Tuesday Talk – 03/03/20

Have you ever been in a time out of time space? You know, when whatever you thought was your normal life, just took a turn and suddenly you find yourself in another world? Well, that happened to me – actually I’m still in the other place. And, I sooooo look forward to getting back home. I miss everyone!

As many of you know, I served as my mother’s primary caretaker the last two weeks of her life. She died on the 21st and her service was this past Sunday afternoon. As it turned out, I did the eulogy for both of my parents (my Dad died 15 years ago). That is such a hard thing to do.

Bracketing all this are two other memorial services for dear friends and  a (working) retreat squeezed in the middle. You can see the gathering of ministers in the picture below. Each year the Sr. Ministers of Large UU Churches (SMOLUUC) gather in warmer climes to talk about current issues in our churches, our relationship/responsibilities to the UUA, and listen and learn with each other. UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray was with us and updated us on their current work and focus. I was impressed at how covenant is at the center of their work. I hope Susan can come to Columbus sometime next year and speak at First UU. I’m working on it!

At the retreat, we also had deep conversations about shifting generational dynamics in our congregations, efforts and impact of racial justice and diversity efforts in leadership and ministry, and challenges facing all our churches as we move into the future. I look forward to sharing with you when I return.

In the meantime, the world goes on and the Coronavirus is spreading. I don’t think we need to be worried about it just yet in Columbus, but we should all practice being more mindful of washing our hands (20 seconds), keeping surfaces clean, and reduce contact (no more holding hands at the end of service for a while). It is a great time to practice alternative forms of greeting too. Consider putting your hands together in prayer fashion, offering Namaste (the spirit in me greets the spirit in you).

As we read the news about people affected, I will note that all the deaths that have happened to date in the U.S. have occurred within a mile or so of the church I served before coming to Columbus. The names haven’t been released, but I’ve made many visits to the LifeCare Center and Everygreen Hospital to visit congregants. As much as we care for each other, let us send our prayers to Kirkland as well.

I hope to return to Columbus the middle of next week. I’ve got a few more things to do here in North Carolina and then I’m looking forward to catching up with work and with how each of you are doing. I miss you.

Take care of yourself and each other.

Rev. Marian

Rev. Marian (near the center – 10th from the left) with other ministers at the Senior Ministers of Large UU Churches meeting in LA last week.
AUCTION “Come Fly with Me!” pics

Auction artists have Rev. Eric and Rev. Marian flying high, leading First UU into the future.

Opportunities and Reminders

Still excited!
YES! First UU is a Teaching Congregation

We Raised the Paddle for the Intern Fund 
Thanks to the Raise the Paddle at the Auction and additional gifts, we have enough money in our Intern Fund to begin the search. THANK YOU! We might get lucky and find an intern for next church year, if not we will be first in line for the following year. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who donated for our future.
If you missed the auction and would like to add to the fund, please contact Rev. Marian.

From Our Nominating Committee
Church leadership is an excellent way to deepen your connections to the people and mission of our church. If you know someone—including yourself!—who you think would be great in a leadership role at First UU, the Nominating Committee is taking nominations now. Forms are available from any Nominating Committee member or in the committee’s mailbox in the Volunteer Workroom, or you can talk to any committee member, or email us at nominating@firstuucolumbus.org. See Gina Phillips, Dana Reynolds, Shirley Lange, Heidi Drake, Kelly McConaughey, or Barb Fiorini for more information. Deadline is March 6.

***Middle HourMiddle HourMiddle Hour***
Sunday, 10:15–10:45am
Learning Lab: Postcard Writing
Room #301
Facilitator: Ohma Willette

Let your rage out — on a postcard! Does rage boil in you about guns, bullies, crumbling bridges, income inequality, low voter turnout, racial profiling, the border wall, ICE or something else? Splash your rage boldly across a postcard — during Middle Hour — We’ll have postcards, stamps, pens and addresses. Express YOUR rage! Speak out. Express your distress. Will you get a response? Unlikely. Still, YOU have expressed your pain. Think of the postal workers who might read your words and the staff person who sorts the mail and the one who delivers it. Don’t forget the individual who empties the trash — your words could reach beyond the intended. Does it do any good? It could help you put your pain into words — that’s a positive.

Middle Hour is Fun!
Creative Expressions
Room A/B
Join Deb Baillieul in the Creative Expressions corner to explore emotions. Use plasticine clay to explore feeling better.


For additional churchwide activities and events, please see First UU News (emailed on Fridays and in the Sunday Order of Service).

For information about family and child-focused events and classes, see the RE News (emailed to families and in the Sunday Order of Service).

Thursday, March 5th, 7pm, Beach Hall
Lost Childhood – An Evening with Holocaust Survivor Joost Oppenheim
Joost Oppenheim was born in Holland in 1934, just before WWII. His parents were German refugees that fled Germany because they recognized the threat that Hitler posed for them as Jews. During the war , Joost  was hidden with his younger brother for two years with a large Catholic Dutch family in a small Dutch town. His parents were hiding separately in Amsterdam and were caught. His parents were taken to a camp, which his mother survived but his father was murdered in Auschwitz. Eventually, one year after the war ended, and after a lot of fear and hardship, Joost and his brother were reunited with their mother. Shortly after his mother returned, Joost recalls riding on the bike behind her and saying “Mom, I am so glad that you are back so that I can be a child again!” They emigrated to the US in 1946.

Friday, March 6th, 6pm, Beach Hall
First Friday – Leave the cooking to us!
Join us for a pasta dinner in Beach Hall, followed by a discussion about the book and movie Just Mercy. Anyone who has read or watched Just Mercy is invited to come to the discussion; the dinner is open to all. Gluten free and vegan options provided; if you’d like to bring something to share you’re more than welcome to but the important thing to bring is you. See you at First Friday!

Sunday, March 7th, 9am & 11am, Sanctuary
“The Heart of Universalism” with Rev. Dana Reynolds 
What distinguishes Unitarian Universalism from other religions? The Rev. Roy Reynolds in The Core Story of Liberal Religion says, “The human heart yearns for healing and hope, wholeness and love. It molds human experience feeling and fueling our quest for relation, community, meaning and transformation.”

Just Mercy will be the topic of conversation at First Friday.
Many First UUers have seen the movie. The book was also a UUA Common Book Read in 2016.

Senior Gathering
Thursday, March 12th, Sanctuary, Beach Hall
Come to enjoy Karen Thimmes’ piano music
11:00: Welcome by Rev. Marian and Rev. Eric
Program: SYC at 50 years: Looking Back and Looking Ahead presented by Susan Roscigno, Co-Director of the School for Young Children
12:00: Lunch
RSVP: by Sunday, March 8, at office@firstuucolumbus.org or call 614-267-4946, ext. 210

Parent Workshop: Teens and Technology: Dating in a Digital World
Wednesday, March 18th, 6–7pm, Room 301

Technology is an important aspect of teen dating relationships. In this session, participants will explore popular social media applications and websites frequented by teens that can be used as a tool of power and control as well as prevention.
Presented by Chelsea Getz from The Center for Family Safety and Healing.
Suggested donation $5-$10. For more information, contact Amber Scott.

Save your stuff!
Rummage Sale
Saturday, May 2nd

We will also need volunteers. Please contact Seth Kraut (614-477-0099) or Rachel Kraut (614-774-2362). We need household items (kitchen decor, small appliances, baskets, lamps), jewelry and accessories, working toys/games/puzzles, garden, travel and camping items. More information will follow.


Volunteers Needed
YWCA Family Shelter Taco Dinner 

Once a month (the fourth Friday), First UU cooks a taco dinner at the YWCA Family Shelter off 670 and Leonard Ave. Volunteers normally work a couple hours or more, between 4 and 8pm. There is a group of people emailed every month and normally 7-8 volunteers step up. You don’t have to commit to every month, but just to be on the list to consider. Contact Tim Hooks for more information.

Friday, March 6th, 11am
I-670 and Cleveland Avenue
Banner Drop in Support of Miriam Vargas

Saturday, March 7th, 6:30pm
Just North UCC, 2040 W. Henderson Road
We Are All One People:
An Interfaith Dinner and Multi-cultural Evening

Facing death threats, an Honduran family of four was forced to flee their home. Just.North UCC has taken in this family. Come meet them and hear the story of their 90-day perilous journey to find asylum in our country.
For more information and to purchase advance tickets electronically, visit: www.justnorthucc.org  Tickets will also be available at the door. Vegetarian options will be provided. All are welcome.
Tickets:  $15 per person; $25 per couple/family.
Sponsors:  Just North, First UU, and Temple Israel

Friday, March 13th, 8pm
First English Lutheran Church, 1015 E. Main St.
Salsa Fundraiser in Support of Miriam Vargas      
8pm: Salsa lesson with Rowan McLachlan
9–11pm: Dance Party with DJ Mark Legg
$10 cash donation, plus salsa raffle—Latin food and drinks
Space is limited. Sign up is encouraged.

Sunday, March 29th, 3pm
First English Lutheran Church, 1015 E. Main St.
Flautango Fundraiser for Miriam Vargas’s legal fund
Enjoy songs and music from Latin America with Flautango, duo of Rodolfo Vazquez, flutist, and Sean Ferguson, on guitar.
Donations accepted.

Gift cards are needed to provide food for Edith Espinal, Miriam Vargas, and the Honduran family living at Just North. Kroger cards are preferred. Jan Phillips is collecting the gift cards. You may give them to her at church, or leave them with Rev. Marian.

Sponsored by the First UU Archives Group
March 1, 1837
William Dean Howells was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio. Son of an itinerant printer, he had little formal education but was determined to become a writer and studied on his own. He spent four years as a political correspondent for the Ohio State Journaland published his first book of poetry and a book about Lincoln’s presidential campaign in 1860. Howells served as U.S. consul to Venice from 1861 to 1865 and published books on his experiences there. In 1866, he began his long affiliation with The Atlantic Monthly, becoming editor in chief in 1871 and bringing it to national status while writing several novels of his own. Howells left The Atlantic Monthly in 1881 and focused on using literary realism to critique Victorian society, as in the novel The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885). A Unitarian, he helped establish the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (1909). Howells died on May 10, 1920, in New York City.