Rev. Talk 3-31-2022

Hello First UUers,

Every now and then, something happens that is beyond words. For many of us, including the Ukraine situation, there aren’t enough or even the right words to describe our feelings.

That’s when we need other languages or modes for expression. Fortunately, there is the gift of music.

I am beyond thrilled that this coming Sunday, Arkadiy Gips, a world-renowned violinist, will play for us during the Sunday service. Arkadiy is from Kiev and immigrated to the U.S. in 1994. In addition to playing with numerous orchestras, musicians, and vocalists, he has extensive knowledge of Balkan and Slovic folk music. He has performed on behalf of refugees in war-torn Sarajevo and now, he is playing to help the people of his homeland.

We will have two offerings on Sunday. The first is our regular Share-the-Plate offering (Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed). The second offering will be for the people of Ukraine. We will split the second offering between Arkadiy’s efforts and our Unitarian Churches in Transylvania, many of which are working with Ukrainian refugees in their villages.

We will also have a very special pianist early in the service as well. Jeremy Dunn (Julie Duhigg and Brian Hagemann’s son), will play a piece for us. I’m very excited to hear him play. I’m sure you will be too.

Please wear Ukrainian blue and yellow attire, ribbons, or bright sunflower colors this Sunday to show support.

I have cried so much over this war and what I see is happening. And I realize how fragile our own democracy is. It is a whole mix of emotions. I’m so glad we have music.

See you Sunday in your blue and yellow,
🙂 Rev. Marian

P.S. Speaking of music, don’t miss the Bill Cohen concert Saturday evening. Info below.

Arkadiy Gips

First UU is thrilled to present

Bill Cohen & Friends

Time and Memory

Saturday, April 2 at 7pm

First UU Sanctuary

Time.  It’s nearly impossible to define.  We cannot control it.  But we treasure it.  We seek it.  Yet, sometimes, we waste it, kill it, and ignore it.  Memories of past times can comfort us or haunt us. The mysterious intertwining of time and memory is the theme of Bill Cohen’s all-new concert.

He’ll sing songs from the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s that remind us of time’s unique qualities.  Songs made famous by a wide variety of performers: John Denver, the Beatles, Bing Crosby, Carly Simon, Kenny Rogers, the Judds, the Byrds, Bob Seger, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, and others. Beautiful vocal harmonies and instrumental backup will be added by veteran Columbus musicians Joanne Blum and Joe Lambert. We’ll also hear inspiring sayings about time and memory, plus fun trivia questions about songs that focus on memories and the fleeting nature of time.

Admission to the concert is free. Donations will be welcomed for The Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio. Please plan to wear a mask, in keeping with the church’s requirements.

March 31st
Annual Trans Day of Visibility

It’s not just about pronouns…

We work hard to win rights for all to be seen and have equality under the law. Along the way, there are hard stories of just how cruel we can be to our neighbors. This year, the rights that have been won, are being challenged and revoked at alarming speed. You might think this is just a matter of legality, but it can also be lethal for those who desperately need to be seen as whole human beings worthy of respect and love.

Look around. Say hi! There most likely is a trans person in your life.

What do you want as we come back?
… coffee, greeters, teachers, helpers, A/V, Sunday readers, leaders, …

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We make it what it is.

Volunteer opportunities abound.

Send Kelli any requests along with your availability. 🙂
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Upcoming 10am Sunday Service

In-person AND live-stream

Beyond Words 

Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” Joseph Campbell

***Join us for this very special service with guest musician, Ukrainian violinist, Arkadiy Gips. We will have a special offering to help the Ukrainian people.

***Wear yellow and blue attire, ribbons, or sunflowers.

Join us after the service for (BYO) Coffee and Community Time. It’s a great way to socialize and get to know one another. 

In-person: Come on back!
Online: links will be sent Sunday morning.

Chancel Designs are created by Su Farnlacher and Denise Deschenes.

Last Sunday’s Service

Woven in a Single Garment of Destiny 

Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart
with elements created by the UUA and message from the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President
Watch Previous Sunday Services Here
Chalice is from the UU Community Church of Washington County, Hillsboro, OR.

Celebration of Life Services

Don Patton: a long time member died Monday night @ Wesley Glen. No details yet for a Celebration of Life service.

Bernice White: THIS Saturday, April 2nd at 1:30pm

Linda Keith: Saturday, May 7th at 10am

Tom Beerman: Sunday, May 15th at 2pm

Joys and Sorrows

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

This week we catch up on Joys and Sorrows from the last several weeks. Apologies for the lateness.

Caring Cards  and Joys and Sorrows from Sunday, March 20:

  • Hayes Minich: Ashley fell and hit her head and is currently in the Emergency Room getting brain scans and the care she needs. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
  • Kimberly: I ask for your healing energy and prayers while I struggle with my mental and physical health challenges. I am new to the UU church and have loved the space and people I have experienced in this short time. Thank you all. Namaste 🙏🏻

Caring Cards  and Joys and Sorrows from Sunday, March 27:

  • Denise Deschenes: Shane Roussi has become engaged to Jessica Komjati. Congratulations!
  • Heidi Bowling: Zea (he/they/she) tried out and received a part in their middle school drama club’s rendition of Matilda Jr the Musical as “Rudolpho” the dance instructor. Opening weekend he had three shows and all went wonderfully. This was Zea’s first time taking the stage and she did an incredible job acting, singing, and dancing. Their family is so proud!
  • Alex Hope: I am able to come in person to the service today!
  • Rev. Lynda Smith is recovering from surgery and is awaiting another surgery on April 6th. Prayers for healing and pain relief.

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


Support local environmental efforts!

Our Share-the-Plate recipients for April is the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW).

Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) was formed in 1997 to keep the Olentangy River and its tributaries clean and safe for all to enjoy, through public education, volunteer activities, and coordination with local decision-makers. FLOW partnered with First UU to create the rain garden along Weisheimer Road to demonstrate that protecting our rivers can be both functional and beautiful.

For more information about Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed, visit

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

Click to Donate to Share-the-Plate


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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.

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We’re Open!

Start coming back!

1. Sunday services: In-person or online. Masks required in the building. Live-stream is always an option.

2. RE: updates will be in RE News

3. Meetings/Small Groups: begin meeting in-person as comfortable and weather permitting. Masks required but with group consensus, masks may be removed in meetings. Request space from Marian Garcia at

4. Choirs: Choirs are back! Want to join? Send an email to Brandon (Chalice Choir) or Michaela (Spirit of Life Choir).

5. Singing: We can sing! With masks on. LaLaLa… 🙂

Covid might not ever be gone but we have vaccines (except for the youngest) and treatments. The virus has also mutated and its health impacts are mostly not as severe for the fully vaccinated and boosted. We are in the probable shift from pandemic to endemic. In the balance of the need to be in community and be safe, we will proceed cautiously – lovingly, informed, and masked.

Our live-stream option will always be available as part of our mission to be welcoming and inclusive. 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!