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, 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 has been postponed to Sunday, September 23 , at 6:30 p.m.  Our book will be American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis.  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. 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): 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.

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
The Christian Heritage Group meets monthly at 12:00 in Room 8 of UUCC. Bring a light lunch or snack for yourself if you would like to stay and eat and chat after our hour-long meeting.  The next meeting day and topic are to be determined.  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 through November 14) 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.

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.  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 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 (rescheduled to September 27 this 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. We begin at 6:00 p.m. Hope to see you at our next September Set dinner!  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.