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 NewsTab/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 Zoom Events Return
Starting in December, the Pre and Post Zoom events will return.  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 under the “Reopening” link or the “Meeting Info” page which can be found under “News.”

Sunday Services

December 4, 2022  Topic:Celebrating Chalica Speaker:  Rev. Stephen Robinson

December 11, 2022  Topic:  Reclaiming Our Fate  Speaker:  Rev. Stephen Robinson

UUCC Christmas Eve Holiday Service
Please join us on Saturday, December 24, at 4pm for our Christmas Eve service.

There Will Not Be a UUCC Christmas Day Service
The UUCC building will be closed.

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).

December 4, 2022  Topic:  What is ‘psychological manipulation’?

December 11, 2022  Topic: Stochastic terrorism – what is it, why is it a worrying trend, and who bears the responsibility fo curb it?

See the Learning tab above for information about our Children and Youth Religious Explorations.  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.

December Share the Plate Recipient: Transitions Homeless Center
Half of our cash collection this month goes to Transitions Homeless Center. who engages clients with various services and provides them a place to stay as they transition from the streets to permanent housing. They also partner with many community agencies that use their expertise to help clients reach their goals. As a result, clients receive services that enable them to stabilize their lives, increase their income, and secure permanent housing. transitionssc.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 home page, or entering “abundant.co/uucc/give” in your browser.  Please be sure to select “Share the Plate.”

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee “Guest at Your Table”
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (“UUSC”) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization advancing human rights together with an international community of grassroots partners and advocates.  They focus their work on intersecting roots of injustice to defend rights at risk due to criminalization and systemic oppression of people based on their identity. They support self-determination and defend the rights of people displaced due to climate, conflict, or economic hardships; and they respond to humanitarian crises as partners with people whose access to aid is most limited. You can visit their website: https://www.uusc.org/resources/congregations/guest-at-your-table/ to learn all that they do on behalf of Social Justice in our world.

Please make your check payable to UUCC indicating “UUSC-GAYT” on the memo line or you may also give on our UUCC Website at the DONATE bar and selecting Fund “UUSC-GAYT”.  Contact socialaction@uucolumbia.org with any questions.

Outdoor Group Walk & Talk at Saluda Riverwalk
Saturday, December 3, 1:00-2:30pm 
Let’s get moving again together! Please meet our guide for the walk, our own John Logue, at the picnic benches outside the restrooms close to the main trail on Candi Lane.  Consider bringing binoculars, a water bottle, and a plastic bag to plan on picking up any trash we may find along the way.  Contact Nancie with questions. 803-553-2280.

UUCC Holiday Party, Friday Evening, December 16, 6-9pm
The UUCC Annual-except-for-the-COVID-lockdown Holiday Party is back on and scheduled for the evening of Friday, December 16.  It is sponsored by the Membership Committee and hosted by Lis and Phil Turner at their home (204 Running Fox Rd., Columbia 29223).  Put it on your calendar and be thinking of a dish you would like to bring.  Specific details will be forthcoming. Contact Lis and Phil Turner (connection@UUColumbia.org) with questions.

Volunteers Sought to Provide Rides to the UUCC Holiday Party
The re-instituted UUCC Holiday Party is scheduled for December 16, at 6:00pm at the Turner’s home, 204 Running Fox Road, Columbia, and we are seeking volunteers who would be willing to provide rides to someone in their area.

If you would be willing to provide a ride, please mail connection@uucolumbia.org listing your contact information, address, and how many you can accommodate by Saturday, December 3, so we can match riders and passengers to ensure as many people have the opportunity to attend as possible.  If you have any questions, please contact Phil Turner at connection@uucolumbia.org

UUCC Winter Sing Heads Outdoors! Saturday, December 17, 4:00pm
Please join us for the Sixth Annual Winter Sing at the UUCC from 4:00-5:30 pm on Saturday, December 17 to celebrate the season in song! This event will be outside at the UUCC, so please wear your warm winter clothes. The sing-along will include the music of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, St. Lucia’s Day, and the Winter Solstice. You are invited to sing-along and to enjoy performances by our UUCC musicians. All are welcome, and this is a family-friendly event! Beverages will be provided. You are invited to bring snacks or cookies to share for the event – (festive edible creations encouraged)! Questions: Anna Hamilton, music@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 Laura Hartwig at publicity@uucolumbia.org.  Follow us: Facebook Instagram YouTube Twitter UUCC Will Accept Contributions Electronically

Fall/Winter UUA World Magazine
The annual Climate Justice Conference (May 2023) at The Mountain would like your copy of the justpublished Fall/Winter UUA World Magazine “Facing the Climate Crisis” once you are finished with it.  Please drop off your copy in the UUCC foyer and The UUCC Mountain subcommittee will forward  them. Thanks so much.

Songwriting Retreat
Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay are holding a songwriting retreat at The Mountain from December 1st through 4th. If you haven’t heard their music, go to frictionfarm.com for a taste of their incredible talent. To register, call 828-526-5838 or go to themountainrlc.org

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