The Newsletter January 2016                 
Congregational Meeting

Your board of trustees has called a congregational meeting for immediately after service on Jan. 17, 2016.  The purpose of the meeting will be to vote on our budget for the new fiscal year.  Babysitting will be available. The complete budge will be sent via this newsletter two weeks in advance of the meeting.
Service Auction
  Save the Date!  Our annual service auction will be on Saturday April 9 in the afternoon starting at 2 PM.
The 2016 service auction will celebrate the theme of Spring Faire.  Join us as we break out of winter with some Renaissance flair.
 This will be a gala event with many activities for all - a Silent Auction, a Gift Basket Auction, our exciting Live Auction, and even a Kids Auction!  In addition, there will be games and other activities for everyone.  We'll take time to gather as a community and celebrate with merriment and, of course, great refreshments!
   The deadline for donations is Mon. Feb. 29.   Complete information and online forms will be on the church website within a few weeks. More information will also be available in special announcements each month, the order of service, and from a member of the planning team, also known as the Service Auction.
Interested in Helping Plan the Service Auction?

Would you like to help with the planning of the annual service auction? Our exciting and fun
service auction is coming in April and we're like your input in making it the best service auction ever. We invite you to attend a meeting on 
Thursday, Jan. 17th, at 5 PM 
in Fellowship Hall, which will seek theme ideas and look at the overall structure of the service auction. 
This meeting involves no commitment beyond just attending and offering your input. But if you
would like to be part of the ongoing service auction planning team, please contact Bob Keith
or Becca Morse at
General Assembly is Coming to Columbus 
  This summer from  Thursday, June 23 - to Sunday, June 26, The UUA General Assembly will be held at the Columbus Convention Center We have an amazing opportunity to share our sense of community by attending this great event.  But we can also provide a service to the many others coming from all over the country to attend.

Please consider being a host for someone who might like to choose an alternative to the standard hotel room  during General Assembly.  If you live in the city of Columbus, or even on the outer suburbs, and have a spare room and a generous spirit, you might find this to be an extraordinary change to learn about other UU's.

If you have an interest, and would like to learn more about hosting, please contact Eileen Watters ( or740-225-5342).  To fill out an online application, please click here.
Covenant Group
   Do you long for a deeper sense of community? Do you crave meaningful conversation with trusted friends? If so, you might enjoy attending a covenant group here at NUUC. As many of you know, we have a covenant group that meets on the second Monday morning of every month (see Sue Frederick for more information). 

Since weekday mornings do not work for everyone, we are considering forming a second covenant group that would meet monthly either on a weeknight or a weekend. If you would be interested in joining this group, look for the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall, or submit your name to our virtual "bulletin board" at
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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Ways and Means 

Share your passion for fair trade and UU-ism with others by giving gifts whose labels proudly display these values.    


If you are interested in volunteering for these opportunities, or if you have other ideas for fundraising opportunities for our congregation, Please contact Becca Morse at  

Thank you! 

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Happy New Year from North Unitarian Universalist Congregation!
(original image by NUUC friend Cathleen Young)


As many flock this week to see Star Wars to celebrate something that happened "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away," I find myself thinking of glimpses of new galaxies close at hand.

Life does offer some moments where the everyday becomes suddenly luminous with a sense of the sublime--"through the paper window, the galaxy."  Looking back on 2015, I see this gallery of images:  Our Fourth of July "interdependence Day,"  where we were able to host a joyous and complete celebration for eight couples as we made their marriages (already real in every single other way) legal in the eyes of the laws of the State of Ohio;  our first ever solstice service, attended by dozens and dozens of persons from the wider community; and I see our church board, seated around the humble folding tables in Fellowship Hall, developing a long range vision and direction for our congregation. These three images have one thing in common:  they represent our new commitment to transcend the boundaries of Sunday morning, to reach out ever further into the community in time and space. 

The past year has paved the way for the new; I am eager to see 2016 unfold.  

For you and yours, may 2016 see the manifestation of your most hopeful, star-filled dreams.  

To Life!


New Discussion Group for January:
 "As We Age"

In keeping with NUUC's theme for January, "Growing Up," Marty Keith will facilitate a four-part course/discussion series on aging.

Aging affects us all. Children often are in a hurry to "grow up"; once we are adults, we "mature"; and then after midlife we "age"--a process not usually regarded as positively as the first two. But our aging lasts hopefully many years and offers us opportunities as well as the inevitable losses. It certainly is a time that deserves reflection.

So, please consider attending the sessions of "As We Age" beginning on THURSDAY, January 7. The sessions, in Fellowship Hall, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, will be January 7-- "Phases" We will look at aspects of the phases of aging: Initiation/Losing Youth (ages 50-65), "Borderline" (ages 65-75), "On the Bridge"/The Age of Compassion (75-85), "The Curtain Call"--but Still on Stage (85 +). If you have them, please bring pictures of yourself as a adolescent...a young adult.... Yeah, we've all changed, but I bet we're recognizable in those pictures!

January 14-- "A Traveler's Guide" Preparing for our transitions, planning for our "trip." Who will be your companions? Do you have a bucket list or holes to mend?

January 21-- "Keeping the Spirit of Independence" Handling the changes and remaining ourselves

January 28-- "Fruits of Our Harvests" What are we leaving the next generations? What fruits of your life are you enjoying now or hope to enjoy?

I (Marty Keith) will put a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall for each session (or you can email your sign up to Marty Keith (  You do not have to attend all four; come when you can! 
Social Justice News

PROJECT LINUS COMING IN JANUARY 2016: Project Linus began in 1995 after Karen Loucks saw an article in Parade Magazine about a little girl who was comforted through her chemotherapy treatment by her blanket. Karen and some of her friends began making blankets and donating them to children at the local cancer care center. Since then, Project Linus has given over 2,000,000 blankets to children worldwide in a variety of stressful situations. Their name is taken from the Peanuts character that is never without a blanket of his own. During January, Brad Bushman will coordinate an effort by NUUC "blanketeers." You will have the opportunity to provide new, handmade, washable blankets to be given as gifts to seriously ill and traumatized children, ages 0-18. All blanket styles are welcome, including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, and receiving blankets in child-friendly colors. Look for more details in the January newsletter. For more information, see the SAC bulletin board, visit the Project Linus website Project Linus or contact Brad Bushman at or 740-548-0278. 

NEW NORTHWEST EARTH INSTITUTE COURSES: If living more sustainably is one of your New Year's resolutions, join a Northwest Earth Institute class in January. Change is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions is a discussion course which will help you take action to increase resilience and mitigate the impacts of climate change. The class will meet on Fridays from 3:30-5:00 pm at Ecohouse Solar, 1857
Northwest Blvd., Suite 201, Columbus, OH 43212 beginning January 15th through February 12th. The Voluntary Simplicity course helps participants examine how modern society can interfere with caring for the planet. Discover ways to slow down and live simply. Two classes are being offered, one on Wednesdays (January 20th-February 24th) and one on Sundays (January 24th-February 28th). Both classes will meet for 6 weeks from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Simply Living Office, 2350 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, OH 43202. See the bulletin board for more information. To register for a class go to

UU JUSTICE OHIO JUSTICE ASSEMBLY NETWORKING: 85 individuals from 22 of Ohio's 38 UU Congregations attended the November 14 Justice Assembly at 1st UU Columbus. In workshops and lunch 
discussions on immigration, reproductive justice, school discipline, environment, and peace Justice Advocates made connections for sharing information about work on behalf of Syrian refugees, in support of Black Lives Matter, climate change, corporate personhood and voting rights. Volunteer reporters in different issue areas enable UUJO to distribute Action Alerts such as the November mailing about local actions commemorating One Year without Justice for Tamir Rice and welcoming Syrian refugees. Mark your calendar for the 2016 Justice Assembly on Saturday November 12. For the latest news from UUJO go to

INTERFAITH ASSOCIATIOM OF CENTRAL OHIO FIRST WEDNESDAY SPIRITUAL SHARING: The IACO Spiritual Sharing Group invites you to share concerns, exchange views, and build relationships from on January 6th, noon till 1 p.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, Slowter Lounge, 93 W Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43214. IACO's Education Committee hopes these ongoing interactive groups will build bridges, both within our community and out to the greater Columbus community. Small group dialog can give us guidance and courage for our individual journeys. For more information contact Jean at or (740) 352-6279 or Lubna at (614) 209-7410. For more information about IACO events and news go to or the IACO Facebook page.

UUSC FAIR TRADE COFFEE: Shop for delicious Fair Trade coffee, tea, cocoa, and chocolate after the service on January 10, 2016. 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.