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If a decision is made to cancel or postpone meetings, events or church services due to inclement weather, this will be communicated here and through our church-wide email list. Cancellation decisions are dictated both by the timing and severity of weather conditions. We will close for City of Columbus Level 2 weather emergencies.  Most often, however, the church will be open for services as planned regardless of the weather.

If you are cancelling a meeting, let your folks know as soon as possible and email to let us know.

We encourage you to be safe and to use your best judgement when deciding whether or not to come to church services or activities during extreme winter weather events.


Wednesday, January 18, 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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Settled Minister Search - January Update

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
Rev. Lane Campbell - Presence
Written by Rev. Lane Campbell   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 18:22

poohbear listenRight before I came to serve this congregation, I was part of a Chaplain residency.  This year-long program trains people how to be chaplains in a hospital setting, with intensive education, identity formation, and serving is specific units to better get to know staff and patients.  During one of our education sessions, people had frequently talked about “just being present with people” as this form of ministry.  In a moment of brilliance, my supervisor began to question what exactly this means.  I have to admit- it had become an overused phrase in these rooms where we were learning together.  Each time we talked through an encounter with a person we were serving, we were talking about being present with one another.  

In the questioning, a definition began to form.  Being present was like listening, but with a bit more to it.  Being present was about listening and putting aside our own stories or thoughts.  Presence was about acknowledging the words we were hearing as well as the context that surrounded the encounter and the non-verbal communication.  Just listening to words can only tell us so much.  Taking in the sights, the sounds, the tones, the surroundings- that was what it meant to be present with one another.  It meant speaking from a place of knowing out of our own experience, rather than just speaking about our experience- resonating with someone's emotions, instead of saying, “Oh, I had an experience exactly like that where.....”

click here to read the rest of Rev. Lane's column
Seeking Recommendations
Written by Brian Hagemann   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 17:39


nominateNominating Committee is seeking your recommendations for members of the Board of Trustees, Moderator, and Nominating Committee.

We are seeking congregational leaders who have a passion for Unitarian Universalism and our congregation, who also have the skills, experience, and temperament to work together to make our religious home even better.  Do you know someone who has great ideas and a willingness to dive in and solve problems?  Who do you think would make a good leader for our community.  To review job descriptions & to recommend someone use the following link: 

Click here to learn more.
Rev. Jennifer Brooks - Presence
Written by Rev. Jennifer Brooks   
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10:49

blog jb vigilMy heart breaks. Again. Today the cause is yesterday’s knife-wielding attacker on the OSU campus.

Tonight we hold a vigil, not only for those injured in the attack (and the attacker himself, dead now, motives unclear), but also for people who were there, locked-down, fearful. And this vigil is for all of us, who face our own internal lock-down: fear, anxiety, compassion fatigue.

The vigil, “Candles of Sorrow, Chalice of Hope,” invites us to pause for a little while in the presence of one another. Presence. Each of us brings our presence to others, and in turn they are present for us. It is a way of witnessing, yes, of mourning, yes, but most important it is a way of being together: a way of being in one another’s presence.

A way of being.

click here to read the rest of Rev. Jennifer's column
Rev. Eric Meter - World of Stories
Written by Rev. Eric Meter   
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 00:00

blog em quilt“Everywhere he looked, he saw a world made of stories,” writes Leslie Marmon Silko in her novel Ceremony.

That had never been more true for me than a particular Sunday afternoon last month.

As many of you know, my partner Ann works for Lifeline of Ohio, an organ procurement nonprofit. She works with hospital staff on procedures and compliance, and also with families of those who, in death, have the opportunity to give the gift of life. Those words may sound overblown until you realize that just what a lifesaving gift a kidney or heart literally is.

I remember a few summers ago when she and I visited one of our members, Ruth Gerhold, who had received a liver and kidney a few days before. Beside the light in Ruth’s eyes, what struck me most was the tears in Ann’s. As she works with families on the donation side, Ann had never met a recipient so soon after receiving her new lease on life.

Because of the organs she received, Ruth had more than a year more of life, giving her more time with her family and grandchildren. She even went skiing again. She wouldn’t have been able to do that if it hadn’t been for the generosity of an organ donor.

click here to read the rest of Rev. Eric's column
Settled Minister Search - Survey Results

searchOn Sunday, November 5, the Search Committee hosted potluck to present the data collected from the Ministerial Search Survey.

Click here to view/download the Ministerial Search Survey Presentation.


Rev. Lane Campbell - The Gift of Our Stories
Written by Rev. Lane Campbell   
Monday, 14 November 2016 08:45

blog jc stories2This Fall, I decided to try something new and to stretch myself a bit outside of my comfort zone.  When life presents each one of us with such opportunities, there is always an option to go with it or to decline.  And it seemed my life was calling me to step in and to grow a bit more.  This Fall, I began co-facilitating our Diversity Learning Circle with Rev. Eric. 

Now, what I knew I was going to get out of the experience was I was going to learn more about intercultural competency.  I knew I was going to connect more with the Church for all People through volunteering there twice.  I also knew I was going to do a bit of book learning in the book, A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby Payne.  All of this seemed like learning enough and stretching enough for me.

What I didn't know I would be doing is sharing my story and my culture frequently, while also receiving the gift of listening to others sharing their stories and their cultures.  Our cultures are a deep part of our personal narratives.  Bound up in the stories of our lives are how we learned to behave a certain way, what some of the hidden rules and assumptions we operate under are, and why we do what we do each and every single day. 

click here to read the rest of Rev. Lane's column

Elevator Speeches from First UU members

An activist, sometimes in compassion to correct inequities, sometimes in concern, seeking alleviation of outright wrongs, my spirituality was always a part of my activism; however, as one alone. This pursuit was within a mainline denomination. Now, as a retired widower, Unitarian/Universalism fits me extremely well.  From within the congregation, among fellow members/friends, I multiply my activism, my compassion.
Lester Jipp