SPEAKERS IN February 2018


February 4

“Black History”

In observance of Black History month, Rev. Charles McKenzie, associate minister at Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church in Sarasota and social studies teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Palmetto, will celebrate the achievements of black Americans throughout history. For four decades Rev. Charles McKenzie has studied the writings and speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. Last year he did a one-man tribute to Dr. King at Temple Emanu-El in Sarasota. McKenzie feels he is King’s torch-bearer, not just an actor portraying him. He tries to emulate Dr. King’s values in his own life. Rev. McKenzie is a former Florida coordinator for the Rainbow-PUSH Coalition. Currently he is an associate pastor of Tabor Missionary Baptist Church in Sarasota, and social studies teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Palmetto.

Choir will sing “Always Something Sings” and “Bambelela.”  Linda Wilke, a 6-year member of MUUF and a choir member, is directing the choir while Ann Rogers is on medical leave. Linda has a music degree (violin) from Grand Valley State College, Grand Rapids, Michigan and has sung in church and school choirs since pre-school.

February 11

“In the Presence of Greatness”

Our Guest Speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Robert P. Tucker, Minister Emeritus of the U.U. Congregation of Lakeland, FL. In honor of this being Presidents’ Month, his message will be a meditation upon the example set by the words of the Father of Our Nation and its first president, George Washington.

Robert P. Tucker received the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Theology from the University of Chicago. He holds the B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in Religion and Philosophy from Texas Christian University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Tucker’s career has combined teaching and ministry. He taught Religion, Philosophy, Ethics and Logic at Yankton College (in South Dakota) and at Florida Southern College (in Lakeland) and has served congregations in Texas, Illinois, South Dakota, Nebraska, Virginia, and Florida. From 1995 through 2008, Dr. Tucker served as the Minister of the U.U. Congregation of Lakeland. Now retired, he is Minister Emeritus of that Congregation. Dr. Tucker has been a member of both the Florida District UUA Board of Directors and the Board of the UU in the Pines. He is also a Founding Board Member of the Humanist Association of West Central Florida.

Music:   Becca Jean and Teia Watson

Rebecca Miller is a second year voice performance major at SCF.  Rebecca was most recently seen as the compelling Mama Euralie in the past fall’s production of “Once On This Island.” She began singing at age 13 in her Church’s Youth Choir and has continued to sing in many choirs as well as solo performances for weddings, funerals and other events.  Rebecca plans to complete her Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and pursue performance and music education.

Teia Watson is a 27 years old sophomore music student who studies voice with Melodie Dickerson.  She is a member of both the SCF Chamber Choir and concert choir. She has been in several SCF musicals. She recently played Asaka in “Once On This Island” this past Oct. She is pursuing a degree in Vocal performance/ Music therapy to further her career as a special needs provider. Teia truly enjoys all genres of music both classical and popular styles. She aspires to one day be featured on Broadway or the Metropolitan Opera stage.

February 18

“Standing in the Gap”

Rev. Emmalou Kirchmeier will be our speaker. From early Christian times until today when we see someone in trouble, we can stand in the gap for them to help them regain their composure. It’s an old story that begins with two brothers on an ice-covered pond.

Prior to her ordination, Emmalou Kirchmeier served three churches on the Rhode Island border for two years. She was Ordained in the Central Penn. conference in 1983. She graduated from Boston University School of Theology in 1987. She was lead minister for The Vermont Community church, (Baptist and Methodist). After 9/11/01 She was called to Binghamton, New York, as Chaplain for Elizabeth Church Manor. Rev. Kirchmeier was lead Minister at The United Methodist Church in Monroeton for five years serving Monroeton, Liberty Corners in Pennsylvania and Powell congregations, with a radio ministry from Monroeton. Since she retired, she was called for 13 weeks to preach at Christ UMC in Bradenton, and was a volunteer Chaplain at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton for three years. She continues to diagnose Scotopic Sensitive children for Irlen Clinic of California, and is available for marriage counseling as taught by the United Methodist Church.

Music: The Choir will sing “How Can I Keep From Singing” and “River in Judea.”

February 25

” Cosmic Religion of the Future “

Dr. Paul H. Carr will share encouraging evidence that “things natural” are being re-united with the spiritual to actualize the cosmic religion of the future. Two scientists, Alister McGrath and Francis Collins, who as students were atheists, had life-changing experiences that led them to accept C.S. Lewis’ understanding of God.

Paul H. Carr, BS, MIT; Ph. D., Brandeis University, received a Templeton Foundation grant for the philosophy courses he taught at University of Massachusetts, Lowell. This inspired his book Beauty in Science and Spirit. Before that, he led a branch of the AF Research Laboratory that pioneered the development of compact components used in cell phones, radar, and TV. His web page is www.MirrorOfNature.org

Music: Barbara Jensen