Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

Our Annual Meeting will be held after the service in Sunday, June 2 at 12:15.  You must be present and a member in good standing to vote.  Please make every effort to attend this important meeting.  More Information.

Contact Administrator  (uucc@uucolumbia.org) if you have questions.

Our COVID 19 precaution advice stays up-to-date.  Click here for the latest advice.

Sunday Services begins at 11:00 a.m.   We will be live-streaming the service in addition to the in-person meeting.  See News Tab/Meeting Info (above) for connectivity details.  Sunday sermons are recorded and available from the Service Archives found on the Home Page.

Sunday Service Pre- and Post-Zooms
These provide an opportunity for those viewing the service to be together virtually starting at 10:30 am and continuing for approximately 30 minutes after the service ends.  The links to access these events can be found here or on the “Meeting Info” page which can be found under “News” above.

Sunday Services

In Person or live on YouTube

June 2, 2024  Topic:  How Do We Measure a Year?  Speaker:  Rev. Stephen Robinson

Forum Discussions
The UUCC Forum meets every Sunday from 9:30 to 10:45 in the Library.  We start with a brief catch-up and social time (about 15 minutes), so if you are a little late (15 min),  it’s OK.  Our topics are mostly about current items and issues. We have an email list where some suggested links are sent prior to the meeting -If you are on the Forum email list, please check your email for documents to read ahead of time.  If you would like to be included on the Forum email list,or have questions, contact Jeanette Walton (please text and include your name (803)466-0594).

June 2, 2024  Topic:  How my vacations have influenced me.

Children and Youth Religious Exploration
See the Learning tab above for information about our Children and Youth Religious Explorations, or how to register.  The CYRE Calendar will tell you about the latest activities.

Social Action Activities
Our church keeps busy making a difference in our world.  Check out what we’re doing now here.

Planned Parenthood is running a petition campaign called “Repeal the Ban,” with the goal of restoring reproductive choice and healthcare access in South Carolina. You can sign the petition here: Repeal the Ban SC

Music at UUCC
For Choir schedules and news of upcoming events, you may jump to this page.

May Share the Plate Recipient:  Planned Parenthood South Atlantic
Planned Parenthood (http://plannedparenthood.org) has promoted for nearly 100 years a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning. Contributions to Planned Parenthood Federation of America are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable under the law.

For information about volunteer opportunities, click here.

June Share the Plate Recipient: Good Samaritan Clinic

Good Samaritan Clinic is a faith-based organization offering free health and dental care primarily to the Hispanic community in four South Carolina locations. With the dedication of volunteer physicians, nurses, interpreters, and administrative assistants, as well as the generous support of our funding partners, the clinic is able to serve our communities in the tradition of the Good Samaritan. goodsamaritansc.org  Laura Slabon, a community health worker, will represent the Good Samaritan Clinic on June 30.

If sending a check please write “Share the Plate” in the memo line or you can give by clicking on the ‘donate’ bar at the top of the  page, or entering “abundant.co/uucc/give” in your browser.  Please be sure to select “Share the Plate.

From the Social Action Committee: “Building A Community of Communities”
Join fellow UUs from our congregation and around the state for “Building A Community of Communities,” with outstanding presenter and antiracism trainer Paula Cole Jones! Session 1 will be on Saturday June 6 (10 AM to 3 PM) with Session 2 following on Thursday the 13th (7-9 PM) This workshop is a complement to Paula’s recent “Jubilee” training, which one UUCC attendee termed “The best!” SCUUJA is sponsoring this outstanding event, so any UUCC member can attend at no cost–just bring your ears, mind, and heart! Questions? Contact Kevin or Connie of Social Action. To register directly, use this link .

Vegan Potluck, Thursday, June 13, 6pm, Social Hall
The UUCC Animal Ministry will be hosting its next monthly Vegan Potluck on June 13th beginning at 6pm in the Social Hall for vegans, vegetarians, and people exploring a plant-based lifestyle. Everyone is invited to bring a vegan dish to share. Future meetups will take place on the second Thursday of each month.

If you have any questions or would like ideas for items to bring, please contact Patty Drews, our Animal Ministry’s liaison for these events, at paddrews@gmail.com.

UUCC Women’s Lunch, Thursday, June 20, 12pm, Social Hall
The Ladies Lunch gathering for the month of June will be honoring the Shin Buddhist tradition of Obon with a traditional Japanese lunch of Somen Salad (sort of a Japanese version of a cold pasta salad) and dessert. Obon is an annual celebration of gratitude that marks the recognition of all the causes and conditions that make our present lives possible. There will be a short informational talk and a celebration of gratitude in the Memorial Garden that will help mark the celebration.

If you would like to join us bring any type vegetables in bite sized pieces or a dessert and help us celebrate this beautiful tradition! If you have questions, please contact Joan Watterson (joan.l.watterson@icloud.com) or, for this particular event, Melody Smit (personnelchair@uucolumbia.org)

Registration is open for our retreat Friday October 24 through Sunday October 26. Due to space limitations, we are allowed only 30 participants, so register early.
The UUCC Mountain Committee offers both full and partial scholarships. Cost for two nights and six meals is $250 per adult, double occupancy. Children 4-17 have graduated rates and there is a special $40/night discount for multiple adults sleeping in a bunkhouse.
To register: 828-526-5838
Additional information will be available soon, or you may call any member of The Mountain Committee: Joan Watterson 803-381-7208, Emilio Perez-Jorge , Marleen Trader 803-394-6666,
Jeanette Walton 803-466-0594, Ginny Verne 803-606-6260

Flower Power
Do you like fresh flowers for Sunday services? If so, the Worship Committee needs your help. Could you bring or buy flowers for a designated Sunday each month? If you can do this for even a few months, please contact us at  worship@uucolumbia.org  A small subsidy will be provided.

Beware of Text and Emails Scams
Please be aware that UUCC members have recently received scam text messages purporting to be from Rev. Robinson. Please be on the lookout and report these as spam.Please be cautious of any solicitations that come via email, text, or phone. Rev. Robinson will never ask you to send gift cards or money. If you have any questions about a message please reach out to the Administrator at uucc@uucolumbia.org.

Follow UUCC Social Media for the Latest Updates!
UUCC now has their own social media accounts.  This is a great way to stay connected when we can’t be together.  Submit your posts to Emilia Gunning at publicity@uucolumbia.org.  Follow us: FacebookInstagramYouTubeTwitter

UUCC Will Accept Contributions Electronically UUCC Music on YouTube! CLICK ON THIS LINK  You are invited to visit the UUCC Music Coordinator’s YouTube page to view and listen to music from recent services and performances from our talented UUCC musicians and friends. Click on the link above. New items will be added weekly, so please keep coming back!  You can enjoy the following playlists on the page by clicking the links here:UUCC Musicians  Music from Anna  UU Hymns  UUCC Benediction