First UU Columbus

A Welcoming Congregation

Friday, August 28, 2015


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.

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Construction Update - July 6th

We’ve entered the second month of  First UU’s construction project and have (only) fallen a little behind schedule. This was mainly caused by delaying the start of demolition until after the retirement bash for Rev. Mark. The incessant rains of June didn’t help the situation, keeping equipment out of the court yard.

There is also good news. First, the delay is insignificant and can easily be made up, according the project superintendent Bob McMillen.  In addition, the existing concert footers that we knew were buried under the garden can be used for the new hallway walls. These massive concrete footers were put in decades ago, but for reasons we can't determine, never used. Each runs through the garden from east to west and is 20 inches wide and about 42 inches deep. The engineer and architect have approved using them, saving us time and perhaps money.

This has necessitated making the new hallway between SYC and hall behind Fellowship Hall 10 inches wider than planned.  The small additional cost should be more than offset by savings on the footers.

If you’ve seen  the pictures posted on the temporary wall beyond Rooms A&B, you know the old restrooms, room 6 and much of room 7 are gone. The glass surrounding the court yard is long gone, as is the floor beneath the missing rooms. Work should begin shortly on removal of the plantings along the south side of the building, the sidewalk, pavement and old bike racks, which we’ll attempt to salvage. Thanks to Sam Pollock, the nice looking parking lot lamp posts have been removed and salvaged for use at the front of the church grounds.

A new court yard garden has been designed by Amy Dutt of Urban Wild. The plan is also posted near Rooms A&B. It features mostly native plants, a butterfly garden area, rain barrel, several benches and small trees.  A stone pathway wends its way through the plantings. We may ask your help in September to take part in a “planting day.”

We hope the project will go well for the remainder of the summer and the new restrooms will be done in early to mid September. Meanwhile, the portable restrooms seem to be operating OK after some initial problems with locks, latches, railings and other minor issues.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Brian or Dave.

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Construction Committee

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Church Administrator

[coming soon] Three attached photos show work in progress: Contractor digging around footers, demolished restrooms and room 6, and removing tree from courtyard.

The Birth of the Diamond Soul: Reincarnation, the Planetary Crisis and the Future Human

What happens next? Is Reincarnation a possibility? Dr. Christopher Bache, professor of religious studies at Youngstown State University, will explore the possibility of multiple evolving lives for human beings in a lecture and workshop at First UU on Friday evening, September 18, and all day on Saturday, September 19. The concept of Reincarnation is a belief held by many of our world’s leading religions.

In his Friday lecture, Dr. Brache will survey these themes in particular:

  • Is there evidence for reincarnation that stands up to critical scrutiny, and if so, how strong is it?
  • What types of evidence have been collected?
  • What are the primary objections to reincarnation put forward by philosophers?

The Saturday workshop will examine the impact that the planetary crisis is having on the soul. We will explore the idea that the global transformation humanity is undergoing is mirroring and accelerating an equally profound shift taking place inside the soul. This exploration brings together two lines of inquiry that often appear separately in spiritual and transpersonal consciousness literature:

  • the dynamics of the soul's growth through reincarnation; and
  • the planetary crisis and our collective transformation.

Integrating these two perspectives takes us into the very heart of the evolutionary pivot the soul is making at this critical moment in history.

Early registration (by September 10): Both Days $75 Friday Lecture Only $15 Saturday Workshop Only $65
Add $12 for Saturday boxed lunch (turkey or vegan)

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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'.

Labor Day Retreat in Hocking Hills

First UU Church Annual Labor Day Retreat at Camp Oty' Okwa Sat,Sep 5 to Mon, Sept 7. Wonderful for families, singles or couples. Workshops, hiking, crafts, community building! Sign up by Sunday August 23.  Sign up on-line.  Check out the Labor Day Retreat table in Fellowship Hall or contact Beth McCreary, 850-1463  _ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or Julie Pinsonneault, 447-8407 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (Remove underscore) , or Deb McGuire. View a Sample Schedule or Labor Day FAQs


Elevator Speeches from First UU members

The UU Church is the best place for atheists, agnostics and humanists to freely explore, with others, ideas about God or other supreme entities. Though diverse in beliefs, we UU’s hold certain principles in common. We seek knowledge in freedom, promote justice with wisdom, practice compassion for others, and possess a passion for democratic social structures and behaviors. All Folks are welcome here and all ideas are valued here. Verily, I say to thee: It is the place to be!
Dotte Turner