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                                                                        Rainbow over Malphrus by Ann Harison                         

Welcome to the
UUCL Weekly Email
 
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This Sunday, November 22nd
we will have a Live Streamed service
beginning at 10:00 a.m.


The service will be viewable on our Website.

Nancy E. Forrester BCC

It is always time for spiritual growth

Is not growing spiritually a lifeline to our joy, contentedness, hope, meaning and purpose, and living in the moment of this life?  We will explore some of these ideas in a message of hope in and reliance on our inclination toward spiritual growth.



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Click Here to Download a PDF Copy of the Order of Service.  

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We encourage each of you who join our service by  video to light your own candle.  Whether you are watching live or later we can find our spirits united by this simple action.  Until we are together again.
                                               
Sunday, November 22, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.
It's always time for Spiritual Growth
Nancy E. Forrester, BCC



110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC 29910
Phone: 843-837-3330    Email: uucl.office@gmail.com
 

View the Service by clicking HERE

Sounding of the Gong

Prelude

Hideaway I - Dewey Bunnell
*** A Time for Meditation and Centering***

 
Lighting the Chalice                                               
     We light this Beacon of Hope,
     Sign of our Quest for Truth and Meaning,
    In Celebration of the Life we share Together        
 
Welcome and Announcements
Rev. Charlie Tyler

Opening Words

Nancy E. Forrester, BCC
                              
Musical Interlude
Today's the Day - Dan Peek
      
Sermon
It's always time for Spiritual Growth
Nancy E. Forrester, BCC

Music
Can't You See - Dan Peek
 
Closing Words
Nancy E. Forrester, BCC

Closing
Rev. Charlie Tyler

 
Extinguishing the Chalice
    We extinguish this flame but not the light of truth,
    the warmth of community, or the fire of commitment.
   These we carry in our hearts until we are together again.
 
Postlude
Hideaway II - Dewey Bunnell


Thanks to John Sheppard and David Inserra for providing the music today.                                

(We are licensed with CCS for performance)                             
 


A ZOOM Virtual Sharing Circle will take place after service this Sunday, November 22nd at 11:00 a.m.  

This will be our second virtual "Sharing Circle" where members of the congregation will have the chance to share their Joys and Sorrows.

Email uucl.office@gmail.com to be added to the
Discussion Group list.  


 

UUCL Life

On November 10th we rekeyed all of the doors in the building.  If you have a key for the front door it will no longer work.  Contact UUCL.office@gmail.com if you require access to UUCL.


 

Pastoral Minister
Rev. Charlie Tyler


Charlie is available for appointments.  Contact uucl.office@gmail.com to schedule time to speak with Charlie.  
 

11.18.20  
A Weekly Message from our Pastoral Minister 
Rev. Charlie Tyler 


This week, Charlie suggests that "Words Matter... even more."  
 
This and other messages from Rev. Charlie Tyler can be found on the Rev. Charlie Tyler Weekly Messages Archive page of our website. 

Click Here to View this and other Videos



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Our Co Presidents:  George Kanuck and Laura McFadden

“Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right you claim for yourself.” - Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)

Tolerance was part of our very interesting Zoom talk back discussion on Sunday.  Tolerance is a concept that is hard to grasp. 
PictureIngersoll’s definition might be relatable.  We do not claim rights such as hurting or destroying others, or hating someone based on their race, sexual orientation, religion, gender, appearance, etc.  So when it comes to people who do claim these kind of rights we become intolerant. Both tolerance and intolerance have a place in our lives.

  

 

Laura McFadden 





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George Kanuck

 

Our Minister Emeritus - Rev. Manuel Holland

Manuel sends his love to the all in the congregation. 

He would appreciate notes or cards. If you would like to write him, please use the following address:

Manuel Holland 
c/o Carol Stephens
64 Hidden Lakes Circle
Bluffton, SC  29910


 

A Special message from Jim and Janet Morrison:
 
  Dear UUCLers,

I bring you greetings and wishes that we find joy and reasons to celebrate while we are being whipsawed by one inglorious event after another. Yet I believe that is where our life affirmations cause us to do something ridiculous such as live joyfully.

I also want to thank you for allowing me to serve, albeit very briefly because of health issues, as a pastoral minister. During that very difficult time and following, your consideration and support was comforting and healing.  I am now quite well. You have my gratitude and encouragement to continue to spread your ministry locally and worldwide.  

It is always unfair to single out  persons for special thanks but I feel compelled to thank the committee who placed trust in me and took a chance to recommend me to the congregation.

The very special person who for many years kept educating me about UU and shared in my pursuits for interfaith cooperation and social justice was the beloved Minister Emeritus, Manny Holland. He is proof,
that although some may deny such a concept in UU, that there are saints among us.

We are moving to Williamsburg VA. The closing on our house there is 11/23. The phone number 843-290-2448 and email jmorrisonsail@gmail.com remains the same. Please stay in touch.

Shalom,
Jim Morrison
 



 
11.17.20 - This From John Sheppard

This week John offers an the Adagio movement from a Samuel Barber Sonata.    

This and other videos can be viewed at the John Sheppard Archive page of our website. 

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Click Here to View this and Other Videos



 
Our team of three rotating ministers (Rev. Dick Hood, Rev. Charlie Tyler, Rev. Pat Jobe) share a moment together.
 

                                           Photo by Molly Hood
 
****Temporary UUCL Office Hours****

Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Please email uucl.office@gmail.com if you need access to the building. 

 
WELCOME...



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All Services begin at 10:00 a.m.

Our November Theme is Spiritual Growth
The Year 2020 has been out of the norm, presenting us each with many challenges.  The stress of these challenges has worn people down, without an end in sight.  How do we care for our Human Spirits in times of prolonged stress, fear and anxiety?  Let’s talk about it in November.

November 29 - Rev. Charlie Tyler
Namaste, ya'll and other thoughts on spirituality

Almost, but not all cultures has a way to speak to the suspicion that there is a divine spark in the human condition.  Today's message will try to examine that very human experience.
  

 
Our December theme will be Understanding:

“Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom.”     Clifford Stoll
“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” Leonardo da Vinci
“I call him religious who understands the suffering of others.” Mahatma Gandhi

​Tune into us for a service in December to discover the many dimensions of understanding – ourselves, others, and the roller-coaster ride that was the year 2020.

 
December 6 - Rev. Charlie Tyler
 December 13 - Rev. Pat Jobe
Understanding Can Be A False Idol

Rev. Pat Jobe will be with us again virtually on Dec. 13. He has a number of friends who worship at the altar of understanding, especially at an intellectual level, at a level that offers to explain everything. But of course, that is not the whole story. Understanding as empathy, compassion, love, shared space, all of that can be a healing balm in a world gone crazy. He also wants us to know that he misses being with us. 
December 20 - Rev. Dick Hood
Upcoming Monthly Themes:
January - Awe
February - Bravery
March - Dignity
April - Freedom
May - Happiness
June - Justice
If you, or someone you know, needs contact or assistance from the Care Team please contact Jana Stiles (janstiles7@gmail.com) and let us know your concerns. Your privacy and confidentiality preferences are always respected. 
Or, if you would simply like to have some friendly calls from a Care Team member please feel free to contact us. 

* If you are not already on our Virtual Discussion Group email list and would like to be involved please Email your interest to uucl.office@gmail.com. If you need computer/technical assistance to join these calls email Gary Stiles garystiles@gmail.com. He can call you to help out.




 
This Week’s Contemplative Meditation Theme

 Until we can gather again here are some thoughts for your meditation time at home:

As one moves effortlessly inward to more and ever more expanded levels of awareness, one is quite naturally withdrawing from the outer world…By habituating the mind to this march toward increasing inner stillness and peace, the structure and meaning of life naturally begins to changebecause the desire to approach stability is built into everyone as our own nature, it is completely natural and effortless to move into higher consciousness. This is not a difficult path, this is a gentle and benevolent movement of life toward Life, of love toward Love, of happiness toward Joy. 
 ~~~Yoga Sutras of Patanjali A New Translation and Commentary by Maharishi Sadasiva Isham (MSI)


 

Grounds Cleanup 11.14.20

We had a good turnout on a beautiful day and got a lot done. Those of you whom couldn’t make it, cheer up there is more to do and the grounds committee will be scheduling another day soon.













The UUCL Book Club meets at 5:30p.m. on the first Monday of each month. Below are what we are reading for the next three weeks.  New members are welcome.  Contact Peter Kandis for more information.  

 
December 7th: "Cast: The Origins of our discontent"
A Brief History of Racism, Sexism, Classism, Ageism, Homophobia, Religious Intolerance, Xenophobia, and Reasons for Hope 
Isabel Wilkerson

This short book peels back the veil and provides a brief glimpse into the history of seven virulent and persistent human biases – a glimpse that you can read in about an hour.

 
January 4th: "The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom," Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt skillfully combines two genres-philosophical wisdom and scientific research-delighting the reader with surprising insights. He explains, for example, why we have such difficulty controlling ourselves and sticking to our plans; why no achievement brings lasting happiness, yet a few changes in your life can have profound effects, and why even confirmed atheists experience spiritual elevation. In a stunning final chapter, Haidt addresses the grand question "How can I live a meaningful life?," offering an original answer that draws on the rich inspiration of both philosophy and science.



February 1st: "Man’s Search for Meaning," Victor Frankl

"Man's Search for Meaning" is a 1946 book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positive about, and then immersively imagining that outcome. 


 
We are holding each of you.
May we take comfort in knowing we are not alone.
May we all remember that we are accountable to love.
May we remember that justice is the public face of love.
We work for the just and loving world.
It is long hard work.
We are eternally grateful to you, our partners of faith.
It is an honor to serve and amplify the values at the heart of Unitarian Universalism with you.
 
Your Southern Region Staff Team


 
How Does One Become a Voting Member of UUCL?

Any person may become a voting member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry by signing our Membership form and by making an annual financial contribution of record to the Congregation. 

The entire process of becoming a member of UUCL can take place over email.

Contact uucl.office@gmail.com to request a Membership form.  Once you return the completed form to uucl.office@gmail.com we will sign and witness your information as well as return a copy for your records.  

Email uucl.office@gmail.com for more information.  


 
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Special Announcement

Unitarian Universalist Association  

November 2020

 

From Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray our UUA President:

Dear UUCL,


As we draw closer to the end of a year that has been full of challenges and heartbreak, I am grateful for the ways we have shown up for each other and for our communities. This year has made clear that our faith is not bound by the walls of a building. We connected with each other virtually in imaginative new ways and reached out to millions of people through UU the Vote during the historic election season.

This spirit of creativity, impact and perseverance in times of great challenge and change is critical now as we look ahead. Many hearts ache as we anticipate Thanksgiving and the winter holidays in the midst of a global pandemic. We know that many plans and treasured traditions for gathering with family and friends must be cancelled or put on hold.

This year, let us be mindful that many hearts in the Indigenous communities of New England and across Turtle Island ache on Thanksgiving Day every year. In Plymouth, Massachusetts, Indigenous people observe the holiday as a “Day of Mourning.” This year will mark the 50th anniversary of this Day of Mourning tradition, and the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth.

 

As a religious tradition, we cannot decide who we will be without reckoning with the truth of who
some of our ancestors were.

 

In 2016, Unitarian Universalists voted to pay special attention to learning our history and rethinking Thanksgiving this year. Historically, UU ministers were instrumental in creating this U.S. holiday and the “Pilgrims and the Indians” pageant tradition that roots the holiday in an historically inaccurate and harmful colonial narrative. Many UU congregations in New England can trace their lineage directly back to early settler congregations that had a role in the genocide of Native communities. As a religious tradition, we cannot decide who we will be without reckoning with the truth of who some of our ancestors were.

I’m proud of the way we have lived into the 2016 resolution and I’m excited to announce that UUs will continue this journey by convening virtually to mark this time of year with the Harvest the Power Justice Convergence & Teach-In, November 19-26. This series of virtual events will include a diverse array of programming and many opportunities for learning and spiritual grounding to guide us as we to live into the the Action of Immediate Witness passed this year at General Assembly to Address 400 Years of White Supremacist Colonialism.

In truth, thanksgiving celebrations have a long and rich history that predates the landing of the Pilgrims and the founding of the United States. There are many, many ways that we can connect in gratitude and celebrate the abundance of the Fall harvest as a community without celebrating an ahistorical colonial origin story.

This year, let us be grateful in a genuine manner. Let our gratitude flow from our deep, ongoing commitment to justice and equity. Let our gratitude grow from the opportunities we have to be together authentically—whether virtually or in person. Please join me as we reimagine this day and gather in community to honor Indigenous ancestors, experiences and traditions. May it be a time to reflect and find meaning in how our shared values connect us.

 

Yours in faith and solidarity,

 

Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray


 



The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism

We Believe in and affirm in:

 
  • The Inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregation and in society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

These are the six sources of wisdom our congregations affirm and promote:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic people which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
  • Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

 
Our Friends at UUFB will be having their Annual 2020 Auction from
Dec 6th – 13th

2020 UUFB Annual Auction

WELCOME ONE AND ALL!

Dec 6th – 13th

You are invited to participate in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort (UUFB) Annual Auction from the comfort of your home using your computer, tablet or smartphone  The Auction will begin at 1:00 PM on Sunday, Dec 6th and will end at 7:00 PM on Sunday, Dec 13th. 

The Auction is entirely online, so forward this message to invite your friends and family! They can browse the online Catalog and begin placing their bids. There is no entrance fee, signup fee or ticket required. 

Simply click on the 2020 Annual Auction website link:

2020 UUFB Annual Auction

Our Annual Auction is a fundraiser to support the mission of UUFB and many non-profits in the local community

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Participating in the Auction is very much like buying something on Amazon or any other online website.

  • If you are new to a UUFB Auction, Sign In at top of Website Home Page and select “Stuck?” to add your email id and create a password.
  • If you’ve participated before in UUFB Auction, simply use your email id and password from that previous Auction.
  • Start Bidding once the Auction Opens on Dec 6th
  • You will receive emails or notifications during the Auction as to whether you are the Highest Bidder, have been Outbid or at the end of the Auction the WINNER. 
  • At the Close of the Auction you will receive a Statement of what you have purchased.  Then, Pay Online from your Statement with your preferred Credit Card.  
  



We Live Stream our services. You can view many of our services from our UUCL website. (uulowcountry.org)

Last Weekend we had a live streamed service featuring Rev. Dick Hood.  The Service was titled:  "A Spiritual Check-Up" 
 
This service can be viewed at uulowcountry.org.  If you view one of our services please leave a comment.

Other services can be viewed on our website:  uulowcountry.org.

You can learn more about our services by visiting 
uulowcountry.org.


Please Note: Due to certain technical and other issues specific services may not be available.

 
Musicians Unite

Can you sing a song?  Do you play an instrument?  Would you like to share this talent with the congregation?



We are looking for music for our Live Streamed services.  Please contact UUCL.OFFICE@GMAIL.COM if you have a talent you would like to share.  


 

                                                        Photo by Ron Titus


           



 



November Meetings:

Board Meeting Thursday November 19 (Virtual)
Membership Committee Tuesday Nov 24 6:00p.m. - See Jana Stiles (Virtual)
Women Dining Out Friday - Friday Nov. 27 - See Tish Honse​ (Cancelled)

December Committee and Group Meetings:


UUCL Book Club - Dec 7 5:30p.m. (Virtual)  See Peter Kandis
Finance Committee - Tuesday Dec 8 at 6:00p.m. (Virtual) See Patricia Friedman
Indivisible - Saturday Dec 12 (Virtual)
Board Meeting - Thursday Dec 17 at 6:30p.m. (Virtual)
Membership Committee - Tuesday Dec 22 at 6:00p.m. (Virtual) See Jana Stiles
Women Dining Out - Friday Dec 25 (Cancelled
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