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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
Thursday, April 26, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
P-Town Soup
Location: Woodruff Career and Technical Center
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 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. All are invited!
May 12 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.
April 26
Community Meetings on Clean Energy for Peoria
Contact: Joyce Harant
April 26: "Strengthen Our Community"
A major effort for two of our UU Church Social Justice projects ─ Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance and Illinois People’s Action is to educate the community about how we can take advantage of clean energy for Peoria. This door was opened after our many efforts that resulted in the passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA). A four-part series of meetings will be held at the Carver Center. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and the program begins at 6:30 PM. Please plan to attend and learn how we can make community-owned and community generated power in our neighborhoods, especially in our lower income communities.
We Are Unitarian Universalists
Watch this short video to learn more about our UU faith
Recorded Sermons
Upcoming Services

Sunday, April 22, 10:30 AM
Jazz Sunday
Kevin and Cassie Hart
Jazz Sunday is a long tradition in our church. Come and enjoy the rich, resonant sound of Kevin and Cassie Hart that may well soothe your heart and mind. Ponder whether Unitarian Universalism is an improvisational religion, like jazz, with both structure and freedom.
Share the Plate: Day of Remembrance

Sunday, April 29, 10:30 AM
Guest Speaker: Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
Rev. Gibbons will be in town this weekend for the ordination service for Erin Dajka Holley on Saturday the 28th. Former President of the UU Humanist Association and also of the UU Ministers Association, Kendyl also has the rare distinction of being an internship supervisor for both Erin Dajka Holley and Rev. Michael Brown.
The choir will sing.
Share the Plate: Mom and Me Camp

Special Events
Now 175
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!
Saturday, May 5, 5:30 PM
175th Anniversary Banquet at Barrack’s Cater Inn
Don’t miss your once-in-a-lifetime chance to attend our 175th Anniversary Banquet. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Nicole Kirk, professor of Unitarian and Universalist history at Meadville Lombard Theological School. The evening will also feature:
  • A cash bar during cocktail hour
  • A buffet dinner (vegan or gluten-free meals available on request
  • The return of time-traveling preacher Aaron Kinney
  • A song from Pete Driscoll
  • Other special guests and fun surprises!
Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for children age 12 and under, and are available at the ticket table before and after Sunday services and at other church events, in the church office during the week, from Admin Team members, and from other ticket sellers you may come across. Please purchase your tickets by Sunday, April 29 so we can give a final number to the caterer. We look forward to seeing you at the banquet!
Sunday, May 13
Jewelry Exchange
In what has become an annual event, we will hold a Jewelry Exchange on Mother’s Day. Bring jewelry you no longer wear to share with friends in the church. There will be a basket in the Office Copy Room for donations. Come and select items during Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall, whether you donate anything or not. Take items to give as gifts, or to wear or use for projects. A donation basket will be available for those who choose to donate money to our UU fundraising budget. This is a fun event and items are free. Leftovers will be kept for the Rummage Sale in July.
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

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

Thursdays, April 19-May 24, 7:00-9:00 PM
Long Strange Trip
On six Thursday evenings, we will view, question and discuss the story of the beginnings, development and emergence of the Unitarian Universalist tradition. 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