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July Theme:  Mindfulness

Sunday July 28
10:00 a.m.

Rabbi Robert Haas

What does it mean to “Love Thy Enemy?”

Loving our family is easy….. most of the time. Loving our friends is sometimes probably even easier, but why do several traditions teach us to love our enemy. Doesn’t it seem far-fetched?  Do we really need to actually love our enemies, or does this phrase actually mean something even more essential about the process by which we can save our culture from its most villainous threat? What exactly then is this threat, and how do we define it and combat it? 

Please Note:  There will be a discussion group with Rabbi Haas after the service where we will discuss the topic of the day.

This service will be Live Streamed on our Facebook page beginning just before 10:00 a.m. The service will also be saved to our Facebook page and can be viewed at a later time or date if needed. 

You can assess our page by clicking this link:  

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

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Interim Pastoral Minister
Rev. Charlie Tyler

Charlie Tyler has agreed to serve as our interim pastoral minister.  Charlie’s telephone number is 803-473-6048.  You can call him to schedule an appointment for pastoral counseling. Please be mindful that Charlie is the chaplain for Hospice of the Lowcountry, a full-time job.  He is not able to engage in lengthy telephone conversations when he is working.  


Our Minister Emeritus
Rev. Manuel Holland

Olive started receiving care from Hospice Care of the Lowcountry the first of July.  We chose HCL because we have been one of its supporters since its beginning and because of its fine professional staff, including its Chaplain, Rev. Charlie Tyler.

Olive and I moved to Hilton Head in 1982.  Many of us remember over the years since then how involved as a volunteer Olive became in church and community activities.  She played the piano to accompany our hymn singing until we hired John Sheppard about ten years ago.  She did our newsletter and Sunday bulletin for many years.  When the Martin Luther King Planning Committee decided to have Fifth Saturday community  service work projects Olive volunteered to manage the preparation of breakfast for the volunteers who met at All Saints Episcopal Church to be assigned to a work project.  For many years on fifth Saturdays we arrived at the church at 6:00 AM to prepare for the breakfast. 

Those are only a few of  Olive’s contributions as a volunteer,   I hope to highlight others at another time.  For now, however, permit me to say a few words about Olive’s background for those among us who have not known her.

Olive was born in Providence, Rhode Island on October 2, 1928.  She received a BA degree in History and Political Science from the University of  Rhode  Island. Later she received an MA degree in Religious Education from Andover-Newton Theological School.  Much later Olive received an MA degree in Education Administration from Winthrop University.   Among positions held over the years two stand out.  For seven years Olive was Religious Education Director at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Framingham, Massachusetts.  For eleven years she was employed by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg  School District, first as a teacher in the program for academically gifted children and then as an assistant principal.    

Each day we are grateful for the compassionate care Olive is receiving and it is obvious that her quality of life is improving.   I will keep you posted. 

Peace, Manuel


****UUCL Office Hours****

Tuesdays 8:00 a.m. to noon
Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Thursdays 8:00 a.m. to noon  

20 Minute Gently Guided Group Meditation meets at 9:30 a.m. before each Sunday Service

All Levels Welcome

Our July Theme is Mindfulness:

Mindfulness means being awake. The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. It means knowing what you are doing.  Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to BE with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.
                                                     Jon Kabat-Zinn

Our August theme will be Openness

What the world needs most is Openness: Open hearts, open doors, open eyes, open minds, open ears, open souls.
~ Robert Muller

Openness, respect, integrity - these are principles that need to underpin pretty much every other decision that you make.~ Justin Trudeau

Just knowing you don't have the answers is a recipe for humility, openness, acceptance, forgiveness, and an eagerness to learn.~ Dick Van Dyke

Join us in August to Open your mind to new ideas and renewed curiosity.


Coming in August
August 4 - Rev. Charlie Tyler

August 11 - Rev. Pat Jobe

August 18 - Rev. Linda Slabon: 

Curiosity is a gift but to act on it requires courage.  Empathy is a skill and to learn it enables us to move from a place of shame to a place of compassion and courage.  Come listen to the voices of curiosity, empathy, and courage in the songs we sing, in the meditative music of crystal tone bowls, and in the words of Rev. Linda’s sermon, “Every Long Journey.” 

August 25 - Tom Tyre (Service and Vocal Workshop)
After the service on August 25th, Tom Tyre will facilitate a special community sing called "Sing UBUNTU: A Come As You Are Song Gathering."   

What is this all about?
A Community Sing
Where will it be?
UU Congregation of the Lowcountry
110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC 29926
Sunday, August 25, 2019
1:00 — 2:30 pm
For the sheer JOY of it
Come as you are. No experience needed.
All songs will be taught “by ear”
$10.00 — $15.00 Donation Suggested
For Updates and More Info, Please Visit:

To learn more about this workshop click HERE to download a flyer.

You can also Email Bethany Bert at for more information. 

Women will be dining out Tomorrow Night!

For July the UUCL Women Dining Out group will be meeting Friday July 26th at 5:30 at Siglers Restaurant located in Sheridan Park at 12 Sheridan Park Circle.  Their phone is 843-815-5030.  The Early Bird prices are good from 4:30 until 5:30, so to take advantage of the Early Bird prices you will need to be at the restaurant by 5:30 or else order off the regular menu. We have had good turnouts for our dinners and they have been a lot of fun, so please join us!  RSVP to Barbara Cullings by July 24th at

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


Next Meeting:
Tuesday August 20 10:00a.m.
"You by You"
by Kathleen Hunter  Led by Peter Kandis 

For more information contact Carol Stephens


Copies of the book are available in the UUCL Office for $7.  


Our congregation has been very interested in attracting young families. In order to do so, we must be able to provide consistent nursery services for young children ranging in age from infancy to 5 or 6 years of age. 

Maya Jofen has graciously agreed to serve as our Nursery Volunteer Coordinator. This is an important role in order to assure a smooth running and consistently available nursery service.  

We urgently need volunteers to cover the nursery once every 8-10 weeks. If you would be willing to do so, please let Maya Jofen know. 

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Monthly Tidings

Unitarian Universalist Association


July 2019

Dear Congregation Members,

Aren’t We Welcoming Already? is a common refrain in Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations. My answer to this question is always, “Yes!”. In the grand scheme of faith, we are welcoming — if by welcoming we mean non-hostile. If by welcoming we mean that queer people may breathe our air and drink our water, or if by welcoming we mean flying the rainbow flag and marching in our local Pride parade, then yes, we are welcoming.


While approximately 813 UU congregations are officially designated as Welcoming Congregations, only 35 have ever renewed their status.


But if by welcoming we mean that we are still using language and frameworks we learned about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community thirty years ago then, well…we might not be so welcoming. While approximately 813 UU congregations (75%) are officially designated as Welcoming Congregations, only 35 have ever renewed their Welcoming Congregation status.

As a result, queer youth and young adults are questioning the commitment of Welcoming Congregations that have been slow to embrace pronouns or heed the cries of trans UUs, 72% of whom report feeling as though their congregation is not completely accepting of them. These disconcerting challenges to queer and trans existence, both within and beyond UUism, attest to our need for new ways of practicing LGBTQ welcome and inclusion.

In 2019, the UUA’s Multicultural Ministries office launched the new Five Practices of Welcome Renewal for UU congregations. These are five benchmarks that every congregation can integrate into congregational life in order to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, two-spirit, genderqueer, non-binary, and the like feel fully welcomed, centered, and embraced in UU congregations.

The Five Practicies of Welcome Renewal are: 1) becoming a welcoming congregation; 2) holding welcoming worship services; 3) honoring welcoming days of observance; 4) experiencing a welcoming congregation module; 5) supporting a welcoming project. Welcoming Congregations will be required to meet these benchmarks annually in order to remain current as a Welcoming Congregation.

To learn more about The Five Practices of Welcome Renewal, attend an online orientation, visit, or contact

In faith,

Rev. Michael J. Crumpler

UUA Executive Vice President


Rev. Michael J. Crumpler was ordained to Reverend in the United Church of Christ. Michael lives in Harlem and is very active in social justice ministry at the historic Judson Memorial Church of New York City and the surrounding queer community.


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.  



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                                                        Photo by Ron Titus


We now Live Stream our services. You can view many of our services from our UUCL Facebook Page.

We also record audio of our services. You can listen to many of our services on our website.  If you like what you hear, you can request an audio CD of the service.

Last weekend, Rev. Pat Jobe presented "Attention, What A Price To Pay." 

This service was Live Streamed and Recorded.  

You can learn more about our services by visiting

 If you would like to request an audio 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 issues specific services may not be available.

Check out the Services / Sermons page on our website to see which services were live streamed and are now available for viewing.

You can also go directly to the video section of our Facebook Page to view these videos.

The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club will host a one-night only screening of the film Code Blue on Saturday, August 17th at 6:30pm at at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry.

Code Blue follows a passionate physician, Dr. Saray Stancic, as she reflects upon her journey from a multiple sclerosis diagnosis to wellness through her own adoption of lifestyle medicine.  Dr. Stancic introduces us to expert physicians and scientists who are paving the way to make meaningful and necessary change in our healthcare environment, and in turn, empowering audiences to stand up and reclaim control of their health. Read more here:

Tickets $10 prepaid online at EventBrite or $15 cash at the door:

- Membership Committee Meeting - TONIGHT Thursday July 25th at 6:30 p.m. See Val Bridges for Information

- Women Dining Out - Friday July 26th at 5:30.  Siglers Restaurant 12 Sheridan Park Circle Bluffton.  Contact Barbara Cullings for more information.  

- Compassionate Friends - Saturday July 27th at 1:00 p.m.

July is Bereaved Parents Awareness Month

Please join us on Saturday, July 27th from 1-3p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry.

Summer months can be time for travel, or for visitors. Meeting attendance is usually low, but that does not mean our grief takes a vacation.  I will be at the church for anyone who wants to drop by, share stories, and be with community. I will have the craft box and the lending library will be available. As always, if you need me, please email, call or text. As the chapter leader, I am always here for you. 

SAVE THE DATE: Walk to Remember is November 2nd from 9a.m. to noon on the Amazing Grace Trail (by the Publix shopping center on Buckwalter Parkway). T-Shirt sales and registration information coming soon!


-  Palmetto Plant Eaters - will host Megyn Jefferson of Morsel (formerly Flux Nourishment) as its guest speaker on Wednesday, August 7th at 6:30pm. She will discuss the challenges of making the healthy choice the easy choice, why Morsel was created, and how Morsel can serve you. Learn more at

As a small child Megyn found a love for food alongside her father and grandparents who owned and operated restaurants throughout her childhood. Despite her interest in food, she avoided a career in food and beverage in an effort to adhere to the advice of her family. After using food as medicine to combat various chronic health issues in her early twenties, she pursued a health coaching certification from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. She served over one hundred clients in the span of 2 years and realized many individuals needed an affordable and nutrient-dense meal service. Morsel has been a labor of love and it is her greatest pleasure to put her passion for healing through food on your doorstep. 

- Pursuing Arts – Sunday August 11 before service.  See Tom Duff.
- Finance Committee -  Sunday August 11 after service.  See Patricia Friedman.

- Worship Team Meeting Wednesday August 14 at  5:00 p.m. See Cheryl Kanuck.

- Board Meeting - Thursday August 15.  6:30 p.m.

- UUCL Book Club – Tuesday August 20, 10:00 a.m. "You by You" by Kathleen Hunter.  Led by Peter Kandis 

"Sing UBUNTU: A Come As You Are Song Gathering."  Sunday August 25th from 1-2:30 p.m.




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