First UU Columbus

A Welcoming Congregation

Thursday, April 17, 2014


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 empowered in our transforming commitments of greater loving, wider justice and deeper happiness.

Please join us as we create community, grow in spirituality, practice charity and strive for Social Justice. We welcome you in your struggles, your doubts and your dreams.


Today's Events

Thursday, April 17
9:30 am-10:30 am

Improvisational Dance

Thursday, April 17
4:00 pm- 5:00 pm

CANCELLED: Defense Within Our Values

Thursday, April 17
6:30 pm- 7:30 pm

Socinian Communion

Thursday, April 17
7:30 pm- 9:00 pm

Chalice Choir Rehearsal

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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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Rummage Sale April 26th!

Plans for the First UU Church’s rummage sale THIS MONTH on Saturday, April 26, 2014 are being completed. Many people have come forward to volunteer for the myriad jobs it takes to pull off such an event. If you have some time to give on that day and/or before, we need a few more “clerks” to be on duty during the morning or afternoon. The sale will begin at 8:00 am and conclude at 4:00 pm.  Contact Phyllis Byard 886-2257 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to volunteer.

We have been receiving many, many items for the sale. Of course, we can always use more, and the best, most efficient use of our volunteer’s time is for you to bring those donations to us during the week of the Rummage Sale, starting on Tuesday evening, April 22nd.  There will be a Rummage Sale representative at the church that night and on each day and evening through Thursday the 24th. We hope to have everything on hand and be able to spend Friday pricing and labelling items and generally getting ready for the sale on Saturday.  Unfortunately, our pick up crew has their hands full so we cannot schedule any more pickups. If you absolutely CANNOT wait until that week to bring in your donations, you may bring them early and put them in the coat room.

We are accepting donations of good quality books, nicknacks, LP records, CDs, old record or CD players (that work), dishes, clean bedding, draperies, kids toys/puzzles, kids clothing, all household items (inside and outside), barbecues in working order, lawn furniture, pictures, jewelry, antiques, art work, sporting and exercise equipment, working TVs, computers, small appliances, etc.  No adult clothing except boutique types and no firearms or ammunition.  You will receive a receipt for the donation you give that you can fill out and keep for tax purposes next year.  After the sale in completed, we have arranged for Goodwill Industries to pick up anything left.

Antiques and collectibles are good draws in newspaper ads and Craig’s List for the general community and for people who go to garage and rummage sales routinely. We will be having a bake sale in conjunction with the Rummage Sale and also have other food items available for sale. We NEED more people to sign up for bake sale donations!! Also Bake Sale Volunteers are welcome! Come join us for the fun!!

Remember to tell your friends, relatives and families about this sale. They are also welcome to donate items as well as shopping at the sale. IF YOU CAN TAKE A BRIGHT PINK FLYER FROM THE TABLE IN FELLOWSHIP HALL ON SUNDY, please take as many as you have places to display them. Everyone loves a bargain, and because this helps our church, so much the better. We all win! Stop by the table in Fellowship Hall on Sundays for more information and THANK YOU!

Green and Growing Capital Campaign
The congregation voted in June 2013 to conduct a Capital Campaign with the following priorities:
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  • Worship Center roof, window, and door replacement
  • Renovation of restrooms and corridors
  • RE classroom addition
  • Retire mortgage, saving $55,000 per year, and use a portion of the savings to fund the Rev. Dr. Mark L. Belletini ministerial internship
  • Challenge Goal to incorporate green facility and renewable energy capital projects.

Learn more at the Green and Growing Capital Campaign website.

Reproductive Justice Trip

First UU and NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio are partnering with our high school youth will tp take a Justice Trip right here to Columbus, OH to learn about Reproductive Justice June 16th through 21st.  

Our youth expressed an interest in women's rights issues and reproductive justice. First UU has undertaken reproductive justice as a study-action issue following the 2012 Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. Our justice trip this year is staying local because justice starts at home, because we need local justice efforts based in our own communities, and because there is PLENTY of reproductive justice work to be done in our own state.



We will be hosting a panel, engaging in storytelling about how Reproductive Justice affects our lives, and taking a 1-day field trip to Cleveland, OH.  This field trip will include: visiting Pre-Term a non-profit abortion clinic, visiting the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum to see their exhibit "Virtue, Vice, and Contraband: A History of Contraception in America," and meeting some of our United Church of Christ neighbors who helped co-create the Our Whole Lives Program.  At the end of the week, we will be marching in the Pride Parade as well as tabling for NARAL Pro Choice Ohio to ensure a reproductive justice presence at Pride this year.

Our Justice Trips are open to youth in grades 9-12.  If you are a high school senior who just graduated, you are welcome to register.  We will be meeting most days from 10:00am-5:00pm, with the exception of Thursday, June 19th, when we travel to Cleveland, OH.


TO REGISTER, please click this link.  Registrations are due by April 30th.


Read more: Reproductive Justice Trip
A Green Sanctuary at First UU?

greenchaliceFrom the Green Team: First UU is starting 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. All church members and organizations will be invited to participate, and the Green Team is looking for YOUR ideas and hands as we move toward a sustainable church operation.

For more information on this initiative, check out the UUA's Green Sanctuary Program here.

Please help us by becoming part of this effort!  Contact Tom Baillieul, Green Team Chair, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 614-447-1223.


Congregational Survey

How well is our congregation serving the needs and interests of our members and friends, and the wider community?  What areas of congregational life are most important to you?  How would you assess the overall health of our congregational life?  These are the questions that our Biennial Congregational Survey is designed to address, and your participation is essential!







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