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This Sunday we will have a Live streamed only service beginning at 10:00 a.m. 

This service will be streamed on our Facebook page.  We encourage Facebook users to reach out to non-Facebook users to learn how to view our services.  It is best to access Facebook just before 10:00 a.m.

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Sunday April 26, 2020  10:00a.m.

A Live Streamed Service with Rev. Dick Hood

"These Roots Were Made for Walkin' Part 1 - Our Universalist Roots"

Loving God, inherent worth, no hell, soft seats...these are a few of our Universalist roots.



Click Here to Download a PDF of the Order of Service

Sunday April 26, 2020 Order of Service
10:00 a.m.
These Roots are Made for Walkin' , Part 1 - Our Universalist roots
Rev. Dick Hood
110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC 29910
Phone: 843-837-3330    Email:

Sounding of the Gong 


Prelude     “Adagio” (from Sonata, Opus 27 #2)     Ludwig Van Beethoven
*** A Time for Meditation and Centering***

Welcome and Announcements and Opening Words     Rev. Dick Hood
Special Speaker     Carol Stephens       
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                                       
Sermon     These Roots are Made for Walkin' , Part 1 - Our Universalist roots”     Rev.  Dick Hood
Musical Performance     “Angel from Montgomery”      John Prine                  
Closing Words     Rev. Dick Hood 
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      “Prelude in A Major (WTC II)”       J. S. Bach       

Please submit Order of Service and Weekly Email
announcement updates by noon on Tuesday.



Pastoral Minister
Rev. Charlie Tyler

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.  


A Message from Rev. Charlie Tyler

Charlie has placed a video on our Facebook page (

Click Here to View Charlie's Message of The Week.


Our Minister Emeritus - Rev. Manuel Holland

Manuel has moved out of Frazer to the home of Carol Stephens. He is showing improvements in strength, mood, and appetite. He has a nurse dog who stays by his bed, excellent caregivers in the mornings,  and a home environment to enjoy rather than a nursing home. He smiles and laughs often and he is keeping up with the news. He 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 Message from Our Board President:  Carol Stephens


As the weeks pile up, thee is no relief in sight for our surreal situation in this pandemic.  Now, more than ever, it is important to be mindful of our connections with each other and the cosmos.  We are not truly separate beings, yet we are each one a unique manifestation of life.  

This forced isolation brings an opportunity to more fully appreciate ourselves for who we are. Moreover, we can use this time to care for ourselves. As Charlie Tyler says, it is time to take care of the “you inside of you.”

I recently came across this photograph and quote from Thich Nhat Hanh, and I wanted to share it with you.


Sending love and warm wishes to all,

Carol Stephens


This week, our Pianist John Sheppard offers an Etude in E Major by Chopin.

You can view the video by clicking here.   



The Spirit of Life... and our Seventh Principle

Ann Harrison, our UUCL Director of Religious Education, has created a fun and informative video to help keep us connected while we are apart.

Click Here to View the Video on our Facebook page
Our team of three rotating ministers (Rev. Dick Hood, Rev. Charlie Tyler, Rev. Pat Jobe) share a moment together.

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

Please email if you need access to the building. 

Canvass Update: A Message from Lynne Nordenberg

Oh how I miss seeing you all, being together on Sunday mornings.  Now we so look forward to the streamed Sunday services.  I hope we are able to be together again in person very soon!
In the meantime the Annual Pledge Drive is in full swing. As of Sunday we had received pledges totaling more than $46,000. Our goal for the pledge drive is $130,000.
As you know we have temporarily lost our rental income as well as the income from Music on Malphrus due to the Coronavirus.  Those two sources of revenue total more than $17,000 a year.  Our expenses remain about the same. 
Please fill out and return your pledge card today.  We need them all by May 1 so we can make revisions to our annual budget in time for the annual Congregational meeting.

If you did not receive a pledge card, please let Patricia Friedman know (             

Please be as generous as you can!  Help keep our wonderful community vital.

In peace & love,
Lynne Nordenberg, Canvass Committee



May 3rd: Rev. Dick Hood

These Roots are Made for Walkin', Part 2 - Our Unitarian roots  

One God, Mother's Day, truth seeking, the neighborhood of Boston...these are a few of our Unitarian roots

May 10th: Rev. Pat Jobe
May 10th is Mother's Day, which of course, we remember was originally advocated by a Unitarian. 

Do We Need A Deeper Dive?

And will that deeper dive bring us closer to an experience of what is really going on? Can we think our way into a richer and more meaningful spiritual walk? Is that even something we’re interested in? We don’t want to end up babbling and crazy like some spiritual seekers, but would a deeper diver into our own inner life bring us more of a sense of confidence in all that is going on? And could we use silence to get there? Rev. Jobe returns via Facebook, or maybe we will be able to gather? Best to all in these troubled times.

This Week’s Contemplative Meditation Theme

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

“Freeing our consciousness to move upwards, we begin to feel the presence of a Grand Rhythm. There is unimaginable precision of design in the way galaxies move through each other without collision. We may acknowledge the wonder of intrinsic rhythm in all of this, but we generally haven’t noted that this rhythm comes through ourselves as well. We have tended to assume, ‘That’s all working fine out there, but in something more immediate I have to manage it myself.’ …Relax, let go, and begin to experience these deeper rhythms that are part of the very earth from which we spring.  'I find it so extraordinary, the feeling of dichotomies blending: that the more alone one allows oneself to be and feel, the more one is absolutely meshed in oneness. The more space one creates in relationship, the closer one becomes. The less one is involved in apparent issues, the faster and more easily they dissolve. The less one fears, the safer one becomes.’ …Often we don’t realize how bound we are and how possible it is to just take the step to relax and be still. It can open a flow from deeper resources, making the way for profound transformations in experience.”                
~~Nancy Exeter from Magic At Our Hand; Releasing Our Lives into Order and Beauty

Please note that until further notice, all Music on Malphrus shows have been postponed.  Watch this space for updates.



 A Note From the Care Committee

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the member Check-In Phone Buddy calls. We all enjoyed calling you and trust it was enjoyable and perhaps useful for you as well. We had many more folks volunteer to make calls so we will consider how to move forward from here. The good news is that all members seem to be doing well in general, though there were concerns about some family and friends afar. Please feel free to call each other, your contact person, or Jana or Valerie to stay in touch!

The Care and Membership Committees felt this would be a good time to update the Directory and have a Phone Buddy system in place for this current situation but also for hurricane season, storms, and other situations in the future if needed. Your feedback, suggestions, and ideas are much appreciated…so please let us know your thoughts.

 Let’s continue to care for ourselves and each other, stay well, and stay safe.

The Care and Membership Committees

Check Out Some Of The Groups That Use Our Facility:

Lowcountry Indivisible
Compassionate Friends
Palmetto Plant Eaters
Helping Parents Heal
Narcotics Anonymous

Weight Watchers
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 when we resume regular live services please contact UUCL.OFFICE@GMAIL.COM to discuss options.  


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                                                   Photo by Carla Golden


We 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. Charlie Tyler presented "Living a Spiritual Life in a COVID-19 World."  This service was live streamed on our Facebook page.  An audio recording of the service can be accessed on our website.  
This and other videos can be viewed at

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.


Safe at Home April Virtual Meeting on ZOOM

Hey there!! I hope you are doing, well, as good as possible. I MISS everyone!! However, we all need to keep safe and separate until this has passed. And it will pass. I don't know about you, but this whole COVID-19 situation has my anxiety on high. I am still working part days in the office and my whole Fight or Flight is engaged when I am there, or when I have to go to the store.  I know I am not the only one. People who have never had anxiety are experiencing systems. Those of us already on a tight wire can be stretched even further.

With this in mind, I want us to try a ZOOM meeting on Sunday, April 26th at 2:00p.m. It will be at our normal meeting time. ZOOM gives us a 40 minute maximum, so I plan for this to last about 35 minutes.  I want everyone to be able to see each other and talk to each other. I am still working on the format, but will try to stick to as close to our normal meetings as possible (but bring your own snacks, there will be no break) I have scheduled the meetings for this format for the next several months, just to be safe. I will cancel the ZOOM meetings as soon as we can meet safely in person.

Contact Brigid Fackrell for meeting link and more information. 


And Now We Start To Look At May

5/2 Membership potluck (Cancelled) Contact Val Bridges for info.
5/6 PPE Club  (Cancelled) Contact Carla Golden for info.
5/9 Indivisible (Cancelled) Contact George Kanuck for info.
5/10 Pursuing art (Cancelled) Contact Tom Duff for info.
5/10 Finance committee (Virtual) Contact Patricia Friedman for info.
5/13 Worship associates (Cancelled) Contact Cheryl Kanuck for info.
5/14 PPE Event (Cancelled) Contact Carla Golden for info.
5/21 Board meeting (Virtual) Contact Carol Stephens for info.
5/22 Women dining out (Cancelled) Contact Tish Honse for info.
5/27 Membership committee (Virtual) Contact Val Bridges for info.  




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