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UUCL Weekly Email
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This Sunday, September 27th
we will have a Live Streamed service
beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The service will be viewable on our Website.


Rabbi Robert Haas

COVID Doesn't Change The Term Community

Although the pandemic has changed our world in so many ways, it hasn’t changed the fact that we must remained connected to our community. Yet, the pandemic has changed this relationship in one way though. Our connection to our communities has grown even more essential. The link that binds us must become less porous than perhaps ever before. 

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A Virtual Discussion Group with Rev. Charlie Tyler will take place over ZOOM this Sunday, September 27th at 11:00 a.m.  Come join the discussion and spend a little time with your UUCL friends.  

Email to be added to the Discussion Group list.  On Sunday Morning, September 27th, 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.  

Upcoming Discussion Groups:
Unless otherwise noted, each week we live stream
we will have a discussion group.

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 September 27, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.
"COVID Doesn’t Change the Term Community"
 Rabbi Robert Haas

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

Sounding of the Gong  

Prelude 3 in G minor, Opus 103” - Gabriel Faure
*** A Time for Meditation and Centering***

Welcome and Announcements
Rev. Charlie Tyler

Special Announcement
Cheryl Kanuck
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        
Opening Words
Rabbi Robert Haas

Intergenerational Message
Lynne Nordenberg & Gordon Stamler

"COVID Doesn’t Change the Term Community." 
Rabbi Robert Haas
“Thanksgiving Eve” - Bob Franke
Closing Words
Rabbi Robert Haas

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 XVI in G minor” - J. S. Bach
Thanks to John Sheppard and Josh Jofen for providing the music today

(We are licensed with CCS for performance)                             



Pastoral Minister
Rev. Charlie Tyler

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

09. .20  
A Weekly Message from our Pastoral Minister 
Rev. Charlie Tyler 


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 Co Presidents:  George Kanuck and Laura McFadden

Picture “It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.” - John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

This week a very bright light for many of us was extinguished.  Now is the time for us to shine brighter than ever to make up for the light we have lost.   It might not be easy, but we need to do what we can to light our own path and the paths of others.


Laura McFadden 


George Kanuck


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


09.22.20 - This From John Sheppard

This week John plays "In A Mist" by Bix Beiderbecke (Mary Lou Williams arr.) 

This and other videos can be viewed at the John Sheppard Archive page of our website. 

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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. 


All Services begin at 10:00 a.m.


Starting in October - We return to Monthly Themes for our services.  Our October theme is Questioning

Coming in October:

October 4th - A Live Streamed Service featuring Cheryl Kanuck
"Ask Questions; Seek Truth; Be The Change"  

"Curiosity is Part of Being Human; Asking Questions is How We Learn; Finding Truth gives us a Reality-Based Framework for Living in the World, the Web of which we are only a part.  But we are a thinking part of the web, and we are able to facilitate Change. Is this a Holy pursuit? A Spiritual activity?  Let's talk about it."

October 11th - A Live Streamed Service featuring Rev. Pat Jobe (in a live remote from Albuquerque NM!)
What Are The Best Questions?

As Unitarian Universalists we love the questions, sometimes more than the answers. It can even be a form of mental illness. But what are the best questions? How do we narrow our focus to the most important interplay between questions and answers? Do our questions bring us to a place of calm and confidence that might empower us to move forward? Or do our questions jangle our nerves and leave us feeling like nothing we do will make any difference? And finally does the process work better some days than others? Dare we dream a cool, calm confidence?

October 18th - Rev. Dick Hood (Live from Maine)
October 25th - Rev. Charlie Tyler

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. 

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.

 Joining the Post-Service Virtual (Zoom) Discussion Groups is another great way to see your friends, have some time to share your Joys & Concerns, and join in the discussion. If you are not already on our 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:

“Woven into our lives is the very fire from the stars and genes from the sea creatures, and everyone, utterly everyone, is kin in the radiant tapestry of being.” 
― Elizabeth A. Johnson, Women, Earth, and Creator Spirit

‘Joys and Sorrows’ Returns to UUCL

You have missed the connection of hearing each other’s joys, concerns and sorrows, and we heard you. In this time of virtual services, we have devised a way to make it happen.

First, there will be a point in the service where joys and sorrows will be acknowledged, and we will be asked to keep each other in our thoughts and hearts at this time. Second, there is also a means for sending your joys and sorrows, milestones and concerns to the church at A format for sharing is attached below. Third, there will be a ‘Sharing Circle’ ZOOM meeting on the fourth (4th) Sunday of each month (as long as we have a Live Streamed service).  The 'Sharing Circle' will begin after the Live Streamed service and begin at approximately 11:00a.m. This will be in place of the Talk-Back.

The first 'Sharing Circle' will be held on Sunday, October 25th. If you wish to be part of that ZOOM meeting, please send your email address to Cheryl Kanuck at Written/emailed joys and sorrows will be read at those meetings as well, upon request of the sender. Any requests for privacy and discretion during the reading will be honored.  

We will monitor these efforts, and will welcome your feedback as you participate, so that they may be modified as needed. Thank you for your patience as we all adjust to this ever-lengthening pandemic.


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.  

Reprint of a Story from August:

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.


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.


Plans are in the works to bring UUCL 101 to our new Virtual World.

If you wish to learn more about UUCL and what we offer, watch this space for updates on our next UUCL 101 class.  The current plan is for the session to take place Tuesday evening October 20th.  

More information to follow.  

The UUCL book club meets the first Monday of the month, via Zoom, at 5:30 p.m.  Our next meeting is Monday October 5th.

This month we will discuss "Transcendent Kingdom" by Yaa Gyasi.

Contact Peter Kandis for more information. 



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

Last Weekend we had a live streamed service featuring a video message from Rev. Jane Page.  The Service was titled:  “The 7th UU Principle - In the Time of Pandemic”
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.

At this time we are still shut down and no external groups are using our facilities.  The following list is of some groups that used building before the pandemic:

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



Our September Calendar

September 25 - Women Dining Out (Cancelled) - Contact Tish Honse

A Look at October

UUCL Book Club October 5th - See Peter Kandis (Virtual)
PPE Meeting October 7th - See Carla Golden (Cancelled)
Indivisible October 10th (Virtual)
Finance Committee October 13th at 6:30p.m. - See Patricia Friedman (Virtual)
Worship Associates October 14th - See Cheryl Kanuck (Virtual)
Board Meeting October 15th (Virtual)
UUCL 101 October 20th - More Information to Follow
Women Dining Out October 23 - See Tish Honse (Cancelled)
Membership Committee October 27 - See Jana Stiles and Tim Garvey (Virtual)




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