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UPDATED 3.26.20
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UPDATED 3.26.20

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

This service will be streamed on our Facebook page.  We encourage Facebook users to reach out to non-Facebook users to learn how to view our services.  It is best to access Facebook just before 10:00 a.m.

These services will be saved to our Facebook page and can be viewed at a later time or date if needed. 

You can access our Facebook page by clicking this link:  

UPDATED 3.26.20

Sunday March 29, 2020  10:00a.m.

Rev. Dick Hood  

"The Bluebirds are still Making Their Nests"

Let's finding out what is important and what is permanent.  


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announcement updates by noon on Tuesday.



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.  


UPDATED 3.26.20

A Message From Our Pastoral Minister
Rev. Charlie Tyler:

"Fear, the unprecedented, scalding, paralyzing kind that we’ve all been immersed in the past few days, is also a beautiful invitation: to step into the swirling chaos and be the best kind of humans we’re capable of being, the people we aspire to be, the nation the songs declare we are, the America we imagine in our heads. We need to be these people, this nation, that America now more than ever."  John Pavlovitz

Rev. Pavolvitz is right.  We have each received an invitation.  We have been invited to a national and world wide crisis.  None of us want it, none of us asked for it. Now that crisis might reveal the deeper nature of the person you and I really are.  So here's the deal.  There can be a part of us that is thankful for that unrequested invitation.

Years ago, I was taking a martial arts class.  We were gearing up to spar, a sort of controlled fight with lots of protective gear.  As we were paring off our instructor said "if your opponent kicks you in the head, stop and thank him".  Why? I asked.  "Because he just showed you your weakest side, and you can now begin to strengthen it."

We are in a for real battle now, as a nation and as individuals.  There is a good chance that our collective and individual weakness is being revealed. Fear may be our instructor.  But that revelation can be a very good thing.   Because now we might be able to become the best kind of human we can be. How? Because now we are learning the paradox that self-care is actually caring for others.  Simply staying home and washing your hands is as other centered as self centered.  A phone call is as healing for you as for the recipient.  A willingness to make grocery runs or drug store runs, and, leave it on a friends front porch, serves the giver as much as the receiver. Each of these is as intimate as it is distant.  Only a crisis like this can teach such truths.

You are I are capable of great things.  Simple things.  Great simple things.  Meditate on this, think on this, breathe this in and breathe it out.  As you do, what fear you may be sensing might begin to ease, as we each grow together.

Until we are together again,



Our Minister Emeritus - Rev. Manuel Holland

UPDATED 3.26.20

Manuel has moved out of Frazer to the home of Carol Stephens. He is showing improvements in strength, mood, and appetite. He has a nurse dog who stays by his bed, excellent caregivers in the mornings,  and a home environment to enjoy rather than a nursing home. He smiles and laughs often and he is keeping up with the news. He 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
****UUCL Office Hours****

Please email if you need access to the building. 

Until Further Notice our Sunday morning Contemplative Meditation sessions will not take place.  
Watch this space for notice when practice resumes.  

UPDATED 3.26.20

Our talented pianist John Sheppard has placed a Musical Gift of Schubert on our Facebook page.

Click here to view the video.

From our Board President:  Carol Stephens (originally sent Friday March 20th.)

Hello Members and Friends of UUCL, 

The Board met by teleconference last Thursday night and we want to assure you that we are thinking of each and every one of you during this time of COVID19. We miss seeing you, we miss being together, and we want to make sure that you have what you need. 

If you need help with anything such as local grocery or prescription delivery, please let Carla Golden know and we’ll arrange a volunteer to help. If you are feeling lonely - which is normal and to be expected - please let Carla know if you’d like a phone call or a FaceTime or Google Duo chat with a UUCL congregant.  If you’d like to reach out to a member but don’t know their email address or phone number and don’t know how to access the Member Directory online, please request it from Carla and she will get the information to you. 

We are taking all necessary, recommended, and required precautions to keep everyone connected with UUCL healthy, cared for, and connected. These are unusual times that call on us to lean further into our UU principals and use whatever resources we have to stay committed to justice, equity, and compassion.

We look forward to when we can be together again. Until then, please know that you are not alone, you are on the minds and in the hearts of of many, and that we are here to take good care of each other. Stay well and please stay in touch.

Carol Stephens
President, UUCL Board of Trustees

Carla Golden’s email:

UUCL Notes:

Thanks to all of you who viewed our Online Service last weekend.  Your comments and feedback are much appreciated.

Remember, you can make a your weekly offering using the 'Donate' button on our website ( to continue support of UUCL.  We ask that you don't use this button for your pledge contributions.  You can continue to mail pledges directly to UUCL.   

A reminder from the Care Committee~~

The CARE Committee works closely with our ministers to provide support and assistance to members and friends of the Congregation. If you or someone you know is facing medical issues or other difficulties, and could use help with meals, transportation to appointments, or other support, let the CARE Committee know.

Our members and others who have offered to help are available as appropriate to avoid unnecessary risks of viral exposure. Please let us know how we can help, even if just a friendly phone call would be useful during this time of retreat and isolation. We hope you are healthy and thriving and we keep you in our thoughts and prayers until we see you again…

Jana Stiles
603-785-6187 phone or text

UPDATED 3.26.20

April 5th:  a special video message from Rev. Pat Jobe
Heroes and Heroines

Mary Chapin Carpenter has not only had an impactful career as a singer/songwriter, many of her songs have offered a prophetic vision. Though Heroes and Heroines was never a big hit on the radio, the song speaks to UU values that require courage and steady adherence to the best we find in ourselves and others. 


April 12th: Rev. Dick Hood
The Easter Dilemma

Is it resurrection?  Is it renewal?  Is it joyful?  Is it uncomfortable?

April 19th: Kathleen Kelly and the UUCL Book Club
Justice on Earth

Today we will explore the book Justice on Earth which connects to two of our 7 principles:
The first and seventh UU Principle: (1) The inherent worth and dignity of every. person;
(7) Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

April 26th: Dick Hood
These Roots are Made for Walkin' , Our Universalist roots  (part 1)

Loving God, inherent worth, no hell, soft seats...these are a few of our Universalist roots

May 3rd: Rev. Dick Hood
These Roots are Made for Walkin', our Unitarian roots (part 2)

One God, Mother's Day, truth seeking, the neighborhood of Boston...these are a few of our Unitarian roots

Updated 03.19.20
Our Saturday March 28th show featuring Kyshona Armstrong has been cancelled.


Our next scheduled Music on Malphrus show is...

Sloan Wainwright – Saturday, 4/18/2020

Defying standard categorization, singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright, consistently demonstrates her easy command of a variety of American musical styles — pop, folk, jazz and blues — held together by the melodious tone of her rich contralto, with the end result being a unique and soulful hybrid. 

Her family tree (brother and folk-music luminary Loudon Wainwright, nephew Rufus Wainwright, nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche) reads like a who’s who of contemporary folk music. Sloan’s incredible gift is not only her unique songwriting ability but also her dramatically voiced rendition of original songs. 

Click the links below to explore some of Sloan's Music:

Live Out the Best of Your Life

Dear George

My Song



At The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry
110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC, 843-837-3330; info: or
Tickets $20 at the door (unless otherwise noted) – General Admission

Our UUCL Book Club is scheduled to return Tuesday April 21st at 10:00 a.m.  We will meet virtually unless things are back to normal.

The book will be: Difficult Women by Roxane Gay available for $9.00 at Amazon.

A national bestseller from the “prolific and exceptionally insightful” (Globe and Mail) Roxane Gay, Difficult Women is a collection of stories of rare force that paints a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America.

Difficult Women tells of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection. The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail.


Please contact Peter Kandis for more information.  


We are excited to be a sponsor of the Lowcountry Pride Event again this year. 
The date for this year is Saturday June 13, 2020.
We are looking for someone to chair the UUCL effort at this event.
Responsibilities include team organization and booth set up/tear down. We’d like someone in place by 4/5 to handle to registration with the event organizers.
Valerie Bridges
UPDATED 3.26.20

A Message from #UUtheVote

Greetings Beloveds,

I trust that you are persevering well as all of humanity strives to stay “socially connected” from a distance during this COVID-19 pandemic. May you and all you hold dear during this time keep you refreshed and renewed as we search for meaning amid great uncertainty.

To this end, please know our #UUtheVote team is meeting regularly, working diligently, and conspiring together as we consider what the Coronavirus outbreak means for the electoral justice movement and to our efforts to #DefeatHate in 2020. Although we do not know what the future will hold, we do know that, as people of faith and justice, we hold the future when we vote our Unitarian Universalist values.  

Right now, we are witnessing a severe roll back of many LGBTQ+ protections, that so many of you worked so hard to achieve:

  • Transgender service members are being disqualified from military service.
  • LGBTQ+ would-be parents are being denied the right to adopt.
  • Trans/non-binary persons are being forced out of public accommodations.
  • Queer and trans lives have been put on trial while the Supreme Court determines if it’s lawful to fire someone based on their identity or on who they love.

So much is on the line, and that is why we are called to live our faith out loud - to be our bravest, our boldest, our most loving selves - right now, even as a virtual community of faith.

#UUtheVote has partnered with the National Equality Action Team (NEAT) to offer you the opportunity to #DefeatHate in 2020. NEAT mobilizes hundreds of volunteers across the country via an online phone bank system to talk to voters in states from coast to coast about issues that advance LGBTQ+ justice.

As we mobilize our efforts to #VoteLove in 2020, we are inviting you to JOIN US to learn how your congregation can support LGBTQ+ justice campaigns, from a “social distance.”

Our partners at NEAT will walk you through their free Volunteer and Field Collaboratives that bring together volunteers and organizations across the country to take collective action for LGBTQ+ Justice. You will learn how easy it is to join and be involved, and how powerful our actions can be when we work together to #DefeatHate in 2020.

REGISTER HERE to attend the #UUtheVote / NEAT Webinar to learn how you and your congregation can #UUtheVote for LGBTQ+ Equity on April 7th at 7:00pm Eastern.

If you have any questions, please email


Check Out Some Of The Groups That Use Our Facility:

Lowcountry Indivisible
Compassionate Friends
Palmetto Plant Eaters
Helping Parents Heal
Narcotics Anonymous

Weight Watchers

If you are in the habit of bringing food on Sundays to donate to the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry and would like to continue supporting the Pantry during the COVID19 containment phase, please purchase $10 Publix gift cards and mail them to Sandalwood. Thank you.

Sandalwood Community Food Pantry
P.O. BOX 5061
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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 contact UUCL.OFFICE@GMAIL.COM to discuss options.  


                                                        Photo by Ron Titus

                                                   Photo by Carla Golden


UPDATED 3.26.20

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 Charlie Tyler presented "Principle 2 - Justice, Equity and Compassion in Human Relations."
This service was Live Streamed on our Facebook Page and Recorded.

You can learn more about our services by visiting

 If you would like to request an audio CD copy of one of our recorded services - you will find an order form in the office of our Congregational Administrator.  Leave your name, contact information and date of the service on the form.  For a small handling fee a CD copy of most services can be available within a week of the request.  

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.


Please see notes for each April meeting.

Palmetto Plant Eaters Club - April 1st and May 6th (CANCELLED)  Contact Carla Golden for more info.

Worship Team April 8 (CANCELLED) Contact Cheryl Kanuck for more info.

Pursuing Art April 12 (CANCELLED) Contact Tom Duff for more info.

Finance Committee April 12 (Will meet virtually unless things are back to normal) Contact Patricia Friedman for more info.

Board Meeting April 16 (Will meet virtually unless things are back to normal) Contact Carol Stephens for more info.

Indivisible April 18  (CANCELLED) Contact George Kanuck for more info.

Planned Giving April 19 (SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE) Contact Stephen Dezego for more info.

UUCL Book Club April 21 (Will meet virtually unless things are back to normal) Contact Peter Kandis for more info.

Membership Committee April 22 (Will meet virtually unless things are back to normal) Contact Val Bridges for more info.




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