Past Services 2019

December 29 ~ “Hope Smiles”

Join us for a  Fellowship Circle and Conversation with Heather Ogilvie, remembering the year past and welcoming 2020. “Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering , ‘it will be happier.”’ (Alfred Lord Tennyson)

December 22 ~ “Christmas Celebration!”

Ron Fennell and Matt Raver will lead a service of traditional carols and readings, followed by fellowship and refreshments.

December 15 ~ “Winter Solstice” 

Musician, Storyteller and UUFBC member Paul McAuliffe will present a program of Winter Solstice tales and play a variety of wooden and bamboo flutes.

December 8 ~ “House of Hope”

Celebrate the awesome power of FAITH in action! Dr. Tammy Anderson, founder and Senior Pastor of the House of Hope Outreach Ministry in Panama City, Florida, Bereavement Minister at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, and Executive Director of JUDOS, Bay County’s Youth Crime Prevention Program, will speak at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bay County. House of Hope! Sunday, December 8, 2019. Doors open at 10 AM, Service begins at 10:30. Activities for creative faith development are available for children, in service or in our children’s room.  ALL are welcome!

December 1 ~ “Dark of Winter; a Circle of Worship”

This time of year poses many challenges.  Stress is rampant around holiday season.  And as the days grow shorter and darker, many of us find our energy levels declining.  This service will allow us to take a deep breath, and imagine ways to put peace and joy back into the season.

November 24 ~ “Coming to Attention”

Heather Ogilvie will lead a fellowship discussion on the topic “Coming to Attention.”

November 17 ~ Transgender Awareness Month & “Stand and Be Counted, 2020 Census Awareness”

A two part Sunday presentation

Transgender Awareness Month ~ Bob Gilmore will present a short TED Talk, “A Short History of Transpeople’s Long Fight for Equality”. (Further connected material: )

Stand and Be Counted, 2020 Census Awareness” ~ Presented by Jane Nichols, UUFBC and League of Women Voters member.

November 10 ~ “In the Footsteps of Muhammad”

Yahia Rahim will speak about Islam  and how it honors Muhammad’s vision.

November 3 ~ “Day of the Dead”

It’s both sad and joyful to remember those who have gone before us.  You are invited to bring photos and mementos of beloved people and pets whom you would like to acknowledge by placing the memento on an altar and giving a brief explanation of whom you are remembering.

The Day of the Dead, celebrated on November 2nd, has a long history in Mexican Tradition and is truly a celebration of life.  When children dance with caricatures of death, eat skull sugar molds, and learn to respect that life is brief, they learn there is a circle to life and to not fear death; then they are free to enjoy and appreciate every moment.

Sometime one hears reference to “the Days of the Dead” which refers to the Days of October 31 – November 2.  October 31 is Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve. November 1 is “el Dia de los Innocentes,” or the Day of the Children and All Saints Day. November 2 is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead.

October 27 ~ “Belonging”

Discussion of Belonging, and to create space for conversation. We will take time to catch up with ourselves, as we come to the end of a month of breathtaking change within our beloved Fellowship. I hope we celebrate the joy of connection, and recognize how true belonging depends upon being and honoring our authentic selves, even as we honor the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

October 20 ~ “Work Songs, Labor Songs, Union Songs…Music of Work in America, 1880s—1950s”

Join us for this musical program with our very own Ken Sizemore!

October 13 ~ “Life’s Little Haberdashery”

The hats we wear, some metaphorical some physical, are often indicators of what we do for a living and who we are at a specific moment in time. If you are like me, you wear many at once and it is often hard to keep track of where they all intersect or where they may stand-alone. How many hats are you wearing right now and what do your current hats say about you? Join Maggie as she explores our many roles in life and the kind of hats we associate with them. All are encouraged to bring a hat that tells about your life’s roles!

October 6 ~ “You Belong Here: A Soul Matters Talk”

You Belong Here: Exploring the Heart of Beloved Community is the title of the sermon given by the Rev. Andy Burnette at Valley UU Congregation in Chandler, Arizona.

“Our Congregational Covenant is a promise we keep to ourselves, about the kind of persons we want to be, about the kind of life we mean to have, together with other people, and with all other living things.” This quote is from UUFBC’s Congregational Covenant.  Let’s talk about what it means to be a member of UUFBC and to be a Unitarian Universalist!

Click here to read the Right Relations Policy of the UUFBC.

Click here to read the Congregational Covenant of the UUFBC.

September 29 ~ “Water Communion”

Water makes up 75% of this planet and comes in many forms and shapes from giant icebergs decorating our oceans to tiny particles up in a cloud. It travels massive distances through rushing rivers. It sits quiet and placid in a pond teeming in every corner with life. Change is a lot like water, it can be torrential, it can be glacial, looked for, or feared.  For this annual service we invite you to bring with you a small vial or bottle of water from this year’s adventures or to use water that will be provided at service. As you pour your water into the communal bowl you will be invited to briefly share about a point in your life when things felt fluid. Join us, and let’s celebrate.

September 15 ~ “Uncle Eddie and Robin”

An Uncle Eddie & Robin show is like spending time with old friends; casual and friendly. They present their own originals plus unique interpretations of songs from a wide variety of sources. They feature stunning duet vocal harmonies, imaginative and skillful instrumentation using acoustic guitar and banjo, and lyrics that are both entertaining and socially relevant. Their influences include classic rock, folk, country, bluegrass, plus their own genres of Beach Grass, Plunk Rock, and Chant Rap Grass. Currently based in St Augustine, Florida they love to travel and perform and are available for taverns, coffeehouses, house concerts, fairs, festivals, you name it. Uncle Eddie & Robin are

“Music Worth Listening To”

September 8 ~ “Service of Healing”

Whether we’re under stress from the hard work of recovery, economic or relationship issues, or the current political situation, we are all in need of healing. Join us for this special service of music, healing chants, guided meditation, and a special healing ritual to soothe spirits and offer comfort and strength as we approach the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael.

Rev. Melanie will be in Panama City from Friday to Monday, so she will be available for listening/counseling sessions and pastoral visits while she is here. Contact her directly at or 609-217-4410 to set up appointments.

September 1 ~ “We Are a People of Expectation”

Our Soul Matters Theme for September is Expectation.  Come join us for a conversation on our EXPECTATION for UUFBC and its role in the community.  This will be a more informal Sunday program lead by our President, Heather Ogilvie.  There will be no RE this Sunday but children are welcome in the service.

Immediately following the service we will have our traditional First Sunday Potluck with a Labor Picnic Theme and continue our conversations over lunch.  BBQ pork and buns will be provided for our main meat dish.  You might consider items that would go well with the BBQ: cole slaw, potato salad, corn, tossed salad, macaroni salad, baked beans etc.  A few deserts would also be welcome.  All are welcome to attend.

August 25 ~ “Get Up, Stand Up for Women’s Equality!”

Join us as Serena Dee Latiolais discusses Women’s Equality!

August 18 ~ “An Underwater Art Museum”


“For sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, the ocean is more than a muse — it’s an exhibition space and museum. Taylor creates sculptures of human forms and mundane life on land and sinks them to the ocean floor, where they are subsumed by the sea and transformed from lifeless stone into vibrant habitats for corals, crustaceans and other creatures. The result: Enigmatic, haunting and colorful commentaries about our transient existence, the sacredness of the ocean and its breathtaking power of regeneration.”

Join us for this TED Talk presentation featuring Jason deCaires Taylor. A discussion will follow the video.

August 11 ~ “The Foster Care System”

Whitney Davis of the Anchorage Children’s Home will speak to us about the  Foster Care System.

“I am the Medical Foster Care Social Services Worker for our 6 county service area.  I work closely with the medical foster parents to obtain and maintain licensure and help coordinate services for medical foster care youth.

I began my journey with medical foster care in March of 2018, but I have worked with at risk children and families for the past 11 years in many capacities.  My connection to this community runs deep and is continuous.”

August 4 ~ “Grapes of Gratitude: A Lammas Circle”

This Sabbat’s name comes from the Anglo Saxon festival called hlaefmass — that is, in modern English, loaf festival. In the pagan calendar Lammas (pronounced LAM-mass) is celebrated on August 1st north of the equator, and February 1 in the Southern Hemisphere.At this turn of the Wheel of the Year, we celebrate not only the generous bounty of our Mother Earth, but the fruit of our own labour. We honor our strength, our skill, and our vision which allow us to produce a harvest of abundance for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

July 28 ~ “Helping Nature Recover after Hurricane Michael”

Jim Moyers and Scott Jackson will speak to us about the effects of Hurricane Michael on local wildlife.

Scott has been working in Northwest Florida with University of Florida IFAS Extension for the past 18 years. He serves with Bay County in the role of Marine Extension Agent and as a Regional Specialized Agent for Artificial Reefs and Fisheries. He is also the Interim Director for the Bay County Extension Office?.
As Bay County’s Marine Extension Agent, Scott provides information about coastal resources and issues through workshops, conferences, publications, and websites. His expertise includes Aquaculture, Artificial Reefs, Recreational Fisheries, and Coastal Ecosystem Restoration.
Scott has an additional 15 years of experience with Mississippi State University in the Fish Nutrition Program, with Texas Parks & Wildlife in the marine stock enhancement program, and with the catfish farming industry.
Scott received his Masters Degree in Marine Aquaculture from Texas A&M – Corpus Christi and a Bachelors Degree in Wildlife & Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University in College Station.

Scott lives in Panama City with his wife Angela and son Zach. His daughter, Brenna is serving overseas with the Air Force.

Jim has been with the St. Joe Company since 2000 and for the past 13 years has worked as a  Wildlife Biologist Manager with them. His roles with the St. Joe Company include: Ecological Restoration Specialist, Threatened/Endangered Species Biologist, Permit Compliance, and Naturalist/Outdoor Educator.

Jim received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Wildlife Biology and Ecology from Auburn University.

July 21 ~ “On Pilgrimage”

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July 14 ~ “Climate Change: Facts = No Fakes”

On June 28, 2019, our UUofBC member Henry Lawrence, sent an email out with the question – “Climate plans anyone?”  My response was;
“My plan is to buy a big float so I don’t have to worry about those polar glaciers accelerating rate of melt down any more ?”
In 1976, I first became aware that something was going on with our climate that had been completely hidden from me for my whole life.  It started with the first glacier I visited after moving to Alaska.  It had been melting for over 60 years and was increasing that  rate exponentially every ten years.  I dug in and started to read.  My next insight into a changing climate issue was in 1982, in the Arctic Circle, when I had to replace stabilizing, 15 foot permafrost steel beams in multiple school buildings with much longer ones that would go deeper.  The permafrost was softening up,  making the beams unstable, which threatened the building’s foundations.  Clearly, Alaska was getting warmer.  So, after 4 decades of paying attention to science research regarding our climate, what exactly was I thinking about in the above response?  This talk will be a short but comprehensive presentation of current climate change facts (and the monster threat that it possess for us all today (and more so for our future generations)).  I warn you, it will be scary.

July 7 ~ “Making a Difference through Smiles”

Matt Standish will focus on his time spent as a First Sergeant in the United States Air Force, raising a special needs boy, his current work with the VA, and the development of his personal operating philosophy of sharing smiles.

Biographical Information:

Matthew Standish (USAF First Sergeant Retired)

Veterans Outreach Program Specialist

June 30 ~ “Sharing in UUA General Assembly”

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through the democratic process.  This year’s GA was held in SpoKane, Washington, June 19 – 23, with the theme “The Power of We.” In a time of great challenge and heartbreak in our world, what does our faith demand from us? This year’s General Assembly  explored the power, possibility, purpose, struggle and joy of finding the path forward together as Unitarian Universalists.

June 23 ~ “Humans of UU #RadicalInclusion”

Unfortunately, Pastor John Pavlovitz will not be making it to the UUFBC.  We hope to reschedule him in the fall.

Please come out and support some of our own members presenting a Sunday morning message about Radical Inclusion.  Why are we here?  Why do we belong to this hopeful, helpful, oftentimes happy spiritual community?  What is it like to be included no matter what? Let’s talk about radical inclusion and love. How can this possibly work? Bob Gilmore, Heather Ogilive and Cindy Wilker will work as a team to present an interesting and informative program.

June 16 ~ “We are Better Together”

It is easy to feel isolated and alone as liberal religionists in the South, especially right now. But we aren’t!

June 9 ~ “Celebrating PRIDE: Fifty Shades of Gay”

Celebrating PRIDE: Fifty Shades of Gay, a TED Talk by Tillett Wright, with a group conversation to follow!

June 2 ~ “Annual Flower Communion”

The Flower Ceremony, sometimes referred to as Flower Communion or Flower Festival, is an annual ritual that celebrates beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community.

Originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek of Prague, Czechoslovakia, the Flower Ceremony was introduced to the United States by Rev. Maya Capek, Norbert’s widow.

In this ceremony, everyone in the congregation brings a flower. Each person places a flower on the altar or in a shared vase. The congregation and service leader bless the flowers, and they’re redistributed. Each person brings home a different flower than the one they brought.

There will also be recognition of the unique contributions each of us make to UUFBC.  And it’s Potluck Sunday, too!

May 26 ~ “Memory, Recovery, and Resilience”

Rev. Melanie returns for Memorial Day weekend with another service on moving forward after a major disaster, using her ministry experience in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. What part does memory play in recovering from trauma? And what does it mean to be “resilient”? Rev. Melanie’s husband New Orleans trumpet Eric will accompany her and play for us in this service. Rev. Melanie has preached for us regularly since 2013, and was last here in November. During her time with us, she will be available for pastoral visits; please contact Chris May to set up.

May 19 ~ “Annual Meeting”

Come and be a part of the democratic process that we strongly value.  In addition to our 2019-2020 Board slate of officers to approve, there will be a new budget to vote on and possibly other business items.  Please be a part of the process and let your voice be heard. Childcare will be provided for the meeting.

As stated in the Bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bay County, “The Leadership Development Committee shall present a slate for all Officers, At Large Board members, and Leadership Development Committee members at least ten days prior to the Annual Congregational Meeting.”

“Nominations may be made from the floor at the time of election, but so nominated members must have already agreed to serve.”

It is my privilege to present the 2019-2020 Slate of Board Officers and Members to the congregation for consideration and approval. Included in this election is the nomination for Leadership Development Committee member.

Jo Shaffer, Chair Leadership Development Committee

Slate of Officers July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020

President——- Heather Ogilvie

Vice-President——- Lynne Siegfried

Secretary ——- Jane Nichols

Treasurer ——- Bob Kuchta

Members at Large* ——- Janet Cross  &  John Shaffer

Leadership Development ——- Committee Cindy Wilker

*Please note that Pat Moran’s and Bob Gilmore’s terms as (Board) Members at Large will continue through June 2020.

May 12 ~ “Poetry and Prose”

Join us and bring a poem to read as Heather Ogilvie leads this service!

May 5 ~ “Spring Curiosity Fair”

Join us for a curious and creative Intergenerational Sunday service. Grab a cup of lemonade and stroll through the booths. From music with Paul McAuliffe and birding with Candice Harbison to cool math with playing cards and mandalas with Gienah Harris, even an outdoor labyrinth (weather permitting) there will be something for everyone.

April 28 ~ “Reflections on Earth Day”

Henry Lawrence will give a talk about Earth Day.

Henry has been directing our local Earth Day Bay County Celebration for 15 years(2005-2019). He directed the Tour de Ranch bicycling Century rides during much of that same time and before and was responsible for creation of the Share The Road specialty license plate as a volunteer and staff to Bike Florida(1996-1999). He holds a B.S.S degree from FSU/PC (1989) and still work part-time as a Landscape Irrigation technician for Lawrence Enterprizes, LLC (Since 2010).

Henry serves on the Board of Directors for B.E.S.T., Inc. our primary host for Earth Day Bay County for the past 5(6) years and is a St. Andrews Bay Watch member as well as a Bay County Audubon member. He’s a Florida Bicycle Association past President (1997) and Advisory Board member and a Green Party of Bay County founder 2002 and candidate (2004, 2012, 2014). Henry is a National Delegate for Florida Green Party to The Green Party Of the United States.

April 21 ~ “Positive Psychology”

Dr. Sturgis will provide an overview of the science of Positive Psychology. After a century of studying psychopathology, psychologists now have a comprehensive understanding of mental illness as defined in the DSM4. Social Scientists are now studying the efficacy of optimistic thought on wellness and happiness throughout the course of a lifespan. As it turns out, people who have optimistic world views tend to be happier and have better life outcomes than do people with negative outlooks. Dr. Sturgis will discuss these and other topics related to positive psychology on Easter Sunday.

Ron is a retired Navy Chaplain. He served 33 years in the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines. Ron currently teaches psychology and military resilience courses and is a subject matter expert for Liberty University online. During college summers, Ron was a ranger at Philmont Scout Ranch near Red River, New Mexico. Ron has a BS in Psychology from the University of West Florida, a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Seminary, a Master of Theology degree from Duke University and a PhD in Psychology from Northcentral University. Ron is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ and has extensive experience as a pastoral care giver in a myriad of venues.

April 14 ~ “850-Vulnerable”

A service about how our brains process trauma and the way we protect ourselves.

April 7 ~ “A Piece of Wholeness”

John Shaffer was raised in a conservative Christian home, but was always questioning his family’s chosen religious practices. Since his mother was raised as a Quaker and his father was raised by missionaries stationed in Kenya, his family’s beliefs were an interesting blend, but not a typical one. In an attempt to answer nagging questions and to further his faith journey, he went to Princeton Seminary, finishing the three-year Master of Divinity degree, complete with Greek and Hebrew studies. His faith journey continued, but not as an ordained minister. Instead, he decided to incorporate a love for carpentry and construction inherited from his paternal grandfather. Melding a construction career with his conviction to help others, he and his wife, Jo, started a Colorado nonprofit corporation with a mission to do just that. What began as a dream, turned into a comprehensive program: buying dilapidated homes in distressed neighborhoods, renovating them, making them available to low income home buyers and watching neighborhoods come alive. Before they were done, they had transferred title of 300 homes to the first-time homeowners.


After a stint as Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta, John and Jo moved permanently to Panama City Florida, where he worked as AmeriCorps Director, the federal volunteer program sponsored locally by Goodwill Industries – Big Bend. The AmeriCorps program often partnered with UU volunteers to offer the Glenwood Community PRIDE program, painting and repairing 20 houses.


As an adult, John began attending a liberal Presbyterian Church. After a few years his mentor, the Presbyterian minister, retired and suggested that the Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden Colorado might be a good fit. It was! Since then, John has been involved with the Unitarian Universalist faith, moving his membership from Golden to the UUFBC, where he is currently member, having served on the Worship Committee, the Social Justice Team, and the Vision and Growth Committee, while coordinating the Men’s Group.


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March 31 ~ “Soul Matters Resource: On the Way”

Chris May will present a sermon from the Soul Matters Resources.

Written by Rev. Luke Stevens Royer in 2016.

“My prayer is that… we focus on what this church means to us in the positive rather than how it is better than, different than, more evolved than, more intelligent than, more educated than, more justice-seeking than, someone else’s faith, creed, hopes, or dreams… to remember we don’t have all the answers, that our openness to mystery and questions doesn’t become an absolutism of rejection of any tradition that offers something different; and that we don’t assume we are the only ones who are open, loving, have questions, love mystery, or have different ideas about religion and faith and God and love and humanity.”

March 24 ~ “Restoring Eden: How to Become Green Again”

Jody Wood-Putnam holds bachelor’s degrees in physics and mathematics from Western Carolina University and a master’s in materials science from the University of Virginia. She moved to Panama City in 1983 and worked for 33 years as a research physicist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City. In 2004, she became a Florida Master Gardener, following completion of the comprehensive course offered by the UF/IFAS Bay County Extension Office. She remains active in this program and has had many opportunities to expand her gardening knowledge; she frequently gives presentations on different aspects of gardening. She is a member of the Florida Native Plant Society and is co-president of the local Sweetbay Chapter.

March 17 ~ “Generations- Songs of Family From Babies to Old Folks”

Ken Sizemore will present a musical program concerning ALL ages!

March 10 ~ “Better the Balance, Better the World”

Let’s continue to build a better world with more gender balance!

Serena Dee Latiolais personal bio:  bisexual southern white woman, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, sister, cousin, daughter, sometimes poet, facilitator, mentor, teacher, interfaith minister, mediator, coach, counselor, Reiki healer, sometimes tarot reader, sometimes philosopher, working on excellence, lover of life, living in Panama City Beach and loving to travel.

March 3 ~ “Journey: Just Because We’re Wandering Doesn’t Mean We’re Lost”

A focus on Journey: we’re all 99.9% identical. Our divisions reside in the .1% that makes us “different.” All of our journeys begin and end the same, but our paths along the way differ.

Cindy Wilker and Arlene Garner will discuss their paths. A Power Point presentation will include photos from Arlene’s Journey from war torn Rhodesia to Zimbabwe to America and Cindy’s Journey traveling the world looking for herself – and ultimately finding herself in her own backyard. They hope to touch the hearts and (funny bones!) of the congregation.

Arlene Garner was born in Rhodesia, Africa. She spent the first 15 years of her life surrounded by the terrors and atrocities of civil war. Eventually, through sheer grit and determination, Arlene made it to the United States – where, for six years – she lived in fear as an undocumented “illegal alien.” This is a perspective that few of us can appreciate. Her Journey has been frought with pitfalls and challenges that would have defeated many of us.
Cindy Wilker was born in Colorado, United States of America. Her much different Journey was filled with self-indulgence and excess.
Their paths couldn’t have been more different. Thankfully, in the year 2000, their paths crossed. For the past 19 years they have shared a path, navigating life’s Journey together.

February 24 ~ “Unitarian Universalist Fundamentals”

Since we do not proscribe beliefs, are there some core ideas and ideals that we share? Reflections on what is vital to our evolving, responsive faith.

The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield is a native of Fayetteville, Tennessee. His wife, traveling companion, and partner is Peggy Owens-Mansfield, retired American Red Cross Chapter Executive Director (Pine Belt Chapter in Laurel, MS).

He has one sister and is the father of two grown sons and ‘Gran’ to five; one Princess and four Dukes.

A graduate of Martin College, Pulaski, TN (1968) and Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN (1970) he received his ministerial education from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and received is Masters of Divinity (1976) from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. He was awarded a Doctor of Ministry (Spiritual Direction) degree (1996) and is a Fellow at the Graduate Theological Foundation Mishawaka, Indiana. He was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist Minister Nov. 28, 1976 by Heritage UU Church in Cincinnati, OH and is in full fellowship with the UUA.

He has been a public-school teacher (Franklin County, TN) and college administrator (Director of Admissions & Housing at Martin College).

His Unitarian Universalist ministry includes pastorates with Heritage UU in Cincinnati for a decade where he is minister emeritus, the UU Church of Huntsville, AL for fifteen years, part-time efforts with Our Home UU Church in Ellisville, MS, half-time with Red Hill Universalist Church Clinton, NC, full time interim minister at the UU Church of Tampa for two years, and he concluded a three-year ministry with the Community UU Church of Pasco, WA July 15, 2018.

Presently he serves as half-time minister with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Emerald Coast Valparaiso, FL.

He served as a US Army Reserve Chaplain for 8 years, Hospital Staff Chaplain for 6 years and Hospice Chaplain for 4. He has been active in social justice issues throughout his 42 years as an ordained UU minister. The author of three books, two fiction (Mockingbird’s Ballad, Jones of Old Lincoln) and one non-fiction work (An Irreverent Guide to Spirituality) he is a portrait artist, old movie fan, avid reader, and will choose almost anything related to history over any other option for fun and recreation. He does try to keep up with the Cincinnati Reds.

Medical retired in 2002 with heart disease he received a heart transplant June 21, 2010 at Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute in New Orleans. He returned to active intentional ministry in 2011.

He and Peggy are living in Ocean City, FL. (Fort Walton Beach, FL). He likes to be called Doak (pronounced like poke, joke), or Reverend Mansfield.

February 17 ~ “Super Soul Sessions Video: The Anatomy of Trust”

Chris May will present a Super Soul Sessions video called “The Anatomy of Trust” by Brené Brown.

Brené Brown (born November 18, 1965) is an American research professor in The Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy[1] and is the author of five #1 New York Times best sellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and her latest book, Dare to Lead, which is the culmination of a seven-year study on courage and leadership. (From

February 10 ~ “Feelin’ Lucky and Still in Love”

We’ll deal with post-Michael and upcoming Valentine’s Day, all wrapped into one!

Lucky Mud is made up of musicians Margaret and Mike McKinney. They perform regularly in Panama City as well as across Florida, the United States, Canada, Ireland, and more. The music that Lucky Mud writes/sings/plays comes from the dirt of their native Florida. Mix that with a little saltwater, sweat, and tears, and you have Mud, Lucky Mud. Lucky Mud plays Swampy Tonk and Folkabilly.

February 3 ~ “On Transgender Awareness and Remembrance”

Pamela Ann Monaco will speak to us about the transgender community.

Pamela Ann Monaco has a masters in Psychology and a masters in social work. She is a licensed clinical social worker and has been in the field for over thirty years. She is a certified transgender care therapist and is the only one in this area.

“I am privileged to work with those struggling with life issues. I work with chronic mental and addictive issues, couples issues, gender identity issues, and coaching life skills. I help to reset unchallenged life boundaries and assist in the development of your unique and wonderful self. I view therapy as a journey through another’s life, helping rescript coping skills so they can become the person they want to be and to attain goals never imagined. It is my mission to provide an environment allowing personal safety so they can explore possibilities and decide what changes they want to make to enrich their lives.”

January 27 ~ “Decoding the Yin and Yang”

Shawn will return to give us another interesting and perhaps interactive program.  He says the title says it all. His last talk in July, “Qigong Basics: Breath and Qi,” was well received.

Shawn Palmer is a massage therapy instructor and Reiki Master Teacher who was privileged to train in Jiu Long Yi Qigong under 32nd generation Grand Master Russell Jose from 2001 until the Grand Master’s death in 2014.

January 20 ~ “Where No Sermon Has Gone Before”

In this sermon, where no sermon has gone before, we will discover together little known facts about the intersectionality of Vulcanism and the Bible. There is more there than just “Live Long and Prosper” in common. And at the same time we will discuss how Martin  Luther King Jr. was the savior of Star Trek as we all know it!

Rev. Maggie Lovins serves as the Community Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pensacola. She resides in Pensacola with her partner in ministry, and service animal, Daisy Dog, her partner Chad and two loving felines. She feels that Unitarian Universalism is truly a life saving faith and it is her mission to spread the good news that you are loved, valued and worthy just as you are!

Rev. Maggie started her calling in Unitarian Universalism by serving as her home congregation’s Office Administrator and Children’s Religious Education Coordinator along with many other roles and titles. As a lay leader, she also served the Mid-South District as Board Secretary, one of the UUA’s Ministerial Settlement Representatives and the Southern Region as a Smart Church Consultant and Leadership Experience facilitator before becoming Unitarian Universalist Association staff.

Maggie attended Starr King School for the Ministry where she completed her Master of Arts in Social Change with a Certificate in Unitarian Universalist Studies.

We are better together, we can only change the world together, and every day is a new chance to live fully in to those ideals, embrace our diversity and join in building the Beloved Community together!

January 13~ “Art as Activism”

Why are possibilities paralyzing, and what can we do to change that? What if the idea of “possibilities” became freeing and beautiful instead of overwhelming?

Introducing Heather Parker, Art Activist
I am an art activist. I know that the appreciation and exploration of creativity does change the world, one person, one child, one family at a time. I push art on people, every day and every way.
My family of three accidentally moved here in 2000. We didn’t fit, so we stayed, because what’s more satisfying that trying to jam a square peg into a round hole? We started a secular homeschool group because there wasn’t one. We started CityArts Cooperative because there wasn’t an organization or facility in town to serve as a resource for producing artists, visual and performing artists that wanted to begin their career as art instructors, and other creatives that had outgrown their dining room table and needed a starter office or studio.
And we started Floriopolis- the St. Andrews Arts & Culture Metropolis- because there wasn’t an art center in St. Andrews. CityArts is in its 15th year, Floriopolis is in its 5th year.
Throughout all this starting, I’ve managed to make a modest living as an artist for hire in Panama City: painting and selling art, doing commissions for people that have specific art needs, teaching for the public at large and for Chautauqua Learn & Serve Charter School, and painting murals without permission. And as an art activist, I’m proud to say that I’ve only had to hire a lawyer once.
I hope to transform you into an art activist, too.
Heather Parker

January 6 ~ “How to Change Your Mind”

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