Category To Be Continued

To Be Continued: Sabbatical & Memorial

Dear Ones, I am on sabbatical now through the end of August. Email sent to me will be archived, though I do not guarantee I’ll read it. As I’ve shared in the sabbatical brochure, this weekend we will hold a memorial service for our son who died in December. That will be on Saturday, April 2 […]

To Be Continued: Sabbatical

Dear Ones, This coming Sunday will be my last in the UUFB pulpit before going on sabbatical. While on sabbatical I will not be keeping office hours, attending services or meetings, making pastoral calls or visits, or writing this column. A sabbatical is a time for a complete break from ministerial duties. So, who do […]

To Be Continued: Reopening

Dear Ones, Some days it seems the COVID saga will just go on, and on, and on… Your Reopening Task Force met last week to update how we’re working together to be safe. As you know, we recently returned to in person worship services. The Task Force has the following recommendations: On Sundays it is […]

To Be Continued: Ukraine

Dear Ones, This past Sunday we were thrilled to be in person AND on Zoom, simultaneously! The Technology Task Force worked – and continues to work – very hard to make this happen. They are: Nick (our Administrator), Jeanine, JW, Jinny, and Carole. Thank You! Much of the conversation before and after the service involved Ukraine, […]

To Be Continued: Together Again

Dear Ones, Remember where we all were two years ago? March of 2020 began relatively mildly. People were just beginning to hear about a new virus called COVID-19, a novel coronavirus. Beaufort had seen only a few cases so far, but was just beginning to report deaths from COVID-19, when UUFB suspended all in-person worship […]

To Be Continued: Changes

Dear Ones, We are almost two years into this global pandemic, and I’m thinking today of how many changes we’ve been through in a relatively short period of time. The big change for UUFB, of course, was moving worship and other group meetings to Zoom. That’s been true for most UU congregations – as well […]

To Be Continued: The Longest Month

Dear Ones, February has always seemed like the longest month to me. We’re past the major winter holidays and spring holidays still seem a long way away. The weather is mostly mild, though there are some chilly days and cold nights here in South Carolina. In this congregation most of our major events happen in […]

To Be Continued: While I’m Gone

Dear Ones, In last week’s newsletter I wrote about my upcoming sabbatical. This week I want to let you all know that there are plans in place to manage my absence, particularly in two major areas. The Fabulous Worship Team™ is busy working on worship services for everyone. Several dates are already booked with familiar […]

To Be Continued: Upcoming Sabbatical

Dear Ones, Some folks already know, and it’s time to share with the whole Fellowship, that I will be going on sabbatical leave beginning in April. What is a sabbatical, you might ask. Sabbatical leave is traditional for Unitarian Universalist clergy and is part of the Letter of Agreement (covenant) between the Minister and Congregation. […]

To Be Continued: Thich Nhat Hanh

As mentioned this past Sunday, the venerable Thich Nhat Hanh (known as “Thay” – teacher – by many) died on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the age of 95. Exiled from Vietnam in the 1960’s, Thay settled in France. There he established the Plum Village monastery, and continued his practice and his work. Over time ten […]