Friday News – June 7, 2024

Your Board looks forward to seeing you in person and online for the Annual Congregational Meeting this Sunday, June 9 after Worship.

We will be hearing reports from Nominating committee and our Youth, taking questions related to the annual report, discussing the following business items:  FY2025 Budget and Share the Plate recipients, minutes of the mid-year meeting, a constitutional amendment, adopting the 8th principle, and business items coming up at GA.  If you plan on attending online, you can join the Annual Meeting via Zoom here.

Please review the following in preparation for our time together:

Please contact us if you have any questions as we all prepare to engage in collective decision-making about the future of our faith community by emailing us at

P.S. Check out these links if you would like to learn more about

This Week
New Member Recognition Service 

Sunday, June 9, 10am

Presented by Rev. Kelli McNeal

This morning we celebrate all those who have become new members since 2020!

Continental Breakfast at 9:15am, and join us at coffee hour this Sunday for snacks before the annual meeting and for cake to honor Chas Williams, who is stepping down after a 40-year tenure as our church’s counsel! 

First Friday Dinner – Picnic Style!
Friday, June 7 6:30pm
Over the Summer First Friday shifts from spaghetti dinner to a bring-your-own-picnic style gathering. This year instead of meeting in the park we’re going to meet on the Red Oak playground area on the South side of the building (this will give us access to running water and bathrooms). So bring a picnic and come enjoy the great outdoors and great company this Summer.

Image by Melania2016 from Pixabay
Join First UU at Columbus Pride
Friday, June 14 and

Saturday, June 15,
(Parade Begins @ 10:30)

Sign Up To March with First UU this year in one of the largest Pride events in the mid-west – There are 5 slots left!

Come share our church community with festival attendees in Goodale Park and Help with the Festival Booth!

Not available for in person but still want to be supportive? You can Donate Water, Candy or Snacks to be a part of the team!

We will again have a float, so if walking a mile and a half isn’t for you, there’s an option to ride. Parade step off is 10:30am on Saturday, June 15th. We have a limited number of spots to march so make sure you sign up soon — there are only 5 spots left!
Please Check the Lost & Found 
First UU’s lost and found area is overflowing! Please check out the items in the coat room to see if there are things that you have lost – anything not picked up after the Annual Meeting on June 9th will be donated! Come claim your winter clothing (coats, jackets, scarves, hats, gloves), jewelry, reusable coffee to-go mugs and water bottles, eye glasses, cookie tins and party platters, stuffed animals, paperback books, and binders / folders. Thank you!
From the Staff & Board
Upcoming Governance Meetings
Amber’s Last Home Game!

Saturday, June 15 at 7pm

Last chance to see Ohio Roller Derby skate (and get your merch) this season – reserve your tickets today! Join us for our annual PRIDE themed game, and dress to express! Amber skates in the B level game, starting around 7pm.

Image by JL Bermudez Photography.
Classes and Groups
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. fellowship. Great for singles, families, everyone.

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

Upcoming Events
Annual Multi-Generational Labor Day Retreat

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

Great for families, singles, couples!  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!

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.

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

Summer FUUN(draising) – BINGO TIME!

Friday, June 14 at 6pm

It’s Almost here!  Get your daubers ready for BINGO NIGHT – Have fun and help us raise some mon(ey).

…And don’t forget that more Fuun is around the corner: our Volunteer appreciation party is June 23rd, and our first Movie nights is June 28th!

Contact Heather Stone, our amazing Summer FUUN chairperson with questions!

Diversity and Inclusion highlights from our
Coordinator of Multicultural Engagement, Minister Shannon C. High
Transcending Stonewall
Ms. Major Griffin-Gracy, Marsha P. Johnson, and Sylvia Rivera are monumental figures in the LGBTQ+ rights movement, particularly for their roles during and after the Stonewall uprising of 1969. These three transgender women of color played pivotal roles in shaping the fight for LGBTQ+ equality.

Ms. Major Griffin-Gracy, a Black transgender woman, was present at Stonewall and has been a lifelong advocate for transgender rights, focusing on the intersection of race, gender, and incarceration. Her work with organizations like the Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project has been crucial in supporting transgender individuals in and out of the prison system.

Marsha P. Johnson, another Black transgender woman, co-founded the Gay Liberation Front and the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) with Sylvia Rivera. Johnson’s activism was instrumental in the immediate aftermath of Stonewall, providing visibility and leadership in the burgeoning LGBTQ+ movement.

Sylvia Rivera, a Latina transgender woman, faced significant adversity, including homelessness and discrimination. Despite these challenges, she remained a fierce advocate for marginalized members of the LGBTQ+ community. Rivera’s work with Johnson in founding STAR provided essential support and shelter to homeless queer youth.

Together, Ms. Major, Johnson, and Rivera’s activism transcended the Stonewall riots, highlighting the importance of intersectionality in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Their legacies continue to inspire and guide contemporary movements for equality and justice.

Justice & Volunteer Opportunities
Still Seeking First UU Delegates for General Assembly (GA)! 
The Board is still looking for individuals interested in serving as delegates for the upcoming General Assembly of the UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association) on  June 20-23.  If you’ve been thinking about becoming one, but are on the fence, it’s not too late!  Please email us at if interested!
Community News
Summer Institute – Input Needed!
The Summer Institute Planning Council is exploring CERSI locations for next year (2025), and we want to get feedback from the community regarding preferences. Our choices are limited, as we found that many colleges and universities are no longer doing summer conferences, and most conference and retreat centers don’t have facilities for a group our size. Please submit your survey by Monday, June 10th!
Ben Sostrom Artist Talk
Come see sculpture by long time First UUer, Ben Sostrom, as well as textile artwork by Anne Bellas at High Road Gallery and Studios in Worthington! Enjoy a Happy Hour Artists’ Talk on Saturday, June 8th, from 6-8pm. You can view a promotional video about Ben’s process on Youtube! The exhibition will be on view through July 6th.
Concert Supporting Local Refuge
June 8th from 7:00–8:30pm
Columbus Mennonite Church

For years First UU has been an ally working with our neighboring Columbus Mennonite Church (CMC) in Clintonville to provide sanctuary, refuge housing and related support.  CMC is hosting the What is Home? Songs and Stories of Immigrationconcert. Edith Espinal and Kate Hauk will be speaking, with Music by Phil Hart, Steve Rolve, and Perry Leatherman.

Location: 35 Oakland Park Ave
Suggested donation of $10-$20.
All proceeds will support efforts to pay for food, clothing, legal expenses, health care, etc. for Asylum/Refugee guests living in the apartment at their church.
Family Activities
Tell Your Friends to Register for Peace Camp!

Now open to children starting at age 5! Registration for both weeks / age groups is still looking light, and we need more children to sign up – in order for this vital program to happen, and be successful this year!

Registration confirmation and payment info has been sent to the families we have on the list. If you aren’t sure if you are signed up, or haven’t received anything, please email Amber. Thank you!

  • Peace Camp A (5-8yrs) 9am-12noon M-F, 7/29-8/2 Register Now!
  • Peace Camp B (9-11yrs) 9am-12noon M-F, 8/5-8/9 Register Now!
Happening this Sunday, June 9th!

During the worship service, children and youth need to either be in class or under the direct supervision their own parent / caregiver / adult. Children on the cusp of older elementary / young middle school may choose either the LEGO group or the Board Game group, but need to remain in that class the entire time. Per safety policy, children and youth need to be within adult supervision at all times in our building / grounds.

  • 9:15-9:45am Breakfast (A/B) 
  • 9:30-11:30am Infant and Toddler Care (room 101)
  • 10-11am 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)
  • 11:30am-1:30pm Congregational Annual Meeting (sanctuary)
Upcoming First UU Events
  • Sun 6/9 – Annual Meeting
  • Fri 6/14 – Bingo
  • Sat 6/15 – Pride Parade march and tabling at festival
  • Sun 6/16 – No RE* classes (enjoy your holiday!)
  • Tues 6/18 – Expressive Worship
  • 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 (enjoy your holiday!)
  • 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
  • Fri 8/23 – Movie Night
  • Tues 8/27 – Expressive Worship
  • TBD – Animal Blessing All Ages Service
  • Sat 8/31-Mon 9/2 – Labor Day Retreat
  • Sun 9/1 – No RE classes (enjoy your holiday!)
  • 9/8 – Water Ceremony, All Ages Ingathering Service
  • 9/15 – Most fall RE classes and activities begin

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