Dear Ones, As I write this, I’m preparing to attend our Unitarian Universalist Association’s annual General Assembly (G.A.) in Spokane, Washington. It’s always exciting to be in the company of thousands – yes, thousands – of Unitarian Universalists! There will be inspiring worship services, thoughtful presentations, meaningful workshops, and interesting business meetings. The theme this […]

Dear Ones, June is here, along with record-setting high temperatures and a lot of violent weather in the Midwest and plains region of our country. The weather, the heat, distress over events in the news… it all adds up to rising anxiety. Anxiety in our personal lives, in our country, and in our congregation. Such […]

Dear Ones, I was recently in a discussion where someone asked if we still needed to observe the custom of no white shoes before Memorial Day. The only time I ever heard of this was in novels, and wasn’t truly aware that this was something that real people observed. I wonder where that custom originated? […]

Dear Ones, This past Sunday our story for all ages was Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews. This book, a former Reading Rainbow selection, features a young Inuit girl living on Ungava Bay in northern Canada. The action centers around her going under the ice of the frozen bay while the tide is out, in order […]

Dear Ones, “A Sense of Wonder” is the title of a painting Tom and I got in an auction at a science fiction convention many years ago. It’s whimsical, with a cat tumbling upside down, interacting with a tiny figure sitting on a flower. You can only see the figure from the back – so […]

Dear Ones, Scam Alert. I heard a few weeks ago about a few UU colleagues who had been impersonated, by the use of a similar sounding email address. This is called “phishing.” Some members of their congregations received messages asking the member to purchase various gift cards for “someone who needs it.” I posted a […]

Dear Ones, Welcome to the Merry Month of May! Happy Birthday to Laura Towne, founder of the Penn School (now the Penn Center), born on May 3, 1825. Miss Towne lived and worked on St. Helena Island for nearly 4 decades, making it her life’s work to ensure newly freed people had the skills and […]

May Theme: Curiosity May 5 – Ask Us Anything! (source #6) – Rev. Lori & Stephen Burton w/ members of ASIC May 12 – Gather Ye Rosebuds… – Rev. Lori May 19 – Don’t Worry – Wonder! – Rev. Lori May 26 – Decoration Day – Worship Team

Dear Ones, With recent temperatures in the 80’s, I would say that spring has definitely “sprung” in the Lowcountry! This makes it a perfect time – almost – to get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature. I say almost because, well, the bugs that sting and bite are also out there in nature. As […]

Dear Ones, As I shared in my message on Palm Sunday, this time of year – Christian Holy Week – is the time when I wrestle most with theology. Like many of you, my religious background is Christian, though I grew up unchurched. Whether one grew up in a Christian faith tradition or not, one […]