Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia, Missouri (UUCC)

2615 Shepard Blvd., Columbia, MO 65201-6132 • Phone: 573-442-5764

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Welcome to the church nurturing spirit and service – a liberal religious voice lighting a moral beacon in Central Missouri. In the spirit of courageous love, we forge a community of radical welcome and deep connection that moves us together to heal the world. We invite you to join us.

Sunday at UUCC – Oct. 2, 2022

9 a.m. – Green Meditation – Fire Circle or Centering Room

Meditators will meet at the Fire Circle – or in the Centering Room if it is raining or the temperature is below 50 degrees. Beginners and experienced meditators welcome.

9 a.m. – Forum Discussion Group – Lower Level-Forum/Library

The Forum Discussion Group – a weekly conversation about current events, civic engagement, religion, emerging thought and more – resumed meeting on Sept. 11 after being on hiatus since March 2020 because of the Covid pandemic.

On Oct. 2, “Found in the Wilderness” will be the topic of George Grimm-Howell, our 2022-23 Intern Minister. He will be utilizing his poems and speaking on major life changes – such as the loss of a spouse, loss of a lifetime family home, or just retirement in general – that can leave us feeling “lost in the wilderness.” George holds a master of divinity degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. He lives in University City, Mo. with his family and is a long-time member of First Unitarian Church of St. Louis.

10:30 a.m. – Worship – in-person and online

“All Creatures of the Earth and Sky” – All-Ages Animal Blessing – Outdoors Behind the Church
Rev. Molly Housh Gordon

Join us alongside your animal companions for an All-Ages Animal Blessing service. We will celebrate our connection with all creatures and bless their presence in our lives. All well-behaved animal companions are welcome on a leash, in a carrier, or otherwise appropriately restrained. Our guest musician will be Kristen Ford.

Note: Because the Sanctuary is undergoing renovation, the Oct. 2 worship service will be held outdoors behind the church. The online service may be pre-recorded because of the technical complications involved in live-streaming outside the Sanctuary. Nursery care will still be provided indoors, and folks may use the bathroom and other facilities on the Lower Level as needed. Meditation, Forum and OWL class will continue in their usual locations. The Oct. 2 Liberation Conversation about “Reproductive Justice in Missouri” will be held downstairs in the Centering Room, or possibly outdoors if attendance is high.

When we are worshiping indoors, masks are required for those 2 and older attending in person. We recommend high quality masks such as N-95, KN-95 or KF-94 for all who can wear them, and we will have some on hand for those who need one. Please stay home and attend online if you feel sick – even just a little “under the weather.” Group singing (masked) and in-person coffee hour have resumed read more.

Online worship links – ZoomFacebook
Oct. 2 Order of Service

Submit Joys and Sorrows by 8:30 a.m. Sunday before worship:

Joys and Sorrows Submission

Online Donation or Pledge Payment

Visitors participating in our online worship services are invited to fill out our Visitor Connection Card:

Visitor Connection Card

10:30 a.m. – Youth Religious Education – no classes on Oct. 2

There will be no R.E. classes on Oct. 2 – rather, children will be with adults for our all-ages worship service. On most Sundays, after attending the first portion of the worship service, the children go to their classes.

11:30 a.m. – Coffee Hour – in-person and online

We have resumed in-person coffee hour. When weather allows, we will have coffee set up outdoors after the service. Coffee hour also is available online via Zoom.

Noon – 7th-9th Grade OWL – Lower Level-Forum/Library

We are offering the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program this semester to 7th-9th graders.

Noon – Liberation Conversation – “Missouri After Roe: Our Reproductive Justice Landscape”

Jess Lambrecht, Program Director of the Missouri Abortion Fund will be the speaker for the second program in our monthly civic engagement series. The mission of Missouri Abortion Fund (MoAF) is to provide public education and support for people needing reproductive health services, primarily by providing financial assistance to Missouri residents who cannot afford the full cost of abortion care. The program will be held in the Centering Room because the Sanctuary is undergoing renovation.

Childcare will be provided. A catered lunch will be available available if reserved ahead – $15 each or sliding scale. Make reservation. Lunch will be served at noon, and the program will begin at 12:30 p.m.

3 p.m. – Social Action Team – online

Our Social Action Team will hold its regular monthly meeting via Zoom at 3 p.m. Oct. 2 instead of the usual time of 1 p.m. All are welcome to participate. For more information, email Team Chair Fred Young.

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