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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
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, February 24, 10:30 AM
Rev. Dave Clements

Celebrating Journeys of Perseverance
Perseverance is defined as a continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.  What are some of the stories of our past and what can they tell us about the concept of persistence? How does celebrating these journeys help us to commit and strengthen our own trait of endurance. Life is not easy for any of us. We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. As a congregation and individuals, we all have talents to offer. The challenge is to be open and willing to share those unique gifts. I invite all of you to join us in celebrating journeys of perseverance from our past as we consider our own journeys forward.
Special Music: Marcia Henry Liebenow, violin
Share the Plate: Peoria North End Urban Garden

Sunday, March 3, 10:30 AM
Rev. Dave Clements
The Possibility of a "Wider We"
Possibility has distinguished Unitarian Universalists from the start. Historically, when others saw depravity and sin at the core of human identity, we saw potential. When many were preaching that this world was fallen, we found ourselves falling in love with the possibility of heaven on earth. Theologically, it's led to us being a people of "why not?" Why not give people another chance? Why not fight what seems a losing battle? Why not risk a little failure? After all, to us the possible has always seemed more likely than not!
The choir will sing.
Share the Plate: Peoria North End Urban Garden

Special Events
Saturday, March 2
Mardi Gras Party
Celebrate Mardi Gras with an evening of dinner and jazz! The party begins at 6:00 PM with hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, hurricanes, street entertainers, and a silent auction. A New Orleans dinner will be served at 7:00, followed by music and dancing. Costumes are encouraged. Childcare will be available. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased after church on Sunday or in the church office.
Adult Religious Education
Religion and Brain-Soothing?

Thursday, February 28, 7:00-9:00 PM
Bob Fuller, Professor of Religious Studies at Bradley University, will present a view of religion from an unexpected direction. full info


Thursday, March 7, 7:00–9:00 PM
Bob Fuller, Professor of Religious Studies at Bradley University, will present a view of religion from an unexpected direction. full info

Free Exercise of Religion? Conflicting Interpretations

Thursday, March 14, 7:00–9:00 PM
Emily Gill, author and professor of political science at Bradley University, will discuss this critical issue 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

Conscious Aging, A 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

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