First UU Columbus

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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.

If you are cancelling a meeting, email office@firstuucolumbus.org 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.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

chalice lightingWELCOME 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 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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09
Feb
2016
Tuesday Blog: Rev. Jennifer Brooks - Beyond Appearances
Written by Rev. Jennifer Brooks   
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 00:00

milkywayOnce in the middle of a starry night, I turned my face upwards to that beauty and mystery and felt my own longing. I couldn’t then articulate what it was I longed for, but I knew there was something—something I should do or be—that wasn’t yet part of my life.

That moment changed my future. I had been happy with my life and continued to be happy with my life. But in that moment of conscious longing, I planted a seed of desire that gradually sprouted and blossomed.

I began to be more mindful of what I was doing. I’d ask myself, “Is this what I long for?” I began to look attentively at new possibilities. “Is this what’s missing?” Somehow this awareness of my inarticulate longing opened the door to discovery. I finally figured it out. I became a Unitarian Universalist minister.

What do we desire? In this February when “desire” is both the worship theme and a Valentine’s Day message, each of us might take a moment to consider what we want. What we desire. What we long for.

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02
Feb
2016
Tuesday Blog: Rev. Eric Meter - Wants and Needs
Written by Rev. Eric Meter   
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 14:15

There are times when not being raised learning the Bible brings me up short.

treasureYes, there was a class in Bible studies in the Unitarian Fellowship my family attended when I was young, and I was given a red letter King James leather bound Bible for a confirmation present (this was long before Coming of Age classes were the norm). Which was a sweet, but odd gift. Beyond that one class, we never talked about the Bible.

So, when one of the religious education classes in a previous congregation I served took a look at Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” I mistakenly thought they had the quote wrong. But the teacher was correct. And maybe because I was wrong, that passage has stayed with me ever since. It helps keep me both humble and honest.

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01
Feb
2016
We are still accepting donations for the auction!

Spring Fever thumbnail2016 First UU Auction Fundraiser

Spring Fever - bring on the green!
Saturday, February 20th 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Your donations are important!

DONATE NOW: Visit http://firstuucolumbus.org/auction or fill out a form at the auction table in Fellowship Hall after each Sunday service.

Tickets are now on sale in Fellowship Hall after services for only $12.  Buy early and save!

 
26
Jan
2016
Tuesday Blog: Rev. Eric Meter - Coming 'Round to Yes
Written by Rev. Eric Meter   
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 12:17

resistanceflag2When I think of resistance, two images come immediately to mind.

The first is the catacombs of Paris, which those resisting the Vichy regime used to stage their operations, moving throughout the underground passageways out of sight. The notable feature of the catacombs is that many passageways and rooms are filled with the interred bones of countless Parisians.

When the graveyards across the city filled up, the remains that hadn’t been visited as often as most others were systematically “relocated” to the catacombs, leaving space the the remains of others. To this day, as I understand it at least, families can hire professional grave visitors in order to keep their deceased loved ones 6 feet under as opposed to much deeper. In any case, during the last world war, the French partisans did not have to look far for reminders of who they struggled for or for reminders of their own mortality.

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19
Jan
2016
Tuesday Blog: Rev. Lane Campbell - Welcome to the Resistance
Written by Rev. Lane Campbell   
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 15:52

MLKimageThe opening reading for our recent justice-based, youth-led service reads:

In his 1963 book, Strength to Love, Dr. King wrote, “The trailblazers in human, academic, scientific, and religious freedom have always been nonconformists. In any cause that concerns the progress of mankind, put your faith in the nonconformist!” We Unitarian Universalists strive to be not only counter-cultural but radically transformative of culture as well. Welcome to the resistance: here we insist that all are welcome, all are inherently worthy and equally filled with human dignity. Here we buck conformity and call each to live as a human being not as a market niche, not as a label, not as an illness, not as a stereotype. Welcome to the resistance. Stand up and be counted among those who are human in community. Together we can change the world. -- Rev. Douglas Taylor

Welcome to the resistance, dear friends, welcome.  As we consider resistance this month, I am grateful for the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all of the people standing behind him who fought for freedom in the 1960’s up to the present day.  As I know this month is not just about celebrating one individual, it seems important to lift up the stories of many freedom fighters who stood alongside Martin Luther King Jr.

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Elevator Speeches from First UU members

I believe there is one (Unitarian) life-giving force in the universe to which we are all (Universalist) necessarily connected.  Unitarian Universalists gather in community to celebrate this connectedness and to encourage behavior that respects and cares for all life and the environment upon which we depend.  We respect all the religious traditions that promote love and peace in the world, but we don't believe any one of them is absolute truth.
Beth McCreary