Rev. Talk 1-6-2021

Conversation and musings from Rev. Marian…
It’s January 6th, a day that is now seared into memory as a violent act against our fellow human beings and our democratic system of governance. It’s a day to be angry, sad, and reflective.

It’s also a day that a little good news is especially welcome. I have just the thing to help us know that we are making a difference.

Here is the text of a handwritten thank you note that should make us all feel good. It came a few days ago and is from our November share-the-plate partner, Sedona Grace.

Recently I was stocking shelves at a food pantry with cat and dog food. The pantry was closed, but an elderly man wandered in. He had been confused and had his days mixed up, thinking the food pantry was open. The director greeted him, and I heard him say, “All I need is some bread, milk and dog food.”

This was such a testimony to the importance being able to feed pets is, especially for those alone and elderly.

Thank you for the generous gift from your “[share]-the-plate” initiative! These funds will make such an impact for us in the upcoming year (our 11th year).

Your congregation is really making a difference in the mission of keeping pets with their families.

Thank you again!
Dave and Jill Cottone

P.S. So far this year we’ve delivered 2,980 pet food packets to 2 Clintonville food pantries: Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center and Neighborhood Services.

There is good in the world. There is bad in the world. Our job is to make the good outweigh the bad. Helping others, including helping food banks feed people and their beloved pets is one way we make a difference. Thanks for supporting our church and our Share-the-Plate partners.

Happy New Year! May there be much good in the months to come.

Rev. Marian

Monthly Share-the-Plate

The Auction is coming!
The Auction is coming! Yeah!
The Auction is coming!

Wanted: Auction Donations

Our 2022 auction is quickly approaching, and we need your donations – your fellowship events, dinners, get-togethers, excursions, vacation lodging, services, gift baskets, gift certificates, food items, physical items, etc. Please use the following link: deadline for entering all donations is Wednesday, January 19. We rely on you to make our auction possible so please, please donate!

Click to donate Auction items.

A winter walk around the First UU campus…

Justice Corner

Amanda Hays, Justice Coordinator

“How to Be an Antiractist in Ohio”

“How to Be an Antiractist in Ohio” (Recording) by Dr. Kevin McGruder – invited to First UU by the Antiracist Allies Group.

Back in September, Dr. Kevin McGruder joined us on Zoom to share definitions and examples of systemic racism, plus 5 points about how to be an antiracist. Then he led a Q&A period. Watch the recording on Youtube here. The event was free and open to the public, but if you find its content enlightening, please consider making a donation to support our church fund for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are members and friends of First UU to attend GA and other UU events.

Dr. Kevin McGruder’s interest in community formation led to a career in community development, and now as an academic, to research interests that include African American institutions, urban history, and gay and lesbian history. McGruder worked for many years in the field of nonprofit community development, wrote the book Race and Real Estate: Conflict and Cooperation in Harlem, and is currently Associate Professor of History at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OhioYou can also check out some of Dr. McGruder’s writing in the Columbus Dispatch.

How to Be an Antiractist in Ohio

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
Our Worship services and other programming, often centers on themes. Here is the list for this church year.

September:  Embracing Possibility
October:  Cultivating Relationship
November:  Holding History
December:  Opening to Joy

January:  Living with Intention
February:  Widening the Circle
March:  Renewing Faith
April: Awakening
May:  Nurturing Beauty
June:  Celebrating Blessings

Upcoming 10am Sunday Service

Live-Stream Only

Resolutions and Intentions
Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart

Every year we make resolutions. In short order, they go by the wayside. Is there a way to align our promises with reality? We’ll wade through the pandemic slog to see how we can live with intention – and do more than just survive.

Links will be sent Sunday morning.

Last Sunday’s Service

A Labyrinth and a Princess
Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart
We’ll explore labyritine history and experience walking the path. This ancient maze has a twisted history of its own – and modern interpretations. Let’s bring in the New Year with a time-honored spiritual experience, along with a story.
Watch Previous Sunday Services Here

Thank You!

Thank you to all who helped set up/take down, host, provide music, and walk the labyrinth. The pandemic kept some people at home, but those who came offered much appreciation. People walked the labyrinth for many reasons. Some walked to process difficult things – job loss, death, grief – while others walked with open questions for the new year. Thank you again to all who helped make this possible.

Joys and Sorrows

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

Caring Cards last week:


  • Our sympathies to Chris Jones whose Dad, Dr. Nelson F. Jones, passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve, surrounded by family. He was 93 years old.
  • Healing energies to Denise Clark. Denise fell Saturday, 1-1-22, dislocated & shattered her elbow & had extensive surgery Monday.
  • Congratulations to Alice Faryna. Her collection of short stories, Mayhem, Murder and Mirth has finally been published as a e-book on Amazon.

Joys and Sorrows will resume at the January 9th service:

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.



For your protection from scammers, we have an OPT IN directory. You have to let us know if you want your name and contact information included!

If you do not let us know using the OPT IN option, you will not be included. And your church friends have a hard time reaching out to you.

If you would like to be included in the directory, please fill out this membership update form and let us know which information you would and wouldn’t like listed.

If you are a member and would like a copy of the directory, please contact Marian Garcia in the front office.

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