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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
Loaves and Fish
Every second Saturday at 9:30 AM
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 28, 10:30 AM
Jazz Sunday
How is jazz like Unitarian Universalism? Both can be seen as fusions, as blends of diverse ingredients, styles, and people. Both exercise freedom as their foundation. Both come from the heart and challenge the mind. come to Jazz Sunday to hear Preston Jackson and Friends play the music that is hard to define, but easy to love. Be part of a soulful, "easy like Sunday morning" service.
Share the Plate: Gift in the Moment Foundation

Sunday, May 5, 10:30 AM
Curiosity May Kill the Cat, but It Can Nourish UUs
Rev. Lynnda White
Unitarian poet e. e. cummings wrote, “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” Curiosity gets a bad rap, as in “Curiosity killed the cat.”; but we are human, not feline, and we ought to be able to discern how moving outside our safe paradigms, outside the safety of our unexamined whims and beliefs can take us into a curious new world of meaning, self-development, and extended connections.
The choir will sing.
Share the Plate: Prairie State Legal Services

Special Events
Saturday, April 27, 7:00 PM
Trivia Night
Join us for a fun evening and prove your superior trivia mastery! Sign up your team of 8 members at the Connections Table in the church foyer, join an existing team, or just show up that night and we’ll put you on a pick-up team. Create a team name and theme, and decorate your table if you wish. Popcorn, coffee, tea, and water will be furnished, or bring your own food and beverages. Admission is $10 per person and will benefit the church operating fund. Childcare is furnished. Since this is our last Trivia Night fundraiser, the winners do not have to create questions for next year, so go all out to win!
Sunday, May 5, following the service
Annual Salad Luncheon
Congregation members and friends are invited to this annual fundraiser. Bring a favorite salad and pay to eat it! You can sample everyone else’s salads too, and the Caring Committee will provide breads and beverages. Suggested donation is $5 per adult and $3 per child, with a $15 family cap, but you maychoose to donate more or less. Donations support the Ministerial Discretionary Fund, a vital component of pastoral care.
Thursday–Saturday, July 18–20
UU Rummage Sale
Mark your calendar for this annual event! Hours are:
Thursday, 10 AM–7 PM
Friday, 8 AM–2 PM, half-price sale
Saturday, 8 AM–2 PM, $3 per bag
The church will be filled with bargains of all kinds, so don’t miss this huge sale! Donations of items to sell will be accepted June 9 through July 16.
Adult Religious Education
UU Roots (Adult RE Class)
Thursdays, April 11 and 25, 7:00 PM
Join Rev. Dave Clements for an exploration of the roots of our tradition as Unitarian Universalists. full info full info

A Course in Miracles
Sundays, 8:45-10:00 AM
The Course states that a universal theology is not possible; there exists different, yet valid, pathways to the Truth. full info

Dependency & Addictions
Contact the office
If you have interest in AA, Al-Anon, or Alateen, contact the church office at 309-688-5608.

Grief Support
Contact the office
 When we have a loss in our lives, grief is not optional; it is natural and inevitable. full info

Humanist Perspectives
First Sundays, 12-2 PM
What differences and compatibilities do humanists share with theists, free thinkers, skeptics, agnostics, atheists... full info

Native American Spirituality Gathering (Council at Pimiteoui)
Typically Second Sundays, 12:30 PM
If you are interested in the Sunday afternoon group, please contact the church office at 309-688-5608 for future meeting dates. full info

Wisdom Circle
Third Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM
In these gatherings, we explore the new purposes and meanings which arise in all our lives as we age. full info