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.

August 16, 2020  Topic:  Listen, People of the Earth  Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Pippin Whitaker

August 23, 2020  Topic:  I Am – The Goddess  Speaker:  Elizabeth Reed Ph.D

Forum Topics  For adults interested in discussing current issues on a wide range of topics.

August 16, 2020  Topic:  TBA

From UUCC Board of Trustees: We anticipate that we will remain a virtual congregation through the remainder of this calendar year. Our virtual connection will be extended way beyond our Sunday Services to include everything from our discussion group, The Forum, to social gatherings such as Zappy Hour. We also plan to create 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.

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.

August Share the Plate Recipient Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter
Half of our Share the Plate collection for the month of August goes to Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter, which provides a safe and nurturing environment for abused and neglected children and unaccompanied teens, offering them a broad range of services concentrating on personal healing and development. The shelter is open 24 hours each day of the year and provides medical and mental health care, crisis adjustment/transitional counseling, after-school tutoring, and recreational and social activities in addition to food, clothing, and shelter. 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.

Moderated Discussion on the Book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo
Please join us for a moderated discussion of the controversial New York Times bestseller, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo. Robin DiAngelo is an academic, lecturer, and author and has been a consultant and trainer on issues of racial and social justice for more than twenty years. She formerly served as a tenured professor of multicultural education at Westfield State University.

White Fragility explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

Come explore the 12-chapter book in four moderated sessions (3 chapters per class) during the month of August on Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm.   Classes will meet August 6, 13, 20, and 27.  You can find the Zoom meeting and book discussion links under the News tab/Meeting Info (password protected)

Children and Youth Religious Exploration (CYRE)
Check out what is happening with Religious Exploration classes and their 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!

Calling all High School and Middle Schoolers! Tuesday, August 11, 8-10pm
The virtual space is open for hanging out and reconnecting.  We play introspective games, jackbox party computer games, and just hangout and share with each other.  All are welcome.  Please RSVP to Mckenzie at reassist@uucolumbia.org for the invite.

The Greenville UU Fellowship invites the UUCC community to join in these upcoming programs:

Beyond Belief: Conversations with Marcus Borg Sundays 6:30-8:00 (adults, mature teens)
From Living the Questions, SEE TRAILER HERE. Marcus Borg was a New Testament scholar and theologian who became a major figure in HISTORICAL JESUS scholarship and one of the most widely known and beloved voices in Progressive Christianity.
In Beyond Belief, a video series featuring previously unreleased material, Borg explores the life and teachings of Jesus, themes of faith and spiritual practice, moving beyond prescribed belief systems, and what it really means to follow Christ.
Contact Kathleen Anderson to register and receive Zoom links by email.
August 9: An Emerging Way
August 16: Beyond Belief

Timely Topics for Tough Times – Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 pm -(adults, mature teens)
Using short videos as discussion prompts, we will tackle some hard questions around racism and anti-racism, policing and justice, purpose-driven action and successful communication strategies. Contact Kathleen Anderson to register and receive Zoom links by email.
August 11: Robin Di Angelo: Deconstructing White Privilege<
August 18: Simon Sinek: Start with Why, Part 1
August 25: Simon Sinek: Pt 2
Sept. 2: Chris Voss: Hostage Negotiation

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