This weekend, join in these four ways we can gather and serve:

South Converse Neighborhood trash pickup this Saturday, Nov. 16 from 8:00am to 10:00am. Meet at the small park at the bottom of the hill on South Converse Street. Bring gloves and a pickup grabber if you have one. Trash bags will be provided. Come help our neighborhood shine!

Annual UUCS Auction this Saturday evening starting at 5:30pm, Nov. 16 in Wilde Hall (downstairs at UUCS). This is a warm and hilarious night, a highlight of the year—come see for yourself!
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Adult RE Presentation about Thailand on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 10:00am in the UUCS Sanctuary. Given by Sasa, a high school exchange student from Thailand who is living with the Eisner/Hansen family. Come support this student and learn about her beautiful country!

Congregational Discussion on Wilde Hall & elevator update, and future facilities improvements on Sunday, Nov. 17 right after the Sunday Service in the UUCS Sanctuary. This will not be an official Congregational Meeting but a discussion. The Board will provide an update on what is happening in our projects and planning. Your input is very much needed!

We are on the move—


The final installment of the “Lunch with Marion” series on the history of our congregation will be this Sunday, November 10 following the Sunday service. The first two sessions have been wildly funny–uproariously hilarious–with stories from our past. Come for the third part in this series of informal talks about the remarkable history of UUCS. Drinks and dessert will be provided. All are welcome!

Winter Clothing Drive: And bring winter clothes to donate this Sunday as well! In support of A Bevy, an African-American student organization at USC-Upstate, we are again joining with these students this year in a winter clothing drive. Clean out your closets and bring donations of winter clothing this Sunday. Some students will join us in services this month—please welcome them warmly!

Thank you all, for all you do–


November will be another busy month at UUCS. First we start off with our Upstate Pride Table and walk on Saturday morning November 2 at Barnett Park. This will be the 11th Upstate Pride Parade and UUCS has been at every one. Thanks to Stacey Jackson and Mary Underwood for Chairing this year’s event. I hope to see many of you there at the march.

Later that day on Pride March Saturday, Janice and Robert’s Tuck Supper will be hosting their Sharing Supper at their and Peggy Hamrick’s will host her dinner a week later on, November 9. The Sharing Suppers will resume in January 2020. Our busy November continues with a New UU Class on Sunday, November 3 after our Sunday Service. Membership Co-Chairs Deb Williams and Karen Mitchell will lead this class and those who wish to become UUCS Members will sign our membership book as is required for our membership later in the month during Sunday Services.

Our largest fundraiser of the year is our 26th Annual Auction which this year will be held on Saturday, November 16th beginning at 5:30 PM. Your Auction donations are critical to the Auction’s success as well as your willingness to come back Auction Night and bid on other Member’s donations. Thanks again to Palma and Mitchell Eisner for once again agreeing to Chair our Auction. This is there eleventh year that they have agreed to do this. Thank You–Thank You–Thank Your Both!

Don’t forget to come back to Sunday Service the next day, November 17th. After the Service we will have an update on Wilde Hall from Fred Stoll, Linda Leible and Rob Gettings. This meeting will be very helpful for your Board in getting a Congregational pulse of what you see as important for our Congregation.

Not done yet though, my wife Ruth Stanton and I will again host a Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner on Thursday, November 28th from 2:00-4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. One last point Save the Date for Saturday, December 14. UUCS will be hosting a Spartanburg premier screening of American Heretics in the Fellowship Hall from 7:00-9:00 PM. Discussion will follow after the movie.

What a busy month coming up. See you at the UU!

Love and Peace.

Rick Hahnenberg
President, UUCS Board of Trustees

Now is the time to:

  1.  March: This Saturday, Nov. 2 join us all at the Pride March & Festival at Barnet Park.
    – Opening interfaith service organized by our own Jonah Burrell starts at 10:00am.
    – We march together at noon!
    – Visit the highly creative UUCS booth all day between 11:00am-5:00pm.
    – Come!:
  2. Vote: On Tuesday, Nov. 5, vote–and study who you are voting for; the influence of money in campaigns is a critical indicator for whose interests a candidate will represent:
  3. Build: On Saturday, Nov. 9 at UUCS, gather to build a coalition of congregations in support of the Upstate’s LGBTQ community:

Let’s go!


This is what we are up against:

“In an ever-changing, incomprehensible, world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything is possible and that nothing was true. The mixture in itself was remarkable enough, because it spelled the end of the illusion that gullibility was a weakness of unsuspecting primitive souls and cynicism the vice of superior and refined minds. Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow. The totalitarian mass leaders based their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that, under such conditions, one could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day, and trust if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism; instead of deserting the leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness….”
– from The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951), by Hannah Arendt

It is chilling to read prophecies, especially when they are written as histories of a by-gone era by indisputably rational thinkers. Hannah Arendt fled the rise of Nazism first to France, then to the United States. Once here she worked to help other European Jewish refugees find safe haven in her new country, only to see our own government close its borders to people who faced otherwise certain doom.

To this callousness, to this cynicism, we are all susceptible. The narcissistic and oppressive will gladly numb us to our humanity, for their own benefit. And here we are.

Then sings the poet into our despair:

“We, this people, on this wayward, floating body
Created on this earth, of this earth
Have the power to fashion for this earth
A climate where every man and every woman
Can live freely without sanctimonious piety
Without crippling fear

When we come to it
We must confess that we are the possible
We are the miraculous, the true wonder of this world
That is when, and only when
We come to it.”
– from “A Brave and Startling Truth,” by Maya Angelou

What is the vision for our country
that we will choose?

— Scott

On Saturday, Nov. 9 from 8:30am-12:00pm, UUCS will host an event to build a network of congregations and people of faith in support of the Upstate’s LGBTQ community. Entitled “What Congregations Can Do,” this is the third event we have convened since Fall 2018. Please come by registering here:

And spread the word!

If you would like to help, we need treats for the morning. You can contribute items such as muffins, doughnuts, pastries, etc. We could also use a couple of volunteers to help us keep the coffee fresh and the goodies replenished. Please email Anne Garner ( if you would like to help us out!


Beth York and the Love Birds Headlines November 23rd Coffeehouse

Saturday, November 23rd, we are proud to have Beth York and the Love Birds for our feature act. They have just produced a new album, “Finding Home”. Here is what is said about that album:

With the gracious and creative gift of rhythm from Phyllis Free* ‘Finding Home’ emerged and begins with Phyllis’s ‘The Goddess Chant’! Powerful with intent, it opens the door to ‘Journey’ and the soundscapes that follow. Enhanced by the fiddle of Roberta Greenspan, well known in Asheville for weaving her creative spell on strings, Diane Matheson grounds the work in well thought out and sensitive bass passages. Flautist, Allison Hughey, a practicing music therapist, improvises in swirling sounds embracing the lyrics. ‘Shifting Times’ reminds me of the search for home and connection to nature wherever we might find it. Next is the tender treasure of ‘Song to Mama’, a reminder of her love and missing mother’s wisdom and longing for home.
The beauty of the landscape holds her heart as she sings ‘Welcome to Wonder’, “Mother mountain hold me in the cradle of you canyon”! The next three songs are love songs that reveal her sensual nature, strength, and pride! In closing, Beth offers ‘The Great White Oak,’ her vulnerability and understanding of being “only human after all.”

Please join us from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on October 26th. Sign up for open mic to sing a song, tell a story, demonstrate a craft, perform a skit, or read a poem during the first hour. We welcome all forms of creative expression that are in good taste. The suggested donation is $5, performers get in free. If you can, please bring a treat to go along with coffee, even better.


We encourage donations of non-perishable food items for our TOTAL Ministries Food barrel, which helps struggling families in our community. An entry donation of $5 for UUCS is suggested if you feel you can afford it; performers get in free. Come join in the fun!

For questions, contact Cindy Freeman, 

“The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process” is one of our seven UU principles.

But democracy is fragile. Special interests can buy candidates. And that is not representative of a diverse community.

Value democracy. Pay attention to what is happening where you live.You can research campaign disclosures for all elections in SC here:

Some leaders seek to serve us all. They strive to build a community for everyone, where the worth and dignity of every person is valued; a community where every one of us belongs.

That kind of leadership is true nobility.

Fight for it–


9:30-10:30 am, In the Sanctuary on the 4th Sunday of October, November, January, & February

Death is a difficult topic to think or talk about, but a necessary one if we or our loved ones are to have the best possible end of life experience. This series will look at death and dying from a global perspective, and then we will talk about what you can do to make things the best they can possibly be in this phase of life that we will all face at some point. Presenters will be UUCS members Garrett Snipes, MD, Medical Director, Spartanburg Regional Hospice, and Lisa Mowery, BCST, SEP, LMBT, who offer specialized support for all stages of the dying process.

The sessions will be on the 4th Sunday of September, October, November, and January from 9:30-10:30 am in the Sanctuary. Topics in the series will be as follows:

I. Introduction: Modern Death in 5 Easy Questions – October 27

II. Exploring the Process of Dying – November 24

III. Dying Well: An Oxymoron? – January 26

IV. Conclusion: Layers of Support at End of Life – February 23

Please join us for what we hope will be a frank and honest, but not dour, look at death and dying. We also hope to give you some ideas about the things you can do to plan and prepare yourselves and the people you care about. This series is relevant for adults of all ages.
These sessions will be followed by a Saturday workshop which will provide opportunities to complete end of life forms and define individual intentions. Childcare can be arranged for this workshop with prior notice. Date to be announced later.

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