Adults interested in discussing current issues on a wide range of topics are invited to join our Forum on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., in the Library building at the side of the UUCC at 2701 Heyward St., Columbia. Topics are posted in our newsletter, The Unigram, under News/Events page on this site, and in our weekly eblast. Contact our Administrator to be added to our email list.

Committee Night
Join us for Committee Nights on the first Wednesday of every month..  We begin with a potluck meal at 6:00 p.m.,  We then break into committee groups where we discuss the important work of the congregation.  If you have never joined us for one of these evenings, it is not too late.  Just show up and join in the fun and work of the church.

Book Clubs
The UUCC Book Club meets on the third Sunday of the month.   We usually meet at a member’s home, but this month (June) we shall meet in the UUCC social hall..   The UUCC book club is open to all members and friends of the UUCC.  The next meeting  will be on Sunday, July 22 , at 6:30 p.m.  Our book will be Hell by Robert Olen Butler.  We welcome new and returning participants!  Please contact Ruthie Saunders if you have questions or would like more information.

The Women’s Book Group meets monthly in the CYRE wing at 7:00 p.m. to discuss their latest book selection. The next meeting is Tuesday, August 14.  We will be discussing Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King.  Anyone with questions may contact Sandy Chubon or call (803) 776-0784.

Meditation Group, Mondays
The Insight Meditation Community of Columbia, a Vipassana meditation practice group, meets at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays at the UUCC Library (the octagon shaped building on Heyward). Sittings are free. Contact Jessica Kross for more information.

Sitting with Sadness, Mondays
Sitting with Sadness, a group for Conversation, Meditation, and Mindfulness, meets Mondays from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.  The purpose of this group is to allow a safe place to experience your sadness and to grieve. Led by Nyna Dalbec. You may participate for as many weeks as you find helpful.  There is no fee.  To register and find out more, please contact Nyna Dalbec.

Knit or Knot Group
Do you knit or have other needle craft you would love to share?  If so, you are welcome to join us weekly on Mondays at 2:00 p.m. in Room 8 in the CYRE wing.  Or, if you are interested in learning to knit or crochet, we have folks who are ready to help you with the basics.

Christian Heritage Group
Were you raised in a Christian home and now find yourself with questions of how that relates to being UU?  Or are you an onlooker wondering what it means to be Christian?  If so, our group might interest you.  We explore questions of how that culture had affected us.  We meet the third Tuesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. in Room 10 (Joseph Priestly Room). We often bring a light lunch so that we may continue our discussions into the early afternoon. This month, we’ll be taking from a short text from Richard Rohr’s The Naked Now.  Rohr asks:  What does being awake really mean?  When Jesus taught on “losing oneself to find oneself” (see Luke 9:24) what might he have meant?  If you are interested in our group, do come join us.  If you have any questions, call Rebecca Drennan at (415) 377-1791.  Hope to see you there.

September Set
Back by Popular Demand—Another Catered September Set Dinner!

All seniors are invited to join us for another September Set dinner catered by that celebrated culinary trio of Verne/Capalbo/Mohr. That’s right, all you have to bring is yourself! This time we’re following a picnic theme, so we’ll have hot dogs (regular and vegetarian) with all the condiments, baked beans, potato salad, slaw, desserts, and Ginny’s famous watermelon salsa with chips. As usual, we will meet on the fourth Friday of the month at 6:00 p.m.  This month, that is July 27th.

Remember, because we are providing the food, we need to know who’s coming to this dinner. If you plan to attend, RSVP by Wednesday (7/25) to Jean Capalbo at 803-799-1001 or Pat Mohr at 803-463-9468 or. This is a great way for newcomers to meet people and for all of us to renew friendships. Please join us!

Crafting Night
We will continue crafting every other Wednesday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in room Emerson/8.  This group is for you if you enjoy painting, needlework, or have any other crafting skill you would like to work with.  Primarily, the group is working to create story pieces for our Spirit Play kits but will also include preparations for Hogwarts, as well.  It is a fun time to catch up with one another, too!  Children are welcomed.

Gaia’s Rising CUUPS
Join the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the Library. Contact Lewis Richardson  or call (803)729-4319 with questions.

Art for All Group, Thursdays
If you are interested in working on your art with others for support, encouragement and feedback, then the Art for All Group is for you. We meet weekly on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – noon in the Social Hall (however, we shall NOT meet on July 27). Bring your own supplies and prepare to enjoy the company of other artists at no cost. No instruction provided. Please contact Ruthie Saunders if you have questions.

Animal Ministry
The Animal Ministry holds its meetings on the second Thursday of the month.  All who share an interest in animals and their welfare are welcome to join us at 5:00 p.m. in Room Priestly/10,   Contact Anita with questions.

Donations for Pets
The UU Animal Ministry has a new donation bin for pet food, pet care and pet toys. We wish to thank everyone for their generous donations which support Senior Resources. When Senior Resources noticed that some recipients of Meals On Wheels were saving a portion of their meals to share with a beloved pet, they began accepting donations of pet food. Small bags and cans of pet food are preferred because these can be more easily delivered by Meals on Wheels volunteers at the same time meals for the elderly are delivered. Pet care items and toys are also welcomed. Opened bags are not accepted. Please look for the new aqua blue donation bin in the Social Hall. We would love to fill it up!

Transitions Volunteers Needed

UUCC has a recurring obligation to help serve the evening meal at Transitions Homeless Recovery Center, 2025  Main Street in Columbia, on the second Saturday of every month.  Contact Bob Whitaker to volunteer.
We also cover the library at Transitions every Friday from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.  It is a nice way to get to know the stay at/visit Transitions on a one to one basis.  If you are interested in helping out at the library contact Phil Turner.

Chair Yoga is Taking a Summer Break
Assuming there is interest, chair yoga will resume in the Fall. Stay tuned for announcements in late summer! I would like to thank the three volunteer instructors, Linda, Debbie and Molly, for their generosity in sharing their time and yoga practice!