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Thursday, December 08, 2016


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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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.....”

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Seeking Recommendations
Written by Brian Hagemann   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 17:39


nominateNominating Committee is seeking your recommendations for members of Nominating Committee and the Board of Trustees, in addition to recommendations for Moderator. 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. To seek job descriptions & to recommend someone use the following links:

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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.

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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.

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Settled Minister Search - Survey Results

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

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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. 

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Elevator Speeches from First UU members

UU is an approach to human life that emphasizes human’s capacity for doing together. UUs view humans as learning agents who are 1) capable of working together to remedy the confounding moral challenges that they seem inclined to inflict upon each other and Spaceship: EARTH, 2) responsible, each to self and to the others, for allocating life, time, energy towards attending to such challenges, and 3) supportive of each other in such efforts.
Bob Letcher