Friday News – November 3, 2023

This Week
“Cycles of Change” 11/5 
with Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley
Join us in person or online at 10am! Our monthly theme for October is Generosity, and our Share-the-Plate recipients are Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio (NAICCO).
Carpe Diem String Quartet is Back!
Carpe Diem String Quartet will hold the first of its 5 concerts here at First UU on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2:00 pm. This concert will feature works by Gabriella Smith, Emilie Mayer, Dmitri Shostakovich, and a world premiere by Reza Vali. First UU members receive a $10 discount on tickets.
Purchase Tickets
From Your Staff
Saying Goodbye to Judy and Bob
Judy Kleen and Bob Mills are moving in early December to Newtown, PA, to be closer to their families. We will miss them! Over the years, Bob and Judy have been engaged in countless activities at First UU. Chalice Choir is hosting a pizza and potluck going-away party in Beach Hall at 6 pm on Saturday November 18. We invite their friends who aren’t in choir to join us in wishing them well. Feel free to bring a potluck dish to share. Cards are welcome.
Classes and Groups

For a complete listing of our groups & contact information, download a copy of our
Fall Engagement Catalogue.

Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Support Group
Our Trans and Gender Non-conforming Support Group is a compassionate and accepting community where people of all gender identities come together to share, learn, and support one another. We believe that everyone deserves a space where they can express their authentic selves, free from judgment and discrimination.

The first meeting is November 19, 2023, at 11:30 in the Library.

Contact Emily Henry for more information
Caregivers of Young Children Meeting

Join us to share the joys and challenges of caring for young Children. Our next meeting is on 11/5/23 following the service. Meet in the toddler room behind Beech Hall, and we will engage with our children & each other thereafter.

Spiritual Practices Class
Spiritual Practices class is offered every
Wednesday at 6:00pm.
This 10–session course helps participants develop regular disciplines or practices of the spirit that help us connect with the sacred. Spiritual Practice offers a forum for learning, sharing, and growth that can enrich our personal faith journeys. Each class session is created to stand alone.Please join in anytime.

Contact Andi Mocharski for more information.

Pathways to Membership
Saturday, November 4th,
2 pm – 5 pm

This will be a virtual class (Zoom)

If you would like to learn more about First UU Columbus or are ready to become a member, this class is for you! Taking the class does not obligate you to become a member; it just gives you the information you need to know about becoming a member.

Living the Pledge Anti-Racism Training
Saturday, Nov. 4, 9:30 am – 5 pm &
Sunday, Nov. 5, 12:30 pm – 8 pm
Sign up for the Living the Pledge training now! This rich, insightful training was developed by First UU Richmond members when they sought to transition from reading and talking about how to end racism to taking intentional actions.  All are invited to learn about and then commit to anti-racism work in our congregation.

The training consists of 6 modules, each requiring about an hour of preparation ahead of time for participants, either reading or watching videos.  The course will be offered twice this year in two different (live) formats:

Fall Intensive:  Saturday, Nov. 4, 9:30 am – 5 pm &
Sunday, Nov. 5, 12:30 pm – 8 pm
Spring Extended Session: 6 Saturdays from 3:00–5 pm
on Feb. 10, 17, 24 and March 9, 16, 23
Covenant Group Update
Covenant groups are consistent gatherings of 6-8 people that meet once a month to engage in deep listening with each other, to develop spiritually, and to grow in community. While traditionally, groups have the same participants for the duration, we also have a drop-in session one Sunday a month after service.

Meeting the Rest of Ourselves, a curriculum developed by the New England Region UUA staff is our guide this year.

If you would like more information or are interested in one of the open spots in our Tuesday morning meeting, contact

No need to sign up for the drop-in group, just drop-in!

Sunday Drop-In Dates: 

Nov. 19, 11:45am – 1:15pm
after that second Sundays
Dec. 10
Jan. 14
Feb. 11
Mar. 10
Apr. 14
May 12
in the Library
Upcoming Events
Last Week for “It’s Not Too Late” Auction Items
Still, some amazing items remain; “Buy it Now” purchases are available until November 11th.  At the Auction Website, under the tab “It’s Not Too Late!”
Buy Now!
Powering Up:
A Mind & Body Awareness Workshop
Join body awareness and Aikido expert Paul Linden PhD of the Columbus Center for Movement Studies, and Stanford CCARE applied compassion ambassador (and First UU member) Peter Spreitzer, for a 2-hour workshop that will put compassion into action, using mind and body tools to help you find effective ways to move through every kind of difficult situation.

Purchase registration with a $20 auction donation through the “Not Too Late!” section of the First UU Auction

Buy Now!
Justice & Volunteer Opportunities
Proposed 8th Principle Survey
Please take the First UU Proposed 8th Principle Survey! This survey will help our Justice Minister Amanda Hays and the Anti-Racist Allies Team better understand the stance of our congregation towards adopting the proposed 8th Principle.
Take Survey
The Tech Team Needs You!

The First UU tech team provides sound and streaming support for Sunday services and a growing lineup of events here at First UU.

For more information, contact Myra Hartmann

Community News
SYC Annual Scholarship Auction
11/10, 6:30–8:30 pm
Join us at the SYC Annual Scholarship Auction and Enjoy good food, drinks, and time with others. Tables of treasures, experiences, services, and gift cards will go to the highest silent auction bidder. All you have to do is snag a bidder number and keep an eye on the offering(s) you hope to win. Can’t make it in person but want to provide support? Look for an online after sale, or contact us to make a direct monetary donation! Want to attend but aren’t in a place to spend money? Please join us!

SYC takes pride in our ability to help families overcome financial barriers to attendance at our school. Each year, the SYC Committee receives applications from folks who commit to contributing as able to their tuition, and need scholarship support to make the total payment. ALL of the proceeds of this event go to the SYC Scholarship Fund.

This is an adult (babes in arms ok) event. Limited childcare is available. Please contact the SYC Office at (614) 267-0254 to reserve your spot(s).

If you’re able, we need your help! Interested in donating your knowledge, connections, time, talent, or treasures? Please contact the SYC auction team to volunteer

Family Activities
Happening This Sunday, 11/5
  • 9:15-9:30am Breakfast for donation (A/B) arrive on time!
  • 9:30-11:30am Infant and Toddler Care (room 101)
  • 9:30-10am Playground available until service
  • 9:30-11am 13-14yr OWL (rm 302)
  • 9:40am Peace Pals choir warm up (sanctuary),
  • 9:40-11am 10-11yr OWL (404), Neighboring Faiths (301)
  • 10-11am Worship Service w/ Peace Pals performance, 6-7yr OWL (402)
  • 10:15am-11am (after story until service ends), 3-6yr Spirit Play (102), 7-9yr Spirit Play (201), and 10yr-MS/HS Tools for the Journey (401)
  • Coffee Hour, snack after service ends
  • 11:30-12noon Peace Pals rehearsal – new songs! (sanctuary)
  • 12:30-2pm Navigators Scouting (201, SYC playground)