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Welcome!

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
309-688-5608
office@peoriauuchurch.org

Services and Church School
10:30 AM Sundays
Directions & Map


Social Impact
Loaves and Fish
Every second Saturday at 9:30 AM
Contact: Shelly Thomas
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 15, 10:30 AM
"Stockings, Stars, and Songs" Holiday Service
In our annual multi-generational holiday service, we will share some special stories and songs of the season in a celebration of light and life. Members of all ages will be invited to participate in the fun and joy as we remind ourselves that Christmas is a time of wonder, hope, giving and love for all human kind.
The choir will sing.
Share the Plate: Journalism Diversity Fund

Sunday, December 22, 10:30 AM
The Awe of Hanukkah
Rev. Dave Clements
Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, December 22. Hanukkah, which is Hebrew for "dedication," is the Festival of Lights. It commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian Greek army. The miracle of Hanukkah is that only one vial of oil was found with just enough oil to illuminate the Temple lamp for one day, and yet it lasted for eight full days. I invite you to come and explore with me reflectons and stories about "The Awe of Hanukkah."
Special Music: EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, violin
Share the Plate: Invictus Woods

Special Events
Friday, December 20, 6:30 PM
UU Winter Solstice Service
This year we will celebrate the winter solstice on Friday, December 20th, with an in-gathering and Yule craft-making time in the church atrium starting at 6:30pm. At 7:30pm, we will enter the Fellowship Hall for our Winter Solstice experience. (Doors will be closed at that time to respect the sanctity of our circle of worship.) We will sing, dance, and offer up our own gifts to add to the coming light on the eve before the longest, darkest night of the year. Mark your calendars now! 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 Yuletide spirit so moves you.
Adult Religious Education
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

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

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