Ms. Bonnie Whitehurst
 

Hello, I'm Bonnie Whitehurst. Let me share with you my journey to this church, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs.

My first introduction to UUism was in Flint, Michigan in the 1970's, where I was invited to perform at a coffee house held in the church basement. I became a regular there and was frequently invited to provide music for the Sunday services. Having been raised Methodist, I found it a very different, intriguing worship experience.

When I moved to Florida in 1979, I met a woman who was a vital part of the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater. She encouraged my involvement in that congregation's music and religious education programs and I was active there until 1997.

Since that time I have enjoyed being a guest musician and worship leader at many UU churches throughout the state of Florida and every summer I travel to the Southeastern Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute (SUUSI) in Blacksburg, Virginia where I join other musicians to make music for an entire week.

In 2000 I became the music director of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, FL. It is a pleasure to work with Reverend Wes Stevens. Together we strive to intertwine the message and music to form a seamless Sunday garment that the congregation can put on and take home. Wes encourages me to be creative, inventive, intuitive, and free in the music I choose each Sunday. It is truly one of the very best positions a musician can have and I hope to continue providing music in Tarpon Springs for years to come.

 

   
 
   
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