The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County is a liberal, progressive, and inclusive religious
organization comprised of people from many diverse faith backgrounds, including Jewish, Catholic, Muslim,
pagan, Buddhist, Protestant, Hindu, Wiccan, atheist, humanist, and others.
We believe that black lives matter, women’s rights are human rights, no human is illegal, climate change is real,
love is love, all gender identities are whole, and those of us with privilege are obligated to use that status to help
end oppression everywhere.
Everyone is welcome to be a part of our community. We not only welcome you but will get to know you and help
you find a place to belong with us so that you feel valued, heard, and safe.
If you would like to learn more about Unitarian Universalist inclusiveness, go to https://www.uua.org
You are always welcome to contact me with questions or concerns, or just to chat, even if you’re not yet a part of
We want you to know and feel that you are blessed and that you are a blessing.
What to expect on a typical Sunday morning.
As we continue to build the children's program, they will begin in the Sanctuary with their families and go to their Religious Education activities after the “Story for All Ages.”
The social hour after the service is a good way for you to get to know us, and we you. Dress at our services varies. Wear what is comfortable for you.
|Unitarian Universalists value the many contributions of time and talent that our members and friends bring. Dedicated volunteers wear many hats. Whatever the contribution, we appreciate it as a gift that supports the ministry of the congregation as a whole. Lay leaders and task-oriented helpers—along with the minister, office assistant, and musicians—all play an important role in creating the Beloved Community we aspire to be.|
Board of Trustees
President: Dennis Shaw
Vice President: Don Liermann
Secretary: Herb Levin
Treasurer: Nancy Weaver
Board of Trustee Members:
Helen Sokalski, Gudrun Matthaus, Mary Lou Kennedy, Marion Menna, Alice Clattenberg
Our Minister : Rev. Dr. Dan Lambert
Music Director: Jim Boyle
Reverend Dan Lambert, Our Minister (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mary Jane Williams, Church Administrator (email@example.com)
Lynn Ritchie, Membership Coordinator
A Brief History
1969: The Port Charlotte Fellowship is founded. Twelve people sign the membership application and begin meeting in each other’s homes. Shortly thereafter, they accept an offer to meet in Temple Shalom, a local Jewish Synagogue.
1977: We purchase 1.85 acres in Port Charlotte with the dream of building “a home of our own.”
1978: Dr. Carl Westman, a retired UU minister living in Lakeland, is hired as a part-time minister.
1983-84: The present building is erected. UUA President, Rev. Dr. Eugene Pickett, speaks at the dedication ceremony. Name is changed to Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County.
1990-92: Rev. George Brooks serves as part-time minister. He is now our minister emeritus.
1993-99: Rev. Sam Trumbore is called as the first settled minister. He is followed by two interim ministers: Rev. Susanne Nazian and Rev. Herbert Adams.
2000: The Fellowship conducts its first all-member fundraising canvas and collects a 140% increase in pledges.
2002-06: Rev. Sara Zimmerman is called as the second settled minister.
2004: Category 4 Hurricane Charley hits on Friday, August 13th, devastating Charlotte County. Our building suffers only minor damage but the lovely old oaks are destroyed. Many neighboring UU congregations help clear the debris on the Fellowship grounds and at the homes of members and friends. Many suffer great losses; some are evacuated for almost a year; others never return to their winter homes. Rev. Sara busily visits local congregants and telephones snowbirds about the condition of their property.
2005: Early in the year, when congregants were still reeling from Charley’s blow, our beloved co-president, Jan O’Rourke, is murdered. A popular community activist, her memorial service draws many mourners.
2006-08: Rev. Sara resigns to pursue her doctorate; two interim ministers follow: Rev. Hannah Wells and Rev. Margaret Beard. We craft and adopt vision and mission statements and hire a professional bookkeeping service. Significant renovations to the Social Hall are completed.
2008-09: Rev. Dr. Pam Allen-Thompson is hired as a consulting minister with a two-year contract. Our first website is developed. We become an official Welcoming Congregation, embracing people who are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender. Five of our members attend General Assembly in Ft. Lauderdale, and our Board President, Ginger Abraham, is elected to the District Board.
2009: The Fellowship celebrates its 40th anniversary with a successful $40,000.00 capital fund drive. Funds are used for building enhancements and necessary improvements. New initiatives include a Children’s Religious Education program and a ministry of racial justice and inclusion. Our membership exceeds 100.
2010: Rev. Pam Allen-Thompson is called as the third settled minister. A number of new initiatives aim to help us move further toward our vision, including: Long-Range planning, “Passages” weekly support group, a Blue Ribbon Commission on Giving, and participation in the 24-unit UUA curriculum to promote anti-racism and multi-cultural competency called “Building the World We Dream About.”
2012: Rev. Pam Allen-Thompson announces her resignation as our settled minister. The Rev. Amy Kindred is chosen as our Contract Minister for a 2 year contract period beginning August 15, 2012
2014: Rev. Amy Kindred becomes our settled minister.
2016: Katie Romano Griffin serves as our intern minister for the 2016-2017 year.
2019: Oct, Rev. Dr. Dan Lambert arrives as minister