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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
June 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, May 27, 10:30 AM
Senior High Youth Group
In all the political concerns, one thing that is easy to overlook is the impact we have had on our environment. The youth will be talking about the effect of overconsumption on our natural resources and planet. Join us to learn about differences you can make.
Share the Plate: Minister's Discretionary Fund

Sunday, June 3, 10:30 AM
The Long Strange Trip
Rev. Michael Brown
A number of us have been watching a set of lectures on UU history called "The Long Strange Trip" on Thursday nights, some of us for the second time.  In our congregation, this has been a year of history as we celebrated 175 years. Can we see into the future by studying the past? Better yet, can we create the kind of future we deeply want? A congregational meeting with a light lunch and child care will follow the service. Come and help us create the new history.
Share the Plate: Hope Renewed

Special Events

Sunday, May 20
Plant Exchange
While working in your garden this spring, pot up a few plants to share with your UU friends. There will be a Plant Exchange of outdoor and indoor plants on the church patio during Coffee Hour. A basket will be available for contributions to the church.
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

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

Thursday, May 31, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Wilderness Journey – A Film by Ron Cordes
Join us to view and discuss this oral history of the so-called Black Empowerment Controversy, which almost destroyed the fledgling Unitarian Universalist Association in the late 1960s and early 1970s. full info