First UU Columbus

A Welcoming Congregation

Tuesday, December 01, 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.

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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Holiday Appeal Gift 2015


Please join us in celebrating this season of compassion and sharing by making a special gift to First UU!  The majority of your donations fund our staff that make our congregation possible while also supporting justice action ministries, education programs, and shared Pastoral Ministries.  The requested donation is $75 per member/friend, or more or less as you are able. EVERY GIFT COUNTS!

 A portion of the Holiday Appeal gift will be donated to Feed My Sheep food pantry in loving memory of long-time church member Jackie Angelino who dedicated her life in service to others. Even after Jackie turned 100, she and her son Jacque were seen between services at First UU, recruiting volunteers and collecting donations of food, school supplies, and clothing for Feed My Sheep.  

Located in the poorest country in central Ohio, the mission of Feed My Sheep is to alleviate hunger, increase literacy, and provide warm winter clothing to children. Food pantries in Ohio’s metropolitan areas are supported by corporate food drives and well-funded civic groups, but rural counties in Ohio don’t have access to the same resources. To alleviate hunger in rural areas, the challenge is to get food from where it is plentiful to where it is most needed. Thanks to First UU and dedicated volunteers like Jackie and Jacque, this has been happening. 

 Donate now to this year's Holiday Appeal using PayPal or your credit card by clicking on Donate button.

2016 Auction Donations Needed

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2016 First UU Auction Fundraiser

Spring Fever - bring on the green!
Saturday, February 20th 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Your donations are important!


DONATE NOW: Visit or fill out a form at the auction table in Fellowship Hall after each Sunday service.

The deadline is January 31st for donations to be in the printed catalog.

UU General Assembly 2016 Justice Project

The Unitarian Universalist General Assembly is
June 22-26 here in Columbus, Ohio!

The theme for GA 2016 will be Heart Land: Where Faiths Connect and the Social Witness Theme is Racial Justice. The world is increasingly multi-faith. People are crossing borders of religion and spiritual practice to create wholeness in their lives individually and collectively. The racial justice public witness event will engage UUs with local partners. General Assembly 2016 will assemble leaders and communities of many faiths to worship together, learn from one another, and create a new vision of faith that no longer divides us, but connects us to an interdependent future that works for all.

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Service Project
(see below for information and form)

Every year the General Assembly supports a service project to benefit the local community with a free will donation collected during the Sunday service.  Video, audio, printed or other materials tell the organization’s story at the time of the offering.

Read more: UU General Assembly 2016 Justice Project
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

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