Unitarian Church in Charleston
Summer Service Schedule
June 19 “Heroes, Just For One Day”
William Epes, Intern Minister
Annual Picnic Service at James Island County Park, Stono Shelter.
Begin arriving at 10:00 a.m., Informal Worship Service at 11:00 a.m.
Service followed by picnic lunch. Dress comfortably and bring a dish to share.
Who has the courage to love against all odds? All of our sandwiches are heroes at the end-of-church-year picnic. So are all our friends. Even if they are hot dogs. We find out why in tales short and tall.
June 26 “Under the Sea at 2050: A Lighthearted Look at Climate Change”
Sharon Strong, Leader
What will happen to our church by mid-century as we try to adapt to a warmer and less predictable planet? Members of this spring’s Green Sanctuary Adult RE class “Change is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions” have built a time machine, and invite you to come along.
July 3 “Unitarian Universalism and Patriotism”
Richard Hayes, Col (ret) USAF, and Rev. Danny Reed
For Unitarian Universalists and religious liberals, patriotism is not a simple matter; like the rest of life, it is complicated, and we’ll never all agree on one single interpretation. Yet we know we share certain abiding ideals that relate directly to patriotism. Come explore these issues in our “July 4th” service.
July 10 “May Be”
A consideration of the possibilities of our lives and our inability to forecast our own futures. Sometimes we cannot determine where we will be going, nor can we determine what each step along the way means. We do know there are infinite possibilities in our lives, and we can determine how and what we think about those possibilities. Ruth Rambo, a native of Cincinnati Ohio, is the former Associate State Director of AARP Alabama. A published poet, African folklorist, and avid reader, Ruth brings a wealth of experience and perspective to our summer pulpit.
July 17″Meditation, Mindfulness, Centering, Prayer”
Muni Natarajan and Gary Smith
Can meditation be a pathway to greater spirituality? So many names and forms. How are they different and similar? Does it matter? Church members Muni Natarajan, a Hindu monk for 37 years in a monastery in Kauai, Hawaii, and Gary Smith, our Sunday meditation teacher, will ponder these questions and guide us in meditations.
July 24 “The Other U in Unitarian Universalism – Universalism”
Rev. Nancy Pellegrini
Scholar Michael Hogue describes Unitarian Universalism as having morphed “from intra-theological Christian meanings (anti-trinitarian and universal salvation) to inter-theological claims about the nature of religion as drawing from many sources.” What does our faith mean for us? We will explore the evolution of Universalism by listening to the voices of prominent historical figures. Expect guest appearances.
July 31 “Pants on Fire”
William Epes, Intern Minister
What is so human about a lie? Noble lies, white lies, lies of commission and omission. Where does right end and wrong begin? We cross these lines with Plato, Orwell, and Bok to consider how to live in a web of trust, faith, and hope.
August 7 “August Amblings”
Rev. Danny Reed
Rev. Danny can’t possibly know at press time in June what might need to be said in August. Why, anything could happen. And it probably will. Join the minister as he shares his annual summer sermon.
August 14 “Throw Wide the Doors”
Rev. Janice Wald Friedman
Interfaith Minister, Rev. Friedman will explore the ways in which we welcome and integrate people with disabilities into our faith communities. She will contemplate how full inclusion fits into our diverse religious values and religious community.
August 21 “Divine Educators”
Bahá’ís believe that throughout history, God has sent to humanity a series of Divine Educators whose teachings have provided the basis for the advancement of civilization. These Divine Educators have included Abraham, Buddha, Jesus, Krishna, Moses, Muhammad, and Zoroaster. Bahá’u’lláh, the latest of these Messengers, explained that the religions of the world come from the same Source and are in essence, successive chapters of one religion from God. David Springer was introduced to Bahá’i in 1969 in Mexico City and his life was changed. Today he is an elected leader with Charleston’s Bahá’i Spiritual Assembly.
August 28 “Trans Voices, Trans Lives”
Jen Bennett, John Hyatt, and William Epes, Intern Minister
In a world where the gender binary remains dominant and privileged, Transgender and Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) folks have a multitude of obstacles, bumpy roads, and intense adventures. At this service, learn about some of these obstacles, and about the work being done by TGNC people and their allies to make that road a little more navigable, and one filled with companionship, love, and acceptance.
September 4 “Oh, For the Love of…Church!”
What can be learned by a newly minted Unitarian Universalist from three years service on the Vestry and attendance at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association. And what does the word “church” actually mean to us?
September 11 Annual Pancake Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (floating)