Forum
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, the Order of Service on Sundays, and in our weekly eblast. Contact our Administrator to be added to our email list.

Book Clubs
The UUCC Book Club meets on the third Sunday of the month.   We usually meet at a member’s home.   Our next meeting will be at 6:30 on Sunday, May 19 and our book will be Beloved by Toni Morrison. The UUCC book club is open to all members and friends of the UUCC.  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 our latest book selection.  Anyone with questions may contact Sandy Chubon or call (803) 776-0784.

Choirs at the UUCC
Please join us in song!  Singers of all levels of experience are invited to participate in choral opportunities at the UUCC: Adult Choir, Encore (Men’s Choir), Prism (Women’s Choir), and the Junior Choir. All are welcome as we bring voices, hearts, minds, and intentions together in the beauty of music. More information about our choirs and rehearsal schedules can be found here. You may also contact UUCC Music Coordinator, Anna Hamilton.

UUCC Ladies LUUnch BUUnch
The UUCC Ladies LUUnch BUUnch is taking a summer vacation but will meet again on the second Thursday in September, the12, at noon. Mark your calendars now so you will be sure to save that date. We haven’t decided where we will meet but are open to suggestions for a place that can accommodate at least 20 of us in a private room. We also need to consider a menu that can offer vegetarian and vegan options. If you have any ideas please email Linda McLeod. Have a wonderful summer and we can look forward to a fun time of catching up in September. Watch the August Unigram for where and when.

Men’s Breakfast Group
The UUCC’s Men’s Breakfast Group meets at 9:00 a.m. on the second Thursday of the month.  The next breakfast will be on June 13th at Phil Turner’s home.  He’ll be fixing fruit, waffles, and veggie sausages.  Contact Phil Turner to let him know you’ll be there and get directions..

September Set
On the fourth Friday of every month the UUCC has a pot-luck for seniors (self-defined: no ID required :-)) that we call September Set. This is a great opportunity to simply talk and eat with old friends—and make new ones! Sometimes we will have a program after the meal, but usually we just catch up with what’s happening in each other’s lives.
No need to sign up; all you have to do is bring a dish to share with others. We begin at 6:00 p.m.

Hope to see you at our next September Set dinner at 6:00pm on Friday, May 24!  If you have questions, email or call Pat Mohr (patmohr@mindspring.com; 803-463-3504) or Jean Capalbo (jacapalbo@aol.com; 803-799-1001).

Insight Meditation
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): meditation instruction at 6:30, silent sitting at 7:00 and Dharma talk at 7:30.  Sittings are free and all are welcome. Contact Jessica Kross for more information.

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
The Christian Heritage Group meets monthly meeting on the Third Tuesday of the month at 12:00 in room 8. The Group will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 21 at 12 noon in room 8 of UUCC. We will consider the Lord’s Prayer. Is there more than one? Where does it come from? Bring a light lunch or snack for yourself if you would like to stay and eat and chat after our hour-long meeting. If you are interested in our group, do come join us. If you have any questions, call Rebecca Drennan at 415-377-1791

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

Art for All Group
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. 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.

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.

Contribute to UUCC When You Shop at Smile.Amazon.Com!
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.
UUCC is registered to receive donations from AmazonSmile!  That means that our congregation will receive 0.5% of any purchase you make if you designate UUCC as your charity and shop at smile.amazon.com.  The more people who enroll, the more revenue we will receive.  So if you shop at Amazon, please do the following:
Go to smile.amazon.com and type in Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia SC in the search bar to select us.
If you bookmark the page or install the Amazon 1Button app, you can easily return to the AmazonSmile website for all of your Amazon shopping.
That’s all there is to it!  You only need to make this selection once.  Now whenever you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate one-half of one percent of your purchase price to UUCC.  Thank you for supporting our mission in this additional way!