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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 8 and every 2nd Saturday, 9:45 AM until shortly after 1:00 PM
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.
To Be Announced
Peoria Community Against Violence - PCAV Peace Walks
Contact: Brad Adams
It is time to walk the streets of Peoria and let the community know that violence needs to end. We hope everyone will be able to attend!
Upcoming Services

Sunday, September 25, 10:30 AM
Welcoming the Stranger
Rev. Michael Brown
We are a welcoming congregation but what does that mean? Do we welcome everyone or just some? Do we welcome everyone equally? And how do we welcome? What customs and practices do we have for welcoming? Our nation and other nations are also struggling with the questions about welcoming. Welcoming the stranger is an ancient human and sometimes religious practice but it's not always easy to follow that advice. Today is our Connections Fair after the Service. Come and see how you might want to connect.
Today the choir will sing.
Share the Plate: Advocates for Access

Sunday, October 2, 10:30 AM
What Would a Healthy Religion Look and Feel Like?
Rev. Michael Brown
Religion in general is not doing great in public opinion these days. So many questionable and downright mean things have been done in the name of religion that it's no wonder that so many people are suspicious of all religion. What would a healthy religion look and feel like? What would be its practices, its ethics, its boundaries? Is healthy religion possible at all? Let's explore that possibility.
Today the choir will sing.
Share the Plate: Hope Renewed

Special Events
Saturday, September 24, 7-10 PM
It's Back to the 60's
The first UU Fundraiser for the year is a 60's Party! Blacklights, paisley dress, and dancing with live music by the Nik Beats Band. There will be snacks and beer, wine, and beverages by donation. “Adopt a Table” to decorate and come in costume to win prizes. There will be a 60’s Items Auction. Child care will be provided. Just $12 dollars, and let’s get groovy! Doors open at 6:30 PM. Music and dancing from 7:00-10:00 PM.
Sunday, September 25, 3 PM
Join us for an outstanding concert of Baroque and contemporary music for recorders and continuo! The Musicians are:
Lisette Kielson, Bloomington IL – Performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player through the Midwest.
Clea Galhano, St. Paul, MN – Is an internationally recognized Brazilian recorder player who has performed in the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe as a chamber musician.
Carol Wessler, Peoria IL – Is a cellist in the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, as well as an outstanding accompanist on piano, harpsichord and the viola da gamba, and is also an accomplished organist.
There will be a reception following the concert.
Adult Religious Education
Sundays, 8:45-10 AM
A Course in Miracles
There is no hell. full info

Fourth Sundays, 12:15-2:15 PM
Buddhism Study/Discussion Group
Focus for this year will be meditation practice using insight meditation. full info

Fridays, October 7 & 21, 7:00 PM
Council at Pimiteoui Movie Nights
500 Nations: Roads Across the Plains, Struggle for the West
500 Nations: Attack on Culture. “I Will Fight No More Forever"
full info

As Needed
Grief Support
As we go through grief, there are ways to make the process more meaningful. full info

Second and Third Sundays, 12:15-2 PM
Hindu Tantra Group
Tantra represents the oldest spiritual tradition of India. full info

First Sundays, 12-2 PM
Humanist Perspectives
What differences and compatibilities do humanists share with theists, free thinkers, skeptics, agnostics, atheists, etc. 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 Fourth Tuesdays, 7 PM
Native American Spirituality Gathering
Members from the Council at Pimiteoui will gather. full info

Thursdays, September 29 - October 27, 7:00 PM
The Sins of Scripture
In John Shelby Spong’s provocative book, The Sins of Scripture, he goes after the most controversial ideas in the Bible
full info

Third Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 AM
*Meetings will be cancelled if the weather is bad. Call the church office at 309-688-5608 before coming to confirm the class will be meeting
Wisdom Circle
We explore the new purposes and meanings which arise in all our lives as we age. full info

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