Dear Ones, I recently saw a meme on Facebook that read: “Dear Mom, Is that offer to slap me into next year still available?” This year has been difficult. When we made the decision to suspend all in-person worship services and meetings back in March, I thought the Centers for Disease Control would work hard […]

Dear Ones, The Rev. Dr. Sofia Betancourt, professor at Starr King School for Ministry and formerly one of the three co-Presidents of the Unitarian Universalist Association, frequently facilitates workshops and presentations. She nearly always begins by addressing the attendees as “Beloveds.” Beloveds. Several years ago, before this congregation called me to be its settled minister, […]

Dear Ones, For the past few years, we’ve been sponsors for the Beaufort Walk for Water. This year we are sponsoring again, but there’s a twist. We will NOT be gathering at the park in Port Royal on Saturday, September 26th to walk, en masse, through the streets to the river and back carrying buckets. […]

September Theme: Renewal September 6 – The Evolution of John Lewis – Worship Team September 13 – Reset, Refresh! – Rev. Lori September 20 – Celebrating Mabon – Rev. Lori & Stephen Burton September 27 – A Universalist Miracle! – Rev. Lori

Dear Ones, Maybe you’ve noticed that November, and a national election, are right around the corner. I have never been in a Unitarian Universalist congregation where members were not politically involved. I’ve also never been in a Unitarian Universalist congregation where members all held the same political views. The fact that we’re not all alike, […]

Dear Ones, It was so good to be back in the virtual pulpit last week! Can you believe we’ve been holding worship services and committee meetings for nearly five months? This has become the new normal for most, if not all, Unitarian Universalist congregations. As I’ve mentioned to many, the UUA has recommended that we […]

Dear Ones, I have returned! Well, I never really left Beaufort in July… but I traveled in my mind! I am happy to be back, and grateful to have had a month to relax a bit, read a lot, think, and do some planning for the 2020-2021 program year. I hope you have also been […]

Dear Ones, The UUA General Assembly (GA) has begun! This year’s theme is “Rooted, Inspired, and Ready!” You might ask what that means… Rooted – in our deep theological tradition and sources of wisdom and inspiration, expressed in our Principles and Sources printed in our hymnals and our orders of service. Inspired – by one […]

Dear Ones, It’s that time again. Time for the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association! I’m registered, I’m reading up on the issues to be discussed, and I’m ready to travel… all the way to my desk in my study at home. The UUA made the decision to go all virtual, in light of […]

Dear Ones, We are now in our thirteenth week of suspended in-person activities for UUFB; and I’m hearing a longing for our lives and activities to go back to normal. I feel this longing, too. The last time I stepped into a store was March 14th or 15th. I haven’t been to the gym in […]