Tuesday Talk

Recently, the School for Young Children launched a new project – a Podcast!  Introducing The SYC Approach: Empowering Preschoolers Through Play and Compassion.  Spreading the message of SYC beyond the building here at First UU.

What is the SYC Approach: Empowering Preschoolers Through Play and Compassion.

For over 50 years The School for Young Children (our play-based outreach preschool program) has maintained a consistent philosophy, that children be allowed to develop at their own pace in an atmosphere of free play enriched with a variety of creative materials and the support of teachers who respect them as individuals. Our podcasts provide discussion on practices and philosophies of the SYC approach and how to apply these strategies at home.

The first episode is Discipline and Communicating Values Through Limits. In this episode, Amy Rudawsky and Angela Lamonte discuss setting limits with consistency, setting limits is an act of love, the difference between discipline and punishment, explain misbehavior, and so much more!

The podcast is available on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play and TuneIn.


Amy Rudawsky and Susan Roscigno
SYC Co-Directors

Applications for Enrollment
School for Young Children (SYC)

Enrollment materials are now available for the School for Young Children’s 2020-21 school year. Processing of applications will begin on February 14, 20 at 12 p.m. Currently-enrolled students, children of church members and children from SYC alumni families receive priority consideration as long as their applications are received by February 14 at 12 p.m.

SYC offers part-time classes for children aged 2½ through 5. If you have a preschool child who will be age 2 by June 30, 2020 or older, and are interested in enrolling your child, we urge you to act promptly since we usually fill up quickly.

Information about applying can be found on the SYC website, www.syccolumbus.org, or you can call the school office, 614-267-0254.

Opportunities and Reminders

1st UU Young Adult in Local Play
Saturday, January 18th, 8pm (First UU group) 
Check out Frannie Mamlin as Miranda, in Columbus Civic Theater‘s current production of The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines. Five women in five monologues give fresh, eye-opening perspective to Shakespeare’s classic characters.
A group from First UU will be going to this Saturday’s (Jan 18) performance at 8 pm. To sign up, contact Sylvia Howe.

Registration is open!
Beloved Conversations
Retreat: Jan. 31–Feb. 1
Sessions: every other week for 8 weeks

A small-group program that helps congregations talk about race and ethnicity, and explore how we can use this experience to help create a more just world.
Childcare provided upon request.
$75, scholarships available.
If you have any questions, email Rev. Eric or call him at 614/267-4946.

From our Auction Team…
Our First UU Auction: Come Fly with Me!
Saturday, February 22 at 5 pm.
We need many donations in order to make our auction “take off”! Donations must be received by January 26 to appear in the printed catalog. You can enter your items online or by filling out a form at our auction table in Beach Hall after each service. At the auction table you can also sign up for childcare, to bring an appetizer, to volunteer, and to get your questions answered. Can’t think about what to donate? Ask us! We have lots of suggestions.

Is an Intern in our future???
Contribute a Teaching Share to the Intern Fund 
If we would like to have a ministerial intern in the coming years, we have to put the funds in place now. In order to say ‘yes’ to a school and a potential intern, we have to know that we can uphold our promise. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Rev. Marian soon.

***Middle HourMiddle HourMiddle Hour***
Sunday, 10:15–10:45am
Learning Lab: Environmental
Room 301
Facilitator: Diane Smith
Steps To Sustainable Living; Reducing Our Carbon Footprint.
Strategies for today – looking for low-hanging fruit. Please come and join the conversation.
Middle Hour is Fun for Everyone!
Creative Expressions
Room A/B
Paint a Masterpiece During Middle Hour!
Join Janet Mangini in the Creative Expressions corner for a fun painting activity! Children and youth of all ages will have the opportunity to create works of art that will be sold at the church auction, or scanned to create items such as greeting cards! More Middle Hour Crafts Coming Soon! Stay tuned for updates on February and March! Deb Baillieul will be organizing some engaging projects – from puppets and play dough, to planting flowers!


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).

Meaningful Movie
Wednesday, January 15th, 7:00pm, Sanctuary
Human Flow, a Documentary by Ai Weiwei
Sponsored by: Racial Justice and Immigration JAM Working Group
We will gather to view and discuss this important film which highlights the massive scale of human movement due to war, climate change, and religious and ethnic discrimination.

Wednesday, January 15th, 7:30pm, Room A/B
Long Strange Trip: Our UU History, Part V
Led by Dana Reynolds, retired UU minister
This is a great way to learn about our UU development throughout the centuries. It’s ideal for those new to UUism, but promises new surprises for longtime UUs. All are welcome.

Friday, January 17th, 6–9pm, Beach Hall
Rainbow Connexion: 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 Barb.

Sunday, January 18th, 9am & 11am, Sanctuary
Lift Every Voice” with Rev. Marian, Wahru, Rev. Ron Payne
Join us for a dynamic celebration of MLK and the Civil Rights Movement. Rev. Ron Payne, a First UUer, was in Selma and will tell us all about it. Wahru and Joyce will be drumming. Bring your drum to join in the benediction.

Sunday, January 18th, 12:30pm, Sanctuary
Congregational Mid-Year Meeting
We will gather as a community for our mid-year meeting to discuss the important business of the church. Please attend: a quorum is required.

Concert to Benefit Immigrants
And Then They Came for Me Concert
Sunday, February 2nd, 3:00—4:30pm, Sanctuary
Benefitting FUU’s Fund for Immigration Legal Assistance (FILA)
Featuring:  Starlit Ways, Crazy Faith Freedom Choir, and Abby Moulton.  Emcee: Eric Gnezda, award-winner songwriter and PBS host.
Tickets: $20, cash or check (payable to FUU) at the door
Reserve tickets online.First UU Auction: Come Fly with Me! 
Saturday, February 22, 2020
To really take off, we’ll need many donations to zoom in and take the bidding sky high! You can donate from the auction website or email.  We’ll have a table in Beach Hall starting near the end of November, then on January 5 and February 9 we will have Auction 101 sessions during Middle Hour to share auction information and answer questions.Save your stuff!
Rummage Sale
May 2, 2020 (Saturday)

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.
Join us on Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend for a special screening of the new film, “Just Mercy” with like-minded justice-seeking folks.
We urge everyone to see this film in the theaters (Opens Jan 10!), and if the time works for you, see it with us at a special discounted rate starting at
12:30pm on Saturday, January 18th at Cinemark Polaris.FEATURING: Welcome and introductory remarks by
Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr.
Executive Director, Ohio Council of Churches
Board member, Journey of Hope… From Violence to Healing
Advisory Board, Death Penalty Action
Immediate past board chairman, Ohioans to Stop ExecutionsWe have 191 seats to fill with justice and faith oriented people who would want to see the film together with like-minded friends and family. ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASE IS REQUIRED. Sponsorships Available – Click for details!BONUS – In brief opening remarks you’ll hear about opportunities to create a more just justice system in Ohio. Following the film there will be an opportunity to sign up with co-convening central Ohio justice organizations, sign petitions, and learn about opportunities to support the work.Co-conveners include:
Ohio Council of Churches
Faith in Public Life – Ohio
Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio
Poor People’s Campaign – Columbus Chapter
Ohio Journey of Hope… From Violence to Healing
Death Penalty Action
Ohioans to Stop Executions


Meaningful Movie
Wednesday, January 15th, 7:00pm, Sanctuary
Human Flow, a Documentary by Ai Weiwei
Sponsored by: Racial Justice and Immigration JAM Working Group
We will gather to view and discuss this important film which highlights the massive scale of human movement due to war, climate change, and religious and ethnic discrimination.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
January 13, 1568
Following the Diet of Torda on January 6 in Transylvania, at which Unitarian minister Francis Dávid won debates with Calvinist Bishop Peter Melius, Prince John Sigismund converted to Unitarianism on this day and then issued the Edict of Torda, which declared toleration for other religions.