Who We Are

ABOUT US

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami has been a liberal presence in the South Florida community for over 75 years. We are a welcoming and diverse group of individuals who come together for spiritual growth and community.

We are so glad to welcome Rev. Ken Claus and Rev. Audrey Bloom, who are serving our congregation as consulting ministers both in the pulpit on Sundays and with an array of supportive services.

Learn more about our congregation’s rich history, our spiritual home, and governance through the menu on the right.

OUR ROOTS

The First Unitarian Church of Miami was organized in the 1930’s and chartered as a member congregation of the American Unitarian Association in 1939. This was the era of the rise of Nazism and the night rides of the Ku Klux Klan in southern cities and states including Florida. Unitarians were encouraged to organize in Miami by Rabbi Jacob Kaplan at Temple Israel who said he felt safer living in a city where there was a Unitarian Church because it meant that city would be less emotional and less subject to racial and religious hatreds.

The congregation, now named the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami, and its ministers have, over the succeeding decades, continued to affirm and promote interracial cooperation, interfaith dialogue and social action against oppression and injustice wherever it appears.

On April 25, 2008, The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami celebrated its 70th anniversary. Through the years the work of our members and ministers has secured for us an undeniable presence in South Florida. As a liberal voice, we have consistently striven to bring together all people and promoted humane solutions to society’s challenges.

Marvin (Rey) Baumel, longtime member and once president of our congregation, has discussed our history during our Annual Dinner on March 15th, 2008.

OUR STAFF

Minister
We are currently following a Consulting Minister model: Either a local or visiting UUA-accredited minister or a congregation member leads a dynamic service each Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Our Worship Committee coordinates the rotation. Our local accredited ministers provide pastoral care on appointment. Please contact the office administrator to schedule.

Michelle Simone – Office Administrator
Michelle is the Office Adminstrator. She handles facility rental, the calendar, newsletter, weekly Orders of Services and announcements, flyers, and much more. Her office hours are Tuesday-Friday 9AM-2PM.

Jace Saplan – Music Director
Jace directs the choir (practice is Thursday evenings) and leads a dynamic program that incorporates a wide variety of traditional hymns and contempory, world-influenced music.

Beatrice Murray – Religious Exploration Director
Beatrice directs and supervises the children’s and youth program. She works together with the Religious Exploration Committee to coordinate teachers, curricula, and special events.

Steve Snyder – Sexton
Steve manages our facilities, including organizing setups for meetings and events.

Joseph Talleda – Pianist
Joseph is our very fine pianist and accompanist for the choir.