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This Sunday, September 6th we will have a Live Streamed service beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Rev. Charlie Tyler

7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent Web of All Existence of which we are a Part

“Our seventh Principle may be our Unitarian Universalist way of coming to fully embrace something greater than ourselves."  (Rev. Forrest Gilmore, Executive Director of Shalom Community Center, Bloomington, IN)

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A Virtual Discussion Group will take place this Sunday, September 6th at 11:00 a.m.

Following our Live Streamed service, starting at approximately 11:00 a.m. we will have a one hour Virtual Discussion Group over ZOOM.  Come join the discussion and spend a little time with your UUCL friends.  

If you are not already on our Virtual Discussion Group email list and would like to be involved this time - Email your interest to  On Sunday Morning, September 6th, you will receive an Email from Rev. Charlie Tyler (usctylerdad) with instructions on how to access ZOOM and a link to click so you can join the group.  If you are unable to attend, just delete the email.  

This discussion group will begin after the Live Streamed service at approximately 11:00 a.m.

Upcoming Virtual Discussion Groups:

September 13th with special guest Rev. Dick Hood

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 September 6, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.
"7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent Web of All Existence of which we are a Part."  
Rev. Charlie Tyler
110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC 29910
Phone: 843-837-3330    Email:
Sunday September 6, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.     
110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC 29910
Phone: 843-837-3330    Email:

Sounding of the Gong 

Arioso on the name of Bach”
Arthur Honegger

*** A Time for Meditation and Centering***
Welcome and Announcements
Rev. Charlie Tyler

Lighting the Chalice - 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.                                                
     We light this Beacon of Hope,
     Sign of our Quest for Truth and Meaning,
    In Celebration of the Life we share Together        
Opening Words
Rev. Charlie Tyler

Intergenerational Message 
Ann Harrison

"7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent Web of All Existence of which we are a Part." 
Rev. Charlie Tyler
“I Can See Clearly Now”
Johnny Nash

Closing Words
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.
Postlude “Hommage to Albert Roussel”
Arthur Honegger

Thanks to John Sheppard, Ellen Titus and David Inserra for providing the music today.                                

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



Pastoral Minister
Rev. Charlie Tyler

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

A Weekly Message from our Pastoral Minister 
Rev. Charlie Tyler 

"The interconnectedness of all things..."

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

“You have little control over the world around you, but full control of the world within you.” - Matshona Dhliwayo, philosopher, entrepreneur and author

At times, most of us feel we have little to no control over what we see happening in the world.  Unfortunately,
Picturesometimes we don’t have control.  So what do we do? Some of us will volunteer, some will enjoy their hobbies, some will go for a walk.  Others will read a book, learn something new, meditate, or watch television.  We do what makes us feel better.  Yet, at the same time all of us can look inside ourselves and search for ways we can make small differences for the greater good.  It will be in the little things we do, one gesture at a time.  That is where we have control.


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


Internet service on Malphrus road is exclusively provided by Hargray.  

This week, thanks to a generous donation from Tim and Marge Garvey we upgraded our internet to the fastest speed for our area and we also have our Hargray bill covered for the rest of the fiscal year.

UUCL sends sincere thanks to the Tim and Marge.  We are grateful to have you in our community.  


Dear Members and Friends of UUCL

It is with heavy heart that we let you know that long time friend to this congregation, Don Baker (husband to Judy Baker) has passed away.  Please send thoughts and prayers to the family.  Cards are welcome.

Dear Members and Friends of UUCL:

Since the beginning of the Pandemic, our board of trustees has been discussing a plan for reopening.  Though they, like us all, desire that we all be back to meeting face to face, at this time it is still not safe to do so.

Below you will find the guidelines from the UUA and our board  for our reopening of our building.  Thanks to Laura McFadden, Ann Harrison, and Carla Golden for compiling and submitting this information to our board.  

Re-Opening Guidelines for UUCL

In the midst of uncertainty, it is the Unitarian Universalist Associations’s strong recommendation that congregations plan for ongoing virtual gathering and operations through May 2021. This applies to worship, events, committee meetings, staff meetings, one-on-one visits, rites of passage, and more. While smaller gatherings may be able to resume sooner if conditions improve, planning for virtual operations that could continue for a full year is advisable.

Some of the public health criteria UUCL will look to for shifting our congregations’ primary focus from online to full or modified in-person gatherings are:
1. multiple weeks of reduction in infections in Beaufort County according to the SCDHEC
2. adequate virus and antibody testing, 
3. sufficient personal protective equipment available for all people entering the UUCL building for worship, administration, in-house or third-party meetings, or hosted events such as Family Promise, 
4. contact tracing programs in place throughout Beaufort County and South Carolina, and/or
5. a widely-available vaccine.

These are recommendations made by the Safety Committee of the UUCL Board guided by our responsibility to protect the health and safety of our members, employees and visitors. It will be the Board as a whole with the recommendations of the Safety Committee which will decide when full or modified in-person gatherings are feasible at UUCL. Once UUCL has re-opened in any capacity, it will be the responsibility of the Board with the guidance of the Safety Committee to determine if and when full or modified shutdown due to COVID19 is necessary.

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. 


Coming in September:

September 13th: Live from Maine - Rev. Dick Hood

Are we doomed?

September 20th:  A Live Streamed service featuring a video message from Rev. Jane Page 

The 7th UU principle “In the Time of Pandemic”

Rev. Jane Page explores the seventh principle, "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part," especially in this Time of Pandemic. 

September 27th: Rabbi Robert Haas returns


Starting in October - we return to Monthly Themes for our services.  Our October theme is Questioning

Coming in October:

October 4th - Cheryl Kanuck
October 11th - Rev. Pat Jobe
October 18th - Rev. Dick Hood
October 25th - Rev. Charlie Tyler

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. 

Many are expressing the desire to be more connected to the congregation and many are finding that phone calls have been a great way to get to know those who we don’t know well, or to learn (and appreciate!) more about those who we’ve known for a long time.

 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:

“The soil in which the meditative mind can begin is the soil of everyday life, the strife, the pain, and the fleeting joy. It must begin there, and bring order, and from there move endlessly. But if you are concerned only with making order, then that very order will bring about its own limitation, and the mind will be its prisoner. You must take a plunge into the water, not knowing how to swim. And the beauty of meditation is that you never know where you are, where you are going, what the end is.” 

― J. Krishnamurti

09.02.20 - From John Sheppard

Be sure to visit the John Sheppard Archive page of our website. 

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The UUCL Religious Education/Social Justice (RE/SJ) committee "Backpack Project" (UPDATED 08.27.20)

The RE/SJ committee is still accepting monetary donations, as well as volunteers, for the “Backpack Project.” 100% of your contributions will go directly to local children and youth of migratory farmworker families in need through the SC Department of Education’s Migrant Education Program (MEP). The MEP provides educational and support services that assist migrant students to overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, and other problems that result from repeated moves.
Your financial contributions will provide migrant students with a backpack, school supplies or any other necessity such as: hygiene kits (soap, toothbrush, etc.), warm clothing for the winter months, money to pay for a prescription they might not be able to afford, etc. The Backpack Project is also accepting volunteers who would like to give their time to help these students learn English or basic computer skills (a huge need with virtual learning).
From now through September 13th, if you wish to participate, you can send a check to:  The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC  29910.  The check should be made out to "UUCL", with "The Backpack Project" written in the Memo Line.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss volunteering, please don't hesitate to reach out to:

Ann Harrison: Chair of RE/SJ committee

Allison Singer: RE/SJ committee member, MEP Migrant Liaison

Thank you for your generosity and to those who have already donated!

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.

The UUCL book club meets the first Monday of the month, via Zoom, at 5:30 p.m.  Our next meeting is Monday September 7th.  

Our next read is, The Beekeeper of Aleppo, which traces the path of a pair of refugees whose lives have been shattered by the years-long war in Syria, and who have little hope to guide them but a cousin who awaits them in the U.K. The author, Christy Lefteri, won the third annual Aspen Words Literary Prize for her novel. The Aspen Words Literary Prize, in partnership with NPR, awards $35,000 for illuminating a "vital contemporary issue" in fiction.

Please contact Peter Kandis,, 803-422-3116 if you have questions or would like to be added to the book club list of members. 



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

Last Weekend Rev. Charlie Tyler presented a live streamed service titled:  "Pride and Prejudice Redefined: The Quest for My Inner Bigot.
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.

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



At this time we are still shut down and no external groups are using our facilities.  The following list is of some groups that used building before the pandemic:

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.  


                                                        Photo by Ron Titus



A Look at September

September 7 - UUCL Book Club 5:30 p.m. (Virtual) - Contact Peter Kandis
September 9 - Worship Associate 5 p.m. (Virtual) - Contact Cheryl Kanuck
September 12 - Indivisible (Virtual)
September 13 - Finance Committee 11:15 (Virtual) - Contact Patricia Friedman
September 17 - Board Meeting 6 p.m. (Virtual) 
September 22 - Membership Committee 6:30 (Virtual) - Contact Jana Stiles or Tim Garvey 
September 25 - Women Dining Out (Cancelled) - Contact Tish Honse




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