Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

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

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

August 1, 2021  Topic:  The Practice of Play  Speaker:  Rev. Stephen Robinson

August 8, 2021  Topic:  Creating Safety and Freedom  Speaker:  Rev. Stephen Robinson

August 15, 2021  Topic: Face to Face About Race  Speakers:   Richard McLeod and Pat Mohr

August 22, 2021  Topic:  Why the 8th?  Speaker:  Rev. Stephen Robinson

August 29, 2021  Topic:  Water Communion  Speaker:  Rev. Stephen Robinson

Sunday Service Rules:

  • Everyone 2 and over is required to wear face masks at all times.
  • The Heyward and kitchen doors will be closed Sunday, please use the main or
    patio doors for entry.
  • No food indoors.
  • Water is allowed in a covered container

We’ll be trying out a hybrid meeting method where those who want will meet face-to-face in the Library (round building to the side of the church) in a socially distanced/masked environment.  Those who would prefer to continue meeting via Zoom on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. can still find the meeting link under News/Meeting Info

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  our Administrator (uucc@uucolumbia.org).

UUCC Administrator’s Office Closed July 24 through August 1
Linda Brennison will answer any calls of immediate importance that cannot wait for the administrator’s return: 803-318-8851.

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

UUCC Nursery Associate Position Description
We have a position open in our nursery on Sunday mornings (and possible additional times) for someone who loves to work with children and could use a little extra pocket money.  If interested, please click here for the complete position details.

Nursery Volunteers Needed
The CYRE program is seeking volunteers to watch over the nursery as needed during Sunday services. If interested, please contact DRE Scott Sargent (dre@uucolmbia.org).

July Share the Plate Recipient:  SCWREN
Half of our cash collection in July goes to SCWREN, the South Carolina Women’s Rights Empowerment Network, whose mission is to build a movement to advance the health, economic well-being, and rights of South Carolina’s women, girls, and their families. We advocate, educate, engage communities, and build coalitions. SCWREN strives to create a diverse and inclusive movement that amplifies voices and advances justice for all. Their representative will be Courtney Thomas on July 25.

If sending a check please write “Share the Plate” in the memo line or you can give by going to the home page and clicking on the ‘donate’ bar at the top of the page,  Please be sure to select “Share the Plate.”

New Chairperson Needed for Share the Plate Committee
The Share the Plate Committee (a subcommittee of Social Action) is seeking a new chair. Training needs to begin soon as the process for nominating next year’s Share the Plate recipients begins in September and the nominations will begin in October. A complete instruction manual and samples are available to anyone interested and help will be available.
Share the Plate not only serves the charities of our local community but also provides income to UUCC. If you are
interested in this position, please contact Linda McLeod (kitchen@uucolumbia.org)

Harvest Hope Food Donations Needed
Now that we are back to in-person Sunday services we can again support the good work that Harvest Hope is doing to feed hungry people in the Midlands.  Please bring your donations, such as any canned food items; rice; pasta; disposable baby diapers.  Do NOT bring expired items; glass containers or fresh produce.  The Harvest Hope grocery cart can be found under the windows in the social hall.

UUCC Ladies LUUnch BUUnch 
The UUCC Ladies LUUNCH BUUNCH will resume gathering on the second Tuesday, of each month at 12:00 noon beginning September 14.  We meet at various restaurants which offer a varied menu to include vegan and vegetarian selections.  We always have a good time so don’t miss out. Contact Linda McLeod (kitchen@uucolumbia.org) to sign up for this fun time of getting together. Hope to see you there!

UUCC Fall Retreat, Save the Dates!
Our retreat September 17-19 is now much more affordable.  There has been a very unfortunate mistake in the previously advertised fees for our weekend retreat at The Mountain.  In order to make amends for their mistake, The Mountain is willing to extend the EARLY BIRD Discount to August 20th.  Please make note of the current prices.  All prices include a two night stay and six meals, Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.
Adult, double occupancy, through August 20-$190
after 8/20/21-$210
Adult, single occupancy, through August 20-$290
After 8/20/21-$310
Youth ages 12-17-$55/night
Children ages 4-11-$40/night
Toddler ages 0-3-free
To register go on their website- www.themountainrlc.org or call the office during office hours 828-526-5838.
We are planning some fun activities and there is plenty to do on your own or with small groups.  Come join us.  Questions-email Joan Watterson (joan.l.watterson@icoud.com) or call 803-381-7208.

UUCC Yard Sale, Friday & Saturday, September 10 & 11
When can you bring items to the building?  Until September 7, after Sunday services or on weekday mornings (before 11:30), you may bring items to store in the basement.  If you choose a Sunday, contact the coordinators Jean Capalbo (Jacapalbo@gmail.com; 928-202-0286) or Pat Mohr (patmohr60@gmail.com; 803-463-3504) to make arrangements.

To schedule an appointment to drop off items on a weekday morning, contact our administrator, Andrea (uucc@uucolumbia.org; 803-799-0845).
The basement has a dirt floor, so you may want to bring a tarp for the ground and/or to cover your items.  Beginning Tuesday, September 7, you may store items in the social hall. We’ll have more details about this later. We hope to arrange pick up of larger items such as furniture and appliances during that week (if you have a pick-up truck that would be available, please contact Jean or Pat!) Please do NOT bring any adult clothing or broken/non-working items.  Contact Jean or Pat with any questions.

Pride Parade, Friday, October 22
UUCC expects to celebrate in the Pride Parade in person once again in 2021!  The event is looking like a ‘go.’ We submitted our registration application and have a float.  Save the date, because we hope to see you at Laurel & Main at 6 PM on October 22nd!

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 (uucc@uucolumbia.org) or call her at 803-799-0845.

UUCC Will Accept Contributions Electronically
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, (uucc@uucolumbia.org) or call 803-799-0845, between the hours of 6am-Noon, Monday-Friday.  Thank you for your generosity.

UUCC Music on YouTube!


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