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January Theme:

Randy Bell

“Conversations With America”

Sunday January 20th 

In these difficult current times in America, we need a new form of national conversation. A form based upon a different way of thinking about our conflicting issues, and a new manner in which we talk about them with each other. This talk will explore both of these two needs.

Who is Randy Bell?  Randy is a spiritual teacher, and the author of 14 books and two blogs. He follows an independent spiritual path, based primarily on the teachings of Jesus, the Buddha, and Lao Tsu. In addition to his writings, he serves as a speaker, session leader, and meditation teacher from over 40 years as a Zen meditator.


Please note there will be no discussion group after the service.  


Attunement Meditation Group Each Sunday Before Service

From 9:15 to 9:45 before service an Attunement Meditation Group will meet at UUCL.

Join us for a different type of guided meditation to help us calm our minds, prepare for our Sunday service gathering, and become well acquainted with our tranquil inner realms.

All experience levels welcome.

Location:  The conference room down the right hall.  

Cost:  FREE

Facilitators: Gary & Jan Stiles who have been meditators and Attunement practitioners for decades. Contact us at for questions or more information.  You may also contact

To learn more about Attunement click HERE.

Hearing Assisted Devices are available at the rear of the Sanctuary.

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Please submit Order of Service and Weekly Email
announcement updates by Wednesday.



Reverend Jim Morrison
Pastoral Minister


A word from Rev. Jim

Greetings to the members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist congregation of the Lowcountry.

I am now in to the fourth week of surgery and post surgery rehabilitation. I anticipate being discharged from and Encompass Bluffton on 3 January. I would then have some outpatient therapy but I anticipate resuming a light schedule sometime around the 10th.

As you can imagine I’ve had a lot of time to think but not much energy to write. So I wanted to send you this brief email to do two things. (1) briefly tell you where I am in the healing process and (2) let you know that I am deeply grateful to the congregation for compassionate care of me. I have kept up with the life of the congregation through board chair Lynne Nordenberg and others who have sent greetings.

I was shocked and saddened as were all of you with the tragic death of Ron Titus. I’m grateful to Pat Jobe and Charlie Tyler For their professional and more importantly their compassionate aid to the family and congregation. In addition the lay people exemplified the tradition of carrying on the work of our congregation. 

I am at the disadvantage of not having known Ron for very long. But you don’t have to know Ron for very long before you understand and appreciate the complete human being he is. We all owe a great deal to him and to the Titus family for their contribution to our lives and the life of the Unitarian Universalist congregation of the Lowcountry. May peace continue to bless the family


Reflections From Our Minister Emeritus
Rev. Manuel Holland

Dear members and friends,

Our UUCL is much stronger and better because Ron was with us.  Many of us are better persons because we knew him and served with him.  We send our love to his family and his many friends at UUCL. 

Love, Manuel and Olive. 


UPDATED 1.15.19

Dear UUCL Members and Friends,

The Titus family thanks you for the outpouring of love for Ron and the family.  

There will be a Memorial Service to celebrate Ron's life on Saturday January 19th at 2:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry.  

Please note that there is limited parking at our our building.  You may need to park on the street.  If you can coordinate with someone else attending the service you may wish to leave your car at Lowes or one of the other shopping plazas at the beginning of Malphrus road.  

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry. Make checks payable to UUCL and note 'Ron Titus Fund' in the memo line.


The family sees 4 different opportunities for ways people could help at the service.

1.  Parking Attendants
Anthony Serpe has offered to help with parking.  If you can assist Anthony please contact him at or 843-684-2900.  We expect the parking lot to fill quickly.  Once the lot is full only the only drop-offs will be permitted at the building.  People will be asked to park on the street.  If you can coordinate with someone else attending the service you may wish to leave your car at Lowes or one of the other shopping plazas on Malphrus road and travel in one car.  

2.  The Refreshments
Kathy Quirk and Suellen Manning have offered to coordinate the refreshments that will be available directly following the memorial service.  If you would like to take part in helping with this effort, please contact Kathy at:  843-836-2892 or email her at:  Suellen can be reached at 843-785-4331 and her email is:

3.  Setting Up for the Family Dinner
Rather than leaving the church and heading to a restaurant, the Titus family members would like to remain at UUCL for a private dinner in the sanctuary. George and Cheryl Kanuck have agreed to coordinate a Team who would go into the sanctuary after the memorial service and set up tables, cover them with tablecloths and surround them with chairs.  If you would like to volunteer for this, please contact George at:  843.705.5403 (home) or email him at:

4.  Clean-up and Putting the Church Back Together for Sunday Service
Carla Golden has offered to coordinate this project.  It would require you to come to UUCL early Sunday morning (about 8:30a.m.) and put away the tables and make the sanctuary ready for the service.  If this is something you could do, you can contact Carla Golden at:  843-816-6179 or email her at:

The Titus family is grateful for your help.

****UUCL Office Hours****
Our UUCL office will be staffed the
following hours:

Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Attunement Meditation:

Renewing Ourselves, Renewing Our World

8 Week Course

Experience the place within ourselves where all is well. When we live from this place our lives flow with ease, assurance, and purpose. Lasting change always begins here.

Come rest, renew, and remember.
Mondays 6:30-8p.m.

Begins January 21, 2019 UUCL Sanctuary
$5-10 donation per session to UUCL
Facilitated by Gary & Jan Stiles & Clay Barnard

Contact: or call 603-867-5251 To Register


Joe Crookston – Saturday, January 26, 2019

Songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Resident, he’s played with Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, David Francey, John McCutcheon, John Gorka, Judy Collins and 100’s more. His songs are cinematic and are being made into award winning films.
He’ll surprise you and awaken the cynics.   He’s plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist.  His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.    


Come to a show. Mystical and humorous roads, twisting through vivid cinematography.  Like short 4:00 films. Visual, artful and human. Brooklyn in July, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, turbary thieves, Galway heather, meter maids and drunken roosters. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired.  “The Long Note” is a phrase in Irish culture.”The Long Note” is that place of resonance and transcendence where the music, the voices, the instruments, and the community ALL come together and unite.


Whether he’s picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in.  It happens every time.  Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to a show.  With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell.   Joe lives in Ithaca NY, and tours regularly in the US, Ireland and Canada.

Check out some video of Joe.  Click the titles below:

Fall Down as the Rain


A Little Bit Lonely A Little Bit Mean

Thank you for your interest in Music on Malphrus.

Click HERE to download a flyer of upcoming shows.

Tickets $20 at the door – General Admission
Doors open 6:00 pm, Show at 7:00 pm
At The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry
110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC, 843-837-3330; info: or
Would you like to see a Music on Malphrus show for free?

We can always use volunteers, particularly on the sound system.  Even if you have no experience with the sound equipment there is no need to worry.  Training will be provided.  

Contact Joanne Melosh at for more information.

Our February 2019 theme is Challenges:
 Life is a series of challenges because it is a succession of changes --- changes and challenges are linked.  Common wisdom tells us that facing and overcoming life’s challenges is how we grow in strength and character.
Our country too faces challenges in many spheres --- the environment, racism, and healthcare, to name but a few.  The Dalai Lama says “To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up.” 
Whether personal, national, or global, challenges are a fact of human life.  Join us this month to hear our speakers on this topic, and to be part of the discussion circle following the service.

MLK Day Weekend Events Start Tonight

Everyone is welcome to the march, gathering at HHI High at 9:30 on the 21st

Click HERE to download the information flyer.

Hilton Head Island hosting 2019 MLK Celebration Weekend

The Town of Hilton Head is gearing up for their annual Celebration Weekend honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The weekend features a variety of events, from a tribute concert and ball to a worship service and volunteer day.

Check out the full schedule below.

Ecumenical Community Worship Service

-Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7:00 p.m.
-Christ Lutheran Church (829 William Hilton Parkway)

Shabbat at Congregation Beth Yam

-Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
-4501 Meeting Street

A Special MLK Tribute to the Greats

-Friday, Jan. 19 - Doors at 6:00 p.m. - Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
-Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort (40 Folly Field Road)
-Grammy-nominated Alvin Garrett & Billboard charting artist Latrese Bush honor the late great Aretha Franklin & Al Green
-Percentage of proceeds go to Laura Bush’s It’s Better to Give Back Fund which benefits area youth and families
-Tickets: $35 ($40 at door) 

Continental Breakfast for Volunteers

-Saturday, Jan. 19 from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
-Central Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church (161 Mathews Drive)

MLK Community Service - Cemetery Cleanup

-Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
-Spanish Wells Cemetery

Black Excellence Ball

-Saturday, Jan. 19 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
-Pickney Hall Ballroom (Sun City/Bluffton)
-Red carpet event with a buffet, full cash bar, live music and dancing
-Attire: Formal black-tie
-Tickets: $65/person ($75 at door) - Click here to purchase online
-Call 843-290-2984 for more information on tickets

MLK Memorial March

-Monday, Jan. 21 at 10:00 a.m.
-Parade starts and ends at Hilton Head High School’s parking lot

MLK Memorial Program

-Monday, Jan. 21 at 11:00 a.m.
-Hilton Head High School Seahawk Cultural Center
-Hear musical presentations & watch the presentation of the MLK Community Service Award

Fellowship Luncheon

-Monday, Jan. 21 at 12:30 p.m.
-Hilton Head High School Cafeteria



January 27th
Rev. Charlie Tyler

"The Affirming Soul and the Soul Needing Affirmation"

Sunday January 13th - Wine and Cheese (and lots of great food) Dinner Party

Last Sunday 35 UUCL members and friends converged on Clay and Wynette's home for an evening of fine food, great conversation, fun and activities.  Thanks again to the Barnard's for opening their home to us!

Large Table Help

A recent mishap caused us to lose the conference table we had in the Clara Barton Room.  If you have a large, conference room sized table that you are not using and you would like to donate it to UUCL please contact UUCL.OFFICE@GMAIL.COM

Thanks for your considering this issue.



Contact Ann Harrison, Ellen Titus or Adrie Glass for more details.



UUCL  BOOK  CLUB will start up again in 2019

For more information contact Carol Stephens



UUCL Would like to welcome Weight Watchers to our Facility

Throughout the day each Tuesday, Weight Watchers uses our building to hold their meetings.

We look forward to a successful relationship with Weight Watchers!

Check Out Some Of The Groups That Use our Facility:

MOMS Demand Action For Gun Sense in America
Lowcountry Indivisible
Compassionate Friends
Palmetto Plant Eaters
Helping Parents Heal
Narcotics Anonymous
League of Women Voters

Weight Watchers

Women will be Dining Out January 25th

Women in Dining will be meeting on Friday, January 25th at 5:30 at the (fairly new) french restaurant, Savory Cafe & Provisions where Claude & Uli's was located previously.  The restaurant is located at 1533 Fording Island Rd., Ste 302, H.H.I. (843-837-3336).  The time is a bit earlier this month so that we may have the option of ordering off either the regular dinner menu or the Sunset Supper menu.
Please RSVP to Barbara Cullings before Jan. 23rd at


Musicians Unite

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

If you would like to work with any of our regular musicians contact UUCL.OFFICE@GMAIL.COM to discuss options.  


Photos by Ron Titus

Did you miss one of our services?  You can listen to many of our services online or request a CD copy.

Last weekend, Rabbi TZiPi Radonsky presented "Before we move on, let's pause one more time, to make sure we got everything we need for the journey."  This and other services can be heard by visiting

Due to technical difficulties the planned opening video "Tree of Life" by Nefesh Mountain was not able to be shown during the service.  You can hear this beautiful song by clicking HERE 

 If you would like to request a CD copy of one of our recorded services - you will find an order form in the office of our Congregational Administrator.  Leave your name, contact information and date of the service on the form.  For a small handling fee a CD copy of most services can be available within a week of the request.  

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


UU TRIVIA:   Randy Bell, our speaker this week, has been a Zen Practitioner for _____ years.   
 A.    18
 B.    23
 C.    40

 D.    62


You will find the answer at the bottom of this Email.
UUA Proposed Congregational Study/Action Issue: Democracy Uncorrupted

  Below is the link for the CSAI: Democracy Uncorrupted. This was voted on at the UUA General Assembly last summer. Please review it. 
    On January 27 we as a congregation will vote on whether our congregation supports having this issue placed in the ballot for the 2019 UUA General Assembly.  (We will have our Congregational Meeting in February once Jim Morrison is back.)
   The content of the proposal is not controversial to us. In fact we are already working on some of these issues through Indivisible and the League of Women Voters.  The issues range from universal voting rights to freedom of speech, an independent judicial system, to freedom from influence of foreign powers.   
 The link is


Compassionate Friends will next meet on January 26th 2019. 


The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club is free, open to the public, and meets monthly to teach and support whole-food, plant-based vegan eating. The Club will host Mary Connor as its guest speaker on Wednesday, February 6th at 6:30pm. She will be discussing the 170 year family history of The Three Sisters Organic Farm, what is grown locally and organically on the farm, and how to participate in their weekly and bi-weekly Farm Bag Program. 

Mary Connor (left) operates the Bluffton-based Three Sisters Farm with her sisters Priscilla and Beth. The sisters grow 60 to 100 different varieties of flowers and about 100 varieties of USDA certified organic vegetables, fruit, and herbs. The Three Sisters sell their goods to a wide selection of local restaurants and bring their goods to local farmers markets. The sisters are also licensed to forage wild mushrooms which they offer to clients. Learn more about the Farm online here:



Committee for Growth will meet before service at 8:45 on January 20th.  See Gordon Stamler

There will be no Membership Meeting in January

Sunday Service Team will meet off site in February
Contact Cheryl Kanuck for more information

Indivisible 2.9.19 10:00a.m.

Finance 2.10.19
Contact Patricia Friedman or James Evans for more information





Have an Event or Announcement you want included? Contact David at by Wednesday morning.
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