The Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah

            311 East Harris Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (MAP)             912-549-0326            
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Sunday Morning Worship
March 1, 11:00 AM
Our Worship Theme for March is Wisdom

Rev. Susan Karlson preaching 
"Listening To The Teaching Of The Soul"
Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet, scholar and Sufi mystic, writes about what it means to be a seeker. We look at the wisdom within and around us.

Our Worship Associate is Margaret Hall

Our Storyteller is Jennifer Highland

Music by Kelly Blackmarr, Ray Williams and the Choir

Hospitality by  numerous cookie contributors!

Rev. Susan's Schedule

minister@uusavannah.org

347 466-0864

Days off--Mondays and Tuesdays

Study day--Friday

Office hours--3:00 - 6:00 pm Wednesdays

Your minister  is always available in the event of emergencies or crisis when you need to speak with her.

Note: While Rev Susan is out of town on Feb 20 and 21 pastoral care coverage will be provided.

Next Sunday Worship

March 8, 11:00 am
Our Worship Theme for March is Wisdom

Rev. Susan Karlson preaching

Wise Women


Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. ~~ Sandra Carey

Religious Education

Eva Newbold, Director     re@uusavannah.org

Book Sale This Sunday!

Our book sale will take place this Sunday, March 1 from 9:00-4:00 in Rahn Hall. Come Sunday ready to buy some books and support our church! And make sure to spread the news!

We will continue to accept donations in Rahn Hall or in the trash can marked "UU Book Donations," outside 311 E Harris St., until Saturday. Please drop your used books, CDs, DVDs, and video games in the box, and our youth will do the rest. 

Thank you!


Call for Toys
We're revamping our nursery and are looking for donated toys.  If you have any gently used toys you'd like to donate for our little ones to use, please contact me at re@uusavannah.org

RE Wishlist
I've created a RE Amazon wishlist with supplies that are needed for our classrooms. Please take a look and consider donating to our RE program. 
Thank you to everyone who has already donated, it is so appreciated!
Find it here:  WISHLIST

Social Justice and Action

Contact: Jim Rosch jimrosch@gmail.com or 518-232-1005 

Inner City Night Shelter  click this link to sign up!  It's always the 3rd Sunday of the month.

March 15, 4:20 pm, 124 Arnold St.  
Making sandwiches, sandwiches, sandwiches and serving said sandwiches is a great way to bring UUCS to the community.   
Contact  nick.holtzman@gmail.com to let him know!

Celebrating Families   click this link to sign up!
Tuesdays, Mar 17 and 31 and April 28,  at 5:30 pm
At the Baptist Hall on the corner of Whitaker and Hull Streets
The Celebrating Families program is an alternative for incarceration for people who are convicted of a non-violent crime and so can join this program of non-incarceration.  . We provide and serve the main meal, salad, bread, dessert and beverages.

Congregations in Service
Our group of churches get together in the fall and spring to provide service to local charitable organizations. Our next weekend is April 18 and 19. Mark your calendars and make a commitment to join us in the worthwhile cause. More details will be coming as to what the projects will be and where we will meet. I just heard from one of the members that the blankets that we supply are being gratefully  used at the Family Justice Center that provides services for domestic abuse. 

Affordable Housing

Coalition meeting March 25, 9 am, Savannah Police Central Precinct, 1710 MLK Blvd.

The Chatham County Housing Coalition is a group of non-profit-, public-, and corporate organizations that advocates for good quality affordable housing.  Its three broad strategies are: 1. Retain, improve, and develop housing; 2. Increase local housing investments; and 3. Adopt supportive policies.   Here's the Coalition flyer with more info.


Although Savannah is widely known for its elegant public and private buildings, forty-four percent of Savannah households cannot afford good quality housing.  Are there ways UUCSavannah can help the Coalition reach its goals? Please come to the next Coalition meeting to explore the possibilities.

Treasurer's Report

Lilli Hutto


We are well into our 8th month in this 12-month cycle and pledges are at 74%. Thank you for your support and keep those pledges coming in! 

As of Jan 31, our finances are in a positive upturn.  We have a surplus, and if this trend holds, we will have funds at the end of the year to contribute to the reserve account. 

Income: $141,750 - Expense: $116,348 = Net Income: $25,402


Other items of interest:

Discretionary monies were moved to savings when Rev Dave left. We have opened a new account for Rev Susan so that she can financially assist persons struggling to meet basic needs. 

We suspended third Sunday charity collections for just this year. Cash flow was too tight last year, so in addition to a lean budget we felt the need to focus inward and build reserves. We are accomplishing this objective and have every intention of instating third Sunday collections next year. 

I supply monthly financials to the board and hope to post them to the church website in a timelier manner. As always if you can’t wait, email me at treasurer@uusavannah.org and I’ll send you a copy.

Lastly, in the next few months the finance team and I will be working on the budget and planning a budget round table meeting to gather congregation input. As you may know the finance team is comprised of 8 amazing church members. If you would like to join us let me know.

A New Starting Point Series Begins March 14 

Saturdays, March 14, 21 and 28 in Rahn Hall, 2:00 to 4:00. For more information or to register, contact Linda Archinaco at 843-422-0387 or membership@uusavannah.org


Are you new to Unitarian Universalism, or have you been here awhile and would like to deepen your connection and understanding? Join us in the Starting Point workshops! 

They offer a rich, small-group format where newcomers as well as current members have a chance to connect and experience what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. More than just a conversation, each session is built around deep listening, spiritual reflection and journeying together. They provide an opportunity to consider your own spiritual path, our congregation's history and future, and the changing role of UU in today's world. 

Explore! Engage! Connect! 


The spiritual path is not a solo endeavor. In fact, the very notion of a self who is trying to free him/herself is a delusion. We are in it together and the company of spiritual friends helps us realize our connectedness. - Tara Brach

Covenant Groups - Soul Matters

Join one today    


Meeting once a month in conversation around our monthly worship theme, Covenant Groups share experience and reflect together.  Use the link above or talk to Linda Archinaco archinacol@aol.com   or Rev Susan minister@uusavannah.org to get more details.


The folks who're part of one are deepening and broadening their journey.  You will, too.


This is from the intro to Resilience:

When did we decide that resilience was a solo project? It's not that we consciously defined it that way. It's just what we were taught, from the time we were little until, well, today. The same thing was - and is - said in so many ways: "Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps"; "You're stronger than you think."; "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.”; “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” The cultural message is clear: resilience depends on you - your individual toughness and inner strength. It’s a solo act.

Remember those folk sayings that hold up the image of a tree being able to bend with the wind? Remember how they end with a message about resilience resting in our ability to flexibly lean and bend? Well, for us UUs, another kind of leaning is just as important: the practice of leaning on those next to us! Yes, bend with the wind we say, but also remember that no one makes it through the windstorms alone. 

Seldom Sober 
March 22, 2:30 pm

in the Sanctuary

Savannah’s premier Irish folk duo, with guitarist Michael Corbett and fiddler Colleen Settle, has twice performed as the opening band for Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones. Their music has been featured on WGPB Radio’s Morning Edition, the Love Letters podcast from the Boston globe and PRX, and radio shows spanning the globe, including as remote as New Zealand.

Did You Know We Can UU The Vote??!!


CHECK IT OUT HERE!!!          There's a cool video!

WRUU 107.5 FM Community Radio 

Volunteer Orientation 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Rahn Hall

WRUU 107.5 is Connect Savannah’s “Best of Local Radio” and “Best of Local Talk Radio” 2019 winner!  Our all-volunteer station seeks members of our community who have media/marketing, fundraising and other talents to keep us going strong. We are also accepting proposals for program hosts.  For more information, visit www.wruu.org program@wruu.org.

How was church on Sunday?


The Worship Team wants to know what you think. 

Please take a moment to respond to THESE THREE QUESTIONS.

The Worship Ministry invites members who would like to be a service leader to contact Margaret Hall at mghall8000@gmail.com

A special thank you to the Covenant Group members who shared their thoughts on the first three principles on January 5th.  If other covenant groups would like to follow their lead and ask three members to share on a topic that you've studied, please let Margaret know.  

Hospitality Host

Contact: Judy Gauthier - jwgauthier@att.net


Mar 1 - Judy Gauthier, Elmer Schleich and Jody Lane, Craig Esteve, Rachel Walman and Kris Baucom will all bring cookies for the book sale Sunday.
March 8 - Laura Potts-Wirht

Being a hospitality host involves providing refreshments, setting out the food and cleaning up afterwards, which could take up to an hour before service and two hours after. Please read the guidelines for more detail on what is required.

These are the GUIDELINES for use of Rahn Hall
BRING YOUR HOSPITALITY HERE   Click to volunteer

Rahn Hall Art Gallery Opening Soon!

Notice to All Artists ! Have you ever wanted to have your artwork on display for the public to appreciate?  Would you like to help beautify our wonderful new Rahn Hall?

The Rahn Hall UUCS Art Gallery is now accepting submissions for works to be shown on the walls of Rahn Hall!

Please click for more information.

General Assembly
June 24 - 28, Providence, RI

Our annual meeting of Unitarian Universalists, General Assembly, is only a few months away, and UUA staff are busy preparing to make it a meaningful and memorable experience. We’ll be in Providence, RI from June 24-28 with workshops, worship, and many other opportunities to connect in faith and community.


Among the many highlights in our programming lineup, I am particularly excited to announce today that Naomi Klein will give our Ware Lecture! She is the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University. Klein is also an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and international and New York Times bestselling author of On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal. She is a regular media commentator in print, radio, and television and The New Yorker has called her “the most visible and influential figure on the American left—what Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky were thirty years ago.”

The Ware Lecture was established by a gift from Harriet E. Ware in 1920 and has been given each year at General Assembly. Past lecturers include Martin Luther King Jr. (1966), Kurt Vonnegut (1986), Mary Oliver (2006), and Brittany Packnett (2018). It is an honor to have Naomi Klein join us this year. 

Learn more and register for UUA General Assembly today.

A Snapshot of our UUCS Congregation

 Joel Matulys, Board Member   jmatulys@gmail.com

See all parts of the Snapshot here.

Another Way to Painlessly Support UUCS


Did you know that when you shop via Amazon that there are two ways to support the church?  

Amazon account holders can choose to use Amazon Smile to designate the "Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah" as the recipient of a small portion of each purchase (remember to save an Amazon Smile bookmark (smile.amazon.com)).  You can also simply link through to Amazon via the text at the top of the right column on our website home page and when you order UUCS then also receives a small portion.

                                                                     UNSUBSCRIBE Me, Please