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 […]

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. […]

February – Lifting Up February 6 – Candle in the Dark – Rev. Lori February 13 – There Is A Love… – Rev. Lori February 20 – An Eighth Principle for UU & Me? – Rev. Lori February 27 – TBA – Worship Team  

Every month Rev. Lori conducts some training.  Currently she is using the book “How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You are Going” which talks about leading in liminal times, and how stressful change can be on everyone.  This has been particularly helpful, since it feels we’ve had nothing but change for two years.January’s […]

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 […]

With the new year often come changes and resolutions. Your UUFB Board has two new at large members: David Grim and Jim Miller; and a new President-Elect: Carole Gunter. Our congregation has a relatively new member: Peter Kandis (who recently led an online worship service). The Board is also recruiting people to work on strategic planning […]

Happy New Year, Friends! It’s a new year – yet much remains the same. Our country is in the throes of a new COVID surge, driven by the new Omicron variant of the disease. As I write this, Beaufort County has hit a new peak number of COVID cases. This new variant is even more […]

Last year I posted a little Christmas homily on my Facebook page. I thought it would be nice to share it here. I’ve lightly edited it, but the message remains the same.  It was Christmas, 2020 during COVID, and I was thinking about miracles. The story goes that a baby born over 2,000 years ago […]

Dear Ones, Thank you. Thank you for all the understanding and compassion you’ve sent in your kind emails and lovely cards, following the death of our son, Toby Jace (TJ) Hlaban, on Dec. 4th. Your caring touches Tom and I deeply, and we’re grateful to be part of this congregation. TJ’s memorial service will be […]

Dear Ones, Here we go, hurtling headfirst into the holiday season! Hannukah began this past Sunday evening for our Jewish members, friends, and neighbors. We’re in the middle of our Annual Auction, online again this year. The Winter Solstice – or Yule – will be upon us soon (Dec. 21, 2021). Then Christmas Eve, Christmas, […]