Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

Our Services and Activities

Please join us on Sunday mornings for services at 11 a.m. A typical service at the UUCC would include hymns, readings, choir, children's stories, communal sharing of joys and concerns, and a sermon.
 Adults interested in discussing current issues or on a wider range of other topics are invited to join our Forum at 9:30 a.m. in the library.

During most services, our children will start in the sanctuary and leave together for their Religious Education classes. Occasionally children stay in the sanctuary during one of our multi-generational services. Child care is available for all infants and toddlers. 

Our interim minister is the Rev. Jennie Barrington. Rev. Barrington's sermons stretch our intellect and touch our hearts. Her worship services are enhanced by UU History, scholarly research, and classic poetry and contemporary literature. A third-generation Unitarian Universalist, Rev. Barrington's theology is influenced by Protestantism, Humanism, and Process Theology. Once a month, we have guest speakers in the pulpit. We encourage you to attend several worship services, as we all learn from the best of world religions and philosophies.
Besides our Sunday services, we offer a wide variety of 
groups and activities. A few of them are; a humanist group, a coffeehouse that features nationally touring musicians, several book clubs, a Sunday choir, a women's choir, a children's choir, and September Set for seniors. We have an active Social Action group with many service opportunities. The congregation has taken part in the UUA Welcoming Congregation Program to become more inclusive towards bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender people.

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"A church where skepticism is welcome and adherence to dogma is suspect? A church where all religions are invited but none are beyond introspection? A church that regularly presents nationally touring singer-songwriters? A church where half the congregation might have been at Hunter-Gatherer the night before? Now that’s a church we can support." — Dan Cook, Free Times



Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia
 2701 Heyward Street, Columbia, SC  29205

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 9:15 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
(803) 799-0845

Committee Night:  1st Wed. of each month at 6PM
Board Meetings:  3rd Wed. of each month at 6:30PM

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

A Message from our Interim Minister, Rev. Jennie Barrington

Dear Unitarian Universalists in our District, Region, and beyond,
Thank you so much for reaching out to our congregation--  Thank you for the kindness, strength, and encouragement you have been sending us since the terrible flooding began last week. I would like you to share this message with other UUs. The congregation and I are doing pretty well at present. We have been assessing, triaging, and meeting the most immediate needs. And plans are underway to meet the needs that are in our wider community, and that are more long term. My biggest relief is that our church building is fine! I had been so worried that it would be damaged by water, and that we would have to meet in a temporary space for awhile. The harm to our congregants has been to homes and property, rather than to people. We are very grateful for that! Yet we feel deep sorrow about how many people in Columbia have suffered a severe blow to their homes, belongings, and vehicles. And at least seventeen people have died in South Carolina due to this flood. We are solemnly holding in our hearts the losses which even time cannot fix. And there are a myriad of other losses that people are deservedly grieving--  Whether those are missed work hours, or time with family and friends, or recreation time, or belongings that had sentimental value, that grief is real, and understandable, and I empathize as my good neighbors here grapple with what has happened to Columbia, and its creeks and dams, bridges and roads, water mains, homes, businesses, and campuses.

Yet even stronger than the driving rains have been the expressions of help and support from UUs and other people of good faith all around the United States. I have heard from UU ministers and congregational members all over South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, and even Utah. Many of them will be lighting a candle this Sunday, for us in Columbia, and for our city itself. For every one of those candles, we are thankful, humbled, and heartened. If you who are reading this would light a candle too, for a few Sundays, the image of those lights will strengthen us in our efforts to regroup, rebuild, and rebound.

We are very grateful, also, for the offers of monetary assistance we have received. UUCC's board and staff and I have set up a special fund account for providing assistance in the aftermath of the flood, to members and friends, and to the wider community. Donations can be sent to our church address, and are greatly appreciated: The UU Congregation of Columbia, SC; 2701 Heyward Street; Columbia, SC; 29205.  

Lastly, one unique and timely expression of support keeps bringing a smile to my face. As you know I am a College Football fan. Our team, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, was scheduled to play a home game on Saturday, October 10th. But the university is badly flooded. So the Louisiana State University Tigers will be hosting our team in Baton Rouge, instead. And the LSU Tigers and the city of Baton Rouge have gone over the top to welcome our Gamecocks team and fans. They are providing transportation for the team, LSU's marching band will play our alma mater and fight song, proceeds from the ticket sales will go to our Athletic Department, the Red Cross will collect donations, there are huge billboards welcoming the Gamecocks, and there will be a moment of silence before the game, for our state and its flood victims. The people of Louisiana know more than anyone what it feels like to live through a disastrous flood. They have risen to this occasion with graciousness, generosity, empathy, solidarity, and even good humor. We in Columbia are known as, "The Capital of Southern Hospitality." We are a city that extends a welcoming hand to neighbors and visitors. It is humbling to be on the receiving end of such kind and generous support from so many people--  those dear to us, and people whose names we do not even know. Please know how much all of that help is helping us. Acts of kindness illuminate the journey ahead of us in infinite ways.

With care and faith,
Rev. Jennie Barrington,
Interim Minister for
The UU Congregation of Columbia, SC
"It's a privilege to be here."

Tragedy in Charleston

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia stands in solidarity with Emanuel AME and grieves with the Charleston community at this time of deep suffering.