President’s Message for June 2018 

Carol Bartz

Having been a member at Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship since the early 80’s I have seen many changes. The most exciting and expectant change is the one we are now embarking on — working together with a full time Developmental Minister. Rev. Fred L Hammond, who has been with the UU Congregation of Tuscaloosa for almost eleven years, will begin with us on September 1. This is truly a monumental moment for our Fellowship after having been a lay led congregation for nearly sixty years. Together we will be working on the goals we set forth when we began the process of seeking a minister.

Shortened versions of those goals are:

a) work together in a shared ministry to create true fellowship;

b) promote right relations following our covenant and the seven UU principles; 

c) promote a pathway to membership as well as involving members in UU history, generosity and stewardship, and leadership;

d) create programs and activities that attract and retain diversity in our already social justice-minded Fellowship;

e) enlarge our community outreach through involvement in the local area as well as working together with other UU congregations in our area.

By the time this UPDATE issue is read most of you will have already met Rev. Fred over his Memorial Day weekend visit and I know you will be as excited
to welcome him as I am! The more you get to know about him, the more you will realize that our decision to seek a minister and his readiness to move on from
his UU church in Tuscaloosa just seems like synchronicity.

For Rev. Fred and his mother there will be many changes as they move from their home in Tuscaloosa to Florida. Anyone who has moved from one state to another knows that the process involves making many decisions as well as sad farewells and joyful hellos. “Mixed emotions” was a term I hadn’t learned about till about the age of twelve and it resonated so well with the way I felt about many different things without knowing how to express it. I’ve learned that changes that we choose are different from changes that are thrust upon us. Chosen change means that the person is part of the process in determining the direction as well as making decisions and carrying out the actions. It’s exciting and energizing when individuals or groups embark on something new by creating a vision and
working towards fulfillment of that vision. It’s only when one feels that others or circumstances such as health or natural disasters are in control that one feels alienated or left out.
During this exciting time, choose to be an integral part of working towards our vision in any way you are capable and be a part of MUUF’s chosen changes.  


President Roster Since the 50th Anniversary

Carol Bartz   2016  to present 
Martha Pelletier 2015
Bill Peruzzi:(winter) and Martha Pelletier (summer)   2014
Bill Peruzzi (winter) and Joan Butcher (summer)  2013
Grace Hirsch January 2012
Lorraine Berry  2009-2011