First UU Columbus

A Welcoming Congregation

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus is a place where people on a variety of spiritual paths come together to grow in religious depth.

Our congregation lifts up our lives within community so that we may feel ourselves more deeply rooted and connected to our earth and the wider circle of beings.  We are empowered by our commitments to greater loving, wider justice and deeper happiness.

Please join us as we create community, grow in spirituality, practice charity and work for social justice. We welcome you in your struggles, your doubts and your dreams.


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Rev. Eric Meter - Listen
Written by Rev. Eric Meter   
Friday, 07 October 2016 11:41

blog em listenOur theme thing month is healing, specifically what it means to be a community of healing.

One of my teachers long ago would often use the phrase “to increase the odds on love.”

There was something about the phrase that seemed off at first, but grew on me in time. There are no guarantees with love, and so often the best we can do is to lean in to make it more possible.

With that in mind, our question this month might be “How does a faith community increase the odds on wholeness?”

Well, we might begin by paying attention to one another and those around us, something we do quite well, by and large.

All the same, healing is something we usually think of in individual terms, not communal ones.  

And beyond that? How can we increase the odds on healing in a wider sense?

In response, I can’t help but remember what Don Wheat, former minister of one of our congregations in Chicago, once said, “When you don’t give people the chance to say I hurt, they end up saying I hate.”

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Rev. Jennifer Brooks - Healing
Written by Rev. Jennifer Brooks   
Monday, 03 October 2016 12:58

Perhaps it is the synchronicity of the universe. Again. 

blog jb heart2The October worship theme of “Healing” follows the first Presidential debate and precedes the November elections. It follows and precedes heart-wrenching violence locally, nationally, and in the world at large. It follows, and precedes, all the causes of hurt and grief in human experience.


My heart has been torn asunder and will be again. How do we heal? How do we continue to nurture what is precious and good in our lives even as we tremble with hurt? There’s a reason we need an October of healing.

A story I love, in one of its variations, is about a town in the throes of an election. People there wonder how to choose the person who will make the best mayor. They agree that they want to choose the person with the best heart.

Then they struggle with the question of what makes one heart better than another.

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Settled Minister Search Update


There is one week left to fill out our survey to help us select the next settled senior minister!

 Also we will have a table again in the Front Gallery before and after Sunday services for you to visit, fill out the survey or ask any questions you may have about the search process.

Click HERE to fill out the survey online now.

Your Search Committee has begun searching for the minister who is the best fit for this congregation.  In order to do the best work we can, we are starting at the beginning: with the people who matter most (that’s you!). We need your input! Starting now and going until Sunday October 2nd, we will be conducting a survey. This is your opportunity to tell us what you would like to see in a senior minister. Your input will help guide us in our search process. Your participation is essential in helping us. With only 15-20 minutes of your time, you are playing a vital role in charting the future of our beloved community. Please know that your responses are anonymous.

With love,
The Settled Minister Search Committee: Judy Kleen, Christine McDevitt, Donna Greenman, Emma Merchant, Larry Drake, Lou Bernard, Morgan Patten, and Willow Otten


Rev. Lane Campbell - Promises
Written by Brian Hagemann   
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 00:00

blog lc promiseWhat is in a promise?  Is it something we say, something we do?  In my life, I usually say I will promise to do something.  Most of the time, when I make a promise I am making a commitment and that thing gets done.  Sometimes, I forget- especially if I don’t write the promise down somewhere.  Promises are lived.  They are in the agreements we make with friends and family to be somewhere at a specific time.  They are in the unspoken ways we promise to care for one another- a parent cares for a child, a friend is there to listen, a partner offers support, a community is consistently present for those who take part.

In my life recently, I have been thinking much about trust, specifically how to build trust with others.  Promises can be a foundation of trust, especially when they are kept and followed through on.  And I know that when we break an agreement we have with someone or with an entire community, it takes time to rebuild trust and to rebuild relationship.

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Rev. Eric Meter - Covenant Groups
Written by Rev. Eric Meter   

blog em covenant groupsAnother year in the life of our faith community formally began with our Water Ceremony earlier this month.

And our theme for September is covenant. So what better time to talk about some changes to the format of our congregation’s Covenant Groups. For 13 years now, we have had a number of groups meeting twice a month from October through May or June (and some continuing informally through the summer months). Our covenant groups are places were seven to ten people gather to share their reflections with one another on some of the questions and challenges of our lives. They are places to build trust and get to know, often deeply, other members of our community.

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Podcasts are back!

podcast 1We will once again be featuring weekly audio podcasts of the Sunday sermon beginning this September.  In the meantime as we get our process working, here are a couple of recent sermons that people have requested with more of our recent summer services coming soon.

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You can listen online or download the mp3 file for later.  Enjoy!



Elevator Speeches from First UU members

We teach our children a greeting: Welcome to Unitarian Universalism. We are the people of the open mind, the loving heart and the helping hands.  We value open-minded theologies without creeds or dogma but rather with questions and doubts. We love justice and work to be in respectful relationship with others.  With no claims to any definitive theological answers, we focus on making a hands-on difference here and now, reaching out to ally ourselves with others.
Susan Williams