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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 8 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 16, 10:30 AM
"Our Journey to Christmas" Holiday Pageant
For this year's winter holiday service, we are planning a multi-generational pageant for our children, youth, and a few fortunate adults to present to our whole church family. "Our Journey to Christmas" pageant will include three wondrous festivals of light that have played roles in shaping our celebration of Christmas as we know it today.
The choir will sing today.
Share the Plate: Mom & Me Camp

Sunday, December 23, 10:30 AM
Rev. Michael Brown

The Story of Multiple Stories
We are story telling creatures. Our ancestors dressed up in costumes and acted out their ancient myths. At this time of the year we often do the same thing. Why are we humans so charmed and enchanted by certain stories? Why are stories a deep dimension of our human psyche?
Special Music: EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, violin
Share the Plate: Mom & Me Camp

Monday, December 24, 7:00 PM
Rev. Michael Brown

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Join us for a celebration of Christmas with stories, carols, candles, and goodies. Bring your family, your friends, and your out of town guests. We will have music, candlelight and good cheer for all ages. Come and help us wish a Merry Christmas to all.
The choir will sing along with special music: by EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, violin.
Special Events
Friday, January 25
Winter Warming Dance Fundraiser
Are You Ready for Some Barn Dancing? Join us for a kid-friendly, no-dance-partner-required chance to celebrate with your friends and neighbors the way they did when life was simpler. Mark your calendar now for a Fellowship Hall full of hooting, hollering, and the sounds of our music-makers “Too Old To Be Controlled.” Please save the date and plan to bring treats/desserts to share.
Sunday, December 16, 3:45 PM
Christmas Caroling
The tradition continues! If you want to carpool to our four stops, meet at the church at 3:45 PM and then continue to our first stop, Proctor Place. If you do not want to carpool, meet at Proctor Place at 4:00 PM. We will be making four stops and then returning to the church for food, warmth and conversation. Everyone is welcome.
Friday, December 21, 7:00 PM
Winter Solstice Service
This year the church’s Annual Solstice Service will be held on the eve of the Winter Solstice in the Fellowship Hall. We will kindle a special and joyous light of the spirit on this longest, darkest night of the year. Come and celebrate the turning of the wheel of the year! A dessert reception will follow the ritual. You are invited and encouraged to bring sweet treats to share if the Winter Solstice spirit so moves you.
Tuesday, December 25, Set-up at 10:00 AM
Christmas Day Potluck Lunch at Church
Enjoy a Christmas meal with your church friends, family, and guests in the Fellowship Hall. We’ll start setting up at 10:00 AM and plan to eat at 11:00 AM. Please bring a dish to contribute to the table. We hope you can join us for food, fellowship, and family-style clean-up when it’s all done. Sign up on the list at the Connections Table in the Foyer, or contact the church office. If you miss your chance to sign up in advance, please come at 10:00 AM to help set up and bring a dish to share.
Adult Religious Education
Sundays, 8:45-10:00 AM and Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 PM
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 29, 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
A Morning of Peace to Start the New Year
Take a break and find peace in the present moment at this half-day retreat. full info

Third Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 AM (on hiatus until January 2019)
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

Thursdays, November 29, December 6, 13, 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

Thursdays, January 3-24, 7:00-9:00 PM
Series Finale: Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication
Join us on four consecutive Thursday evenings to view and discuss our third and final group of lectures in this video series with Prof. Bart Ehrman. full info