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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, August 30th we will have a Live Streamed service beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Rev. Charlie Tyler

Pride and Prejudice Redefined: The Quest for My Inner Bigot

"Racism is a lot like greed, or jealousy, or hate; it is human, and it exists in all of us no matter our race, religion or social standing. What is important is what we do with these ego-driven urges to feel superior in some way to others. " 
Jeff Davis,The Free Press, Maine

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A Virtual Discussion Group will take place this Sunday, August 30th at 11:00 a.m.

We will be Live Streaming Sunday - August 30th with Rev. Charlie Tyler. Following the service, starting at approximately 11:00 a.m. we will have a one hour Virtual Discussion Group over ZOOM.  The discussion will end at 12 noon.  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 - please Email your interest to  On Sunday Morning, August 30th, 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 6th following a Live Streamed service with Rev. Charlie Tyler
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 August 30, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.
"Pride and Prejudice Redefined:  The Quest for My Inner Bigot." 
Rev. Charlie Tyler

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

Sounding of the Gong  

Idylle in the Hammock” from Floral Suite
Heitor Villa-Lobos 

*** 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

"Pride and Prejudice Redefined:  The Quest for My Inner Bigot."
Rev. Charlie Tyler
“Share the Land”
Burton Cummings

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.
"A Country Girl Fond of Singing” from Floral Suite
Heitor Villa-Lobos

Thanks to John Sheppard 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 

"This... From Marcia Stanard. I hope it's encouraging."

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 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 Co Presidents:  George Kanuck and Laura McFadden

“Know what sparks the light inside you so you - in your own way - can illuminate the world.” - Oprah Winfrey
So far 2020 has given most of us more time to think. Hopefully, many of our thoughts are positive, but understandably, some of our thoughts are less than favorable.  This is the best time for each of us to look inside ourselves and ask “what makes me happy?”  The next step is to do what makes us happy.  It may be reading a book, going for a walk along the beach, meditating.  You name it.  Then call a friend or family member.   It is amazing how much better we can make each other feel, if we take care of ourselves. 


Laura McFadden 


George Kanuck


08.25.20 - From John Sheppard

This week, John Sheppard offers a Rachmaninoff Prelude in G# minor.    

This and other videos can be found on the John Sheppard Archive page of our website. 

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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. 

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.  

 Just a reminder... If you're still using the old spiral bound UUCL Members and Friends Directory and would like access to the up to date online version of the directory - contact

Do you spend more time on the computer these days?
Do you need a new computer monitor?

Two UUCL Members have donated a 1 year old 24" computer monitor. 

If you are interested in this monitor please email

Note: this monitor does not come with an integrated web camera.  If you wish to use this for ZOOM or other interactive online forums you would have to purchase a stand alone web camera.  

You looking for other areas to explore during our shutdown?  The Church of the Larger Fellowship offers a variety of online sermons and services.  Click the link to learn more:

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. 

***SO HERE’S AN IDEA FOR US ALL: go into the UUCL Website, click on Members & Volunteers (top, right on the Home page), then click on Members & Friends Directory (you’ll need to get the password from David []), then choose a few members to call—some you know, and some you don’t. AND GIVE THEM A FRIENDLY CALL !!  It’s amazing how much more we feel connected from reaching out to each other in this way!  GIVE IT A TRY TODAY! 

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. 

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!

UU's Joining the Protest to Save the USPS


Coming in September:

September 6th:  A Live Streamed service with 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)

September 13th: On Video from Maine - Rev. Dick Hood

Are we doomed?

September 20th:  A Video service featuring 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


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.

This Week’s Contemplative Meditation Theme

 Until we can gather again here are some thoughts for your meditation time at home:

“The undiscovered is not far away. It’s not something to be found eventually. It is contained within what is right in front of us. The essence of reality is being born right now. It has never existed before. Reality is constant creation and destruction, and in this constant change is something unborn and undying, something that cannot be approached through the known or the past. It isn’t seen through striving to become something based on ideals stemming from former experiences. It comes to that which is being, not striving. In this state of being in the moment, without the known, without knowing at all, with neither past nor future, is a space that is not filled with time. And in this space, the undiscovered and ever-changing moment exists—a moment containing all possibilities, the totality of existence, absolute reality. Reality is now, and in the now, we can experience the true nature of the universe and the universal mind.” 
― h.e. davey

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. 


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



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

Last Weekend Gary and Jana Stiles presented a live streamed multi-media service titled:  "Dolphins, Consciousness and Water.
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.
Check out the Services / Sermons page on our website to see which services were live streamed and are now available for viewing.


As We Close Out August
August 20 Board Meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. Virtual
August 25 Membership Committee 6:00 p.m. Virtual 
August 28 Women Dining Out - Cancelled [Contact Tish Honse]

A Look at September

September 2 - PPE Meeting 6:30 p.m. (Cancelled)   
September 7 - UUCL Book Club 5:30 p.m. (Virtual)
September 9 - Worship Associate 5 p.m. (Virtual)
September 12 - Indivisible (Virtual)
September 13 - Finance Committee 11:15 (Virtual)
September 17 - Board Meeting 6 p.m. (Virtual)
September 22 - Membership Committee 6:30 (Virtual) 
September 25 - Women Dining Out (Cancelled)
September 26 - Membership Potluck 




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