First UU Columbus

A Welcoming Congregation

 
Monday, May 30, 2016

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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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24
May
2016
First UU Blog - Rev. Eric Meter - Blessing
Written by Rev. Eric Meter   
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 15:31

blog em blessingOur theme this month is Blessing.

As Scott Tayler puts it, “The question in front of all of us is not simply, ‘Do you notice the blessings all around you?’ It’s also, ‘How are the blessings in your life leading you to bless others?’”

I remember reading a novel some years ago in which a character was continually “doing his sums.” What exactly were those “sums” was a mystery until the end of the book, when the character explained that he was counting his blessings. At the time this struck me as a rather rough literary device for the author to make a point, but I find myself going back to it when I need to remind myself to do just that, count my blessings.

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17
May
2016
First UU Blog - Rev. Lane Campbell - Something Larger than Ourselves

jubileeusaJubilee USA is a multi-faith organization with over 500 faith communities and faith leaders involved in its work. They advocate for broader-picture systemic change, particularly working towards creating economic justice. This organization has recovered millions of dollars in debt relief for our country and constantly serves as prophetic witness to the suffering of many while the few continue to profit. It was my pleasure and a joy to join with faith leaders this past week in Washington, D.C. to lobby our Ohio Representatives with Jubilee USA and other organizations such as Oxfam and the Main Street Alliance.

The specific issues we were working on are passing legislation to better regulate anonymous companies, or shell companies. These are companies that exist in name only and are used to launder money or hide profits overseas so the people behind the “organization” do not pay taxes on their income. If our country was to eliminate such companies from existing, we would be able to recover the entire total of our U.S. deficit. I learned this past week that is is easier to start a for-profit company than it is to register to vote or to apply for a library card. Less forms of identification are required and certainly less checks and balances exist. Doing business this way raises our taxes, puts a heavier burden on small business owners, and enables all sorts of crime to exist in our country.

Click here to read the rest of Rev. Lane's column
 
17
May
2016
Transgender 101
Written by Brian Hagemann   
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 12:09

Trans Youth Today, and Bathroom Accessibility

trans101aThis month, as legislation has come out of North Carolina and Mississippi openly discriminating against our transgender siblings, First UU is providing opportunities for each one of us to get educated about what it means to be transgender and ways to create a more inclusive community. To help with this, we are starting a dialogue about welcoming, about identity, and about authentic inclusion.

 

On Saturday, May 21st, there with be a “Transgender 101” panel hosted at First UU from 1:00pm-2:30pm. This panel will include members of the Columbus community speaking about their lived experiences and then answering the questions you bring. Come to listen, participate, and learn.

Trans gender and gender-fluid youth have long been a part of the First UU youth community. On Sunday, May 29th, a community panel will be held after the worship service to address “Trans Youth Today.” We will hear from youth, care providers, and parents. People will come to share their stories and offer support to youth, parents, and people in our community who may have questions, may identify as trans, or may know someone who is a trans youth. Snacks will be provided.

And, finally, we will be hosting a Bathroom Accessibility Stakeholder Meeting on June 9th from 6:00-8:00pm. Come be part of an all-inclusive dialogue to address concerns and ideas about how to make our bathrooms more inclusive for all who need to use them. This conversation will encompass gender identity as well as friends of people with mobility concerns accompanying their friends into the bathroom. All bathroom inclusiveness opinions and ideas welcome. This stakeholder meeting will influence new signage posted outside our very own newly-renovated First UU bathrooms. See you there!

Childcare is provided for all events above. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Lane Campbell, Minister of Religious Education at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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10
May
2016
Meet the Candidates!

searchCome and get to know more about the candidates for the Settled Senior Minister Search Team. We will have refreshments and a structured and an informal way for you to get to know the candidates for this important task on Sunday, May 15 at 12:30 in the new classroom wing (yellow/orange rooms). Get educated before you vote about who these members are, why they want to serve, and how they anticipate engaging in this important work.

 

For candidate bio's and photos, you can read about them here.  You will also learn about your candidates for the Board and Nominating Committee.

Our Annual Congregational Meeting is Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 11:30am

 

 
03
May
2016
First UU Blog - Rev. Jennifer Brooks - Blessing
Written by Rev. Jennifer Brooks   
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 00:00

blog blessingAt the end of our Sunday morning worship celebration, there’s a moment we call “Blessing.”

It’s a time when we stretch our hands out to one another and to those who are absent or not yet among us. Usually one of the ministers says a few words. In some places those words are called a benediction and they’re mostly a blessing offered by the minister for the people.

At First UU, I think of it as a moment when the people bless each other.

Think of it. We are gathered in community. We are touching. We symbolically affirm both our interconnectedness and our welcome to those not present. This is a kind of communion; it is the blessing of presence. It’s a moment when we recognize that we’re part of something greater and deeper than the individual self.

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19
Apr
2016
First UU Blog - Rev. Eric Meter - On the Road with Henry
Written by Rev. Eric Meter   
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 10:57

blog henryThe other day, when I came home from work, I noticed my neighbor’s four-year-old son behind the wheel of his mother’s car. (Our two houses share a driveway.)

“Henry, are you driving?” Big, big grin. “Do you have the car keys with you?” Bigger grin and a playful nod. At this point I realized this might have gone very, very wrong. Thankfully, it didn’t. Henry didn’t actually have the keys with him. And after a minute of us talking about where he was going to drive to, his mother came around the side of the house with the family dog, and the young boy’s attention drifted away from the steering wheel.

The thing is, part of me wanted to be Henry again, fully embraced in the creativity of imagination. As the psychologist Judith Wallerstein says, “No one works as hard as a child at play.”

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01
Mar
2016
Labor Day Retreat in Hocking Hills
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First UU Church Annual Labor Day Retreat at Camp Oty' Okwa Sat, Sep 3 to Mon, Sept 5, 2016. Wonderful for families, singles or couples. Workshops, hiking, crafts, community building! Sign up by Sunday August 21.  

Sign up on-line.  Check out the Labor Day Retreat table in Fellowship Hall or contact Beth McCreary, 850-1463   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or Julie Pinsonneault, 447-8407 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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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