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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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19
Apr
2016
First UU Blog - Rev. Eric Meter - On the Road with Henry
Written by Rev. Eric Meter   
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 10:57

blog henryThe other day, when I came home from work, I noticed my neighbor’s four-year-old son behind the wheel of his mother’s car. (Our two houses share a driveway.)

“Henry, are you driving?” Big, big grin. “Do you have the car keys with you?” Bigger grin and a playful nod. At this point I realized this might have gone very, very wrong. Thankfully, it didn’t. Henry didn’t actually have the keys with him. And after a minute of us talking about where he was going to drive to, his mother came around the side of the house with the family dog, and the young boy’s attention drifted away from the steering wheel.

The thing is, part of me wanted to be Henry again, fully embraced in the creativity of imagination. As the psychologist Judith Wallerstein says, “No one works as hard as a child at play.”

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05
Apr
2016
First UU Blog - Rev. Jennifer Brooks - Creation
Written by Rev. Jennifer Brooks   
Tuesday, 05 April 2016 11:30

swansA few years ago I was canoeing with a friend. We came quietly through a narrow passage to a wide stretch of water where 17 swans (we counted) sailed in serene silence.

As if the universe had decided to deliver a sign, one swan spread its wings and began to run across the water. Webbed feet beat a cadence on the pond’s surface (flump-flump-flump-flump) as it raced miraculously in a straight line crossing right to left in front of the canoe. Only after a hundred yards of running on water did it lift into the air. It rose and turned and soared, circling back to where it had begun. The others sailed on harmoniously, as if their companion’s running and lifting was a composer’s intentional counterpoint to their deliberate, sonorous theme.

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31
Mar
2016
First UU Blog - Assuming Positive Intent - Amy Rudawsky, SYC
Written by Amy Rudawsky   
Thursday, 31 March 2016 16:31

Let’s all try to assume positive intent.blog positive1

Several years ago we had an in-house staff workshop which focused on the theme: Assume Positive Intent.  It really resonated with the staff on a professional level and at least for me on a personal level as well. 

Just think a moment about that phrase and what it means.  Assume.  Positive.  Intent.  

Relationships are part of our everyday life.  We interact with people all day long.  Some interactions are positive ones and some leave us feeling not so good.  What if we use a positive lens to look through those negative interactions instead?  Then, we could respond with more compassion and acceptance.

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23
Mar
2016
First UU Blog - Rev. Lane Campbell - Every Day is a New Beginning
Written by Rev. Lane Campbell   
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 18:12

newbeginningsDuring these days of sunshine and warmth, new found in the season’s turning, I am especially in touch with life and living.  As I walk around my neighborhood, people are outside of their houses anew- re-emerging after this somewhat cold winter.  We are all coming out of hibernation together and it feels refreshing, renewing even.  This season brings with it so much newness in the new growth that is all around us, in the flowers that bud and then bloom, in the tender, green shoots coming up out of the earth.

But this season is not just about new creations, new beginnings in the natural world.  It is also about new beginnings within each of our hearts and in our lives.

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08
Mar
2016
Tuesday Blog: Rev. Jennifer Brooks - The Universe in Motion
Written by Rev. Jennifer Brooks   
Tuesday, 08 March 2016 00:00

blog jb universeSometimes the words of the 13th century Sufi Muslim poet Rumi seize me with an idea that nine centuries later is still liberating: “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

Me?

Yet a moment’s thought later and I see so many ways that each of us is the universe in motion. We are part of the cycle of life. In the rhythms of growth and connection and yearning and aging —and even death—we mirror the life of stars. We are, in one brief instant of living, the primordial ocean of being and the eternal expansion of space and time. We are part of all that is. Stardust grounds our bones; to evoke us the Universe inspired a star to coalesce, burn, and explode.

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04
Mar
2016
Jainism and Its Art

Come and view our newest exhibit: "Jainism and Its Art"

March 2-April 24 at the First UU Worship Center and Gallery.
Explore this eastern religion with your family.

On Thursday, March 3rd, the exhibit was featured in an article published by the Columbus Dispatch. Read it HERE.

On March 13, 4-6 pm, First UU will host a reception for this exhibit.  Dr. John Cort of Denison University, a PhD in Jainism, will speak on the art, architecture and religion.  Join us for art, religion, conversation, and of course a little food!

 
01
Mar
2016
Tuesday Blog: Rev. Eric Meter - New Orleans
Written by Rev. Eric Meter   
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 13:14

blog em neworleans2The two color sheet was stuck to the church classroom wall with four strips of bright blue painters masking tape. It read, “If you have come to help me you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mind, then let us work together.” The poster was on a wall of what had become the dinning room at the First Unitarian Church of New Orleans where a number of us from First UU Columbus, youth and adults, were engaged in a justice project in June of 2010. Yes, five years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the rebuilding was still never much underway.

(The quote was attributed to an Aboriginal activist group. Since then I’ve seen the same quote attributed to Lilla Watson, though she, an Aboriginal activist, prefers that the credit be shared more widely.)

In any case, the poster’s message became a touch-stone for us during our time in New Orleans. It helped us understand what we were doing there in a way we probably wouldn’t have otherwise.

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23
Feb
2016
Tuesday Blog: Brian Hagemann - Reaching for the Sun
Written by Brian Hagemann   
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 14:27

7th principleThe February theme of ‘desire’ (and the news I’m about to share) had me thinking about my deeply held longing and hope for a green and vibrant world teeming with biodiversity and humans living in harmony for generations.  As UU's, we all desire a healthy and sustainable future that reverses some of the damage the Earth’s ecosystems are struggling with.  I’ve spent much of my activist life working with a variety of environmental groups (from Earth First! and Student Environmental Action in college to the Green Party and other special interest groups) to help bring about such change.  But now, as a parent, with the ever growing spectre of climate change my worry and sense of urgency is heightened.  Sometimes, fortunately, desire can transform into hope.

You may have noticed by now a new addition to the First UU facility on the roof above the main entrance.  As part of our Green and Growing capital campaign, we now have a medium sized solar array providing clean, renewable energy right here at First UU!  We’re not sure, but as Rev. Eric mentioned in his sermon this past Sunday, we may be the first church in the area to have installed solar.  As a visible commitment to our Unitarian Universalist 7th Principle (respect for the interdependent web of all existence), this is a tangible and concrete way that we can live out our faith’s values and contribute to the healing of our larger world.  Renewable energy such as solar will be necessary to address climate change as it represents a reduction in our ‘carbon footprint’, mainly by offsetting coal-burning energy production here in this region.  Our congregation should be very proud of this small step in that direction.

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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