If a decision is made to cancel or postpone meetings, events or church services due to inclement weather, this will be communicated here and through our church-wide email list. Cancellation decisions are dictated both by the timing and severity of weather conditions. We will close for City of Columbus Level 2 weather emergencies. Most often, however, the church will be open for services as planned regardless of the weather.
You may want to confirm with a meeting coordinator to see if a planned meeting or event is taking place. If you are cancelling (or definately holding) a meeting, email email@example.com to let us know.
We encourage you to be safe and to use your best judgement when deciding whether or not to come to church services or activities during extreme winter weather events.
Current Cancellations or Meeting Changes last updated TUESDAY JANUARY 27th, 2pm
Friday, January 30, 2015
WELCOME TO OUR COMMUNITY!
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 empowered in our transforming commitments of greater loving, wider justice and deeper happiness.
Please join us as we create community, grow in spirituality, practice charity and strive for Social Justice. We welcome you in your struggles, your doubts and your dreams.
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.
All services are at both 9:15 and 11:00 am unless otherwise indicated
ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation is provided every week at the 11am service
January Theme: Resist
Jan. 4 - Why Do People Resist Change? - Rev. Mark Belletini
Jan. 11 - Resisting Burnout in Justice Work - Rev. Lynda Smith (guest minister from UU Fellowship of Athens)
Jan. 18 - Resisting the Dishonest Culture of No Culture - Rev. Mark Belletini
Jan. 25 - Resist Not Evil? - Rev. Mark Belletini
Other Celebrations & Events
Getting to Know UU (an informational session) takes place in Slowter Lounge after each Sunday Worship Service
Large format print, and assisted hearing devices are available during each service.
Featured News & Events
Holiday Appeal - 2015
As the weather turns colder and the days shorter, many spirits are kept up with the anticipation of the holiday festivities. They are a reminder that even in the cold darkness, there is light and celebration when we come together. Our community also provides light and hope for people’s spirits in cold and darker times of time.
The majority of your donations fund our staff that make our congregation possible while also supporting justice action ministries, education programs and shared Pastoral Ministries. The requested donation is $75 per member/friend, or more or less as you are able. EVERY GIFT COUNTS!
Donate now to this year's Holiday Appeal using PayPal or your credit card by clicking on Donate button.
JAM will be co-sponsoring a “Climate Conversation”, an “informative, thoughtful, and morally-relevant discussion about climate change” with Ohio Interfaith Power and Light on Thursday, January 22 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in Fellowship Hall. Various locations around Ohio will participate. A “streaming” video conference will start the event, followed by a local conversation among participants. For details contact Michael Greenman
The video-conference presentation will consist of scientist, Dr. Joel Barker of Byrd Polar Research Center at the Ohio State University, and Ted Ford, President and CEO of Advanced Energy Economy. They will talk about the impact of climate change in Ohio and the potential of energy efficiency and renewable energy to fuel Ohio's economy. The presentation will be followed by a local conversation about climate change that honors different perspectives, faith affiliations, and responses. For any questions, you can also contact Deb Steele of OIPL at 614.323.1703 or email
Green Activities at First UU
From 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
to get 'plugged in'.
Labyrinth at First UU Church
Once again, First UU spread out the Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth form in the sanctuary between Christmas an New Year! Many UU members, friends, and neighbors enjoyed the calm serenity and contemplation they can experience in this amazing environment.
The journal available for comments included some heartfelt and poignant statements (anonymously):
“I trod a labyrinth nearly 14 years ago to begin my fight against uterine cancer. I am well, and cherish this opportunity to remind myself of my continuing journey”;
“Slowing down and seeking wisdom in the labyrinth always brings me back to my core values. I find clarity in the embrace of the winding path to center and back out into the world”;
“Thank you – look forward to this every New Year’s Day”.
Learn more about labyrinths by listening to a December 2013 sermon by Rev. Mark Belletini "A New Year Prayer" here: New Year Prayer podcast
We have already reserved the labyrinth for 2014-15, so plan on returning, or trying it for the first time, at the end of this year just beginning!