First UU Columbus

A Welcoming Congregation

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


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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Mid-Year Meeting Summary

MidYear 2017 thumbThe mid-year meeting held on Sunday, February 5, was attended by about 100 members and was informative and well-received.

Members of the Board, Transition and Coordinating Teams, Finance, Search and JAM, as well as Rev. Jennifer and Rev. Lane offered an integrated and inspiring look at the work that has been underway during our second year of transition. If you were hearing rumors of a new mission and vision statement, rest assured that you will be hearing more about the proposed wording in upcoming listening sessions.


Your Board has unanimously voted to sign the congregation on to the UUA/UUSC Declaration of Conscience.

There was so much more, including the exciting work being done with communities of color through our justice projects. This congregation is strong and vibrant.

The slides, including a financial review, and a report from the meeting are available below.  If you have questions contact Ginnie Vogts at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Ministerial Intern coming Fall 2017
Written by Brian Hagemann   
Friday, 10 February 2017 17:04

Thanks to a Legacy Gift, First UU Will Welcome a New Ministerial Intern this Autumn

At the request of Meadville Lombard Theological School, First UU has offered a part-time, two-year internship to Meadville student Amanda Hays.

Amanda HaysWhen the congregation was setting out preliminary goals for our recent Green and Growing Capital Campaign, one of the programs we hoped to raise funds for was a Rev. Mark Belletini Internship Fund. While that facet of the campaign was ultimately set aside in favor of more pressing needs, the desire to host a ministerial intern did not go away.

Last year the congregation received a generous bequest from the estate of Jean Werts, church Acorn Society member. Both the congregation’s Coordinating Team and Board of Trustees feel that Jean would have loved the opportunity to help a young woman with a deep passion for justice become a minister in our faith tradition. Additionally, as this would be a two-year internship, we will seek a denominational grant to help fund its second year.

Linda Thompson, from our Archives Team, reports that since 1961, this congregation has ordained 14 Unitarian Universalist ministers. That’s a lot for a church of any size. Clearly something is at work at First UU. And while it has been years since we hosted our last ministerial intern, First UU has a great deal to offer the right candidate in her or his ministerial formation.

Read more: Ministerial Intern coming Fall 2017
Get your auction tickets!
Written by Jim Pinkham   
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 00:00

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Superheroes - Saving the world, one bid at a time!
Saturday, February 25th 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Tickets are on sale in Fellowship Hall!


THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS: Last Sunday 1/29 was the deadline for donations to appear in the catalog.  Now, you can pick one up and browse the old fashioned way, or see everything online here to start planning what you will bid on.

Discount tickets are still a bargain at only $12.  Buy early and save!

Rev. Lane Campbell - What They Dreamed Be Ours to Do
Written by Rev. Lane Campbell   
Monday, 16 January 2017 16:47

blog lc dream2It is a new year, full of fresh possibilities, where many of us are looking ahead towards the future.  It seems like we cannot help but set goals or intentions or make commitments in this time of the new year.   A new year comes with new hopes, new imaginings, new doorways opening.

In this time of year when we celebrate the prophetic Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. alongside visioning and setting goals for the year to come, I wonder about what it took for MLK to dream and to make those dreams a reality.  How many people helped him to dream big that “one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with white boys and white girls as brothers and sisters”?  Who worked hard alongside him to get the Voting Rights Act passed in 1963?  Martin Luther King joined many visionaries of that time to cook up dreams so big, we are still working on them today.  We can see how far we have come and yet we know there is still a ways to go until people of all races and classes live in the equality our country's ancestors dreamed of so many years ago.  This community of folks created a dream so big, it is hard at times to see if it will be achieved in my lifetime or in the lifetimes of our youngest children.

click here to read more of Rev. Lane's article
Settled Minister Search - January Update
Written by Brian Hagemann   
Saturday, 14 January 2017 12:44

searchAre you anxious about welcoming a new Senior Minister? Are you still unclear about the Search process? Are you wondering why is it taking so long? Here’s is where we are in the process. (Please Note: At this point in the process, January 2017, everything becomes very confidential.)

As you may remember, we have been working on a comprehensive document about our congregation called a Congregational Record (CR). Our CR has been uploaded to the online system maintained by the UUA and became available to interested ministers in search on December 1, 2016. This document can be reviewed by interested candidates and they can decide if they are interested in applying for our open position. The UUA will give us a list of interested candidates in early January. We will then be able to review the Ministerial Record for each of these candidates, and move to the “Open for Business” or interview phase of the search process. See the document below “The Search Process for a Called Minister”. We also have created a website especially for potential candidates. By viewing this website, they can get a more indepth look at our congregation (after the search process is completed, this will be made available for all to see).

After reviewing information about the interested candidates and conducting interviews, we will settle on three or four, whom we will get to meet in person and hear preach. We hope to have selected our preferred candidate (and announced to the congregation) in April.

The process is very thorough and vetted by the UUA. It may feel long and arduous, but we are approaching each step with thoughtfulness and attention.

Please reach out to us with any questions you may have. But please also know, because of confidentiality, we may not be able to share much with you.

Rev. Eric Meter - Who Are Your Guides?
Written by Rev. Eric Meter   
Monday, 19 December 2016 13:39

blog em tutuI’ve always wanted the congregations I serve to be seen as moral beacons in their communities. At the same time, the “prophetic voice” is an idea that long left me vaguely uncomfortable and challenges me to this day.

One of my mentors in ministry used to say that, in his experience, we had a cultural or social revolution every other generation. So if it didn’t fall to you to work for change directly, it was your responsibility to prepare the younger generation as best you could.

Looking back at that now, it seems a bit too simplistic. At least in my lifetime, the need to speak “love to power” has been more or less constant.

If we are actually in a state of perpetual war, and it sure seems like we are, then the work of resistance needs to be constant as well. And, of course, I’m not talking just about war in the military sense.

So, on many fronts, it will help us to keep our eyes open for sources of inspiration, and, to use a phrase from Rebecca Parker, “choose our guides”. 

click here to read more of Rev. Eric's article

Elevator Speeches from First UU members

Our church is a merger of the Unitarian and Universalist churches. Both churches have 500 year old roots as Christian churches that protested the excesses of dominant Christian churches. Since then, we have come to emphasize freethinking and we draw from many sources of spiritual wisdom. We challenge injustice, privilege, preconceptions, and the unreflected sense of certainty. We support a gently relentless pursuit of truth, meaning, and spirituality.
Wesley Thompson