First UU Columbus

A Welcoming Congregation

Wednesday, August 31, 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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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!


Labor Day Retreat in Hocking Hills

First UU Church Annual Labor Day Retreat at Camp Oty' Okwa Sat, Sep 3 to Mon, Sept 5, 2016. Wonderful for families, singles or couples. Workshops, hiking, crafts, community building! Sign up by Sunday August 21.  

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. Lane Campbell - A People Who Show Up
Written by Lane Campbell   
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:00

uua2016columbusI have been reflecting in the wake of our most recent General Assembly. This June, close to 4,000 UUs came here to Columbus, Ohio to celebrate Unitarian Universalism, to worship together, to learn in workshops skills and knowledge to bring back to one’s congregation, and to just be together with one another. It is my hope you were able to attend a portion of the event, to feel the magnitude of it all.

From those of you I did see, I want to reflect back that First UU Columbus showed up. A majority of volunteers at GA were from our congregation. It was a delight to be greeted each day by a familiar face. The church was a part of making our public witness happen, providing a loving presence for a brief visit from the Westboro Baptist Church, and came out in droves for an extremely touching worship service on Sunday morning. This is a congregation that shows up.

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Rev. Jennifer Brooks - Rain, Thunder, Lightning

blog rainI grieve.

Henry Green in Columbus. Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. Then Philando Castille in Minneapolis. These names are at the end of a long list of Black men killed by police while cooperating, fleeing, or held under restraint. It is not an executable offense to cooperate, flee, or struggle when held to the ground.

And now this: early today a peaceful Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas ended with sniper fire aimed at police. Five officers are dead. It is not an executable offense to be a police officer in uniform.

It is not illegal to drive through a white neighborhood while black (Philando Castille); though it is illegal to drive with a broken tail light, usually the penalty involves a ticket and a fine.

People say: But they were carrying handguns. And in Dallas, it appears the snipers openly carried rifles, “long guns.” In nearly every state in America, it’s legal to carry hand guns and long guns. Openly. Only six states forbid open carry.

I can’t help but wonder: If I were carrying a licensed handgun, would I die at a traffic stop? I’m almost certain the answer is no. But I’m also certain that my son, who is Black, could die in a traffic stop, even though he will never, ever carry a handgun.

Read more: Rev. Jennifer Brooks - Rain, Thunder, Lightning

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