Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

On-site Services Cancelled until further notice.  Contact Administrator if you have questions.

Virtual Sunday Services begins at 11:00 a.m. (you may begin to log on at 10:30)  See eblast for connectivity details.  Sunday sermons are recorded and available from the Service Archives found on the Home Page.

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, please email uucc@uucolumbia.org.

May 19. 2021  Topic:  The South Carolina Legislature: Issues and Answers  Speaker:  Senator Mia McLeod

May 26. 2021  Topic: God is Change  Speaker:  Dr. Todd Shaw

Virtual Forum
We’ll be meeting via Zoom on Sundays at 9:30 a.m.  Find the meeting link under News/Meeting Info   We shall be discussing topics taken from the headlines

Save The Dates for These Important Zoom Events:
Discussion of the 2021/2022 Budget with the Finance Committee: Friday, June 4 at 7pm
Annual Meeting of the Congregation: Sunday, June 6, after regular service
Watch your Eblasts for Zoom links to these meetings and more details!

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

Update From UUCC Board of Trustees:  We anticipate that we will remain a virtual congregation for an undetermined amount of time. The Board will periodically review the CDC and SCDHEC guidelines to determine a future opening date.

Virtual Sunday Services. We anticipate that Sunday Services will continue to be held on-line, for the time being. The Cross-Functional Reopening Team is gathering information and exploring options for moving us toward having in-person Sunday Services. In the meantime, our virtual connection via Zoom has been extended beyond our Sunday Services to include everything from our discussion group, The Forum, to social gatherings and committee meetings. We have several on-line groups to help keep us in beloved community until we can all meet again in person. Read more on reopening here.

Children and Youth Religious Exploration (CYRE)
Check out what is happening with Religious Exploration classes. get the Sunday schedule, and find out about extracurricular activities here.  If you’d like to view the weekly CYRE newsletter, or just have a good laugh, click here.  Scott Sargent, Director of CYRE is a riot!

Elementary, Middle & High School CYRE Class Schedule
All classes will be held via Zoom on the 1st & 3rd Sunday each month. Links will be made available before classes begin.  If your student wishes to participate, please print and complete a registration form (available here) and submit to Scott Sargent via “snail mail” to UUCC, 2701 Heyward Street, Columbia SC 29205. If you have any questions, please contact Scott Sargent, Director of Religious Explorations.

  • 2nd – 5th Grades, 10:00am
  • Middle School, 11:00am
  • High School, 11:15am

Art Day at the Rosewood Public Orchard
CYRE All Ages Event, Sunday, May 23, 2-4pm  Join Karen Murphy, long time UU and naturalist artist for some plant inspired art activities. Using apples, leaves and other shapes to paint with non-toxic paint, you create your own expression of art! This can be child friendly as well as inspiring for adults. You may bring your own art supplies if you would like to use another medium other
than paint, like sketch or photograph etc. Hang out and tour the Orchard and learn a little about Permaculture and protecting pollinators!
Following CDC and UUCC guidelines for in person meet ups, we will have permission forms that you can either fill out electronically and return beforehand, or fill out onsite with a caregiver present. There is plenty of space to sit outside but remember to bring your own water and snacks. A public bathroom is nearby at the baseball field.
Parking: Those with handicaps may drive up directly to the Orchard by following the dirt pathway from the north end of the skate park parking lot around the special needs baseball field. Otherwise, park at the skate park for easiest access. The Orchard is between the track field and the special needs baseball field. Be on the lookout for frisbee golfers!
Address: 1381 Jim Hamilton Blvd, Columbia, SC 29205

May Share the Plate Recipient: Planned Parenthood
Half of our cash collection in May goes to Planned Parenthood which promotes 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. Their representative will be Christi Hutchinson on May 2 and May 30.

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

Used to Be UU, Tuesdays, May 18, 25, & June 1 – 7:00 – 8:00 pm 
Unitarian Universalism is undergoing dramatic changes. Though UU has traditionally been at the forefront of the civil rights movement, UUA leadership considers the denomination to be infused with White Supremacy Culture. Respected UU ministers who express dissenting views are publicly denounced and censured. Dissent is no longer tolerated: Voices are silenced, people shamed, and questions and discussions dis-allowed, as our denomination moves, step-by-step, in the name of “Beloved Community,” to dismantle democratic processes and establish ecclesiastical authority based on Critical Race Theory (CRT). CRT is an ideology that condemns reason, facts, evidence and individual conscience as “tools of white supremacy.” – These, the very principles and values we covenant to affirm! So what is going on? And how can we talk with one another about these issues that are driving us apart, not only as a denomination, but as a nation?
Please join us as we seek a path of listening, sharing, and learning, so we can begin working together to support the UU we love! (Book available on Amazon: Used to Be UU: The Systematic Attack on UU Liberalism, by Casper and Kiskel, $10-$12.50). Click HERE to RSVP and receive class reminders. Led by Rebecca Drennan and Karen Brown (rechair@uucolumbia.org).

Adult Religious Exploration Series: InQUEERies May 14/21/28
Are you a little lost in the alphabet soup? Do you have questions about the queer community? Has someone in your life come out, and you want to support them, but you don’t know where to start or how to avoid offense? Star Baeson is hosting the series for you! This is a three-part ZOOM series running on the last three Fridays of May at 6:00pm.  See the May 12 Unigram for full details!
May 14: Sex as a Spectrum, May 21: The Construct of Gender, May 28: Sexuality, Attraction, Love, and Relationships

Confessions of a Clergy Wife
On Monday, May 17 at 7pm, please join us via Zoom for “Confessions of a Clergy Wife” written & performed by Barbara Bates Smith! Video by Jeff Sebens. A question-and-answer session with Barbara will follow the video presentation.

A stage version of the video has been the focus of a National Episcopal Convention, Diocesan retreats, fundraisers, ecumenical gatherings, churches, and theaters.

Barbara’s late husband Russell, physician-turned-minister, served at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Canton, North Carolina. In the video, Barbara presents her letter to her priest explaining why as a “clergy wife”, she doesn’t attend church. She questions and salutes both her husband and her therapist as she quotes Vietnamese Buddhist leader Thich Nhat Hanh and Mythologist Joseph Campbell.

“The show is a zinger…compelling, authentic, brave” says Frank Levering, D.D., Harvard.
Judith Toy, Buddhist leader, says “intelligent,” “spirit fed,” “hilarious!”
The Reverend Tim McRee, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, called it “Outstanding!”

Virtual Social Action Committee Meeting, Sunday, May 23, 1:00pm
If you would like login info, please contact socialaction@uucolumbia.org.  Hope to see you all then!

Exploring Reopening Possibilities
We’ve been meeting as a congregation on Zoom since March, 2020, with substantial success by some measures, despite Zoom fatigue. What comes next? When and how will we be able to safely gather, face to face? The Board has requested a cross-functional team to explore reopening in safe and logical phases. The team includes committee chairs or designated appointees, as well as key individuals with varied skills and knowledge. The first meeting of the cross-functional team is Monday, March 8, from 6:30 to 7:30.  This is intended as a meeting reminder to task force members, and to let the Congregation know that we are working on this.
A new website tab “Reopening” has been set up as a “one stop shop” for information; we will be adding to it as we move forward.  For more information please refer to the “Reopening” tab; to pose pertinent questions following the first meeting please email reopen@uucolumbia.org .   Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters together.

All Souls Waccamaw UU Cookbook
All Souls invites you to submit a few of your own favorite recipes to their upcoming cookbook by June 1, 2021. The cookbook will be published in the fall at a cost of $10 each. For more information, contact Sue Pearly  or Lisa Jacobs.

UUCC Fall Retreat, Save the Dates!
September 17-19 (see early bird special discount below)
Our annual fall “retreat” is just that: a treat all over again. It is an exciting, relaxing, revitalizing weekend with friends, old and new, in a beautiful mountaintop setting in the Appalachian Mountains overlooking Blue Valley. We invite our new friends in Waccama, Myrtle Beach, Charleston and those in Newberry and Augusta to join us.  Join us for time together to enjoy hiking, relaxing on the deck, viewing the starry, starry night from the tower and sunrise from Meditation Rock. Enjoy delicious food (6 meals) prepared by the outstanding kitchen staff. A nearby zip line experience is available at discount rates for guests of The Mountain.
Rates: Adult-$290 per person- $310 after June 5
Youth (12-16)-$55/night
Child (4-11)-$40/night
Toddler(0-3)-free
Questions-email Joan Watterson or call 803-381-7208,

New Section in Eblasts and Unigrams during COVID-19 Crisis: “Community Updates”
If you have news that you would like to share with our UUCC community, please send a brief write-up (no more than 5 sentences, please) to Nancie Shillington-Perez or call Nancie at 803-553-2280. This is similar to Joys & Concerns, in that it helps us know what is going on in each other’s lives. But “Community Updates” is in a written form for those that cannot/do not tune in for our Sunday Zoom services or would benefit from having it in written form. Please know that we may need to edit submissions.

UUCC Yard Sale this Fall?
What does re-opening mean to you?  In-person services and RE classes? Coffee? Movies? Group meetings? How about a YARD SALE!  Pat Mohr and Jean Capalbo are planning a fall yard sale for UUCC.  The date is contingent upon our reopening schedule.  You can start saving items for our fundraising yard sale. However, we are not yet open, and we don’t have storage space, so DON’T BRING ITEMS TO UUCC YET. Wait for the formal announcement. Contact Pat Mohr at Patmohr60@gmail.com or Jean Capalbo at  Jacapalbo@gmail.com with any questions.

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 Laura Hartwig at publicity@uucolumbia.org.  Follow us: Facebook Instagram YouTube Twitter 

2020-2021 Pledges May Be Submitted Via email
Please Note: You may email your 2020/21 Pledge amount, in confidence,to our Administrator or call her at 803-799-0845.

UUCC Will Accept Contributions Electronically
UUCC is a resilient community and although we’ve moved our ministry online during this crisis, we trust you will continue your generous support of UUCC and our community.  Our new eGiving service, Vanco, provides tools to make giving simple, safe and secure. It also allows you to designate your contribution to the funds you’re most passionate about (such as your Pledge and Share the Plate.)  Give either here at our website by clicking on the ‘donate’ bar at the top of the home page, or by entering abundant.co/uucc/give in your browser.  If you should have any questions or need help, please contact our Administrator, Andrea Dudick, or call 803-799-0845, between the hours of 6am-Noon, Monday-Friday.  Thank you for your generosity.

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