Rev. Talk 1-23-2021

Conversation and musings from Rev. Marian…
Hi all,

I was just on a conference call with church leaders from across theologies and denominations. I listened. In some theological ways, we are different. Yet, we all face pandemic frustration and weariness. We are all human beings trying to find meaning, live our values, and love our selves/family/neighbors. And, most of us are weary. That word kept being repeated. Weary.

What is the antidote? The cure?

The big answer is for the pandemic to be over. In the meantime…

In “Acedia and Me”, author Kathleen Norris suggests that we center our efforts around the demands of daily life. I like that. It gives a sense of what to do, where to begin. Just like I mentioned in my sermon on Sunday, break it down to the basics. Don’t worry quite so much. Start noticing the particulars. Be on the lookout for joy.

One way to be on the lookout for joy is to notice things that you can’t always see. A friend told me about spotting a hidden lake the other day. Most of the year, you wouldn’t know the lake even existed. It was tucked behind houses and lots of trees. There was no obvious road in that direction, much less signage. It was as it turned out, a winter-time find. Through the barren trees, there it was, gleaming.

Yesterday, Fiona was taking me for a walk. A few blocks from home, Fiona stopped and fixed her gaze. Not in a bad way, just a sense the something was ahead. I looked. Just off the road in a backyard, there were chickens. Big, fluffy, pretty chickens. Lots of them. We carefully walked ahead and looked closer. Just seeing them brightened my day.

What are your moments of noticing? Where are you finding bits of joy?

It is OK to be weary. We’re all there. Just break it down. Don’t worry so much. Notice.

Blessings in finding joys large and small,
Rev. Marian

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The Auction is coming!

Wanted: Auction Donations

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Wednesday, January 19.
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Carpe Diem in Concert

The award winning string quartet will be live in concert twice this weekend at First UU. This is an outstanding musical group that specializes in juxtaposing traditional with eclectic. 

Special guest: Jeff Midkiff , mandolinis

For more information, go to

Friday evening @ 7pm
Sunday afternoon @ 2pm

All attendees must show proof of vaccination.
Vaccination and masks required.
Tickets on sale in advance and at the door. First UU members get a discount.

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.
Nominating Form

Are you an aspiring techie?

The First UU Sound and Streaming team is looking for a few new volunteers!  If you have experience with sound or streaming production or a great passion to learn, we would love you to join or team! Please contact Andi Mocharski to find out more.
A/V Team

Upcoming 10am Sunday Service

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Whose Justice?

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

In memory and honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we take a step back into American history to look at how our founding documents and assumptions are evident in our divisions today. We’ll also look at why Unitarian Universalism’s values are a critical religious voice in the larger conversation. Get ready for a deep dive that shines a light on the path forward.

Links will be sent Sunday morning.
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Last Sunday’s Service

Resolutions and Intentions

Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart
Watch Previous Sunday Services Here
Chalice is from the UU Community Church of Washington County, Hillsboro, OR.

Joys and Sorrows

You may request that a Caring Card be sent on behalf of the congregation at

Caring Cards  and Joys and Sorrows from last week:

  • Former First UU member, Wendy Boortz, and her family were forced to evacuate their home due to the fires in Superior, Colorado, last week. Fortunately, Wendy’s house was spared, but they are dealing with nearby damage and a long road to recovering a once beautiful neighborhood.
  • We send our condolences to Kris Elliott. On January 2, Kris’ brother, Ralph, of Oregon transitioned.
  • Condolences also to Paul L’Herrou. His sister, Lorraine Unger, passed from this life on Sunday evening, January 9th. She lived an active life despite being on dialysis for over 10 years.
  • Healing energies to Bob Aldridge who was admitted to The James for more blood tests, X-rays and a CT scan.
  • Chris Squires is happy to report that Roland has started daycare and I start my job tomorrow. Then I’ll have a meeting with the housing coordinator. It definitely seems to be that things are headed in the right direction.
  • Congratulations to Nate Blake who started his student teaching assignments to complete his BA in Music Education
  • Myra Cooley has joy that “Kristen and I are boosted!”
  • Happy birthday to Bertina Povenmire who celebrates her 87th birthday on Sunday, January 9!

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.

*Rev. Marian is a Board member of Faith Choice Ohio.



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