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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
August 11 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, July 22, 10:30 AM
"Women on the Move"
Presented by various locally active Peoria Women
Come learn about women in the church, and in the workplaces of today, especially in various levels of local and state government.

Share the Plate: Advocates for Access

Sunday, July 29, 10:30 AM
“Lab Coat” Meditation: How Observing Your Mind Can Make You Happier
Jean Sloan
If you could closely, and somewhat scientifically, observe your mind when it was actually in the process of being bored, happy, frustrated, angry or confused, would you be able to figure out how to adjust it to be happier more often? Let's put on our Buddhist lab coats and give it a try.

Summer Services
Special Events
July 19-21 (Set up July 14-18)
  • Thursday, July 19, 12:00 Noon - 7:00 PM
  • Friday, July 20, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 21, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM - 1/2 price sale
  • Saturday, July 21, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM - bag sale
Customers tell us that we are the best and most organized sale in the area. Our Annual Rummage Sale supports the church budget and is the biggest of all our fundraisers. If you want to have fun, meet new people, shop early and help the church, sign up on the form in the Builder, at the Connections Table, or on one of the clipboards our committee members are carrying around. The sale includes items such as: antiques, furniture, tools, small appliances, clothing, sports equipment, electronics, books, records, collectables, decorative items, crafts, kitchen and household goods, children’s toys, puzzles, games, stuffed animals. See the Builder for details, and drop off your donations in the RE Meeting Room, any time the church is open, beginning June 10. 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, Noon-2:00 PM
Buddhism ─ Paths and Practices
We’ll look at Buddhist history and teaching for the basics (the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, forms of practice). full info

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

not meeting on a regular basis
Dependency & Addictions
If you have interest in AA, for Al-Anon, or Alateen, contact the church office at 309-688-5608. full info

Thursdays, August 2 and 9, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Film Viewing - The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Way of Life/The Great Liberation (1994)
Come to view and discuss this two part series which explores ancient teachings on death and dying central to Tibetan Buddhist culture. 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

Thursday, July 26, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Video Lectures - Francis of Assisi and Clare of Assisi
Come to view and discuss two video lectures by Prof. William R. Cook, Distinguished Teaching Professor of History on Francis and Clare of Assisi, the great figures who changed church history by embracing poverty and simplicity. full info