Friday News – June 21, 2024

As you may know, General Assembly is happening now! If you are interested in watching the public services including the business sessions, you can do so here.

This Sunday, we will be watching the General Assembly service, with a sermon by the Rev. Dr. Molly Housh Gordon. *Please note – We cannot stream this service! To watch the stream of the service, click here at 1:00pm on Sunday.

We are getting early access to the service so be sure to come in person to watch live with our community. If you are interested in perusing the Order of Service, you can find that here. (It will not be printed).

I hope you are all staying cool and enjoying GA!

Rev. Kelli McNeal
Minister of Congregational Life

This Week
Sunday, June 24, 10am
Join with UU’s across the country in viewing a recorded worship service from General Assembly, played on the large screen in our Worship Center.

Continental Breakfast at 9:15am.  Coffee and Tea will remain available after the service. 

Dinner & Conversation Group – Signup Time! 

Sign up to enjoy Dinner & Conversation with fellow First UUers! Quarterly potluck groups of 6–8 members meet in participants’ homes once per month to have a good time and get to know each other. Attendees commit for one quarter at a time and negotiate the meeting dates and times among themselves.  The host organizes the dinner and picks a topic for conversation!

Image by Karrie Zhu from Pixabay
Sign-ups for the third quarter of 2024 (July, August, September) are open until Saturday, June 22 at noon –  Email Marcia Canter to participate!
Camping at Delaware State Park
Fri June 21 – Sun Jun 23
Join other First UU members for camping at Delaware State Park. $40 to share a spot for 2 nights. Communal food, campfires, swimming, and fellowship. Great for singles, families – and everyone!

Reserved spots 61–66. Contact Patricia Boughton for more info

First UU Volunteers – You are Invited
to the
🌴 Volunteer Appreciation “No Beach”
Beach Party in Beach Hall 🌴 
Sunday, June 23, 11am–1pm

Let us celebrate you! Let’s join together to celebrate the incredible volunteers of the First UU community! Come for Coffee Hour and stay for the festivities and food. Let’s honor the spirit of service that makes our community so special.

Also, Please Save the Date for our June 28, 8:15pm Summer Movie Fun Night! We will be featuring the fabulous Fraggle Rock as our intro cartoon, and then settle down to enjoy the enchanting musical “Into the Woods.”

$5 Suggested Donation for Entry,
Full Concessions available at family-friendly prices. 

8th principle Vote: Time for Connection

Monday, June 24, 5–6:30pm

The results of the vote to adopt the proposed 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism as a congregation will be available early next week! If 80% of First UUers choose “Support” or “Mostly Support,” we will adopt it as a congregation. Whatever happens, we will continue to be a covenantal community with love at the center, and we will figure out together where to go from here.

And, we expect we all may have lots of feelings about the results of this vote! However you voted, and however you feel about how the vote turned out, we want to hold space for you, in community.

We would love to see you this Monday evening on Zoom for a first opportunity to hold space together after the voting is finalized. Some of the time, we will have a breakout room for those who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, as well as a breakout room for those who identify as White.

Facilitated by Multicultural Engagement Coordinator Minister Shannon High and Rev. Kathleen Fowler.

From the Staff & Board
Upcoming Governance Meetings
  • Board of Trustees: In lieu of the June 26 Meeting, there will be an offsite Board Retreat & Potluck for our current, new, and outgoing Board Members on  June 30 3-6pm.
  • Finance Committee: Monday June 24 7–9pm (Online & in person).
    Note: this was re-scheduled from June 19 due to the Juneteenth Holiday.  We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to meeting with any congregants who would like to join us as we look towards finishing our Fiscal Year 2024.
Summer Choir Sundays
Sunday, June 30

Join us for our next “Summer Pick-Up Choir” opportunity! Brandon Moss will Direct – You don’t need to be a member of one of First UU’s choirs; all who love to sing are welcome!

Simply arrive at First UU at 9am, learn a song, and sing it at the 10am service. Our final Summer Choir opportunity will be August 11, with Michaela Brown directing. Please contact Brandon Moss with questions.

Curious about First UU Finances? 

Wednesday July 24, 7pm

In lieu of a Board meeting in July, Debra Boyd will lead a Financial Orientation Meeting for new board members and anyone else who would like to attend.  This is meeting will be a deep dive into the details about the structure of our finances and the fiduciary governance obligations of our Board of Trustees.  All are welcome!
Classes and Groups
Attention Rising Young Adults (RYA)!

2nd & 4th Sundays at 11:30 in Room 302

RYA is a group for emerging adults age 18-26 looking for a group of peers to connect and learn with! From life skills (adulting 101) and discussions to craft and game days, there is something for everyone! The Rising Young Adults group meets twice a month after church. Please reach out to Cameron Mangin-Betts to be added to the GroupMe! On Sunday, June 23rd, we will be having some arts and crafting time! Hope to see you there!
A-S-H Meeting

Tuesday, June 25 at 7pm, Room 301

The A-S-H (Atheists, Sceptics, and Humanists) group will view “God and Country,” a documentary produced by Dan Partand and Rob Reiner and based on a book by Katherine Stewart. It shows the efforts of a group termed “Christian Nationalists”, who are attempting to overturn democratic principles in favor of a narrow Christian-centered view of the United States.  They argue that this is a Christian Nation and must return to their view of what that means.  This includes banning books, eliminating public schools, eliminating abortion, contraception and more.

We all know what happened on Jan. 6, 2020, but do you know what happened on Jan. 5?

Email Tom Baillieul for more information.

The Aaron Reed Man’s Spirituality Group

Wednesdays at 7:15–9:45pm

The Aaron Reed Man’s Spirituality Group meets every Wednesday at 7:15 PM via Zoom, and is currently open to new members. The group seeks to encourage and facilitate spiritual growth through  sharing of life experiences and discussion of a topic (usually selected by the individual leading the discussion) on any given week. It is not intended to be a self-help group. For more information email Bob Papps or Ron Bruder.
Caregivers of Young Children
Caregivers of Young Children is meeting again!  Going forward, we will have a standing meet up following service either in room 101 or the playground.

Since life can be chaotic, sometimes our meeting schedule is too – Contact Heather Stone to be added to a small group text to communicate about our gatherings.

Upcoming Events
All Soles Dance

Beginners’ Session 7:30 to 8:00 PM
Dancing 8:00 to 10:30 PM

Rick Szumski, from Ann Arbor, will be calling the dances with tunes by The Hollertones. The Hollertones consists of Jeanie Thieken (guitar, vocals), Linda Scutt (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Paul Brown (banjo, fiddle, vocals), and Nick Weiland (bass, vocals).

New dancers are always welcome. All dances will be taught and no partner is needed. Snacks will be available in the kitchen area and contributions to the snack table are welcome. Please bring your own refillable water bottle.

Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 12-25.

Summer All Soles Dance dates:
  • Saturday, July 27th – Summer potluck and dance
  • Saturday, August 24th – Open mic for callers….if you would like to giving calling a try, this is your opportunity!
Email Jan Phillips for more information
Annual Multi-Generational Labor Day Retreat

Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2
at Camp Oty’Okwa in beautiful Hocking Hills

Whether you’re new to First UU or have been a part of our community for years, this retreat is an opportunity to forge deeper connections, recharge your spirit, and be inspired by the collective wisdom of our diverse community. Come to the Labor Day Retreat and enjoy:

  • Nature walks and worship to help you reconnect with the natural world.
  • Campfire gatherings and sing-a-longs for shared moments of inspiration.
  • Delicious meals to foster a sense of togetherness.
  • Time for personal reflection, meditation, and relaxation.
  • Let’s not forget happy hour, a talent show, and PEEK!

For questions or more information about financial assistance please contact Patricia Boughton

Diversity and Inclusion highlights from our
Coordinator of Multicultural Engagement, Minister Shannon C. High
Echoes of the Past:
Central Ohio’s Indigenous Legacy

Central Ohio was historically inhabited by several Indigenous tribes, including the Shawnee, Wyandot, Delaware, and Miami. These indigenous peoples lived in the region for thousands of years before European colonization.

The Shawnee, known for their fierce resistance against encroaching settlers, established villages along the Scioto and Little Miami Rivers. Their leader, Tecumseh, played a significant role in uniting various tribes against American expansionism during the early 19th century.

The Wyandot, also known as the Huron, were part of the Iroquoian linguistic group. They resided in villages along the Sandusky and Upper Scioto Rivers before being forcibly removed to Kansas in the 1840s.

The Delaware, or Lenape, originally from the eastern United States, migrated to Ohio in the 18th century. They settled in the central and eastern parts of the state, where they established communities and engaged in trade with European settlers.

The Miami, an Algonquian-speaking tribe, inhabited the Great Miami River Valley. They were known for their skilled agriculture and diplomacy. Despite signing treaties to cede their land, many Miami people remained in Ohio, where they continue to maintain their cultural heritage.

Today, descendants of these indigenous peoples, along with other Native American tribes, contribute to Ohio’s diverse cultural tapestry, preserving their traditions and advocating for their rights and sovereignty.

Justice & Volunteer Opportunities
Heat Emergency: Fans Needed!

Central Ohio will be experiencing record temperatures over the next two weeks – and the summer promises more. For people living without air conditioning, this is life-threatening. The Life Care Alliance is calling for donations of fans to be distributed to families and individuals in need. It’s simple: buy a new fan (used are not accepted), and take it (them) to your local Fire Station for drop-off. Your could be saving a life.

Questions? Email Tom Baillieul.

Community News
Say Farewell to Rev. Sunshine
Rev. Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe was recently promoted to become the new Regional Lead of the UUA’s Pacific West Region!  See their letter to friends here in CER below, or Read about their promotion on

One of Rev. Sunshine’s passions is “Sticker Ministry” and we are putting together a farewell “Sticker Care package” for them.  Stop in the front office to write a small note of farewell or drop off stickers, which we will deliver to Rev. Sunshine at CERSI on July 7.  

Dear Congregational Leaders and Friends,

I am writing to share the news that I have promoted to Regional Lead of the Pacific Western Region starting on July 1st of this year.  I am excited to join that region as they grow into the next phase of their work.  That said, I am sad to be leaving the region and you, my primary contact congregations and communities.  I’ve served the region for almost 6 years.  It has been a wild, difficult, and meaningful experience.  I know I have not always been perfect in my leadership and support (none of us can be) AND I hope I’ve been able to support your congregation and community in some meaningful way over the years.
The region is working on a plan to make sure that you have continued support during this time of transition.  I will continue to respond and offer support through the end of June.  I will also continue my work with CER Summer Institute through the end of that event in July of this year (yes, I will be there!).  If there is specialized work for your congregation or community that you want to make sure doesn’t get lost during the transition, please feel free to email me or to set up an appointment to meet with me at

Finally, a note from my soon-to-be supervisor: “Jessica York, Director of Congregational Life, thanks those who served with her on the hiring team – Bob Meiss (PWR Transition Team), Rev. David Pyle (MidAmerica Regional Lead) and Rev. Ashley Horan (Vice President for Programs and Ministries) for their time, thoughtfulness, and faithfulness in the hiring process. Jessica says, “Rev. Sunshine has many demonstrated gifts to bring to the work of supporting our congregations. The region has reached a new horizon under the leadership of Rev. Carlton, who will be missed. I look forward to seeing how both the region and Rev. Sunshine, together, help our congregations fulfill their missions to use our living faith to heal the world.”

It truly has been an honor to witness all of the important work of our congregations and communities doing this work in a world that so desperately needs our wisdom and faith.

With every blessing to you, beloved people,

Rev. Sunshine J. Wolfe

Family Activities
Peace Camp Registration is Almost Full! 

Register Now! We will be emailing families with payment options and registration confirmations this week.

  • 5-8years, 9am-12noon M-F, 7/29-8/2 – Only 1 Spot Left!
  • 8-11years, 9am-12noon M-F, 8/5-8/9 – Only 10 Spots Left!
Board Game Adults Needed!

This beloved summer activity might get cancelled it we can’t staff at least two adults each Sunday! Please email Amber if you are interested in helping out by playing board and card games with our teens and tweens for a Sunday or two this summer (background check / references required). Thank you!

Family Activities This Sunday, 6/23:

  • 9:15-9:45am Breakfast (A/B) 
  • 9:30-11:30am Infant and Toddler Care (room 101)
  • 10-11am UUA General Assembly Worship Service (sanctuary)
  • 10-11am Middle / High School Board Game Group (A/B, Beach Hall)
  • 10:15-11am (after story) Early Ed / Elementary LEGO Class (201)
  • Coffee Hour, Snack after the service (Beach Hall, A/B)
Upcoming First UU Events
  • Weds 6/20-Sun 6/23 – General Assembly of the UUA
  • Sun 6/23 – Volunteer Appreciation Beach Party
  • Fri 6/28 – Movie Night
  • Fri 7/5 – First Friday Picnic
  • Sun 7/7 – No RE classes
  • Sun 7/7-Sat 7/13 – Central East Region Summer Institute
  • Fri 7/19 – Bingo
  • Tues 7/23 – Expressive Worship
  • Fri 7/26 – Movie Night
  • Mon 7/29-Fri 8/2 – Peace Camp A (6-8 years)
  • Fri 8/2 – First Friday Picnic
  • Sun 8/4 – Backpack Blessing All Ages Service and Justice Project
  • Mon 8/5-Fri 8/9 – Peace Camp B (9-11 years)
  • Sun 8/10 – Intergenerational Crafternoon Tea Party
  • Fri 8/16 – Bingo Glow Night
  • Sun 8/18 – Animal Blessing All Ages Service
  • Fri 8/23 – Movie Night
  • Tues 8/27 – Expressive Worship
  • Sat 8/31-Mon 9/2 – Labor Day Retreat
  • Sun 9/1 – No RE classes (enjoy your holiday!)
  • Sun 9/8 – Water Ceremony, All Ages Ingathering Service
  • Sun 9/15 – Most fall RE classes and activities begin

*RE is short for Religious Exploration, aka Sunday school programming