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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
Thursday, January 25, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
P-Town Soup
Location: Christ Lutheran School - 1311 S. Faraday Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61605
Contact: Peoria Community Against Violence
The Peoria Community Against Violence will be hosting a P-Town Soup, which is a fun way to enjoy good food and amazing community bonding, while learning about programs to improve Peoria. All are invited for a meal at no cost; however, a donation of $5 at the door is requested. Representatives of local programs that are improving the community will get to “pitch” their group's idea to better Peoria. Afterwards, everyone who donated will get to vote on who they believe should receive a major portion of those donations to help their program achieve their idea. The winner will come to the next P-Town Soup to explain how they are using the money. All are invited!
Febrary 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.
January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26
Community Meetings on Clean Energy for Peoria
Contact: Joyce Harant
January 25: "Claim Our Fair Share", Keynote Speaker: Kim Wasserman-Nieto, Exec. Director, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
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, January 21, 10:30 AM
Legacy Sunday
Rev. Michael Brown
As part of our 175th anniversary celebration, today we will honor those who have been members of our church for 35 years or more. They are quite a group. Please come and meet these pillars of the church and appreciate their contriutions to our community. I hope those of you who have joined more recently will find this an opportunity to know your church home with more depth.
The choir will sing.
Share the Plate: Central Illinois Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Sunday, January 28, 10:30 AM
Me Too and the March Toward Equality
The outpouring of stories about sexual harassment has been painful and has also created a movement for change in our culture. Why did this happen and where do we all need to be going to create a safe and just society for women? Our tradition demands that we come up with an answer.
Special Music: Marcia Henry Liebenow, violin
Share the Plate: Habitat for Humanity

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, January 27, 6:30 PM 175
Saving Clinton Lee Scott
Feel like a little time travel? If you do, be sure to join us as we gather at the church for a journey back to 1932 and “The Night We Saved Clinton Lee Scott,” an interactive history-mystery. Can you and your fellow church members deal with the denizens of a Peoria speakeasy and keep a key figure in the history of Peoria Universalism from being murdered? Come and find out!
Friday, February 2, 6:00 PM
Barry Cloyd Concert
Singer/Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist, Roots - Blues - Originals - Celtic ; Doors open at 6:00 PM. Public Concert at 7:00 PM following Church Potluck at 6:30 PM. Bring a dish to share and beverage of choice. Show is free of charge, but a donation will be encouraged.
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.
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

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
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

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

Select Thursdays, February 1 to March 22, 7:00-9:00 PM
God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World
On Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15 and March 8, 15, 22 join us for six sessions on this best seller by Stephen Prothero. 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

Thursdays, January 18 & 25, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
TED Talks to Inspire Thoughts and Actions
Join us to discuss the familiar phrases: Embracing freedom. Loving inclusively. Growing spiritually. Healing our world. full info

About/Credits Standing on the
Side of Love
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