Friday News 10-15-2021

Happy Friday!

This is a rather lengthy Friday News today. Now’s the time to register for our upcoming Adult RE classes, our next Pathways to Membership class, and check out a lot of justice actions. Check out the Announcements at a Glance to get an overview of what is in here.

Please let me know of any announcements you would like in Friday News by 8 pm Wednesdays and put “Friday News” in the subject line so I can be sure to not miss your email.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Virtual hugs,

Kelli McNeal
Director of Congregational Life

Announcements at a Glance

(Click the title to go to that group of announcements for more details)
Sunday Service – Spatial Relations
Join us Sunday 10/17 at 10:00 am, for our Sunday service “Spatial Relations.” Ministers are often taught to look at the congregation from the balcony to see what is going on. Presidents look out over the country from the Oval Office. Astronauts look at the entire earth as it floats through space. Distance certainly plays a role in relationships. Come, let’s see how they all connect and what we might learn from them. The Chalice Choir will have a special Auction anthem for the service.

Service speaker: Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart

Sunday Service – Ways to Watch!
1.) Watch our Sunday services via live-stream! The full service will be live streamed on our First UU Youtube channel. Visit the link, or search First UU Columbus on Youtube.

2.) Join us In-Person! We will have seating in the sanctuary and Beach Hall. RE will be outside. Masks are required in the building.

3.) Can’t watch the service live? You can catch it and all of our services through our website.

October Soul Matters Packets Are Here!
The October Soul Matters Packets are ready for your viewing pleasure! This month, our theme is Cultivating Relationships. We will not be mass mailing the packets this year, but you can find them in digital version in Friday News, printed copies at the Church, or you can request a mailed copy from Marian Garcia.

You can find the digital versions here: General Packet (for all ages); Soulful Home (UU activities to do as a family).

Outdoor Family RE This Week! (Sunday School)
Don’t forget to sign-in when you attend RE or other church events, for contact tracing purposes! Use the clipboard, or scan one of the QR codes around the church building to access the online form

See you on the SYC playground from 10-11am this Sunday! Children are invited to attend with a parent or other adult caregiver. Masks are required!

Last week we had great storybook discussion, then worked together to build a bridge across the playground! We Look forward to seeing you again soon! – JeniferAmber, and Christine

Youth Events! (Middle and High Schoolers)

Next Special Event: Fall Fun Corn Maze! – Friday evening, 10/22. RSVP and carpooling info coming soon!

Next Youth Group Meeting! 11am-1pm Sunday, 10/24

  • Red Oak forest play area, outside First UU
  • Wear bug spray, and feel free to pack your lunch! See you there!! 

Fun events for Youth are happening all year long! Mostly outdoors – for middle and high schoolers, age 12-19years. Masks are required! Add our Google Calendar or ask to join the Youth Group email list!

Congratulations to Amanda and Jim!
Our First UU Justice Coordinator Amanda Hays and her husband Jim, welcomed their beautiful new baby River to this world on Tuesday. If you are interested in sending them a congratulations card, you can either bring it to the church or send it to First UU and we will collect them and make sure they get to the Hays family. We hope to get the cards to them in about two weeks.
Pathways to Membership Class
Our second Pathways to Membership class of the church year is quickly approaching! If you’re considering becoming a member of First UU or would like more information about us, please join us on October 21st from 6-8 pm on Zoom. (All Pathways classes will be on Zoom until further notice.)

You can register for the class, or a future class here. Please email Kelli McNeal if you have any questions.

Upcoming Faith Forward Classes

Roots is a brief introduction to Unitarian Universalist ideas & history, and is recommended for anyone who is new to Unitarian Universalism, or who would like a brief refresher. This is a one session class and will be offered on October 25th.

UU History 101 is a 7 session introduction to concepts & people from our history. In this series, we approach history from the starting point of compelling stories & personalities. We will explore the questions those people faced, & make connections with our own lives & the world around us today. The overarching question is: how can history be translated into our religious life & practice? In addition to learning about history, we hope you will learn about yourselves. Classes are November 1st – December 13th. We have two class times on Mondays, so sign up for the one that works best for you.  Sessions are:

  • November 1st – A Question of Conscience
  • November 8th – A Question of Love
  • November 15th – A Question of Experience
  • November 22nd – A Question of Resilience & Courage
  • November 29th – A Question of Identity
  • December 6th – A Question of Calling
  • December 13th – History of First UU

Learn more about the Faith Forward Adult Religious Education curriculum, register for any of our classes, and receive the Zoom information (closer to class) on our website.


Interfaith Association of Central Ohio
(Two Announcements)
Join the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO) either virtually or in person to learn and experience Pragmatic Buddhism. Attendees will be introduced to the faith and its practice. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

In-person registration by noon on Friday October 29 via email:
Online registration via Zoom:

First UU holds seats on the IACO Council and we are currently in need of 2 volunteers to fill 2 vacant seats. (We are especially looking for at least one volunteer under the age of 35.) For more information about what it means to sit on the Council, please email our Board President Don Jones or current IACO President, also a First UU member, Karen Dawson
Fall Engagement Catalog
Looking for ways to get involved and connect with other First UUers? Check out our Fall Engagement Catalog here!
More Community News on Facebook!
Want to see what those in our community are doing, how to support each other, or looking for personal connections? Check out our First UU Facebook page. Just search for First Unitarian Universalist Columbus OH and join the group!
Film Screening

Join us Saturday, October 16th from 1-4pm on Zoom for a screening of the films “Why White?” and “I Am White Like You Mom, Right?”

This event is sponsored by the Sacred Conversations Group, a collaboration of the Episcopal churches of St. Philip, St. Matthew, Saint Mark’s, St. John’s Worthington, and First UU. For more information, please see the attached flyer, or email Kathleen Fowler to get tickets.

(Please note: this is now ONLINE ONLY and FREE!)

BREAD 2021-22 House Meeting Listening Sessions
BREAD (Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity—40+ interfaith congregation founded by First UU and 10 others) builds the power of the people to solve community problems. In meetings with thousands of community residents, the organization presses targeted decision-makers to implement solutions to those problems.

Every year, BREAD conducts a listening process to surface one new community problem that is added to the organization’s agenda. Dozens of leaders are trained to research that problem and identify proven solutions. Along with identifying solutions, the research committee identifies the appropriate decision-maker(s) in the community with the authority to implement that solution. At the annual Nehemiah Action Meeting, BREAD congregations bring out thousands of people to press those decision-makers for specific commitments. Throughout the year, BREAD leaders follow up with those officials to ensure that the solutions are implemented.

Listening Sessions occur in all the BREAD congregations to learn what their people’s major concerns are. A democratic process to select a new problem for BREAD to address follows the Listening Sessions.


This year one of the questions will be, “How has the environment impacted you and/or those you know, e.g., air quality, mold, flooding, etc. Contact the First UU BREAD Team facilitator of the Listening Session you want to attend to get to know others in the church better, to increase First UU’s voice in the process, and to learn about opportunities for involvement.

Tues. Oct. 19, 7:00 pm – Alice Rathburn (Zoom)

UU Justice Ohio Webinars
Join us for two upcoming webinars from UUJO. First is our monthly Legislative Update on October 20th, and then it’s our Environmental Justice team’s event on October 24th.

For the Legislative Update, please register here. The meeting is October 20th at 7:00pm.. The Ohio Legislature is debating a number of major issues right now: reproductive choice, voting rights, new election districts, First Amendment rights to speech, protest and assembly, COVID and mask mandates, and so much more. It can be very confusing, so let’s talk and try to clear up some of the questions we might have.

For the Environmental Team’s event, please register here. Join us as we discuss ways of encouraging our state and local government to plan and fund public transportation.

Single Payer Action Network
Justice Action
SPAN Ohio reports that the Ohio Health Care Act has been formally introduced to the House as HB 446, and to the Senate as SB 253.

We urge our members to:

1. Call the office of House Speaker Bob Cupp (614-466-9624) and urge him to place it under the insurance committee rather than the Health committee since payment issues are the major consideration.

2. Contact their elected officials and urge them to support these bills. Use this helpful pdf to find your representative.

Connecting the Dots: Planet, People, Power
This month Connecting the Dots calls for action on the urgent need for transportation equity and environmental justice. Many Ohioans are kept from full participation in our communities because they lack access to transportation. Equitable public transportation lowers fossil fuel usage, reduces carbon emissions, creates less waste and decreases pollution in our communities. Developing a modern public transit system is essential for Ohio’s future.

At our October meeting, citizens will share their stories of attempting to use the existing transit options and how the lack of efficient public transportation is impacting their lives, along with a presentation of the environmental benefits of rail, bus lines, and biking in both rural and urban neighborhoods. Ohio legislators have an opportunity now to act on this bipartisan issue of environmental justice and transportation equity.

Join us on October 24 at 5pm as we explore ways of encouraging our state and local governments to plan and fund public infrastructure projects to address transportation equity and environmental justice.

Please register here.