First UU Columbus

A Welcoming Congregation

Tuesday, September 27, 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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As a "Welcoming Congregation",
we have formalized our commitment to be inclusive and expressive of the concerns of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and/or transgender persons at every level of congregational life.

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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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Settled Minister Search Update


Greetings from your First UU Settled Minister Search Committee!

We need you to fill out this survey to help us select the next settled senior minister!


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

Click this link to fill out the survey:

Rev. Jennifer Brooks - Covenant

UU Principles in Child Friendly LanguageWhen I hear the words “best friend,” there’s one person I think of first, and then a few others. The first names are childhood friends with whom I’m still in touch. There was something about us: we were soul mates. We laughed at the same things. We groaned at the same things. Then there was how we treated each other.

Relationship. A friendship that “sticks” for a lifetime doesn’t mean that we always agree or that we have the same talents or that the friends of our friends like each other. There can be awkward moments. But the friendship sticks.

The relationship of friendship is based on the initial connection, frequent proximity, shared experiences. It’s not, so much, intentional.

Adults who are members of a free faith community make friendships within that community. But there’s something more going on. In a Unitarian Universalist congregation, we enter into relationship with intention. We covenant.

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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

Our church is a merger of the Unitarian and Universalist churches. Both churches have 500 year old roots as Christian churches that protested the excesses of dominant Christian churches. Since then, we have come to emphasize freethinking and we draw from many sources of spiritual wisdom. We challenge injustice, privilege, preconceptions, and the unreflected sense of certainty. We support a gently relentless pursuit of truth, meaning, and spirituality.
Wesley Thompson