We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.  We believe that every person should have the same rights and privileges, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religious beliefs, or physical capabilities.  We work to bring better awareness and understanding about issues of fairness and equality.  If you believe what we believe, we hope you will join us at our next committee meeting.

Examples of our activities include group volunteer days at Transitions and Harvest Hope, and the Share the Plate Program.

Upcoming Events

Poor People’s Campaign | A National Call for Moral Revival: Tues, May 29th 2pm

The SC Poor People’s Campaign a National Call for Moral Revival is committed to lifting up and deepening the leadership of those most affected by SYSTEMIC RACISM, POVERTY, THE WAR ECONOMY & ECOLOGICAL DEVASTATION. We need you to join our efforts.

On May 29, over 30 states across the country and in Washington, DC will head to their state capitals to force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy.Will you join us in Columbia? Register here (https://actionnetwork.org/events/nonviolent-moral-fusion-direct-action-in-south-carolina?source=direct_link&)

Join us at 2:00pm at the State House on May 29 for the third of six more consecutive  rallies. We will gather each Monday morning at 11:00am at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia for a brief training for those who wish to participate in the direct action following the rally. Email southcarolina@poorpeoplescampaign.org for more information on direct actions and trainings.

Please find out more on our Poor People’s Campaign page: http://bit.ly/uucc-ppc


Social Action Committee Meeting: Sun, May 27th

in the sanctuary.  All welcome.  We have lots of opportunities in the next couple months, so please join us!  Any questions, please contact socialaction@uucolumbia.org.

Friday, June 8: Ramadan Presentation & Dinner

We will be hosting our Ramadan Presentation and Dinner again this year in collaboration with the Atlantic Institute.  During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast by not consuming food or water until after sundown. Once the sun sets Iftar – or fast breaking – dinners take place each night. It is truly a special time when people of all backgrounds come together and share in the Iftar experience, learning about different cultures and faiths in the process. Last year we had about 80 people attend this event and it was even featured on WIS 10.   We are hoping to make it a huge success again this year!  A big thanks to the kitchen committee who will be helping the social action committee with this event.  We need people to signup to bring food. Please click below to add your name to the list, or email SocialAction@uucolumbia.org to let me know what you can bring. Half the tickets are already sold, so be sure to get your tickets right away. Note: You do not need to print out a ticket or bring it to the event. We just need a count for planning purposes.  All welcome so tell your friends!

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Feeding the Hungry at Transitions: Sat, June 9th

UUCC has a continuing commitment to help serve the evening meal at Transitions Homeless Recovery Center, 2025 Main Street in Columbia, on the second Saturday of every month. Please arrive by 5:15, as the service window is 5:30 to 6:00. Park in the Transitions lot. Sign in at the Security Office. Remember to bring a hat unless you prefer to wear one of the disposable hair nets they provide. We have stools for anyone who might find it uncomfortable to stand for 30 minutes. Please email Bob at bobwhit46@gmail.com if you are available.


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Seeds of Hope Farmers’ Market

Our annual fresh market stand in front of the church will be available from mid-June through mid-August. This is a nice project that sponsors low income farmers, and is a great treat for us with fresh produce available each Sunday right at our front door! We’ll need two volunteers each Sunday to work the table, so please consider signing up.
Last summer we broke our sales record by selling $1500 worth of produce for Farmer Louis Reid who has become well known to us over the years as the farmer that has supplied us with the fresh fruits and vegetables. The market is a nice invitation to the community as they are out on Sunday morning walks to stop by and pick up fresh produce from the smiling faces of the volunteers that assist for the UUCC Seeds of Hope. Sign up to work the market now: http://bit.ly/uucc-seeds

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Fri, Oct 19: Famously Hot SC Pride Parade

Another fun night parade!  Come out and help us support, celebrate, educate, and advocate for the LGBT community and culture of South Carolina.  Parade starts at 7pm.  This has always been a big event for UUCC, so come join the fun and wear you’re yellow shirt.  We’ll have a float to decorate, so plan to come early to help!


Be sure to see our Past Social Justice Activities and Charitable Activities


Every Friday – Transitions Library Volunteer Staff

For the past 6 years, UUCC has staffed the Transitions Library 4-5 p.m. on Friday. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of providing a much-needed quiet area, recreational reading, and a source of information to the clients of Transitions. The work is fun and involves checking materials in and out and re-shelving. It is a great way to get to meet folks from a variety of backgrounds who have in common a lack of housing. The goal is to identify 8-9 UUCC members/friends who are willing to staff the library one Friday (4-5 p.m.) every couple of months. Training will be provided and you will be accompanied for your first time. No prior experience or special skills are needed. Phil Turner will schedule volunteers and lead the training. Please email him (pturner@unt.edu) if you are interested or have questions. Thank you!

Collecting Donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank

Please bring your donations such as canned soups, vegetables, fruits, juices, peanut butter (in plastic jars), and pastas. The other very necessary item always needed is disposable diapers – all sizes – including adults. Remember to shop those” Buy one Get one Free” specials for the best bargains. Don’t forget also that they need those plastic grocery bags. They may not be recyclable but they use them to bag groceries for their clients. Bring them in and we will see that they get them because they never have enough.

Harvest Hope - Thanks to PublixA VERY BIG THANKS TO PUBIX ON ROSEWOOD
UUCC has been collecting non-perishable food donations for Harvest Hope for many years but lacked a good collection container. It seemed that a grocery cart would be just the answer. Knowing that Publix is very generous in giving back to the community we went to them and they were quick to say YES! We now have a grocery cart to load up for Harvest Hope. And once again – THANKS TO PUBLIX FOR MAKING OUR GIVING EASIER!

Shelter Donations November-March

The Social Action Committee would like to thank everyone who donated toiletries, magazines and clothing during the winter season for use by clients at the Inclement Weather Center (aka the winter shelter).  During the cold spell, the shelter served over 200 people per night and your donations were much appreciated. As the city-funded shelter is open from November 1 to April 1, when it’s below 40 degrees, we ask that you hold further donations until mid-October. Please spread the word that we especially welcome hotel-sized toiletries gathered during summer travels of you and family and friends. Contact Tom Clements for more information, tomclements329@cs.com, cell 803-240-7268

Refugee Crisis

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What are we Doing About the Refugee Crisis?
Don’t miss the big Welcome Neighbors banner that is now hanging on the brick wall at the front entrance to our church. The Social Action Committee is very excited about finally completing this project after much discussion and research to be  sure it was exactly what we wanted. There was much input from many in the congregation and a unanimous agreement that this was the sentiment that we wanted to express to the community to tell everyone that UUCC welcomes all people. We also believe it makes a statement about immigration and refugee acceptance. Thanks to all who had a part in making this happen.  Please see events on the right sidebar for more info or to get involved.

Immigration Resources