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                      Newsletter of the
                Unitarian Universalist 
            Fellowship of Beaufort, SC 


 

a member of the       
Unitarian Universalist Association

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to service on the last Sunday of the month!


THIS SUNDAY...

Rev. Lori G. Hlaban, Minister
Chris Raskind, Director of Music
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort
178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island

https://uubeaufort.org


Upcoming Sundays
January Theme: Integrity
January 26 – TBA – Rev. Lori

UUFB Current Events: Click Here


JANUARY – The month for looking back and for looking forward
by Jean Griffith

In reviewing the past year at UUFB, I was struck by the positive changes not only in our cash balance, but also the level of involvement that occurred. We began 2019 with the expectation that UUFB would have an income deficit and that was reflected in our budget. Given this prediction, our beloved community lived up to its descriptive name of fellowship and worked, and played, and lived up to its service mission together.
Several programs were revived, and new initiatives began.   For example in 2019:

  • The resumption of cottage meetings allowed fellowship members to communicate in small intimate groups their concerns or aspirations for UUFB.   
  • President-elect, Jeanine Darville is the chair of the resuscitated Program Council. This is comprised of the chairs of the various fellowship committees. Communication between this group is essential for each fellowship committee to understand how its actions can impact upon the other committees and the larger organization.   
  • The women’s breakfast group, which has not had much participation in prior years, now has a healthy attendance and stimulating interactions on the first Thursday of every month. Our December breakfast was particularly fun in that we each brought an appropriately wrapped Christmas item recycled from our various households for exchange. Sad to say, both our inner child and our avarice were exposed during that breakfast!

Looking forward to 2020……
As I write, I am salivating about the various auction dinners I was lucky to bid on, like last week’s shrimp dinner in the fellowship hall, and various others donated  and run by our members, which will feed Griff and me at various times through the rest of the year.
I also anticipate learning from all of you who would like to participate in the unofficial, unadvertised, pre-service discussion group which meets in the fellowship hall most Sundays at 9 a.m. Normally, there is a topic for discussion, but the conversations go wherever they go. Typical topics have included the environment, education, and politics.
In addition to their sweat and tears (of joy/frustration/grief) UUFBers are also planning to donate their blood.  A blood drive is being planned by the membership committee on the UUFB campus some time in the spring.     We hope this effort will be of service to the larger Beaufort community and also raise their awareness of who we are.  Increase in membership (or fresh blood) is essential for the sustainability of our fellowship.  It brings with it new ideas, fresh energy, a welcome infusion of income and the probability of expanding our mission of service.
I look forward to 2020 and hanging out with my current UUFB friends, I am also looking forward to welcoming visitors and, hopefully, new members. We are the best kept secret in Beaufort. Let’s change that.


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 Sunday, FEBRUARY 2
after service 
Just $15 
Sizes are limited 


JUSTICE CORNER:  Where Our Community Presence Works
Martin Luther King Day Parade   Monday, January 20

Once again UUFB members and Friends will be participating in the Martin Luther KIng Day Parade with the Standing on the Side of Love banner and the UUFB banner. We will also have signs to carry celebrating the words of Rev. Dr. King. You are welcome to make your own sign.

We meet at Rogers Street next to the National Cemetery by 9:30 AM on Monday, January 20. The parade begins promptly at 10:00.The parade route is about 2 miles. We will have a car for you to ride in the parade if you cannot walk that distance. Call Barb Banus if you have questions.



… the Intersection of JUST and US
Justice Corner is brought to you by the Social and Environmental Justice Committee.


SAVE THE DATE
UUFB Connections Class
You Are Invited!


Come learn about Unitarian Universalism and our Fellowship.
Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, January 26 from 11:30-1:30
UUFB Fellowship building

Sign up at the Visitor’s Table in the Sanctuary or email Ellen Kelley. Please see a membership-blue button person or email if you need more details.


Souper Salad Bowl Potluck Lunch Is Coming!

Get ready for the BIG Game or a BIG Nap by joining us for a meal on Sunday, February 2. Bring your favorite soup (slow cooker preferred), salad, or other to the Fellowship Hall following the service. We’ll dine together from 11:15-12:30.
Everyone is welcome, so tell a friend or family member too! Please sign up in the lobby or tell Ellen you’re attending!


STRIVING FORWARD AS A BELOVED COMMUNITY

During the month of December, our Fellowship participated in the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s fundraiser called Guest at Your Table. UUSC’s mission is to advance human rightsand social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies.

Our congregation placed small containers on our dining room tables and filled them with change from our pockets and purses at each meal.  I am happy to announce that we collected $362.42! Our donations will help UUSC and their partners advance human rights, dismantle systems of oppression, and uplift the inherent worth and dignity of all people.

    Beth Moon
    SEJ Committee 
    UUSC Chair
 


Interfaith Harmony in Beaufort!

The Unified Interfaith Community Coalition presents a New Year celebration for all on Sunday, January 19th at 4:00 p.m., at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 901 Craven St. The program will feature a presentation of various faiths’ New Year customs & traditions, as well as news from the Interfaith Partners of South Carolina. 

Please bring a covered dish to be shared at a light potluck. Drinks will be provided.


THE CHRISTIAN AFFINITY GROUP 
PLANS BOOK DISCUSSIONS FOR 2020

The Christian Affinity Group met on November 3, 2019 and had a lively discussion of books for reinterpreting Christianity. Members suggested a wide variety of excellent books and decided on the following to read and discuss. Discussion leaders are also listed. The meetings will take place in the Religious Education room at 11:30 after the Sunday coffee hour. All meetings are open to UUFB members and friends.

March 8, 2020: “The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers” by Amy Hollingsworth. Discussion Leader: Ben Sellers.

May 17, 2020: “Christ for Unitarian Universalists” by Scotty McLennan. Discussion Leader: Rev. Lori. 

For more information contact Barbara James.


To Be Continued…
a column by Rev. Lori G. Hlaban 

Dear Ones,

Several years ago, a major news network broadcast what they claimed was footage of a violent protest rally in Madison, Wisconsin. The dead giveaway that it was fake was that there were palm trees visible in the background. Recognizing fake news – and fake photos – is getting harder, but we can do it! 

 

We know that great efforts are being made to distort and manipulate our understanding of what’s really happening in the world. I want to offer some cautions about what you read and hear on the internet. If you already know this – great! If you don’t – please read!

 

First, all social media – twitter, Facebook, etc. – is all vulnerable to manipulators. It’s not necessarily the angry commenters you need to look out for. Some people employed as “trolls” specialize in posting true, heartwarming, stories to gain followers and lay groundwork for future manipulation. This is a long game, and it’s already being played. Rolling Stone magazine recently published this article explaining how this works.


Then there are the “bots” – artificial intelligence driven text generation and social media chatbots. These target the comments sections of news articles and other online conversations, to drown out any actual debate on the internet.

Learn how to recognize a fake news story.

Learn how to do a Google reverse image search, to determine whether a published photo is real or fake, with tools explained in this article.

It’s really important to choose your sources wisely, and to avoid the “knee jerk” reaction of reading something and immediately sharing it on your own Facebook timeline, or forwarding to friends via any other media.

Blessings,
Rev. Lori Hlaban

(I am grateful to my colleague, The Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford, for sharing these links with a larger group of colleagues.)

To read previous posts, CLICK HERE.


UUFB CALENDAR  -  January 16-22

Buddhist Spiritual Affinity Group Mindfulness and insight meditation. 
Every Monday, 7:30-8:30
One Yoga Sanctuary, 73 Sea Island Pkwy.  All are welcome.
Chair Yoga Tuesdays, 10:30-11:45
UUFB Sanctuary, 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island
 
This Week:  (F.H. indicates Fellowship Hall)
Sun. Jan. 19.  11:30am-1:30pm.  RE Room.  Financial Advisory Committee Meeting.
Upcoming Events:
Sun. Jan. 25.  10:00-11:00am.  Bring A Friend Sunday.
                       11:30am-1:00pm.  RE Room.  Connections Class.
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