First UU Columbus

A Welcoming Congregation

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


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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As a "Welcoming Congregation",
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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Notice of Congregational Meeting and Vote

Notice of Congregational Meeting and Vote
Sunday, April 8, 2018
12:30--2:45 PM
Worship Center

To consider the question:


First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus
Sanctuary Resolution
April 8, 2018

On May 18, 1986, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus declared support for the Sanctuary Movement. The resolution passed by 92%, declaring support, in principle, for the Sanctuary Movement, providing safe haven for Salvadoran and Guatemalan refugees.

We hereby:
1. Reaffirm this resolution; and
2. Approve the following resolution:
We, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, declare ourselves a sanctuary church, willing to host a person at risk for deportation.
Recognizing that the need for sanctuary may arise quickly, the decision to host a specific person will be delegated to these seven individuals: Senior Minister, Associate Minister, Minister of Religious Exploration, Director of Administration, Board Chair, and the two Solidarity and Sanctuary project leaders. A majority of these seven must agree to providing sanctuary for a specific person.

Wake Now Our Vision

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The Wake Now Our Vision  (WNOV) Universalist Collaborative Campaign Legacy Challenge is a joint effort of the following UU institutions: the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Meadville Lombard Theological School, Starr King School for the Ministry, the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, and the Church of the Larger Fellowship.

The UU Congregation at Shelter Rock recognizes the power of legacy giving and, through its incredible generosity, has offered a $5 million grant to incentivize 

new planned gifts. Its goal is to raise a total of $50 million in planned gifts by 2020. WNOV provides Unitarian Universalists with the opportunity to make a difference now and to shape the future of Unitarian Universalism for generations to come.

New legacy gift intentions designating one or more of the WNOV partner institutions above or First Unitarian Universalist Church as beneficiaries may be eligible for a 10% matching cash gift, up to $10,000.

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Auction 2018 a Big Success!
Written by Jim Pinkham   
Friday, 10 February 2017 00:00

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Our Bidding on the Side of Love Auction was a great success and we all had a blast!  Thanks to everyone for their attendance, donations, and generous support.

It looks like we knocked it out of the park - at this point we have raised over $34,000 - well over our $30,000 budget goal.  Hooray!!!

There are still some open spots at various events we will sell for the next two Sundays 2/18 and 2/25 in Fellowship Hall.  You can also settle up there if you missed checkout.

In addition to those who provided food and donated wonderful events, services, and items (too many to list here), please join us in appreciating the hearty team efforts from everyone who helped make it all run so smoothly!

Your efforts are very much appreciated - Thank You All!! 

2018 Auction Team Chair

Cathy O'Neil

Auction Team Members

Danya Furda, Sharon Hammersley, Paula Hook, Kitty Durham Jones, Maureen Keyhani, MaryLou MacDonald, Peggy McKee, Jim Pinkham, Nancy Rafert, Candee Rothert, Jeannie Sperling, Carole Wilhelm

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Elevator Speeches from First UU members

My religion is Unitarian Universalism. We believe in a beloved community of faith, where we are all free to follow our own spiritual paths. We embrace diversity and inclusiveness. We are not ruled by a religious creed. We believe in the worth and dignity of all persons and that all persons are saved.  In the world at large, we stand for social justice.
Chas Williams