Hello First UUers,

I invite you to put aside all the awfulness for a moment and settle in for a quack of a true story.

Once upon a time …last Friday to be exact… there was a mama duck whose ducklings followed her everywhere she waddled. It was a good life wandering through the neighborhood just up from the river they call the Olentangy.

One day at a church in the ‘hood …that would be First UU… a lot of quacking could be heard. Mama duck was nearby but no ducklings were in sight. An hour went by the clock did not lie. Louder and louder the quacking did grow, so everyone could know there must be danger below!

Alas, all the little ducklings had fallen. They were deep in a drain outside the Red Oak school.

Fortunately, a 4H mom …that would be Andi... was nearby. To the rescue she flew to save the little ducks. But much to her dismay, the storm drain was deeper than she was tall. Then a good-hearted administrator …that would be Brian… helped lift the heavy grate and down the ladder he went. A girl nearby gave him a bucket and wouldn’t you know, a little bit later up came a bucket full of ducks. At last, the ducklings were saved.

Mama duck was happy but kept her distance. So Andi and Brian, and the neighborhood girl too, strode off to the nearby woods with the bucket of ducklings in tow and mama duck waddling not far behind. When the little ones were placed on the ground, mama duck once again had her brood, all safe and sound, and off toward the river they went in a row, quacking all the way.

A happy crew were left smiling in the parking lot, returning the bucket and replacing the grate. A church that not only values all life, but it saves them too…that would be First UU!

A happy story to tell and a very good day.

Quack, quack. The end.

🙂 Rev. Marian

Mama duck and her ducklings…just like the ones saved from the storm drain.

“What does freedom mean to you?”

Your answers…

In last week’s Rev. Talk, I posed a question and asked for your responses. The question was, “What does freedom mean to you?” Thank you to all who responded.

Here are the answers…

…Not feeling patriotic or free in the last week because of terrible Supreme Court decisions (and future ones threatened). Refuse to wear r/w/b to any “celebrations!”  ~ Holly

…the guarantee that each person has the right to examine life’s problems, decide on alternative actions, and to make decisions that are best for them. It is essential that this guarantee is unhampered by unreasonable authority to bind that person to someone else’s choices. When this standard is accepted by the majority and guaranteed by law, we will have true freedom.  ~ Carolyn

…Freedom would be living in a world based on cooperation. Living as family, with a gifting economy. No monetary systems and no exchanges, everything free just like a family meal. Impossible? Probably, but it’s the only system that is sustainable and survivable.  ~ Pat

…Liberty to me means to be allowed to think critically and believe only what makes sense to me and the freedom to change my mind when I learn of new evidence.  ~ Bertina

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 Rev. Joan Van Becelaere, retired UUA District and Regional lead, and former director of UU Justice Ohio.

“Freedom Up Against the Wall”

Rev. Joan Van Becelaere

The recent Supreme Court ruling about abortion was a serious blow to the freedoms and rights of pregnant people. But this ruling, along with rulings about prayer, guns, the environment, statements about the future of LGBTQ rights and an assortment of restrictive state policies have signaled a major eroding of the wall between church and state in the U.S. A very narrow interpretation of religious values is now trying to remake our social reality. Do we understand the dimensions of this situation? What can we do to raise up our liberating UU values in the face of this attempt to institute a modern American theocracy?”

We are hoping to have representatives from ProChoice Ohio and Faith Choice Ohio at coffee hour to answer questions and talk about opportunities. Details are still being worked out.

Last Sunday’s Service

“We Put Ourselves in Danger”

Rev. Ron Payne
First UU member and retired minister

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 https://firstuucolumbus.org/joys-sorrows-form/.

This week we catch up on Joys and Sorrows from the last Sunday.

Caring Cards  and Joys and Sorrows from Sunday:

  • All: Our hearts break with yet another police involved killing of a Black man, Jayland Walker, in Akron.
  • All: And again, much sadness and anger with another mass shooting, this one in Highland Park, IL.
  • Doris Oursler: My nephew’s wife, Patricia Bishop-Smith, was found dead on June 29th. Plans for a memorial are pending. Pat, we offer our condolences to you and your family.

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 prochoiceohio.org or faithchoiceohio.org.

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.

Click to Donate to Share-the-Plate

Adding a little cluck to the quacking!

This is OUR church.

We make it what it is.

Volunteer opportunities abound.

Welcome Team

Interested in being a greeter or usher this summer?

Send Kelli any requests along with your availability. 🙂


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
First UU Reopening Status:
Masks Strongly Encouraged

Effective: April 8, 2022
modified May 8, 2002
Covid case numbers are rising even though the risk is still rated as “LOW”, we strongly recommend indoor mask usage.

We monitor the guidelines from the CDC and COVID tracking systems, and as conditions warrant, we update our First UU policies.
We encourage wearing masks as well as continued 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.