The Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah

            311 East Harris Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (MAP)             912-549-0326            
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Sunday Morning Worship
May 24, 11:00 AM
Our Worship Theme for May is Thresholds

Kelly Blackmarr preaching

All Music Sunday

Reflecting on the following statement from the Reform Jewish prayerbook: "There is evil enough to break the heart, and there is good enough to exult the soul." What does this mean? What is evil? What is good? If both exist and both phrases are true, what is in between? Is the gap where Truth or God is found? This service will contain both words and music to explore and express responses to these questions.

Use this link to join on Sunday at 11 am

in-person services are suspended temporarily

Please send your joys and concerns to Rev Susan before noon on Saturday

Feedback and suggestions are very welcome - we'll work together to make Sunday's experience the best it can be.

Watch your inbox for a more specific announcement about the Sunday Service

 and copy of the Order of Service.

Twice Weekly Virtual Pastoral Chats with Rev Susan

In response to our need to be emotionally and socially close, Rev. Susan invites you to an informal chat session where we can be together apart.  Just drop in!

Join on Thursday, May 21st, at 2:00 pm 

via this link:

Join Rev. Susan on Tuesday, May 26th,  at 7:00 pm 
via this link:

Both will be held via Zoom.

The Pastoral Care team is where to look for the helpers (and to be a helper).

Rachel Walman - Co-Chair, Pastoral Care Committee

As you may have seen in recent communications, we've started to gather a list of people who are interested in helping to deliver groceries and other items for members of the congregation that need to remain homebound. We're also gathering a list of volunteers who are willing to call fellow members to reach out and check in with people. During this time of social distancing, we don't need to be socially isolated and a simple phone call can go a long way in bringing some cheer to everyone's day. 

To be on the giving or receiving end of this community effort please contact

The Annual meeting of 

the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah

Sunday, June 14th after the service

We will meet to:

Hear a report from the Board

Vote on the proposed budget

Elect a slate of officers for the 2020-2021 church year

You'll find the proposed budget in the member's area of this web site and the absentee ballot will be posted soon.  If you haven't requested access yet, please do so on that page and it will be granted to any member in good standing (it may take several days).

Watch for reminder emails about this important meeting - it's important to have a quorum and this will be our first entirely virtual annual meeting.

Next Sunday, May 31st
Our Worship Theme for May is Thresholds

Rev. Susan Karlson preaching 
We Rise Together

Religious Education

Eva Newbold, Director    

Say hello to Hannah Ringer, Director-in-waiting

Hannah Ringer and her husband, Shawn, and baby boy, Archer, moved from Iowa to Georgia two years ago. Her family relocated to the east coast to be closer to her two stepchildren, ages 9 and 10. Hannah and Shawn were drawn to the beautiful city of Savannah but currently reside in Richmond Hill. 

Hannah went to the University of Iowa, where she received her bachelor's degree in biology in 2009. She then lived in Alaska for some time, where she earned her master's degree in secondary science education in 2016. While in graduate school, she had the opportunity to teach in a remote village in Alaska where students actually flew to school! 

Hannah currently teaches middle and high school science at Savannah Classical Academy. She is moving out to Richmond Hill Middle School to teach 8th grade science for the 2020-2021 school year. Hannah is very passionate about education and enjoys working with students of all ages. She is excited for the opportunity to be the Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah. The strong sense of community, social justice, and core principles of the church have really drawn Hannah and her family in. She looks forward to exploring her spirituality in the comfort of such an inviting and open church atmosphere.

RE Wishlist
We'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

Regarding the temporary suspension of Religious Education Classes:
I'll be emailing materials to RE families every week that you can use to do Sunday's RE class at home. You'll receive an email the Friday before. Please reach out if you have any questions. You can reach me through email or by phone at (912) 401-1401.
2020 Stewardship Campaign, Living Generously

Week Six Update

As our stewardship campaign comes to a close, I’d like to thank Rev. Karlson for her guidance, the board for their leadership and input, and the finance team for helping to make calls to the congregation.  

Our first ever virtual campaign has involved a lot of learning on the fly—it has certainly been an experience!  Thanks to you all, it has also been very successful one.

Our total pledges for the coming fiscal year are $191,000.  This represents a 5% increase for those who pledged!  I am beyond thankful to be part of such a giving community.

There are still several people we haven’t heard from.   We need to conclude the campaign, so please go online today and complete the online pledge form.  If you have any questions, please contact me.  

We are challenged, this year especially, to find new ways of living generously.  I am thankful to all of you for your courage and your commitment to building our community. 

Gratefully,  Dan Flaherty

Here's a link to the online pledge form

and a message from Dan Flaherty, Pledge Campaign Chair

Please contact Dan Flaherty at 912-210-9465 or with any questions.  

Social Justice and Action

Contact: Jim Rosch at 518-232-1005 

Rev Susan suggests you look at this resource for addressing grief in this time and for helping others.  The Revolutionary Love Project "envisions a world where love is a public ethic and shared practice in our lives and politics. We generate stories, tools, and thought leadership to equip people to practice the ethic of love in the fight for social justice."  Not affiliated with the UUA.

Inner City Night Shelter
The homeless are still in need of our help even though we don't bring or serve meals on the Third Sunday of the month. It would be good when you do your shopping to add some items for the homeless and drop them off at the Inner City Night Shelter on Arnold Street. Some items that would be good are: canned (but a pop top) meals like spaghetti etc., cookies, juice boxes, paper goods like toilet paper and paper towels, candy bars and breakfast bars. If you are unable to get out to deliver these items, let me know and I will make arrangements. Thanks.

Family Promise is not in their usual routine but they could use donations, cleaning supplies, gift cards and your thoughts and prayers.

Green Team

UU Ministry for Earth is a great resource for information and action. 
There are sections on Inspiration, Connection, Activation and Education

Covenant Groups - Soul Matters - June is "Play"

Join one today  - Now meeting via videoconference.

Please consider joining a Covenant Group as a way to ameliorate the physical distancing that we've so suddenly adopted.  This doesn't have to be a time of social distancing.  Connect and discuss with others monthly. 

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

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

Georgia UU the Vote ?Build Power Hour!?  

MEETING  May 31, 2020 1:00 PM ET online 

Every Sunday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET, UUs from across Georgia are gathering to text voters, share tips and stories, and get real-time tech support on the voter contact software.

WRUU 107.5 FM Community Radio 

Listening is a good thing to do if you're home for a while.

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
*LAST CHANCE* A friend of the church is offering a stacking washer/dryer free to anyone/organization who can pick it up. It's in good condition and was only used for about a year and a half.   Contact this email for details.

How was church on Sunday?

The Worship Team wants to know what you think.   This applies to the streaming service, too!

Please take a moment to respond to THESE THREE QUESTIONS.

Rahn Hall (Virtual) Art Gallery now showing

the photography of Gordon Webb

Gordon has a web-based gallery, too:

Notice to All Artists ! Put your artwork on display for the public to appreciate.  

The Rahn Hall UUCS Art Gallery is now accepting submissions for works to be shown on the walls of Rahn Hall (eventually)   AND IN THIS VIRTUAL GALLERY!!! right now.

Please click for more information.

You may also contact Brett Highland   Joe Faiella  or Caitlin McRae

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 (  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.

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