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 12:15 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.


With the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly scheduled June 20-24
in Kansas City, Mo., the official UUA Chalice is on a pilgrimage to various UU churches
as it makes its way to General Assembly. On Sunday, April 22, we were honored to host
the UUA Chalice, which was lit during a second Chalice Lighting at both worship services.


Sunday at UUCC – April 29, 2018

Worship Services – 9 and 11 a.m.

“The Limits of Freedom” – Rev. Roger Bertschausen, Guest Preacher

This year our global Unitarian Universalist faith celebrates the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda, a royal proclamation in Transylvania that was a landmark in the struggle for religious freedom. Our celebration of this cherished moment in the history of our faith provides an opportunity for a meditation on freedom. Rev. Bertschausen is the Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council, an affiliated organization of the UUA headquartered in St. Louis that supports international partnerships between North American and overseas UU congregations. He previously served as the Senior Minister of the Fox Valley UU Fellowship in Appleton, Wis. He had the privilege of working with Rev. Dottie Mathews for five of his 25 years in Appleton.

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Other Programs and Activities

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

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.

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

Wayne Anderson will look at what leading zoos are doing to protect and save endangered species. Forum information.

10:05 to 10:45 a.m. – Mindfulness Meditation – Centering Room 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.

Noon to 2 p.m. – YRUU – Lower Level-YRUU Room

Members of YRUU, our high school youth group, are tentatively scheduled to participate in a mindfulness and stress reduction workshop with Rosie Geiser.

12:30 to 2 p.m. – K-2 OWL Class – Lower Level-Thoreau Classroom

For the first time at our church, an age-appropriate OWL (Our Whole Lives) human sexuality class is being offered for kindergarten through second graders. The class began April 15 will continue on consecutive Sundays through May 6. In the past, we have offered OWL only for junior and senior high school students. For more information, email DRE Jamila Batchelder.

12:30 to 3 p.m. – Membership 102 Class – Lower Level-Centering Room

If you are considering membership in UUCC, the Welcoming Team urges you to attend Membership 102 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29 in the Centering Room on the Lower Level. The class will cover how to get more involved in the life of the church. Lunch will be provided. Child care can be provided with one week’s notice. RSVP by email or by calling 573-442-5764.

3 to 6 p.m. – Film and Discussion: Puerto Rico – Sanctuary

Everyone is invited to a joint presentation of a film and discussion about Puerto Rico sponsored by our Social Action Team and Show Me Dharma at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in the Sanctuary. Light refreshments will be offered. This will also be a fundraiser to help Puerto Rico rebuild and create sustainable agriculture projects. The devastation caused by Hurricane Maria seven months ago is still having widespread ill effects. For more information, email Caya Tanski-French.