Speaker: Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart

Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart is Senior Minister at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus

Split Seconds

Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. He had a vision of what beloved community would look like. He used his imagination to invite us into a larger space of possibility. But can we really do that all at once? What can I do now?

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Beyond Insurrection

Our democracy is under attack not just in rhetoric, but also by violent insurrection. We have felt it building for years. The questions are many, the answers are simple – and complicated. How did we get here? Where do we go from here? What is … read more.

Open Doors

Every year the winner of the “Sermon of your choice” gets to select the topic for a service. “Open Doors” is built on a story from Judy Kleen. It was a moment when Judy made a difficult decision that turned out to be life-giving. Sometimes, … read more.

Winter Solstice

Let us celebrate the wonders of the universe as the seasons shift. The longest night is upon us, as is the shortest day. As we settle in – aren’t we already hibernating??? – for the wintertime, let us explore the myths and stories that shed … read more.

Re-Imagining Tradition

When you are in the midst of something, you can’t always see beyond. This year for many of us, Thanksgiving will be shared in smaller groups, fewer friends and family gathered, and maybe eating turkey by yourself.  So how do we re-imagine the Thanksgiving tradition … read more.

Holy Anxieties!

Now that it is mostly over…a bitter election process that never seemed to get here…or end. How do we even think about healing when our shoulders are still tensed up to our ears? Can I open my eyes yet? In these tender times, how do … read more.

Re-membering Ourselves and Each Other

Annual Remembrance Service

After loss, it is healing to practice remembrance. Re-membering allows us to put ourselves and our communities back together. But things don’t look the same afterwards. We come together to memorialize loved ones, honor other losses, remember abiding truths, and recommit to living … read more.

Deep Listening

Listening helps us find our way. Yet, there is so much more to listening. It also creates our world. Just think about why you listen to those close to you. Is it really just to gather information? To hear the other clearly? Or, is it … read more.

Unmasking a Founding Myth

On this “Columbus Day” we explore a people’s history that debunks a founding myth. Celebrations and statues, even literature and popular culture, cover up truths that we’d rather ignore. It is time to unmask the myth and lift up Indigenous people, their history, life, and … read more.