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August Theme:  Openness

Sunday August 4
10:00 a.m.

Rev. Charlie Tyler

A Hallway or Out the Front Door

Our life journey may be narrow... and safe.  Or wide open...and a bit scary.  A hallway or the front door?  

Please Note:  There will be a discussion group with Rev. Tyler after the service.

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

My Darling Olive passed away Monday evening.  David and I send our deepest thanks to all who have expressed love and concern since I announced Olive was in Hospice care. 

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.  We are grateful for the compassionate care Olive received.

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.    

Peace, Manuel 

We will share more information as it becomes available. 
****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 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.

Starting in September:

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote Seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience. Join us during September, as Rev. Tyler begins a series of sermons on the six sources of Wisdom we draw from to deepen our understanding and expand our vision.



Coming in August

August 11 - Rev. Pat Jobe with guest Rev. Gary Phillips.  

An Openness to Changing the World?” 

Since UU's have always done it, let's look at ways to change the world one more time. White privilege, white supremacy, white culture still dog the steps of persons of color in an America marred by mass incarceration, police violence, racial discrimination in housing, employment, education, medical care, and simply the ways we see each other. Two white preachers who cut their teeth in the civil rights struggles of their high school days will ask us again into the arena of social change. Rev. Gary Phillips and Rev. Pat Jobe, friends for 49 years, will share stories and thoughts from the black-brown-white structures of history and modern life. 

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. 


1)We are in need of a chair for the UUCL booth for VegFest – October 19 at Shelter Cove.
Please contact Val Bridges for details.
2)Calling all quilters or textile arts enthusiasts!  Join a world wide “Healing Blanket” effort.  Participants will create square(s) to be added to the blanket. We need participants and someone willing to spear-heard with Lynn Newsom (Quakers).Contact Val Bridges for details.

What is The Patchwork Healing Blanket - Piece by Piece and Country by country public art project and demonstration against violence toward women, children and Mother Earth!  We will construct a giant blanket and carry it into the Zocalo in Mexico City, then transport it to the US Boarder where we will pass it on to our sisters on the U.S. side.  

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, You"
by Kathleen Hunter  Led by Carol Stephens

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. 


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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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, Rabbi Robert Haas presented “What does it mean to 'Love Thy Enemy'?” 
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.

A Message from UUA and UUSC

Dear Colleagues, 
We have heard recently about massive fines that the government has imposed on some of the migrants who have taken Sanctuary with churches and synagogues. At least three of these are guests in UU Sanctuary congregations. This is a clear escalation of the criminalization of migrants and another expression of the Trump administration’s hostility to the practice of offering Sanctuary. Though there has been no indication to date that the government is going after the congregations for payment of these fines, we are aware that this could become a part of their strategy in the future.
Like you, we are making decisions every day about which of the latest immigration horrors we will be responding to, and how. A direct attempt to punish our congregations for acting on our faith commitments would certainly be something to which we would respond as swiftly and strongly as possible. Please stay in touch with any news about how the guests you have in sanctuary and your community are being impacted. Let us know if you need support connecting guests in sanctuary to networks to help them respond to these escalating threats. Know that we see and honor the powerful work in which you are engaged.
In solidarity,    
Susan and Mary Katherine

Mary Katherine Morn
President & Chief Executive Officer
617-301-4330 | | Facebook Twitter
Challenging injustice, advancing human rights
signature_1859932900 The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray  
(617) 948-4301  |  |  Twitter  |  Facebook
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:

-  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, You" by Kathleen Hunter.  Led by Carol Stephens 
- Membership Committee Meeting Thursday August 22 at 6:30 p.m.

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




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