About Us


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

our fellowship.


We want you to know and feel that you are blessed and that you are a blessing.


Rev. Dan




We invite you to attend our worship services on Sunday mornings at 10:30. 
Children are welcome in our Religious Education Program.  We hope to see you this week!



What to expect on a typical Sunday morning

The worship service includes singing, readings, a sermon, sharing of significant milestones in our congregants’ lives, and a time for prayerful silence or meditation.  We also take a monthly offering for a local charity or other needs outside our community. 

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. 
Music by Unitarian Universalist composer, Peter Mayer:

click for video "Blue Boat Home

Collaborative Leadership

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: Lorrie Douglas

Vice President: Ted Zawistowski

Secretary: Herb Levin

Treasurer: Nancy Weaver


Board of Trustee Members:

Helen Sokalski, Gudrun Matthaus, Mary Lou Kennedy, Don Liermann, Kathryn Ferry



Our Minister : Rev. Dr. Dan Lambert

Music Director: Jim Boyle


Reverend Dan Lambert, Our Minister (minister@uufcc.org)


Mary Jane Williams, Church Administrator (office@uufcc.org)


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

2013:  Amy Lynne Menard is hired as our new Music Director in February, 2013 after our long-serving Pianist, Evelyn Haymaker retires.  Amy Menard retires later that year on her expectation of a new child.

2014: Rev. Amy Kindred becomes our settled minister.

2016: Katie Romano Griffin serves as our intern minister for the 2016-2017 year.     

2018: Nov, Amy Kindred departed.     

2019: Oct, Rev. Dr. Dan Lambert arrives as minister

2020: March, Shutdown and Locked down:  Corona Virus (COPID -19) Pandemic