Tuesday Talk 10/18/19

A visitor was spotted this week in the bird garden by the staff entrance.
What is it? An alien? A feline? A painted Jac-o-latern?
Another mystery: where did it come from?

Tuesday Talk

Sometimes, things just come together. And, they are much better than you could have ever done alone. This Sunday we will all benefit from our connections in the community bearing gifts that we will all appreciate.

A few weeks ago I had lunch with Pastor Eric Williams from North UCC. We had a delightful conversation and he also wanted to let me know about the Honduran family of four, including a months old baby, that they are hosting. Funds are tight and their church is hosting Concerts for a Cause and we have agreed to be a co-sponsor. The concert will feature Sally Fingerett and proceeds will benefit the family. The date is Nov. 9th at 7pm.

(Note that there is a fabulous BluesSwing concert THIS FRIDAY at our church. Proceeds benefit our social justice efforts. See info below.)

A few days later, Pastor Eric’s wife Leslie stopped by and then more connections were made. In the end, we will have a very special guest speaker THIS SUNDAY. Our theme is Democracy (how timely) and it is a favorite topic for Eric Gnezda, an award-winning songwriter and PBS host. He will join us for both services. His bio is here.

In my discussion with Eric Gnezda, he asked what angle we might be taking on democracy for the service. I told him and then we had fun going back and forth, but mostly I just listened. Off the cuff, he cited sources old and new, and had a level of understanding – and curiosity – that was impressive. As we talked, asked questions, and started in on even more topics, we realized that the whole congregation would really enjoy hearing what we were talking about. So, I am pleased to share the pulpit with a most informative and engaging person, Eric Gnezda, this Sunday. I hope you enjoy him as much as I have. I’m betting you’ll learn a few things and come away with more insight.

See you Sunday!
Rev. Marian

Opportunities and Reminders

Covenant Groups!
Interested in being part of a small group of other First UU community members who join together to share their experiences with both the joys and challenges of life? Then check out our Covenant Group program. Covenant Groups are groups for 8-10 people to listen to one another reflect on living as love-filled and meaningful lives as possible. Groups meet twice each month. For more information, reach out to Rev Eric. To register, look for the link on the church website under the Connections menu.

***Middle HourMiddle HourMiddle Hour***
It’s a happening place! Come early, stay late. There is something for everyone.

Middle Hour is an exciting and changing mix of Forums, Theme Talks, Learning Labs, Sampler Groups, Creative Space, Tabletop Conversations, and more! It all happens between services from 10:10–10:45.

Here is this week’s Middle Hour lineup:

LEARNING LAB (Room #402)
Steps to Sustainable Living
Presenter: Diane Smith (an environmentalist since 1965, and has worked for Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources and Ohio EPA.)

Everyday we see the effects of climate change somewhere in the world. Record-breaking temperatures, rainfall, hurricanes and other weather-related events. Most people agree it’s time to act. Let’s have a discussion on what we can do as individuals to make a difference today to ensure a healthy planet for future generations.

CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS (Room B – near kitchen)
a self-guided experience with crafts, drawing, writing…

TABLETOP CONVERSATIONS (Beach Hall near the windows)
Organized by Amber Scott and Kelli McNeal
Intentional conversations on an evolving set of topics.

School for Young Children 

SYC currently has an open spot in our T/Th morning 4’s class for the 2019-20 school year. Children must be 4 years old by 9/30/19 to be age eligible for this class. If you or someone you know is interested, please have them call Holly in the SYC office at 614-267-0254. Thanks!

Friday night is concert time with the BluesSwing Band!
See you there at 7pm, ready to enjoy and have some fun.


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).

Wednesday, October 16th, 7–8:30pm, Room A/B 
The Long Strange Trip—Our UU History  (6 weeks)
Every Wednesday, September 11 – October 16 (six weeks). Led by Dana Reynolds, retired UU minister. This is a great way to learn about our UU development throughout the centuries. The series is ideal for those new to Unitarian Universalism, but it promises new surprises for those who have been UUs for a long time. In each session, we will view the DVD and have a discussion.
For childcare, please call or email the office at least seven days prior.

Friday, October 18th, 6pm, Room 301
RAINBOWCONNEXIONS: Potluck and Gathering 
This group is for those who identify themselves as LGBTQIA…
Bring your favorite food to share. Stay for the meeting which will include planning fun activities, doing business, enjoying community. Most monthly gatherings include an Odyssey.
For more information, contact Georgia.

Friday, October 18th, 7–9pm, Beach Hall
BluesSwing Concert
It’s Social and it’s Justice! We welcome the BluesSwing band for an evening of fellowship and music. More information and samples of their music at BluesSwing.com.

Bring some finger food and beverage – we’ll be set up in cabaret style. Come prepared to enjoy and dance to some great sounds. FREE WILL offerings gratefully accepted.  Proceeds support Social Justice work and your sense of fun!

Saturday, October 19th, 11am–3pm, Room 402/403
Tuesday, October 22nd, Noon –4pm
FREE Flu Shot Clinic 
Avoid the flu! Get your vaccine now. Shots available for pediatric, regular, and senior.  Sponsored by First UU and City of Columbus Health Department.

Sunday, October 20th, 9 & 11am, Sanctuary
Democracy: What is it and who needs it?
Rev. Marian and Special Guest, Eric Gnezda

Eric Gnezda, PBS host and award-winning musician, joins us to talk about democracy. What do we mean by democracy? What is in the balance? Why today? The presentation promises to be informative and challenging.

Monday, October 21st, 7:30–8:30pm, Library
(third Mondays)

Beloved Conversations Group
Organizer: Ohma Willette

As a followup to Beloved Conversations, this book/movie/podcast discussion group meets on the third Monday of each month.

The book is “In the Shadow of Statues” by Mitch Landrieu where a white southerner confronts history. We can look at whether our Civil War was more about slavery or “states rights”. Another issues is how these statues pay tribute to men who tried to destroy our country. Were they traitors? If so why do these statues honor them? And what do they signify to black children? All this and more we can cover in our Monday night session. You can join us even if you haven’t read the book.

Looking Ahead…

Get your FREE Flu Shot – Here!
Regular vaccine AND
High-dose Senior vaccine (65 yrs up)

Flu Shot Clinic @ First UU
Sponsored by the City of Columbus: Public Health

Saturday, October 19, 2019
11 am – 3 pm
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
12 pm – 4 pm

For people 6 months and older
All immunizations are free
Bring your insurance card if you have one
No appointment necessary


2nd and 4th Wednesdays
ICE Solidarity with Immigrants Table

Our table in front of the ICE office downtown is back for its third year. Your help is needed: volunteers to staff the table, as well as volunteers to bake cookies or make trail mix. To sign up to help out, follow this link.

Thursdays, 11am (Every Thursday)
Unity Walk for Immigration Justice
You are invited to join us on a Unity Walk, a silent march and time of prayer outside the LeVeque Tower, 50 West Broad Street. Faith leaders, immigrant activists and community members are invited to walk in solidarity with individuals and families whose basic humanity is being denied by our unjust and immoral immigration system. Though we walk in silence, our actions speak to the injustices that our communities face.

Sponsored by the First UU Archives Group
October 20, 1569
Calvinist Bishop Peter Melius and Unitarian Francis Dávid held a series of debates about the Trinity at the Synod of Magyvarad in Transylvania. Dávid won the debate, just as he had at the Diet of Torda on January 6. 1568.

First UU’s partner congregation is the Unitarian congregation in the Unitarian Church of Bölon in Transylvania.