Rev. Talk 1-22-2022

Conversation and musings from Rev. Marian…
This week’s Rev. Talk is a few days late. Due to issues beyond my control (see below), I experienced some, shall we say, technical delays. No worries though, it’s all OK now.

Hi all,

Pandemic aside, life is basically good. Not saying I don’t get cranky with still living and working mostly online, but we’re still here and figuring things out. That is good.

But things also happen. My debit and credit cards were compromised. The fraud department from the bank asked if I had transferred money to anyone in the last hour. Nope. Had I ordered a delivery from Door Dash? Nope. Never used it. OK. Card cancelled. And so it went.

Now as I wait, I’m beginning to get calls from companies that automatically charge my account. First Google for file storage. Then a recurring donation. Then an insurance company. That was the interesting call. The representative spoke with me from a call center located somewhere in the world. I’m guessing India. He was kind and helpful. And when I told him the situation and that until new cards arrived with new account numbers, I couldn’t do anything. I was stuck. That’s when he said, “I’m sorry. But sometimes, good things come from bad.” His words warmed my heart. Well, maybe not so much the words, but the intent.

Years ago I traveled to India. It is a beautifully complex country where religion and daily life are inseparable. What we might consider a philosophy of making lemonade out of bad luck, in other cultures, it takes on a more religious tone. And for me, hearing him say these words clearly meant as a blessing, brought back memories of walking the streets of Mumbai and Pune. Houses, business parks, temples… all intermixed. Westerners might call it a zoning nightmare, but the co-mingling of rich and poor, cars and sacred cows, pavement and dirt, marble mansions and shanties, was replete with temples and shrines dotting odd corners and central squares. Life – and religion – was full and accessible.

I wonder about how we infuse our faith with our daily lives. When bad things happen, can lemons turn into good? What do lemonade blessings look like in your life?

The new cards are beginning to arrive. The auto-payments are being restored. But about that Door Dash? Maybe I should put in an order.

Blessings for all the lemons in life,
Rev. Marian

Congregational Mid-Year Meeting
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The Storm

by Mary Oliver

Now through the white orchard my little dog
romps, breaking the new snow
with wild feet.
Running here running there, excited,
hardly able to stop, [she] leaps, she spins
until the white snow is written upon
in large, exuberant letters,
a long sentence, expressing
the pleasures of the body in this world.

Oh, I could not have said it better

NOMINATIONS – – Calling for Nominations – – 

Know someone who would be great? Maybe you?
Each year, your Nominating Committee identifies engaged, thoughtful and energetic congregation members for consideration and election at the Annual Meeting in June. This year, that includes:
  • 6 candidates for the 3 open seats on the Nominating Committee
  • 2 candidates for the 2 open seats on the Board of Trustees, and 
  • 1 candidate for Moderator
If you would like to suggest someone for the committee’s consideration, or are interested in one of the positions yourself, please visit the Nominating Committee table in Fellowship Hall following Sunday services or let us know via this quick form.
The Board is also searching for our next Treasurer. Could that be you?
Contact Don if you’d like to know more.
Nominating Form

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Wisdom of Patterns

Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart

Stages of life: Normal. Pandemic. Re-normal. We were going along with all the regular hopes and bumps. Then we were thrust into isolation and fear. Now, it is time to begin thinking about what life might look like on the other side. This notion of order/dis-order/re-order is found in science, nature, and theology. What do the patterns tell us?

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Whose Justice?

Honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart
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Joys and Sorrows

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Caring Cards  and Joys and Sorrows from last week:

  • Our condolences go out to Chris Johnson and family. Chris’ father who had been under hospice care at Kobacker House died on January 13. At this sad and difficult time, Chris’ mother is currently ill with COVID.
  • Healing energies to Barb Fisher’s brother who was hospitalized with COVID
  • Breathing easier with Tom Roberts who had an ER visit for back and chest pain. It turns out no heart issues but significant back issues to follow up on. Good karma, vibes and prayers our way please!
  • Pat H shares that her friend Michael has been on a ventilator since last Wednesday. As I arrived in Key West he was airlifted to Miami. He does not have COVID but the diagnosis is unsure. Today the nurse said he was awake!
  • Condolences are with Pat Hoffman whose good friend Michael died in Florida on Jan. 16th.
  • Tom Stone shares a joy and a sorrow. Sorrow: My son (21) came down with Covid despite being vaccinated — the first two Pfizer doses, no booster. Joy: He only had mild symptoms and he recovered completely within a week without being hospitalized.
  • We share joy with the Kuhns family. It’s supposed to snow this afternoon! 🙂

May our hearts be enlarged to hold each other’s sorrow and joy.


Our Share-the-Plate recipients for January are Pro-Choice Ohio and Faith Choice Ohio (formerly NARAL Pro Choice Ohio & Ohio RCRC).

During the month of January your gifts will support our two organizations working to support reproductive healthcare. Pro-Choice Ohio fights for access to reproductive healthcare! In this very moment, our fight is more crucial than ever. Faith Choice Ohio elevates the moral power of faith communities to ensure that all people can access the reproductive health care they need.

In this time of challenge to reproductive health and freedom of choice, our support is timely and necessary.

Our donations have a bigger impact when we give together. Please go to to support our church and our Share-the-Plate offerings.

First UU member Kel McConaughey is the Development Director of Pro-Choice Ohio.
First UUer Jane Larson is on Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation Board.
Rev. Marian is a member of the Board of Directors for Faith Choice Ohio.

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