First UU Columbus

A Welcoming Congregation

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Covenant Groups

Dates/Times/Location vary Varies small group
Rev. Eric Meter registration required
Small Group Ministry is a vital part of our congregation. Small groups meet regularly to reflect on and discuss significant life topics. They are great places to get to know other people and yourself. Over time, participants build deep connections with one another, the congregation and with the sacred. Groups are being formed throughout the year, please contact Rev. Eric Meter for more information.

Men's Spirituality

Dates/Times/Location vary . small group
Frank Phillips registration required
Explore in a non-threatening, spiritually sensitive environment, what it means to be a male in the 21st century. New groups form as interest warrants.

Sorrow at this Season Service

Wednesday, Dec. 7 7pm-8:30pm Worship Center  
Rev. Kathleen fowler drop-in
If getting through the holiday season is difficult for you because of sadness or grief, we invite you to attend the second annual Sorrow of the Season service on Wednesday, December 7, at 7pm in the Worship Center. For some of us, the idealized holiday season only seeks to reinforce the heartache, loneliness and isolation we feel, and attempting to “put on a happy face” may only distance us from ourselves. Please come and gather with a group of others as we acknowledge our difficulties, while creating a sense of welcome, trust, and understanding in what can be a very painful time of the year. If you have questions, please contact Rev. Kathleen Fowler, 614-263-4404, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


All Soles Contra Dancing

Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 10 8pm-10:30pm Fellowship Hall dance
Kate Power drop-in
Contra dance is a highly social and connecting form of early American folk dance. If you're new to contra, come at 7:30 for a brief introductory session. There is a ‘potluck' snack table, free childcare, and warm, welcoming dancers. Please wear clean, non-marking shoes. Cost: $8 ($4 ages 12-25). All money goes to pay the musicians and callers.

Social Dancing

Search Committee
Mondays 7pm-9:30pm Fellowship Hall dance
Laurie & James Brown drop-in
Please join us on our beautiful wood dance floor for a light mix of swing, Latin, ballroom and line dancing. All ages and beginners are welcomed. Gender neutral lead/follow. Snacks provided. $5 for entire evening. 7pm - Beginner Lesson, 8pm-9:30pm - Social Dancing


Creative Open Studio

Mondays 3pm-5pm Rm. A/B workshop
Joanne Wiggins drop-in
Enjoy fellowship while creating.

Expressive Collage

2nd & 4th Thursdays 7pm-9pm Rm. A/B workshop
Jeanni Ray registration required
It has been said, "a picture can say a thousand words." This forum enables those interested to make a picture soul collage, a pleasing and meaningful picture that can be created using only scissors, paper, and glue!

Ongoing Memoir Writing Group

2nd Wednesdays 7:00 PM Library workshop
Kathleen Boston registration required
Open to new members. Contact for more details.


Dinner And Conversation

Time/Date/Location Vary small group
Marcia & Rich Canter registration required
A pleasant way to get to know other church members. Potluck dinner is in the (volunteer) host's home followed by conversation on a specific topic the host decides upon. These occur once a month, and the participants in the groups shuffle every 3 to 4 months. Typically there are 8 people per group. The date and time is determined by each group. These gatherings are for both singles and couples.

First Friday Potluck

1st Friday of the Month 6:30 PM Fellowship Hall potluck
Laurie Brown drop-in
All church community potluck the first Friday of every month. Kids' movie or Miyazake anime at 7:30. If you’re not interested in the movie there’s conversation and board games. Contact Laurie Brown, 614-246-0170, with questions.

Spanish Conversation

Saturdays 11:00 AM discussion
Michael Greenman drop-in
Speak a little Spanish? A lot? All are welcome! Informal practice in conversation with an experienced speaker as 'mentor'. French and German groups may be offered in the future, with sufficient interest.

Walking at Highbanks

Central OH UU Walkers
Fridays 9:30 AM Meet in the Nature Center parking lot hike
Erica Scurr drop-in
Group walk for exercise and to appreciate the web of life. A 2.5 to 3.0 mile weekly walk on Highbanks Metro Park trails.

Annual Auction

Feb. 25 evening Worship Center auction
Come be a super-hero! Support our congregation and win some unique prizes. Our annual event features a silent auction followed by dinner buffet and live auction with items donated by members and the community. Stay tuned for involvement opportunities and tickets.

All-Church Talent Show

March 18 7:30 PM  
The traditional All-church talent show will be on Saturday, March 18, 7:30pm. All talents welcome. Start practicing now.


Sacred Song Circle

Wednesdays 6-6:30pm Worship Center music
Debra Boyd drop-in
A time honored history of "village singing" will be given a modern & UU twist at this drop-in a cappella 30 minute sacred song circle. Join fellow singers & non-singers as we sing to learn & sing to deepen our understanding and experience of UU theology. All are welcome including children, but if you bring them, they will be under your own care.

Scioto Vally Brass Christmas Concert

Dec. 3 3:00 PM Worship Center concert
Tony McDonald drop-in
The Scioto Valley Brass and Percussion Company will present a Christmas concert here at First UU on Sunday, December 4, 3:00pm in the Worship Center. The group, a full 35-piece brass band led by OSU Marching Band Director Dr. Chris Hoch, and assistant conductor Tony McDonald, will perform traditional and popular seasonal favorites, along with some humorous pieces with skits and props. It's fun and excitement for the whole family. Donations accepted at the door.

The Choir's Holiday Concert

Dec. 18 4:00 PM Worship Center concert
Tony McDonald drop-in
The Choirs' Holiday Concert will be on Sunday, December 18, 4pm. All four choirs will participate. The theme will be “light.

Quartetto Grigio

Feb. 5 3:00 PM Worship Center concert
Tony McDonald drop-in
Quartetto Grigio is a student string quartet from OSU, Sunday, February 5, 3pm. They will perform quartets by Haydn and Ravel, along with several solo pieces.


Care and Share Timebank

3rd Sunday 6:30 PM Fellowship Hall potluck/meeting
Michael Greenman drop-in
A Time Bank is a community of people who support each other. When you spend an hour to do something for a member, you earn a Credit. Then, you can use that Credit to buy an hour of a member’s time. It's that simple. Come share food and conversation, review services offered ... make new offers.

Coffee Hour Team

Ongoing Sunday Mornings Fellowship Hall work team
Denni Hale registration required
Set up, prepare, and serve Equal Exchange coffee and tea to family, friends, members, and visitors to First UU.

Newsletter Mailing

Announced Monthly work team
Sue Vierow drop-in
“The Discover” is prepared for mailing by folding, labeling and stamping the newsletter. It is an opportunity for socializing while giving a gift of time to our First UU community.



4th Tuesdays 7:00 PM discussion
David Krohn drop-in
A monthly gathering with programs focusing on topics of interest to atheists and agnostics within the community. Look for us on Facebook at First UU Atheists Agnostics and Skeptics. We are also a member of the Columbus Coalition of Reason,

Book Bites

3rd Tuesdays 7:00 PM discussion
Kathleen Boston registration required
A group focused on exploring and discussing existing literature on various topics. The topics are chosen by consensus; and then each reader chooses a book based on the topic. Brief reviews are shared, followed by lively discussion. Passionate readers welcome!

Path to Membership

TBA TBA class
Rev. Eric Meter  
Interested in becoming a member of First UU Columbus? You are cordially invited to participate in Path to Membership. Designed for newcomers it is always recommended before deciding to become a Church member. Participation in the class does not obligate you to join our church. Childcare available upon advanced request.

This Month In Science

2nd Tuesdays 7:00 PM Rm. 7 discussion
Chris Johnson drop-in
This monthly discussion group explores current topics in science drawn from the popular press, the Internet, or one of several science journals. After a brief review of the science behind the story, participants will discuss the implications of the research in question – its moral, ethical, social, practical, spiritual, and “gee whiz” dimensions.

Wednesday Women's Book Group

4th Wednesdays 1pm-3pm Slowter Lounge discussion
Sylvia Howe and Evonne McNabb registration required
Starting on July 27th the group will meet on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 1 – 3PM in the Slowter Lounge. “My Name is Lucy Barton” by Elizabeth Stout (Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys) is the July selection. Participants will select the books for the following months.


JAM Common Read

Jan. 4, Feb. 1 and March 1 5:30pm-7pm Room 8 discussion
Ginnie Vogts, Lynda Smith and Marge Lynd drop-in
The book for Winter will be the Rev. William Barber's The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement. We will discuss Barber's book particularly in light of this year's election and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Justice Action Ministry

4th Mondays 7:00 PM meeting
Steve Palm-Howser drop-in
JAM members are interested in participating in social justice activities. Some members are involved with particular projects or programs and some are members-at-large. Any member or friend is welcome to attend our meetings.

PFLAG Columbus

4th Sundays 2pm-4pm meeting
Karen Mitchell drop-in
PFLAG Columbus' monthly support group for Parents, Friends, Families and Allies of LGBTQ individuals. We offer Support for coping with an adverse society; Education for an ill-informed public; and Advocacy for equal civil rights. For more information see


Adaptive Leadership

February 18 10am-12:30pm room 7 workshop
Rev. Jennifer Brooks registration required
Adaptive Leadership is a practical leadership framework that helps individuals and organizations adapt and thrive. Developed by Ron Heifeitz at Harvard Business School, its principles are used widely in both business settings and religious organizations. It’s based on the premise that when an organization faces adaptive challenges (old solutions don’t work), good leaders understand that they alone cannot be the source of the solution, but instead must facilitate a collaborative process that allows the stakeholders to arrive at a solution. This workshop introduces practices that allow leaders, stakeholders, and organizations to thrive through the challenges they face.

Navigating the Church into the 21st Century

March 4 9am-2:30pm room 7 workshop
Diana Castro-Cook & Susan Williams registration required
A leadership workshop to explore the changes in governance underway at First UU. Why Now? How does our size affect organization? What difference does it make if I am part of a committee or a team? Who is in-charge of what? This version of Navigating is adapted specifically to address the interests and concerns of team members and those who wish to join teams.