Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
322 15th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
We are a friendly beacon for religious freedom, supporting lifelong spiritual growth and working for social justice with compassion and love. Join us on a Sunday morning and you will be treated to a worship service that we hope will inspire you, touch your heart and make you want to return to learn more about us. We are a congregation that affirms and welcomes people of all faiths, races, genders and sexual orientations. We strive to be a caring community where children and adults can safely learn and grow in mind, spirit and desire to serve.
We come from many different faith traditions and follow different paths, but all embrace reason and truth. What binds us together is our respect for each other, our willingness to listen, our commitment to the principles of Unitarian Universalism, and the promises we make to create, maintain and contribute to our community together. We worship, we teach our children, we learn from them and each other, and sponsor social justice programs and events, locally and globally. We also have fun! You are invited to join us for a Sunday service or any other event on our calendar.
WE LIGHT THE FIRE
We light the fire of a new idea.
It is the light of our coming together
To share our common experience
And to know and experience new life.
Unitarians consider the humanity of all peoples and therefore their religions are of interest to us. The six symbols flanking the reredos represent broad groupings.
- The flaming lamp is for enlightenment of Unitarian Universalists. The double circle suggests our attitude of inclusiveness.
- The cross represents the sacrifice of Christianity.
- The Jewish star is the sign of that questioning, vigorous religion.
- The crescent moon and star for Islam.
- The animal head (with a soul inside) is an Indian totem symbolizing the respect of all native e peoples for natural forces.
- Einstein’s equation for energy is a symbol for our contemporaries who feel that science is enough to think about.
Patience Morrisey, a member of our congregation, created this flame and with others in our Women’s Alliance chose the prose that radiates from the flame. The decorative lines suggest letters, the spoken and written words being important to us. The quotes start at the lower left of the flame and continue clock-wise.
To equal affection cannot be; Let the more loving one be me. W.H. Auden
There is no pain like this body. There is no good higher than rest. There is no fire like passion. There is no losing throw like hatred. Darmia Pada
The moon hangs like a yellow lantern in the trees that lie like lace against the sky. Ah! Still the night. Ah! Hush the breeze. Surely God is nigh. Walter Kerr.
Iste bombus eliquat significant. Win ale ella Pa. A.A. Milne
Less is more. Mies van der Rohe
Love thy neighbor. Jesus
The image of God is found essentially and personally in all mankind. Each posses it whole. In this way we are all one, intimately united in our eternal image. Ruusbroesh.
And we are put on earth a little space that we may learn to bear the bloom of love. William Blake
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. Rushkin
What is necessary for the triumphof evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke
I follow no creed. My mind is my church. Thomas Paine
…above it. Tyrone Guthrie
…onto the vision. Coleridge
Praise life. Robinson Jefferson
Speech is the index of the mind. Seneca
Things divine are not attained by intellect. Plato
Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake. Henry David Thoreau
To love is to approach each other center to center. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Man learns the theory of religion by reflection. Thomas Paine
Much madness is divinest sense to a discerning eye. Emily Dickenson
From you I receive, to you I give; together we share and by this we live. Sanni
The artist speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder. Joseph Conrad
If the doors of perception are cleansed, we would see things as they are – infinite. William Blake
I believe man will not merely endure; he will prevail. William Faulkner
People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep. Rumi
You learn the difference holding a hand and chaining a soul. You begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open, with the grace of an adult; not the grief of a child. Anonymous
And God said unto Moses, “I am that I am.” Exodus 3:14
God said to Moses, “I shall be what I shall be.” Torah Exodus 3:14