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.
Our YRUU youth carried our church banner in the banner parade at the opening
session of the UUA General Assembly in Kansas City, Mo. on June 20. In the first part
of this short video, they are seen on their first pass through the convention hall.
After the transition, they are seen on their way out of the hall.
Worship Services – 9 and 11 a.m.
“A Shelter for Every Storm” – UUCC Sanctuary Team (Immigrant Ministry)
Join the UUCC Sanctuary Team as we explore the meaning of creating an expansive sense of what it means to offer sanctuary in these challenging times. Together, we will consider how claiming our identity as a sanctuary congregation relates to creating deep connections, radical welcome and courageous love, not just for our immigrant friends and guests, but for ourselves as members of this sanctuary community.
Shower Dedication – The Sanctuary Team invites you to join us at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 23 between worship services as Rev. Molly leads us in a dedication of the new shower that we have built through your donations, with the significant work of volunteers. Light refreshments will be served. We will be celebrating the fact that we now have made our building even more accommodating should a person or family need the shelter of our church as they pursue legal remedies relating to their immigration status.
Other Programs and Activities
9 to 10 a.m. – Forum Adult Discussion – Lower Level-Library/Forum Room
Wayne Anderson has visited a number of sites where the Native American Clovis People left artifacts telling us about their lifestyle – sites in California, Colorado, Missouri, Florida and Ohio. Thirteen thousand years ago, giant creatures lived in Missouri. This was a world in which a normal human would have seemed diminutive. Despite their lack of size, how did Native Americans not only survive, but become the rulers of this giant domain? Read about Forum.
9 to 10 a.m. – Religious Education – “Spirit Play” – 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.
10:05 to 10:45 a.m. – Mindfulness Meditation – Fire Circle, or Lower Level-Centering Room
Mindfulness Meditation takes place from 10:05 to 10:45 a.m. on Sundays in the Centering Room – or, if the weather is suitable, outside around the Fire Circle behind the church. On fourth Sundays the session will be 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. Email Peter Holmes for more information.
10:30 a.m. – Shower Dedication – See Above under Worship Services
11 a.m. to noon – 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.
12:30 to 2 p.m. – Disability Rights Documentary Film – Sanctuary
“Lives Worth Living,” a 2011 documentary about the Disability Rights Movement, will be shown in our sanctuary. The showing, sponsored by our Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry Team, will be followed by a discussion of how people with disabilities and their allies are still struggling for their rights today. A light lunch and childcare will be provided. Read more.
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. – YRUU – Lower Level-YRUU Room
Members of YRUU, our high school youth group, will gather for their third meeting of the new church year. The scheduled activity is listening to and discussing a podcast.
2 p.m. – CROPwalk – Stephens Lake Park
CROPwalk, an annual interfaith effort to raise funds to relieve hunger here in Columbia and Mid-Missouri, across the U.S. and around the world, will take place at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at Stephens Lake Park. CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) is sponsored by Church World Service. The CROPwalk welcomes adults and children and is designed for all levels of abilities. You can sign up for the walk and donate either at the table in the greeting area or at the Columbia CROP Walk website. Email Allie Gassmann for more information.