Rev Talk – 2-10-22

Conversation and musings from Rev. Marian…

While I am away at UUMA and UUA professional development seminars, we are featuring guest columnists in Rev. Talk. Today is special because we get to hear from Amanda – and see baby pics!  ~Rev. Marian

Dear First UU,

I don’t know about you, but I find myself genuinely confused at times: “why am I so tired?” or “why am I so stressed?” or “didn’t life used to be more interesting?” It’s only when I take the time to reflect that I remember: oh yeah, on top of everything else going on in my life, there’s a global pandemic!

Everything is just harder right now, and it has been harder for two years. We all need grace, gentleness, and some credit for living through two of the most difficult years in a generation. And also we need to remember: it wasn’t always like this, and although we don’t know the future, we do know it won’t always be like this. Life is always in motion, and it won’t stay this way forever. This too shall pass. These years will become memories.

One of my sources of hope and joy (and sleep deprivation and anxiety) during this time has been my new son, River. Seeing his delight in simple things like a smile or a morning. Seeing how he brings delight to other people, even over Zoom. I haven’t been able to introduce him to you all in person yet, but I’ll share a picture of his smile here in hope that it brings a smile to your face, too!

So take a deep breath. Send some appreciation to yourself for all you have done to help yourself and others through these hard times. Offer yourself the grace and gentleness you need. Remember: it won’t be like this forever.

Love and peace to you all,

First UU Justice Coordinator

Meet baby River!

And just born baby Kade Ezra!
More awwws…

Michaela Jones-Brown, Spirit of Life choir director, just gave birth to Kade Ezra Brown. Kade was born February 8th at 12:26am. Kade is 8lbs 3oz and 19.5 inches long. Mom and baby (and hubby) are doing well. Congratulations!

Yeah Auction Team!!!

Thank you Auction Team and everyone who donated, bid, and had fun.


1. Sunday services (2/13 and 2/20) and Mid-Year Congregational Meeting on Feb. 20th will be ONLINE only.

2. In-person Sunday services will resume Feb. 27th. Masks required. Live-stream will continue as well.

3. RE: updates will be in RE News

4. Meetings/Small Groups: begin meeting in-person as comfortable and weather permitting. Masks required. Request space from Marian Garcia at

5. Choirs: will remain online through February

*Notes about timing/schedule:

Great news as the caseload numbers continue to fall! To that end, we are balancing the re-opening timing with safety with plans for upcoming services and the mid-year meeting. We have a guest speaker (online) and a UUA streamed service, none of which you’ll want to miss. The mid-year meeting, including voting, is set-up for online only. After that, on the 27th, we’ll be back in-person!

Note that our live-stream option will always be available as part of our mission for welcoming and inclusion. We will also make many of our meetings, classes, and events accessible through multi-format options as well. Regardless of how you attend or where you are located, you are welcome here!

Congregational Mid-Year Meeting

Sunday, Feb. 20th, 11:15am ONLINE
Quorum required.
Rev. Marian is just completed a week of professional development at the 2022 UUMA Center Institute for the Learning Ministry in San Diego. This year’s theme was Faith Empowering Resilience. There were more than 400 UU ministers registered for this year’s Institute. The next Institute will be in Florida, three years from now.

Next week, Rev. Marian will be attending the Sr. Ministers of Large UU Churchesgathering in Phoenix. Many safety protocols and restrictions are in place for the collegial gathering, but the need to share and learn is ongoing. Valuable connections are also made. (We knew about Kelli from this meeting a few years ago!)

Rev. Marian is looking forward to sharing new ideas and renewed spirit for our work ahead.

Upcoming 10am Sunday Service

Live-Stream Only

Side with LOVE

a UUA service including music, story, and reflections from around our UU universe
All Unitarian Universalist congregations are invited to participate in this annual tradition! This year, Side With Love will offer a free-use worship service featuring stirring music, deep-hearted reflection, and moving testimonies from a range of UU leaders.
Links will be sent Sunday morning.
Chancel Designs are created by Su Farnlacher and Denise Deschenes.

Last Sunday’s Service

Hope In a Time of Doneness: Widening Our Vision for the Future

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

Celebration of Life Services

Bob Aldridge: Saturday, March 5th at 2pm

Linda Keith: Saturday, May 7th at 10am

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:

  • Amanda Hays, our Justice Coordinator reminds us that last Friday, January 28, was the three-year anniversary of the disappearance and death of Amber Evans, and April 6 will be the three-year anniversary of the death of Ruben Herrera. Both were beloved community organizers for social justice who touched the lives of thousands of people in Columbus. Many in our church and in Columbus are still feeling this compounded loss.
  • We send healing energies to Megan Garbe and family. Megan’s father is in the ICU.
  • Our hearts are with Diana Smith who shares that their Beloved dog buddy crossed the Rainbow bridge last Monday and her very dear friend Amanda ended her nearly 12 year battle with Multiple Myeloma on Friday.
  • We celebrate with Ken Odiorne who says, Yay! Our second grandchild, Fox Odiorne, a boy, on October 21st, last year, born to our first born Geoffrey Eben Odiorne, and his lovely and very significant other Ali Halweg, in Beach Park IL.

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


Our Share-the-Plate recipients for February is the People’s Justice Project (PJP).

During the month of January your gifts will support the work of PJP. Founded in 2015, People’s Justice Project organizes the Black working class and other oppressed people into leading the struggle against all state institutions that oppress or occupy our communities.

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

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