Latest Announcements

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19: Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart presents “Lift Every Voice.”  Join us for a dynamic celebration of MLK and the Civil Rights Movement. Rev. Ron Payne, a First UUer, was in Selma and will tell us all about it. Wahru Cleveland and Joyce will be drumming. Bring your drum to join in the benediction.

8:30am  Sunday Breakfast (Rooms A/B)
9:00am/11:00am  Worship Celebration (Sanctuary)
10:10am  Middle Hour:

  • Creative Expressions (Room B, near the kitchen)  Join Janet Mangini for a fun painting activity! Children and youth of all ages will create works of art.
  • Tabletop Conversations (Beach Hall, near the windows)  intentional conversations on an evolving set of topics
  • Learning Lab: Environmental (Room 301)  Steps to sustainable living: reducing our carbon footprint, strategies for today, looking for low-hanging fruit. Please come and join the conversation.  Facilitator: Diane Smith

10:20am Peace Pals Rehearsal (Room 402)
 12:30pm  Mid-Year Congregational Meeting (Sanctuary)  We will gather as a community to discuss the important business of the church. Please attend; a quorum is required.
 1:45pm  Auction Team (Library)
 6:30pm  Care and Share Time Bank Potluck (Beach Hall); Millennial Covenant Group (Room 302)
A Pastoral Team member will be near the Caring Table in Beach Hall after each service as a compassionate listener or to arrange a hospital/home visit.

The Red Library Cart will be in Beach Hall after each service.
If you’d like to schedule a meeting with a minister, Amber Scott, or Kelli McNeal, contact them directly, or a Pastoral Team member can assist you in making that contact.

Are you visiting with us
and would you like to know more about the congregation? Please stop by the Welcome Table in Beach Hall after the service for information about Unitarian Universalism and First UU.

FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 26:  First UU member and retired minister Dana Reynolds and Congregational Life Coordinator Kelli McNeal will present “Your Experience with the Universe Is Your Authority.”

TODAY, FRIDAY, JANUARY 17: Rainbow Connexion potluck and gathering, 6pm, Beach Hall. This group is for those who identify themselves as LGBTQIA… Bring your favorite food to share. Stay for the meeting, which will include planning fun activities, doing business, enjoying community. Most monthly gatherings include an Odyssey. For more information, contact Barb.


For more information on any of these events, please contact the church office at 614-267-4946 ext. 21 or

Beloved Conversations   Registration is now open for this small-group program that helps congregations talk about race and ethnicity, and explore how we can use this experience to help create a more just world. It starts with a retreat, January 31 – February 1, which will be followed by eight small group sessions held every other week. Childcare provided upon request. $75, scholarships available. If you have any questions, contact Rev. Eric at 614/267-4946 or You can register for the course at The registration deadline is January, 26, 2020.

Long Strange Trip: Our UU History, Parts V and VI    Wednesday, January 22 and 29, 7:30pm, Room A/B. Led by Dana Reynolds, retired UU minister. This is a great way to learn about our UU development throughout the centuries. It’s ideal for those new to UUism, but promises new surprises for longtime UUs. Dana Reynolds

UU Art    We open 2020 with an exhibit by Ele Ruman-Allen, called Simplicity is my Countryside. Ele is a printmaker and painter. Come meet her at a reception at the exhibit’s end on Sunday, February 16, from 12:30-2pm. Questions about the art or purchases? Deb Baillieul,

Project Linus    In January and February, we will be collecting blankets for Ohio children suffering trauma (e.g., hospitalized, homeless). The blankets must be new and handmade. You can also donate money for buying blanket supplies. Since 2014, 481 blankets and $470 have been donated. You can drop off blankets at the table in Beach Hall on Sunday or put them in the coat room. Brad Bushman, 614-359-4797,

Want to know more about First UU and Unitarian Universalism? Wondering whether you’re ready to make a commitment to the congregation and become a member? Wondering what it means to be a member? All great questions will be explored at our next Pathways to Membership class on February 9, from 9am to 2:20pm. Please register at or email Kelli McNeal,, with questions.

Our First UU Auction: Come Fly with Me! is Saturday, February 22, 5pm. As of January 15, we only have 53 auction items and we need around 250 to reach our $30,000 goal! We need your dinner, service, excursion, etc. to create a successful auction! Please enter your donation online by visiting or come to the auction table in Beach Hall to fill out a paper form. The deadline for having your event or item in the printed catalog is Sunday, January 26. Can’t think of what to donate? Come see us at the auction table after the service, where you can also sign up for childcare, to bring an appetizer, to volunteer and to get all your auction questions answered.

Sunday morning coffee service is in danger of being canceled for 2020! This is not something we want to do, but we have a small number of volunteers doing double and triple duty to bring coffee service each week. Come join our volunteer team and help us bring coffee to family, friends, and members each Sunday. We ask volunteers for one service, one Sunday a month. Please contact Denni Hale, (phone/text) 614-633-8082 or

Yoga for Caregivers    Every third Tuesday of the month, 7-8pm. Join us for a practice of “yogic sleep” that goes beyond deep relaxation to a place of natural peace and quiet that is tremendously healing and nurturing. Nothing more is required than lying or sitting comfortably and listening, allowing us to take a break from exhaustion, uncertainty, confusion and stress. We’ll start with 10 minutes of light stretching (optional) followed by 35-40 minutes of yoga Nidra. To provide padding and support while lying down, bring a yoga mat if you have one, a blanket/towel or two, and a small pillow. Chairs will also be available for those who prefer a seated practice. Heidi Beke-Harrigan

YWCA Family Shelter Taco Dinner  Volunteers Needed Once a month (the fourth Friday), First UU cooks a taco dinner at the YWCA Family shelter off 670 and Leonard Ave. Volunteers normally work a couple hours or more, between 4 and 8pm. There is a group of people emailed every month and normally 7-8 volunteers step up. You don’t have to commit to every month, but just to be on the list to consider. Tim Hooks,

Enrollment open for School for Young Children’s 2020-21 school year. Processing of applications will begin on February 14, at 12pm. Currently-enrolled students, children of church members and children from SYC alumni families receive priority, as long as their applications are received by February 14, 12pm. SYC offers part-time classes for children aged 2½-5. If your child will be two or older by June 30, we urge you to act promptly, since we usually fill up quickly. Information about applying can be found on the SYC website,, or you can call the school office, 614-267-0254.

Feed My Sheep food pantry   January is Socks-It-To-Me Sundays month. Bring warm socks, all sizes, to our table in Beach Hall. We also need peanut butter, child and adult diapers, feminine hygiene products, dog/cat food, children’s books, and all sizes of coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, sweaters, and blankets. Jacques Angelino

Two Concerts at First UU

  • Shades of Ellington   Saturday, January 25, 7pm, in the Sanctuary. With Laura Camara and the Jake Reed Jazz Trio, featuring music by the great jazz composer and pianist Duke Ellington. $10.
  • And Then They Came for Me    Sunday, February 2, 3-4:30pm, in the Sanctuary. Benefit for First UU’s Fund for Immigration Legal Assistance (FILA). Featuring Starlit Ways, Crazy Faith Freedom Choir, and Abby Moulton.  Emcee:  Eric Gnezda, award-winner songwriter and PBS host. $20, cash or check (payable to First UU), at the door. Reserve tickets at:  Jan Phillips


Monday, January 20
3:00pm Women’s Creative Circle
7:00pm Monday Men’s Spirituality

Tuesday, January 21
9:30am Archives Team
6:30pm Rising Voices Choir Rehearsal
7:00pm Book Bites; Yoga for Caregivers; Spirit of Life Choir Rehearsal; Zen Meditation

Wednesday, January 22
1:00pm Wednesday Women’s Book Group
6:00pm Francophones Bavard(e)s (French Language Group)
6:00pm Sacred Song Circle
7:00pm Board of Trustees
7:30pm Film: “Long Strange Trip” (UU History)

Thursday, January 23
9:30am Improvisational Dance
7:00pm Expressive Collage; Single Payer Action Network
7:30pm Chalice Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 24
11:00a Nia Class
2:30pm YWCA Family Dinner Prep (at YWCA Family Center)

Saturday, January 25
8:30am Zen Meditation
10:00am Poor People’s Campaign of Ohio
10:45am Hispanohablantes
4:30pm Care & Share Time Bank Movie
7:00pm Concert: Laura Camara and the Jake Reed Jazz Trio

Sunday, January 26
8:30am Sunday Breakfast
9:00am/11am Worship Celebration
10:10am Middle Hour
10:20am Peace Pals Choir Rehearsal
12:30pm Nominating Committee
12:45pm Auction Team