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.

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Upcoming Events 

Fri, Oct 20, 7pm: Pride Parade

Updated info for Pride Parade THIS Friday

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT PARADE location
We will be #47 Between “The War Mouth” and “SC Equality”.  Please arrive between 5-5:30pm to help decorate the float.  The parade starts at 7pm.  The official start location is Main and Laurel. You won’t miss our big beautiful float and our folks in their bright yellow “Love” shirts working on decorations if you are anywhere close. Bring a bag of candy to pass out to the crowd.  (We cannot throw candy due to a city ordinance.) Remember to bring anything that Lights up the Night and look forward to a good time!
LOOKING FOR A RIDE TO THE PRIDE PARADE?

How about calling some friends and carpooling from the church? It’s a lot easier to park one car than to park four or five. Another idea that is floating around – how about parking at the church and getting a group together to take an Uber ride to and from?

Social Action Committee Meeting: Sun, Nov 5th, 12:30-1:30pm

Meet us after the service in classroom #5. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm! We need your help to make great things happen. Any questions, please contact socialaction@uucolumbia.org.  

Tues, Nov 7, 6:30pm: Movie Night- Dolores

Join us at the Nickelodeon Theater for this movie about Labor Activist Dolores Huerta who formed the National Farm Workers Association.  Details: http://nickelodeon.org/films/dolores/

Feeding the Hungry at Transitions: Sat, Nov 11th

Feeding the hungry at Transitions

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.

Shelter Donations

If you collected toiletries from your travels over the summer it’s time to bring them in beginning October 22. The Inclement Weather Center – the winter shelter for the homeless – will be open for the season starting on November 1 when the temperature falls to 40F or lower. The Social Action Committee is again collecting magazines and unused personal-sized toiletries for the shelter, operated by Transitions staff and volunteers. Please place your donations at the entrance to the social hall, where a box will be placed for them. For more information about donating or about how to volunteer at the shelter, contact Tom Clements, tomclements329@cs.com, cell 803-240-7268.

Mon, Nov 13, 7pm: Central Midlands Justice Ministry

Community Problems Assembly.  Reid Chapel AME Church,704 Gabriel Street, Columbia. Please contact Rev. Jeff for more info. 

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!

 

Refugee Crisis

welcome-neighbors-signWhat 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