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

March 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. 

Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want
By Frances Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen 

Americans are distraught as tightly held economic and political power drowns out their voices and values. Legendary Diet for a Small Planet author Frances Moore Lappé and organizer-scholar Adam Eichen offer a fresh, surprising response to this core crisis. This intergenerational duo opens with an essential truth: It’s not the magnitude of a challenge that crushes the human spirit. It’s feeling powerless—in this case, fearing that to stand up for democracy is futile. It’s not, Lappé and Eichen argue. With riveting stories and little-known evidence, they demystify how we got here, exposing the well-orchestrated effort that has robbed Americans of their rightful power. But at the heart of this unique book are solutions. Even in this divisive time, Americans are uniting across causes and ideologies to create a “canopy of hope” the authors call the Democracy Movement. In this invigorating “movement of movements,” millions of Americans are leaving despair behind as they push for and achieve historic change. The movement and democracy itself are vital to us as citizens and fulfill human needs—for power, meaning, and connection—essential to our thriving. In this timely and necessary book, Lappé and Eichen offer proof that courage is contagious in the daring fight for democracy.

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]

Midweek “Unprogrammed Worship”
Thursday, March 15th at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

I am excited to share a new opportunity in our worship life together in March. Once midweek, each week, we will meet for worship in the spirit and style of Friends (that is to the say, the Quaker tradition). This unprogrammed form of is a silent sitting and meditation together inviting a sense of the spirit to enter our individual and collective consciousness. That means we sit in silence, sharing our presence and energy with the occasional voice rising up when someone is powerfully moved to share some gleaning for the good of the whole.

Douglas Steere wrote this about Quaker worship: “When I feel drawn to share something in the quiet meeting for worship, I simply rise and say it as briefly as I know how, seeking ever to keep close to the root and to avoid all vain and distracting ornamentation. The other worshippers often do not raise their heads or open their eyes. If they feel in unity with what I have shared and if it speaks to the condition of the meeting, out of which it sprang, then it becomes a seed for their meditation. If it does not, they pay little attention to it and continue in their own worship. If this or something given by one of the other members of the meeting interprets the common need and exercise of the meeting, it is often added to by others, and a common theme is developed that grips the mind of every participating worshipper who is present.”

The doors will be open 7:15 on each Thursday in March. There will be gentle gathering music playing from 7:15-7:30. At 7:30 pm, the bell will be rung and worship will commence and last about 45 minutes. Worship will be concluded with a greeting of one another.

I hope you will join me for this additional opportunity to worship together in a different way.

In peace,


Seeing our Racial Selves Through Film Discussion Group

The next screening: Hidden Figures
April 7th, Noon, Rahn Hall
Discussion Leader: Gail Scarborough

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), 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.

Worship this Sunday

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

"Failure and The Good Life"
Reverend David H. Messner

A philosophy of failing that might come in handy for the ride in front of all of us.

Our Worship Associate will be Amy Blackmarr
Our Storyteller will be Linda Archinaco
Music by Kelly Blackmarr, Special Guests and the Choir

Also This Sunday
  • 9:30 - 11:00 am: RE Adventure with Nancy
  • 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, Sanctuary
  • 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

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 April 11, 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 March 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!