The Newsletter February 2016      
"Mindful Writing" continues to meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall...and we writers continue to have a good time hearing one another's written thoughts! We still have not run out of meaningful topics, some of them inspired by NUUC's monthly theme, some not. On December 27 five of the writers presented the Sunday service and shared a few favorite readings and feelings about the Mindful Writing group.

The topic for February 17 is "Reconciliation." Have you unresolved emotions about a parental erstwhile friend...a less-than-kind teacher...anyone else? Resolving such feelings can be empowering, and so our subject fits in with the church's theme for February, "Empowerment." All are welcome to join us. Please see Marty Keith if you have questions.
Service Auction
April 9th - Save the Date!
2016 NUUC Service Auction

Come sashay into Spring with Renaissance flair at Spring Faire on the afternoon of Saturday, April 9 at 2:00pm. This year we will break into spring by celebrating our annual Service Auction together - Save the date!

This year's auction will feature both Silent and Live auctions, as well as a kids' raffle auction, several fun Renaissance activity booths, and delicious foods! Leaping Lizards! The Deadline for Donations is just around the corner!

This event would not be a success without the many services, dinners, and creative goods donated by YOU! Be sure to submit your donation forms by
Monday, February 29, 2016. Submit your form online or fill out the paper form and put it in the "in" box in Fellowship Hall.

For more information on the Service Auction Event check out You can find our FAQ that explains what the auction is all about, and browse some catalogs from past Service Auctions to get some creative ideas for what to donate!

-The Service Auction Magic Makers (SAMMs) (Bob & Marty Keith, Becca
Morse, Katrina Timson, and Dee Burlison)
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.
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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Our theme for worship and religious education classes in February is "Power."  

The theme has me contemplating the many ways in which good allies to persons with traditionally marginalized have lent their privilege to others.  I think of large ways:  I have been working on a fascinating history on the participation of the Universalist Church in the Underground Railroad in Ohio prior to the Civil War.  And think of small ways that allies have done work that was none the less life saving.  I will never forget the gratitude I felt personally when decades ago, some straight couples began making a point of referring their partners without reference to their gender, thereby surrendering a little bit of their privilege in order to make life safer and more hospitable for those of us who had no choice but to do so.  

Do you have a favorite story about a time when an ally offered support to you, or presented themselves in a radically hospitable way?  Or when you were able to find a way of being a useful ally to someone else?   If you have stories to share, I would SO appreciate hearing them, so that they might inspire others.  Email if you can:, or find me on facebook.  

To Life!


Chili Cook Off Coming!

Need a little warmth these days?  Then put Sunday Feb 28 on your calendar, because that's the date for the Annual Chili Cookoff.  Enter your special recipe for a  meat or meatless chili, or just stay after service to taste and vote. Everyone is welcome to one of NUUC'S favorite events! For details, contact Eileen Watters 740-225-5342 or

 "As We Age"

"As We Age," a four-week adult enrichment course facilitated by Marty Keith, met on Thursday evenings during January. The group shared experiences, insights, and opinions about getting older. The four sessions were "The Phases of Aging"; "A Traveler's Guide" (Where do you want to go during this part of your life's journey? What do you still want to do? What companions would you choose? What strengths would you pack to take with you?); "Keeping the Spirit of Independence"; and "The Fruits of Our Labors"--what we are enjoying now or hope to enjoy, and the legacies we are leaving. Comments were intriguing, emotions deep, and conversations entertaining!

If anyone has any other specialized subject areas he or she would like to explore in a course, please see Marty Keith, Adult Enrichment chair, or contact the Leaders Council, at present headed by Eileen Watters.
Social Justice News

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.  Possible dates in next month February 20th. If you are interested in joining the other IACO members who are volunteering, please contact Michael Greenman, Moderator of the IACO Social Justice Task Force, at The Van Buren Shelter is also seeking volunteers to work the Homework Help Center on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Fridays from 4:00 to 6:30 PM. If interested, contact Abby Rutschilling at For more information, see the SAC bulletin board or ask Pam Patsch.

FEBRUARY LOOSE CHANGE: Turning Point provides victims/survivors of domestic violence and their children with safe, secure, temporary shelter in a comfortable atmosphere. The shelter is designed to meet the victims' physical needs by providing housing, food, clothing and personal items, as well as their emotional needs through support services. Turning Point, a Marion shelter serves six counties including Delaware. Currently, Delaware County is the largest county in Ohio without a domestic violence shelter. Turning Point has partnered with United Way to finalize a Delaware County location that will provide critical domestic violence
advocacy and shelter services for individuals and families in the county. To learn more about this organization, visit their website at

UU JUSTICE OHIO: UUJO has a new website. Be sure to check it out at UUJO! Mark your calendar for the GA 2016 Racial Justice Public Witness - With UUJO and the Ohio Student Association as local cosponsor partners, the GA racial justice public witness event will take place on Thursday, June 23rd at 4:45 pm at the Statehouse. The event will feature Rev. William Barber, leader of North Carolina's Moral Monday Movement. 
The Fund for UU Social Responsibility has matching grants available of up to $1,500 to congregations participating in actions of public witness that should help activists travel to the Capitol from around the state. Following the witness event, Rev. Bill Sinkford will conduct the Service of the Living Tradition at the Convention Center, and no GA paid registration is required to attend.

UUSC FAIR TRADE COFFEE: Shop for delicious Fair Trade coffee, tea, cocoa, and chocolate after the service on February 7, 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. 

Arti Gras! Celebration of Art and Spirit: Imagine...Creating hope in our troubled world. What will be created in you? February 6, 2016, 9am-4pm, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2199 East Main St, Columbus. Engaging in any creative activity enriches life, and yet most people are intimidated by the very words "art" and "creativity." Arti Gras! provides a safe, judgment-free space to explore creativity and spirituality. We focus on the creative process rather than on the finished product. This event offers a wide range of possibilities for exploring the creative elements of the life journey, featuring a menu of mini-workshops that include art journaling, gentle dance/movement, written word and poetry, simple sculpting, paint, mixed media, and collage. This is a grassroots, hands-on experience open to all. Children under the age of 16 are welcome if accompanied by an adult.