Conversation and musings from Rev. Marian…
Do you believe? Is Santa on the way?

When I was little, Santa always came through. When I was a little older, Santa still ate the cookies that were left by the tree on Christmas Eve. When I was an adult, I actually met Santa.

Maybe I met one of Santa’s helpers, but he was a jolly ole fella. His wife sewed his custom red suit and his sleigh for non-snow areas was a shiny red convertible. He was careful to keep his beard trimmed and white and his schedule put all the children first.

Special children always rose to the top of the list. Regardless of the hour or even the month, this Santa would sit by hospital beds and double check his list, bringing smiles to kids who needed some cheer.You see, this Santa knew that it wasn’t just about a list of toys, Christmas was really about belief. Belief that kids, of all ages and condition, need moments of magic when reality is suspended. It is in these gaps that the gifts of love, hope, and joy often appear.

And when Santa goes back to wherever Santas go, the magic lingers in the wake. It is up to us to keep the gifts alive.

My Christmas wish for each of you is a moment of magic where you indeed find all the love, hope, and joy you need, not just for the holiday, but for the whole year to come.

Blessings one and all,
Rev. Marian

Special thanks to the Board of Trustees who recognized the hard work of our First UU staff during this trying time of pandemic, and gave us all Christmas Sunday off. That means no service on Sunday while we all have a chance to enjoy the holiday with friends and family. But we will see you in-person or online on Christmas Eve! Family service at 5pm, Carol sing at 7:45pm followed by the Candlelight Service at 8pm. The labyrinth will be available throughout the holiday week.

Donate to our Holiday Appeal – thanks!
Minister’s Discretionary Fund

The Labyrinth Returns!

From Jan…

The Labyrinth is returning to First UU this holiday season. Walking the labyrinth is a centering and peaceful practice for me and has become one of my holiday traditions.

The Labyrinth runs on volunteer power and there are some open slots for hosting and for musicians.  If you would like to help in either of these ways, the signup up link is below. If you are not able to help out, I hope that can enjoy walking the labyrinth while it is with us.

Host / Music Sign up for Labyrinth

The Annual Holiday Photo

It took a few (dozen) takes, but we did it!
Rev. Marian, Maddie, and Fiona wish everyone the merriest of holidays. May you find magical moments of light and joy. And may your furry ones have plenty of treats under the tree.
Donate to our Holiday Appeal – thanks!

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.

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

Christmas Eve Services

Family Service @ 5pm
Carol Sing @ 7:45pm
Candlelight Service @ 8pm

In-Person & Online
In-Person: Come Vaccinated, Boosted, and Masked.
Online: Links will be sent Friday afternoon.

Last Sunday’s Service

Lights of Joy: Winter Solstice Celebration

Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart

In the darkness of winter there are celebrations of light. We decorate trees and put lights in windows to bring a bit of joy to the season. Come, let us celebrate the turning of the starwheel.
Watch Previous Sunday Services Here
Donate to our Holiday Appeal – thanks!
Minister’s Discretionary Fund

Joys and Sorrows

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

Caring Cards last Sunday:

  • Celebrate! 
    • Happy birthday to Nancy VanDeusen who celebrated her 89th birthday on December 18.
    • Happy birthday to Linda Thompson who will be 85 on Tuesday, December 21.

Joys and Sorrows are shared last Sunday:

  • Heidi Bowling: Excited to celebrate Yule and Winter Solstice this year with Zea and Cooper!
  • Laura Ahmadian: We are excited to spend this first winter holiday in our new home here in Columbus. Emphasis on the holiday, not so much into the idea of winter yet.

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


Holiday Appeal 

Our Share-the-Plate recipient for December is First UU’s Holiday Appeal. During the month of December your gifts will support our congregation’s Holiday Appeal. These funds help our church to extend our community support and continue our vital programs. Each week we will highlight a meaningful part of our beloved community. Thank you for your generosity.

Our Christmas Eve offering is the Minister’s Discretionary Fund.

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

Donate to our Holiday Appeal – thanks!
Minister’s Discretionary Fund

First UU Services

We miss you.
Come back – vaccinated, boosted, and masked.

Christmas Eve services will be at 5pm and 8pm.
Carol sing will begin at 7:45pm.

COVID caseload rates for the Columbus Metro area are going in the wrong direction – up. Please stay safe and get your COVID vaccines, booster, and a flu shot. This helps keep you well and also lessens the chance of you becoming a viral vector to others.

Masks are required in the building.
We have spaced seating in the Sanctuary and Beach Hall.

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

Link reminders will be sent the at 3pm on Christmas Eve.


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.

OPT IN to be listed in the DIRECTORY