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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
309-688-5608
office@peoriauuchurch.org

Services and Church School
10:30 AM Sundays
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Social Impact
Thursday, April 27, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
P-Town Soup
Location: Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria
Contact: Peoria Community Against Violence
The Peoria Community Against Violence will be hosting a P-Town Soup, which is a fun way to enjoy good food and amazing community bonding, while learning about programs to improve Peoria. All citizens are invited for a meal at no cost; however, a donation of $5 at the door is requested. Representatives of local programs that are improving the community will get to "pitch" their group's idea to better Peoria. Afterwards, everyone who donated will get to vote on who they believe should receive a major portion of those donations to help their program achieve their idea. The winner will come to the next P-Town Soup to explain how they are using the money.
May 13 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, April 30, 10:30 AM
Women Make History in Our Denomination
Rev. Lynnda White
If we look into our Unitarian Universalist history, we find stories of women who have kept our movement growing and who have made marvelous contributions to society. Soon our denomination will make history by electing our first woman president. What can we expect as a result of this historic, long-awaited change?
The choir will sing.
Share the Plate: Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Sunday, May 7, 10:30 AM
Building a Better Way to Beloved Community
What are the lessons we need to take away from the recent troubles facing our denomination regarding racial and multicultural upset, and how do we build on them? We know that we are in need of healing at all levels: denominational, congregational, and personal. Please join us and be part of a national Teach-In dealing with systemic racism and how, unfortunately, it has manifested in our denomination. Reverends Michael Brown, Lynnda White, and Marcus Fogliano will be in the pulpit.
The choir will sing.
Share the Plate: Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Special Events
Saturday, April 22, 6:00 PM
"Celebrating our Earth" Dinner & Movie Night
Join fellow UUs on Earth Day for this fun night celebrating our beautiful planet and all of its beings. We will start with pizza, salad, fruit, and drinks in the children's area. Suggested donation is $5 for adults, $2.50 for kids, $15 family cap. After dinner, we will open our UU concession stand, grab our popcorn and drinks, and roll three different earth-themed films in three different rooms . . . one for younger audiences, one for older audiences, and one for all. You're sure to find a movie to your liking and good friends to share it with! We'll see you there!
April 18 - 30, 2017
Sign Up Now for a UU Adventure in Cuba
Join a small group of fellow UUs for a People to People trip to Cuba! The package includes: airfare from Chicago, all accommodations, 24 meals, transportation aboard a private, air-conditioned motorcoach, services of a local Cuban trip leader, and much more. Flyers with complete information are available at the Connections Table or in the church office. Contact Nancy Taylor with any questions.
Friday, May 5, 6:30 PM
It’s Our 175th Anniversary Kickoff Event!
Old-Time Potluck and Ice Cream Social in Fellowship Hall

We’re about to begin our 175th year, so let’s start it right! Come and enjoy:
- One of our famous history-making UU potlucks! (No desserts needed— we’ll provide a sheet cake and homemade ice cream.)
- Live music performed by Rich Hartley on piano and hammer dulcimer
- Games from the good old days—fun for all ages!
- And who knows... we might even meet a time traveler!
So come join the celebration—let’s party like it’s 1843!
Sunday, May 7
Plant Exchange
While working in your garden this spring, pot up a few plants to share with your UU friends. Join in the Plant Exchange of outdoor and indoor plants on the Church Patio during Coffee Hour. A basket will be available for contributions to the church.
Friday, May 12, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Barry Cloyd Presents Woody Guthrie Dustbowl Troubadour
The life, times, and rough and tumble story of America's balladeer, Woody Guthrie is brought to life by Barry Cloyd in this one-man original presentation. Guthrie's stories and songs chronicle America's human history of struggle, work, and the hard-driving spirit that saw our country through the Dust Bowl, the Depression, WW II, and the McCarthy era with its Black List. Cloyd is a consummate folk musician who brings all the passion of the man who wrote, "This Land is Your Land" and hundreds of other songs that have become such a significant part of our national heritage to life. Bring a dish to share and beverage of choice. Childcare will be provided. Free admission. Donations will be encouraged.
Saturday May 13, 7:00 PM
UU Trivia Night
Test your knowledge of the inconsequential (or just have some good laughs and learn something new) at this year’s QUUiz Night. Sign up your teams of up to 8 members at the Connections Table or join a team. You can also show up and join a pick up team to compete and prove your superior Trivia mastery. Choose a name for your team and decorate your table. Bring food and drink to match your team name. We will provide coffee and tea and a snack or two. Childcare is provided. Cost- $10.00 each.
Sunday, May 14
Jewelry Exchange
In what has become an annual event, we will hold another Jewelry Exchange on Mother’s Day during Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall. Bring jewelry you no longer wear to share with friends in the church. There will be a basket in the Office Work Room for donations. All are free to select jewelry, whether you donate anything or not. Take items to give as gifts, to wear or to use for projects – find them a new home. A donation basket will be available for those who choose to donate money to our UU fundraising budget. There is no obligation. This is a fun event and items are free. Leftovers will be kept for the Rummage Sale in July.
Sunday, May 28, 3:00 PM
Piano Recital: Star Commanday
We are very pleased to announce that pianist Star Commanday will present a Senior Piano Recital in our Sanctuary. The repertoire will include a Toccata by JS Bach, the Pathétique Sonata by Beethoven, and three short impressionist pieces by Claude Debussy. After a short intermission the recital concludes with the Piano Trio in g minor, op. 17, by Clara Schumann, in four movements. Star will be assisted in the piano trio by Casey Hoffmire, violin, and Monica Baldwin, cello. This is a free recital open to everyone who enjoys chamber music. Star Commanday is currently studying with Dr. Andrea Molina in Peoria, and Professor Adam Neiman at the Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts.
Thursday, July 20, 12:00 noon – 7:00 pm
Friday, July 21, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, July 22, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Rummage Sale
1/2 price Saturday morning & $3.00 per bag Saturday at 11:00 AM.
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

2nd Tuesdays, 7 PM and As needed
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

First Sundays, 9:45 AM and 4th Tuesdays, 7 PM
Native American Spirituality Gathering (Council at Pimiteoui)
Members from the Council at Pimiteoui will gather each Sunday morning before the regular Sunday Service to offer a few moments of Native American spirituality practices. full info

Wednesdays, May 24-June 28, 1:00 PM
New Small Group Offering: Qi Gong
Join us for a series of Qi Gong gentle exercises integrating physical movement and breathing techniques, along with some meditation. full info

Thursday, April 20, 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Video and Discussion -- Rev. William Barber, "Forward Together: The Prophetic Post Election Call to Action!"
Get inspired! Join us to view Rev. William Barber's keynote address to The National LGBTQ Task Force's Creating Change Conference given this past January 19th. full info

Part One: Thursdays, May 4-18, 7:00-9:00 PM / Parts Two, Three & Four This Summer and Fall
Video Course: Prof. Bart Ehrman on “How Jesus Became God”
What did ancient peoples mean by “divinity?” Did Jesus’ disciples think he was God? Did Jesus himself think he was God? 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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