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UUCL Weekly Email
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This Sunday, December 20th
we will have a Live Streamed service
beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The service will be viewable on our Website.

Rev. Dick Hood

"Darkness and Light - A Christmas Meditation"

Take some time to find meaning in this special season. More light is coming, but can we savor the darkness as well?  

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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, December 20, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.
"Darkness and Light - a Christmas Meditation"

Rev. Dick Hood

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

Beginning Music                                    
“Savior of the Nations, Come” (arr. Wold) "Lo, How a Rose Blooms" (arr. Blake)                                   

Sounding of the Gong

“Winter Night” 
Shelly Jackson Denham   

*** 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
Donna and Ellen Titus
"Darkness and Light - a Christmas Mediation."
Rev. Dick Hood                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Oh, Holy Night (Trad.)
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.
 “Christmas Must Be Tonight” (Robertson) / Silent Night (Traditional)

Thanks to everyone who participated in our service today. 
(We are licensed with CCS for performance)  


A ZOOM Virtual discussion group with Rev. Dick Hood will take place this Sunday, December 20th at 11:00 a.m.  

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Discussion Group list.  

UUCL Survey
Last Friday, we sent out a short online survey survey that asked questions about how we provide information to you.  If you have not yet filled out the survey please click the link below.  Your participation is appreciated.

Click HERE to take the survey.

Survey Questions Update:
What follows are answers to some questions people posed in the survey.

1.  Do You Need to have a Facebook Account to view our services?  You do not need a Facebook Account to view the Sunday Services.  Unless we have technical difficulties, we link the services to our website.  These services can be viewed at  The services are saved on our SERMONS/SERVICES page and can be viewed at any time.  

2.  Do you need to "have ZOOM" to join our Discussion Groups?  Some devices MAY require you do download the free ZOOM App to in order to join our Virtual Discussion Groups.  If you get prompted to download ZOOM just follow the prompts.  Then when you receive the link from Charlie you will be good to go.  For other devices, ZOOM is an internet based application.  When you click the link Charlie Tyler sends you on Sunday morning your web browser will open ZOOM allowing you to join our group.

Our the UUCL Team

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 

This week, Charlie shares "Some one doing one thing..."  

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

 "We are all bound up together in one great bundle of humanity." - Francis Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1922), civil rights activist, abolitionist and first African American woman to be published in the United States

We are a great bundle of humanity, with the emphasis on great.  All of us are a part of the bundle, and that is what makes us better every day.  Together we offer and accomplish so much for each other, and in turn for ourselves.  This is a gift.


Laura McFadden 


George Kanuck

12.15.20 - This From John Sheppard

This week John presents Sweet Remembrance by Mendelsohn.    

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

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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


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. 

UUCL Updates to Keep You Connected
We have almost reached our goal!

Student Tech Connect
Connecting Students to their Teachers & Classrooms

A UU Congregation of the Lowcountry Faithify Campaign

Financially needy families cannot afford the technology needed for their children to connect with their teachers and classrooms. Please pledge the money these students and families so desperately need by following this Student Tech Connect Link

(Update - 12.017.20) At this time we have raised $3725.00 which is 93% toward our goal of $4000.

Thankyou to all who have contributed to this cause.


All Services begin at 10:00 a.m.

Our December theme is Understanding:

“Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom.”     Clifford Stoll
“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” Leonardo da Vinci
“I call him religious who understands the suffering of others.” Mahatma Gandhi

​Tune into us for a service in December to discover the many dimensions of understanding – ourselves, others, and the roller-coaster ride that was the year 2020.

 December 27 - The UUCL RE/SJ Committee
"Understanding You.  Understanding Me."

Come and join us for a soulful reflection on a path towards understanding.  
Happy New Year!
Our first 2021 theme will be "Awe"

January: Awe
“One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day.”  Albert Einstein

“If you think of feelings you have when you are awed by something - for example, knowing that elements in your body trace to exploded stars - I call that a spiritual reaction, speaking of awe and majesty, where words fail you.”  
Neil deGrasse Tyson

​We start the year by looking back, in Awe, at what the year behind us has wrought, and looking ahead, with Awe, to what possibilities the year ahead of us holds.  Join us on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. for these conversations.

Upcoming 2021 Monthly Themes:
February - Bravery
March - Dignity
April - Freedom
May - Happiness
June - Justice
 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. Or, if you would simply like to have some friendly calls from a Care Team member please feel free to contact us. 

*The Fourth Sunday of each month the 11am Virtual Discussion Group will include a specific time to share Joys, Concerns, Milestones, or Sorrows. This is a great way to see your UUCL friends and stay connected with each other. We look forward to seeing you there!
 If you are not already on our Post-Service 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:

“Life is a great deal simpler than we commonly believe or allow it to be. It is not difficult to be enlightened; on the contrary, it takes a huge investiture of our mental and physical energy every day to hold back the Infinite. This is the main reason so much sleep is required at night; this is the primary cause of all disease and aging. Let us for even the briefest of instants relax our firm grip on our beliefs and judgements, the Infinite Light will burst into our souls, forever transforming us.”                                                                              Maharishi Sadasiva Isham from Enlightenment

The UUCL Book Club Committee meets at 5:30p.m. on the first Monday of each month.  New members are welcome.  Contact Peter Kandis for more information.  


January 4th: "The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom," Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt skillfully combines two genres-philosophical wisdom and scientific research-delighting the reader with surprising insights. He explains, for example, why we have such difficulty controlling ourselves and sticking to our plans; why no achievement brings lasting happiness, yet a few changes in your life can have profound effects, and why even confirmed atheists experience spiritual elevation. In a stunning final chapter, Haidt addresses the grand question "How can I live a meaningful life?," offering an original answer that draws on the rich inspiration of both philosophy and science.


W:  We are all related
E:   Everyone Makes a Difference
L:   Live Simply
C:   Celebrate Community (Honor Diversity)
O:   Only Love Makes a Family
M:   Make Peace

More about Unitarian Universalism
How Does One Become a Voting Member of UUCL?

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Click HERE to explore the six sources of wisdom our congregations affirm and promote.

Live Streaming

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

Last Weekend we had a live streamed service presented by Rev. Pat Jobe.  The Service was titled:  "Understanding Can Be a False Idol." This service can be viewed at  If you view one of our services please leave a comment.

Please Note: Due to certain technical and other issues specific services may not be available.

Calendar of Events

December Committee and Group Meetings:

Board Meeting - Thursday Dec 17 at 6:30p.m. (Virtual)
Membership Committee - Tuesday Dec 22 at 6:00p.m. (Virtual) See Jana Stiles
Women Dining Out - Friday Dec 25 (Cancelled)

January Meetings and Events:
UUCL Book Club Committee - Monday January 4th 5:30 (Virtual)
Indivisible Saturday - January 16th (Virtual)
Finance Committee - Tuesday January 12th at 6:00p.m (Virtual)
Worship Associates - Wednesday January 13th at 5:00p.m. (Virtual)
Committee Chairs Collaborative - Thursday January 14th 7:00p.m. (Virtual)
Board Meeting - Thursday January 21th at 6:30p.m. (Virtual)
Membership Committee - Tuesday January 26th at 6:00p.m. (Virtual)



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