Tuesday Talk 8/1/19


Kids Take A Stand!
Red Oak Community School Fundraiser for children
affected by the border crisis
Hello First UUers,

This is Brian Hagemann, Director of Administration here at First UU. Rev. Marian is away on Study Leave and vacation; she’ll return August 20th.  It’s been a while since I wrote one of our Tuesday Talks, last time singing the praises of Summer Institute (this year featured theme speaker Ysaye Barnwell, of Sweet Honey in the Rock).  Today I’d like to borrow a page from Benji Ballmer, owner of Yellowbird Food Shed who sends out a Five on Friday blog post that I’ve enjoyed.  If you are a Yellowbird participant, you’ve probably seen these.  By the way, Benji will hopefully be joining us in the Fall to present a workshop or talk.  So here you have my


ONE:. Red Oak Community School kids had a fundraiser here on Sunday before and after the service as part of a national campaign.  On Saturday July 27th and Sunday July 28th kids all over the country “Took a Stand” by selling lemonade to benefit families in need along our southern border. Kids Take a Stand, organized by the Lawyer Moms Foundation, is in its second year.

Red Oak Community School educator (and mom) Maureen Alley and her children, William and John, set up their lemonade stand outside the doors of First Unitarian Universalist.  Thanks to the generosity of our congregation, they raised $265!  

All the proceeds will go to KIND (Kids In Need of Defense) and The Rio Grande Valley Rapid Response.  KIND protects unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone to ensure that no child appears in court without an attorney. The mission of the RGVRR is to welcome, orient, feed, clothe, and otherwise serve the immigrants and refugees being released en masse in the Rio Grande Valley.

TWO: Speaking of Yellowbird Foodshed, tomorrow night, Wednesday July 31st from 4-7pm they will have a Yellowbird Foodtruck in the SYC parking area next to their delivery truck. The chef will be preparing an entire menu from fresh local YB produce based on whats in season and available and have a varied menu of items for sale.  Come see what the local food craze is all about and enjoy an awesome LOCAL FOODS dinner!  Everyone welcome to come check it out.

THREE:  We have new staff starting shortly!  Amber Scott will be joining us beginning this Thursday as our full time Religious Exploration Coordinator. Kelly McNeil will start in the first part of August as a part time Congregational Life Coordinator.  We are super excited for their arrival and this opportunity to strengthen our programs and the services we provide to our members. You’ll be hearing more soon as introductions go out and they settle in with your church staff.

FOUR:  I’ve been asked to lead up the Environmental Justice focus area of our Justice Action Ministry and am inviting people to join me in this effort.  A few ideas I’d like us to consider; pursuing the Green Sanctuary Certification with the UUA, planning for additional solar panels at First UU possibly including a charging station for electric cars, creating a communications campaign to increase awareness and inspiring others, strengthening our ties to the local food community (food coops, cooking, gardening/permaculture), and more forums/movies/events like the recent one that discussed the Green New Deal with local experts.  Please email me if you are interested, brian@firstuucolumbus.org.  I’ll be reaching out at the beginning of the church year with more details and opportunity for involvement.

FIVE:  Quick Takes

  • Reading:  Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, by Robin Wall Kimmerer.  I’m about half-way through this beautifully written book of essays on mosses, nature, our relationship to them.  She has a definite UU feel to her writing style and ability to embody the natural world with spirit and agency.
  • Listening: Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?  Most interesting/engaging new artist debut I’ve heard in quite a while.  Folky, lo-fi, trip hop beats with her unique vocals on top.
  • Watching: Stranger Things Season 3. As a big fan of everything 1980’s, I’ve been loving the music, set design and sensibilities of the kids in this horror/thriller.  My son Jeremy (13) has really gotten into this series too.
  • Experience:  the family saw Les Misérables on stage in Chicago last week.  Wow!

That’s it, thanks for reading along and stay tuned next week for our next guest blogger…


SHOUT OUTS! and Reminders

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.

 Brandon Moss will direct the last summer choir service on August 11th


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, August 1st, 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.

Sunday, August 4th, 10am, Sanctuary
“7 by ASH”with ASH (Atheists, Skeptics, Humanists)
First UU’s Atheist, Skeptic, and Humanist Group, known as ASH, will present “7 by ASH.” The service will explore the Seven UU Principles as seen by ASH members, including addressing how we can “be good without God.”

Looking Ahead…

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. https://firstuucolumbus.org/labor-day-retreat/  Beth McCreary, beth3ms@gmail.com.

Resume two services (note time change)
Sunday, September 8th9:00and 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 28, 1866
The famous children’s author Beatrice Potterwas born in Kensington, London. A known Unitarian, she wrote 23 animal stories, the best-known of which is The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902). Her books depict animals as intelligent and lovable, and she enhanced the books with her own drawings and watercolors. They have been translated into several languages. Potter died on December 22, 1943.August 1, 1819
The great American author Herman Melvillewas born in New York City. Although his family heritage was distinguished in cultural and military circles, poverty limited his education and forced him to ease the family’s financial woes as a clerk, common seaman, and country school-teacher. However, Melville’s family inherited extensive libraries, in which he read widely. He left home at age 17 and served on the whaler Acushnet,deserted in the Pacific, and lived briefly with a cannibal tribe. His works include Typee(1846), Omoo(1847), and Mardi(1849), but he is most famous for his 1851 novel Moby Dick. He also wrote a series of poems about the Civil War. In later life, Melville withdrew from society almost completely, working as a customs agent and writingBilly Budd(1891). He was a member of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City. Melville died in New York on September 28, 1891.