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, January 4 “Be Prepared” Rev. Reed
Jazz Sunday returns to help us welcome 2015. Also returning—church member Steve Simon and his ex- cellent band, The Kings of Jazz. We will revisit the Boy Scout’s logo and ponder, on the threshold of a new year, what it means to be prepared. And for what?
Sunday, January 11 “What is Required” Rev. Reed
Once prepared, what is asked of us? By our church, our community? Our family, our faith. A sermon on restoration and justice.
Sunday, January 18 “MLK Sunday”
As we go to press, best options for our annual commemoration of the life and witness of Dr. King, are still coming together. Rest assured we will remember his legacy honorably and make timely application to our situation today. Watch for more news in forthcoming announcements.
Sunday, January 25 “Another Voice” Rev. Reed
T.S. Eliot, who was “almost Unitarian,” wrote,“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await an- other voice.” With the champagne depleted, party horns put away, and most of month one accomplished, the Minister will offer a meditation on a new year.
Forums at 10 am in Gage Hall
Sunday, January 4 “Dream Work and UUs: Using and Sharing this Inner GPS”
Jeremy Taylor is a Unitarian minister who has been in the forefront of the grassroots dream group movement for more than 30 years. We will discuss him and how his work reflects his religion. Betsy Grund, Member
Sunday, January 11 “Supporting Healthy Habits: Native Plants in the Home Landscape”
Join us in exploring the potential of gardening with native plants in your home landscape. Plants native to our area require little to no irrigation and fertilizers, once established helping to conserve water and protect the environment; plus, native plants attract wildlife such as butterflies and other beneficial insects. Going native is a great way to create a low-maintenance and dynamic landscape. Kim will offer suggestions of tried-and-true native plants for home landscaping applications as well as highlight resources to learn more.
A Green Sanctuary Forum, Kimberly Counts, Clemson’s Carolina Clear Program
Sunday, January 18 “There’s Something About Mary: The Cult of the Virgin in Contemporary Popular Catholicism”
During the past century, there has been a significant shift in Catholic pilgrimage practices away from traditional sites to places asso- ciated with the Virgin Mary. The speaker will place this shift in historical context by charting the growth of the Cult of Mary, de- scribe that Cult’s privileged place in popular Catholicism, and explain how the Cult simultaneously reaffirms and challenges the power of the Catholic Church’s magisterium.
Dr. Robert Westerfelhaus, professor of Communication Studies, College of Charleston
Sunday, January 25 “Charleston’s Green Business Challenge”
The Green Business Challenge (GBC) is a free local program designed to help any size business set goals for being better stewards of the earth’s resources. Its focus areas are Energy Consumption, Water Usage, Waste Generation, Green and Local Purchasing, and Healthiness of the Workplace. UU Charleston is a new participant this year. Come learn more about the GBC for your workplace and about our goals for UUC. A Green Sanctuary Forum.
Carolee Williams, Project Manager, Department of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability, City of Charleston