Rev. Talk 11-10-2021

Conversation and musings from Rev. Marian…

Yesterday morning I watched a news clip. It was just a preview teaser with no sound but it grabbed by heart. To tell the truth, I got a lump in my throat. My eyes got a little teary. The video kept looping and I watched again. And again.

I had no reason to resonate so strongly with the images. I wasn’t there. I didn’t know anyone. At the same time, I was there. I knew everyone. It pulled at a common bond. You know, that 7th principle notion about interdependence and connection.

A banner waving from the hand of a girl running toward something or someone. Then the camera zooms in on a huge hug. And another. And another. People, reuniting. Old, young, in-between. It didn’t matter. Babies meeting grandparents. Siblings reuniting. Friends. Young people in love.

600 days. Missed weddings, births, memorials. Life suddenly released from pandemic hold. These were the scenes playing out at airports and borders across the country this week. Quarantined emotions, isolation, grief, despair. Truncated experiences. Missed life. The solace found in tech bridges of Zoom and FaceTime, all giving way to human touch, emotion, connection.

I think about all we’ve lost…and learned over the last year and a half. So much. So much. After a deep, long breath, an image floats through my head of a friend’s email signature line, “Blessings light and dark,” a reminder that life is complex, complicated, and contextual. We need each other.

As we begin to return to church, I’ve seen more than a few tears. Hugs are still waiting, but fist bumps, high fives, and elbow greetings are plentiful. All attempts at saying, “I see you. I missed you. And I need you.” You see, being human is not a solitary experience, even for introverts.

Masks are on for safety, but the pandemic has unmasked our need for connection. We used to tell stories of independence, go it alone, look at what I did… Now, it is no longer “me”, but “we, and us”. Together. That’s what is real. That’s is what the reuniting is all about.

Sometimes, we still need to be online and that’s OK. We do a good job connecting on live-stream and Zoom. But as you are willing and able, join us in-person. We miss you.

See you soon,
🙂 Rev. Marian

Kids are getting vaccinated!

The first vaccinations are being given to grade school children. Hooray! It is a great step toward life becoming a little more normal. For kids, this means sleepovers, playdates, and group parties!

First UU’er Jack M. was one of the first kids in line. He even got interviewed by a TV reporter. His interview aired on Channel 6. You can watch it below.

Channel 6 Interview with Jack

Pastoral Ministry Update

The Board of Trustees has named a Search Group to find a minister to help us with pastoral care leadership for the remainder of the church year. In the meantime, the Pastoral and Caring Teams are working hard on our behalf. Rev. Marian will also offer pastoral care as needed.

We are a caring community and so many people make this a reality. It is foundational to who we are as a community. If you need anything, let us know! We are here for you.

Sunday Services

Start coming back! We miss you.

IN-PERSON
Join us in the sanctuary. Service begins at 10am.

COVID caseload rates for the Columbus Metro area are continuing to fall and grade-school children are beginning to get vaccinated. As this happens, we are opening up to larger capacities. 
Masks are required in the building.
We will continue to have RE outside and BYO Coffee Hour.

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LIVE-STREAM

Watch our Sunday services via live-stream on our Youtube channel.

Online Coffee Hour will be on Zoom as usual.
This week’s Coffee Hour will be hosted by our Archives group.
All are welcome.

Link reminders will be sent Sunday morning.

Justice Corner

Amanda Hays, Justice Coordinator

For the latest in First UU Justice News, click the button below.

Justice Update

Upcoming Sunday Service at 10am

“Stories and Lessons of Appalachia

Linda Thompson and
Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart

How do you say Appalachia? You say it one way, I say it another. That’s true in our stories too. Join us for our annual Auction Sermon as Linda Thompson and Rev Marian share stories and lessons learned from their Appalachian days.
Quiz from last Sunday’s service on The Rise and Fall of Truth. The answer(s) can be found below.
Another fun one thanks to Candee!

Read this one twice. First time, read only the capital letter words.
Read again using the words in parenthesis.

     MR DUCKS (Em are ducks)

     MR KNOTT (Em are not)

     OSCAR (Oh es say are)

     C M WANGS (See em wangs)

     L B (I’ll be)

     MR DUCKS (Em are ducks)

More ways to be ‘right’, which is a fun seque into next Sunday.

How do you say ‘tomato’?
How do you say ‘Appalachian’?

Math Test answer(s): 18, 12, 3. Multiple answers, all true, keep us open to possibilities.

Last Sunday’s service

“The Rise and Fall of Truth”
Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart
From tall tales to online posts, the truth gets a little murky or even lost. Spats or chasms erupt and divide. Each side defending truth at head-spinning pace. Let’s take a deep breath and look. We’ll use a math puzzle to begin.
Watch Previous Sunday Services Here
A Celebration of Life for Jesse Cannon was held last Saturday. The service was online. If you missed it or would like to watch again, the link is: https://youtu.be/XdAG7pIdDqg

A Place to Remember

Our Youth Group has created a place to hold our memories, losses, and prayers. It is a weaving of colorful strips of paper with our thoughts written on them. Woven together, they are a wailing wall tapestry.
You are invited to add to the tapestry.
It is located on the wall just past Beach Hall across from the kitchen.

Joys and Sorrows

You may request that a Caring Card be sent on behalf of the congregation at https://firstuucolumbus.org/joys-sorrows-form/.

Caring Cards last Sunday: No cards were requested.

Joys and Sorrows are shared last Sunday:

  • Lisa Oldendorp: My sister in Oklahoma had a stroke and is now in rehab to recuperate as much as possible.

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

Share-the-Plate

Single Payer Action Network 

Our Share-the-Plate recipient for November is Sedona Grace. Sedona Grace is a public charity that provides dog food and treats, AKA Canine Care Packages, to families in need throughout central Ohio food pantries. For more information, click  here visit Sedona Grace Foundation on Facebook.

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

Links

Live-stream @ 10am
(No passcode required)
Invite your friends and family. All are welcome.

Online Coffee Hour @ 11am
Passcode: uu
Join us in-person or online.
Bring your coffee, tea, or water and join us for post-service discussion with fellow First UUers. 

Calendar events, announcements, and updates can be accessed on our website.
www.firstuucolumbus.org