Tuesday Talk 8/6/19

Please welcome our new RE Coordinator!
Hello First UUers,

This is Amber Scott, Religious Exploration Coordinator here at First UU.  Rev. Marian is away on Study Leave and vacation, returning on August 20t

Thank you for sharing your warm words of welcome as I join the staff team! I especially enjoyed meeting some of you at CER Summer Institute, and it has been great to hear what everyone loves and is excited about in the Religious Exploration program. Since I am a new face to many of you, I thought I might give you a bit of my background in today’s Tuesday Talk.

I grew up in UU spaces and places, and have spent most of my adulthood here in Columbus. My family briefly attended a small UU fellowship in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The group was small enough that they rented space from a local school, and there weren’t always enough members to continue meeting. The vast majority of my childhood spiritual practice was spent in the cathedral with no ceiling – outdoors under the big open sky. We lived on a former farm property, and I would disappear into the forests and fields for hours at a time. My younger brother and I invented games and made props out of natural objects. I caught hundreds of frogs, and we helped my dad plant hundreds of pine saplings to reforest fallow farm tracts.

My family moved to Northeast Ohio the summer before I started fifth grade, and after briefly attending the Akron church, we settled in at the Kent congregation. Karen Lapidus was the Director of Religious Education there at the time, and she made the Sunday school classrooms and youth meetings a truly magical place to be. Many of my cousins’ families also made the move from Pennsylvania to Ohio, and we all settled in the town my grandparents picked, Hudson, Ohio. As a part of a large and close Irish Catholic extended family, my brother, Luke, and I grew up with a veritable horde of cousins to play with! Our big family is still very close, something that seems rare these days. When we gather for holidays or Sunday dinner, we are a riot of laughter, games, and voices raised in song. Our long standing tradition of the “fam jam” – an alchemy of instruments and vocal harmony – established singing and music making as a spiritual practice for me.

Youth spaces and events showed me how to embody and live out my UU values, and provided a platform for me to explore spirituality, ethics, and politics with the support of teenaged peers and adult advisors. I was a quiet kid when I became a youth, but taking on peer leadership roles in youth group and at regional youth conferences taught me how to use my voice. In 2004 I graduated from high school and began college at The Ohio State University. The skills and confidence I had gained as a youth continued to serve me as a young adult – I was one of the founding members of the Ohio State campus ministry group, FOCUUS (Fellowship of Campus Unitarian Universalists), and served on the Summer Institute Young Adult Panel before becoming a member of the larger CER SI Planning Committee. As a young adult off at college, Summer Institute and Winter Institute became places for me to reconnect with old friends, and spend time with my brother and my dad, Jim. Having those spiritual touchstones during years of tumultuous class schedules was truly a blessing! Summer Institute and First UU’s Labor Day Retreat are kindred spirits in that they are both fonts of sunny summer magic. If you have never attended, I encourage you to check out the Retreat in September, and set your sights on SI for July next year!

Throughout my life I’ve had opportunities to learn about spiritual practices by observing folks that are grown. In the UU church we talk about Lifespan Faith Development in part because parents and other adults are children’s most important spiritual teachers. Being spiritually grounded and living out our values as grown people is one of the best ways to foster the spirit of our congregation and denomination in our children and youth. As a child I was instilled with natural wonder by my outdoorsy parents, and listened to and supported by my big extended family. As a youth and as a young adult, I got to hear my dad tell stories of spiritual moments he experienced in AA groups and on retreats, and I got to watch my Mom, Sheri, experiment with spiritual practices such as Buddhist meditation to find what works for her.

I studied art education in college, with the intent to teach visual arts in PreK-12 classrooms. I received my BA and licensure after student teaching, but ultimately ended up working in Early Childhood Education. Starting when I was a student, I taught in Early Childhood classrooms for seven years. I also worked for the nonprofit Secular Student Alliance for a time, empowering and supporting college students who run humanist and atheist campus groups. My variety of experiences as a UU kid, youth, and young adult, and my interactions with children, youth, and young adults as a teacher, student teacher, and campus organizer helped me to appreciate the needs and gifts of these age groups. Social dancing and being a member of the SI Planning Committee taught me that folks far older than myself can be my peers (and are just as interested in having fun as I am)! With these things in mind, I am very excited to get to know the members, friends, and families of First UU better, and to discover the interconnections we share.

Have a great week!

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

THIS WEEK

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, August 7, 6:30-7:30pm, Worship Center
Community Vigil
For many of us the shooting this weekend in Dayton felt very close to home. Yet more senseless bloodshed, there and in both Texas and California earlier in the week. In response we will hold a community vigil with time for stillness as well as the sharing of feelings and hopes. Please join us as once again we light our chalice with the hope of brighter days to come.

Sunday, August 11th, 10am, Sanctuary
“You All Means All You All” with Rev. Susan Ritchie (and Summer Choir)
Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie draws on lessons from the Universalist side of the Unitarian Universalist family to speak to the transforming power of human solidarity. Dr. Ritchie is the minister at North Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Lewis Center.

Sunday, August 11, 11:30am, Room 7
Preparing for the Inevitable
What happens when you die? Join Funeral Consumers Alliance of Central Ohio for presentations and discussion about end-of-life planning. Learn about documents you will need to ensure that your wishes will be followed.
Cathy Elkins, 614-267-5884

Looking Ahead…

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.

SANCTUARY and JUSTICE UPDATES

Widening the Circle
Friday, August 9th, 8-9pm at First English Lutheran Church
1015 E. Main St., Columbus, OH, 43205

Please join us at sunset for an evening of music, refreshments (Miriam will be making vegetarian pupusas), and the premiere of a documentary on Miriam’s story.
The goal of this event is to widen the circle of solidarity surrounding Miriam and her family.
Weather permitting, the event will take place on the church lawn. In the event of rain, the event will be moved inside to Fellowship Hall. This event is free to all.
The documentary was produced by Taylor McKinley.Gift Cards for Edith Espinal
Gift cards from Kroger are needed to support Edith Espinal.
With the Summer months, contributions of cards have dropped off. You may bring your gift card to Jan Phillips at church on Sunday. Your help is very much appreciated. Email jephillips4444@sbcglobal.net should you have questions.Racial Justice; Immigration (RJI) JAM Focus Group Meeting
Monday, August 12th , from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, in Room 7
Please join us as we review our current work and make plans for upcoming actions and events. New faces are always welcome, as there is much to do. Email Jan Phillips at jephillips4444@sbcglobal.net should you have any questions.
THIS MOMENT IN UU HISTORY
Sponsored by the First UU Archives Group
August 11, 1901
Margaret Moseley was born in Dorchester, MA. She wanted to be a nurse but was refused by every hospital nursing program in Boston because she was African-American. Moseley joined and became president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). She was also a leader in the fight against McCarthyism in the 1950s. She served as president of the Community Church (Unitarian) in Boston. After moving to Cape Cod, Moseley helped start a chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a chapter of the WILPF, and the Fair Housing Commission. She was the first woman to chair the governing body of the Unitarian Church of Barnstable on Cape Cod. In 1965, Moseley marched in Selma, AL, to support voting rights for African-Americans. In 1989 the WILPF established the Margaret Moseley Memorial Peace Education Fund. She received the Martin Luther King Jr. award from the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Margaret Moseley died in 1997.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.