Sunday, December 29, 2019

Rev. Frank Papandrea is a retired, liberal Baptist minister from NJ, very comfortable with the Unitarian Universalist traditions. He has a BA in Environmental Planning from Rutgers, M.Div in Pastoral Theology and PhD in Philosophy and Theology.

Rev. Frank pastored in NJ for 30+ years and founded the liberal, Baptist church in 1976, retired in 2006 moving to Fl. As a NJ Licensed Professional Counselor, he worked for 15 years and retired the second time from a ten- year practice in Sarasota.

Rev. Frank is an artist, poet, motivational speaker and free thinking theologian. His significant other, Cori Prout, introduced him to Manatee UU Fellowship several years ago where he attends and speaks regularly. His use of light humor in the pulpit engages the congregation in easy listening to his joy-filled narrative and has been appreciated by many over the years. “No guilt or blame, just love” permeates his messages of joy and kindness.

Rev. Frank Papandrea


Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Rev. Fred L Hammond  A joyous occasion for  Carols and Cookies

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Rev. Fred L. Hammond     “Festivals of Light”

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Rev. Fred L Hammond     “The Desire for a Holy Day of Our Own”

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Rev. Fred L Hammond    “The Path to Enlightenment”

Sunday, December 1, 2019

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 churches 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. The Bateys now live in St. Petersburg, FL a few blocks from their elder daughter, her husband and their son. Their younger daughter, son-in-law and two more grandchildren live in Salem, Oregon.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Chris MacCormack has been MUUF’s emissary from The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee for many years. Her travels over many parts of the world make her very knowledgeable about situations worldwide. Chris was a Peace Corps worker in the Dominican Republic, then was Spanish teacher at Bayshore High School and SCF. When she retired she traveled abroad teaching English: to Peru, Ecuador, San Salvadore, Mexico, Honduras, Turkey, and Thai land .  Currently she is a volunteer at Project Light teaching English and at UnidosNos mentoring students.

The UUSC, a partner organization with UUA, is a nonprofit organization advancing human rights and social justice with 80 grassroots partners in the US and worldwide. This year makes 80 years since Martha and Waitstill Sharp started the UUSC assisting refugees in Europe. Chris says (and MUUF members agree) that when I want to make a contribution after an emergency or for a cause such as immigration reform, I know that my funds sent through UUSC will be put to very good use.

UUSC advances human rights through grassroots collaboration. In more than a dozen countries throughout the world, UUSC fosters social justice and works toward a world free from oppression. UUSC’s innovative approaches and measurable impact are grounded in the belief that all people have inherent power, dignity, and rights. 
Every November our fellowship has a Guest At Your Table Sunday service. It is a good way to learn about the work of UUSC and a perfect time to renew our individual membership for $40 or make donations. We currently have 24 members and in 2018 we earned the Creating Justice Banner. This year the theme is “Women Leaders, Strong Communities” to recognize the many influential women leaders in social justice organizations worldwide.
The special collection taken this day was $1327.

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Sunday,  October 27, 2019

Ken Sizemore has been performing folk music all over the country 

for over 50 years. As a folk singer and guitarist, Ken plays the “classic” folk music of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. While based in Nashville for 30 years, Ken performed as a solo artist, as part of the folk duo “Judith and Ken” and with the folk trio “The Folk Revival.”

He has performed in concerts, clubs, listening rooms, coffee houses, banquets, and festivals over the years and has played for audiences throughout the United States. Ken moved to Panama City in 1999 and has continued to perform all over the southeastern US since then.

In addition to playing music venues, Ken has developed a number of programs that he presents to church groups, civic organizations, and clubs. His programs are developed around a topic/theme and feature lots of music as well as narration. As a long time UU, Ken’s favorite audience is any group of Unitarian Universalists, and he visits 25 to 30 UU congregations a year. His program for us will be entitled “Songs of Justice, Equity, and Compassion…the Second UU Principle.”