Service on Sunday 11 am in Sanctuary
Dress is casual, unless you want to dress up--that's okay too. The typical service includes a sermon, songs relevant to the sermon, a period of silent reflection and an opportunity for people to express the joys and concerns in their lives. After the service, which lasts about an hour, all are invited next door to Gage Hall for coffee and conversation. There are religious education classes for the youth, and childcare is provided for the young ones.
The sermon you hear on any given Sunday is but a snapshot of our complex church community, just one thread in a tapestry woven from our diverse backgrounds and beliefs. (Sermons are available for download on the Sermons page.) You may also pick up reprints of previous sermons at the information table just inside Gage Hall at coffee hour. There you will find other information about Unitarian Universalism and a friendly person or two who will try to answer any questions you might have.
People with mobility issues and visitors, please park in the Church's parking lot behind Gage Hall or at The Charleston Day School lot across the street. All others, please park in the Queen Street and Forever 21 parking garages. Parking is free if you present the current Sunday bulletin. We have a ramp for wheelchair access into the sanctuary and FM listening devices are available from our ushers. Large print copies of the bulletin are also available.
Childcare is provided in the Annex during Services.
SUNDAY CHURCH SCHEDULE - 11 am
Sunday, October 5 “Soul Liberty,” Rev. Reed
Roger Williams, founder of Providence, RI, was banished from the Massachusetts colony because of his insistence “that no man should be molested for his conscience.” Williams emphasis on religious liberty cost him but his obedience to principle was an inspiration to Unitarians of his era and can be for us today.
Sunday, October 12 “Who Knew God Was an Abstract Expressionist?,” Rev. Reed
A meditation on autumn, with a title borrowed from poet Jacqueline Osherow. Oblivious to human strife and struggle, autumn arrives again to remind us of a natural rhythm deeper than our concerns and more reliable than our faith.
Sunday, October 19 “The Darkest Hour or the Brightest?,” Rev. Reed
In his story “Halloween Tree,” Ray Bradbury poses the thoughtful question, “Will we ever stop being afraid of nights and death?” Well?
Sunday, October 26 “Sources of Hope,” Rev. Nancy Pellegrini
What sources of hope do you draw upon? What are some insights and inspiration related to those dark nights of the soul? Join us to explore concepts from process theology, our Unitarian roots, and ways to reorient your thinking.
Forum at 10 am in Gage Hall
October 5 “Connect with Connecting Circles”
Curious about the Connecting Circles program? Linda Maxwell Allen, Maureen Porter, and others will describe what happens in a Connecting Circle. Linda and Maureen are co-chairs of the Connecting Circles Steering Committee
October 12 “Beyond Sectarianism: A New Middle East Cold War?”
While explanations of the prevailing conflicts in the Middle East often start and stop with sectarianism, this framework may do more to distort than illuminate the region’s critical dynamics. A more useful framework for understanding could be to think of these conflicts as part of a new regional cold war, with Iran, Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia as primary actors. John Creed, Associate Professor of Political Science at the College of Charleston
October 19 “Musica Esoterica—Connecting Music, Number, and Nature”
An overview of a decade-long exploration in combining computing and music in the context of computer-aided analysis, composition, and performance. Bill Manaris is a computer science educator, researcher, and musician. His interests include computing in the arts, human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence. Bill Manaris
October 26 “People Don’t All Act the Same, Do They?”
An introduction to psychological preferences that can help us understand natural differences among people. C. Claire Law is a certified professional in the administration of the MBTI® instrument. Personality type gives us a language for discussing different work styles, communication styles, learning styles, or even whether we plan to attend the church Forum lecture orsleep in on Sundays.