First UU Columbus

A Welcoming Congregation

 

Winter Weather Information

If a decision is made to cancel or postpone meetings, events or church services due to inclement weather, this will be communicated here and through our church-wide email list. Cancellation decisions are dictated both by the timing and severity of weather conditions. We will close for City of Columbus Level 2 weather emergencies.  Most often, however, the church will be open for services as planned regardless of the weather.

You may want to confirm with a meeting coordinator to see if a planned meeting or event is taking place.  If you are cancelling (or definately holding) a meeting, email office@firstuucolumbus.org to let us know.

We encourage you to be safe and to use your best judgement when deciding whether or not to come to church services or activities during extreme winter weather events.

 Current Cancellations or Meeting Notices
 

None

 

Friday, February 27, 2015

chalice lightingWELCOME TO OUR COMMUNITY!

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus is a place where people on a variety of spiritual paths come together to grow in religious depth.

Our congregation lifts up our lives within community so that we may feel ourselves more deeply rooted and connected to our earth and the wider circle of beings.  We are empowered by our commitments to greater loving, wider justice and deeper happiness.

Please join us as we create community, grow in spirituality, practice charity and work for social justice. We welcome you in your struggles, your doubts and your dreams.

 

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All Are Welcome

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we have formalized our commitment to be inclusive and expressive of the concerns of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender persons at every level of congregational life.
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Mid-Year Congregational Meeting

 

midyearThe Mid-Year Congregational Meeting has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 1, after the 11am service.

The agenda includes:

  • Constitutional amendment to reduce the size of the Board of Trustees
  • Approve ordaining Lane Campbell into the UU ministry
  • Capital campaign loan

 

Constitutional amendment:
 
Article V – Member Elected Leadership

1.  Board of Trustees

A.  The government of this church, including the conduct and control of its corporate powers, business and property, shall be vested in a Board of Trustees consisting of twelve six elected members, four two of whom shall be chosen by the members of the church at each Annual Meeting to serve for three years each. Trustees shall be elected at large and not for particular positions. Trustee shall take office on the first day of July. No Trustee who has served a full three-year term shall be eligible for reelection until one year after that term of office has expired.
B.  In addition to the twelve six members specified in section 1.A. above, the youth of the church (14 to 19 years of age) shall select a youth to serve as a representative to the Board of Trustees.  The youth representative shall serve a one-year term, beginning July 1 and running through June 30 of the following year.

 
Call for Summer Service Volunteers Underway

summerchaliceHave you ever wanted to present a worship service? Do you have an idea for a topic you would like to share with our community?

The lay led service has a long and honored tradition in Unitarian Universalist fellowships. The varied interests and expertise of our members makes for a wealth of inspiring and worthy possibilities.

The Worship Committee is now recruiting for the 2015 Summer Services. We are issuing the call early because this year will be a busy one for our community.

We want to help you or your group in the process of creating a spiritual, informative, and inspirational service. To support our volunteers we have planned a training session to be held in March. In addition, a Worship Coordinator will be assigned to you/your group to assist in development and presentation of your service.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Sunday, February 22.

Please visit the Worship Committee table in Fellowship Hall for a proposal form and to learn more. We also have a list of suggested topics you can use for inspiration.

Summer Services begin Sunday, June 28 and end in mid­August (final date to be determined).

For further information contact Bill Hurley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Mary Rogers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 614-­214­-7540.

 
Green Activities at First UU

greenchaliceFrom the Green Team: First UU is on a journey to achieve certification as a "Green Sanctuary" under UUA criteria. The Board of Trustees has designated the church's Green Team as coordinator of this effort.  For more information on this initiative, check out the UUA's Green Sanctuary Program here.

Other new activities of the Green Team include LED Lighting renovation, pursuit of solar panels for electric generation on site and other aspects of a proposal that First UU become a carbon-neutral facility.  LEED certification for Existing Buildings is also being looked at.  With these efforts and others we can live out our 7th prinicipal as we look to educate and address climate change in the way we do business.

All church members and organizations will be invited to participate, and the Green Team is looking for ideas and hands as we move toward a more sustainable church operation.  Please help us by becoming part of this effort!  Contact Brian Hagemann This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to get 'plugged in'.

 

Elevator Speeches from First UU members

Our church is a religious community that cares more about how we are together, in this lifetime, than we do about the existence of gods, goddesses, or what happens after we die.  We encourage each other towards meaningful and just lives and seek to be more comfortable with questions than we are with answers.  This is a faith that summons and strengthens our courage to richly and deeply LIVE.
Ruby Linhan
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