Tuesday Talk 7/24/19

Worn sign at High and Weisheimer
New sign at High and Weisheimer
Times and signs are a changin’
(Replacement sign at High and W Weisheimer)

Tuesday Talk

and sometimes a little later…

I am away on Study Leave and vacation. I will return on August 20th. I hope you enjoy our guest hosts for Tuesday Talk. Take care and I’ll see you soon.  –Rev. Marian

Hello First UUers,

My name is Allie Bonsteel and I’m the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the 2019-2020 church year. I’ll be hosting one Tuesday talk per month over the next year to tell you what’s going on with the Board. I’ll also be sharing my personal reflections.

First UU has six elected Board members who each serve a three-year term. This year we are excited to welcome Lisa Brandt and Heather Pierson. Lisa will be serving as Vice Chair.

The Board meets the 4thWednesday of the month. Anyone is welcome to attend. At the last Board meeting, we made some important decisions that you need to know about. We’ve made some updates to our Policy Governance. There aren’t any major changes to the way we do things, just tweeks including role descriptions and implementing a Board Manual. I encourage you to check them out here. Other documents are here. We also elected Laura Hartman as Treasurer, Doug Kauffman as Chair of the Finance Committee and Judy Kleen as the Chair of the Personnel Committee.

The Board will be meeting for a social gathering in July and a retreat in August. I’ll share the results of the retreat next month.

Here at First UU we are self-governed. There is no higher authority out there that is going to tell is what to do or how to do it. The UUA offers resources and guidance for sure, but we are accountable to ourselves. It is on each and every one of us to do our part to work to fulfill our Mission.

This fall you’ll be issued a challenge to find more ways to participate in our community outside of Sunday worship. More to come. This is a community we make, not one that is made for us.

The Board wants to hear from you. Stop us in the halls or email us at board@firstuucolumbus.org. Our names/pictures are up in the bulletin board by the volunteer room.

On an unrelated note…A few weeks back Rev. Marian wrote about new revelations in the murder of Jim Reeb. If you’re interested in learning more about the NPR investigation, I recommend listening to the podcast White Lies. It goes deep into the story of Rev. Reeb’s life and legacy including interviews with his family.


SHOUT OUTS! and Reminders

Hooray for A/C!
Thanks to Dave Richter, Barb Fisher, and Brian Hagemann for working with our HVAC contractors who fixed multiple air conditioning breakdowns over the last two weeks. Workers, especially Matt Haag, worked all day and into the night several times to replace transformers, condensers, and other mechanical equipment on different units. They did it just in time for the big heat wave and in time for the concert on Saturday and church on Sunday. Whew. Heroes all.

Your chance to sing! 
Summer Choir 
Everyone who would like to sing may show up at 9am, learn a song and a closing, and then sing it at the 10am service, directly afterward. It is great fun, and it is a chance for people who may not be choir members to sing on a Sunday morning.

August 11: Brandon Moss will direct


For additional activities and events, please see First UU News (posted on Fridays).

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, July 25th, 6:30pm, Room 7
July 25 – Sept. 19 with Tim Cooke
Successful Aging: The Power of Place and Social Connections
This course will make vivid the opportunities, challenges and difficulties of again and the advantages of aging in proximate community compared to other alternatives available today. We will be using the Cohousing model as a framework for comparison to other options available today, and as one facet of a comprehensive plan to address the issues raised.
There may be a fee for this course to cover outside facilitator.

Saturday, July 27th, Beach Hall
6pm Potluck, 7:30 Beginner Lessons, 8pm Dance
All Soles Contra and Square Dance & Potluck
We can’t wait to see you this coming Saturday night for an evening of contra dances. Columbus caller and long-time dancer, Richard Ades, with wit and charm, will lead us through a varied repertoire of dances. We will dance to the lilting Celtic tunes of the Animusiacs, the quartet of Sarah Perry (on fiddle), Mary Bertke (on banjo), Karl Wohlwend (on guitar), and Jim Lindroth (on bodhran). They return to All Soles following their February debut.

And it’s Summer, so it’s potluck time! We will gather starting at 6:00 PM to share a meal together. Also, every dance is a beginners’ dance! The dancing will start with a beginners’ session from 7:30 to 8:00 PM, with the dance itself from 8:00 to 10:30 PM. Free childcare is available in a nearby classroom.

Cost is $8 for adults; $4 ages 12-25; and free for those under 12.  Join us in Fellowship Hall.

For more information, visit:

Sunday, July 28th, 10am, Sanctuary
“What’s Up with Free-Will?” with Rev. Alison Wohler
Determinism, agency, and moral responsibility will all be discussed in this sermon, one that will have you shaking your head in uncertainty and wonder, but hopefully leaving with some satisfaction that all is well with your personal illusion that you possess free-will. It’s a really interesting subject to learn and think about. At play are science, philosophy, psychology, religion, evolution, and our entire criminal justice system.

Looking Ahead…

Friday, August 2nd, 6:30–8pm, Whetstone Park (by lower playground)
First Friday in the Park

Thursday, August 8th, 7:00pm, Sanctuary
Meaningful Movies Columbus: “Paris to Pittsburgh”
We are excited to be hosting a FREE screening of Paris to Pittsburgh, inspiring stories of the local, private sector, and community leaders across the U.S. who are continuing to take action to transition to a clean energy economy — regardless of federal inaction. It is a must see for people of faith concerned about the future of U.S. climate action. Join us!
Sponsored by JAM and Interfaith Power and Light

Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, August 31st – Monday, September 2nd
Labor Day Campout at Camp Oty’Okwa in the stunning Hocking Hills
Great for everyone – families, singles, couples! Hikes, workshops, nature, group worship, music! Meals included.
Beth McCreary, beth3ms@gmail.com.

Resume two services (note time change)
Sunday, September 8th9:00 and 11:00am, Sanctuary
Water Communion and Ingathering
Please bring water – a little bit will do. Be prepared to say what water represents in your life as we pour our waters into a common bowl. The water can be from your travels or from the kitchen tap.


Columbus Immigrant Transit Assistance (Cbus ITA)
Volunteers organizing to greet immigrant families traveling through Columbus via Greyhound bus. We have heard that people are being put onto buses without their cell phones, their shoe laces taken away, and without food or money or clothing. These are families, often with small children. There is a great need and Columbus volunteers are helping.

If you are interested in connecting with this group, visit and ask to join the Cbus ITA Facebook page. You may say you heard about it through First UU.

Cbus ITA is inviting everyone to support and donate supplies for the immigrants passing through Columbus.

  • Supply donations: use boxes in the cloakroom. If you bring supplies, please sign the sheet on the clipboard, so we can thank you for your donation.
  • Cash donations: UU Justice Ohio’s fund for Cbus ITA supplies, click here.
  • Volunteer Greeters: sign up to go to the bus depot to greet families at Cbus ITA Depot Volunteers Facebook page.
  • Bagging Party: you can sign up on the Cbus ITA Facebook page to help bag donated supplies.
  • More information: Cbus ITA Facebook page. Contains up-to-date information about what’s happening. More information, contact Sue Carter.

2nd and 4th Wednesdays
ICE Solidarity with Immigrants Table
It’s Summertime and our table in front of the ICE office downtown is back for its second year. We are hosting the table on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, and help is needed. We need 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
July 19, 1860
Florence Buck was born. She was headmistress of a school in Kalamazoo, MI, and a lifelong friend of the Unitarian minister there, Marion Murdock. Eventually she and Murdock moved to Meadville, PA, where Murdock did graduate work and Buck studied for the Unitarian ministry. After a year, they went to live in London, Where Buck studied at Manchester College and then Oxford University. She was ordained in Chicago at All Souls Church during the World Parliament of Religions in 1893. She and Murdock were called as co-pastors of Unity Church in Cleveland, OH, and had a joint ministry there for six years. They were the first women to hold a joint ministry in the United States. In 1900, Buck became minister in Kenosha, Wi, and Murdock took on a ministry in Geneva, IL. Florence Buck died on October 12, 1925.