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Rev. Jennifer Brooks - Healing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. Jennifer Brooks   
Monday, 03 October 2016 12:58

Perhaps it is the synchronicity of the universe. Again. 

blog jb heart2The October worship theme of “Healing” follows the first Presidential debate and precedes the November elections. It follows and precedes heart-wrenching violence locally, nationally, and in the world at large. It follows, and precedes, all the causes of hurt and grief in human experience.


My heart has been torn asunder and will be again. How do we heal? How do we continue to nurture what is precious and good in our lives even as we tremble with hurt? There’s a reason we need an October of healing.

A story I love, in one of its variations, is about a town in the throes of an election. People there wonder how to choose the person who will make the best mayor. They agree that they want to choose the person with the best heart.

Then they struggle with the question of what makes one heart better than another.

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Rev. Lane Campbell - Promises PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Hagemann   
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 00:00

blog lc promiseWhat is in a promise?  Is it something we say, something we do?  In my life, I usually say I will promise to do something.  Most of the time, when I make a promise I am making a commitment and that thing gets done.  Sometimes, I forget- especially if I don’t write the promise down somewhere.  Promises are lived.  They are in the agreements we make with friends and family to be somewhere at a specific time.  They are in the unspoken ways we promise to care for one another- a parent cares for a child, a friend is there to listen, a partner offers support, a community is consistently present for those who take part.

In my life recently, I have been thinking much about trust, specifically how to build trust with others.  Promises can be a foundation of trust, especially when they are kept and followed through on.  And I know that when we break an agreement we have with someone or with an entire community, it takes time to rebuild trust and to rebuild relationship.

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Rev. Eric Meter - Covenant Groups PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. Eric Meter   

blog em covenant groupsAnother year in the life of our faith community formally began with our Water Ceremony earlier this month.

And our theme for September is covenant. So what better time to talk about some changes to the format of our congregation’s Covenant Groups. For 13 years now, we have had a number of groups meeting twice a month from October through May or June (and some continuing informally through the summer months). Our covenant groups are places were seven to ten people gather to share their reflections with one another on some of the questions and challenges of our lives. They are places to build trust and get to know, often deeply, other members of our community.

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Rev. Jennifer Brooks - Covenant PDF Print E-mail

UU Principles in Child Friendly LanguageWhen I hear the words “best friend,” there’s one person I think of first, and then a few others. The first names are childhood friends with whom I’m still in touch. There was something about us: we were soul mates. We laughed at the same things. We groaned at the same things. Then there was how we treated each other.

Relationship. A friendship that “sticks” for a lifetime doesn’t mean that we always agree or that we have the same talents or that the friends of our friends like each other. There can be awkward moments. But the friendship sticks.

The relationship of friendship is based on the initial connection, frequent proximity, shared experiences. It’s not, so much, intentional.

Adults who are members of a free faith community make friendships within that community. But there’s something more going on. In a Unitarian Universalist congregation, we enter into relationship with intention. We covenant.

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Rev. Lane Campbell - A People Who Show Up PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lane Campbell   
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:00

uua2016columbusI have been reflecting in the wake of our most recent General Assembly. This June, close to 4,000 UUs came here to Columbus, Ohio to celebrate Unitarian Universalism, to worship together, to learn in workshops skills and knowledge to bring back to one’s congregation, and to just be together with one another. It is my hope you were able to attend a portion of the event, to feel the magnitude of it all.

From those of you I did see, I want to reflect back that First UU Columbus showed up. A majority of volunteers at GA were from our congregation. It was a delight to be greeted each day by a familiar face. The church was a part of making our public witness happen, providing a loving presence for a brief visit from the Westboro Baptist Church, and came out in droves for an extremely touching worship service on Sunday morning. This is a congregation that shows up.

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