Sermons and Services
Sunday, October 11th at 10:00a.m. - A Live Streamed Service featuring Rev. Pat Jobe (in a live remote from Albuquerque NM!) "What Are The Best Questions?" [Viewable on our website]
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?
Coming Soon: Sunday, October 4, 2020 a Live Streamed Service at 10:00 a.m. with Cheryl Kanuck. "Ask Questions; Seek Truth; Be The Change" (Viewable on our Website.)
"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."
There will be a discussion group after the service. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are not already on the Email list and wish to be added.
Next Service: Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 10:00a.m. Rabbi Robert Haas Returns for a Live Streamed Service "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.
There will be a virtual discussion group after the service. If you are not already on the email list for the group, contact email@example.com to get added to the list.
Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. "The Seventh UU Principle - In the Time of Pandemic." A Live Streamed service featuring a video message from Rev. Jane Page. Viewable on our website.
Rev. Jane Page explores the seventh principle, "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part," especially in this Time of Pandemic.
Sunday, September 13, 2020 10:00 a.m. "FEAR" - A Live Streamed Service featuring Rev. Dick Hood (Live from Maine.)
Are we doomed?
(We are working to improve sound quality on live remotes - stay tuned)
Sunday September 6, 2020 starting at 10:00 a.m. "The 7th UU Principle: Respect for the interdependent Web of All Existence of Which We Are a Part." A Live Streamed service with Rev. Charlie Tyler. Viewable on our Website.
“Our seventh Principle may be our Unitarian Universalist way of coming to fully embrace something greater than ourselves." (Rev. Forrest Gilmore, Executive Director of Shalom Community Center, Bloomington, IN)
Sunday August 30, 2020 "Pride and Prejudice Redefined: The Quest for My Inner Bigot" A Live Streamed Service with Rev. Charlie Tyler
"Racism is a lot like greed, or jealousy, or hate; it is human, and it exists in all of us no matter our race, religion or social standing. What is important is what we do with these ego-driven urges to feel superior in some way to others. "
Jeff Davis,The Free Press, Maine
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Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. A Live Streamed service with Jana and Gary Stiles - "Dolphins, Water and Consciousness."
Many of you know that Gary and Jana lived aboard a 44 foot sailboat prior to arriving at Hilton Head Island.
But long before that they were swimming with wild dolphins, sting rays, seals, manta rays, whales, providing dolphin-assisted therapy in the ocean, and studying the lesser-known properties of that magical life-creating, bio-computer substance commonly known as Water.
With all that draws our attention these days in the news, let us pause, take a deep dolphin breath of Love & Gratitude and take time to wonder at the Life processes that continually awaken us to higher levels of being. Buckle your cosmic seat belts and join us for an introduction to worlds within consciousness that will knock your sandals off and propel us into a more profound appreciation of Nature and all Her creatures. You’ll never take a drink of water or think of the ocean in the same way ever again!
Sunday August 16, 2020 at 10:00a.m. - A Special All Video Service with Rev. Jane Page - "Imagine: The goal of World Community with Peace, Liberty and Justice for all." (Viewable Below)
Rev. Jane Page explores the sixth principle, "The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all," especially in the crisis we face related to COVID 19. While we are social distancing, how do we make sure we uphold this principle?
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Thanks to John Sheppard for providing the music today. We are licensed through CCS for Web Performance.
Sounding of the Gong
Prelude “Baseball Theme”
*** A Time for Meditation and Centering***
Lighting the Chalice - 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.
We light this Beacon of Hope,
Sign of our Quest for Truth and Meaning,
In Celebration of the Life we share Together
Rev. Charlie Tyler
"Imagine: The goal of World Community with Peace, Liberty and Justice for all."
Rev. Jane Page
Featuring: Ellen Titus, Joanna Harrison and David Inserra
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.
“It Was a Short Summer Charlie Brown”
Sunday August 9, 2020 at 10:00a.m. - A Special All Video Service with Rev. Pat Jobe - "The White Question."
Rev. Jobe comes back into our video screens on Aug. 9, the sad anniversary of the atomic bomb dropping on Nagasaki, to talk about several questions that arise in our current moment of racial tension, racial healing, racial change. What does it mean to be white? What can white people do to work for racial justice? What can a UU congregation in Bluffton do to work for racial justice? Being UU's we also might ask what men can do for full equality for women and protection against sexual harassment and assualt? The larger question of whiteness also pulls us into the discussion of immigration, poverty, homelessness. This service might be a heck of a ride. Jobe will also defer to those who feel powerless in the face of so much wrong in the world; and will offer a word of encouragement for us all.
"Praeludium IV" J. S Bach
with John Sheppard
Opening Words with Rev. Charlie Tyler
Intergenerational Message with Ann Harrison
The White Question
A message from Rev. Pat Jobe
No Man is an Island
with Marcella Palmer and John Sheppard
Closing Words with Rev. Charlie Tyler
Extinguishing the Chalice
Postlude "Fuga VIII" J. S. Bach
with John Sheppard
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