First UU Columbus

A Welcoming Congregation

Thursday, July 02, 2015


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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All Are Welcome

rainbowAs 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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Justice Week 2015

colorful crowd edit2Justice Week is an annual event where we learn about justice-making right here in Columbus, Ohio. This year we will be building a movement around economic justice and racial justice. First UU partners with local organizations to learn from young adult activists organizing all over our city to promote racial and economic justice.

This year, our partners are Will Petrik and the Ohio Student Association. Will Petrik is a local organizer who has experience with economic justice statewide in the state of Ohio. He is currently running for a City Council position and will be helping our youth discern where economic injustice lies in our local community. The Ohio Student Association is a coalition of young people working together in an intergenerational movement for racial, social, economic, and educational justice. We will be visiting their Freedom Schools program and learning more about the work they are doing to raise minimum wage.

Click HERE to Read More About Justice Week 2015 and Register!

Green Activities at First UU

greenchaliceFrom the Green Team: First UU is on a journey to achieve certification as a "Green Sanctuary" under UUA criteria. The Board of Trustees has designated the church's Green Team as coordinator of this effort.  For more information on this initiative, check out the UUA's Green Sanctuary Program here.

Other new activities of the Green Team include LED Lighting renovation, pursuit of solar panels for electric generation on site and other aspects of a proposal that First UU become a carbon-neutral facility.  LEED certification for Existing Buildings is also being looked at.  With these efforts and others we can live out our 7th prinicipal as we look to educate and address climate change in the way we do business.

All church members and organizations will be invited to participate, and the Green Team is looking for ideas and hands as we move toward a more sustainable church operation.  Please help us by becoming part of this effort!  Contact Brian Hagemann This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to get 'plugged in'.

Labor Day Retreat in Hocking Hills

First UU Church Annual Labor Day Retreat at Camp Oty' Okwa Sat,Sep 5 to Mon, Sept 7. Wonderful for families, singles or couples. Workshops, hiking, crafts, community building! Sign up by Sunday August 23.  Online Registration  Check out the Labor Day Retreat table in Fellowship Hall or contact Beth McCreary, 850-1463  _ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or Julie Pinsonneault, 447-8407 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (Remove underscore) , or Deb McGuire. View a Sample Schedule or Labor Day FAQs


Elevator Speeches from First UU members

The UU Church is the best place for atheists, agnostics and humanists to freely explore, with others, ideas about God or other supreme entities. Though diverse in beliefs, we UU’s hold certain principles in common. We seek knowledge in freedom, promote justice with wisdom, practice compassion for others, and possess a passion for democratic social structures and behaviors. All Folks are welcome here and all ideas are valued here. Verily, I say to thee: It is the place to be!
Dotte Turner
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