Chalice Circles


Chalice Circles

Chalice Circles are an opportunity for friends and members of the church to develop deeper connections and wider service within our community through small-group involvement. They organize themselves around a particular activity/issue as their point of departure, or have changing topics of discussion. Join one of our ongoing Circles, or consider starting your own. Contact the leaders of the groups below for more information.  Or contact the Minister or the Membership Coordinator at (217) 384-8862 to discuss starting a new Circle.

Caregiver’s Chalice Circle

All members are involved in some way with the care of another adult and we welcome newcomers at any time. We meet the third Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Contact Tim Temple at

Reflective Writing Chalice Circle

We all seek personal and spiritual growth by sharing our stories by way of the written word. We experiment with fiction, poetry, quick writes, and personal observation. Meets the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Contact Pat Nolan at and grow your writing circle today!





One of the first steps to make UUCUC your church home is to build your church family, and our varied small groups are one way to establish those deeper, more personal connections. Some, such as our Bridge Group, are based on a common interest, and others, like the Young Adults, are based on demographics, but they are all active, friendly, and eager to welcome a new member!

Adult Choir

Make music and make your voice heard! Build community through the power of song during church services. Led by Music Director Matthew Sheppard at

Adult Discussion Group

Join members openly and informally discussing a wide range of topics of mutual interest as part of our religious experience. Newcomers are always welcome. Led by Chuck Cooper at

Bridge Group

Any one is welcome from “beginner” to “gee whiz, you're good!” We play to get the maximum fun out of the game. Contact Barbara Mann at

Children’s Choir

Join fellow 5th graders and younger to make music for the church! All boys and girls are welcome to participate. Led by Dana Antonelli:

Conscious Foodies:  Environmental Stewardship through Eating Well!

Herbivores, omnivores, and betweeners, explore environmental consequences of our food choices. Share information resources, recipes, and ideas through the “Conscious Foodie” facebook page, and enjoy occasional “meet-up” meals at local restaurants.  Led by Jean Peters: 

Death with Dignity Group

To promote the legalization in Illinois of Aid in Dying as part of a comprehensive set of options toward a dignified and compassionate death. Contact for questions. 

Feminist Book Group   

Do you like to discuss books featuring strong women characters or addressing issues of importance to women? Then please drop by for a meeting of the FBG! Contact Karen Folk at for more information.

Gastronomical (Gastro) Society  

Gastro meets monthly to enjoy potluck style dinners that cover every theme imaginable. Contact for details.


Join us in the YRUU room every Sunday morning for a time of quite meditation led by Marie McEnroe. This group gathers for quiet meditation using the practices of Mindfulness as a way to focus on the now and everyday. 

UU Retirement Group

A group for conversation about experiences in retirement or in preparation for retirement. Please join us! For questions, contact the coordinator, David Gross

World Religions Book Group

The UUCUC World Religions Book group meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm in our church library.  Please contact Sylvia McDermott for questions. All are welcome!

Young Adults Group

Socialize and participate in discussions with those between ages 18 to 35. Discussion topics range from addiction to coping with holiday stress, while past activities include a Japanese Tea Ceremony and a kayaking trip. To join, contact leader Amanda Owings at

Youth Choir

No previous experience is required, and all youth from 6th through 12th grade are invited to participate. Contact




As a committee member, you have a direct hand in shaping the future of this church. From maintaining the building and managing the budget, to coordinating worship services and communicating with fellow UU churches overseas, our committee volunteers support UUCUC in its mission.


Care Core works with the minister to support and assist in meeting pastoral care concerns and coordinates our "Caring Congregation" network of volunteers to help in that endeavor. If you need help or you'd like to volunteer, email or call the curch office (217) 384-8862. 


Support our "deeds not creeds" philosophy as you join other UUCUC members in taking action on timely social justice issues and in supporting community service activities. Support UUCUC outreach into our community to carry the message of who we are and what we stand for. Check out our Upcoming Major Events page! Contact Pamela Richart at


Seek to inspire action and spiritual renewal as we work to respect the interdependent web of existence on our plant. Let by Andy Robinson


Welcome visitors and new members and provide ways for newcomers and ongoing members to deepen connections and develop a sense of community with the congregation! Contact Peggy Patten at


Help facilitate the various music related activities with the Church. Contact Sarah Wisseman at


Check out our Partner Church page for additional information, or contact Brigitte Pieke at


Learn about the wider world of UU congregations! Contact David Gross at or Claudia Gross at


Serve the church through monitoring our financial resources. Chaired by Tanja Hodges


Help resolve issues of congregational safety and behavior. Contact Kathleen Robbins at