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!

In-person Service December 5, 2021

Finding Happiness through Accepting the Things We Can’t Change with Lyndon Harris

Sunday, December 5, 2021 10:30AM

Whimsical World Gallery, 1126 Jones St., Landrum, SC


The well-loved and often quoted “serenity” prayer is full of wisdom. One aspect of the prayer asks for us to have the strength to accept the things we can’t change. However, our entitled egos have a hard time with that. In his book, Five Things We Can’t Change and the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them, psychologist David Richo gives us wisdom to face the unchangeable realities of life, and to find joy in their embrace. Please join us for a presentation on Richo’s ideas, with discussion following.

In-Person Service November 21, 2021

Sunday, November 21, 2021 Lyndon Harris

10:30AM at Whimsical World Gallery, 116 Jones St, Landrum, SC

Face masks are encouraged

A Thanksgiving Remembrance: It’s not about Puritans; it’s about Gratitude

YouTube recording

Just as global voices have challenged our traditional understanding of Columbus Day, so also have these voices probed the depths of traditional Thanksgiving mythology and found it lacking. Should we give up Thanksgiving? I’ll make the case that we should not, but that we should enlarge our practice and focus on its fundamental meaning: being grateful. We’ll use the UU Seventh Principle as our guide: ―Respect (and love) for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

In-Person Service November 7, 2021

Sunday, November 7, 2021 Lyndon Harris

10:30AM at Whimsical World Gallery, 116 Jones St, Landrum, SC

Face masks are encouraged

A Commemoration of All Souls

Join us for an exploration into the spiritual meaning of ―all souls,‖ reflecting on the seasons of life and honoring our forebears. Please bring with you a photo or a memento signifying a loved one or loved ones you would like to honor and remember.


In-person Service October 17, 2021

Sunday, October 17, 2021  10:30 AM

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


Lyndon Harris

Intersections of Science and Spirituality:  How Do We Connect the Dots?

The rate of our discoveries and new insights about the universe and the natural order is breathtaking: new particles discovered in the Particle Accelerator in CERN, surprising new understandings of black holes, and continued accessibility by scientists into the human genome. This breakneck pace of discovery is matched, however, by what appears to be our hasty collision with various doomsday scenarios: war, rising water levels, fires, scarcity of water, etc. But these two poles of our reality are best held in balance through our spirituality. Come join us for an exciting continuing conversation about the intersection of science and spirituality, and why that matters in our daily lives.

In-person service October 3, 2021

Sunday, October 3, 2021  10:30 AM

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


Lyndon Harris

The Feast of Saint Francis

On the first Sunday in the beautiful month of October, we invite you to join us as we celebrate and appreciate the natural order – “stars, galaxies, planets, and this fragile earth our island home.” We will honor the legacies of Francis of Assisi, Carl Sagan, and begin a discussion of the cosmos and spirituality.

Gaffney 9/11 Exhibit

Lyndon Harris, a native of Gaffney, SC, is featured at an exhibit at the Cherokee Country history and arts museum until 9/11. He will be speaking on Thursday, September 2, at 7:00PM at the museum on 301 College Drive, Gaffney, SC

Here is a video interview which Gaffney did for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.


Press Release: Lyndon Harris honored at 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Press Release:

Local Minister to Speak at 20th Anniversary Observance of 9/11 in NYC

In 2001, Lyndon Harris was serving as priest in charge of St. Paul’s Chapel, an Episcopal chapel directly across the street from the World Trade Center. Lyndon was there when the terrorists attacked and the Twin Towers collapsed. For the next eight months, he served first responders and emergency personnel by setting up a relief mission, providing a safe haven from the devastation at Ground Zero. He and a team of volunteers worked tirelessly to provide over a half million meals, chiropractic care, grief counseling, religious services and even concerts for the 9/11 workers. For the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Lyndon will return to Saint Paul’s, to be a part of the Calling of Names Ceremony, and to offer a reflection for the volunteers.

Harris now serves as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Carolina Foothills, a congregation with members from several towns along I-74 and I-26.  This Sunday, September 5 at 10:30, he will share stories and lessons from his harrowing experience and its aftermath. The event will take place at the Whimsical World Gallery on 116 Jones Street in Landrum, SC.

In the twenty years since the World Trade Center disaster, Harris has dedicated his time and energy to a mission of Forgiveness, and inspired the creation of “Gardens of Forgiveness” in several countries.  There’s even a local one in Zirconia, where Harris and his wife Maria now call home. He continues to serve as speaker, coach, and workshop leader to churches and organizations around the globe.

More information about Lyndon Harris and his work can be found at The UU Church of the Carolina Foothills ( meets the first and third Sundays of each month at the Whimsical World Gallery at 116 Jones Street in Landrum.


In-person Service September 19, 2021


“No More Shall Grief of Mine the Season Wrong”

September 19, 2021 10:30AM

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

Reverend Ernie Mills

Most of our beliefs, attitudes and sentiments toward aging and death have been shaped over the millennia by mythologies found in the Bible. The very opening of Genesis describes how Eve and Adam brought death into the world because they disobeyed God’s command not to eat the forbidden fruit. Death, then, is understood to be a “punishment for sins,” which became a core belief of Paul’s gospel and subsequently of Christianity. My hope is to counter these attitudes and beliefs and offer another perspective that gives more grace and dignity to the process of aging, dying and death. Rather than resist or deny aging, the question is, how can we embrace it and grow wiser for it? Carl Jung, the founder of Depth Psychology once said “death can become a goal toward which we strive.”