Tuesday Talk 10/9/19


Tuesday Talk

I woke early this morning to chill in the air. Still cooling off after the  heat of the last few weeks, I had the window open a bit for fresh air, but also to listen to the waking birds. I had energy for the day but resisted getting up as the birds were engaged in chirpy conversation. There is something that brings great joy and peace to my heart listening to the sounds of nature, especially in the hours of dawn.

When I did rise, there was fog. It shrouded everything outside the windows. Later as I drove to work, the fog shrouded everything in sight. There is a mystery about the fog. Somehow when the details are less available, I see better. Or at least the opportunity is there.

This morning’s fog allowed me to set aside the craziness of the world. If only for a bit. I breathed easier without the noise of it all. I wish it had been a biking commute day on the river trail, that would have been a soulful experience, but even so, the drive reminded me of the importance of focusing on the proximate and what needed doing now. Pay attention to what’s happening close at hand, not far off.

And as often happens with me when the fog settles in, I go to the spiritual core and am filled with such wonder and gratitude for life. Does that happen to you? Maybe with fog or perhaps some other way? We should talk sometime…

There are so many things to be thankful for. Near the top of my list is this church and so many interesting, wonderful, and caring people. What a community! And I am grateful. Just today, I listened to an elder, visited with a small group, ate lunch with a congregant, worked with staff, talked with ministers, and had meetings to help solve building issues. All that and regular work too, made for a good day. In a lot of the stories of the day, I heard people taking care of each other, listening with their ears and heart, and offering help as needed. Sprinkled in the mix was wisdom, imagination, and love. Wow. What a gift community is. I’m glad you are here.

Now the day is ending and the fog has long lifted. But my gratitude remains. And I’m sure the birds will sing tomorrow morning as well. Life is good.

Rev. Marian

SHOUT OUTS! 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:

FORUM (Room #301)
Guest Speaker: George White 
George is a family member of a murder victim. And he was wrongly accused of a murder himself. He was put on trial with a recommended death sentence, given life, and was later exonerated and released from prison. He’s an experienced speaker and has a message to deliver.

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 mostly designed for young adults and parents.


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 9th, 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.

Thursday, October 10th, 7–9:30pm, Room TBD
LGBTQ Town Hall Watch Party
Bring snacks to share and join us for CNN’s Town Hall on LGBTQ issues. Have fun. Wear fav Pride attire. Celebrate National Coming Out Day.

Friday, October 11th, Beach Hall
7:30pm Beginner’s session, 8:00pm Dance
All Soles Contra and Square Dance
Local callers share the mic. Local band will provide the music. Childcare provided. $8 for adults; $4 for ages 12-25; and free for those under 12. For more information, visit: www.bigscioty.comor contact Jan Phillips.

Sunday, October 13th, 9 & 11am, Sanctuary
“Recognition Day” Rev. Eric
Columbus Day, Indiginous Peoples Day – which most deserves our notice? The act of paying attention is one of the most valuable skills we have in creating a culture worthy of our best selves. How, then, can we best use it do so?

Monday, October 14th, 7–9pm, Room #401-403
Grief Recovery Method®  
Led by Rev. Kathleen Fowler and Rev. Eric Meter. Small group format. Registration required, no later than the second meeting, October 10th. For more information, contact Rev. Eric.

Looking Ahead…

Get your 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.

Sponsored by the First UU Archives Group
October 6, 1967
The Emergency Conference on the Black Rebellion began on this day at the Biltmore Hotel in NYC. Organized by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in response to the racial strife in American society, this conference marked the beginning of what is known as the Black Empowerment Controversy within Unitarian Universalism. The controversy focused on the creation and funding of a Black Affairs Council(BAC), which would be run by African-American leaders within the UU movement. At the 1968 General Assembly in Cleveland, OH, the delegates voted in favor of the BAC but complications arose regarding funding and the all-black nature of the council. A year later, a substantial number of black delegates walked out of the General Assembly in Boston in protest over the failure of the UUA to fully support the plan. In 1970 the BAC disaffiliated from the UUA. The failure to fully fund BAC called into question the UUA’s commitment to racial justice, and over 1,000 black Unitarian Universalists left the church over this controversy, including William Sinkford, [who served as] president of the Association [from 2001–09 and as interim co-president in 2017].*** In 2016, the UUA Board of Trustees agreed to provide $5 million to Black Lives UU (BLUU). At this time, almost all of the promised funds have been raised. First UU is a contributor through JAM.