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 here or on the “Meeting Info” page which can be found under “News” above.

Sunday Services

In Person or live on YouTube

April 21, 2024  Topic:  Earth Day, Planet vs Plastics  Speaker Rev. Stephen Robinson

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).

April 21, 2024  Topic:  MAGA and Fascism

Children and Youth Religious Exploration
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia (UUCC) of Columbia, South Carolina is looking for an enthusiastic Director of Religious Exploration (DRE) for our congregation. In this position, responsibilities center on helping integrate children and youth and their families into the overall life of the church, helping them develop a better understanding of Unitarian Universalist values and beliefs and welcoming new families with children and youth. The skills of a DRE will facilitate accomplishing the Children and Youth Religious Exploration (CYRE) program goals, with an aim to expand the program.  Click here for more information.

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.

The legislative season is now in gear, the election year is in full swing, and Social Action is responding. Sign up for SCUUJA legislative updates, get ready to ‘UU The Vote,’ or join us each third Sunday following service!

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

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

CYRE Music – UUCC Junior Choir sings in April 21st Earth Day Service
Join in the Music! Our UUCC youth singers are invited to sing in the service on Sunday, April 21st. Please plan to arrive in the Sanctuary by 10:15 AM that morning for a rehearsal before the service begins. Questions? Contact UUCC Music Director Anna Hamilton:  music@uucolumbia.org

Prism – Vocal Ensemble for Treble Voices, April Schedule
You are invited to sing with our UUCC Vocal Ensemble for Treble Voices, welcoming female and non-binary adult and teen singers. We will sing in the service on April 28th. To be added to the email list for Prism, please contact Music Director Anna Hamilton: music@uucolumbia.org

April Share the Plate Recipient:  MIRCI
Mirci (Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc.) provides behavioral healthcare, outreach services and affordable housing options for people who are vulnerable to the adverse consequences of mental illness.  mirci.org

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.

Classical Piano Concert, Saturday, April 20, 11am, Sanctuary
On Saturday, April 20, at 11:00 a.m., pianist Matthew Ganong will perform in the Sanctuary a program of Baroque and Romantic works by G. F. Handel, Felix Mendelssohn, and Johannes Brahms. Admission free; donations welcome. A portion of the donations will benefit the UUCC. For further information, contact UUCC Music Director Anna Hamilton:  music@uucolumbia.org

The UUCC budget for the upcoming year is currently being prepared by the Finance Committee. There will be an open discussion of the budget as it stands at the time after service on April 21. Any interested UUCC Member or Friend is invited to join members of the Finance Committee and Board of Trustees for this review. Led by the Finance Committee Chair, we will begin at 12:30pm in the Sanctuary.

UUCC Book Club, Sunday, April 21, 6:30pm, Zoom
The UUCC Book Club meets every other month via Zoom. In April Deb Matherly will be facilitating a discussion of the book The Sum of Us (Adapted for young readers): How Racism Hurts
Everyone by Heather McGhee. The UUCC Book Club is open to all members and friends of the UUCC. We welcome new and returning participants! Please contact Phil Turner if you have questions or would like more information at connection@uucolumbia.org

Community Music Day at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, Saturday May 4th
Let’s celebrate community as we join in song! You are invited to a fun-filled day of music making for ALL AGES at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, 2701 Heyward St. Columbia SC 29205

The day’s events are free, and all are welcome to attend!
Questions? Contact UUCC Music Director Anna Hamilton: music@uucolumbia.org

1:00 – 1:45 PM: Sing with Me at the UUCC (for families and 0-5 yr olds)
2:30 – 3:30 PM: Sing with Me at the UUCC (for kids and youth, age 6-13)
4:30 – 6:00 PM: Sound Out! Singing from the Justice Choir Songbook (for age 13 – adult)
*7:00 – 8:30 PM: Songwriters Spotlight (for UUCC and Community Singer-Songwriters)

*Are you a singer-songwriter who would like to perform an original song in the Songwriters Spotlight? We have a piano and drum set available. Contact UUCC Music Director Anna Hamilton to be added to the list of performers: music@uucolumbia.org

New Members Ceremony, Sunday, May 5
Spring is here! It’s time to welcome new members to the UUCC! There will be a small ceremony during service and a fiesta/reception in the Social Hall afterwards. Please contact Annette Flavel with any questions at annetteflavel@gmail.com

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