Updated April 13, 2021

Tech Help Needed!

Would you like to contribute your skills in web design or social media to First UU’s Justice Ministry?

Contact Amanda Hays at amanda@firstuucolumbus.org

BREAD (Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity)

Contact: Alice Rathburn, eulala1905@me.com


Time Commitment

Nehemiah Action

Tuesday, May 11 from 6:45-8:30.

Take five to put the BREAD Nehemiah Action on your calendar now!  Virtual and Drive-in Options available. We hope to have as many attendees from First UU as we would on a Sunday morning. Contact Alice for more details at eulala1905@me.com

The officials will be under a tent at the First Church of God, 3480 Refugee Road, in front of a parking lot of about 450 BREAD supporter vehicles. First UU is committed to 300 altogether, 50 cars at the “park-in.”

Solutions (partial) to the following will be asked of the officials:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Gun Violence
  • Jobs
  • Police Reform
  • 5 minutes
  • Virtual

Learn about BREAD’s Work this Year

Read BREAD’s Problem Updates: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15gVCe150uN46EStSbxRg9QgnCvxbNtHk/view?usp=sharing

Watch a recording of the virtual BREAD Rally from Monday, April 11, which 23 First UUers and 400 BREAD Network Members attended: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNnDIpN5Ta8&t=645s

  • 5 min-1.5 hours
  • Virtual

Email Mayor Ginther about Police Reform

You can sign and email this BREAD 2021 Letter to Mayor Andrew Ginther: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pQmg1Y7ZHRen1lCBDFCtXH4VvkjFmxui/view?usp=sharing.

Email to: ksowers@columbus.gov, jmdavis@columbus.gov, rcdavis@columbus.gov, 311@columbus.gov

  • 10 minutes
  • Virtual

BREAD Justice Ministry Network Members Needed!

BREAD Justice Ministry Network Members go to four BREAD meetings each year, bring 3 others to the BREAD Nehemiah Action in May, and are invited to contribute financially as they are able.

Contact Alice Rathburn, eulala1905@me.com

  • 10 hours per year
  • Virtual

BREAD Team Members Needed!

BREAD Team Members host listening meetings in the fall, help plan the Network Member Meeting in the Spring, and keep in touch with up to 10 BREAD Justice Ministry Network Members throughout the year.

Contact Alice Rathburn, eulala1905@me.com

  • 20 hours per year
  • Virtual

Join a BREAD Research Committee

Committees include Police Reform, Gun Violence, Affordable Housing, Juvenile Justice, Municipal ID, or Eldercare. Contact Alice Rathburn, eulala1905@me.com

  • 2 or more hours per month
  • Virtual


Democracy & Human Rights

Contact: Chris Johnson, contact-democracyandhumanrights@firstuucolumbus.org


Time Commitment

Connect with the Democracy & Human Rights Focus Group

Email contact-democracyandhumanrights@firstuucolumbus.org to let us know you’re interested in joining the team or receiving email updates. We will meet to define our mission and start taking action on a Wednesday in April (TBD)

  • 5 minutes
  • Virtual

Learn about the threat to our rights

Read a short article about the four bills threatening our First Amendment Right to Protest: https://dayton247now.com/news/local/criminalizing-protests-ohio-bills-stiffen-penalties-add-new-crimes?fbclid=IwAR1LNEWfJGqzhXWY7AkZJxzu0O5KLyjWhLDnPFT8CE0ZA0Qrlug7UAEurTc

  • 10 minutes
  • Virtual

Statehouse Testimony Success Workshop

Saturday, April 17, at 3pm

Register for your spot today at https://bit.ly/hb22testimony

After a successful protest last Saturday to begin raising awareness about these four bills threatening our First Amendment Right to Protest in Ohio, there is more to do!  We must keep raising Our Voices Together and we suspect HB 22 will be up for a hearing next week (or soon after).  You can take action now by getting your testimony together to increase your confidence and find out what to expect when providing testimony at the Ohio Statehouse through this workshop:

  • Get the tools to help you write your testimony.
  • Discuss strategy for getting the attention of legislators.
  • Discover the latest information for testifying in person.
  • Ask questions of those who have been there and done that many times.
  • 1 hour
  • Virtual


Green Team

Contact: Brian Hagemann, brian@firstuucolumbus.org


Time Commitment

We are rebooting our Green Team!

Email Brian Hagemann to let him know you’re interested in joining our Green Team to work for sustainability and environmental justice at: brian@firstuucolumbus.org

  • 10 minutes
  • Virtual


Food [In]security

Contact: Jacques Angelino, 614-439-0245; 617 Woodsfield Dr., Columbus, OH 43214
by email: Stuart Smith, contact-foodinsecurity@firstuucolumbus.org


Time Commitment

March and April for Spring Cleaning!

Drop off donations of shampoo, deodorant, toiletries, and other supplies to Feed & Read Ohio outside Jacques’s house, 617 Woodsfield Dr., Columbus, OH 43214.

  • 30 min

Volunteer to sort Feed & Read donations

Socially distanced options available. To arrange a time, call Jacques at 614.439.0245

  • 2 hours

When will YMCA Cooking Resume?

We don’t yet know. It is up to the YMCA to determine when volunteers will be allowed inside the building to help cook again. Currently, First UU is delivering food, which the YMCA staff are preparing and serving.

When will Faith Mission Cooking Resume?

On Faith Mission’s side, they are currently allowing groups to make food and drop it off, but not serve it to the residents yet. It will be up to Faith Mission to determine when they will allow volunteers to serve residents again.

On First UU’s side, two factors are currently delaying First UU’s ability to cook and drop off food at Faith Mission. First, most of the church, including spaces that volunteers would need to use for cooking, is currently being used by the two schools (Red Oak and School for Young Children), as they have spread out over the campus to prevent an outbreak while still meeting in person. So, cooking will not resume at least until after school ends at the end of May. Second, our reopening taskforce has determined that small groups may only meet in the building while the rate of new Covid-19 cases in Franklin County is below 10 per 100,000 population. (GREEN or YELLOW COVID Risk Levels). So, depending on the level of COVID risk in Franklin County, cooking could resume (with approval and appropriate safety protocol) as early as June, but it may take longer.

We are doing our best as a community to follow the science and to find safe ways to reconnect in person. The first ways we will be able to meet in person will be in small groups outside, with small groups inside following as safety permits. In the meantime, we have been financially supporting Faith Mission, so they have been able to continue feeding residents during the pandemic.



Contact: Alice Faryna, alice.faryna@gmail.com


Time Commitment

Get Involved with Healthcare Reform

If healthcare reform is a priority for you, reach out to Alice Faryna to hear more about how you can get involved: alice.faryna@gmail.com

  • 5 min
  • Virtual

Ohio Health Care Act

Contact your Ohio House of Representatives member and urge them to co-sponsor the Ohio Health Care Act. Click this link for more information: https://bit.ly/3qJT2QF

  • 10 min
  • Urgent
  • Virtual

Single Payer Action Network (SPAN) Ohio Annual Meeting

April 24, 2021 from 10 am to 1 PM

This virtual meeting will be on Labor and Single Payer Health Care. There is no fee to attend, but advance registration is required to get a Zoom link. You can register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqf-uppz8qH9GijZWYXytK5JeSxN73EARU

Featured speakers are: Mark Dudzic, US Labor and the Campaign for Single Payer Katha Fortier, The Canadian Health Care System and Labor Unions Katherine Isaa, the Executive Director of the Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute where she advocates for Medicare for All.

  • 3 hours
  • Virtual


Racial Justice & Immigration (RJI)

Contact: Jan Phillips, contact-racialjusticeandimmigration@firstuucolumbus.org


Time Commitment

Sign up to receive email updates from RJI

by emailing Jan Phillips at contact-racialjusticeandimmigration@firstuucolumbus.org

  • 10 minutes
  • Virtual

Ideas about Racism as a Public Health Crisis

RJI is considering researching the topic of racism as a public health crisis. If you have ideas, interest, or expertise, we would love to hear from you!

  • 10 minutes
  • Virtual

Donate to our Fund for Immigration Legal Assistance (FILA)


  • 10 minutes
  • $ any amount
  • Virtual

Conversations on Race: Study Group

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions. “As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance. The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power—which groups have it and which do not.”

Rev. Kendyl Gibbons, Sr. Minister, All Souls UU Kansas City
Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart, Sr. Minister, First UU Columbus
Note that this class is being offered to both congregations. Let’s make sure First UU is well-represented! It will make for good discussion and shared experience.

  • Date: April 8th – May 27th (weekly on Thursdays)
  • Time: 3:30–5pm
  • Location: Zoom
  • Register for Link Info: Send email to Rev. Marian
  • 1.5 hours/wk
  • Virtual

Watch and discuss 13th

Friday, April 23 6-8:30pm

“In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom,” connecting criminalization with the 13th Amendment, which outlaws slavery except as punishment for a crime. Email Jan at contact-racialjusticeandimmigration@firstuucolumbus.org for the Zoom link.

  • 2.5 hours
  • Virtual

Check out OSU’s Bringing the Border to Columbus

April 12th-16th, various times

The virtual symposium is free and open to the public. Both Miriam Vargas and Edith Espinal will be part of the Tuesday, April 13th, Sanctuary Roundtable.

  • 1-25 hours
  • Virtual


How Have UU Taken Action?

We would love to hear about how you’ve taken action for justice, either through the opportunities listed on this page or other ways! You can tell us about your work for justice through this Google Form: https://forms.gle/cd5Zb8AZZvmvHc9u8