Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

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

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 under the “Reopening” link or the “Meeting Info” page which can be found under “News.”

Sunday Services

June 11, 2023  Topic:  Joining Together for Justice  Speaker:  Rev. Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

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).

June 11, 2023  Topic:  Early Christianity

See the Learning tab above for information about our Children and Youth Religious Explorations.  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.

June Share the Plate Recipient:  Good Samaritan Clinic
Good Samaritan Clinic is a faith-based organization offering free health and dental care primarily to the Hispanic community in four South Carolina locations. With the dedication of volunteer physicians, nurses, interpreters, and administrative assistants, as well as the generous support of our funding partners, the clinic is able to serve our communities in the tradition of the Good Samaritan. goodsamaritansc.org
The Share the Plate recipient will be represented by Volunteer Coordinator Carlos Montes on June 11 and June 25

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.”

Sustainable Second Sundays
The Green Committee continues its Sustainable Second Sundays in June with a table about the Savannah River Site. Each month we have a table display following the service with information about an environmental issue with suggestions for possible activities or actions to take. On June 11, Tom Clements, director of the non-profit organization Savannah River Site Watch, will have a display about SRS, where the Department of Energy is planning to convert the site from nuclear waste clean-up to production of plutonium cores for new nuclear weapons. For more information and a link to a letter you can edit to Rep. Clyburn, see SRS Watch fact sheet: https://tinyurl.com/22azbec4

UUCC Women’s Lunch, Thursday, June 15, 12pm, Social Hall
The UUCC Women’s Lunch is held at noon on the third Thursday of every month in the Social Hall. Please bring food or drink to share and let either
Joan Watterson (joan.l.watterson@icloud.com or 803-381-7208) or
Mary Maclachlan (drmarymaclachlan@gmail.com or 803-348-4370)
know that you are coming, so that we have an idea of how many people to set up for. Also let one of us know if you would like a ride or are able to help clean up.

B. Smith Does Lee Smith, Friday, June 16, 7pm, Social Hall
Our own Barbara Bates Smith is returning on June 16th at 7:00 p.m. for the inaugural performance of her one-person show, The Happy Memories Club, based on a short story by Lee Smith. The show features a feisty retirement center resident on the verge of being kicked out of her writing club because her memories are not happy enough. Instead they are funny and poignant…and slightly naughty. All proceeds from this event will go to UUCC. Tickets are $20 payable at the door.  Click here for more information.

UUCC Book Club, Sunday, June 18, 6:30pm, Zoom
The UUCC Book Club meets every other month via Zoom. In June John Logue will be facilitating a discussion of the book “What the Dog Saw” by Malcolm Gladwell. The UUCC Book Club is open to all members and friends of UUCC. We welcome new and returning participants! Please contact Phil Turner if you have questions or would like more information: connection@uucolumbia.org.

Rev. Zsolt’s Visit to the UUCC (June 27-July4)
The countdown begins for our Romanian Partner Church visitors! Rev. Zsolt Solymosi and Alexandru Balint will be in Columbia spending time with UUCC members and sharing news of the Bezsterce church and the work with Ukrainian refugees and survivors of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria!

Highlights of the visit:

Friday, June 30 at 6pm – Goulash Gala dinner prepared by Master Chef Zsolt & PC committee. Vegan alternatives prepared by our own master chef, Ginny Verne will be available. After dinner entertainment will feature Zsolt and more!

SIGN UP SHEETS available after church this Sunday, June 11th.

Sunday, July 2 at 11am – Rev. Zsolt will conduct our morning service. After service meeting to discuss a possible “pilgrimage” to Romania in 2024 – Zsolt to arrange & guide the tour.

Tuesday, July 4 at 5pm – A FAMILY AFFAIR, all-congregation picnic at Suzi Garland & Shelley Bon’s home, in Springdale.

Vegan for Every Meal, Saturdays in July, Social Hall and Kitchen
Mark your calendar for three Saturdays in July when Adult RE gives you an opportunity to learn how to prepare and then sample some vegan fare. On Saturday morning (10 am), July 8, Lis and Phil Turner will offer instructions on preparing some of their favorite breakfast dishes and we’ll get to sample the finished products. On Saturday, July 15, at noon, we’ll explore some vegan possibilities for lunches. We’ll wrap up the series with some selections for dinners, getting together at 5 pm on Saturday, July 29. A nominal fee will be charged to help defray the cost of the ingredients (TBD). Watch this space for more details as we get closer to the July dates.

We hope that this will not only be informative, but also a lot of fun. Come party with us!

Lis and Phil Turner (connection@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 Laura Hartwig at publicity@uucolumbia.org.  Follow us: Facebook Instagram YouTube Twitter UUCC Will Accept Contributions Electronically

UUCC Music on YouTube!


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