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.
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.
Sunday Morning Celebrations
Summer Hours in Effect Single Sunday service at 10:00 am unless otherwise indicated
ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation is provided every week at the 10am service
June 28 - Pride Weekend: What's Next For LGBTQ? - Chaplain Ben Iten
July 5 - Privilege: Do You See What I See? - Morgan Patten
July 12 - Meeting People Where They Are - Wes Thompson
July 19 - Youth Justice Work - Lane Campbell, Director of Religious Education
July 26 - Faith and Democracy - Michael Greenman
August 2 - Worth and Dignity of All Beings - Lori Jones, UU Animal Ministry
August 9 - Asking Great Ultimate Questions - David Krohn, UU Skeptics
August 16 - Experiencing Diversity and Radical Hospitality - Dick Dawson
August 23 - Fire Service - Joe Pierce
August 30 - Mental Wealth: What I Learned From My Parents - Denise Deschene
Other Celebrations & Events
June 28 - 5 pm - Soulful Sundown Service Chaplain Ben Iten
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
Justice Week 2015
Justice 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.
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'.
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 _
or Julie Pinsonneault, 447-8407 or
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Elevator Speeches from First UU members
An activist, sometimes in compassion to correct inequities, sometimes in concern, seeking alleviation of outright wrongs, my spirituality was always a part of my activism; however, as one alone. This pursuit was within a mainline denomination. Now, as a retired widower, Unitarian/Universalism fits me extremely well. From within the congregation, among fellow members/friends, I multiply my activism, my compassion.