White supremacy teach-ins May 7 and June 18

Our Unitarian Universalist Association has been doing some painful grappling with the ways that racism and oppression live in our institutions, even despite our highest values and best intentions.

Amidst these struggles, the Black Lives of UU Organization has called upon our UU congregations across the country to join together in offering a “White Supremacy Teach-In.” Almost 500 congregations will be doing just that!

Join us to explore what white supremacy culture means in today’s world (hint: it doesn’t just mean hate groups) and to grapple with how racism and oppression live in our institutions as well. We will have two opportunities for this Teach-In:

  • In a workshop with potluck lunch on Sunday, May 7 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. after the second service (please bring a dish to share).
  • In a worship service on Sunday, June 18.

Join us for one, or even better, for both.

Desi Long retirement celebration May 14

Join us at 10 a.m. May 14 for one big service to celebrate Desi Long and her nearly 25 years of service as our Music Director.

Upon her decision to retire this year, Desi wishes to communicate her love for our congregation and how much she has enjoyed working with staff, musicians and choir members.

She plans to remain an active member of the church and to enjoy the flexibility of being able to travel and spend more time with her daughter. Perhaps she can even sleep-in some Sundays!

All our staff, leaders, and members join our hearts in expressing our deep gratitude for Desi’s service and for the strength of our music program.

Join us May 14 to celebrate, and stay for cake and congratulations to Desi after the service.

Caring Ministry seeks help

The UUCC Caring Ministry Coordinating Team is looking for help in caring for our members. Please check out what we do to learn how you can help.

This ministry is based on the belief that we are all inherently worthy of care and meaningful connections with others. We provide support in times of celebration and challenge. Support may include cards, calls, visits, meals, and assistance with errands, transportation, or other needs.

There are opportunities for all to contribute their time or skills even if you have a busy schedule.

Many hands make light work, and a contribution from your heart is needed and will be appreciated. Please consider joining our team and/or helping out periodically with a specific service or task. We keep in touch by email, phone and at weekly worship services.

Meredith Donaldson and Winn Scott, Co-Chairs

New Monthly RE Event – Hikes

Does Your Family Like to Hike?

We are starting a new monthly event at UUCC, a hike for all ages. The purpose of the hikes is to strengthen our connection to nature while also strengthening our connection to each other and building our community.

We will have two different hikes scheduled each month, to accommodate our different schedules and needs.

  • One hike will take place on the third Sunday of the month (for May, that will be May 21). We will meet at the church at 1:45 p.m. and then head over to Grindstone Nature Area (on Old Hwy. 63) at 2 p.m. We will hike the same trail each month, learning to become attuned to the changes and cycles that are occurring. The hike is approximately two miles in length, with a creek at which we will stop for a while to rest and play at the halfway point. Most of the hike is fairly moderate, but there is one 50-meter stretch that is fairly steep.
  • The second hike will take place on the fourth Monday of the month (May 22), meeting at the church at 9:45 a.m. and leaving for Grindstone Nature Area at 10 a.m. The hike is approximately 0.5 miles, with two stops for creek play. The hike is fairly moderate, with a few small hills. There is a very shallow creek that we will cross, so wearing shoes that can get wet is advisable.

May Hike Dates:

  • May 21, meet in UUCC Parking Lot at 1:45 p.m., drive to Grindstone Nature Area at 2 p.m.
  • May 22, meet in UUCC Parking Lot at 9:45 a.m., drive to Grindstone Nature Area at 10 a.m.

– Jamila Batchelder, Director of Religious Education

April 16, 2017: “Of Salvation and Scars”

In her sermon on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 titled “Of Salvation and Scars,” Rev. Molly Housh Gordon explored a Unitarian Universalist interpretation of traditional Easter themes, examining what it means to be wounded and whether a wound paradoxically makes us more human.

Music Director Desi Long Will Retire May 31

Our Music Director, Desi Long, will retire from the position on May 31, 2017. Desi and Rev. Molly sent the following message to the UUCC community:

It is with great celebration of nearly 25 wonderful years of service that we write to inform you of Desi Long’s retirement as music director effective May 31, 2017.

Upon her decision to retire this year, Desi wishes to communicate her love for our congregation and how much she has enjoyed working with staff, musicians and choir members. She plans to remain an active member of the church and to enjoy the flexibility of being able to travel and spend more time with her daughter. Perhaps she can even sleep-in some Sundays!

Molly wishes to express our deep gratitude for Desi’s service and for the strength of our music program. We will be celebrating Desi upon her retirement at our Flower Communion service on Sunday, May 14. Don’t miss it!

Our custom has long been to use volunteer musicians for worship in the summer months, which we will do as usual this summer. This will allow the church adequate time for a process of imagining the future of our music program and engaging a search for our next music director. We all remain committed to great music at the UU Church of Columbia!

In faith,
Desi Long and Rev. Molly Housh Gordon

March 26, 2017: Reflections on Aging

Our lay-led worship on March 26, 2017 was titled “Four Score: Reflections on Aging from Four Generations” and was presented by UUs across several decades. Listen to what Cande Iveson, Rachel Byerly Duke, Tracey Milarsky, Todd Iveson and David Leuthold had to say at the 11 a.m. service about what aging means to them.