Tuesday Talk 9/13/19


Brian Hagemann and Dave Richter are ready to welcome you to Middle Hour!
They are standing in Beach Hall at one of the new tables for Table Top Conversations. Don’t worry, there are chairs too.

Tuesday Talk

It’s way past Tuesday! Big apologies for the lateness of Tuesday Talk. My computer stopped working and the dog ate my homework. Seriously, I have a new computer and believe me, that takes a bit of work! But read on, there’s exciting Middle Hour info and more below…

Hello First UUers!

I am so excited. Your energy is so high. And your response to Water Communion and all the work we’ve done over the summer to welcome you to the new church year makes it all worth it.

In case you missed it, we’ve hired new staff (Amber, Kelli, Amy); RE-imagined, RE-engaged, RE-committed to our children’s RE program; put resources and energy toward being even more welcoming; refinished the wood floor and replaced old tile in Beach Hall; added new tables and chairs in Beach Hall thanks to the generosity of several donors; cleaned and polished the hallway tiles; fixed multiple air conditioning units, replaced broken drainage pipes that contributed to leaky roofs; cleaned the kitchen (see below); did general repairs and cleanup inside and out; and much more, including MIDDLE HOUR! Thank you to all who helped make all this possible.

Now about Middle Hour. It is finally here! Who knew that moving the early service to 9:00 (it used to be that way years ago) would give us a whole hour to make things happen. I hope that you can stay late (early service) or come early (second service) to experience and enjoy. It is an opportunity to connect, explore, grow.

Middle Hour is all about us and for us. That means that WE make it happen. Tony S. (make sure you thank him) has been instrumental in helping to get it organized along with staff. If you have feedback, ideas, or appreciations, please let Tony know. We are also looking for volunteers to help lead future sessions.

Here is this week’s Middle Hour lineup:

CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS (Room B – near kitchen)

a self-guided experience with crafts, drawing, writing…

SAMPLER (in the Library): Caregivers Support Group

Rev. Eric and Sylvia Howe

See description below.

TABLE TOP 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.

THEME TALK (Room #310 – old #7): Covenant

Facilitated by Dave Richter

Explore monthly theme with opportunities to share your thoughts and questions.

FORUMS (1st Sunday) / LEARNING LABS (2nd Sunday) / THEME TALK (3rd Sunday) / MUSIC and MOVEMENT (4th Sunday)

Click here for more information on Middle Hour.

Hope to see you Sunday! And Happy New Church Year!

Rev. Marian

Busy summer getting ready for the new church year.
Kelli loves putting things together, especially a new desk (with a little help from Barb).
Setting up the tables and chairs in Beach Hall getting ready for a great year.

SHOUT OUTS! and Reminders

Meet Amy!
This week, Amy Cummings began as our new RE Assistant. She is part-time and will work during the week to handle RE paperwork, administration tasks, and more.

Huge thank you to Christine Davidson, who is taking a step back from doing RE admin, so that she can focus on writing curriculum, family time, and being a leader within the program – as an RE teacher and Navigators scout troop leader.

Mel Herzog (they/them) will still be doing the Sunday RE Assistant piece (RE table, bringing in the light, snack, checking on teachers and the hired sitter, putting out and collecting attendance materials, etc.), which frees up Amy to be one of our OWL teachers, and keeps a familiar face in that role.

Make sure you say “welcome” to Amy, thank you to Christine and Mel. Add Amber Scott, our new Religious Exploration Coordinator, to the group and you have a dream team for all things RE.

The Kitchen Team!
We have been meeting monthly, sometimes twice a month to take inventory, remove outdated food items, and broken and useless items from the kitchen area. Then then the scrubbing began and continues!

The Team is currently working on signage and instructions on use and cleaning of kitchen and adjacent areas that will meet and exceed Health Department standards.

Thank you for helping us keep the kitchen clean!

Ken Odiorne, Donna Adassa, Carole Wilhelm, Chris Sullivan, Karen Keenan, Olwen Firestone, Sue Vierow, Leonore Abruzzo, Barb Fisher, Su Farnlacher, Jeff Sherman, Joan Matyskella

THIS Sunday: MIDDLE HOUR begins!
THIS Sunday: RE classes begin
THIS Sunday: Peace Pals choir begins

Come experience Middle Hour! Stay late, come early. Middle Hour is 10:10–10:45. Note: the early service will start on time and be one hour. Then we have 15 minutes for parking lot changeover between end of Middle Hour and second service to ease congestion. Carpooling and eco-friendly modes of transportation are always good.

Teachers and RE Volunteers needed!
Answer the call to teach: help our children and youth explore Unitarian Universalist values! You don’t need to be an expert, you just need to be willing to learn alongside our young folks two Sundays a month! For more info, contact Amber.

Care Giver Support Group – Organizing meeting 9/24
(additional organizing meeting during Middle Hour on Sept. 15th)
Because several of our community have found themselves in the unfamiliar role as caregiver, we are forming a new support group for caregivers (spouses, parents, grandparent, special needs children, friends, etc.). The first get together will be at the Rusty Bucket on North High on September 24th at 6pm. We will each pay for our own meal. We will have the private room which holds about 20 people (sign-up required). This gathering will be organizational to decide what type of group or groups will be most beneficial, a regular meeting date and time, and format.

For more information and to add your name to the list, please contact Sylvia via email, phone 978-317-0013, or during coffee hour on Sunday.


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).

Friday, September13th, Beach Hall
6pm Potluck, 7:30 Beginner Lessons, 8pm Dance
All Soles Contra and Square Dance & Potluck
All Soles Contra & Square Dance kicks off its new season this Friday. Wild Rumpus, consisting of Deborah Colon (fiddle), Karl Colon (guitar), and Bob Douglas (percussion), will enchant us. Irish Music Magazinehas this to say about Wild Rumpus, “A sonic boom of good time traditional Irish party music…”. Taking the mic will be Columbus dancer and call Richard Ades. It’s a dance you won’t want to miss!

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 Beach Hall.

For more information, visit: www.firstuucolumbus.org/all-soleswww.bigscioty.com

Sunday, September 15th9:00 and 11:00am, Sanctuary
“Power of Covenant” with Rev. Marian 
UU congregations are not defined by creed but by covenant. Instead of being bound by archaic creeds or legalistic contracts, covenants are living promises to each other and the world. Since ancient times, covenants have been made and made again, testifying to their power. What is our covenant?

Sunday, September15th, 10:10–10:45 
Middle Hour begins!
Come early, stay late.
See schedule above for topics and locations.

Sunday, September15th, 12:15pm, Room 301 (old #7)
Sign Making
Join Sylvia Howe in sign making for the March to End Gun Violence on the 18th. Even if you can’t make it on the 18th, you can participate by making signs. All are welcome.

Looking Ahead…

Sunday, September 15th, 10:10–10:45am
Middle Hour
Come early, stay late! Middle Hour is happening.
Topics announced in this Tuesday Talk.

Rev. Marian and clergy at Planned Parenthood health center blessing. The event was part of Holy Callings, a two-day reproductive health summit with a LGBTQ focus.
The note of encouragement was on the wall of the center.


Wednesday, September 18th, 12:30–3am
March to End Gun Violence
“Do Something – Stop Gun Violence”
A march and rally demand an end to the growing culture of violence and hate.
We will march from Columbus Commons to the Statehouse (High Street side), where community leaders and people impacted by gun violence will share their stories, followed by a peaceful and prayerful public witness.

We will be demanding that the Ohio Legislature pass a series of gun control measures: pass a Red Flag law; institute universal background checks; raise the minimum age to purchase a firearms to 21; a ban on gun possession by those convicted of domestic violence; a ban on trigger cranks, bump stocks and devises that allow firearms to act like an automatic firearm; a ban on assault and military-style rifles; and a ban on high capacity magazines.  And maintain the need for permits, training and checks for those who carry concealed guns. This list is a work in progress so there may be some additions. Many of these measures have already been proposed in the Ohio Legislature, but sit ignored in committees.

Let’s work together to make Ohio a place where gun violence is gone from our communities, police respect all people and keep our neighborhoods safe, and we are free from the fear of mass shootings. Join us to “do something now” next week!

Click here for more (submitted by UU Justice Ohio)

Wednesday, September 18th, 7pm
Food Chain Screening and Panel Discussion
Don’t miss this powerful award-winning film about the CIW’s astounding achievements in transforming the lives of the Immokalee farmworkers through collaboration with powerful corporations and the power of consumer allies — all of us! Get re-energized and excited about how we’re all bringing justice to workers here and around the world.

Our panel discussion will feature our new Ohio Fair Food leader from the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, Wendy Ake, and long-time First UU Fair Food allies. For more information, contact Sue Carter.

SB 33 Lobby Day and Action
Thursday, September 19th, all day
“Freedom Demands Action”
SB 33 is a bill that was originally written by the oil and gas industry and the Koch brothers’ ALEC organization to stop protests like the one that occurred at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. The bill makes it a potential felony to protest – even non-violently- at so-called “critical” infrastructure sites — like pipelines, fracking wells, oil refineries, oil and chemical and gas storage sites, energy plants, water treatment sites, mines, railroad property, and so much more.

The bill would fine churches and non-profits up to $100,000 if they are found to be ‘complicit’ when one of their congregants or members is charged with felony protest. Churches and non-profits would be fined for helping pay a protestor’s fines or any civil action damages.

Rev. Marian protested at Standing Rock on the Interfaith Day of Action.

Click here for more (submitted by UU Justice Ohio)

Be kind and helpful.
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
September 22, 1803
The Universalist Church of America adopted the Winchester Profession at Winchester, MA. The Winchester Profession outlined Universalist belief in three tenets: that the Old and New Testaments reveal the character of God and the final destination of humanity, that there is one God and he is revealed in Jesus Christ, and that holiness and happiness are inseparably connected. It held to the Bible when Unitarian belief in the Bible was being undermined by the influence of higher criticism.