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 

Sat, Sept 22: 4th Annual Peace Day at the  Statehouse.

11am-2:30pm Carolina Peace’s 4th Annual Peace Day at the Statehouse, a festival style event held in honor of the International Day of Peace.  CONTACT  david@carolinapeace.org

Social Action Committee Meeting: Sun, Sept 23rd

12:30pm in the sanctuary.  All welcome.  Please join us!  Any questions, please contact socialaction@uucolumbia.org.

Pride Parade Planning Party: Mon, Sept 24th

We will order pizza and create banners and plan out our float.  This is going to be fun. Wear clothes that you can get paint on. 6pm. All welcome.  We’ll meet in the social hall.  Please join us!  Any questions, please contact socialaction@uucolumbia.org.

Nominate Your Favorite Charity for Share the Plate: Sun, Sept 30

You will be able to find nomination forms here on the website and in the Order of Service.  Make sure you nominate those organizations that are important to you.  Nominations due by Oct 14.  Find out more about Share the Plate.

Feeding the Hungry at Transitions: Sat, Oct 13th

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.

Famously Hot SC Pride Parade: Fri, Oct 19

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. Please be at the parade site at 5pm to help decorate the float. This has always been a big event for UUCC, so come join the fun and wear you’re yellow shirt. Please bring bags of candy to hand out to kids.


New Poor People's Campaign

Mon, Oct 22: Poor People’s Campaign Pot Luck

6-8pm. Friends. For six weeks this summer we pulled together a dynamic and diverse coalition for our times–people from across the state of South Carolina converging on Columbia to demand a prophetic politics of love to counter the politics of fear and death that run our statehouse and our White House. We “died” in the Rotunda and occupied the Governor’s campaign headquarters as we challenged the systemic evils of racism, poverty, militarism and ecological devastation. Our acts of non-violent civil disobedience led to more than 80 arrests. 30 of us continued on to Washington for the Poor People’s Campaign national march, where our own Louise Brown, with Rev. Barber and Rev. Jesse Jackson at her side, offered a stirring oratory on the National Mall. NOW ITS TIME TO CELEBRATE! Join us at our PPC home in Columbia to renew our bonds of friendship and solidarity and to lay the groundwork for the campaign’s next phase. Feel free to bring a dish to share, photos and your memories of the 40 Days of action. Click here to sign up to bring a dish https://www.PerfectPotluck.com/VPWD1402 And most importantly, bring a friend who may be interested in joining us as we move forward. See you at the UU!

Harvest Hope Volunteer Day: Sat, Nov 3

9am-Noon.  Sign up to support our local food pantry by volunteering.  This is a popular event, so sign up today. Contact Joan Watterson for more info: joan.l.watterson@icloud.com

Guest at Your Table Potluck: Sun, Nov 11

Join us after the service on Sunday, Nov 11th for a potluck fundraiser for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.  This year’s theme is Justice Across Borders.  Read a little bit about their work with this here.  Then, please plan to participate in the potluck.  Bring a dish and a donation!  Our sign up sheet will be up soon! I need one person who will be in charge of this event (the kitchen committee has agreed to help us) and I will need one person for each table at the potluck.  Please let contact SocialAction@uucolumbia.org if you can help with this event.

Thinking Outside the Gender Box: Sun, March 3

12:45pm.  Join us for a community conversation that will help you understand some of the basics about the transgender community and learn how you can become a desperately needed ally. We will have four speakers and then a Q&A panel discussion. You are also welcome to attend our Sunday service at 11am for an introductory sermon. A light snack will be served in between. This event is FREE and open to the public. Please bring your friends and neighbors. Contact SocialAction@uucolumbia.org for more info. Sign up to help here.

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. Another 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.

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