Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

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

Our COVID 19 precaution advice has changed.  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 NewsTab/Meeting Info (above) for connectivity details.  Sunday sermons are recorded and available from the Service Archives found on the Home Page.

NEW!!  Zoom interaction before and after streamed service:  

For attendees who would like the opportunity to interact with others attending the virtual service, we have created a Zoom event that opens each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and will stay open until approximately 30 minutes after the service ends. If you wish, you may log out of the  Zoom event and directly access the service on YouTube,  Contact Phil Turner (connection@uucolumbia.org) with questions.

Sunday Services

October 2 2022  Topic:Justice for All: South Carolina and the American Civil Rights Movement. Speaker: Prof. Bobby Donaldson

Please Note:  In-person services have resumed.  The Sunday Service will also be held via Zoom and you may log in after 10:30 a.m. to visit as well as remain after the service in breakout rooms. The service can be viewed (no interaction) on YouTube.

Forum Discussions
Every Sunday, before the service (9:30 am-10:45 am), you are invited to meet in the library (round building to the side of the church) for a lively discussion of Issues and Events of Interest..

Those who want will meet face-to-face in the Library in a socially distanced/masked environment may now do so.  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).

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

Social Action Meeting, Sunday, September 25, After Service
The Social Action Committee will meet in person 15 minutes after the end of the UUCC service in the Sanctuary.

Vote Forward Letter Writing Campaign, Sundays through October 23
We have kicked off our Vote Forward Letter Writing Campaign, which encourages voters in strategic jurisdictions to get out and vote this November.  This is a non-partisan effort which attempts to reach voters who share our UU values.  We all know how pivotal this election may well be, so we invite you to ‘adopt’ a voter and write them a brief note of encouragement!  We’ll be in the Social Hall every Sunday up to and including Sunday, October 23, with template letters, envelopes, sample letters and sign-up sheets.  It’s easy, satisfying, and you can take letter templates home to complete at your leisure.  Contact Kevin McKinney or Connie Quirk at socialaction@uucolumbia.org.  PLEASE NOTE: The Vote Forward table will be closed during this Sunday’s Social Action Meeting so please pick up templates or drop off completed letters immediately following the service, as your window to participate will be brief this week.

Children and Youth Religious Exploration (CYRE)
CYRE depends on volunteers to make UUCC a welcoming place for families. This summer is the perfect opportunity for the whole congregation to minimally volunteer by simply enjoying the presence of children and sharing our covenant of mutual respect, dignity, and compassion with our smallest friends and members. We will have toys and crafts available in the foyer and/or the social hall for children to bring to their seats/family grouping. The nursery will be available for infants and toddlers ages 0-3.
As the summer progresses, the CYRE Committee looks forward to engaging the congregation in
discussions related to how we all might build on these Sundays without formal CYRE programming in order to give everyone the chance to work on welcoming families with children and teenagers. Stay tuned. Ideas are welcomed rechair@uucolumbia.org.

UUCC Choir Fall Schedule
The UUCC Adult Choir has resumed regular rehearsals and will sing in services every other Sunday morning.  All adult and teen singers are welcome to participate.  Next rehearsal: Sunday, September 25, 9:30-10:30am.  Please contact UUCC Music Director Anna Hamilton to be added to the choir email list for additional information and a fall schedule: music@uucolumbia.org

Dinner with CYRE, Wednesday, September 28, 6pm, Social Hall
Please join us for “Dinner with CYRE” where families are invited to leave their dinner plans to us. We ask that they bring their appetites and a desire to meet new friends. Childcare, dinner, conversation, and games for kids will be provided. Wish us luck, and let us know if you have an idea to share as we try new ways to provide for our families and youngest UUs. Contact Jonathan White, CYRE Committee Chair, with questions or for clarification: rechair@uucolumbia.org.

September Share the Plate Recipient: Harriet Hancock LGBT Center
Half of our cash collection this month goes to Harriet Hancock LGBT Center, which is the hub of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activity in the Midlands of South Carolina. Their facility offers a variety of resources including a free lending library, meeting spaces for LGBT-supportive groups, and a directory of LGBT-friendly businesses, organizations, and counselors while also serving as the headquarters for the South Carolina Pride Movement.  The center will be represented by Matt Butler on September 25.

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 home page, or entering “abundant.co/uucc/give” in your browser.  Please be sure to select “Share the Plate.”

October Share the Plate Recipient:  Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary
Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary provides a safe haven for abandoned, abused, neglected, and elderly farm animals. While there are many shelters and rescue organizations for animal companions such as cats and dogs, and wildlife, there is a lack of sanctuary for farm animals, which make up 98% of the animals killed in the U.S. each year. cottonbranch.org

“Damage” Album Release Party/Social Action Committee Fundraiser
Join us on Friday, September 30 at 7pm in the UUCC Sanctuary to celebrate Kevin McKinney’s releasing a new album. He offered this event as a fundraiser to the Social Action Committee. You can hear the album, the stories within and behind it, and find out what it takes to create and record at home. It will be an informal evening, with refreshments and perhaps a surprise guest or two! Admission is free, but donations to the
Committee will be appreciated.

UUCC Annual Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, October 9, 3pm
Bring your Pets to our Annual Blessing of the Animals. All animals are welcome as long as they are able to follow good citizen rules.  We will assemble in front of the playground on the Heyward side of the church. Once again, we are honored to have Rev.Stephen Robinson officiating. Please contact Anita Grossman at anitaj48@aol.com with any questions.

“Git Lit” Annual Columbia Pride Parade
Join us downtown on Friday, October 14 to ride our float or walk with us. We will gather on Laurel Street to decorate the float, beginning at 6:30pm. You can also help us prepare decorations in advance–it was a lot of fun last year! Talk to Kevin, Connie, or Linda Brennison. (Linda also has “Side With Love” shirts available for order in the Social Hall after service.) It is an exciting time for the UUCC Social Action Committee–we hope you join us! Kevin McKinney & Connie Quirk, Social Action Committee Co-Chairs socialaction@uucolumbia.org

Ladies LUUnch BUUnch, Thursday, October 20th, Noon, Social Hall
We had another successful Women’s Lunch last Thursday noon at UUCC. Nineteen women attended the potluck.  At the last minute several women had to cancel of health or work issues.  Put the next potluck on your calendar.  It will be Thursday October 20th, the third Thursday, in the UUCC Social Hall at noon.  Don’t forget to sign up, so that we will set up enough tables.  Sign up at church on Sundays, or by emailing, or texting
Joan Watterson, 803 381 7208, joan.l.watterson@icloud.net
or Mary Maclachlan 803 348 4370, drmarymaclachlan@gmail.com

Indian Classical Music Concert at UUCC, Saturday, October 22, 7pm
You are invited to attend a concert featuring North Indian classical violinist, Rupam Ghosh with Ryan Shah, tabla.  Learn more here: https://rupamviolin.com/ and listen here: Rupam Ghosh and Ryan Shah

All are welcome to attend. Donations will be accepted (suggested $10 – $20) to benefit the Bill Moody Performance Fund, which supports collegiate and guest music performances at the UUCC.  Contact UUCC Music Director Anna Hamilton with any questions: music@uucolumbia.org

UUCC Annual Mountain Retreat, October 28-30
Hiking, great food, gorgeous waterfalls, quiet time on the deck with view of Blue Valley, Happy Hour with friends, watching sun come up over Monkeyface Mountain. Come join us at The Mountain! It is time to make plans to attend our annual retreat at The Mountain. Take advantage of special pricing for 3 days, 2 nights arriving for dinner Friday and leaving Sunday before lunch, or stay for lunch on Sunday for an additional $5.00. Adult double occupancy-$210. Adult single occupancy- $310. Youth (12-17)-$55.
Children (4-11)-$40. Toddler-3 and under-free. For more information about The Mountain and to register go The Mountain or call during office hours at 828-526-5838. If you have any questions, please contact Ginny Verne at 803-606-6260 or Joan Watterson at 803-381-7208

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 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