Rev. Talk – August 3, 2022

Hi y’all!

We have a plan!

Your staff met and tossed around all sorts of options for Sunday morning schedules come fall. We listened to what we’ve heard from you over the last year and tossed in a few more ideas. We thought about how well the Middle Hour concept worked pre-pandemic and if two services would be doable as the pandemic wears on. We looked at RE and family needs, meeting times and space, along with people power (that would be all of us, including beloved volunteers and teachers). And perhaps most importantly, we talked about the return of tater tots.

The remainder of the summer Sunday services will continue to be at 10am. This includes Labor Day Sunday, September 4th.

Sundays beginning September 11 (after Labor Day):

9:30–10:00: Meditation

  • Sanctuary open for quiet meditation

10:00: Community Hour

  • 10:00 – Breakfast* (depends on volunteers! Hint, hint!)
  • 10:15 – Small Groups*, classes, meetings, discussions, choir, activities (art projects, puzzles, etc.), playground fun

11:00: Worship and RE

  • Service* (in-person and live-streamed)
  • Religious Exploration* (RE) programs/classes for children (need teachers and volunteers!) Hint, hint!

12:15: Coffee and Conversation

  • Coffee and snacks* (depends on volunteers! Hint, hint!)
  • Justice Action opportunities*
  • Peace Pals

There are lots of opportunities to participate and to volunteer. If you have ideas for Community Hour, especially ones you are willing to lead, let us know.

The volunteering piece is important. Our community works because we all care and we all help make it so.

Hint, hint! helpful tips and info:
*Specific volunteer opportunities include:

  • RE volunteers and teachers (contact Amber)
  • Welcome Team (contact Kelli)
  • Breakfast cooks, coffee hosts, clean up team (contact Kelli)
  • Small groups, discussions (contact Kelli)
  • Justice Action Team (JAM) (contact Amanda)
  • Worship leaders and readers (contact Rev. Marian)
  • A/V Tech Team (contact Andi)

Special notes for two upcoming services:

  • 8/14: Animal Blessing – email your pet pics with their name and yours to Rev. Marian before Monday, 8/8
  • 9/11: Water Communion/Ingathering – bring a vial of water from your travels, campouts, stream, or tap

Exciting plans for a great year. Let’s make it happen.

🙂 Rev. Marian

Send in your favorite pet pic for Animal Blessing

Fiona and Maddie Cat remind you to send your pics (one per pet) along with their names and yours, to Rev. Marian by Monday, 8/8 to be included in a slide show for Animal Blessing on Sunday, 8/14. Of course, our favorite pets can make a in-person appearance for Animal Blessing as well.
Woof, woof, meow.

 Meditation on Interdependence 

from stars to mines, from sea to land, from atoms to sentient beings

An acid mine drainage site in Oreton, Ohio

“Toxic mine pollution has turned Ohio rivers orange. Now it’s being made into paint.”

An interesting article from concerning our Ohio waterways. From bad news YUCK! to brightly colored, doing something about it, HOPE.
Read the article here.


This Coming Sunday
Service @ 10am

In-person AND live-stream

Our summer services feature a wide range of ideas brought to us by a variety of minsters and speakers. We hope you find these services engaging and thought-provoking.

This week, we welcome diversity of viewpoints from within our First UU community. The ASH group (Atheist, Skeptics, and Humanist) will share with us. For more information about ASH, contact Tom Bailileul.

“Deep Connections”

presented by First UU’s ASH group
(Atheists, Skeptics, Humanists)

Science has shown that every atom in our bodies and in the Earth itself was once in the core of a star that exploded eons ago. Studies of the human genome show that we are related to all living things. In the past few years, we’ve learned that our health is directly influenced by our microbiome – the enormous ecosystem of bacteria and fungi that inhabits our bodies. The health of our microbiome, in turn, depends on the health of the microbiomes of the plants that feed us; and the health and nutritional content of those plants is determined by the microbiome of the soil in which they grow. Literally, “The Earth is Us.” There can be no deeper connection. We’ll explore these connections through segments of a video – “The Earthling Project”, created by Les Kleen, with narrations by several A-S-H members. In the end, we must realize that protecting our planet is essential for our own future. (You can find the complete Earthling Project video here.)
Summer chancel arrangement by Su Farnlacher and Denise Deschenes.

Last Sunday’s Service

“Summer Stories: Tales of Change”

Rev. Joan Van Becelaere

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

Celebration of Life Services

We will share information on upcoming services as we know the dates and details. As they say, watch this space…

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 Sunday.

Caring Cards and Joys and Sorrows from Sunday:

  • Jeanni Ray has been in Riverside Hospital since last Friday due to breathing issues. She is improving and expects to return home before Sunday. Cards are welcomed.
  • Tom Perley: My brother’s neighborhood is in mourning tonight. A local neighborhood hangout and institution, Jim’s Steaks, burst into flames today. The owner says he will rebuild. The joint is on South Street in Philadelphia, PA. Scott, we’re thinking of your neighborhood. Thoughts and prayers.
  • Kathleen Fowler: I am deeply saddened by the suffering of the many women and children who will experience emotional and physical pain because of the strike down of Roe. ~ Yes.
  • Marian Garcia has been approved as a Remote Tutor for the State of Indiana Education Scholarship Account Program. Through her certification as an certified Orton-Gillingham tutor, she helps students who struggle with reading and spelling. She also works in the front office of First UU. ~ Great news and congratulations!
  • Barb Fiorini:  With much joy, Becca Fredin and Daniel Bennett celebrated their marriage on Saturday July 23 at First UU where Becca grew up. They had been officially married at the courthouse during the height of Covid in 2020. Last Saturday they were joined by friends and family and the third “leg” of their tripod, their son Peter. . ~ Congratulations!!!

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


Our Share-the-Plate recipients for the summer (July/August) are Pro Choice Ohio and Faith Choice Ohio.

First UUer Kel McConaughey is the Development Director of Pro-Choice Ohio. First UUer, Jane Larson, is a long-time PCO Board member and serves on the PCO Foundation. Elaina Ramsey is the Director of Faith Choice Ohio, and Rev. Marian serves on the Board or Directors. Many First UUers volunteersupporting reproductive rights.

Reproductive healthcare is a justice issue. The right to make decisions informed by our circumstances in conversation with family and health care professionals is a matter of dignity, respect, and privacy. The Supreme Court, and our own state government, have ruled that reproduction is not a private matter and carries the threat of penalty and imprisonment. This affects everyone, especially those in minority communities and people in economically challenging circumstances. The work is urgent. The work is incredibly hard. The work is desperately needed.

For more information about Pro Choice Ohio and Faith Choice Ohio, visit or

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

Gifts of Feathers

Name the birds…

Hit reply to this Rev. Talk email and let Rev. Marian know your answer!
First UU COVID Guidelines
Vaccination and Masks Strongly Encouraged

Updated Summer 2022
COVID-19 case numbers are rising again with a new, highly transmissible BA.5 variant. To reduce risk of infection of self and others, we strongly encourage vaccination and indoor mask usage.

Please get the full round of vaccinations and boosters. This includes children. Up-to-date protection helps avoid severe illness and hospitalization.

Masks vary in their effectiveness. “Loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection, layered finely woven products offer more protection, well-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s offer even more protection, and well-fitting NIOSH-approved respirators (including N95s) offer the highest level of protection.” (

As always, we encourage good hygiene practices. These include hand washing, sneezing into elbow, etc. as well as staying home when you are sick or not feeling well.  

  • Individuals: Masks are encouraged.
  • Small Groups: Masks are encouraged, especially if a group member requests mask usage.
  • Leaders: Make informed decisions on behalf of larger groups. This applies to services, music, events, etc. Leaders are empowered to require masks as deemed appropriate.
  • Space Usage: Continue to use additional ventilation (open doors/windows, fans) and favor open spaces. The building has high-quality ventilation systems. Masks are available.
This guidance is all about personal responsibility for self and others. We are a loving and caring community, and we are respectful of personal decisions to wear or not wear a mask. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work together to stay healthy and end this pandemic.