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For the past year we have opened our weekly newsletter with photos from the
Ron Titus collection.  Ron, we are grateful for your photographic legacy.  

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Sunday December 29, 2019  10:00a.m.

Rev. Charlie Tyler - Fire Ceremony, Celebrating Change

To Hold Tightly
To Let Go

A year, no, a decade is coming to an end.  It's a normal time for introspection.  Sunday, 12/29 we will try to revisit that elusive skill of learning what to hold on to, what to let go of and ... perhaps, how to know when both happens. 


Please join Charlie in the sanctuary after the service for a discussion 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. 

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Hearing Assisted Devices are available at the rear of the Sanctuary.

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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.  


Our Minister Emeritus
Rev. Manuel Holland

From our Board President Carol Stephens:

Manuel is now at the Frazier to continue healing. He sends his love and gratitude for all the loving energy he has received. He told me that he knows it’s been sent because he feels it. 

                    Photo by Carol Stephens

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****

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

A Continuing Series of Sermons:

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 as Rev. Tyler presents a series of sermons on the six sources of Wisdom we draw from to deepen our understanding and expand our vision.

The Living Tradition We Share Draws From Many Sources:
  • 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.


A Special Message from Rev. Jim Morrison:

Congratulations on Sanctuary update with new chairs! Do they recline?

I have seen Manny and Peter this past two weeks. Peter I saw day before he was transferred to MUSC. Peter has a inspiring attitude toward anxiety— He practices managing anxiety so that it doesn’t become a waste of energy. 

I saw Manny twice. On Monday of this week. He seemed a little more positive and was hopeful to get into his new residence soon so he could make that adjustment. I would concur let’s go easy on the visits but certainly a cheering up by cards or other concrete ways— For example a plant. A little taste of something sweet would be nice except that I did not think to ask the nurse if he had restrictions. (As of this writing we learned that Manuel has moved to the Frazier to continue his healing).  

Finally, I want to thank Joshua Joffen acoustical guitarist par excellence who provided holiday music at the lobby of the hospital. And I thank the Seven Principles for providing music as a second presentation by the musicians from the Unitarian church. As chaplain at the hospital, I had inaugurated holiday music for four Wednesdays in the holiday season leading up to Christmas and I thought this would be a great chance for our musicians to present the music. Thank you all very much. Although they weren’t big audiences I got several personal feedback’s of appreciation. And the hospital administration expressed their appreciation for the program.

Wishing you all a joyous season with anticipation for a peaceful new year.
Wishing you all the very best, Rev. Jim Morrison


Sunday January 5, 2020
Rev. Charlie Tyler
"The Guidance of Reason and the Results of Science."

The fifth source which grounds the Seven Principles is...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.

Together we will try to unpack this vital cornerstone of our faith. 

Sunday January 12, 2020
Greg Greenway

Straight from a performance at Music on Malphrus, Greg leads our Sunday Service.

Sunday January 19, 2020
Rev. Pat Jobe

Sunday January 26, 2020
Rev. Dick Hood


UUCL Needs

The Religious Education committee is looking to form a team of childcare providers.  If you would be interested in Spending an occasional Sunday morning with our children in the playroom, please see Maya Jofen for details.   You can also call Ann Harrison (843.422.2598) or E-mail her at (  We promise you a rich and rewarding (perhaps even enlightening) experience and really what better way to give back to the congregation than to nurture and help care for our young people.

As you have seen, for the last many months we have been live streaming our UUCL Sunday services.  If you would like to learn how to use the equipment and join the Streaming team please contact David at UUCL.OFFICE@GMAIL.COM.



Next Meeting:
Tuesday January 21, 2020

"Red Notice" by Bill Browder
Lead by Marge Lampke

For more information contact Carol Stephens



The MLK 2020 Celebration Weekend begins January 16th and runs through January 20th.  For more information contact George Kanuck.

To download a flyer of local events click HERE.

Check Out Some Of The Groups That Use Our Facility:

Lowcountry Indivisible
Compassionate Friends
Palmetto Plant Eaters
Helping Parents Heal
Narcotics Anonymous
League of Women Voters

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 contact UUCL.OFFICE@GMAIL.COM to discuss options.  



                                                        Photo by Ron Titus


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 Rev. Dick Hood presented "Step off the Holiday Express Train."   
This service was Live Streamed.

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.


Greg Greenway – Saturday, 1/11/2020

“Greg Greenway is one of those artists who is so rich a talent that it is difficult to categorize him. He traverses, combines and mixes up musical genres, and manages to open a window on global events that bring us together as citizens of the world. Like other great performers before him, Greenway’s message is that we can all play a part and make a difference in the course of both our private and public lives. But few musicians can do just this with such style, passion and sheer musicality.”  --Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

Click the links below to hear some of Greg's music:

In the Name of Love

A Road Worth Walking Down


At The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry
110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC, 843-837-3330; info: or
Tickets $20 at the door (unless otherwise noted) – General Admission

Palmetto Plant Eaters:  January 8th at 6:30 p.m. (Note New Date)  See Carla Golden

The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club will host Jessica Weaver. Her presentation “I Could Never Give Up Cheese! (and Other Lies That Kept Me from Losing Weight)" will cover how moving from a standard American diet to a whole plant diet was made easier by three key points: a belief that you can change your preferences, a solid commitment to simple meal preparation, and a healthy community connection – even if you have to create that community yourself.

Worship Team: Wednesday January 8 - 5:00p.m.  See Cheryl Kanuck

Indivisible: Saturday January 11

Pursuing Art: Sunday January 12 at 9:00 a.m. before service.  See Tom Duff

Finance Committee: Sunday January 12 after service.  See Patricia Friedman

Board Meeting: Thursday January 16 6:30 p.m. See Carol Stephens

Membership Committee: Thursday January 30 6:30 p.m. See Val Bridges

Pursuing Art Presentation:  January 26th, after service in lieu of a discussion group.  Molly Hood will present "Knitting Novelties."  Molly will be sharing how she creates a variety of knitted shawls and scarves. She will show different yarns, needles, and techniques.




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