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This Sunday, January 10, 2021
we will have a Live Streamed service
beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The service will be viewable on our Website.

Rev. Dick Hood

Finding Awe - a personal story

We usually associate awe with looking to the heavens.  Perhaps we've been looking in the wrong place.

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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, January 10, 2021 - 10:00 a.m.
"Finding Awe - a personal story"
Rev. Dick Hood

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

Beginning Music
"Preludes in A minor and G# minor"
J.S. Bach
Sounding of the Gong 


“Moment Musical” 

*** A Time for Meditation and Centering ***
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
Welcome and Announcements 
Rev. Charlie Tyler

Opening Words
Rev. Dick Hood

Intergenerational Message
Ann Harrison

"My Life Flows on in Endless Song" (#108)
Public Domain

"Finding Awe - a personal story" 
Rev. Dick Hood
“None of Us Are Free”        
 Barry Mann, Brenda Russell, Cynthia Weil

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.
“Fugue in G# minor”  
J.S. Bach

Thanks to everyone who participated in the service today. 
We are licensed through CCS for music performance.


A ZOOM Virtual discussion group with Rev. Charlie Tyler and Rev. Dick Hood will take place this Sunday, January 10th at 11:00 a.m.  

Dear UUCL Members and Friends
We are aware that many are still shocked and saddened by what we witnessed at our Capital yesterday.  The safe environment of the discussion group this Sunday will allow you the time to share your thoughts and feelings with other congregants.    

Email to be added to the Group list.  

A small group meets in the Sanctuary each Sunday to produce our weekly Live Streamed Services.   If you would like to assist with our socially-distant-safe Sunday Live Streamed Services please contact to be put on the schedule.

Our the UUCL Team

Pastoral Minister
Rev. Charlie Tyler

Charlie is available for appointments.  Contact to schedule time to speak with Charlie.  

A Special Message from our Pastoral Minister 
Rev. Charlie Tyler 

January 6th... and Beyond      

Text that goes along with this message is available to download or read online.
And in case you missed it:

A Weekly Message from our Pastoral Minister 
Rev. Charlie Tyler 

This week, Charlie presented "A 12 Year Old's Letter to Her Post Pandemic Self"    

These and other messages from Charlie 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.
Our Co Presidents:  George Kanuck and Laura McFadden

"There is beauty and power in unity.  We must be united in heart and mind.  One world, one people."  - Lailah Gifty Akita


Laura McFadden 


George Kanuck

01.05.21 - This From John Sheppard

To start the New Year - John takes you on a Mission Impossible (by Lalo Schifrin). 

You can enjoy previous performance videos by visiting the John Sheppard Archive page of our website. 

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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 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. 

UUCL Updates to Keep You Connected

All Services begin at 10:00 a.m.

Our first 2021 theme will be "Awe"

January: Awe

​We start the year by looking back, in Awe, at what the year behind us has wrought, and looking ahead, with Awe, to what possibilities the year ahead of us holds.  Join us on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. for these conversations.
Upcoming 2021 Monthly Themes:
February - Bravery
March - Dignity
April - Freedom
May - Happiness
June - Justice

MLK Celebration on HHI scheduled for Jan. 14-19   

This year, online and adapted in-person events will honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on Hilton Head Island with celebration, education and fellowship from January 14-19. The annual program has been modified to keep participants safe during the coronavirus pandemic. January 18 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday that commemorates the accomplishments of the civil rights leader and encourages Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.    

The Hilton Head MLK Committee for Justice chose “Good trouble”—a nod to late U.S. Rep. and civil rights activist John Lewis—as the theme of this year’s celebration. The committee’s mission is to strengthen the community by promoting King's legacy.   

Some of the events include:  

  • Local speakers will discuss preserving Gullah culture, heirs’ property, landmark civil rights legislation, S.C.’s proposed hate crimes bill and other topics. The pre-recorded talks will be posted to YouTube.  Speakers include Alex Brown, Hilton Head Island Town Councilman; Dr. Louise Miller Cohen, founder and director of the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island; Dr. Emory Campbell, author and community leader; Dr. Frank Rodriguez, superintendent of Beaufort County Schools; Nathan Campbell, May River High School; Patricia Montgomery, League of Women Voters; Sandy Gillis, executive director of Deep Well; Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson, founder and director of the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry; Amir Jamal Touré, J.D., Geechee Kunda and Georgia Southern University; Carolyn Grant, author; Risa Prince, chairman of Greater Island Council of Hilton Head and Bluffton; Dr. Barbara Meyer, EdD., psychologist;  Reverend Charlie Tyler, Unitarian Universalist Church; Cathy McClellan, retired attorney and co-chair of Lowcountry Diversity Council; Ahmad Ward, executive director of Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park; Dafina Ward, executive director of The Southern AIDS Coalition; Jackie Rosswurm, PhD, interim president and CEO of Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, and others.   
  • Volunteers will clean up native islander cemeteries on Hilton Head Island. All are invited to volunteer from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 16 at Jenkins Island Cemetery (45 William Hilton Parkway/Jenkins Road), Amelia White (95 Squire Pope Road – adjacent to the two-acre Green’s Shell Enclosure) and Spanish Wells Cemetery (30 Oak Marsh Drive). Registration is required via Eventbrite. A drive-thru breakfast for volunteers will be served at 8 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3001 Meeting St. on Hilton Head Island.
  • Religious services and musical performances will be streamed online. 
  • Other safe celebratory events are being planned.

More information, including registration link for cemetery cleanup and links to online sessions, will be posted to the committee’s social media channels (and distributed through local houses of worship) as details are finalized:  

Facebook: Hilton Head MLK Committee for Justice  

Instagram: @hhimlk    

Galen Miller, president of the Hilton Head MLK Committee for Justice, 843-290-2984  


 1.  If you have had a phone, email, or address change please send this information to so we can keep our Directory current. 

2.  If you, or someone you know, needs a phone call or assistance from the Care Team please contact Jana Stiles and let us know your concerns. Your privacy and confidentiality preferences are always respected. 

3.  Don't forget that we have a Post-Service Virtual Discussion Group each  Sunday after service.  The forth Sunday we have our Sharing Circle where members can share specific Joys, Sorrows and Milestones with the group.  Contact if you are not already on the Email list. Rev. Tyler sends out the ZOOM invitation each Sunday to those who signed up. Bring your ‘coffee’ and join us for a wonderful time of communing!  ( If you need computer/technical assistance to join these calls email Gary Stiles.)

This Week’s Contemplative Meditation Theme

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

“To begin with, it seems like an effort to keep returning to the welcoming presence, but at some point it is so natural that it seems to require an effort to leave it. It feels like home. We no longer feel that we need to be entertained.”    ― Francis Lucille, The Perfume of Silence

As 2021 begins, our team continues to work in bringing you our Live Streamed services.  We all look forward to the day when we can return to live, in person services.  

When will we be reopening?  

Click Here to review UUCL Reopening Guidelines

Happy New Year
Friday January 1st a group of UUCL Members and Friends (and their pets) gathered for a safe social welcoming of the New Year.

Thanks to Maxine Beitel and Jana Stiles for sharing these pictures. 

It was a beautiful day.  After the gathering small groups remained masked and distant as they walked the beach.
Others took their bikes.

Thanks to Val Bridges for this picture.


The UUCL Book Club Committee meets at 5:30p.m. on the first Monday of each month.  New members are welcome.  Contact Peter Kandis for more information.  


We will meet Monday, February 1st at 5:30p.m. to discuss: "Man’s Search for Meaning," by Victor Frankl

"Man's Search for Meaning" is a 1946 book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positive about, and then immersively imagining that outcome. 

Click HERE for More Information on our Book Club.


When we were open for live services we had a weekly collection for the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry. 

Though we've been closed for live services, Sandalwood has remained open and continues to serve the community.  With these current challenging times their needs remain the same.  If you can help here is the information for Sandalwood.  

Sandalwood Food Pantry at Queen Chapel AME Church on 114 Beach City Road 29926 

NEEDS: food and clothing/coats/etc.

Drop off of all items on Tuesday mornings for outdoor distribution on Tuesdays 10-12:30p.m.

Contact: 843-715-3583 for more information

More about Unitarian Universalism
How Does One Become a Voting Member of UUCL?

Click Here for more information.

Email for more information.  


Click HERE to explore the six sources of wisdom our congregations affirm and promote.

Live Streaming

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

Last Weekend Rev. Charlie Tyler presented "Awe, When Contemplated... Transforms."  This 'Live Streamed' service can be viewed FACEBOOK.  If you view one of our services please leave a comment.

Please Note: Due to certain technical and other issues specific services may not be available.

Calendar of Events

January Meetings and Events:
Indivisible Saturday - January 16th (Virtual)
Finance Committee - Tuesday January 12th at 6:00p.m (Virtual)
Worship Associates - Wednesday January 13th at 5:00p.m. (Virtual)
Committee Chairs Collaborative - Thursday January 14th 7:00p.m. (Virtual)
Board Meeting - Thursday January 21th at 6:30p.m. (Virtual)
Membership Committee - Tuesday January 26th at 6:00p.m. (Virtual)

Women Dining Out - Friday January 29 (Cancelled)



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