First UU Columbus

A Welcoming Congregation

Sunday, May 28, 2017


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. Lane Campbell - Embody Love
Written by Rev. Lane Campbell   
Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:00

blog lc embodyloveI met a stranger a few weeks ago while walking back from a prayer march in Columbus. We had marched about a mile away, held prayer space with elected officials, police officers, and the mother of a young man who had been killed by police. We sang, prayed, listened, held silence, and the day had been quite full. I walked back with the women who had been leading us in song all evening long. Rain had started to fall and it was dark out. I looked around ant introduced myself to one of the women walking back. We talked about our experiences of the prayer march together.

Early on in our conversation, she mentioned that her religious beliefs required her to extend love to every stranger, every person she meets. This woman is part of a much more conservative line of Christianity and I have to say I came to the conversation with a bit of bias. But she told me her religious tradition asks that she love the elected officials, even when they make decisions she disagrees with. Her church teaches her to love the police officers, even when they do wrong and do not protect those they are meant to serve. And her God calls her to love the brokenhearted mother who is deeply grieving the loss of her child.

Our conversation and connection in that moment inspired ad challenged me. To truly embody love means to hold love for the folks I agree with as well as those I don’t. This woman shared with me how this call has asked her to stretch and grow, to treat others truly how she wants to be treated.

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Labor Day Retreat in Hocking Hills

First UU Church Annual Labor Day Retreat at Camp Oty' Okwa Sat, Sep 2 to Mon, Sept 4, 2017. Wonderful for families, singles or couples. Workshops, hiking, crafts, community building! Sign up by Sunday August 27.  

Sign up on-line.  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

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Rev. Jennifer Brooks - Embodiment
Written by Rev. Jennifer Brooks   
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 00:00

blog jb bikefunIt was a warm spring day and I pedaled as fast as possible along Rustic Bridge Road, leaning into the turns. I wasn’t really going very fast, but fast enough to be exhilarating, especially on the downhills. Joy bubbled up from deep inside. All my senses were cheering me on. The wind was in my teeth. I flew.

Ahead I spotted two children, perhaps 8 years old, pedaling madly toward me on their little bikes. Waves of exhilaration preceded them. They grinned fiercely as they leaned forward over the handlebars, obviously striving to go as fast as they could. They passed me in a split second, ignoring me completely. The wind was in their teeth. They flew.

In the whirl and flash of their passing, wonderment arose. I didn’t simply remember being eight years old and riding my bike like that; I felt eight years old again. The thrill of effort and motion; the instinctive grace of balance; the connection to the bicycle and through it to the ground; the air on my face and in my lungs: it has always felt like this.

In our high-tech society, too often we live in our heads. Our fingers move on the keyboard or the TV remote or to tap on an app on a mobile device. Perhaps we make a special trip, by car, to the gym or the pool. What have we lost?

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The time to celebrate is here!
Written by Brian Hagemann   
Monday, 08 May 2017 11:31

RevMarian smiling at Christmas serviceFirst UU Welcomes Rev. Marian Stewart,
Our New Senior Minister

Words cannot express the  wonderful sense of joy and expectation we, the search committee, shared with all of you today (Sunday, May 7th) when the congregation met and, by an overwhelming vote (over 99%) called Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart to be our new Senior Minister.

Marian will come to us at the beginning of August and we will begin to explore our common vision together.  The search committee wishes to convey deep gratitude for all the love and support we have received from sources too numerous to count as we went about our often secretive business.



Search Committee members: Lou Bernard, Larry Drake, Donna Greenman, Judy Kleen, Christine McDevitt, Emma Merchant, Willow Otten, Morgan Patten

Settled Senior Minister Candidate Selected!
Written by Brian Hagemann   
Sunday, 02 April 2017 00:00


[The Ministerial Search Committee was pleased to make this announcement at both services last Sunday, April 2, 2017:]



 Good Morning!

Since August of last year, the Search committee has worked toward today: the day we can announce to you that we have selected a candidate to be our new Settled Senior Minister.  We couldn’t be more pleased and excited.  

Her name is Marian Stewart and she comes to us from the Seattle area.  Marian has a wealth of knowledge and experience to lead First UU into the next phase of our congregational life.  She has been Minister at her present church for nine years, where she has nearly doubled the membership.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Management, attended Meadville Lombard for her Master of Divinity, and has a doctorate in Ministry from Seattle University. She has a passion for Social Justice, reads management books for fun and goes blueberry picking with church families.  Best of all, she has shown us she’s the kind of minister who will love and guide us with a warm heart and an energetic spirit.


We can’t possibly tell you all her wonderful qualities in the time we have this morning.  You’ll just have to meet her when she comes for candidating week from April 30 through May 7.  Marian will preach both of these Sundays followed by a vote on the 7th.  Stay tuned for updates on the Search Bulletin Board, and email blasts with additional information regarding opportunities to interact with Marian.

All of us on the search committee want to thank all of you, members and friends of the church, for the trust and guidance you’ve given us along the way, and the patience you’ve demonstrated throughout this long process.

The time to celebrate is near.

Thank you again from the Search Committee:  Judy Kleen, Morgan Patton, Lou Bernard, Larry Drake, Donna Greenman, Emma Merchant, Willow Otten, Christine McDevitt

Rev. Eric Meter - Skydiving . . .
Written by Rev. Eric Meter   
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 00:00

blog em skydivingHearing the word risk often brings back the memory of the first, and only, time I jumped out of a plane. I’ve lived a great deal since that day over twenty years ago, and my understanding of risk has matured a bit since then, but I’d be lying if I said that day didn’t make a lasting imprint on me.

As much as I remember the thrill and the silence of seeing the world with nothing under my feet buy air and a curious circling hawk, what I think back to the most took place inside the plane before any of us jumped.

The plane was a small one, with the insides gutted except for the pilots seat. It could take four “jumpers” up at a time. We arranged ourselves in order of who would jump first, second.... I was second, so I was directed to sit behind the pilot’s seat facing backward. This was fine with me, I was facing my friend Bill, who would jump third, and the guy would jump last in our group. Looking to my left, I could see the guy who would jump first. But as the plane picked up speed and started to rise, instead of being pitched back, I was pitched forward and suddenly I was very glad it had been hours since lunch. Bill must have seen how quickly I turned green, because he reached out and took my hand.

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Elevator Speeches from First UU members

Our church is like a deeply rooted tree amongst other trees in the forest of the living. I am a branch, respecting the space of other branches.  We are nurtured by the same soil. Wind, rain, sun and ice touch us differently.  We grow at our own rate, bearing beauty. At times stripped to our essence, we evolve into a new vibrancy. Trees are a wonder. The UU Church is a wonder. Each of us is a gift.
Kay Fisher