This Week's Service

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All in-person Services and Religious Education Classes and Events have been CANCELED until further notice.

Online Services will be live-streamed via Facebook on Sundays at 10:00 AM.  Video recordings of services can be found on YouTube.  

At several times during the year this Unitarian Universalist community pledges its Sunday … read more.

Recent News

  • Apple Corp Classes Great News! We will be offering our iPhone/iPad classes again this summer. In the interest of safety for everyone, all sessions will be held via Zoom. Since we are not bound by geography, please share this information with your friends and relatives who may be interested regardless of where they live! Our iPhone/iPad classes are ...
  • The Happiness Files Rev. Gy has spoken often during the current health crisis of the importance of finding things that bring you joy as a way to cope with the isolation and uncertainty. We know that poems, novels, music, movies, paintings, and homemade bread can’t cure a disease, but they can entertain and bring comfort. By ...
  • Volunteering During a Pandemic The needs of people in our community will certainly increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The very BEST way you can help others right now is to prevent the spread of the virus and STAY HOME and suspend all activities that are that are not life-saving or protecting. If you are healthy, relatively low risk for ...
  • Watch the Sunday Service! Rev. Gy has been holding our Sunday services on video to watch live on FaceBook or to view recordings on YouTube. In unsettling times, her message brings things back in perspective and gives us hope. Follow this link to watch the ones you missed.
  • Youth Religious Education The building is closed but church will keep meeting!  UUCC children and youth are invited to come to a ZOOM Meet-Up for Kids each Sunday at 1:00 PM hosted by our Director of Religious Education, Miriam Epskamp. This is an opportunity to check-in, share our experiences, and make plans to stay connected. Please contact Miriam for login information or if ...
  • Virus-Free UUCC! Like all of you, we are closely monitoring the reports from the Center for Disease Control and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services surrounding the coronavirus. It is important that each of us do our part to protect ourselves and each other.   We encourage everyone to stay at home as much as possible ...
  • Virtual Happy Hour For those who are still working during regular business hours and would like a chance to connect and socialize with their church friends, we will be hosting a Virtual Happy Hour on Thursdays at 7:00 PM.  Grab a relaxing beverage and come mingle with Rev. Gy and others via Zoom video conferencing. Login information can be ...
  • How to Join a ZOOM Meeting If you have never used ZOOM before, consider giving it a try.  It will be a great way for us to meet during these difficult times.  ZOOM is a widely used and very user-friendly video conferencing tool that allows you to see as well as hear who you are meeting with. It is easiest to use ...
  • Coffee with Rev. Gy Do you wish there was a way to connect with each other virtually during this time of ‘social distancing’?  We got you covered!  Grab a coffee or another comforting beverage and join Rev. Gy and other UUCC friends for a casual chat via Zoom video conferencing.   Rev. Gy will be ready and waiting for you every ...
  • Music Director Opportunity Do you love to gather people together in song? The Unitarian Universalist Community Church is looking for a part time Music Director to provide inspiring music during our Sunday worship services. Responsibilities include:  Providing quality piano music for Sunday worship services most every Sunday from August through June.  Accompanying hymns and providing ...

Our People

I was raised by liberal Catholics in rural Wisconsin. I quickly seized the notion that all authority, including religious, should be challenged. We moved to a large city in central California, and I quickly took my rebellious nature too far, falling into alcoholism and addiction. At the young age of twenty-five, I realized some life-changing decisions needed to be made. A twelve-step program aided in these changes and helped open the door to a reentry of spirituality into my life. However, it would still be a couple years before I would attend anything like an organized church.

Three years into my sobriety, I met the woman who would be my wife. She, too, had a desire to grow her personal spirituality. A close friend invited us to a church that prided itself on mainstreaming meditation and diverse religious education. Every service began with 20 minutes of meditation followed by readings from such varied religions as Judaism and Zoroastrianism. This would be our church until it over-extended its hand into our pockets.

Nikki and I soon married and found ourselves blessed with a little girl, Chloe. We wanted to settle closer to our extended family and, Nikki being from Battle Creek, we eventually called Portage our home. Soon after moving to Portage, and after a hiatus from organized religion, I felt the urge to find a spiritual community. I searched the internet for a liberal church that would help me foster that outward life and I found UUCC. This church delivered as promised, giving me numerous opportunities to engage myself, the church and the community. I now serve as Vice President of the Board of Trustees and look forward to my contribution to the advancements to come.