The Rev. Lori Hlaban serves as the Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort.
A native of Wisconsin, Rev. Lori came to UUFB after serving as the first-ever Assistant Minister at Unitarian Universalist Church West in Brookfield, WI. Rev. Lori is a graduate of Chicago Theological Seminary, and was ordained to the ministry in 2010 by her home congregation, Lake Country Unitarian Universalist Church in Hartland, WI.
Theologically, Rev. Lori identifies most closely with religious naturalism – but her Unitarian Universalist faith is “grounded in our Christian heritage, informed by Buddhist practice, and influenced by humanist philosophy.”
Rev. Lori is married to Tom Hlaban, and they have three adult children. They enjoy hiking, camping, and cooking together. They enjoy driving along the coastline, observing the tides, and finding more opportunities to explore the Lowcountry.
You can follow Rev. Lori at her Facebook page, where she posts notices of events, pictures, and occasional graphic memes she designs: https://www.facebook.com/revhlaban/
Gary Rakestraw has been UUFB’s Administrator since March of 2013. He is a native of Bluefield, West Virginia, and has lived in Beaufort since 1974. Gary has a B.M. in Music Education and an M. Ed. In Early Childhood. He is a retired Beaufort County Schools teacher of 32 years. He has served several churches as a part-time organist and full-time music director. Gary is with UUFB for 12 hours each week, and his admin duties include preparation of the weekly electronic newsletter, Headline News, preparing and printing of weekly bulletins and inserts, posting of financial donations and sending out periodic statements, updating of church website, maintaining church calendar, maintaining roster of members, friends, and visitors, aligning church membership with UU Association, and other general record-keeping and office duties.
Director of Music Chris Raskind grew up in Western Pennsylvania. A graduate of Bucknell University, she taught elementary classroom music for thirty-eight years in the public schools of Ohio, Colorado, and Connecticut. In 1997 she joined the Westport (CT) Unitarian Church, and upon retirement, she and her husband, Shep, moved to Beaufort, where she “signed the book” (officially joined UUFB) in December 2000.
In Beaufort Chris has played cello in the Beaufort Symphony and served on its board. Each June she teaches recorder at Sea Island Presbyterian Church’s Music Camp. After a 50 year hiatus, she located her neglected clarinet and joined the Lowcountry Community Concert Band. Since June 2014 she has served on the Planning Committee of the newly formed Lowcountry Wind Symphony, where she continues to play clarinet.
You will see Chris at the piano in most UUFB Sunday services October through June, and conducting the choir periodically. In addition to playing the piano she enjoys singing and oil painting. And several days a week, she can be found swinging a racquet on the Dataw Island tennis courts.