Institutions & Mystics

Rev. Scott Neely - UUCS Minister
September 17, 2023 - 11:00am

Choir Anthem
Talk Back Session after the service

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: No matter what system of thought you have, it can’t possibly include boundless life. And when you think everything is just that way, the trickster comes in and it all blows....Now, Jung has a wonderful saying ..., “Religion is a defense against a religious experience.”

BILL MOYERS: Well, you have to explain that.

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: Well, that means [religion] has reduced the whole thing to concepts and ideas, and having the concept and idea short-circuits the transcendent experience. The experience of deep mystery is what one has to regard as the ultimate religious experience.

Upcoming Service

How the Universe 'Knew' Life Was Coming from 14 Billion Years Ago

Guest Speaker - Dr. Greg Boeshaar
September 24, 2023 11:00AM

What happened in the first 60 seconds after the Big Bang, and what does it have to do with us 14 billion years later? Dr. Greg Boeshaar, retired Nasa astronomer who worked on the Hubble telescope, now teaches physics at Wofford College. Previously having spoken with us on the dynamics of stars, Dr. Boeshaar returns to speak with us about the place of human being in the vast unfolding of space and time.

September Service Theme

Transcendent Experience

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: I don’t have to have faith, I have experience.

BILL MOYERS: What kind of experience?

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: Well, I’ve experience of the wonder, of the life, I have experience of love, I have experience....

(from Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth)

September Share The Plate

Converse University Valkyrie Supply

In September, we share the plate with Converse University Valkyrie Supply, which is a basic needs hub designed to offer supplemental support to Converse students.


We care for one another.


We are a people of faith and hope..


We care for our community.

Exploration of Faiths: Unitarian Universalists

Gratitude to the Spartanburg County Public Library and especially to Gwen Murtha for the opportunity to share about the Unitarian Universalist movement and our congregation in their Virtual Exploration of Faiths series.

Thank you to every person, whether part of our congregation or not, who makes this world more and more one in which we are Free To Love.

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