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The Lowcountry Beacon, February 2012

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February 2012

The Lowcountry

Beacon A MONTH OF SUNDAYS Sunday Service: 10:00 am

February 5 "Without the Dark, There Is No Light" UU Rev. Jane Page (Statesboro) In this sermon Rev. Jane explores darkness in our lives and how we may learn to welcome it.

February 12 "The Education of Dr. King" UU Rev. Lynne Garner (Brunswick, GA) A sermon for Black History Month. Rev. Garner will share both Dr. King’s formal and informal educational influences, offering insights into this great man that many of us may not be aware of.

February 19 "Finding Our Role in the Interdependent Web of All Existence" UU Rev. Manuel Holland Rev. Holland will share his sermon on the 7th UU Principle of respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

February 26 "Peace and How To Get It" David Swanson

FROM REV. Manuel Holland February will be a wonderful month for our congregation! We are hosting a Wine and Hors D’oeuvres Reception and a Gullah program at our church this Saturday, February 4th from 5:30-8:15 pm. We will welcome Rev. Dr. Peter Morales (President of the Unitarian Universalist Association), and members of the U.S. Chapter of the International Association for Religious Freedom, www.iarfus.org, who will be holding their annual meeting in Hilton Head Island. IARF was founded by Unitarians in 1900 and is the oldest international inter-religious organization. The Gullah program will feature greetings from the Rev. Dr. Peter Morales, Emory Campbell, Chairman of the Gullah Corridor Council, who will speak, and a group of singers who will sing Gullah songs and hymns. There is NO CHARGE for the reception, but vegetarian or vegan heavy hors d’oeuvres (“finger food”) for sharing will be very much appreciated! Drinks, including wine, will be provided. If you can attend, please RSVP to Dan Tweel (843) 342-6470 or oceanabe@aol.com with your name and number attending, so we can plan accordingly. I hope to see you there for this wonderful evening! ALSO happening on Saturday the 4th: Rev. Dr. Morales will be speaking at the IARF conference from 3:30 - 4:30 pm at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Hilton Head Island. The cost to attend his presentation and the other IARF events on Saturday afternoon is $30 per person. If you wish to attend, please contact me at 842-4422 or ohandmax@cs.com.

We are honored to have David Swanson, peace advocate and author of War Is A Lie and The Military Industrial Complex at 50.

Later this month, Saturday the 18th, we will enjoy our ANNUAL WINTER PARTY AND SILENT AUCTION. And FINALLY on Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th we will be collaborating with Hilton Head for Peace in bringing David Swanson to Hilton Head. See the full page announcement in this month’s Beacon.

Children and Youth Religious Education from 10 am to 11 am. Refreshments following service. Our church is located at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.

We are blessed to have so many members and friends with such imagination, energy and commitment to make all of these events possible. If we participate in all of the events our lives will be richer, our congregation stronger, and our outreach a contribution to building a beloved community. ~ Senior Minister, Rev. Manuel Holland

For further details please call: 843-837-3330

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PROGRAMS, MEETINGS, SPECIAL EVENTS

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

Board Meeting: Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 pm The monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees is held on the third Thursday of each month in the UUCL Clara Barton Conference Room. Visitors are always welcome.

Eating Without Meat of the Lowcountry: Saturday, February 25, from 5:30 - 8:30 pm Hilton Head Plantation. For more information and to RSVP send email to cherylmccarthy@hotmail.com.

Family Promise: February 19 - 26 Our UUCL Congregation will be hosting Family Promise during this week. The motto of Family Promise is “We believe that one homeless child is too many.” This is a very worthwhile program and a great way to practice and promote the principles of our faith. Volunteers are needed for meal preparation, to act as overnight hosts, and to help with set-up and take-down. To volunteer or for more information call Mary at 705-6481 or email watsonmary@hargray.com.

Knitter’s Circle: Wednesday, February 22, from 6:30 - 8 pm Meets on the last Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8 pm. We make Prayer Shawls, Comfort Blankets, Wraps, Hats, Baby Clothes, and other items to give to members and friends of the congregation in times of need. You do not have to be a Knitter to be in this group. Our doors are open to those who crochet, quilt, weave, sew, and do macramé. Bring whatever you are working on and come enjoy an evening with good company. For more information call Ann at 422-2598 or email dearannharrison@gmail.com.

Membership Committee Meeting: Wednesday, February 15 at 5:30 pm Membership Committee meets the third Wednesday of each month in the UUCL Clara Barton Conference Room. For more information contact Ron at donnaandrontitus@gmail.com.

Newsletter Deadline: Wednesday, February 15 The deadline for the Beacon is on the 15th of each month. Email Mary-Michael at sapidsister@yahoo.com.

Reception: Saturday, February 4, from 5:30 to 8:15 pm UUCL will be hosting a Wine and Hors D’oeuvres Reception and a Gullah program at our church this Saturday, February 4th from 5:308:15 pm. We will welcome Rev. Dr. Peter Morales (President of the Unitarian Universalist Association), and members of the U.S. Chapter of the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) www.iarfus.org who will be holding their annual meeting in Hilton Head Island. IARF was founded by Unitarians in 1900 and is the oldest international inter-religious organization.

Recently a Membership 101 Class was held for a room full of people interested in learning more about our congregation and its place in the overall Unitarian Universalist Movement. It was an enjoyable experience, as personal stories were shared and the inner-workings of operations here at UUCL were explained. Many of those who attended are probably asking themselves Should I become a member of UUCL and, if so, when? Others, who have been visiting with us for some time and who have become close friends, may also be feeling the same way. So, what's the answer? How about this? If you have attained the age of 18, feel comfortable with the fact that this is a non-creedal church; are in agreement with our principles and practices as well as our Mission which is "to enrich and clarify our understanding of religious thought; to provide experiences for spiritual growth; to encourage and protect the right of individual freedom of belief; to promote equality and justice in human relations; and to advance these principles for the benefit of each other, our community and our world"... then, I'd say the answer is YES and NOW. We would like to welcome you into our Congregation. If you feel you are ready, I encourage you to contact me, the Minister or the President of the Congregation. ~ Ron Titus, Chair of Membership

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Winter Party and Silent Auction February 18th from 6 pm to 9:30 pm This year’s auction should be a blast!!!! How about a sightseeing trip by airplane, donated by Jeffrey Watkins? Teeth Whitening? Massage? Hair Styling? Restaurant Gift Certificates? Handyman time? Consultation with a Chiropractor? Pet Sitting? Baby Sitting? And so much more!! Buy your tickets now as we have to limit the number sold due to space limitations and bring in your donations before the deadline of February 12th. Tickets are $25 which include a catered dinner, drinks and attendance at the silent auction. Children under 18 are free. You may bring two guests for the price of one. Please note: bidding for auctions items will end at 8:30 pm. Get Ready to Party!!!!!!!!!! For more information contact Dan at: oceanabe@aol.com.

HELPING TO PRESERVE GULLAH CULTURE

"Mr. and Mrs. Enthusiasm� John & Kathy selling tickets to the February 18th Auction.

UUCL Member and Architect Don Baker received a special citation for his work preserving a bit of Gullah culture. The 400 square foot structure, built in the 1930s is known as Bubba Dewey's Little House. Congratulations Don!

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SPECIAL NOTE FROM YOUR PRESIDENT Dear Members and Friends, Last week I received the following from Rev. Dr. Peter Morales, President of Unitarian Universalist Association. I recommend that you read his article “Congregations and Beyond”, by clicking on the link in this letter. It is about the future of our faith, and is timely, interesting and thought provoking! I look forward to seeing you at church this Saturday evening, as we honor Rev. Dr. Morales and members of the International Association for Religious Freedom with a reception and Gullah entertainment. (See details in Rev. Holland’s column on page 1 of this newsletter.) I hope you are enjoying this unseasonable warm and delightful “winter”… one of many reasons that we are fortunate to live in this beautiful Lowcountry! In fellowship, Peggy

Dear Peggy, I want to share with you my vision of the opportunities and challenges that face Unitarian Universalism. I recently shared this document with the staff of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). It outlines some of my ideas for the future of Unitarian Universalism, a strategic direction consistent with our values and our historic willingness to push beyond pre-determined boundaries. This vision will, I hope, provoke some interesting discussions about the direction of Unitarian Universalism. If you would like to add to the conversation, we welcome your feedback! Please email development@uua.org with any comments, questions, or concerns. Thank you, as always, for your support of the UUA. I look forward to working with you to further our movement. In faith,

Rev. Peter Morales President, Unitarian Universalist Association Standing on the Side of Love in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island for over 30 years.


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Family Promise and UUCL early hours of the following Sunday morning, move everything back in place for Sunday services.

What a privilege it is to be part of the Family Promise program! Since homelessness is a reality, the goal of keeping families together in a safe and secure environment is a necessity. The fact that Family Promise is a consortium of many religious faiths working together is an example of the type of collaboration worth duplicating in other ways and with other programs. In this way, Family Promise is a model, a real prototype. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry is just one of the many churches and synagogues involved. You should see us the day the families arrive as we scurry to empty out rooms that are otherwise in use and hide furniture wherever we can, even in the sanctuary, and then, in the

Why do we do this? I might say it’s because it’s just what we do. The principles at the very core of our belief system affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person and promote justice, equity and compassion in human relations. So how could we not be involved? Within our faith, there exists an inherent acceptance of one another and an encouragement to grow spiritually. Our faith promotes a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Along with this we affirm the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our own congregation and in society at large. Our goal is to have a world community with peace, liberty and justice for all while promoting respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. We are a liberal religious tradition that affirms the worth of all life, advocates freedom of belief and the search for advancing truth. UU’s seek to provide a warm, open com-

munity for people who believe ethical living is the supreme witness of religion. Our organization of the leadership responsibilities for Family Promise may be a little different from most. We found that having one overall coordinator, Judy Baker, and then separate coordinators for each of the four weeks works well for us. We cherish our helping churches, Bluffton Methodist and Savannah Church of Christ. For all of us, the goal is, first and foremost, to meet the needs of homeless families but a very real, and additional blessing, is witnessing all three of our congregations working together as one. Incidentally, two of our own volunteers are members of St. Gregory’s Catholic Church. They were active with Family Promise in their parish in Buffalo. Perhaps the seed they are planting here with us will grow into the involvement of yet another congregation. That’s how really good things develop. They are shared and then bloom on their own when the purpose is as worthy as Family Promise and the time is right. By Doris B. Hammond, PhD

PSYCHODRAMA GROUP The Psychodrama group has changed its meeting time to Fridays from 4 to 5:30 pm. We meet weekly at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lowcountry. Psychodrama is a unique and enjoyable way of dealing with psychological problems including fears, anger, depression, loss, family conflicts and more. Everyone is welcome. Small fee to participate. For more information contact Folly at 843682-3191 or email follyking@roadrunner.com. Standing on the Side of Love in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island for over 30 years.


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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! John (Hop) and Katie met while undergrads at USC Upstate. Married on Hilton Head Island in June 2004, they have 3 wonderful boys who are being raised in a very health conscious household. All 3 were born at home. “Hop� is a teacher at Bluffton Middle School and a football coach at Bluffton High School while Katie is a practicing chiropractor with a Pediatric Certificate. John and Katie are new to Unitarian Universalism.

Peter is well-versed in ways of Unitarian Universalism. He is transferring his membership from the UU Congregation in Columbia since he and Ann, our Director of Religious Education, plan to be married this Spring and he will then be living on the Island. As an educator, soon to be retired, Peter brings extensive UU knowledge and experience with him, having served in many volunteer roles both at the local and district levels of the denomination.

Wynette and Clay are both retired educators who moved to Hilton Head Island in 2010 from Cleveland Ohio. Clay was an administrator in the Student Services Area at Case Western Reserve University while Wynette was an administrator at a Community College. For 9 months of the year they live in Sea Pines. Their summers are spent in Chicago near their daughter and family. They have three grandchildren. Wynette and Clay are new to Unitarian Universalism. Standing on the Side of Love in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island for over 30 years.

Photos by Ron Titus


David Swanson will speak and lead a discussion on the topic of

“Lifting the Shadow of War”

February 25, 2012, 2:00 p.m.

Hilton Head Library, 11 Beach City Road

February 26, 2012,10:00 a.m.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Low Country, 110 Malphrus Rd., Bluffton, SC, Tel. 837-3330. Admission is free. Hilton Head for Peace, Tel. 603-264-6102 Swanson will sign his books: Daybreak (2009), War Is A Lie (2010), When the World Outlawed War (2011), and The Military Industrial Complex at 50 (2012). Swanson helped plan the nonviolent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, that began October 6, 2011. Swanson blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org “David Swanson is a truth-teller and witness-bearer whose voice and action warrant our attention.” —Cornel West. “The world needs more true advocates of democracy like David Swanson!” —Thom Hartmann, radio host. “David Swanson will be remembered and well recognized as the citizen who held up a lamp in the darkness and cried, as did good Tom Paine: ‘We have it in our power to begin the world over again.’” —John Nichols, columnist, The Nation. “David Swanson predicates his belief that nonviolence can change the world on careful research and historical analysis.” —Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence. “David Swanson’s War Is A Lie may be the most comprehensive antiwar statement available in the English language.” —Kevin Young, Znet. “Our times cry out for a smart, witty and courageous Populist who hasn’t forgotten how to play offense. Luckily we have David Swanson.” —Mike Ferner, President of Veterans For Peace. “David Swanson, who has been a one-man wonder leading the charge for accountability, writes a compelling narrative that inspires not just outrage, but ACTION.” —Medea Benjamin, Code Pink and Global Exchange. “David Swanson despises war and lying, and unmasks them both with rare intelligence. I learn something new on every page.” —Jeff Cohen, founder of FAIR. “David Swanson’s book is a masterful exposure of the emergence of a monarch-like president coupled with an effete, irresponsible, and constitutionally ignorant Congress.” —Bruce Fein, former Associate Deputy Attorney General. “David Swanson has written a fascinating account of how peace once became the law of the land. It is particularly pertinent in the era of the Endless War, by giving encouragement and suggestions of a path forward to those who want to give peace a chance.” —Liz Holtzman, former member of the U.S. Congress. “Swanson’s book is far more uplifting and inspiring than virtually any other book in its genre.” —Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com.


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MLK COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY

Following a hearty breakfast at All Saints Episcopal Church volunteers spent a few hours sprucing up the Children's Center of Hilton Head Island. UUCL was well represented at this annual volunteer activity in memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is estimated that roughly 25% of the volunteers were UU's. Some of our gang is shown in this photo. Photo by Ron Titus

The Wise Woman’s Stone A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. "I've been thinking," he said, "I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone." ~ Author Unknown

TREASURER’S REPORT Our February 18th UUCL “Winter Party and Silent Auction” is fast approaching! The expectation in our current operating budget from this event is $6000; in order to achieve that goal we need to sell over 100 tickets and receive a large number of items for the auction. (Please see details for this event on page 3 of this newsletter.) If you have not yet purchased tickets or need a donation form, please visit our table in the church vestibule on Sunday or contact me at 342-6470 or oceanabe@aol.com. Thank you in advance for making this a “successful and fun” event! We have completed 6 months of our fiscal year 2011-12, and are on track for our projected budget. ~ Dan Tweel, Treasurer

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Care Committee Team

Why Take Attendance?

WELCOMING CONGREGATION

One of the important responsibilities of the Membership Committee is to take attendance of those Members, Friends, Visitors & Children who are in attendance on Sunday mornings. Why do we do this? For two important reasons:

Your Care Committee Team is available to coordinate compassionate care and support to members and friends in times of transition, need or crisis.

(1) When applying for Grant monies from the UUA or the District it is necessary to produce congregational attendance records for a period of five years.

If you are unable to leave your house and would like a visit from the church; if you are laid up due to illness or injury and could use a meal or someone to pick up groceries; or if you know of anyone in the congregation that you feel would welcome a check -in phone call, please let us know.

(2) While simple head counts may show how attractive our Sunday programs may or may not be, determining how many of our members attend can tell us so much more, and help us to minister to one another more effectively.

If you would like to volunteer once or twice a year to help someone by providing a meal, giving a ride, etc., please let us know. This is a great way to stay connected.

In order to make this effort more manageable, beginning on the first Sunday in February we will have a check sheet posted at the Name Tag Board and it would be most helpful if members would simply check off their name as they pick up their tag.

Your Care Committee Team: Dan, Care Committee Chair oceanabe@aol.com Libba Libba.beerman@gmail.com Rev Manuel Holland Ohandmax@cs.com Marietta Marietta@hargray.com Linda Lon@hargray.com

We realize that this may take a little time getting used to, but in the spirit of cooperation we ask you to give this experiment a try for a couple of months or so.

The Welcoming Congregation program helps Unitarian Universalist congregations take intentional steps to become more welcoming and inclusive toward people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT). The areas we will be working on will be (1) Congregational Life (2) Education and (3) Community Outreach. Traditionally many religious groups have been openly against sexual minorities. Often LGBT people are reluctant to participate in religious organizations and are unaware of the UUA commitment of support and affirmation for people of all sexual orientations. As part of our program here in the UU Congregation of the Lowcountry, we are pleased to announce that on March 25 Christine Johnson, Executive Director of South Carolina Equality, will be the speaker at our Sunday service.

~ Thank you from your Membership Committee Standing on the Side of Love in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island for over 30 years.

~ Janice & Donna


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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcounty

Committees

110 Malphrus Road Bluffton, SC 29910 (843) 837-3330

Music

Aesthetics & Décor Fran Farrell

Kathy Burmeister

Beyond Sundays

Planned Giving Coordinator Rev. Manuel Holland

Folly King

info@UULowcountry.org

Religious Education

Building Maintenance

www.UULowcountry.org

Carol Weir

Volunteers Needed

Social Activities

Care Committee

Libba Beerman

Dan Tweel

Leadership Staff

Worship

Grounds

Senior Minister

Manuel Holland

Religious Education

Ann Harrison

President

Peggy Tweel

Mary A. Walker Jeffrey Donahue

Finance Dan Tweel

Membership

Cheryl McCarthy

Social Justice Groups: E Team Harry Gregory Family Promise UU Animal Ministry Peggy Tweel

Ron Titus

Editor

Mary-Michael Hanbury

Email

sapidsister@yahoo.com

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry Our Mission To enrich and clarify our understanding of religious thought; to provide experiences for spiritual growth; to encourage and protect the right of individual freedom of belief; to promote the democratic process in human relations; and to advance these principles for the benefit of each other, our community and our world.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry covenants to affirm and promote: 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 the 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.

The Living Tradition Which We Share Draws From Many Sources: 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 women and men 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 inspire 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.

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