Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship


322 15th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 746-0067


Sunday Services

Dealing with the Unexpected

Time: 10:30am

Speaker: Rev. Emmalou Kirchmeier. today. A former journalist and mother of seven children, Emmalou, with help from her husband, entered Boston University School of Theology at age 53 to earn her MA in Church History. After serving eight United Methodist churches, she went back to school to become a Chaplain, studying Clinical Pastoral Education till she had 1200 credit hours to qualify after 9/11 for Director of Pastoral Care at a Binghamton, New York hospital. The couple had come to Florida at Ole Myakka/Myakka City Charge in 1995 to assist Rev. Martin Riley with his chores doing three services each Sunday. She and her daughter, Judy, a tutor, live in Bradenton now.

Music: Eleanor Lvov. Eleonora Lvov is our guest musician today. Eleonora Lvov has achieved world-wide acclaim as a piano virtuoso and a popular recording artist with 9 CD & DVD (available at all performances & by phone). A winner of many prestigious International competitions, she performs widely as a soloist with major orchestras and in recitals throughout US, Europe, and Russia. The Cleveland Plain Dealer described her as “flaming virtuoso.” Her effect on audiences is "mesmerizing: inspiring and uplifting." A luminous, boldly emotive pianist, with staggering technique, she emanates spirituality and ardent passion in all she does. Eleonora is a dynamic teacher of master classes & music history in universities, and also maintains a studio in Sarasota where she teaches students of all ages and levels. Ms. Lvov can be contacted at 941-358-0235

 The last person I expected to meet, relates Rev. Kirchmeier, in the little ole country church in Myakka was the Hungarian Ambassador, who told me a fascinating story, conversations covering all phases of life and humor.

Celebrating Fatherhood

Time: 10:30am

Speaker: Tiffany Valvo and Richard Li . Eastman School of Music graduates Tiffany Valvo and Richard Li formed the Eastman Clarinet Duo, a duo of two clarinets, in 2012, and have since given over 200 performances around the United States. They have a passion for bringing music to people of all ages and backgrounds, knowing that music is for everyone! They are dedicated to interactive performances that bring the audience and performers to common ground and uplift the spirits of all involved!

Music: Eastman Clarinet Duo

Special Collection: PRISM. The statement by Valerie Fisher re Orlando Tradgedy will be available in our July newsletter. Prism Youth Initiative is dedicated to supporting, affirming, encouraging, and empowering the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 13-23 of Manatee County. Prism is committed to doing this in an environment that is safe, hospitable, warm and welcoming.

Faith, Violence and the LBGTQ Community

An Open Conversation in a Safe Place Offered at Noon on Sunday 

After all the candles have been lit and all the prayers have been said, there’s still a need to talk with others and listen to the deeper questions. That’s why the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th Street W, will sponsor an open conversation in a safe place to discuss Faith, Violence and the LBGTQ Community.

The Rev. Dee Graham, consulting minister, and Valerie Fisher, professional counselor and director of PRISM youth group, will moderate the participatory discussion following the 10:30am Sunday service.

“After the shock of the moment wanes, people need somewhere to express all the emotions that flood in. This violence makes a particular challenge for those who are having their first experiences with LBGTQ people, perhaps even just learning about members of their own family,” said Rev. Dee Graham in a press release. “We want to provide the support and understanding for these conversations to begin.”


Activities in July 2016

  • Friday, July 1 at 12:00.  Book Discussion Group will meet and begin discussion of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" by Reza Aslan. Members are welcome to bring their lunches.
  • Friday, July 1 at 3:30. Play Reading Group will continue through the summer on the first and third Fridays. This week will begin the reading of You Can't Take It With You.
  • Friday, July 8. SHARE A DISH   6:00 pm Gathering and Social Hour. 6:30 pm Dinner -Bring a dish to share; our fulfilling dinner will be followed by a  presentation of the Reading Pals program by Carolyn Griffin, director of the United Way program for elementary students.
  • Sunday, July 10 at 12 noon. Social Justice meeting.
  • Tuesday, July 12 at 10:00 am. Chalice Circle.
  • Wednesday, July 13 at 6:30 pm. Women's Connection, meeting  on the second Wednesday of each month in July and August. Facilitator for July is Peggy Dickson.
  • Friday, July 15 at 3:30 pm. Play Reading Group will meet to read.
    • Monday, July 18 2:00 pm.  Book Discussion Group will meet and continue discussion of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" by Reza Aslan.
    • Thursday, July 21 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, July 21 at 4:00 pm. Caring Network
    • Saturday, July 23 at 6:00 pm. In-Home Dinners off site in members homes.  
    • Tuesday, July 26 at 10 am.  Chalice Circle.
    • Tuesday, July 26, at 6:30 pm. Board of Directors meeting.

Note: No R.E. classes in July. Child care during the Sunday service is always available. No Occupy-Bradenton meetings until September.  Bradenton Herald articles, videos and pictures from the MUUF open discussion about the Orlando tragedy are available on the Herald website. Rev. Dee Graham and Valerie Fisher led the discussion reported in the Herald by Richard Drummond.