Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

Contact Administrator  (uucc@uucolumbia.org) if you have questions.

We are seeking a Bookkeeper/Accountant.  If you are interested, learn more here.

Our COVID 19 precaution advice stays up-to-date.  Click here for the latest advice.

Sunday Services begins at 11:00 a.m.   We will be live-streaming the service in addition to the in-person meeting.  See News Tab/Meeting Info (above) for connectivity details.  Sunday sermons are recorded and available from the Service Archives found on the Home Page.

Sunday Service Pre- and Post-Zooms
These provide an opportunity for those viewing the service to be together virtually starting at 10:30 am and continuing for approximately 30 minutes after the service ends.  The links to access these events can be found here or on the “Meeting Info” page which can be found under “News” above.

Sunday Services
In Person or live on YouTube

July 28, 2024  Topic:  Overshooting and Drawing Down  Speaker:  Kevin McKinney

Forum Discussions
The UUCC Forum meets every Sunday from 9:30 to 10:45 in the Library.  We start with a brief catch-up and social time (about 15 minutes), so if you are a little late (15 min),  it’s OK.  Our topics are mostly about current items and issues. We have an email list where some suggested links are sent prior to the meeting -If you are on the Forum email list, please check your email for documents to read ahead of time.  If you would like to be included on the Forum email list,or have questions, contact Jeanette Walton (please text and include your name (803)466-0594).

July 28, 2024  Topic:  Stochastic Terrorism in American Politics

Children and Youth Religious Exploration
See the Learning tab above for information about our Children and Youth Religious Explorations, or how to register.  The CYRE Calendar will tell you about the latest activities.

Social Action Activities
Our church keeps busy making a difference in our world.  Check out what we’re doing now here.

Planned Parenthood is running a petition campaign called “Repeal the Ban,” with the goal of restoring reproductive choice and healthcare access in South Carolina. You can sign the petition here: Repeal the Ban SC

Social Action Update and Meeting Change
Social Action would like to thank everyone who helped make our “UU the Vote” campaign kickoff last week such a success, with all the prepared letters quickly handed out. And if you didn’t get a chance to sign on then, fear not–we’ll be back every week til the election. Look for our table in the Social Hall, either before or after service!
Please note that in order to avoid conflict with the Mountain Fundraiser, Social Action will again be postponing our monthly Social Action/Green Team meeting by one week–that is, from this Sunday to the following Sunday (July 28th.) Hope to see you on ‘Earth Overshoot Day!’

Music at UUCC
For Choir schedules and news of upcoming events, you may jump to this page.

July Share the Plate Recipient: Justice 360
Justice 360 promotes fairness, reliability and transparency in the criminal justice system for individuals facing the death penalty and juveniles facing lengthy sentences in SouthCarolina. They accomplish this by using resources and support for lawyers tasked with representing capital and juvenile defendants and representing individual clients. They advocate for policy change to address systemic flaws in the criminal justice system and educate the public to raise awareness about the administration of capital and juvenile sentencing in South Carolina. justice360sc.org  Cierra Negron-Saillings, Development and Outreach Coordinator, will represent Justice 360 on July 28

If sending a check please write “Share the Plate” in the memo line or you can give by clicking on the ‘donate’ bar at the top of the  page, or entering “abundant.co/uucc/give” in your browser.  Please be sure to select “Share the Plate.

Harvest Hope LogoHarvest Hope Food Bank Needs Volunteers Over the Summer

Historically, we see a decrease in volunteers throughout the summer. In 2023, we distributed over 25 million pounds of food that provided roughly 21 million meals to people in our communities. It required more than 10,000 unique volunteers across our 3 locations to efficiently sort and distribute all of that food. Even sacrificing a few hours makes you part of our essential volunteer force that enables us to feed our neighbors.  Learn More

UUCC Young Adults Wonderful Day at Columbia Museum of Art
Sunday, July 28, carpooling to the museum at 12:30pm
It’s nice to get a little exposure to those artful creations that really get the mind rolling every now and then isn’t it? Too bad those pesky admission prices discourage you sometimes. Well, you’re in luck because we’re all going for free and you’re invited!
With free admission for all residents until September 1st, our time out with friends will showcase great art from near and far and we’ll hopefully enjoy nice weather. We’re leaving right after the service on 7/28/24 and carpooling is encouraged.

Interfaith Prayer Vigil, Sunday, July 28, 4pm, Sanctuary
We invite you to join us for a peaceful Interfaith Prayer Vigil to end the war in Gaza. This event is an opportunity for us to come together in unity, hope, and prayer for peace in the region.

This prayer vigil is sponsored by the SC Christian Action Council and Carolina Peace. We hope you will join us in this important time of reflection and solidarity. Let’s stand together for peace and justice.

Vegan Potluck, Thursday, August 8, 6pm, Social Hall
The UUCC Animal Ministry will be hosting its next monthly Vegan Potluck on August 8th beginning at 6pm in the Social Hall for vegans, vegetarians, and people exploring a plant-based lifestyle. Everyone is invited to bring a vegan dish to share. Future meetups will take place on the second Thursday of each month.
If you have any questions or would like ideas for items to bring, please contact Patty Drews, our Animal Ministry’s liaison for these events, at paddrews@gmail.com

UUCC Women’s Lunch, Thursday, August 15, 11:30am, Social Hall
Ladies Lunch begins at 11:30am with a social hour and we eat at 12pm
The UUCC Women’s Lunch is held on the third Thursday of every month in the Social Hall. Please bring food or drink to share and let Joan Watterson (joan.l.watterson@icloud.com)or 803-381-7208 know if you have any questions. Also let us know if you would like a ride or are able to help clean up.

Save the Date for a UUCC Wellness Celebration, Saturday, September 7, Social Hall
Come Join Us for the First UUCC Wellness Celebration!
Mark your calendars for a great look at healthy, fun-filled approaches to living. On Saturday, September 7th we’ll meet for an exchange of inspiring information, for community building, and for some exercises in both body and in mindfulness. The plans are for short classes and a healthy lunch. There will be children’s activities and childcare for wee ones. A donation is requested to cover lunch costs. Stay tuned for more information.

Registration is open for our retreat Friday October 24 through Sunday October 26. Due to space limitations, we are allowed only 30 participants, so register early.
The UUCC Mountain Committee offers both full and partial scholarships. Cost for two nights and six meals is $250 per adult, double occupancy. Children 4-17 have graduated rates and there is a special $40/night discount for multiple adults sleeping in a bunkhouse.
To register: 828-526-5838
Additional information will be available soon, or you may call any member of The Mountain Committee: Joan Watterson 803-381-7208, Emilio Perez-Jorge , Marleen Trader 803-394-6666,
Jeanette Walton 803-466-0594, Ginny Verne 803-606-6260

Flower Power
Do you like fresh flowers for Sunday services? If so, the Worship Committee needs your help. Could you bring or buy flowers for a designated Sunday each month? If you can do this for even a few months, please contact us at  worship@uucolumbia.org  A small subsidy will be provided.

Beware of Text and Emails Scams
Please be aware that UUCC members have recently received scam text messages purporting to be from Rev. Robinson. Please be on the lookout and report these as spam.Please be cautious of any solicitations that come via email, text, or phone. Rev. Robinson will never ask you to send gift cards or money. If you have any questions about a message please reach out to the Administrator at uucc@uucolumbia.org.

Follow UUCC Social Media for the Latest Updates!
UUCC now has their own social media accounts.  This is a great way to stay connected when we can’t be together.  Submit your posts to Emilia Gunning at publicity@uucolumbia.org.  Follow us: FacebookInstagramYouTubeTwitter

UUCC Will Accept Contributions Electronically UUCC Music on YouTube! CLICK ON THIS LINK  You are invited to visit the UUCC Music Coordinator’s YouTube page to view and listen to music from recent services and performances from our talented UUCC musicians and friends. Click on the link above. New items will be added weekly, so please keep coming back!  You can enjoy the following playlists on the page by clicking the links here:UUCC Musicians  Music from Anna  UU Hymns  UUCC Benediction