This Week's Service

Celebrating Our History: Emerson & Fuller

Unitarian Universalism names direct experience as an important source of religious and spiritual understanding, an idea that originated with 19th century Transcendentalism. Join us as we celebrate our history with a ‘dramatic dialogue’ between two important figures in the Transcendental movement, Ralph Waldo Emerson and … read more.

Recent News

  • On the Art Wall: A Flaming Chalice Retrospective
    Almost ten years ago, UUCC folks of all ages and artistic abilities were invited to submit an 8×10 canvas to community art installation focused on the theme of the Flaming Chalice, the symbol of our Unitarian Universalist faith. The resulting pieces, created with paint, markers, pen, pencil, glitter glue, textiles, paper, photographs, and ...
  • Drag Me to Church!
    Unitarian Universalist Community Church is an inclusive and affirming community. Our denomination has been on the forefront of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer equality for more than 50 years. Our recent Drag Me to Church event was held in alignment to our values and principles. We are grateful to Miss Moscato, Gretta Vendetta, ...
  • Yoga Nidra is back!
    Daring to Rest™ facilitator, Erica Guthaus, was practicing what she preaches this summer by taking a long rest from leading Zoom Yoga Nidra sessions for us. She had a renewing and relaxing summer (except for the part when her entire household came down with Covid!) and now she is ready to restart Yoga Nidra at UUCC. ...
  • Mindfulness Practice with Eric Nelson
    Join Eric on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM via Zoom to learn basic stress management skills through Mindfulness. During this Zoom gathering, you will learn practices that support present moment attention, which is characterized as non-judgmental, nonreactive, and kind. Instead of unconsciously reacting to life, based on past habits and conditioning, mindfulness ...
  • Religious Exploration for Kids and Youth
    Religious Exploration for Kids begins at 10:00 AM and takes place at the same time as our Sunday Services. Masks are encouraged for all who can safely wear them. Each multi-age Religious Exploration session will begin with a chalice lighting, sharing of joys and concerns, and a time for reflection, meditation, or prayer. Kids ...
  • Listen to Us
    Did you know you could listen to recent Sunday service talks on your phone or computer? Just click on the button “Sermon Archive” and then select the “Recent Audio” option on the left side menu.


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Our People

My mother’s side of the family is Catholic and I attended parochial school. Around the age of 13, I figured out that this religion wasn’t working for me and that Atheism was a better fit, with the freedom to explore my own ideology. I graduated college and worked at a social work/community center in Kalamazoo County.

I had a really rough year in 2010 and was not coping well, after unexpectedly losing my brother and a friendship of 12 years. I had seen a UU church in Jackson, and really liked the messages on their sign, so I checked out UUCC’s website to confirm that it was truly a liberal church. I was excited to see this was true! A friend invited me to a service. I knew this was a small congregation and was concerned that it might be a bit cliquish.

Great news for me that it wasn’t! My first day there, people were very friendly, and when I asked if I could help with the dishes, no one tried to persuade me otherwise. It was a simple gesture, but one I desperately needed. I had felt lost after my brother had died. I needed a sense of belonging and purpose and even with something as small as dishes, it was something that I needed to be able to give back. I also love that the services vary, and that learning is always encouraged. UUCC tries to change the world for the better. No specific beliefs are required, and everyone is welcomed.

I have made a lot of friends at UUCC, people I enjoy talking to on Sundays, at meetings, and at the awesome events (Chili dinner in January for example). This place has helped me survive some of the worst years I’ve had, and I am so glad I am a part of it.