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                Unitarian Universalist 
            Fellowship of Beaufort, SC 


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Unitarian Universalist Association

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to service on the last Sunday of the month!


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

Upcoming Sundays
November Theme: Attention
November 17 – We Remember Them – Worship Team
November 24 – The Thanksgiving Door – Rev. Lori

UUFB Current Events: Click Here

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

All members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. As you know, our Fifth Principle affirms the “use of the democratic process within our congregations…” – and this is your opportunity to participate in that process. Reports from various committees will be heard. The proposed 2020 Budget will be explained. Members will vote for officers of the Fellowship, and on the Budget. 

By Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, the proposed Budget will be available for review in the For Our Members section of the UUFB website, and will be sent with the notice of the Annual Meeting this week. If you’re unable to attend, you are encouraged to complete a proxy ballot and get that to the office before the Meeting.

See you there!

UUFB T-Shirts! 

 Sunday, December 1 after service 
Just $15 
Sizes are limited 

UUSC Committee Report for 2019

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. (UUSC) is an independent nonsectarian 501 c3 nonprofit membership organization. They are a leading voice for human rights and social justice in the United States and the world.  UUFB is a member and supports this organization. This year we had an information table at the Social and Environmental Justice Committee Fair during coffee hour.

Each year UUSC has a fundraiser that is entitled Guest at Your Table.  This year the theme is entitled “Women Leaders, Strong Communities”.  On the November 24 service, UUFB members and friends will receive more information and a small cardboard box to put on their dining room table to collect change each time they sit down to a meal.  The box with donations will be collected Christmas Eve or Day and sent to UUSC as our contribution to UUSC’s efforts.

Allendale Correctional Documentary

SC-ETV will show a documentary about Allendale Correctional Institution this week and next week. ACI is the facility that Ancient Sea Island Continuum visits monthly to provide religious and ethical instruction to the Wiccan inmates. Last week, eight volunteers from UUFB traveled to ACI to deliver a tasty Low Country thanksgiving meal to the Wiccan prisoners.  Set your DVRs to get an inside look at ACI and learn more about the Character Restoration Initiative, November 21st at 8:30 pm and November 25th at 8 pm.

Braving The Wilderness Book Groups Forming!

As we know,  Minister Emeritus, Rev. Nan urged us in her sermon during Founders Weekend to read Brene Brown's Braving the Wilderness together. Rev Lori has embraced this idea.  In chatting with many of you, there is a lot of interest in doing just that.  We are planning an organizational meeting to find out just how many of us are interested and how we would like to proceed.  The organizational gathering will be Sunday,  December 15th at 11:30.  Because we are expecting that there may be quite a few of us, we may need to break up into groups, based on our needs and interests.  We hope to have the book group(s) begin in January.

Several approaches to reading and discussing the book can be considered:

  • A one-time discussion upon completion 
  • A four - six part discussion every other week as we read.
  • Shared facilitation
  • Group sizes: 6-10 members
  • Choose one or more possible meeting times.
  • Consider using Quaker, Parker Palmer's Circle of Trust Touchstones as a guide for discussion.

Join us for this organizational meeting.  Sign up then for the format you prefer, and choose a time that works for you!  And if you would like to see Brene Brown in action, you can watch her TED Talk here.

~Jennifer Rhodes and Kate Hudson


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.

January  12, 2020: “Why Christianity Must Change or Die”  by Bishop John Shelby Spong. Discussion leader: Jay Weidner.

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. 

Also mark your calendars for the popular Christmas Carol Hymn Sing and Pot luck on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 5:00PM in Fellowship Hall.

For more information contact Barbara James.

A Challenge has been issued!
Will you accept?

The Stewardship Committee has received a Challenge Pledge from John and Cori Hoffman.  They have offered to match future 2020 pledges submitted up to $1,500.  So we need your help!  

How this works: if a new pledge for 2020 comes in for $500 then they will match that amount, leaving $1,000 still to be matched.  If you have already pledged, you are welcome to increase yours because this will also count towards the matching pledge from the Hoffmans.

So please get your pledges in because that makes your challenge-matching pledge worth double its amount! Let’s see how quickly we can reach the magic number of $1,500!

Warmest regards,
Grace M Drake
Stewardship Committee Chair

Habitat Faith Build Events!

UUFB is partnered with other Beaufort area faith groups on the Faith Build house, a project of Habitat for Humanity of the LowCountry.  Our volunteers who have gone through the introductory training have already been emailed, but we'd like to highlight some upcoming events open to the general public. Please note the dates have changed.

10am – Saturday November 23 - The Dataw-2 Build house (2521 Mossy Oaks Road in Beaufort), which is next door to the Faith Build, will be dedicated and the keys presented to the new owners.  If you worked on the Faith Build, chances are you walked over and worked on the Dataw-2 build as well.  It should be rewarding to see the Sawyer family take ownership of their new house.

12 noon - Saturday December 14 - The Faith Build house (2523 Mossy Oaks Road in Beaufort) will be dedicated and the keys presented to the Green family.  You are encouraged to attend this event if you volunteered on the house, or if you contributed financially.  UUFB made a significant contribution in both ways, and it would be fun to have to a good showing.  

Also, I'd like to remind you that there remain opportunities to do items from the final punch list of the Faith Build on Thursdays, 8am-12. Sign up at

Any questions? Contact Tom Hlaban.

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

Dear Ones,

By now many of you have heard that our Unitarian Universalist congregation in Augusta, Georgia arrived at services last weekend to find that their entrance had been vandalized with hateful, antisemitic, graffiti. Here’s a link to the post on their Facebook page:

As I said in an email to my colleague serving there, an incident such as this reminds us that we are a religious minority – not just here in the South, but nearly everywhere in this country. Yet, the Augusta congregation is taking a unique approach to this vandalism. 

As an Augusta news station reported, they are opting to leave the graffiti in place for at least a week. They hope that people will come see it, and that it will foster conversation about acceptance and compassion. In the report, church leaders explicitly invite the vandal(s) to come to a service, so they can experience welcome and learn more about the congregation and Unitarian Universalism. 

These leaders are deliberately turning the other cheek as the Rabbi Jesus encouraged those who were wronged to do. They are meeting hate with love and compassion. This demonstrates the very core of our Unitarian Universalist faith, a faith that’s based on a love that is expansive enough to welcome all – and strong enough to withstand such attacks. 

Next week many of us will gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving. May we breathe into these gatherings, offering love and compassion to all; and, may we remember that there is an all-encompassing love holding us, holding all, that will not let us go. 

See you soon!

Rev. Lori Hlaban

To read previous posts, CLICK HERE.

The Time Is Now...
"We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give."-Winston Churchill
Pledges are still coming in and we currently have around $117,500. That is great but we have not reached our $130,000 goal.  We have received pledges from 36 units and 4 Friends of the congregation. 

The deadline has passed but it is not too late. Our congregation is a loving and generous one.  We have confidence that you will come through and we will reach our goal.  A report of the pledges is being compiled for the Board to help with the budget.  Let’s show the Board our support by getting those pledges in!

If you are concerned about making regular payments, please know that pledges  may be paid in various ways such as lump sum, scheduled installments (i.e. through your bank’s Bill Pay) or even on an irregular basis.  It is whatever works best for your financial situation. 

Do you need a pledge form?  You may print one from the Stewardship page on the website or pick one up from the Stewardship tray on the office counter.  There are also extra packets in the tray too.  

    Note: It is now November, so the end of the year is coming up soon!  
            Are you caught up on your 2019 pledges?  

Warmest regards,
    Grace M Drake
    Stewardship Committee Chair

UUFB CALENDAR  - November 21-28
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)
Sat. Nov. 23  10:00am-1:00pm.  Habitat For Humanity Faith Build Dedication.
Upcoming Events:
Thu. Dec. 5.  8:30-9:30am.  IHOP.  Men's Breakfast.
                      9:00-10:00am.  Women's Breakfast.
                      5:00-6:30pm.  RE Room.  Membership Committee Meeting.
Sun. Dec. 8.  11:30am-1:00pm.  F.H.  UUFB Annual Meeting.
                     5:00-7:30pm.  F.H.  Christmas Carol Sing & Potluck.
Wed. Dec. 11.  5:30-7:00pm.  F.H.  SEJ Meeting.
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