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This Sunday we will have a Live Streamed only service beginning at 10:00 a.m. 

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Sunday May 24, 2020 10:00a.m.

Nancy E. Forrester, BCC

Shining Some Light on Our Third Principle

Our Third Principle – that of acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth - is a Big Deal. Through sharing some of a personal journey, Nancy will explore some of the thoughts, feelings, and other sensations that accompany the phenomena of feeling accepted by others, by the Spirit of Life, and by self. We will also think about how encouragement to spiritual growth is woven together with acceptance in the same Principle.

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Let's take a moment to get to know Nancy a little better:

Nancy’s personal, professional, and faith development have influenced her journey to find a home in the UUCL. Originally from Maine and the third child of parents who divorced when Nancy was five, Nancy grew up as a Quaker Church drop out. Her spiritual formation came from Nature and contentedness with summer beach combing, exploring, and boating on the ocean. When Nancy was in her twenties she learned that both sides of her family were assimilated Jews – Polish and German on one side and Russian on the other. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s Nancy began a conversion experience that called her to a spiritual life through the new age spirituality of Shakti Gwain. She was in the midst of a career of much travel as a statistical and behavior psychological professional engaged in process and quality improvement consulting work with companies in remote places – Yukon and Northwest Territories of Northern Canada, as well as Baffin Island. As the Spirit called to her increasingly, she found home in the gifts of faith in Christianity and the Catholic Church.

After many years as a Catholic convert, she was called to the profession of chaplaincy and in 2017 completed a several year education journey to become a board-certified Catholic chaplain. In addition to her full-time employment as a hospice chaplain, she began to do service work for her parish as a chaplain. Shortly in the process of helping the Church, Nancy’s sexual orientation as a lesbian got caught in the cross hairs of a powerful enough homophobe in the Catholic church to set Nancy adrift and feeling spiritually bereft. Lucky enough to continue her life as an explorer, she continued to search for a place to give her spiritual life form. She came to the UUCL service one Sunday with friend Martha Girardi somewhere in the Summer or Fall of 2018. She continued attending on a somewhat regular basis until a permanent return home to Maine in December 2018. After a few months in Maine she learned that South Carolina and Bluffton – not Maine - had become home. As explorers are prone to do, Nancy returned in July of 2019 and soon became a name tag carrying member of the UUCL. The sense of belonging and acceptance that Nancy feels at UUCL makes today’s message a punctuation mark in a wonderful continuing spiritual journey.

Sunday May 24, 2020 10:00a.m. Order of Service

Shining Some Light on Our Third Principle
Nancy E. Forrester BCC

Sounding of the Gong

Prelude     “Chorale and Sarabande” 

J.S. Bach and Arcangelo Corelli                                              

*** A Time for Meditation and Centering***
Welcome and Announcements     Rev. Charlie Tyler
Opening Words     Nancy E. Forrester                                                                                                                                             
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                                       
Sermon     Shining Some Light on Our Third Principle”
Nancy E. Forrester                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Musical Performance     “Gandhi / Buddha”     Cheryl Wheeler                  
Closing Words     Nancy E. Forrester                    
Closing     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     “Giga”     Arcangelo Corelli       

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

Would you like a free high quality face mask? 
Read on to find out how to receive a free mask.



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.  


5.20.20 (UPDATED LINK)
A Weekly Message from our Pastoral Minister 
Rev. Charlie Tyler

This week Charlie references Friedrich Nietzsche
as he looks at finding meaning in life.  (

Click Here to View the Video



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


A message from Carol Stephens UUCL President

Greetings to everyone.  I have been reflecting on the current politicizing of the Coronavirus in America, which is dividing and endangering our country; therefore, delaying any real economic or health recovery.  It is a struggle for many of us to have hope for a better future when things appear so ominous now.  We don’t have any way of knowing what the future holds, yet we are surrounded by predictions that are very dark and frightening. It is challenging to find peace amid our present circumstances. 

I recently came across this quote from Black Elk, which serves as a beacon to peace, and I would like to share it. “The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers; and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan Taka (the Great Spirit); and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This is the real peace, and the others are but a reflection of this.
The second peace is that which is made between two individuals; and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all, you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is known that true peace, which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men.”  


Sending all of you wishes for peace within you and among us,


Carol Stephens


(Heȟáka Sápa, commonly known as Black Elk (December 1, 1863 – August 19, 1950), was a wičháša wakȟáŋ ("medicin man, holy man") and heyoka of the Oglala Lakota people. He was a second cousin of Crazy Horse.)



This week, John Sheppard presents a hymn found in our Singing the Journey supplemental called "How Sweet The Darkness" (from a poem by Rachel Bates with music by Jason Shelton).

Following the events of 9/11/2001, Shelton put music to this Bates poem that talks about life after war.




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****

Please email if you need access to the building. 


May 31:  Rev. Charlie Tyler
The Power of Acceptance Is In the Posture We Take With the People In Our Lives

I am a firm believer in the power of language.  How we communicate with our physical presence and how we communicate verbally with others begins to open the door to the message of Acceptance.  Thinking 'spherically" allows us to open doors to our own souls, and allow others, perhaps for the first time, to open their own. Acceptance leads to trust, and trust can be transforming. 

June 7:  Rev. Charlie Tyler

June 14: Rev. Pat Jobe

Visioning In The Time Of Pandemic

Never doubt the power of a vision. Rev. Jobe returns to us, maybe in person, but probably via video for a vision check. He's not an eye doctor, but he believes deeply in the power of how we see things. He will give us his vision for moving forward as a congregation and as us about ours. If you want to send him an email in preparation for the sermon, he's at He wants to know about your vision for UUCL


Staying Connected During Covid-19
We miss each other.  We miss the smiles and the hugs!  We miss the sense of community that attending UUCL on Sundays adds to our lives.  Staying connected is a challenge these days.  But there is a solution!

We invite those of you who wish to send in a picture of yourself and what you’re doing during the pandemic.  Or a picture and a few words to your fellow UU’s.  Don’t worry if you need a haircut!  We love you no matter what you look like!

Let us know how you’re doing – share a Joy or a Sorrow.  We care!
A few of the photos will be included each week. David starts putting the newsletter together on Tuesdays, so get your submission in early.  Send to:

How are we doing?

We are looking for your feedback on how we are doing with our Sunday Streaming Services.

Please Click Here To Download a PDF Questionnaire

Your input is appreciated as we try and bring you the best service possible during these challenging times.

Please return the Questionnaire one of two ways.

1.  You can mail it to:
110 Malphrus Road
Bluffton, SC 29910

2.  Scan the document or type the questions and answers on an email to

Free Face Masks

The message below is from Linda Grady


For members of UUCL:

I have been making high-quality face masks at home for family and friends since early March and have finally accumulated enough masks to offer them to UUCL members at NO COST. These masks included all the features needed to ensure the three criteria needed to be effective:

PROTECTION for YOU and OTHERS around you;

  • 3 layers of 100% tight-weave quilter’s cotton + 1 layer of fusible interfacing that is bonded to the inside of the pocket

  • Includes a nose clip to help keep the mask in place

  • Comes with a “Filter Pocket” with a HEPA filter that may be removed


  • Easy to breathe in and out yet passes the breath test (You should NOT be able to blow out a match.)


  • 100% cotton fabrics used throughout

  • Three sizes available Small; Medium; Large

  • Earloops are made from soft cotton jersey fabric that easily stretches to fit snugly around the face.

So, if you are still looking for a well-made, effective, and comfortable mask, here’s how you can get one….. and it is FREE!! What can be better than that, right?  Simply send me an email, and let me know the size needed. I will let you know when your mask is ready and give you more info on how to care for your mask as well as where/when you may pick it up. ( For those who live in Sun City, pick up is in my lower mailbox at 56 Tallow Drive. For all others, pick up will be at UUCL.)

I hope you are all keeping safe now that some of you are venturing out more these days.  For those of us who are still self-isolating, remember to reach out to friends and family via social media, phone, text, or email. 

Meanwhile, be well, stay safe, stay informed and wear your mask!

Linda Grady


Thoughts on Wearing a Face Mask

Thanks to Alison Davidow, North of the Broad Newsletter

      Yes, wearing a mask can be hot; your voice can be muffled, and your smile can’t be seen.  But wearing a mask when you interact with others inside “confined” spaces or even in the crowded outdoors, is saying I LOVE YOU and I’m doing my best to PROTECT YOU.  Health experts tell us that masks keep the wearers from spreading moisture from breathing, talking, and even laughing—when you wear a mask, it shows YOU care!  One day, we’ll be able to throw away these masks—or keep one to tell our great-grandkids about—but for right now, wear a mask—it’s the loving and patriotic thing to do!

This Week’s Contemplative Meditation Theme
Until we can gather again here are some thoughts for your meditation time at home:

“Seismologists in Brussels are seeing about a 30% to 50% reduction in the ambient seismic noise during this global pandemic. This is due to the cessation of the usual traffic and other human activity. So it has become easier for them to hear the natural sounds of the Earth Mother. They are comparing this phenomenon to Christmastime.

But it's not only the seismologists who are noticing a difference. Many of us are noticing that the ambient noise of human culture has died down, and the heart connection that we all have with the Great Mother is easier to feel. And just as on Christmas Day, when people around the world tend to still their hearts and tune in to a higher love, perhaps during this pandemic the same is happening. Perhaps the stillness we are experiencing will break through the human resistance to our heart connection.

~~David Karchere from Pulse of Spirit May 13, 2020


Pledge Drive

Congratulations to all of us. We have reached 98% of our goal of $130.000 and I know there is a little bit more out there that may come in.

So, if you have not sent in your pledge or would like to pledge, Please do so.

With great thanks, Lynne Nordenberg and Gordon Stamler
Pledge drive Chair persons.


The Credential Manager is now open and your congregation can begin distributing member delegate credentials for General Assembly. These credentials allow member delegates, who register for General Assembly, to vote on business matters.

Access the Credential Manager

This link is for UU Congregation of the Lowcountry only.


Please note: Your congregation is only responsible for assigning credentials to its member delegates. Ministers and religious educators can retrieve their credentials via

Learn more about credentialing and General Assembly.

The global pandemic has created disruptions in all of our lives, including in how we gather for our annual conference, General Assembly (GA). Originally planned to be held in Providence, RI, UUA leadership and the Board of Trustees have decided to transform the onsite event into an all-virtual event, in response to public health guidance discouraging in-person gatherings.

Virtual GA retains many of the important elements that attendees have come to expect and cherish: worship experiences, powerful speakers, learning opportunities, and dozens of interactive programs over five days. Register online to be part of this exciting, nascent virtual experience!

Register Today!



Some GA Trivia:

1.  In 1962 GA took place in Washington DC.  What was the theme of this GA?
      A.   The Individual in a Mass Culture
      B.    Responding to a Revolutionary Age
      C.    Space to Move / Time to Think
      D.    Being Human in an Age of Technology

2.  Dr Martin Luther King Jr.  spoke at which GA?
      A.    1963  Free Church in a Changing World
      B.    1966  Creative Use of Controversy
      C.    1967  Responding to a Revolutionary Age
      D.     1965  An Essential Past...An Unlimited Future

See Answers at the bottom of this Email

Below is an update on Family Promise 

May 20, 2020 
Dear friends, 
Family Promise is open and actively running prevention and sustainment programs.  These are two of our three programs that consist of: Prevention (Get on Track for those facing eviction), Shelter, and Sustainment through Staying on Track. We have also been in contact with our program graduates to see if they are doing all right.  
As an organization, we have been working to establish a plan allowing us to reopen our Shelter Program assuring everyone’s safety and our ability to function within CDC guidelines.  As you can imagine there are a multitude of factors to take into consideration.  During this first phase, our families will be lodged at a hotel and will prepare their own meals.   
This has been an unplanned expense so any financial support for hotel expenses and donation of gifts cards from Walmart or Food Lion in increments of $10 and $25 would be greatly appreciated. 
Donations to assist with hotel expenses can be made either: • By check and payable to: o Family Promise of Beaufort County and sent to 181 Bluffton Road, D101, Bluffton, SC 29910.  OR • Submitted on our website using a credit card 
In addition to these donations, we are looking for an apartment or condo that we could use as a quarantine space should a guest develop the COVID-19 symptoms. The hotel will not allow us to use their facility as a quarantine space.  If we don't have this, our ability to bring families into the Shelter Program may be compromised. Contact Lynda Halpern, Executive Director at 843-815-4211 if you or someone you know has a place we can use.  
Moving forward, we will stay in touch with our host and support congregations through regular updates and Zoom meetings as our future plans and your plans develop.  We look forward to returning to business as usual, but until then thank you for helping us support our parents and their children.   
Please stay vigilant about your own well being and that of those around you.  
Very Gratefully, Erin A. Morgan Erin Morgan Office Manager and Congregation Relations Coordinator 
Marsha Murphy Marsha Murphy President, Board of Trustee

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



Check Out Some Of The Groups That Use Our Facility:

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

                                                   Photo by Carla Golden


We 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. Charlie Tyler presented the video "The Third Principle:  ACCEPTANCE OF ONE ANOTHER AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO SPIRITUAL GROWTH IN OUR CONGREGATIONS"     
This service can be viewed at or on our website at

You can learn more about our services by visiting

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.


5/21 Board meeting (Virtual) Contact Carol Stephens for info.
5/22 Women dining out (Cancelled) Contact Tish Honse for info.
5/27 Membership committee (Virtual) Contact Val Bridges for info.  

And Now We Look At June

Worship Associates June 10 (May do virtual.  Will update when more information comes available.)

Indivisible June 13 (Cancelled.  May do a virtual meeting.  We will update when more information comes available.)

Finance Committee June 14 (Virtual)

Board Meeting June 18 (Virtual)

Women Dining Out June 26 (Cancelled)




GA Answers

1.  In 1962 GA took place in Washington DC.  What was the theme of this GA?  
      A.   The Individual in a Mass Culture

2.  Dr Martin Luther King Jr.  spoke at which GA? 
      B.    1966  Creative Use of Controversy 
      The title of Dr King's talk was "Don't Sleep Through the Revolution."  Text for this talk can be viewed by clicking HERE.

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