Upcoming Events

This page provides more information about upcoming events than may appear in the Church Calendar or elsewhere. Click the links below for information on the events, listed in chronological order:

Men’s Group – April 22, 2017

The UUCC Men’s Group meets on the second, fourth, and fifth Saturdays of each month at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. The group is open to all men. There are no fees and no reservations are necessary.

The agenda is an open discussion of whatever is on the minds of those in attendance – and breakfast!

For more information email Wiley Miller.

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UU Dining Group Spring Fling – April 22, 2017

The UU Dining Group members and substitutes are celebrating the end of this year’s gatherings with a dinner in the lower level of the church at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.

Each couple is asked to bring a dish to share. The entree and drinks will be provided from this year’s dues. Please call Melinda at 573-445-6325 to let her know what you are bringing.

Bon Appetit! – Linda Lou Brown

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Common Read Discussion – April 23, 2017

Back by popular demand – a third Common Read discussion will take place on Sunday, April 23 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Suzanne Griffin will lead the discussion in the Centering Room downstairs. Please bring a brown bag lunch for yourself, if you wish.

As a reminder, the Common Read book chosen by the UUA this year is The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. Books will be for sale in the greeting area for a suggested donation of $13.

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UU Life Writers – April 29, 2017

UU Life Writers will meet three times in April – April 1, 15 and 29.

Our spring theme: “The Great ‘I’ – Influences, Impressions, Illusions” has produced some really great stories.

All are welcome to join us at 10:30 a.m. in the Centering Room. For more information email Fran Reynolds.

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Kaleidoscope – April 29, 2017

Join Kaleidoscope, our UU Pagan group, to celebrate Beltane, better known to most as May Day. We used to weave paper baskets, fill them with dandelions, and hang them on peoples’ doors. Do you remember?

Celebrate fertility, and joy, and (at last) fresh greens to eat. Gather at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the church.

We will join in ritual, followed by a potluck and friendship. All are welcome, no matter what your personal path.

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Grounds Team – May 6, 2017

Mark your calendars to celebrate the beginning of spring with the Grounds Team. We will plant natives on Saturday May 6 starting at 9 a.m.

The Grounds Team is excited for spring to arrive. Aren’t you? We want to thank the many awesome volunteers who help us respect the interdependent web of all existence. This UU Principle has been supported by Grounds Team work: decreasing the invasive bush honeysuckle, maintaining paths in the woods, managing our meadow, creating outdoor seating, battling poison ivy, mowing our lawn, and increasing native plants.

Why plant natives? Native plant species have co-evolved with native insect species and provide important food resources for thousands of species of invertebrates, as well as for birds and other animals.

Why plant natives? Native plant species have co-evolved with native insect species and provide important food resources for thousands of species of invertebrates, as well as for birds and other animals.

We would love for you to join us, and will keep you posted on upcoming opportunities. We regularly post on the Columbia UU Facebook page, in The Searchlight, and on the church calendar. If you would like to be on our email list, or for more information, email Patty Daus or Jeanne Murphy.

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White Supremacy Teach-In – May 7, 2017

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 for a workshop with potluck lunch on Sunday, May 7 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. 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.

The teach-in will also be conducted in a Sunday worship service on Sunday, June 18.

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Conversations, Etc. – May 10, 2017

Conversations Etc. welcomes all women on the second Wednesday of each month at noon at the church.
Bring a brown bag lunch and a snack to share if you wish.

Call Melinda Farhangi at 573-445-6325 if you have questions.

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Grieving Circle – May 11, 2017

The Grieving Circle now meets once a month on the second Thursday at 7 p.m.

Rev. Molly, Barbara Carter, Greg Bergman, and Maria Oropallo continue to facilitate the monthly gatherings providing safe comfort, and, we hope, much love for anyone dealing with any kind of loss.

For further information, inquire by email.

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UU Book Discussion Group – May 12, 2017

The UU Book Discussion Group meets at 5 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at ABC Chinese Cuisine, 3510 I-70 Dr. S.E. Bring a book you have read to discuss briefly.

Call Pam Springsteel at 573-445-0642 if you have questions.

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Men’s Group – May 13, 2017

The UUCC Men’s Group meets on the second, fourth, and fifth Saturdays of each month at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. The group is open to all men. There are no fees, and no reservations are necessary.

The agenda is an open discussion of whatever is on the minds of those in attendance – and breakfast!

For more information email Wiley Miller.

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Desi Long Retirement Celebration – May 14, 2017

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.

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Loaves and Fishes – May 21, 2017

UUCC provides the evening meal at Loaves and Fishes on the third Sunday each month.

Please sign up here to prepare food for this meal and/or to help set up, serve, and clean up.

Serving meals at Loaves and Fishes is a project of our Social Action Team. If you have questions, email Diane Suhler.

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Men’s Group – May 27, 2017

The UUCC Men’s Group meets on the second, fourth, and fifth Saturdays of each month at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. The group is open to all men. There are no fees, and no reservations are necessary.

The agenda is an open discussion of whatever is on the minds of those in attendance – and breakfast!

For more information email Wiley Miller.

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Kaleidoscope – June 17, 2017

Join Kaleidoscope as we celebrate Litha, the summer Solstice.

The longest day, and the shortest night, are here. The Sun stands in his glory and full strength. Glory with him, this bringer of warmth, light, and hope.

Gather with us on Saturday, June 17, at 6 p.m. at the church. We will join in ritual, followed by a potluck and friendship.

All are welcome, no matter what your personal path.

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White Supremacy Teach-In – June 18, 2017

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 at worship at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 18, 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.

The teach-in also was offered on Sunday, May 7.

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Midwest UU Summer Assembly – July 2-8, 2017

Making summer plans?

We are fortunate to be just a 2 1/2 hour drive from the Midwest Unitarian Universalist Summer Assembly (MUUSA) taking place July 2-8 at Trout Lodge in Potosi, Mo.

This is a one-week, multigenerational experience, with all the water activities, crafts, music, and fun you remember from summer camp, plus the fellowship and wonderful worship experience of being with UUs from all over the Midwest and around the country.

Our own Larry Lile and Qhyrrae Michaelieu will teach swing dancing, among the many activities from which you can choose. There are programs for kids of all ages, from nursery care for the under-3s to programming for middle and high school youth.

Young adults will have their own programming as well, if they choose. Housing options vary from tent camping to bunkhouses, from cabins to a hotel-like lodge, and the cost varies accordingly.

Ellen Thomas and Gerti Motavalli attended last summer and would be happy to share their experiences or try to answer questions – or check out the MUUSA website for more information and registration.

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