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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
Sunday, March 18 through Sunday, March 25
Gifts in the Moment Food Drive
Contact: Sandra Crow
Our church will partner with Gifts in the Moment in providing fresh produce to area families. Donate FRESH, whole and uncut produce, such as a bag of apples, oranges, potatoes, or onions...a couple heads of lettuce, a bunch of bananas. A donation of 10 lbs. is suggested. Donations will be distributed through Good Food Recovery, ensuring the right amount of produce is delivered at a convenient time for the food pantry, reducing waste. Monetary donations will also be accepted and used to purchase produce and distribute to local food pantries. Donations will begin Sunday, March 18 and will be picked up on Sunday, March 25 before our service begins. If you want to donate that Sunday, you will need to bring it by 10:00 AM. If you bring items that ripen more quickly, such as bananas, please bring them later in the week. We want to make sure we donate wholesome, fresh produce.
April 14 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.
March 22, April 26
Community Meetings on Clean Energy for Peoria
Contact: Joyce Harant
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, March 25, 10:30 AM
Hidden Heritage
Jimmy Lakota/Council at Pimiteoui
We are still here. What Standing Rock has given the world is a renewed knowledge of the indigenous struggle, the nations of peoples colliding with land-grabbing corporations and governments. Our struggle goes hand-in-hand with protecting the environment on planet earth. Most recently millions of acres have been taken back from the sacred sites at both Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante. Join our Eagle Ridge Drum and Pimiteoui Council as we strive to meet the challenges of decolonization, justice and climate. The Eagle Ridge Singers will perform.
Share the Plate: Council at Pimiteoui

Sunday, April 1, 10:30 AM
Celebrate in Joyful Song: Spring and the Rebirth of Hope
Rev. Lynnda White
We have seen so much trouble and upset in the world that we often forget how important celebration is as a healthy, vital part of a balanced life. There is much to celebrate as we move through the festival of Spring and the rebirth of hope. On April 1, we will celebrate through familiar, joyful hymns. Instead of a sermon, there will be some narration as a guide, and the congregation will reply with some of our most beloved hymns. Please come help us celebrate!
The choir will also sing today.

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, April 7, 7:00 PM
Trivia Night
Test your knowledge of the inconsequential, or just have some good laughs at this year’s QUUiz night. Sign up your teams of 8 members at the Connections Table or join a team. You can also show up and join a pick up team to compete and prove your superior Trivia mastery. Bring your own treats and drinks. We will furnish coffee, tea, water and popcorn. Game starts at 7:00 PM; fee $10.00 per person; child care furnished.
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

Third Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 AM
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

Thursdays, February 8, 15 and March 8, 15, 22, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life
Our late winter book selection has changed. Join us for six sessions on David Billing’s book on the origins, evolution and development of white supremacy in the United States. 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

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