Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

Our Services and Activities

Please join us on Sunday mornings for services at 11 a.m. A typical service at the UUCC would include hymns, readings, choir, children's stories, communal sharing of joys and concerns, and a sermon.
 Adults interested in discussing current issues or on a wider range of other topics are invited to join our Forum at 9:30 a.m. in the library.

During most services, our children will start in the sanctuary and leave together for their Religious Education classes. Occasionally  children stay in the sanctuary during one of our multi-generational services. Child care is available for all infants and toddlers. 

Our full-time minister is Neal Jones. Neal preaches and lives a practical, humanistic spirituality that seeks personal wholeness, relational respect, social justice, and ecological responsibility. We occasionally have guest speakers when our minister is away. We sometimes have guest musicians. We encourage you to attend several services to see all that we have to offer. We offer visitor orientation after the service on the third Sunday of every other month. More information is available in the order of service, our Unigram newsletter, and throughout this website.

Besides our Sunday services, we offer a wide variety of groups and activities. A few of them are; a humanist group, a coffeehouse that features nationally touring musicians, an outdoor group, a Sunday choir, a women's choir, a children's choir, and September Set. This congregation has taken part in the UUA Welcoming Congregation Program to become more inclusive towards bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender people.

Upcoming Events

Young Adult Group Meeting, December 17, 6:30 PM
We are working to revamp and reorganize our Young Adult Group!  We are looking for people 18-25 who want to volunteer their time as leaders. This is an excellent way to obtain unique leadership experience both within the framework of a student organization and of a religious organization with a burgeoning presence among USC students.
Agenda items include: Updating the UUCC website, developing a Facebook page, and planning the Standing On the Side of Love campaign. If you have questions, please contact Nancie Shillington-Perez at dre@uucolumbia.org or Del Maticic at del.maticic@gmail.com.. We will meet in the R.E. wing, Room 5. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Christmas Eve Service, December 24
A Season of Peace is the theme of this year’s Christmas Eve service. The worship committee has planned a religious and secular program of history, carols, and readings on this, the world’s most high profile holiday. The celebration of Christmas has its roots, of course, in Christianity, but the reasons for the season are shared by all: love and peace.

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"A church where skepticism is welcome and adherence to dogma is suspect? A church where all religions are invited but none are beyond introspection? A church that regularly presents nationally touring singer-songwriters? A church where half the congregation might have been at Hunter-Gatherer the night before? Now that’s a church we can support." — Dan Cook, Free Times



Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia
 2701 Heyward Street, Columbia, SC  29205

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 9:15 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
(803) 799-0845

Committee Night:  1st Wed. of each month at 6PM
Board Meetings:  3rd Wed. of each month at 6:30PM

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

Art Exhibit & Reception December 14

You may know Karen Murphy (Rhu) as a gardener, elementary school teacher, or Sarah and Danny's mom. Through December 31 we have some of her art work on display in the UUCC social hall!
Karen creates images that inspire her and hopes they will be uplifting to others as well. When asked about the subject matter, she said, "There are mysteries that cannot be expressed in words. I hope my paintings and drawings will resonate with others who feel a deep connection with the natural world."
Karen has been drawing as long as she can remember. She has studied watercolor and oil painting at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.

Please join Karen for a reception on Sunday, December 14 at 3:00 p.m. in the UU Social Hall.


Would you like to have fun, reduce your stress, and improve flexibility--all while sitting down? Then "Chair Yoga" is the Fall Fling for you! This is a basic, gentle yoga class performed while seated. The class will be led by Ruthie Saunders
When: Drop in for one or more sessions on Tuesday Dec 16 and/or Thursday Dec 18. Each session will last about 40 minutes (including relaxation.
Where: Social Hall at the UUCC
Bring: $5.00 contribution and wear comfortable street clothes.
Sign-up: 24 hours in advance is very much appreciated but not required. Contact: rsaunders@sc.edu

Can you tell a Saison from an IPA? A Marzen from a Barley Wine? Come be challenged at our UU Beer Tasting hosted by a local beer expert. Participants will try to match six samples with names and descriptions of the brews. No previous experience necessary. This is a great way to broaden your beer tasting horizons.
When: Sunday, February 1st at 3:00 p.m.
Where:  Turner Residence
Contact: Lis and Phil Turner
Details: Prize to the best guesser! Limited to 10 participants. $25 per participant

The Dodson's dinner event on January 16 is SOLD OUT!!  Please contact Carol or Don to be added to the waiting list!