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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
September 9 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, August 27, 10:30 AM
Don Quijote Challenges the Internet
Reverend Michael Brown
A meditation on the wise use of technology.
Share the Plate: Michael's Discretionary Fund

Sunday, September 3, 10:30 AM
Forced to Live My Worst Nightmare: From Surviving Genocide to Confronting My Own Violence
Nerma Friedan
This is a personal story about living through the Bosnian war (1992-1995), coming to the USA as a "Muslim" refugee, finding a safe haven at the Peoria UU church, and the one sermon that changed my life. It led me to the realization that all violence, oppression, and injustice are inextricably interwoven and that I was a part of the problem.
Share the Plate: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

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.
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, August 2-September 6, 1:00 PM
Qi Gong Gentle Exercise
Join us for a series of Qi Gong gentle exercises integrating physical movement and breathing techniques, along with some meditation. full info

Thursdays, August 24 - September 7, 7:00-9:00 PM
Video Course: Prof. Bart Ehrman on “How Jesus Became God”, Part Three
Join us for Part Three of our series. 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

About/Credits Standing on the
Side of Love
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