Coming Soon: Sunday July 19, 2020 - A Live Streamed Service with Dafina Ward - "Wade in the Water" (Viewable at Facebook.com/uulowcountry)
We are dealing with uncharted waters in so many aspects of our lives right now. There is assurance in knowing that transformation and change often sit on the other side.
Following the service on July 19th, we will have a virtual discussion group. Email email@example.com if you are not already on our Discussion Group list and would like to participate.
A Brief Bio of Dafina Ward:
Dafina is an expert in program and organizational development, with a focus on community health initiatives. She currently serves as Director of Community Investments for the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC). For nearly a year she served as Interim Executive Director of SAC during a period of unprecedented organizational growth and expansion. In her role as Director of Community Investment for SAC, she oversees grantmaking and other resource investment initiatives for community-based organizations.
A grant writer, speaker and trainer, she utilizes her legal training and negotiation skills to build collaborations through problem solving and strategic engagement to build impactful and sustainable programs. She also offers trainings and seminars regionally and nationally on inclusion, culturally responsive communication, and building intersectional health and wellness programs.
As a grantwriter she has secured more than $10,000,000 in funding for community-based programs. Her work focuses on areas of health and wellness that greatly impact marginalized communities. She works to end siloed approaches to transformation, through thoughtful partnerships and meaningful relationships.
Dafina also has five years of experience as a remote manager, and coaches managers in areas of "trauma informed" supervision and remote organization process development. She has shared her strategies with dozens of organizational leaders during COVID-19 pandemic through webinars hosted by Emory University and the Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV/AIDS.
Dafina is also a writer and a 2017 Ford Foundation/Op-Ed Project Public Voices Fellow. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, The Lily and Role Reboot.
Dafina received her BA in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA) and her Juris Doctor from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law (Philadelphia, PA). She and her husband, Ahmad, reside in the Lowcountry of South Carolina with their two brilliant girls.
Next Service: Sunday July 12, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. - A Special Video Message from Rev. Jane Page: "Living Our Principles in this time of Great Crisis" (The Fifth Principle). Viewable at Facebook.com/uulowcountry
Join us, Sunday July 12th at 10:00a.m. on our Facebook Page for a series of special videos including Opening and Closing words from Rev. Charlie Tyler. An Intergenerational message from Ann Harrison. A musical Prelude and Postlude from John Sheppard and a special Video Message from Rev. Jane Page.
Rev. Jane Page explores the fifth principle, "The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large," especially in the crisis we face related to COVID 19. Is our democracy also in crisis?
These videos will be viewable at Facebook.com/uulowcountry at 10:00a.m. on Sunday July 12th.
Sunday July 5, 2020 - A Live Streamed Service with Rev. Charlie Tyler: "The Fifth principle and the Frightening Dare of Democracy"
‘Democracy means not “I am as good as you are,” but “You are as good as I am.”’ My connection with the sacred is only as precious as my willingness to acknowledge the same connection in others.” Theodore Parker
This service was Live Streamed at Facebook.com/uulowcountry
Sunday June 28, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. - A Live Streamed Service with Rabbi TZiPi Radonsky "Intuitive Wisdom and the Love of Justice"
Our patterns have been challenged, our thinking has been questioned and there is almost no place to escape reality. In 3000 BCE Sefer Yetzera, The Book of Creation, it is written ‘if your mind runs return to the place,’ and Caribbean poet Derek Wolcott writes in Love after Love we must 'feast on our life'.
How does this relate to justice & Tikkun Olam - healing the world? Join us for the fun of being an adventurer, a curious pilgrim in 2020.
This Service was Live Streamed at Facebook.com/uulowcountry.
Due to Technical Difficulties - Rabbi TZiPi Radonsky's Sunday June 28th Service is broken into two videos.
"Intuitive Wisdom and the Love of Justice" Part I
"Intuitive Wisdom and the Love of Justice" Part II
Sunday June 21, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. - A Live Streamed Service with Cheryl Kanuck "The Freedom to Pursue Your Truth"
Our fourth principle is a distinguishing character of our faith, and possibly it's strongest attraction. We encourage and support each other in the free pursuit of truth and meaning; each of us is called to be a theologian, and to define what is true for us, with no creed binding us to one way of seeing the world. This Sunday we'll talk about about this precious aspect of being UU and what it means in today's world.
This service was Live Streamed in our Facebook Page: Facebook.com/uulowcountry.
Never doubt the power of a vision. Rev. Jobe returns to us, maybe in person, but probably via video for a vision check. He's not an eye doctor, but he believes deeply in the power of how we see things. He will give us his vision for moving forward as a congregation and as us about ours.
This service was a series of six videos that can be viewed below
Video 1: Lighting the Chalice and Prelude
Video 2: Opening Words with Rev. Pat Jobe and Rev. Travis Smith
Video 3: Inter-Generational message from Ann Harrison
Video 4: Sermon with Rev. Pat Jobe (and Rev. Travis Smith)
Video 5: Interlude
Video 6: Postlude and Extinguishing the Chalice
Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. - A Live Streamed Service with Rev. Charlie Tyler. "Our Fourth Principle: A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning"
“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn..." Thoreau
(With thanks to Paige Getty. UUC Columbia, Maryland)
This Live Streamed service was streamed on our Facebook page - at Facebook.com/uulowcountry
Sunday May 31, 2020 at 10:00a.m. - A Live Streamed Service with Rev. Charlie Tyler "The Power of Acceptance Is In the Posture We Take With the People In Our Lives"
I am a firm believer in the power of language. How we communicate with our physical presence and how we communicate verbally with others begins to open the door to the message of Acceptance. Thinking 'spherically" allows us to open doors to our own souls, and allow others, perhaps for the first time, to open their own. Acceptance leads to trust, and trust can be transforming.
This service was Live Streamed on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/uulowcountry). The service can also be viewed below.
A Message to the Congregation from the Board of Trustees
The White House this past week has ordered that churches be open for services. Fortunately, the administration does not have the authority to enforce church openings.
The Board wants you to know that we have been diligently working on your behalf during this pandemic. While we terribly miss having the opportunity to gather together, we are following scientists and their data and recommendations regarding safety and meeting guidelines. These will guide the decision of when and how to open.
In light of the fact that the Coronavirus is not yet contained, and the fact that most of us are in a high risk category, we have no plans to reopen the church in the foreseeable future. This means for services, meetings, and our renters.
Our primary concern is for the health and safety of our members, friends, renters, and visitors. Many church leaders have spoken out to say, “We are the church, and the church is in us, not a building.“ We continue to do the work we are called to do by serving others and the larger community. We continue to remain in contact with each other and contribute in all the ways we can.
Please do not attend Sunday services being held for streaming. Only those who are involved in giving or streaming the service should be present. Attending to show support is just not safe, and doing so compromises your safety and that of those who have to be present in order to continue this service. Most of the spread of COVID-19 documented so far has been from asymptomatic individuals. Please respect your safety and that of those who have to be there!