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  Welcome to the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria, Illinois. It's not easy to sum up our church in a few words, but a good place to start is with our mission statement:

• Embracing Freedom
• Loving Inclusively
• Growing Spiritually
• Healing Our World

We offer you the freedom to follow your own path to spiritual and religious truth. Everyone is welcome in the spirit of inclusive love and acceptance. Here you can grow spiritually in a caring, supportive community. And you can help heal our world by getting involved in community and global outreach.

If this sounds like something you'd like to know more about, we invite you to explore our website. You'll find lots of information about who we are and what we offer. We welcome your interest and extend a sincere invitation to visit our church.

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Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria
3000 W. Richwoods Blvd.
Peoria, IL 61604

Services and Church School
10:30 AM Sundays
Directions & Map

Social Impact
October 14 and every second Saturday at 9:30 AM
Loaves and Fish
Contact: Sandy Meskimen
Loaves and Fish is a program offered by the First United Methodist Church downtown at 116 NE Perry. Volunteers serve a noon meal; also food for the guests to take home is available, clothing, if needed, and a medical clinic. The number of guests vary from about 250 to 350 people, and there are usually about 50 volunteers. The guests are quite appreciative, and the ambience created by the guests and volunteers is rewarding. Join our church volunteers on the second Saturday of each month. Come just one time or on a regular basis.
We Are Unitarian Universalists
Watch this short video to learn more about our UU faith
Recorded Sermons
Upcoming Services

Sunday, September 24, 10:30 AM
Where We Belong
Rev. Lynnda White
A sense of belonging is one of our most basic needs. Unfortunately, at different times in our lives, many of us have felt as if we did not fit in, that we were outcasts, or just "different." We live in a time when it is easy to feel alienated and alone. Some of us have asked the question, "Where do I belong?"
The choir will sing.
Share the Plate: Planned Parenthood

Sunday, October 1, 10:30 AM
Self Examination and Atonement for UUs
Rev. Michael Brown
The Jewish people will have just completed the high holy day of Yom Kippur on this Sunday. This is a time in the Jewish calendar for "repentance and atonement." Do we have any such thing in our yearly cycle or even in our worldview? How can we engage in healthy self-examination without excessive guilt or shame? I will look at this question in light of our recent UU struggles with racial justice.
The choir will sing.
Share the Plate: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

Special Events
Anniversary Events -- Mark Your Calendar
Our church is now in its 175th year, and we’re going to keep on celebrating with fun events throughout the year! Here’s what’s coming up next:
Sunday, September 17, 4:00 PM
Springdale Cemetery Tour
Many of the early members of our church are buried in Springdale Cemetery. We’ll visit several of their graves and learn about the roles these Universalists played in our church and in the Peoria community.
Saturday, September 30, 10:00 AM
Farmington Cemetery Field Trip
We’ll meet at the church, then carpool to Farmington to visit the grave of Rev. Aaron Kinney, the traveling Universalist preacher who helped get our church started. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy lunch at a Farmington restaurant.
Sunday, October 1, 4:00 PM
Sculpture Walk Peoria for UUs
Join us for a free guided tour of the latest downtown sculptures on SW Washington Street. Our group will meet in the lobby of the Peoria Riverfront Museum to view the 16 sculptures from 7 states in this year’s competition, plus other nearby permanent sculptures! Jeff and John Heintzman will be our guides on this 1-1⁄2 hour tour. There are a few benches available along the way. Parking in the museum lot is free. ArtsPartners of Central Illinois is the sponsor of this third exhibition. More information regarding the sculptures can be found at Sculpture Walk Peoria
Thursday, October 26, 6:00-9:00 PM
Folkin' October - A Night of Food & Folk Music
Greg Klyma is a singer/songwriter from Buffalo, NY. His birthdate puts him squarely in the middle of Generation X, but Greg Klyma is an old-school troubadour. His enduring themes, articulate and amusing stories, and populist ideals make him one of those rare young artists who is carrying the torch of Woody and Ramblin' Jack. He rolls in off the road, pulls out a guitar, and proceeds to take us back to the basics: Family, love, gratitude, and laughter. It's the timeless art of the true troubadour, keeping alive the American folk tradition.
Bill Poss is a songwriter and performer from Effingham, IL who has been touring North America for two decades - first solo, then with the Ginn Sisters and Fred Eaglesmith. Comfortable standing by himself telling stories and performing a riveting folk set, or rocking out with his five piece band, Bill Poss cuts a wide path, shifting easily from folk and bluegrass to country and rock. His years on the road have provided him with great fodder for his songs and his stories.
Doors open at 6:00 PM. Public Concert at 7:00 PM following Church Potluck at 6:30 PM. Please bring a dish to share and beverage of choice. Show is FREE, but a donation will be encouraged.
November 4-5
UU Used Book Sale
Don't miss our Annual UU Used Book Sale, which will be held Saturday, November 4, with the bag sale on Sunday, November 5. This year, once again, in an attempt to be green, we encourage you to bring your own cloth bags. See you at the sale!
Adult Religious Education
Sundays, 8:45-10:00 AM
A Course in Miracles
The Course states that a universal theology is not possible; there exists different, yet valid, pathways to the Truth. full info

4th Sundays, 12:15-2:15 PM
Buddhism Study/Discussion Group Takes a Break
Buddhism Study/Discussion Group will not meet in 2017 but will return in 2018. full info

not meeting on a regular basis
Dependency & Addictions
If you have interest in AA, contact Phyllis Close at 309-682-3850; for Al-Anon, contact Frank Hubbell at 309-256-1067; or, for Alateen, contact Dorothy Yaeger at 309-360-0032. full info

Contact Michael if you are interested
Grief Support
When we have a loss in our lives, we go through grief. It is not optional; it is natural and inevitable. full info

First Sundays, 12-2 PM
Humanist Perspectives
What differences and compatibilities do humanists share with theists, free thinkers, skeptics, agnostics, atheists... full info

Fourth Tuesdays, 7-9 PM
Monthly Meditation
Meditation is an ancient art that is more and more widely recognized as having real benefits. full info

Typically Second Sundays, 12:30 PM
Native American Spirituality Gathering (Council at Pimiteoui)
If you are interested in the Sunday afternoon group, please contact the church office at 309-688-5608 for future meeting dates. full info

Part 4: Sep 14-28
Video Course: Prof. Bart Ehrman on "How Jesus Became God", Part 4
How did early Christians view Jesus? Human? Divine? full info

Third Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 AM
Wisdom Circle
In these gatherings, we explore the new purposes and meanings which arise in all our lives as we age. full info

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