The Newsletter October 2015                  

Celebrate autumn and the harvest together! We'll enjoy a spaghetti potluck feast for dinner, and play games, make art and music together, tell stories and enjoy a campfire and each other's company in the crisp autumn air. Stay and sleep out in your tent or inside NUUC in your sleeping bag--or even go home to sleep in your own bed if you want to come for just part of the event! Enjoy pancakes for breakfast. Stay for church and RE on Sunday morning!
  • WHEN5:30 PM Sat Oct 3-Sun morning Oct 4
  • WHAT to BRING: Side dish or dessert to share for dinner, your sleeping necessities (tent, sleeping bags, pajamas, etc), board games, stories, and other campout fun!
  • WHO: Everyone in the NUUC community!
(Parents/guardians must stay with minors.)
RSVP much appreciated to or text 614-448-7931.
Please indicate whether you will sleep over or not.


Come one, come all to the NUUC fall celebration
Boo-by-the-Bonfire!  We have planned a fun, family friendly evening perfect for the whole community and we want you to be a part of it. 

The celebration will take place on Saturday, October 24 from 6:30-9:30 pm.  Below is a list of events and games we're geared up to do, and we'd love to have a few people sign up to help make our event great.  This makes it not only a call for volunteers, but a sneak peek at our event!  Some stations will only be needed for a
part of the evening, others will be manned for longer periods of time (This could also be done in shifts if you like!).  A sign-up sheet is on the SAC bulletin board in Fellowship Hall. You can contact Erin Fisher Kenny at with any questions.  We can't wait to see you there!

~ Set up and clean up! The most glamorous part of the evening!  (As many people as are able. Set up will begin at 5:30 and clean-up will begin at 9:30.)

~ Community engagement!  (One or two volunteers to make flyers and organize any other promotional material.  As many as would like to help pass out information.)

~ Potluck desserts! (As many people as would like to bring something.)

~ Cider and Hot Chocolate! (One volunteer to make hot cider and hot chocolate.  We'll maybe also want to set out the tea and coffee.  This person will need to check in occasionally to replenish as needed.)

~ Kids activities in the sanctuary!  Activities include: Duct Tape Mask making, mini-pumpkin decorating, mummy-wrapping activity and Halloween snack making.  (One person for each station: these activities will be
at specified times during the night in rotation: schedule to come.)

~ Mystery Room!  (This will be an area with normal things that can be construed as gross in bags and boxes so people can guess what they are: cooked spaghetti noodles, peeled grapes, etc. No volunteer needed.)

~ Costume parade!  (This is for kids and adults, and we will have a door prize or two.  We'll need a volunteer to MC and run some music.)

~ Bonfire complete with storytellers!  (We'll have stories out there of a spooky nature.  Anyone who may want to tell a story can sign up for a slot.)

~ Fortune telling games! (These are lighthearted games with which we can pretend to tell the future: nothing serious!  We'll need two volunteers, one for each game.)

~ Corn hole! (If people have a few boards they can loan for the evening, please sign up to do so!)

~ Drum Circle!  (This will begin the evening at 6:30- all are welcome to bring a  drum and participate.)

~ Photo-boo!  (Photo booth with props for people to take photos with their phones. No volunteers needed.)

This is going to be so fun, and we can't wait to share the evening with you and your families.  Happy Fall!
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NUUC Recorder Ensemble

The NUUC Recorder Ensemble has full wind in its sails once again. We would like to invite you to join our
tootling fun! For more information, contact Becca Morse at 
(or 614-805-6680) 
or Nathan Morse at 

We rehearse together on the second and fourth Fridays of each
month at noon at Friendship Village of Columbus. If you're interested, but the rehearsal time doesn't work for you, just go for Baroque and contact us anyway: 

If enough people are interested in an alternate time, I'm sure we can work out a second rehearsal schedule. Just because a hobby blows doesn't mean it's not fun!
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Meets at Noon the Third Tuesday of the month.  Get all the details by clicking here.

Our worship and religious education theme for the month of October is "Revelation and Mystery."  I love this theme for its appropriateness to the season, and for its very important remind that it is only in keeping the door open to mystery that we can come to know anything at all.  

I think of the common pattern for a haunted house movie.  Some rich eccentric wants a final and for sure answer about whether life exists after death.  He dares a team to spend the night, or week, or whatever in a haunted place.  The team includes a "professor" type, often gendered male, who has a perfectly logical scientific explanation for even the oddest of happenings. But then the team also has to have the psychic-sensitive type person, often gendered female, who is a truly believer in the ghosts, but also rather naively believes that the evil entities need just a tiny bit of kind encouragement in order to move on and make better choices.  Usually the sensitive gets her killed pretty early on. The professor can then enact his scientific cure on the haunted house, and seemingly triumph.  Only he doesn't notice the black cat, now possessed of the evil entity, sneaking away.  You know he will be back for the sequel, and that this time the body count will be even higher.   For what the professor and the sensitive both forgot was to enter the house with an open mind, and a healthy dose of awe.  

When we decide that our mission is to kill mystery, rather than learn from it, we have arrested not only our spiritual development, but our capacity to learn anything at all.  And this, is finally true of scientists and sensitives, seekers and sages.  

May we reveal in the natural mystery of this most changeable of changing seasons.  

To Life!


October RE Newsletter

The 2015-16 Religious Education year is off to a great start, with the theme "Invitation" for September and October's exciting "Revelation and Mystery" theme. We have restructured the age groupings and updated programming. We also look forward to fun intergenerational activities like our Fall Harvest potluck/camp-in for all ages on October 3-4. Our programs depend on whole congregation support--as teachers, Coming of Age mentors, storytellers, crafters (help make Spirit Play baskets for storytelling!), workshop leaders, and more. Please contact me, for more information or to volunteer. A vibrant Religious Education program keeps our NUUC community and UUism strong!
Parents, please also register your children for any of the following Religious Education programs at . Registration is critical for planning and safety. Thank you!
  • Nursery: For ages 4 and under
  • Travelers: Pre-K through 2nd grade. Working with the "Spirit Play" Montessori-based RE model, which features weekly stories organized around our monthly themes and supporting activities that promote children's deep exploration of spirit and fun.
  • Explorers: 3rd-5th grade. Organized around our monthly themes, Explorers explore UUism and their own spirits. We rely on members of the congregation spending time with Explorers to share spiritual practices, learning passions, life experiences, and hobbies with in our RE workshop.
  • Seekers: 6th grade and up: Also organized around workshops and themes like Explorers, Seekers have an additional focus this year on UUism and neighboring faiths.
  • NUUC Youth Group: Open to middle and high schoolers, NUUCYG have fun and engage in engage in social action together. Usually meets on Saturday or Sunday evenings about once per month.
  • Coming of Age (spring 2016): Our program to spiritually support high schoolers as they transition from young adolescence to older adolescence.
Thank you for supporting RE programming--and the future of our faith!

Jen Aultman
Director of Religious Education
Adult Enrichment: "Mindful Writing"

The next session of Mindful Writing will be Wednesday, October 21, at 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall-back to third Wednesdays, our regular schedule! In keeping with the congregational theme for October, Mystery and Revelation, we writers decided that we would explore "Spiritual Experiences" we have had, as well as "Serendipity" and "Seasons." Serendipity can be spiritual and mysterious, and each season certainly has its revelations. All or any one of these topics should inspire prose, poetry, journal efforts....

If anyone would like to write down thoughts and give our group a try, please do! We always have a fun (and meaningful) time, and snacks, too.

Contact Marty Keith if you have questions. 740-369-1919

OCTOBER 4 - 10, 2015, WALK TO STOP EXECUTIONS: The central message of the Walk to Stop Executions focuses on the need to abolish the death penalty in Ohio. The walk will begin on Sunday, October 4, in Lucasville, Ohio and will cover about 13.3 miles per day traveling north on State Route 23 for six days. On the sixth day, Friday, October 9th, walkers will arrive in Columbus approximately 3 or 4 miles south of the Statehouse. That evening walkers and others will gather for a shared meal, program and dialogue. On Saturday, October 10th, World Day Against the Death Penalty, the final leg of the walk will cover the final 3 or 4 miles with walkers arriving at the Statehouse and Trinity Church for the culminating program. Scioto Peace and Justice of the Fellowship of Reconciliation has organized the Walk To Stop Executions with four co-sponsors: Footprints For Peace, Ohioans to Stop Executions, Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio and the Intercommunity Justice & Peace Center. For more information, go to walkagainstthedeathpenalty. If you are interested in carpooling Saturday morning to join the walk from Southwood Elementary School (115 S. 4th Street) to the noon rally at Trinity Episcopal Church (125 E. Broad Street), contact Pam Patsch at

OCTOBER 10, 2015 - WALK4EDUCATION FOR MONTANA DE LUZ: There are over 132 million orphans in the world. Statistics say 60% of the girls who age out of care will become prostitutes and be trafficked and 70% of the boys who age out will find themselves caught up in a life of crime. At Montaņa de Luz we are breaking down barriers and creating a pathway out of poverty and victimization by providing opportunities for education or vocational training so our children transition to a life of dignity and self-sufficiency. October 10th MDL is holding its first annual Walk4Education to raise funds to support the children and adolescents' education in public schools, our home school program for children with cognitive challenges as well as vocational training programs. YOU can help by registering to walk on October 10th! For more information contact or call 614-848-8077. 

OCTOBER 13, 2015 (7:15-9:30 AM) - FAITHS WORLDWIDE TACKLE ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES: The OSU Environmental Professionals Network (EPN), OSU Conversations on Morality, 
Politics, and Society (COMPAS), Ohio Interfaith Power & Light, and the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio are sponsoring a breakfast and panel discussion to explore what various faiths are doing to meet challenges of climate change and other environmental issues. The event will be at OSU Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. See SAC bulletin board for more information. Register at

OCTOBER 17, 2015 - INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL OHIO (IACO) Helping Central Ohio Homeless: Join representatives from other faith communities to help serve meals at the Van Buren Shelter, 595 Van Buren Drive, Columbus, 43223, from 5:30 PM (introduction and tour) to about 7:45 PM.  If you are interested in joining the other IACO members who are volunteering on Saturday, October 17th or want to be contacted about future dates, please contact Michael Greenman, Moderator of the IACO Social Justice Task Force, at For more information, see the SAC bulletin board or ask Pam Patsch, Brad Bushman, Lyn Heron, or Amy Rackowczyk about our experience as volunteers. Out of the 9 faith groups in IACO, all 6 of the volunteers in August were UUs! 

The Community Shelter Board has just opened a new facility for 64 homeless families and needs help to stock the shelves with simple things such as toothbrushes, diapers, bath towels, twin sheets, and socks. A full list of needed items is on the SAC bulletin board and on the Community Shelter Board website You can drop off donations at the Van Buren Shelter or bring items to church by October 11th. There is a collection bin in Fellowship Hall.

NOVEMBER 14, 2014, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm - UU JUSTICE OHIO JUSTICE ASSEMBLY at First UU Columbus. The theme for this year is Working Together for Justice. Morning and afternoon workshops
will be offered on Environmental Justice, Racial Justice, Economic Justice, Reproductive Justice, Organizing for Justice, and Corporate Personhood, Social Justice, and Elections. Information will be provided about UUA General Assembly in Columbus in June 2016. Our own, Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie will give the keynote address, "Love is the Doctrine: A Theological History of UU Social Action in the Buckeye State." This is a great opportunity to join together in community with other Ohio UU's in the effort to create a more socially just world. More information is posted on the SAC bulletin board. Learn more about UUJO, become a member advocate,
access newsletters, and register for Justice Assembly at UUJOwebsite. 

FAITHIFY CAMPAIGN FOR UUJO: Support the UU Justice Ohio project that seeks to mobilize UUs statewide seeking racial justice in police practices, employment, education, housing, voting rights, health care, immigration, sentencing, decarceration, and reentry for returning citizens by direct engagement with faith based partners, secular allies, law enforcement agencies, elected officials and candidates.Contributions made at between October 3 and November 16 will help meet project expenses and count toward a $5,000 matching grant to UUJO from the UU Fund for Social Responsibility.

UUSC FAIR TRADE COFFEE: Shop for delicious Fair Trade coffee, tea, cocoa, and chocolate after the service on October 11, 2015. Your purchase of Fair Trade products means that workers along the supply chain are provided a living wage. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) supports a number of worker-owned, local producers who are in danger of being replaced with multinational corporations that have little respect for workers' rights. Making consumer choices that are aligned with our UU Principles is one way to help create a more just world community.

LOOSE CHANGE OFFERING: On the second Sunday of each month, we collect the Loose Change Offering for an organization that promotes social justice. Suggestions from members of the congregation are greatly appreciated. Please send information about worthy organizations to Pam Patsch at

UNDER CONSTRUCTION - NO SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING OCTOBER 4th: The Leadership Council is in the process of transitioning from committee based activities to whole congregation, theme-based worship, RE, events, and activities. At this time, there is no scheduled SAC meeting for October.