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

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We would appreciate your leaving a comment to let us know how we are doing.

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This Sunday, August 23rd we will have a Live Streamed service beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Jana and Gary Stiles
"Dolphins, Water and Consciousness."

Many of you know that Gary and Jana lived aboard a 44 foot sailboat prior to arriving at Hilton Head Island.

But long before that they were swimming with wild dolphins, sting rays, seals, manta rays, whales, providing dolphin-assisted therapy in the ocean, and studying the lesser-known properties of that magical life-creating, bio-computer substance commonly known as Water. 

With all that draws our attention these days in the news, let us pause, take a deep dolphin breath of Love & Gratitude and take time to wonder at the Life processes that continually awaken us to higher levels of being. Buckle your cosmic seat belts and join us for an introduction to worlds within consciousness that will knock your sandals off and propel us into a more profound appreciation of Nature and all Her creatures. You’ll never take a drink of water or think of the ocean in the same way ever again!

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A Virtual Discussion Group will take place this Sunday, August 23rd at 11:00 a.m.

We will be Live Streaming Sunday - August 23rd with Jana and Gary Stiles. 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 23rd, 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:

August 30th following a Live Streamed service with Rev. Charlie Tyler
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 23, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.
Dolphins, Water and Consciousness.
Jana and Gary Stiles
110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC 29910
Phone: 843-837-3330    Email:

Sounding of the Gong 

No. 2 – Homage to Ravel” 
Arthur Honegger 

*** 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                                       

Special Announcement
George Kanuck

"Dolphins, Water and Consciousness." 
Jana and Gary Stiles
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.
Arthur Honegger

Thanks to John Sheppard 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 

"How Do We Heal a Country?"

This and other messages from Rev. Charlie Tyler can be found on the Rev. Charlie Tyler Weekly Messages Archive page of our website.  Thank you for LIKING or COMMENTING once you view a video.

Click Here to View this and other Videos




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

“When things change inside you, things change around you.”  - Unknown
We all wish it was so easy, especially now.   It is possible to change our perception of what is affecting us for better or worse.  Better yet, we can look around us, see the changes we want and then work towards making those changes.  Like we have heard a few times during the past weeks, all the changes we would like may not become reality, but we should feel much better about our efforts to get to the desired results .  We can make the difference for ourselves and our community. 


Laura McFadden 


George Kanuck


08.18.20 - From John Sheppard

This week, John Sheppard offers selections from Bach's "Goldberg Variations."

This and other videos can be found on the John Sheppard Archive page of our website.  Thank you for LIKING or COMMENTING once you view a video.

Click Here to View this and Other Videos



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

There were a number of concerns about our congregation members in the last couple of weeks. We have been making calls to Members & Friends and many seem very appreciative of this outreach. And, we encourage everyone to reach out and call or email each other. We all need ways to stay connected during this time of social distancing. As the intensity of the election season continues it is more important than ever to support and uplift each other.

Please feel free to contact Jana Stiles ( if you would like to receive more regular contact from a Care Team member or if you simply have a Joy or Concern you’d like to share. Be aware that confidentiality must be protected in delicate issues and we all need to do our best to respect each other’s privacy. We are discussing other ways for the congregation to stay connected and we welcome your ideas.

The UUCL Religious Education/Social Justice (RE/SJ) committee "Backpack Project" (UPDATED 08.20.20)

Do you have a skill or just extra time you'd like to volunteer to help a child or youth of migrant farm workers? The majority of produce in our country is hand picked by hardworking migratory farm workers who struggle to make ends meet and often do not qualify for any social services. Allison Singer Roberts, member of UUCL and the RE/SJ committee is working for the Migrant Education Program of the SC Department of Education to ensure that the children of these families do not fall through the cracks, but have access to educational programs and other resources that can help lift them out of extreme poverty. Part of these resources come from the community, such as the RE/SJ committee's Backpack Project mentioned in last week's email blast. In addition to monetary donations for school supplies and other needs, they are accepting anyone who might like to give their time to help these children learn English or learn basic computer skills, as virtual school will bring a steep learning curve for families who have never used a computer and parents who may barely be able to read and write. One immediate need is a table and chairs for a family of 7 with 3 of their kids learning virtually at home. Contact Allison at 843-929-1601 for more information. Thank you for your generosity!

We are still running the "Backpack Project."  What follows is the listing from last week:

Allison Singer-Roberts is a member of the UUCL Religious Education/Social Justice committee.  She also works for the Migrant Education Program (MEP) of the South Carolina Department of Education.  The goal of MEP is to ensure that migrant students can meet the same challenging state content and student performance standards that all children are expected to meet.  They provide educational and support services that assist migrant students to overcome educational disruption, cultural and language barriers, and other problems that result from repeated moves.  They strategically canvas the community for vital resources and connect these resources to service providers.  

While the  RE/SJ committee members will be focused on education, civic reform and community events, they unanimously agreed to support Allison in a "Backpack Project" which will assist her in providing much needed school supplies and other items to the children of migrant (farm) families in our area.  Rather than asking for specific supplies (in this time of covid-19), it was decided that it made more sense to reach out to our congregation for Financial Contributions Only.  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.

As Allison learns of migrant children in need, your donations will allow her to provide them with a backpack and/or school supplies.  It will also allow her to provide them with an assortment of other necessities such as:  hygiene kits (filled with soap, toothbrush, etc.), warm clothing for the winter months, money to pay for a prescription they might not be able to afford, etc.).

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to:
Ann Harrison:  843.422.2598,
Allison Singer-Roberts:  843.929.1601,


August 30th at 10:00 a.m.
A Live Streamed Service with 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

NOTE: There will be a Virtual Discussion Group at 11:00 a.m. after this service

Coming in September:
September 6th:  A Live Streamed service with Rev. Charlie Tyler
September 13th: On Video from Maine - Rev. Dick Hood
September 20th:  A Video service featuring Rev. Jane Page 


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:

 “In the cycles outworking there are always those pressure points, pressure points which force the unreal to the surface. It is squeezed out, because the unreal cannot withstand the pressure of reality. Only the real can withstand the pressure of reality…”

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. 



Dear Friend,

UU the Vote is more than a Get Out the Vote effort. As Unitarian Universalists we Side With Love! In this moment, we are called to face the challenges and injustices in our society and work to dismantle systems of oppression that threaten our collective freedom and thriving. UU the Vote is about using electoral strategies to build a new political reality and new social conditions that make liberation possible.The Breathe Act seeks to reform federal laws and eliminate funding for federal programs that criminalize Black, Muslim, and immigrant communities, reinvesting our resources in community solutions for education, health, and the environment. 

UU the Vote, Side With Love, and UUSC are excited to invite you to Taking A Collective Breath: Deepening our alignment with the Movement for Black Lives, a five-session series built around the elements of the BREATHE Act and created in a collaboration between Side With Love and UUSC. The webinars will explore the components of the BREATHE Act and utilize its structure as a way to focus our energies to effectively support ongoing racial justice work. Come learn and build with local and national partners who are shaping conditions to make liberation possible.  This is an invitation to locate yourself in this moment as well, we each have a role to play. 

The Series

Webinar 1: Divesting Federal Resources from Incarceration and Policing & Ending Criminal-Legal System Harms. Click here to watch the recording. Click here to watch the recording.
Panelists: Author and Organizer Andrea Ritchie and Quiana Perkins, Black Lives UU Babies and BailOut 

August 25  4pm PT/ 6pm CT/ 7pm ET
Webinar 2: Investing in New Approaches to Community Safety Utilizing Funding Incentives
Panelists: Economist and Professor Francisco Perez, Center for Popular Economics and Marilynn Winn Founder/Director, Women on the Rise 

September 8 4pm PT/ 6pm CT/ 7pm ET
Webinar 3: Education: Allocating New Money to Build Healthy, Sustainable & Equitable Communities for All People
Panelists:  National Director and Writer Jonathan Stith, Alliance for Educational Justice and Youth Organizers  

September 22  4pm PT/ 6pm CT/ 7pm ET
Webinar 4: Environmental Justice and Public Health 
Panelists: Environmental Justice Advocates and Directors Roundtable 

October 13 4pm PT/ 6pm CT/ 7pm ET
Webinar 5: Holding Officials Accountable & Enhancing Self-Determination of Black Communities
Panelists:  Minister Sheena Rolle, Deputy Director Faith In Florida; Nicole Pressley, National Organizer UU The Vote and Let My People Vote Campaign  

Please register now for these inspiring sessions.


In faith and solidarity,
Nicole Pressley National Organizer 


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.  


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

Last Weekend Rev. Jane Page presented an all video service titled:  "Imagine:  The goal of World Community with Peace, Liberty and Justice for all.
The five videos of this service 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.


A Look at 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]




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