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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
March 10 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.
February 22, March 22, April 26
Community Meetings on Clean Energy for Peoria
Contact: Joyce Harant
February 22: "Employ Our People"
March 22: "Lift Up Our Business"
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, February 18, 10:30 AM
Will Democracy Survive in America?
Rev. Michael Brown
A number of contemporary thinkers believe that the United States is on a slippery slope toward losing our standing as democratic form of government. Could this possibly be true? Our UU Principles and Purposes affirm democratic process as one of our most important principles. What could we do that would strenghten democracy in our country and save it from possible collapse?
The choir will sing.
Share the Plate: Friends of Peoria with Aids

Sunday, February 25, 10:30 AM
W.E.B. DuBois and Unitarian Universalism
Rev. Michael Brown
W.E.B. DuBois was a prominent sociologist, activist, and writer who was born just after the civil war ended and who died one year before the Voting Rights Act was signed. Among his most well-known books is "The Souls of Black Folk." He was one of the founders of the NAACP. W.E.B. DuBois was a guest speaker at our church's Sunday Evening Lecture Series on February 16, 1936. How did his cutting-edge thinking compare with Unitarian Universalism at that time and even now?
Special Music: Natasha Greene, vocal and Jennifer Wallstedt, flute
Share the Plate: Friends of People with Aids

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, February 17, 6:00 PM
Chili Cook-Off
Sign up on the Connections Table in the Foyer to make your favorite chili for our Chili Cook-Off. Prizes will be awarded for Best Tasting, Spiciest, Most Unusual, Best Vegan/Vegetarian and Best Presentation. You will get half of a long table to decorate. Competitors often offer crackers, corn bread, muffins, alcohol, chocolate, or other accompaniments. Be creative. If you are not making chili, plan to attend the Chili Cook-Off in the Fellowship Hall and vote for your favorites. Entertainment is planned. The cost is $10.00 for adults, $5.00/each for children and teens with a $25.00 family cap. Child care is provided with your $5.00 child’s fee. The whole family is invited to make chili, including the kids.
Saturday, March 3, 5:00-9:00 PM
Hawaiian Auction
5:00 to 7:00- wine, Silent Auction, sign up for classes, music;
6:00- Hawaiian Luau style Dinner;
7:00 to 9:00- live auction.
Donate now! Suggestions are in the Builder and some donations will be displayed in the glass case in the Atrium. The donation sheet is included in the Builder and on the Connections Table in the Atrium. Last day to donate is 2/27/18. The auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year. We plan them every other year, so let’s make this one big.
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

Thursday, March 1, 4:30 PM
A Forum on the Single-Payer Proposal for Universal Health Care
slide show, panel discussion, and movie 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

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

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

Thursdays, February 8, 15 and March 8, 15, 22, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life
Our late winter book selection has changed. Join us for six sessions on David Billing’s book on the origins, evolution and development of white supremacy in the United States. 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

Thursday, February 22, 7:00 PM
Film: Equal Means Equal
The 2016 film, Equal Means Equal, has been described as “an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today.” 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

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

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