SPEAKERS IN August 2018

 

August 5 “Silence is Betrayal”

Rev. Charles McKenzie will tell us a story: On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech that may have helped put a target on his back. That speech entitled, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break The Silence, was an unequivocal denunciation of America’s involvement in that Southeast Asian conflict. Come hear the rest…

The Rev. Charles McKenzie is a U.S. and world history teacher at Lincoln Middle School and associate minister at Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church in Tallevast.

Music: Barbara Jensen, pianist. Barbara retired as organist/director at St. George’ Episcopal Church. She is part of a musical family: Barbara plays viola and piano with the Sarasota Pops; husband Dale is principal flutist with The Bradenton Symphony; daughter Laura is a professional violinist with the Sarasota Orchestra & Trio Voila; son Keith is principal cello of The Pops; and daughter Leah plays viola and sings. Barbara has a BA in piano and an MA in library science. Hobbies are gardening, tennis and cooking for Dale.

August 12 “A Little Tour of Logic”

Rev. Dr. Robert P. Tucker, Ph.D., Minister Emeritus of the U.U. Congregation of Lakeland, FL. His sermon, “A Little Tour of Logic,” will survey the basic elements of sound reasoning in an easy to understand and often amusing way. You won’t want to miss it!

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 laud, 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: Barbara Jensen & Will Whitehead, Viola

August 19 “Okay, Where Were We?”

Connie Goodbread will emphasize how important Unitarian Universalism is to the world and how we find ourselves in a paradigm shift. In order to change the world, we must do things differently – we don’t have a map, it’s scary and yet, we are called.

Connie Goodbread is in her twelfth year as UUA Field Staff serving the Southern Region on the Congregational Life Staff Team. She has served as Field Staff in three regions of our Association. She has studied Healthy Congregation development and congregational conflict identification and transformation with Rev. Dr. Peter Steinke. Connie Goodbread has co-authored an emerging congregation process, redesigned and leads the Dwight Brown Leadership Experience and Southern Unitarian Universalist Leadership Experience. Connie has written two theme-based Small Group Ministry programs and a conflict process called Pathfinder.

Music: Shirley Loebel. Shirley has been a UU since 1968. Originally a snow bird from Wisconsin, now full time in Florida, she has been a volunteer pianist at the TRI-UU congregation in Summerfield, Florida, since 2004. Currently her plans are a move to Westminster Point Pleasant with her contract recently signed. She is glad to get to know our congregation. 

 

August 26 “Selling Out For Soup”

Rev. Gary Batey will tell us the biblical story of competing brothers Jacob and Esau which includes the incident in which hungry Esau sold his birthright to Jacob in exchange for a kettle of savory lentil soup. That tale cautions us that precious things get sold off cheap when some enticing prize makes us forget what really has value in our private or public life.

Rev. Gary Batey is a retired minister of the United Methodist Church whose most recent pastorate was at Roser Community Church in Anna Maria from 2000-2014. Prior to that he served various churchehave the opportuity to s in Ohio, and was, for a time, a hospital chaplain and an adjunct faculty member at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Gary and his wife Karen have two married daughters and three grandchildren. They now live in St. Petersburg, FL.

Music: Barbara Jensen, pianist. Barbara retired as organist/director at St. George’ Episcopal Church. She is part of a musical family: Barbara plays viola and piano with the Sarasota Pops; husband Dale is principal flutist with The Bradenton Symphony; daughter Laura is a professional violinist with the Sarasota Orchestra & Trio Voila; son Keith is principal cello of The Pops; and daughter Leah plays viola and sings. Barbara has a BA in piano and an MA in library science. Hobbies are gardening, tennis and cooking for Dale.