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This Sunday, October 18th
we will have a Live Streamed service
beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The service will be viewable on our Website.

Rev. Dick Hood (Live from Maine)
Questions from a Lifetime

Over the years I've been asked scores of questions as a minister. 
I'll try to answer a few of them and perhaps challenge you for your answers as well


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A Virtual Discussion Group with Rev. Dick Hood will take place over ZOOM after the service this Sunday, October 18th at 11:00 a.m.  

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Discussion Group list.  

If you have issues accessing the ZOOM link on Sunday morning please email

Upcoming Discussion Groups:
Unless otherwise noted, each week we live stream
we will have a discussion group.

October 25th we will have our first 'Sharing Circle' ZOOM gathering
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, October 18, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.
Questions from a Lifetime
Rev. Dick Hood

110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC 29910
Phone: 843-837-3330    Email:

Sounding of the Gong                                                                   

Waves from "Poems of the Sea -Ernest Bloch
*** 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
Rev. Dick Hood

Intergenerational Message
Ann Harrison

What Are The Best Questions?
Rev. Dick Hood
"Colour My World" - James Pankow
Closing Words
Rev. Dick Hood

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.
Sea Chanty from Poems of the Sea - Ernest Bloch

Thanks to John Sheppard and Marcella Palmer for providing the music today.                                

Thanks to Gary Stiles, Ann Harrison, Charlie Tyler, Dick Hood and Kathy Burmeister for their participation in making this service possible.

(We are licensed with CCS for performance)                             
‘Joys and Sorrows’ Returns to UUCL next week

We will have our first 'Sharing Circle' after service next week.  During this virtual meeting you will have a chance to share your Joys and Sorrows with others in the congregation.  This first 'Sharing Circle' will be held at 11:00a.m. on Sunday, October 25th after the Live Streamed service.

If you wish to be part of this ZOOM meeting, please send your email address to You do not need to resend your email if you are already on our discussion group email list.  

You can also write or email your joys and sorrows, milestones and concerns to UUCL at  Follow the link below for the sharing format.  Our ‘Sharing Circle’ ZOOM meetings will be the fourth (4th) Sunday of each month (as long as we have a Live Streamed service).  The 'Sharing Circle' will begin at 11:00a.m. and be in place of the Talk-Back.  You may participate in the sharing, or simply ask to have your Joy/Sorrow read at that time.
Any requests for privacy and discretion during the reading will be honored.  

We will monitor these efforts, and welcome your feedback as you participate, so that things may be modified as needed. Thank you for your patience as we all adjust to this ever-lengthening pandemic.


Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication 10.10.20



Pastoral Minister
Rev. Charlie Tyler

Charlie is available for appointments.  Contact to schedule time to speak with Charlie.  

10. .20  
A Weekly Message from our Pastoral Minister 
Rev. Charlie Tyler 

This week, Charlie offers "Why have I been given breath today? Questions." 
This and other messages from Rev. Charlie Tyler can be found on the Rev. Charlie Tyler Weekly Messages Archive page of our website. 

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Our Co Presidents:  George Kanuck and Laura McFadden

“The greatest gift is not being afraid to question.” - Ruby Dee, actress

This may be the greatest gift of Unitarian Universalist congregations, we invite questions and listen to the myriad of answers. 
Picture We are not told what to believe, we do not have all the answers, and almost always members have different answers to the same question.  That’s okay.  It is probably one of the reasons we joined the congregation. We are encouraged to think for ourselves. 



Laura McFadden 


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


10.13.20 - This From John Sheppard

This week John offers a  Waves, from "Poems of the Sea" by Ernest Bloch.   

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

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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 if you need access to the building. 


All Services begin at 10:00 a.m.


Our October theme is Questioning

October 25th - Rev. Charlie Tyler
Why Have I Been Given Breath....and other essential questions.

“And there is no greater gift to bestow on children than the gift of curiosity. Effective leaders, even great ones, accept that they don’t have all the answers. But they know how to ask the right questions"  James E. Ryan, Wait, What?

Upcoming Monthly Themes:
November - Spiritual growth
December - Understanding
January - Awe


The Oct. 10 ribbon cutting ceremony at Glenda Mercado's new home.  Participants included Rev. Charlie Tyler, Josh Jofen and Carol Weir.

If you, or someone you know, needs contact or assistance from the Care Team please contact Jana Stiles ( and let us know your concerns. Your privacy and confidentiality preferences are always respected. 

For voter information contact or

**If you need a ride to the polls or other voting assistance please contact the Care Team volunteers via Jana Stiles (  Let’s all VOTE! 

 Joining the Post-Service Virtual (Zoom) Discussion Groups is another great way to see your friends, have some time to share your Joys & Concerns, and join in the discussion. If you are not already on our Virtual Discussion Group email list and would like to be involved please Email your interest to If you need computer/technical assistance to join these calls email Gary Stiles 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:


"Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation." ~~~ Rumi


Would you like to help with the Sunday Live Streamed services?  Maybe ring the gong or light the chalice? 

Email to find out how you can participate in our safe, socially distant Live Streamed Services.

UUCL 101 Returns Tuesday October 20th from 6:30-8:00p.m.

Even during the pandemic there is a lot going on at UUCL.  Would you like to know more about how you can get involved at UUCL?  Would you like to know what UUCL can do for you?  

We will have a UUCL 101 Zoom meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 6:30-8:00p.m.   This meeting will be facilitated by Lynne Nordenberg and Gordon Stamler.  Gary Stiles will send out the Zoom link invitation to everyone ahead of the meeting.

Contact Lynne Nordenberg, Gordon Stamler or if you would like more information or to get added to the invitation list.
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 to request a Membership form.  Once you return the completed form to we will sign and witness your information as well as return a copy for your records.  

Email for more information.  


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.

Cathedral of the Wild: An African Journey Home by Boyd Varty

“This is a gorgeous, lyrical, hilarious, important book. . . . Read this and you may find yourself instinctively beginning to heal old wounds: in yourself, in others, and just maybe in the cathedral of the wild that is our true home.”—Martha Beck, author of Finding Your Own North Star

A virtual meeting on Monday November 2nd at 5:30 p.m.
Contact Peter Kandis for more information.  


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

Last Weekend we had a live streamed service featuring Rev. Pat Jobe.  The Service was titled:  “What are the Best Questions?
This and other services can be viewed on our website:  If you view one of our services please leave a comment.

You can learn more about our services by visiting

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



TONIGHT: Board Meeting October 15th 6:00 (Virtual)
UUCL 101 October 20th 6:30 (Virtual)
Women Dining Out October 23 - See Tish Honse (Cancelled)
Membership Committee October 27 - See Jana Stiles and Tim Garvey 6:30 (Virtual)




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