During this time, we remember that we are more more than a building.  Our church, First UU of Columbus is a vibrant community that seeks connection.  Please join us online as we grow in connection and share our experiences and stories.  Through Sunday services online (every Sunday at 10am) to the daily blog posts, weekly community chat on Zoom (Thursdays at 7pm), hanging out in discussions on Discord, our UU Cares ministry and many online meeting and gathering opportunities, we hope you’ll continue to connect and make new friends as well.

Please direct questions and any online meeting announcements to Brian Hagemann (brian@firstuucolumbus.org).

Be well, we miss you all and look forward to connecting. . .


Daily Blog Posts


Sunday Services @ 10amRev. Marian

Sunday services continue online at 10am each week. We will light our chalice, sing, listen, and care – just as we always do. Join us as we celebrate and hold each other and our world through this tender time.

Zoom Connect (10am Sundays)


Meditation MondaysKelli

Join us on Mondays for a chance to take a few minutes to recenter and quiet our minds. Each week will have a different type of meditation, so there will be something for everyone.



Table Talk TuesdaysRev. Marian

Join Rev. Marian for an informal conversation about creating life while sheltering in place. Topics will vary and you can add to the discussion on our discord app



Nature Walk WednesdaysBrian

Reflections on hikes, experiences and activities to keep you connected to the natural world. With special guests



Story Time ThursdaysAmber

Thursdays take comfort in the art of story telling and the written word! Weekly experiences curated by Amber Scott, Religious Exploration Coordinator



Curiosity FridaysRev Eric

Every Friday, First UU Online will explore a question or persons whose story that captures the imagination



Justice SaturdaysRev. Marian, JAM

Join us for unique and challenging ways to help each other, our neighbors, and our planet in this time of social distancing. Each week will highlight how we can Live Our Values Everyday – LOVE – in a time when we need it most



Discord Community Chat Rooms

Discord is an easy to use online chat platform that facilitates group discussions both large and small. It doesn’t require any special software.  [If you have not used it yet, just click on JOIN US ON DISCORD to setup a username and join in! There are apps available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac and PC as well].

We have created a special First UU Discord channel [HERE] to house all of our conversations with one another.  After you watch the daily video or read the blog post, hop on over to our Discord page and join the conversation. You can participate any time, 24/7 and leave a message for others or converse with those online at the same time.

Here we can also share resources, check-in and chat with one another, and even share those silly videos and memes to help bring joy into our days.

Zoom Meetings

We are using the Zoom meeting software for our online services and virtual meetings. For first time users, clicking on a meeting link will walk you through installing zoom in your web browser. We have found that it is relatively easy for most folks to get up and running, however if you have problems let us know at onlinehelp@firstuucolumbus.org.

Community Chat Time hosted by Rev. Marian & Rev. Eric
Thursdays at 7pm-8pm

Join us every week for an informal community check in using Zoom meetings.  This is an opportunity to see one another’s smiling faces. This is pop in so stay for the full hour or five minutes, whatever works for your schedule.

Thursdays 7pm–8pm
Join Zoom Meeting https://uuma.zoom.us/j/177656693
or dial in (646) 876-9923, or (312) 626-6799  – Meeting ID: 177 656 693

Other Online Meetings & Groups

Keep up your connections! We recommend keeping your same time so the transition points will be easier.

Please contact Rev. Eric or Rev. Marian to set up Zoom meetings for your groups. We have Zoom Pro accounts that allow longer meeting times.  Contact Brian if you want your online meeting info listed here or through the church communications.


let us know if you have a meeting to publicize here

At any time, but especially during the severe social restrictions placed on us because of the COVID-19 threat, normal and important human interactions may be hard to maintain.  First UU wants to extend its love and support to the people who call us their church home. To this end, we are creating a system to stay in regular contact with those in our church community who may feel vulnerable, lonely, or just in need of more human connection.

What is UU Cares?

UU Cares will work similar to a buddy system. People volunteer or request to be paired up with another First UUer. The pair checks on each other regularly, most likely with a phone conversation, to see if they are OK or need anything. Daily check-ins are recommended, especially during this time of heightened anxiety and threat of serious illness. The most important thing is to check-in. The length of conversation is up to the individuals.

To sign up and for more information – visit the UU Cares page



It is a blessing to give and to receive.
Please keep up your generous giving. This crisis is affecting many in our community with some First UUers already losing their jobs. Many others are working shorter hours or are on furlough. For those who can, please help us help each other.

Of course, we still need to keep everything else going as well. We will get the roof fixed. We will pay our staff, including part-timers so they won’t lose pay during this time. This is living our values right here at home.

You can give online with credit card here (LINK). You can use ACH bank transfer (contact joev@firstuucolumbus.org to setup), use your bank’s bill pay to send to First UU or mail a check.

You can also text to give at 614-879-1480. Its quick and easy. The first time doing this, you text ‘give’ to the number and follow the prompts to setup.  After that, text an amount to the number to donate that amount.  Adding the number to your phone’s contact list makes it easy.  Contact brian@firstuucolumbus.org if you have difficulty, but it really is quite easy.