Tuesday Talk 9/17/19

 

Maddie Catty taking a break while Rev. Marian works on Sunday slides and service.

Tuesday Talk

Our guest columnist is Rev. Kathleen Fowler and she has exciting news/opportunity…

First Unitarian Universalist Church and the Jung Association of Central Ohio (JACO) are announcing a partnership that promises benefits to both organizations! JACO’s mission is to provide educational opportunities for personal growth and development based on the writings, teachings, and insights of Dr. Carl Gustav Jung and various post-Jungians. Educational, experiential, and art-based programs are offered to those seeking meaning, integration, and wholeness in life.

As brave, curious, and compassionate thinkers and doers, we UU’s are on our own spiritual paths to find meaning and wholeness in life as well. As our 4th Principle encourages, we seek a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. And as we strive to create spirituality and community beyond boundaries, we are engaging in our 3rd Principle: promoting and encouragement spiritual growth in our congregations.

First UU is honored to host two JACO programs this fall. On Saturday, Sept 28, Jungian Analyst Richard Sweeney will present “Consciousness and the Perils of Polarization.” This program will address the nature and importance of consciousness, particularly in today’s world, consider the development and degrees of consciousness, and explore frequent obstacles to consciousness, including narcissistic tendencies. We will probe Jung’s view that all psychological symptoms and neuroses derive from conflict or polarization within the psyche. This will lead to a reflection upon social consciousness and the problem of polarization within the collective psyche today. Please join us on Sept 28, 9 am to 12:30 pm.

First UU is also excited to host the annual JACO Bollingen Lecture and Workshop this year. On Friday evening Nov 15, Jungian Analyst James Hollis, the Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington, DC will speak on “Living More Fully in the Shadow of Mortality.” On Saturday his topic will be “Living the Examined Life: The Unfinished Business of the Second Half of the Journey.” Please join us Friday, Nov 15,7-9 pm and Saturday Nov 16, 9 am to 1:15 pm.

Both of these speakers have been very popular in the many times they have presented to Central Ohio audiences, and they are skilled at explaining difficult concepts in simple language. And the new partnership between First UU and JACO allows church members and friends to attend these programs paying the JACO member prices. For more information on program costs and registration, see www.jungcentralohio.org. For questions, contact Kathleen Fowler,

SHOUT OUTS! and Reminders

Middle Hour…Middle Hour…Middle Hour
It’s happening! Come early, stay late. There is something for everyone.

Middle Hour is an exciting and changing mix of Forums, Theme Talks, Learning Labs, Smapler Groups, Creative Space, Tabletop Conversations, and more! It all happens between services from 10:10–10:45.

Here is this week’s Middle Hour lineup:

CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS (Room B – near kitchen)
a self-guided experience with crafts, drawing, writing…

TABLETOP 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.

MOVEMENT & MOVEMENT
Meditative Singing (Room #301 – old #7):
Led by Lisa Brandt
All are welcome, including non-musicians.

New!
Care Giver Support Group – Organizing meeting 9/24
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.

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, September 18th, 12:30–3pm
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.

More info below in Justice updates.

Wednesday, September 18th, 6–9pm, Room #301 (old Room #7)
Path to Membership Class
Ever wonder how to become a member of First UU or even how to engage in a more meaning way? This class is for you. It will explain the next steps and is also a chance to get to know others. The class is designed for newcomers and is recommended before deciding to become a First UU member. Your participation in the class does not obligate you to join our church but we hope you will. Click here to register.

MOVIE!
Wednesday, September 18th, 7pm
Food Chain Screening and Panel Discussion
Watch this award-winning film followed by a panel discussion featuring 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.

More info below in Justice updates.

Wednesday, September 18th, 7–8:30pm, Room A/B 
The Long Strange Trip—Our UU History  (6 weeks)
Every Wednesday, September 11 – October 16 (six weeks), 7pm, Room A/B. Led by Dana Reynolds, retired UU minister. This is a great way to learn about our UU development throughout the centuries. The series is ideal for those new to Unitarian Universalism, but it promises new surprises for those who have been UUs for a long time. In each session, we will view the DVD and have a discussion.
For childcare, please call or email the office at least seven days prior.

Game Night!
Friday, September 20th, Room 301 (old #7)
RAINBOCONNEXIONS: 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. This month it is Game Night!
For more information, contact Georgia.

Saturday, September 21st, 9–1pm, Room #301 (old Room #7)
Path to Membership Class
Ever wonder how to become a member of First UU or even how to engage in a more meaning way? This class is for you. It will explain the next steps and is also a chance to get to know others. The class is designed for newcomers and is recommended before deciding to become a First UU member. Your participation in the class does not obligate you to join our church but we hope you will. Click here to register.

Sunday, September 22nd9:00 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?

Looking Ahead…

NEW!
Mondays & Thursdays, October 7–31, 7–9pm
Grief Recovery Method®  
Led by Rev. Kathleen Fowler and Rev. Eric Meter. Small group format. Registration required, no later than the second meeting, October 10.
Rev. Eric Meter, ericm@firstuucolumbus.org

JUSTICE UPDATES

MARCH!
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)

MOVIE!
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)

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.

THIS MOMENT IN UU HISTORY
Sponsored by the First UU Archives Group
September 22, 1843
Henry Ware Jr., a colleague of Ralph Waldo Emerson and editor of The Christian Disciple, died at age 49 in Framingham, MA. He helped to form the American Unitarian Association.