First UU Columbus

A Welcoming Congregation

 
Monday, August 20, 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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All Are Welcome

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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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Beloved Conversations at First UU

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First Unitarian Universalist Church will be introducing Beloved Conversations this fall!
Beloved Conversations is a small-group program that helps congregations talk about race and ethnicity. Participants create a supportive space, share about their own experiences, and find opportunities to grow individually and as a congregation. Beloved Conversations is an opportunity for us to improve our skill in holding challenging conversations in loving community. It’s also a way to do our part in the Unitarian Universalist movement for racial reconciliation, and to transform and heal as a community, as our vision calls us.

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Labor Day Retreat in Hocking Hills

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First UU Church Annual Labor Day Retreat at Camp Oty' Okwa Sat, Sep 1 to Mon, Sept 3, 2018. Wonderful for families, singles or couples. Workshops, hiking, crafts, community building! Sign up by Sunday August 26.  

 

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

 View a Sample Schedule or Labor Day FAQs

 
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
 
Our New DRE

mount photoIntroducing our next Director of Religious Exploration, Elizabeth Mount

Elizabeth Mount is a Candidate for UU Ministry joining us after completion of a Master of Divinity degree at Meadville Lombard Theological School. They just finished a two-year internship at the First Universalist Church of Denver, a multi-minister congregation of a similar size to First UU Columbus.

As a lifelong UU, Elizabeth has seen the transformative possibility of religious exploration programming. They want to continue fostering such a nurturing environment, utilizing skills from years of experience in education, activism, conference planning, and UU church work. In collaboration with this congregation, Elizabeth is excited to create community, work for justice, and engage diversity.

Prior to entering seminary, Elizabeth was an organizer with environmental and Latinx community projects in Western North Carolina and Guatemala. They bring strengths in organizational work, volunteer management, and multigenerational community building.

They participate in ongoing work on climate change, anti-racism, and disaster relief within and beyond Unitarian Universalism. Additional interests include rereading all of Octavia Butler’s novels, weaving, playing Ingress, and climbing rocks, trees… and the occasional bridge.

 
2018 Annual Congregational Meeting
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Annual Meeting and Report

Thanks to all who attended the Annual meeting on Sun June 3. We discussed the 2018 church year and approved the FY2018 budget. 

  • 2018 Annual Report [pdf]

 

 
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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