Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

On-site Services Cancelled until further notice.  Contact Administrator if you have questions.

Virtual Sunday Services begins at 11:00 a.m. (you may begin to log on at 10:30)  See eblast for connectivity details.  Sunday sermons are recorded and available from the Service Archives found on the Home Page.

January 24, 2021  Topic:  Humility and Gratitude  Speaker:  Jessica Kross.

January 31, 2021  Topic:  My Definition of Spirituality  Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Neal Jones

Virtual Forum
We’ll be meeting via Zoom on Sundays at 9:30 a.m.  Find the meeting link under News/Meeting Info

Forum Topics: This Week in the News”  Please join us for a lively discussion.  Come and help us shape our new reality.

From UUCC Board of Trustees:  We anticipate that we will remain a virtual congregation for an undetermined amount of time. The Board will periodically review the CDC and SCDHEC guidelines to determine a future opening date. Our virtual connection via Zoom has been extended way beyond our Sunday Services to include everything from our discussion group, The Forum, to social gatherings such as Zappy Hour. We created new small virtual groups for all ages that will keep us in beloved community until we can meet in person again..  Please click here for more details.

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 

2020-2021 Pledges May Be Submitted Via email
Please Note: You may email your 2020/21 Pledge amount, in confidence,to our Administrator or call her at 803-799-0845.

UUCC Will Accept Contributions Electronically
UUCC is a resilient community and although we’ve moved our ministry online during this crisis, we trust you will continue your generous support of UUCC and our community.  Our new eGiving service, Vanco, provides tools to make giving simple, safe and secure. It also allows you to designate your contribution to the funds you’re most passionate about (such as your Pledge and Share the Plate.)  Give either here at our website by clicking on the ‘donate’ bar at the top of the home page, or by entering abundant.co/uucc/give in your browser.  If you should have any questions or need help, please contact our Administrator, Andrea Dudick, or call 803-799-0845, between the hours of 6am-Noon, Monday-Friday.  Thank you for your generosity.

Social Action Activities
Our church keeps busy making a difference in our world.  Check out what we’re doing now here.

Children and Youth Religious Exploration (CYRE)
Check out what is happening with Religious Exploration classes. get the Sunday schedule, and find out about extracurricular activities here.  If you’d like to view the weekly CYRE newsletter, or just have a good laugh, click here.  Scott Sargent, Director of CYRE is a riot!

Elementary, Middle & High School CYRE Class Schedule
All classes will be held via Zoom on the 1st & 3rd Sunday each month. Links will be made available before classes begin.  If your student wishes to participate, please print and complete a registration form (available here) and submit to Scott Sargent via “snail mail” to UUCC, 2701 Heyward Street, Columbia SC 29205. If you have any questions, please contact Scott Sargent, Director of Religious Explorations.

  • 2nd – 5th Grades, 10:00am
  • Middle School, 11:00am
  • High School, 11:15am

Virtual High School Movie and Games 
When:  Friday, January 29: 7:45-10pm
Who: UUCC High Schoolers and friends (please write to Mckenzie to introduce friends before the hangout.)
What: JackBox games and a Movie (break out rooms for teens to converse)
Where: Your Home, on zoom which will be sent to your email and GroupMe
Needed: CYRE cleared Adult chaperone to hangout on zoom group
Self-question: What’s something unusual that you’ve always really wanted to do? RSVP here.

Virtual Middle School Hangout and Games 
When: Saturday, January 30: 7:45-9pm 
Who: UUCC Middle Schoolers and friends (please write to Mckenzie to introduce friends before the hangout.)
What: JackBox and other games (break out rooms for teens to converse)
Where: Your Home, on zoom which will be sent to your email and GroupMe
Needed:  CYRE cleared Adult chaperone to hangout on zoom group
Self-question:  What’s something that you find cool/interesting that you think most people find gross?  RSVP here.

January Share the Plate Recipient: Minister’s Discretionary Fund
Half of our cash collection this month goes to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund, which is used to provide critical emergency, short-term assistance to members of the congregation. The Fund helps people with rent, utility bills, and other expenses when times are difficult.  This is now more essential to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
If sending a check please write “Share the Plate” in the memo line or you can give by either going to our website, uucolumbia.org, and clicking on the ‘donate’ bar at the top of the page, or entering “abundant.co/uucc/give” in your browser.

Emilio Perez-Jorge, M.D.In Case You Missed It…
On Friday, January 15th, our very own infectious diseases specialist, Emilio Perez, M.D., gave a very informative talk about everything we need to know about the Covid 19 vaccines.  This talk was followed by a Q&A session that made sure we all left feeling well-informed.  If you were not able to attend, you can access a recording of the meeting here.

UUCC Security Grant
The Department of Homeland Security, as part of the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, has awarded UUCC a grant of about $83,000 to improve our building’s security. The grant, which is still subject to detailed review and administration through the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), is intended to cover measures to improve internal communications in event of an emergency, harden internal and external doors, control movement into the RE wing, and prevent vehicle intrusion into external doors. The current status is that we are waiting for SLED approval, item by item, while we prepare detailed plans and do preliminary work. The positions mandated by the grant and the people designated by the Board to fill them are Project Director (Joe Long), Official Authorized to Sign (Rod Brown, as the President of UUCC), and Financial Officer (Jeanette Walton, as the Treasurer of UUCC). We thank Nancie Shillington-Perez, David Bryan, and Bill Dolley for leading the preparation of the submittal.
Comments and queries should be directed to Joe Long .

Reflecting on Race, Tuesday, January 26, 7-8:30pm
Join us on Zoom for discussions on race from 7-8:30pm. Topics will include Institutional Racism, White Privilege, Reimagining the Police, the proposed UUA 8th Principle and possible actions and ways to move forward.  Zoom link can be found on the website or email publicity@uucolumbia.org.

Membership Committee Needs You!

Photo of Pat Mohr
Pat Mohr

After a successful first meeting via Zoom, the Membership Committee scheduled the next monthly meeting

Linda Brennison
Linda Brennison

for Wednesday, February 10, at 2:00pm. One item of discussion will be the next Visitors Orientation Meeting. All members are welcomed to attend. Please join us on Zoom. The link may be found on our website. Please contact Pat Mohr and Linda Brennison, Co Chairs,  with any questions.

New Section in Eblasts and Unigrams during COVID-19 Crisis: “Community Updates”
If you have news that you would like to share with our UUCC community, please send a brief writeup (no more than 5 sentences, please) to Nancie Shillington-Perez or call Nancie at 803-553-2280. This is similar to Joys & Concerns, in that it helps us know what is going on in each other’s lives. But “Community Updates” is in a written form for those that cannot/do not tune in for our Sunday Zoom services or would benefit from having it in written form. Please know that we may need to edit submissions.

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