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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
December 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, December 3, 10:30 AM
Creativity as a Source of Meaning
Rev. Michael Brown
Where does creativity come from and what role does it play in our search for meaning? In a season full of elves, angels, guiding stars, magic candle oil and a flying saint who gives gifts to children we decorate our houses inside and out. What is all this creative display about and why do we do it every year? What does it mean to us?
The choir will sing today.
Share the Plate: Gifts in the Moment

Sunday, December 10, 10:30 AM
A Pseudo-Historic Look at Kneeling and Other 'Grand' Gestures (A Homily)
Rev. Lynnda White
Kneeling, genuflecting, curtsying, and saluting are all ways of addressing people or objects that are usually seen as more powerful than we are or that have claims on a certain level of respect. What happends when the gesture does not meet expectations? Is it disrespectful, treasonous, disloyal? It depends . . .
The choir will sing today.
Share the Plate: Gifts in the Moment

Special Events
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!
Thursday, December 21, 7:00 PM
Winter Solstice Service
Late dawn...Early sunset...Short day... Long night. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the December Solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. You are all invited to join us once again as we celebrate the return of the light. There will be a short service followed by a dessert reception. You are invited and encouraged to bring sweet treats to share if the Winter Solstice spirit so moves you.
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

Saturday, December 30, 8:30 AM
A Morning of Peace to Start the New Year
As the end of the year approaches, the news media will be examining 2017 in great detail, looking at every aspect of this extraordinary year . . . but on Saturday, December 30th from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM, join us to practice being peaceful in the present moment, in the tradition of Buddhist meditation. 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

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

Thursdays, November 30 - December 14, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Exploring Our UU Roots
Have you always wondered how the courageous people who founded Unitarianism and Universalism came to their religious beliefs and how they survived in a time when religious expectations were more rigid? 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

Third Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 AM
Wisdom Circle
We are on holiday break and will resume on January 16, 2018. In these gatherings, we explore the new purposes and meanings which arise in all our lives as we age. full info

About/Credits Standing on the
Side of Love
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