Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia, Missouri (UUCC)

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


Worship and Religious Education – 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday
Free Nursery Care for Infants to 3-Year-Olds – 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday
All Are Welcome • No Registration Required

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.

Room at the Inn (RATI) at UUCC

From the night of Sunday, Dec. 9 through the night of Saturday, Dec. 22

Volunteers are needed to staff the overnight cold-weather shelter and to transport linens to the laundry and then back to church. We are particularly in need of laundry volunteers. Read more about our participation. Check out the RATI website. Click the buttons below to volunteer.

Sunday at UUCC – Dec. 16, 2018

Worship Services at 9 and 11 a.m.

“Stepping Out and Stepping Up” – Alexis, Intern Minister

Join Intern Minister Alexis this week to consider what faith can call us to do for ourselves and what it calls us to be for others.

Order of Service  •  Announcements

Other Programs and Activities

9 to 10 a.m. – Forum Adult Discussion – Lower Level-Library/Forum Room

Our own Fran Reynolds will be joined by some members of her UU Life Writers group to discuss “Your Story Matters – You Don’t Have to Be Thoreau.” Read about Forum.

9 to 10 a.m. – Children’s Religious Education – Lower Level

Our 9 a.m. children’s R.E. curriculum, called “Spirit Play,” is based on a Montessori approach to learning that encourages self-directed exploration. The children attend the first portion of the 9 a.m. worship service before going to their class. Free nursery care for infants to 3-year-olds will be available beginning at 8:45 a.m. Read more.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Honduras Craft Sale – Greeting Area

Come to browse and purchase gifts for the holidays (or any occasion) at the UUCC Honduras Ministry sale. We will feature items from the John Paul II Women’s Sewing Cooperative in El Pital, Honduras, where UUCC teams have gone to build latrines since 2009, other native crafts, and delicious Honduran coffee. You will have the following coop items to choose from:

Women’s cross-body shoulder bags — Large aprons — Children’s aprons
Large change purses/cosmetics bags/special items bag — Oven mitts
Regular pot holders — Wall hangings (there will be just a few)

The cooperative can make large carrying bags and purses, tablecloths, and wall hangings to order. For more information email Caya Tanski. All proceeds will go back to this Honduran community through the purchases and through our Honduras ministry work.

10:05 to 10:45 a.m. – Mindfulness Meditation – Centering Room, Schweitzer classroom or Fire Circle

Mindfulness Meditation takes place from 10:05 to 10:45 a.m. every Sunday in the Centering Room – or, if the weather is suitable, outside around the Fire Circle. On fourth Sundays throughout the year, Mindfulness Meditation takes place at the Fire Circle whatever the weather (unless it is raining). Meditators of all levels of experience are welcome. This is mainly silent meditation with some instruction, if needed, and with brief selected readings from eminent teachers. Our hope is to build a group of UU members committed to regular meditation practice. Email Peter Holmes for more information.

11 a.m. to noon – Children’s Religious Education – Lower Level

At 11 a.m. we offer an R.E. program for pre-schoolers through junior high school students, as well as nursery care for infants. The children and youths attend the first portion of the 11 a.m. worship service in the Sanctuary with their families before going to their classes or other scheduled activities. Free nursery care for infants to 3-year-olds will be available until 12:30 p.m. Read more.

12:15 to 1:30 p.m. – Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry (AIM) Team – Workroom

Our Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry (AIM) Team will hold a regular meeting. All are welcome to attend. For more information, email either of the co-chairs, Gretchen Maune or James Cutts.

12:30 to 2:30 p.m. – YRUU – Lower Level-YRUU Room

Members of YRUU, our high school youth group, are scheduled to gather for their regular weekly meeting. The scheduled program is an adventure at an “escape room.”

4:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Loaves and Fishes Dinner – Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church

Our Social Action Team organizes volunteers to provide the evening meal at the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen on the third Sunday each month. Click the button below to sign up to prepare food for this meal and/or to help set up, serve, and clean up.

Please submit receipts for all food items, and some or all of your expenses may be reimbursed by the church. Food items should be delivered to Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church, 702 Wilkes Blvd., by 4:45 p.m. Please do not leave food items for Loaves and Fishes at UUCC because of the difficulty of transporting these items. It is best to use disposable cooking pans (available in the UUCC kitchen) rather than cookware that must be returned to the owners.

If you have questions, email Diane Suhler of the Social Action Team.

7 to 8 p.m. – Holiday Blues Service – Lower Level-Centering Room

This celebratory time of year can be painful for we who suffer grief, loss, family conflict, depression and more. Join us in the Centering Room in the lower level for a service that takes seriously the blues that exist amid the merriment.

Room at the Inn will be open in the Sanctuary, so if you come to the front doors, just let the RATI staff know you’re at the church for the worship service downstairs. The lower level doors in the back of the church also will be unlocked.