First UU Columbus

A Welcoming Congregation

 
Sunday, December 16, 2018

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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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As a "Welcoming Congregation",
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 Happenings at First UU!

Come Celebrate the Holidays With Us!

Special Services and Choral Concert:
Dec. 5, 7pm: Sorrow of the Season Service Dec. 9, 9:15am & 11am: “All We Need”
Dec. 16, 9:15am & 11am: “The Joy of Music” Dec. 16, 12:30pm: Cookie Exchange
Dec. 16, 4pm: Winter Choral Concert
Dec. 23, 10am (one service): Solstice: Stones & Mounds

Christmas Eve Services:
Dec. 24, 5pm: Family Celebration Dec. 24, 8pm: Candelight ServiceNew Year’s Service:

Dec. 30, One service at 10am: Sunday Service with Labyrinth

 

HOLIDAY COOKIE FAIR (Fun & Fundraising!)  Calling all cookie bakers and cookie lovers… 

Sunday, Dec. 16th, 12:30pm, Fellowship Hall

We’re asking First UUers to bake cookies or holiday treats and bring them to the Holiday Cookie Fair. (We’ll send details and drop off info later.) At the event, you can pick and choose from all varieties to fill your holiday needs. This is a fun fund-raiser that is sure to be yummy, yummy, yummy! 

For your online shopping needs… Amazon SMILE to benefit First UU

While shopping for the holidays, don’t let any Amazon.com  purchases go unrewarded. You can benefit the church by using or enrolling in the AmazonSmileprogram which supports charitable organizations. Use smile.amazon.com  to place your order and if not already enrolled, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization. You can change this selection at any time by picking ‘Account Settings/Reward Programs’. Search for ‘first unitarian columbus’.  

We also encourage you to shop at  our local merchants for the best in value and holiday cheer!

Give to support your values…. First UU Holiday Appeal

Our annual Holiday Appeal is a chance to help fund our amazing church community and all we do to help make this world a better place. We put our values into action by teaching our children – RE/OWL/SYC, building community by caring for each other, and working for justice in a bruised and hurting world. Thank you for your generosity. What we do makes a difference.

 
2018 Labyrinth at First UU Church

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Once again, First Unitarian Universalist Church will spread out the 11-circuit Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth canvas in the sanctuary between Christmas an New Year!  Many UU members, friends, and neighbors have enjoyed the calm serenity and contemplation they can experience in this amazing environment.

The journal available for comments has included some heartfelt and poignant statements (anonymously):

  • “I trod a labyrinth nearly 14 years ago to begin my fight against uterine cancer.  I am well, and cherish this opportunity to remind myself of my continuing journey”;
  • “Slowing down and seeking wisdom in the labyrinth always brings me back to my core values.  I find clarity in the embrace of the winding path to center and back out into the world”;
  • “Thank you – look forward to this every New Year’s Day”.

 

Labyrinth Schedule December 26th - January 1st

  • December 26th - 30th: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • New Years Eve, December 31st: 7:00pm to midnight
  • New Years Day, January 1st: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
 
Wake Now Our Vision

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The Wake Now Our Vision  (WNOV) Universalist Collaborative Campaign Legacy Challenge is a joint effort of the following UU institutions: the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Meadville Lombard Theological School, Starr King School for the Ministry, the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, and the Church of the Larger Fellowship.

The UU Congregation at Shelter Rock recognizes the power of legacy giving and, through its incredible generosity, has offered a $5 million grant to incentivize 

new planned gifts. Its goal is to raise a total of $50 million in planned gifts by 2020. WNOV provides Unitarian Universalists with the opportunity to make a difference now and to shape the future of Unitarian Universalism for generations to come.

New legacy gift intentions designating one or more of the WNOV partner institutions above or First Unitarian Universalist Church as beneficiaries may be eligible for a 10% matching cash gift, up to $10,000.

Read more: Wake Now Our Vision
 
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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