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 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 on Sunday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m.  Our book will be Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz.  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, June 12.  We will be discussing Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hoschschild.  Anyone with questions may contact Sandy Chubon or call (803) 776-0784.

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.  Our next meeting will be on May 15.  We will discuss the topic: “as followers of the way”, what are we called to do in this present political, turbulent time?”  We hope you can join us and add to our discussion.  Please contact Jenny Beale at (803) 261-0286 if you have any 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 are now back on our regular schedule where we begin at 6:00 p.m. Hope to see you at our next September Set dinner on Friday, May 25  at 6:00 p.m.!  If you have questions, email or call Pat Mohr (patmohr@mindspring.com; 803-463-3504) or Jean Capalbo (jacapalbo@aol.com; 803-799-1001).

Chair Yoga
Chair yoga will meet every Wednesday in May.  It entails about 45 minutes of real yoga, but it takes place mostly seated.  It is ideal for people who want to improve flexibility but do not like (or, for physical reasons, cannot do) the typical yoga class.  This class is fun and benefits physical and mental well-being.  No special clothing or equipment is needed-come as you are.  There is no cost for the class.  We welcome new and returning participants!  If you have questions, please contact Ruthie Sanders, or call (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.  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.

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.

Art for All Group, Thursdays
If you are interested in working on your art with others for support, encouragement and feedback, the Art Group is for you. We meet in the RE Wing on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – noon. Bring your own supplies and prepare to enjoy the company of other artists. No instruction provided. Please contact Ruthie Saunders if you would like to participate or if you have questions.

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.

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.

 

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!