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

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This Sunday, September 13th
we will have a Live Streamed service
beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The service will be viewable on our Website.


Rev. Dick Hood - Appearing Live from Maine

Are we doomed?

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once you view the service. 

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A Virtual Discussion Group with Rev. Dick Hood will take place over ZOOM this Sunday, September 13th at 11:00 a.m.  Come join the discussion and spend a little time with your UUCL friends.  

Email to be added to the Discussion Group list.  On Sunday Morning, September 13th, 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.  

Upcoming Discussion Groups:
Unless otherwise noted, each week we live stream
we will have a discussion group.

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 13, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.
Rev. Dick Hood
110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC 29910
Phone: 843-837-3330    Email:

Sounding of the Gong 

A Ballad”
Gerry Mulligan

*** A Time for Meditation and Centering***
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        

Welcome and Announcements
Rev. Charlie Tyler

Special Announcement
Linda Grady

Opening Words
Rev. Dick Hood

Intergenerational Message 
Ann Harrison

Rev. Dick Hood
“Sunshine on my Shoulders"
John Denver

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.
Postlude “Ernie's Blues”
Ernie Wilkins

Thanks to John Sheppard, Diana Krafcik and Donna Braumwell for providing the music today.   
(We are licensed with CCS for performance)          



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 give some thoughts on Self Care.

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

Picture"I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.” - Maya Angelo

Don’t we all wish to feel the comfort of being in our our own home wherever we are?  Sometimes it is not possible, but when we meet other people we can welcome them into our “home”, our heart.  It is amazing how warm we can feel when we greet others with a smile, listen to their stories, and share a part of ourselves with our stories. Just as important, we have made others feel at home when they are with us.  So welcome people into your “home”, and see what happens for you and them.

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


09.08.20 - From John Sheppard

This week John gives us a little music theory and , offers an Arioso on the name of Bach by Arthur Honegger.

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

Thank you for LIKING or COMMENTING once you view a video.

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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. 


All Services begin at 10:00 a.m.

Coming in September:

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 for a Live Streamed service
COVID Doesn't Change The Term Community

Although the pandemic has changed our world in so many ways, it hasn’t changed the fact that we must remained connected to our community. Yet, the pandemic has changed this relationship in one way though. Our connection to our communities has grown even more essential. The link that binds us must become less porous than perhaps ever before.


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

Coming in October:

October 4th - Cheryl Kanuck
The Question Is The Thing; Are You Questioning?

Einstein said "Never stop questioning; never lose a Holy Curiosity."  Asking questions is how we learn, but there isn't always an answer.  I believe UUs are Questioners at heart; let's talk about it. 

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:

1) Consider watching a new 2020 Prime Video documentary called "Dalai Lama: Scientist”  This is a unique look at the connection between modern science and ancient spiritual knowledge. It fits well with UU principles of the interdependent web of all existence, the guidance of reason, and the results of science. Enjoy!

2) “Compassion is the radicalism or our time. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”     -    14th Dalai La

LGBTQ Sun City Hilton Head Meeting update

Hello, All, 

We are closing in on October 8, 2020, the date of our first LGBTQ Sun City Hilton Head meeting.  I wanted to update everyone. As a result of Covid-19, we have changed the location and time to accommodate the need for social distancing.  We will meet at the Pavilion from 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m.  

If you are unable to attend our meeting in person please send us your information, including cam number, then we can include you in the group regardless and complete the information that Sun City Lifestyles Department needs in order for us to become an official Sun City club.  If you know of any other folks who will want to be a part of the group but are unable to attend in person, please have them to send their information as well.

Take care, everyone, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Nancy Forrester


The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) was established in 1962 to strengthen the United Nations’ efforts to eliminate war, discrimination and poverty, and to promote a world community founded on the ideals of partnership, justice, and peace. Through targeted education, advocacy, and outreach, we engage Unitarian Universalists in support of international cooperation and the work of the United Nations.

Our internship program provides young people with an exciting opportunity to learn about the United Nations and to work in support of its efforts to eradicate injustice and promote human rights around the world. Interns working at the UU-UNO conduct research, build partnerships within the UN and NGO community, work on our communications, and develop resources.

09.10.20 Updates from our Religious Education / Social Justice Committee

The Social Justice Commitee is helping Habitat for Humanity home buyer Glenda Mercado and her family outfit their new home in The Glen neighborhood on Hilton Head Island. Needed are new or nearly new towels, sheets, pots and pans, art, furniture, cleaning supplies, plants and other housewarming gifts, or gift cards to local stores like Target and Lowe's.

To donate, bring your items to the church from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday September 15th, September 22th or September 29th.  You can also contact Carol Weir at weircarol@hotmail or 843-415-1237 to drop off at her house in Bluffton on Sept. 29-30. UUCL members and friends will be invited to Glenda's home dedication ceremony, date TBD, and we are planning a UUCL Habitat work day for those who would like to work on the house. Date will be announced soon.

The UUCL Religious Education/Social Justice (RE/SJ) committee "Backpack Project" continues through Sunday September 13th.

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 farm worker 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!


A Message from the Board

In an effort to keep our members informed as to what is going on behind the scenes at UUCL, I want to share with a few additional initiatives of the newly formed Religious Education and Social Justice Committee. 

“Social Justice” is a hot topic these days given the state of our country’s unrest. Finding ways to confront it in ways that can make a difference in people's lives, is on the minds of these committee members as they come together in Zoom meetings to discuss it. Here are some additional examples of their current initiatives.

  • Get Out The Vote Project - Zoom training for volunteers to contact voters and offer assistance in getting to the polls, etc.

  • The Student Connect-Tech Fund - Helping to provide Internet service and laptops to families with school-age children.

  • The Diversity Training Project - helping Beaufort County Schools train students and staff on skills related to “diversity”. 

If you have an interest in helping with any of these projects, please contact Ann Harrison at

This is our UUCL, of which I am proud to be a member,  working together to make a difference in our community and beyond. Thank you.


Linda Grady

Member of the Board of Trustees and 

Board liaison to the RE and Social Justice Committee


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.


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:  "The 7th UU Principle: Respect for the Interdependent Web of All Existance of Which We Are a Part."
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.
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.  


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Our September Calendar

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 6:00 (Virtual) - Contact Jana Stiles or Tim Garvey 
September 25 - Women Dining Out (Cancelled) - Contact Tish Honse




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