follow.
  • Wed., Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 at 6 pm. WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY CLASS. The Religious Education Program will be continuing the 13 week, adult class “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven,” a woman-honoring adult RE curriculum. This course examines pre-Judeo Christian cultures that may have worshiped the female as divine. The concepts of equality and reverence for the female in a religious setting are eye-opening to many participants. The primary question raised is: How would your life have been different if, when growing up, the divine had been imaged as female? Contact our DRE, Lisa Bohn, for information.
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 is MUUF's day to Volunteer at Our Daily Bread at the One Stop Center in Bradenton, feeding the homeless. 9 am to 11:30 am every third Thursday of the Month. A valuable contribution of time and fun besides.
  • Thursday, Feb 25 the Play Reading Group will meet at 4:30 pm. Calling all people who are interested in skits and play reading. For information, contact Lois Stilley.
  • Sunday, Feb. 28  Crop Walk at 2pm. This is a benefit to end hunger. MUUF has been part of the Manatee Crop Walk for many years by members and friends walking across the Green Bridge and back on a Sunday afternoon. 25% of our donations go to Our Daily Bread and the rest can be directed to UUSC projects. This year we start in Palmetto. See Chris MacCormack to offer to walk and collect pledges per mile. 941-727-5183.
  • Sunday, Feb. 7 -14. The Annual Silent Auction begins and registration ($5.00) for Live Auction on Feb 14 after regular Sunday service. There are over 100 items to bid on so there is something for everyone! From the business donated items one half of the proceeds from those sales will go to Our Daily Bread. If you would like to help set up the auction, join us on Saturday, Feb. 6, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Contact Carol Bartz at or 224-9158.
  • Mondays in Feb. for Great Decisions of our Foreign Policy Association. Meeting from 10 am-noon. Feb 1 - The Middle East - Bill Hammes Feb 8 - The Future of Kurdistan - Walter Pascal Feb 15 - The United Nations - Bob Condon Feb 22 - Cuba - John & Carol Butzow Feb 29 - Migration - Ernie Kerr For more information, contact Bill Hayes at 727-470-9148 or All welcome.
    • Mondays in February at 2:00pm.  The Book Discussion Group will be meeting  for the second book.  The book is  Reclaiming Prophetic Witness by Paul Raser. The discussion will use a study guide developed by the UUA and will involve 3 ninety-minute sessions held on Mondays at 2:00 pm on dates "tba" The book should be read prior to the discussion.  Contact Bill Hayes or Mary Lou Thompson.
    • Monday, Feb. 1  Occupy-Bradenton and Social Justice Committee will present the 70-minute documentary, “Anne Braden, Southern Patriot,” regarding a courageous, militantly anti-racist mover for racial and economic justice in the conservative South. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film starts at 7 p.m. This event is FREE and open to the public.
    • Monday, Feb. 15  OCCUPY-Bradenton and Social Justice will present the 2-hour documentary, “MUMIA, Long Distance Revolutionary,” a journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal, Cornel West, Angela Davis, Amy Goodman, Ruby Dee, Alice Walker, Tariq Ali, and others.  The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film starts at 7 p.m. This event is FREE and open to the public. On other Monday nights OCCUPY-Bradenton meets at MUUF at 6:45 p.m for discussion.
    • Saturday, Feb. 13  GAME DAY  at 1:30 p.m. in the Social Room. A get-together to enjoy an afternoon playing games of all kinds. If you have a favorite game that you like to play, please bring it along. Don’t miss this time of fun and fellowship. The sign-up sheet is located on the table in the Social Room. We look forward to seeing you there!

    March Events in 2016

    • On Mondays in March: The eight week discussion of  Great Decisions will continue. Sign up with Bill Hayes at 727-470-9148. Our Great Decisions group has met at MUUF for 20 years discussing the foreign policy issues confronting our nation.
  • On Wednesdays in March: The 13-week course of "Cakes for the Queen" will continue to investigate the woman-honoring adult curriculum from UUA religious exploration.