2018 To Be Continued….by Rev. Lori Hlaban

Jan. 25:

As I write this the sun is shining and it’s warm enough to be outdoors for a good long walk! After the snow early in the month, this is a pleasant change. I’m also seeing photos from Women’s Marches around the country, and proud of our UUFB’ers who marched last year – and are marching again.

This coming Sunday we will wrap up the theme for January, Intention, with a service on spreading “More Kindness in the World.” If you’ve been coming to services regularly, you might remember singing this song, and you’ll get a chance to sing it one more time. It’s a great, upbeat, “zipper” song.

Also coming this Sunday is an after-service movie sponsored by the Welcoming Congregation Committee: Denial. The filmmaker began making a movie about energy and climate change, and there is a lot in the film about these topics; however, it diverged a bit when a family secret was revealed. I’m looking forward to viewing it!

Finally, we are in need of a Care Captain for the Yellow (downtown) neighborhood circle, and maybe one other. This is a vital job, though it doesn’t usually involve much time. Please let me, or Caring Committee Chair Jennifer Ojulewa, know if you’re interested!

Many blessings to you,

Jan. 18:

By now, most UUFB members should have heard about my upcoming health challenges. For those of you who haven’t heard, last month I was diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer. My spouse and I are currently negotiating the process of making a plan to address this challenge.

Be assured: During the coming months I will continue to serve as your minister, in Sunday services, pastoral care, and administration as much as possible. I will be working with the Worship Team, the Caring Committee, and the Board closely to ensure full coverage during necessary absences.

I expect that this news will be difficult for some of you. If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. I ask that you continue to be the caring and compassionate Beloved Community I know you to be, for one another and for me.

In the meantime, I’m continuing my Seven Principles Sermon Series this coming Sunday, with an exploration of how we responsibly seek truth and meaning in our congregations. Our after-service Sunday Brunches will return in February. And the Welcoming Congregation is making plans for another after-service movie!

Many Blessings to you,

Jan. 11, 2018

Happy New Year!!

I understand Beaufort had some *unusual* weather while I was gone on vacation. Tom and I returned to find snow all over our yard and driveway. Too bad we left all our snow shovels behind in Wisconsin when we moved. We were fortunate, though – no damage to our house or its utilities. And we are grateful for the time away to visit family and friends in the frozen North.

I am back, and I am eager to begin the work of the new year, with our new Board!

I was sad to miss the Unified Interfaith Coalition’s celebration on Jan. 7th; however, I have been invited to offer the closing blessing/benediction on Jan. 12th for the one year anniversary of the establishment of the National Monument to the Reconstruction.

Our theme for the month of January is “Intention,” which is a good way to begin the year. It’s a good time to think about our intentions, what projects we might want to accomplish, what qualities we might wish to bring to our endeavors together.

Our service this coming Sunday, “Keeping the Promise,” is intended to help follow through on promises – intentions – made by our Unitarian Universalist Association to Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU). As many of you know, the late Jim Key was an enthusiastic supporter of BLUU when he was the UUA Moderator. The “Promise and Practice of our Faith” service materials are written by UU ministers and seminarians of color, to center Black voices in worship. In addition, our special “Fifth Sunday” collection (postponed from Dec. 31, 2017) will go to support BLUU. I hope you will give as generously as your heart and circumstances allow.

I’m so glad to be back in Beautiful Beaufort. Let’s make 2018 a wonderful year, together.


Dec. 24, 2017

Happy New Year (almost)!!

As the year winds down, I want to offer one more thought on hope – our theme for December. This comes from historian, Howard Zinn.

“To be hopeful in bad times is not foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places – and there are so many – where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. … To live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

This coming Sunday our Fabulous Worship Team™ will be facilitating the service on Embracing the Unknown. It’s planned as a participatory experience – you won’t want to miss it. Then, to begin the new year, Frances Kuzinski will lead a service on Jan. 7, 2018 called Walking the Path: Buddhism’s Melody. Several UUFB members will be supporting Frances with their musical gifts! Finally, the Unified Interfaith Community Coalition of Beaufort will be holding a second annual interfaith new year gathering on Sunday, January 7, 2018. There should be more information in this order of service on that.

Wishing you a safe and peaceful holiday season…