The Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah

311 East Harris Street, Savannah, GA 31401  *  Troup Square  *  912-549-0326

Striving to be a beacon of love and liberal religion
in the Greater Savannah area

Dear Friends,

We welcome you to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah. 

We are Unitarian Universalists and work together to be a beacon of liberal religion in Savannah.  This means we are bound together in faith by covenant rather than creed.  This means we open ourselves to different sources of knowing about what is most important and true in this world.  This means we work to actively live into the promise of common human worth and dignity.  Most of all, it means that we welcome you to become part of our community, no matter who you are and where you’re coming from.

We intend this web site to be a resource for learning and kicking off the process of getting connected, but we hope you’ll come to join us on a Sunday so we can worship together and share in all the possibilities that brings.  We meet most every Sunday at 9:30 and 11:00 am  at our Church on Troup Square. 

If you have questions at any time in your journey, just let me know--talking about what we’re creating together is one of my favorite things….

In Faith,

Rev. Dave

Rev. David H. Messner

UUCS Minister

Kristin King's Ensemble Eclectic: "Music to Entice the Soul"

Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 7:00

Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah

On Saturday, February 3, this local trio of harp, violin and cello will perform a one-time concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah. The intimate and lively showcase is open to the public, with doors opening at 6:30pm and show time at 7:00pm. Tickets are $20, available at or at the door, for audiences ages 13 and above. Wine Reception afterward in Rahn Hall.

Audience members will enjoy selections from a variety of musical genres during this diverse concert. Repertoire includes ragtime tunes, classical waltzes, contemporary selections and even a few theme songs from classic films.

Harpist Kristin King attended Loyola University of Chicago and moved to Savannah in 2004 to start New Arts Ensembles, a live music-booking agency, with violinist Ricardo Ochoa. In 2012 she released her first solo album, “Resonating,” and is credited on the original soundtrack for the major motion picture “Don Jon” (2013). She is also the founder of Uncommon Collective.

Violinist Ricardo Ochoa was born in Venezuela and at the age of 15, he was accepted in the Venezuela Philharmonic, becoming the youngest professional musician in the orchestra. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Savannah Symphony Orchestra. He is currently principal second of the Savannah Philharmonic and founding member of the Gypsy Swing band Velvet Caravan. Ochoa has performed as a soloist with the Venezuelan Philharmonic, Amityville Symphony and Queens College Orchestra.

Cellist Joseph Harvey attended Roosevelt University in Chicago for graduate studies and has played with various orchestras and chamber ensembles, including The New Music Group at the University of Akron, the Gladden String Quartet, and the Marini String Quartet. He is Co-Founder of LA’s String Theory's rock persona, Debacle, in addition to teaching privately and performing with the Savannah Philharmonic.

Everyone is invited to attend this anticipated concert at Unitarian Universalist of Savannah 311 Harris Street. This venue provides a unique experience that allows the audience to share the experience one-on-one with the performers.

Kids’ Night Out: PJs and Popcorn
January 26, 6:00 - 10:00 pm.

Calling all kids! We are offering a “PJs and Popcorn” Kids’ Night Out on Friday, January, 26, from 6:00 to 10:00 in Phillippa’s Place. Put on your jammies and join us for Bingo, winter-themed crafts, hot dogs, popcorn, and movies. Kids’ Night Out is affordable at only $20 per child, with $10 per additional child from the same family. Children up to 8th grade are invited, and our nursery will be open for children age 3 and under. Parents, time to enjoy a night on the town or a cozy night at home! Please register your children by following the link below; payment will be accepted at the door.

Listen to WRUU FM, Savannah's Community Radio with Global Soul at 107.5You can also stream from the website:


UU Book Club

January 23rd, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Rahn Hall
Second and Fourth Tuesdays  

The UU Book Club will read both fiction and non-fiction, confronting topics like race, religious pluralism, social justice, violence, native peoples, American exceptionalism, health, gender, and the environment. 

In January, the UU Book Club will be reading Margaret Atwood's "Oryx and Crake." In this novel, Snowman (known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague) is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Once again, Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.

If you would like to join us in our readings, but can not attend book club meetings, please sign up for a weekly email. Emails can include short videos, music, articles and links that expand upon the text. You can sign up and drop out of emails anytime. Many of our future books will be available for sale at the UU Bookstore in Rahn Hall. For all things Book Club related, please email Kelsey Buckner at [email protected]

Worship this Sunday

January 28th 2018, 9:30 and 11:00 am
Our Worship Theme in January is Fire 

“Question Box Sermon”
Rev. David H. Messner

Community conversation as a basic mechanism of our evolving spiritual understanding.

Our Worship Associate is Amy Blackmarr
Our Storyteller is John Iaderosa
Music by Kelly Blackmarr and the Choir

Also This Sunday
  • 9:30 - 10:30 am: Service and Fellowship
  • 11:00 - noon: Service and Fellowship
  • 12:40 - 1:10 pm: Youth Choir Practice, Sanctuary
  • 2:00 - 5:00 pm: WRUU Hosts Meeting, Rahn Hall
  • 7:30 - 8:30 pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place
Bagels and Bible,
Bagels and Philosophy
Two New Study Groups with Rev. Dave

In January I want to try something new, in joining together for regular gatherings where we read and reflect on sacred and ancient texts together. We had such a good experience with the sacred text series we held some time ago, that I’d like to see about making these standing groups.

Just for fun and purposes of physical sustenance, the location for both groups in January will be the Midtown Deli & Bagel Shop located in Chatham Plaza at 7805 Abercorn St #18, Savannah, GA 31406.

Our reading and discussion will begin promptly at 10am and conclude by 11. We will be following a structured format in which we will undertake both a serious and reflective reading of the texts. We may read very small amounts of text in one meeting! I will be there from 9:30 am, each day and you are welcome to come early as well so we can all have a chance to get food before the meeting starts.

THE BAGELS AND BIBLE GROUP: FIRST MEETING will be WEDNESDAY JANUARY 10th, Gather from 9:30-10 am, begin 10 sharp.
  • The first three months, we’ll begin with the Book of Genesis from the Hebrew Bible. This is such rich text to explore the nature of creation, cosmology, and humanness and the foundations of social ethics together.
  • The text selection for the first meeting will be introduced at the start of the meeting. We will be using the JPS (2004) translation as our primary text.

THE BAGELS AND PHILOSOPHY GROUP: FIRST MEETING will be WEDNESDAY JANUARY 24th, Gather from 9:30-10 am, begin 10 sharp.
  • The first 6 months, we’ll begin with Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.
  • The text selection for the first meeting will be introduced at the start of the meeting. We will be using the Sachs translation as our primary text (ISBN-13: ISBN-13: 978-1585100354).

Reading and engaging words together can be a powerful experience. Drop me a note and let me know if you are coming for sure or would like to work with me on facilitating the group ([email protected]). Although drop-ins are welcome at this first and every subsequent meeting, it helps me plan when I know who and how many to expect. It also provides that comforting thought that I will not be eating my bagel and reading alone, although I am able to do so!
The next screening: Fences
Saturday! February 10th, noon, Rahn Hall
Raymond Holmes and Robert Pawlicki will facilitate this screening. 

Adult Religious Education Opportunity    
Series Led by Dr. Dorothy Holmes
Certain Saturdays Noon to 3:30PM in Rahn Hall
A series of five films, Selma (Oct), Moonlight (Dec), Fences (Feb 10), Hidden Figures (April 7), and Get Out (June 9), followed by discussion and then fellowship. Each film will have a moderator, to set the stage, briefly, with opening reflections and framing questions. Potluck refreshments will be provided by the participants. 
Sign up in Rahn Hall.