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

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UU Book Club

February 13th and 27th, 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. 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

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]

Adam Miller
"I'll Sing You a Story"
March 3rd, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
​$10 adults, $5 children 12 and under
Benefitting WRUU 107.5

This will be a wonderful family concert, a great day for lunch and a show with the kids! I hope people are excited for it and we can plan for more family arts programming in the future. Buying tickets in advance will help us prepare -- click below to learn more!
Sounds and Spirits Concert
Divas Are Forever: It's Complicated
Sunday, March 4th
4:00 - 6:00 pm: Sanctuary

Three of Savannah’s finest vocalists (soprano Rebecca Flaherty, contralto Jaquelyn Hamilton and soprano Jillian Pashke Durant) will join forces with pianist Dr. Michael Braz of Georgia Southern University to present a scintillating program spanning a wide time period and a generous smorgasbord of styles, from Classical to jazz to show to pop music. This intimate, one-time showcase will offer up an exciting variety of songs, all exploring the joyful, sorrowful, complex and bewildering nature of being human. 

Worship this Sunday

February 25th, 2018, 9:30 and 11:00 am
Our worship theme in February is Earth

"Salt of the Earth"
Reverend David H. Messner

Why do we fail so often at being there when people need us?

Our Worship Associate will be Amy Blackmarr
Our Storyteller will be Trent Kissinger
Music by Kelly Blackmarr and the Choir

Also This Sunday
  • 9:30 - 11:00 am: Service and Fellowship
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Service and Fellowship
  • 12:40 - 1:10 pm: Youth Choir Practice
  • 4:00 - 6:00 pm: Inner City Night Shelter
  • 7:30 - 8:30 pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place

Religious Ecucation
Nancy Arteberry, Director of Religious Education [email protected]

Give Us Your (Slightly) Tired Books!
We are now accepting donations of books and DVDs for our annual Youth Book Sale, to be held on Saturday, February 24. Please drop your donations in Rahn Hall in the designated collection baskets. Fiction and nonfiction books preferred. No textbooks, magazines, computer programming manuals, or outdated travel guides. If you are a book lover who is interested in helping to make this event even more awesome, please contact Nancy (r[email protected]). We’re seeking volunteers who are interested in helping us turn this into a community event.

2/23 (Friday), set-up in Rahn Hall, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
2/24 (Saturday), book sale in Rahn Hall, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
2/24 (Sunday), book sale in Rahn Hall, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Bagels and Bible,
Bagels and Philosophy
Two New Study Groups with Rev. Dave

I want to try something new - joining 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 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:  WEDNESDAY February 7th, 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: WEDNESDAY February 28th, 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!