Continuing from Sunday…

With thoughts still running through my head from Sunday’s service, I thought about conflict and how the “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” wisdom of my youth, needed to be thrown out or updated. We all experience the heated rhetoric we hurl at each other over media, in politics, and even at our neighbors. Isn’t it about time we examine the beliefs that inform our behavior? It is not an understatement to say that our democracy depends on finding another way. If we don’t, the violence that swarms at the edges will seep in everywhere.

Here are a few of my breakthroughs, or ah ha moments, on the old saying as I  progressed through life.

Sticks and stones may break my bones but…
…words can do much worse.
…listening to each other can help us grow.

I asked you to think about how you would revise the ending. A few of you gave ideas to me after the service. I also got an email from Bertina suggesting another ending.

Sticks and stones may break my bones but…
…words supply the energy to get those sticks and stones flying.

That got my attention.

Bertina then added: “And, of course, we now (21st century) know that even without the sticks and stones flying, words will do damage to our whole bodies, including our bones. It all hangs together–our minds have an effect on our bodies.” So true. So true.

As I continued to process, I wondered how the saying could be used to force a reality check on the rhetoric, including our own, and go beyond mere description. Could it be revised to make us actively think first? Here’s my try.

Sticks and stones may break my bones but…
…words can make us pick up or put them down.

I’m still ruminating and figuring out how to incorporate the revised wisdoms into my being, I’m curious, how would you revise the phrase? What is your wisdom to change our rhetoric? Can you help us think first?

May we all seek peace in thought, word, and deed,

ūüôā Rev. Marian

Columbus Education Association (CEA)

On Sunday night, the Columbus Education Association (CEA) voted to strike as negotiations with the Columbus City Schools (CCS) have stalled.  Columbus school students were due to start this Wednesday.

The strike and postponement of the start of school may disrupt many families. To help, several churches and other organizations are offering to serve as child care sites to help support working parents.

First UU to serve as Child Care Respite Site

First UU is stepping up to help our community by supporting teachers, families, and public education by offering space for child care respite. It is good to live our values in a tangible way as we work together to build beloved community.

Special thanks to Donna Greenman and Debra Boyd for organizing the First UU effort. Thanks also to Barb Fisher who has volunteered to oversee the food efforts.

Want to get involved? Go to or click the link below.

  • Volunteer to work with students
  • Volunteer to provide food
  • Families can sign-up

Want to donate? 

  • Bring crafts, games, puzzles, etc to Beach Hall.
  • Send checks to First UU (put CEA in memo line) or click here¬†to donate online.
INFO and LINKS: Child Care Respite at First UU

Love to Sing?

Here’s your chance to join the choir!

With the new church year starting soon, we are very excited to get our choirs back up and running! And we want YOU singing with us! Do you like to sing? Has someone told you during hymn-singing at church that you should be in choir? Our choirs are always open to new members, but now is a great time to join or to return after an absence.

Chalice Choir meets Thursdays at 7:30 pm in the Worship Center, and our first rehearsal is THIS Thursday, Aug. 25 from 7:30 to 9:00 with a dessert reception to follow. Chalice Choir sings approximately 3 Sundays per month.

Spirit of Life Choir meets Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Worship Center, with a first rehearsal on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Spirit of Life sings 1-2 Sundays per month. Rising Voices Choir has been on a bit of a hiatus during the pandemic, but we are hoping to get them back up and running this year! All middle- and high school age singers are welcome and encouraged to attend! Their first rehearsal is also Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 6:00 pm. Michaela Brown directs both Spirit of Life Choir and Rising Voices Choir.

Peace Pals is our choir of young voices, ages 5-10 years. Directed by Barb Fisher and Donna Greenman, they will rehearse on Sundays after the service from 12:15 to 12:45 and sing around 5-6 Sundays per year. They will begin rehearsing on Sunday, Oct. 2.

Some things you should know if you are considering joining a choir but are hesitant to do so: 1.) We are very welcoming groups of people! 2.) All those who love to sing, regardless of skill and ability, are welcome! 3.) You do not need to have music-reading skills to be in choir. 4.) There are many friendly folks to help you out should you need it!

We hope to see you at one of our rehearsals! If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to email me at

Brandon Moss
Director of Music and Chalice Choir

 Peace Camp Creations and Art

Check it out:  We have put out some of the projects for you to view from Peace Camp in the Hallway near the kitchen. There are collaborative structures that they worked hard on. We photographed and hung for you the banners the children created to express their values and positions on things that have meaning for them. They are beautiful and heartfelt in their messages.

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, VA

invite you to the Ordination of

Kelli McNeal

at 2:00pm
Saturday, August 27, 2022

in the Sanctuary of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus

This Coming Sunday
Service @ 10am

In-person AND live-stream

(In-person: Masks are strongly encouraged)

The Cathedral of the World

Rev. Kelli McNeal

Forrest Church, a Universalist theologian, paints a beautiful image of Universalist theology as a giant cathedral. This Sunday, we’ll explore this cathedral together.
Chalice by Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek

Last Sunday’s Service

Breakthrough Moments

Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart
Link to Previous Services

Caring Team

Pizza Party Returns!

After a pandemic hiatus, the Annual Caring Team Pizza party returned with abundant food and good cheer. As a group, the Caring Team has been caring for First UUers for 40 years. Thank you for all you do for us!

Chalice is from the UU Community Church of Washington County, Hillsboro, OR.

Celebration of Life Services

We will share information on upcoming¬†services as we know the dates and details. As they say, watch this space…

Joys and Sorrows

You may request that a Caring Card be sent on behalf of the congregation at

This week we catch up on Joys and Sorrows from the last Sunday.

Caring Cards and Joys and Sorrows from Sunday:

  • Rev. Kathleen: Rick Kritzer¬†was hospitalized recently for a sudden onset of diabetes. He is now at home, feeling well.
  • Chris Sullivan:¬†We send healing thoughts and love to Judy Houston and her partner, Brink. They were in an auto accident last Sunday morning when somebody ran a red light and hit their car. Judy was hospitalized for a few days but is home now recovering from a concussion. Brink has a sore shoulder. Judy’s grandson, Camden was also in the car and is doing very well.
  • Rev. Marian: Healing energies to Jim Morcharski as he recovers from injuries suffered when he caught a robber stealing his work tools from his van while parked in front of his house overnight. Jim remains in the hospital and is in good spirits. Thank you to all who are sending cards, making GoFundMedonations, and are helping keep the family going.

May our hearts be enlarged to hold each other’s sorrow and joy.

Jim Mocharski was injured in a robbery outside his home. He is recovering and has a lot of family, friend, church, and neighbor support. The GoFundMesite to help the family bridge the gap while Jim is out of work has been successful with almost 300 donations from across the community. Thank you!

Jim is an all round volunteer and can fix almost anything. His wife Andi is our Tech coordinator and services as advisor to our Youth Group. Their children are all involved in our RE program.

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Our Share-the-Plate recipients for the summer (July/August) are Pro Choice Ohio and Faith Choice Ohio.

First UUer Kel McConaughey is the Development Director of Pro-Choice Ohio. First UUer, Jane Larson, is a long-time PCO Board member and serves on the PCO Foundation. Elaina Ramsey is the Director of Faith Choice Ohio, and Rev. Marian serves on the Board or Directors. Many First UUers volunteersupporting reproductive rights.

Reproductive healthcare is a justice issue. The right to make decisions informed by our circumstances in conversation with family and health care professionals is a matter of dignity, respect, and privacy. The Supreme Court, and our own state government, have ruled that reproduction is not a private matter and carries the threat of penalty and imprisonment. This affects everyone, especially those in minority communities and people in economically challenging circumstances. The work is urgent. The work is incredibly hard. The work is desperately needed.

For more information about Pro Choice Ohio and Faith Choice Ohio, visit or

Our donations have a bigger impact when we give together. Please go to to support our church and our Share-the-Plate offerings.

Click to Donate to Share-the-Plate
First UU COVID Guidelines
Vaccination and Masks Strongly Encouraged

Updated Summer 2022
COVID-19 case numbers are rising again with a new, highly transmissible BA.5 variant. To reduce risk of infection of self and others, we strongly encourage vaccination and indoor mask usage.

Please get the full round of vaccinations and boosters. This includes children. Up-to-date protection helps avoid severe illness and hospitalization.

Masks vary in their effectiveness. “Loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection, layered finely woven products offer more protection, well-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s offer even more protection, and¬†well-fitting NIOSH-approved respirators (including N95s)¬†offer the highest level of protection.” (

As always, we encourage good hygiene practices. These include hand washing, sneezing into elbow, etc. as well as staying home when you are sick or not feeling well.  

  • Individuals:¬†Masks are encouraged.
  • Small Groups:¬†Masks are encouraged, especially¬†if a group member requests mask usage.
  • Leaders:¬†Make informed decisions on behalf of larger groups. This applies to services, music, events, etc. Leaders are empowered to require masks as deemed appropriate.
  • Space Usage:¬†Continue to use additional ventilation (open doors/windows, fans) and favor open spaces. The building has high-quality ventilation systems. Masks are available.
This guidance is all about personal responsibility for self and others. We are a loving and caring community, and we are respectful of personal decisions to wear or not wear a mask. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work together to stay healthy and end this pandemic.
You’d think Fiona never got anything to eat. Poor staaaaarving doggie!