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.

Committee Night
Join us for Committee Nights on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. when we’ll 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 contact the chair of your chosen committee to be sure they are meeting that night 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.   The UUCC book club is open to all members and friends of the UUCC.  The next meeting will be Sunday, January 20 , at 6:30 p.m.  Our book is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Sanders,  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. Our next book is Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire and we’ll be meeting on Tuesday, February 12th.   Anyone with questions may contact Sandy Chubon or call (803) 776-0784.

Adult RE classes on Religion & Violence in February
Is religion inherently violent—or is violence the exception to the rule?  Come join us for weekly classes using videos from The Great Courses series on this topic.  The classes will meet each Tuesday night in the UUCC library at 7:00 p.m.  throughout the month of February (2/5, 2/12, 2/19, & 2/26).  In each of the 1.5-hour classes, led by Angie Rabon, a long-time UUCC member, we will watch a Great Courses video followed by discussion. To sign up for the class or get more information you may email Angie at angierabon@earthlink.net or you can sign up at the membership table in the social hall.

“Meaning in Movies”
Traditional religions typically rely on a sacred text for direction, such as the Bible, the Torah, or the Koran. Unitarian Universalists look for guidance wherever wisdom may be found, not only in religious texts, but also in the words and deeds of prophets and teachers, nature, history, literature, art, reason, science, personal experience, conscience, and even movies. February through May, the Membership Committee will show a series of movies, one per month, to spark discussions about the meaning and purpose of life. Our former pastor, Rev. Neal Jones, did this series this fall in his congregation, and he was willing to share his discussion questions with us! Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Friday, February 15, 6:30-9:00 p.m. : About Schmidt  Rated: R
Warren Schmidt, portrayed by Jack Nicholson, has led a safe, predictable life working in the insurance industry in Omaha, Nebraska. Upon his retirement, he embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter’s wedding, only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected.

Friday, March 15, 6:30-9:00 p.m. : Good Will Hunting  Rated: R
Our first movie is about a genius janitor who is avoiding life and the caring counselor who helps him find it, featuring Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, & Minnie Driver.

Friday, April 12, 6:30-9:00 p.m. : Last Holiday  Rated: PG 13
Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy department store sales clerk (Queen Latifah) decides to sell off all her possessions and live it up at a posh European hotel. In the process, she learns how to truly live, and she teaches others, as well.

Friday, May 10, 6:30-9:00 p.m. : One True Thing  Rated: R
This drama, starring Meryl Streep (who was nominated for Best Actress), William Hurt, and Renee Zellweger, tells the story of how a mother’s cancer diagnosis causes her family to reexamine the meaning of their lives.

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. Bring a light lunch or snack for yourself if you would like to stay and eat and chat after our hour-long meeting. We will be discussing a new topic each month.   This month, The goal of the contemplative life was considered to be knowledge of or union with God, in contrast to practical ethics and activity.  Rebecca will lead a discussion of issues such as meditation and contemplative prayer.  If you are interested in our group, do come join us. If you have any questions, call Rebecca Drennan at 415-377-1791.

Chair Yoga
Chair yoga entails about 45 minutes of real yoga but it takes place mostly seated. It is ideal for people who want to improve flexibility but who do not enjoy (or for physical reasons cannot do) the typical yoga class. The class will meet every Wednesday in the UUCC Social Hall 11:00-11:45 am. No special clothing or equipment is needed.  If you are interested, please contact RuthieSaunders, or (803) 776-6608.  Please Note:  We are taking a break for the holidays and will start up again on January 9th.

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.

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.

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.  Hope to see you at our next September Set dinner at noon on Friday, January 25th!  If you have questions, email or call Pat Mohr (patmohr@mindspring.com; 803-463-3504) or Jean Capalbo (jacapalbo@aol.com; 803-799-1001).

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!