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WELCOME THE SYRIAN REFUGEES TO SOUTH CAROLINA
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia calls on Governor Nikki Haley and the state legislature to act with love and courage to welcome Syrian refugees for resettlement in South Carolina. These families fled their homes to escape the terror of the Bashar al Assad regime and ISIL. Even after extensive screening of 18 months to two years before being allowed to come here, they will face more persecution and suffering if South Carolina turns its back on them and their plight. It is unconscionable, immoral, and un-American. Immigrants built this country and continue to add incredible richness and diversity to the American tapestry.
We must not face terrorism with fear; love is the only thing that we know can truly conquer hate. We call on our elected officials to lead on the side of love for refugees.
-- From our social action committee and ratified by our board of directors.
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.