Service on May 15, 2022

A Celebration of Earth Day with special guest performer Spook Handy

May 15, 2022  10:30AM

Whimsical World Gallery, 116 Jones St, Landrum, SC

Spook Handy performed alongside Pete Seeger at festivals and concerts more than 50 times from 2003 – 2013, learning firsthand many of Pete’s songs and the stories behind them. Even more, he learned who Pete Seeger was and what he stood for. Spook is now traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada with his “Remembering Pete Seeger” World Tour, keeping alive Pete’s tradition by sharing a few songs by Woody Guthrie (Pete’s most notable mentor), plenty of songs by Pete Seeger and a healthy handful of new songs Spook wrote under Pete’s tutelage.

Spook’s sixth studio album, “Pete, Woody & Me, Volume II” reached the No. 3 position on the International Folk Radio Charts in May, 2019. In 2016 his original song, “Vote!” reached the No. 2 spot.

Spook was named Best Folk Artist by Upstage Magazine, Gannett New Jersey, The Courier News, The Home News and About.com. His song “Whatcha Gonna Do?” was used in the BBC documentary film “Doomsday Code.”

All are welcome!!

Service on May 1, 2022

The Power of Hope with special guest speaker Michael Carter

May 1, 2022 10:30AM

Whimsical World Gallery, 116 Jones St, Landrum, SC

Friend and once minister to our fellowship Michael Carter returns with an inspirational message for our time. In the chaos of disease, political division and war we need to remember

that it doesn’t always have to be this way. Michael reminds us that we have power to influence our future. Join the conversation on May 1 and share your hopes for a better world.

In years past, the Reverend Michael J.S. Carter served as minister to the Thermal Belt UU Fellowship, our congregation’s former name. Today he serves the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley in Black Mountain, NC. Before moving to Asheville in 2007, he was an actor in New York City, and while there earned his BA Degree in Letters from the College of New Rochelle, graduating cum laude. He received his Masters In Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York, class of 2000. Today, Michael is an expert on UFOs, and has written several books on the subject.

In Person Service April 17, 2022

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Easter: Expressions of Easter within Unitarian Universalism

Sunday, April 17, 2022 — Lyndon Harris

10:30AM at Whimsical World Gallery, Landrum, SC

Do Unitarian Universalists celebrate Easter? Can you think of a religious holiday that Unitarians don’t celebrate? Of course, we do. But what to the Unitarian is the celebration of Easter? For a community of spiritual people who are more inclined toward a horizontal, humanistic expression of spirituality (instead of a transcendent theistic expression,) what meaning does Easter hold? Join us as we explore these issues together.

In Person Service April 3, 2022

The Spiritual Legacy of John Coltrane

Sunday, April 3, 2022 – Lyndon Harris

10:30AM Whimsical World Gallery, Landrum, SC

Down on his luck after being fired by Miles Davis, jazz artist John Coltrane found deep within himself the courage to make a comeback, using his composition, and improvisational skills, he crafted a four- part jazz suite, A Love Supreme, that continues to captivate listeners today, over 50 years later. Dr. Stephon Alexander, jazz musician and professor of physics at Brown University suggests in his book, The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe, that Coltrane’s musical brilliance illustrates a creative thinker akin to Einstein.

In-Person Service March 20, 2022

Courageous Aging and a Life Well Lived: Embracing the Gifts and Challenges of Later Life

with Lyndon Harris

Sunday, March 20, 2022  10:30AM

Whimsical World Gallery, 116 Jones St., Landrum, SC

According to The New England Journal of Medicine, the most productive stage of human life is between the years 60-70. The second most productive period is from 70 – 80! Incredible. So how do we prepare ourselves to thrive in these times, if we are blessed to live that long? What resources have been developed and discerned over the years (centuries) to inform how we might live our “best life?”  Join us for some thoughts and lively conversation on what it means to age courageously!

In-Person Service March 6, 2022

Dorothy, Toto and the Heart’s Desire with Ernie Mills

Sunday, March 6, 2022  10:30AM

Whimsical World Gallery, 116 Jones St., Landrum, SC

In Frank Baum’s children’s fantasy novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a young girl, Dorothy, and her dog Toto embark on a journey without distance to the Emerald City. Along the way they meet three characters who represent powers Dorothy will need to confront the greatest challenge of her journey, the Wicked Witch (the “dark side”.) When Dorothy is told that she has had the power all along to find her heart’s desire she returns home and discovers that it has been there all along, in her “backyard.” We will explore this novel through the lens of Jungian psychology and find out what it reveals about our own personal journeys.

In-Person Service February 20, 2022

The Non-Violent “Third Way” of Jesus of Nazareth with Lyndon Harris

Sunday, February 20, 2022 10:30AM

Whimsical World Gallery, 116 Jones St., Landrum, SC

 

With over two billion followers of the way of Jesus in the world, sometimes there can be many mixed messages – that Jesus was blond-haired and blue-eyed (not!), or that he was some kind of gnostic magician. Centuries of interpretation of his life and ministry lead one theologian (Rudolf Bultmann) to make a distinction between the “Jesus of History” and the “Christ of Faith.” We will explore the message and commitment to justice of the historical Jesus borrowing from Walter Wink’s under- standing of the “Third Way” of Jesus, and other new resources recently published. Discussion to follow.

In-person Service February 6, 2022

UUnity, ComUUnity, and the Foundations of Fellowship with Lyndon Harris

Sunday, February 6, 2022  10:30AM

Whimsical World Gallery, 116 Jones St., Landrum, SC

 

“UUnity, ComUUnity, and the Foundations of Fellowship”

We will explore and discuss what it means to be a UU fellowship, a spiritual community honoring the interdependent web of all creation, of which we all are a part. We will do a deep dive into the foundational aspects of a spiritual community: honoring the worth and dignity of every person, seeking truth, justice, and peace, as we employ the democratic process in our deliberations. In short, our quest to become more and more like the “beloved Community” about which Dr. King so eloquently spoke.
Come celebrate with us!

In-person Service January 2, 2022

Auld Lang Syne and a Search for the Divine with Lyndon Harris

Sunday, January 2, 2022  10:30AM

Whimsical World Gallery, 116 Jones St., Landrum, SC

 

Endings and new beginnings inspire our thinking about new ways of being in the world: New Year’s resolutions, changes of heart, and promises we make to ourselves and others that we will (or will not) do certain things. “I’m going on a diet.” “I plan to start meditating.” or “This year I will quit smoking (but not until December).” or “This year I’m going on a digital diet – to reduce my intake of social media.” or “This year I will ______ ” (you fill in the blank).

 

As I grow older, the passing of time, and these year-endings/year-beginnings remind me of my mortality, and of the finitude of life. I have begun to think about legacy issues: “What do I want to do with the time I have left? How would I like to be remembered?” All of us, each in our own way, engage these thoughts on some level. I think that’s why we make resolutions. What do you think? Join us for a discussion on the spirituality of commitments, resolutions and living intentionally.

In-person Service December 19, 2021

The Non-Violent “Third Way” of Jesus of Nazareth with Lyndon Harris

Sunday, December 19, 2021 10:30AM

Whimsical World Gallery, 116 Jones St., Landrum, SC

 

With over two billion followers of the way of Jesus in the world, sometimes there can be many mixed messages – that Jesus was blond-haired and blue-eyed (not!), or that he was some kind of gnostic magician. Centuries of interpretation of his life and ministry lead one theologian (Rudolf Bultmann) to make a distinction between the “Jesus of History” and the “Christ of Faith.” We will explore the message and commitment to justice of the historical Jesus borrowing from Walter Wink’s under- standing of the “Third Way” of Jesus, and other new resources recently published. Discussion with eggnog to follow!