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From Lynne and Gordon
This Sunday, December 27th
we will have a Live Streamed service
beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The service will be viewable on our Website.

Presented by Members of The UUCL Religious Education / Social Justice Committee
"Understanding You.  Understanding Me."

Come and join us for a soulful reflection on a path towards understanding.  

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once you view the service. 

Click Here to Download a PDF Copy of the Order of Service

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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, December 27, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.
"Understanding You, Understanding Me"

Presented by Members of the
UUCL Religious Education / Social Justice Committee

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

Beginning Music
“What Child is this?”   
Trad. Eng. Melody / Arr. Coates

Sounding of the Gong 

“Silent Night / Still Still Still” 
Arr. Sally DeFord                           

*** A Time for Meditation and Centering ***
Lighting the Chalice
Linda Grady                            

We light this Beacon of Hope,
In this world we share with one another.
Welcome and Announcements and Opening Words
Rev. Charlie Tyler                                                                                                                             

Intergenerational Message
Ann Harrison
Musical Interlude
“Building Bridges” 
Performed by Joanna Harrison 
A song discovered by a British Quaker named Elizabeth Cave.

Understanding You, Understanding Me” 
Maxine Beitel / Linda Grady                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
“For What It’s Worth”   
Stephen Stills              
Closing Words
Maxine Beitel                    

Extinguishing the Chalice
Linda Grady                                                      

     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.
“God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”  
Trad. Eng. Melody / Arr. Coates

Thanks to all the participants in our service today.  We are licensed through CCS for music performance.


A ZOOM Virtual Sharing Circle where you will be able to share your Joys and Sorrows will take place this Sunday, December 27th at 11:00 a.m.  

Email to be added to the Group list.  

Our the UUCL Team

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 says, "You Guys are Awesome... Just Awesome."  

This and other messages from Rev. Charlie Tyler can be found on the Rev. Charlie Tyler Weekly Messages Archive page of our website. 

Click Here to View this and other Videos

Thank you for LIKING or COMMENTING once you view a video.
Our Co Presidents:  George Kanuck and Laura McFadden

“Buddha was not a Buddhist.  Jesus was not a Christian.  Muhammed was not a Muslim.  They were teachers who taught love.  Love was their religion.” - Anonymous

We are given opportunities everyday to teach love for each other and ourselves through our words and actions.  Hope your holidays are filled with love! .


Laura McFadden 


George Kanuck

12.22.20 - This From John Sheppard

This week John presents "Merry Christmas, Darling" written by Richard Carpenter.    

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.

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
At this time we have reached our goal.
The Campaign will remain open for 18 Days if you wish to help us exceed our goal!

Student Tech Connect
Connecting Students to their Teachers & Classrooms

A UU Congregation of the Lowcountry Faithify Campaign

Financially needy families cannot afford the technology needed for their children to connect with their teachers and classrooms. Please pledge the money these students and families so desperately need by following this Student Tech Connect Link

(Update - 12.24.20) At this time we have raised $4025.00 which is 101% toward our goal of $4000.

Thankyou to all who have contributed to this cause.


All Services begin at 10:00 a.m.

Happy New Year!
Our first 2021 theme will be "Awe"

January: Awe
“One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day.”  Albert Einstein

“If you think of feelings you have when you are awed by something - for example, knowing that elements in your body trace to exploded stars - I call that a spiritual reaction, speaking of awe and majesty, where words fail you.”  
Neil deGrasse Tyson

​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.
January 3rd - Rev. Charlie Tyler

Awe, When Contemplated...Transforms


"What is sacred is what is worthy of our reverence, what evokes awe and wonder in the human heart, and what, when contemplated, transforms us utterly."

Phil Cousineau
January 10th - 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.

Upcoming 2021 Monthly Themes:
February - Bravery
March - Dignity
April - Freedom
May - Happiness
June - Justice
 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. Or, if you would simply like to have some friendly calls from a Care Team member please feel free to contact us. 

*The Fourth Sunday of each month the 11am Virtual Discussion Group will include a specific time to share Joys, Concerns, Milestones, or Sorrows. This is a great way to see your UUCL friends and stay connected with each other. We look forward to seeing you there!
 If you are not already on our Post-Service 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:

 "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field.

 I’ll meet you there. 

When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. 

Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’ doesn’t make any sense."       RUMI 

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.  


January 4th: "The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom," Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt skillfully combines two genres-philosophical wisdom and scientific research-delighting the reader with surprising insights. He explains, for example, why we have such difficulty controlling ourselves and sticking to our plans; why no achievement brings lasting happiness, yet a few changes in your life can have profound effects, and why even confirmed atheists experience spiritual elevation. In a stunning final chapter, Haidt addresses the grand question "How can I live a meaningful life?," offering an original answer that draws on the rich inspiration of both philosophy and science.

We are a Welcoming Congregation...

W:  We are all related
E:   Everyone Makes a Difference
L:   Live Simply
C:   Celebrate Community (Honor Diversity)
O:   Only Love Makes a Family
M:   Make Peace
E:   Everything is Connected

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 we had a live streamed service presented by Rev. Pat Jobe.  The Service was titled:  "Understanding Can Be a False Idol." This service can be viewed at  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

December Committee and Group Meetings:
Women Dining Out - Friday Dec 25 (Cancelled)

January Meetings and Events:
UUCL Book Club Committee - Monday January 4th 5:30 (Virtual)
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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