March 2010


RDTF Meeting: Friday, March 26 at 7 pm

We were snowed/iced out in February but the next RDTF meeting will be this Friday, Mar 26th at 7 pm in room 7 at First UU. Please be there so we could share the status on the work we are doing and some exciting new plans.

Living Our Mission: Sunday, March 28, 12:30, Room B

Have you wondered about the next steps after our
congregation approved the new Mission Statement last
year? On Sunday, March 28 at 12:30pm we'll discuss
ways we can translate the idealism of the Mission
Statement into effective actions. We’ll hear ideas from
the Social Justice Committee, look at how other
congregations are working with the UUA’s Standing on
the Side of Love campaign, and brainstorm our own
ideas. We will also look at models for organizational
culture change and discuss how measuring our progress
can help us achieve the goals we set for ourselves. Your
participation and input will be very much appreciated.

Bring lunch or some food to share. We will be in Room B near the kitchen.

Ray Nandyal, Chair, Racial Diversity Task Force
David Maywhoor, Chair, Social Justice Committee
Gretchen Faulstich, Chair, Denominational Connections.

Privilege Workshop: Sunday April 18, 1-3pm

  by Board member and veteran diversity trainer, Bob Gordon, this will be the fourth in a series of presentations by the Ministerial staff and Board whose goal is to help us understand our powerful new Mission Statement.  Many of us believe that the health of our church depends in large part on how well we incorporate the principles of the Mission Statement.  Privilege can be a difficult concept to grasp.  The term is often used, and often misunderstood.  This highly participatory workshop will explore what privilege means, how it plays out in each of our lives, and how it affects our church community.  We will identify many forms of privilege, but will focus on gender, race, sexual identity, and class.
Bring your lunch or some dish to share before 1pm.

Transforming Whiteness: An OMD Workshop, April 24

"Ohio Meadville District and West Shore UU Church (Cleveland) are sponsoring a day long workshop using material from the new UU adult curriculum Transforming Whiteness. The workshop will be led by the author Rev. Bill Gardiner and co-facilitator, Rev. Melissa Carville-Ziemer of Kent Transforming Whiteness offers UU congregations, for the first time, a comprehensive overview of the evolution and workings of white identity both historically, as a current agency of oppression, and as a positive identity for the future.

   9 AM to 5:30 PM on Saturday, April 24. The registration cost is  $25.  Limited scholarship funds are available from the OMD (see the registration information).

 We encourage congregations to send teams and help support the registration fees for their members whenever possible.  Congregational leaders might want to use this seminar opportunity as a chance to gain an overview of the curriculum for possible future presentation in their home congregations. 

 The Registration deadline is Saturday April 10.  Registration is limited to a maximum of thirty people from congregations other than West Shore."



Please see the OMD website to register:

1st UU Youth Justice Work with C.R.I.S.

Good work and kudos to our First UU Youth Group! Along with the advice of Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS) the Jr-Sr High Youth, under the guidance of Tom Ballieul and Heather Pierson, have been busy gathering household supplies and a welcome basket for a new refugee/immigrant family. They anticipate welcoming this family to Port Columbus in the next few weeks. Contact the youth leadership and their sponsors to help out.

Bridge-builder of the month.

Let us lift up the quiet, transformative work of Steve Kraynak. Steve, a long-term member of First UU and a retired teacher, has a heart for reaching across cultural divides. He is a volunteer with Columbus Literacy Council (see featured organization below) and has some soul warming stories to share. If you would like more information on CLC, please contact Steve at  Blessings, Steve, for all your good work! Folks like you are the glue that holds our community together.

Featured Organization: Columbus Literacy Council

Have you driven through the Morse Road corridor and the Northland area of Columbus lately?  In addition to the road improvements, there are stores springing up offering Central American groceries and places such as the Global Mall, an adventure through an African marketplace. 
All this diversity of culture within a few miles of First UU!  Paralleling this bustling
crossroads of culture runs an invisible but palpable need for bridge building volunteers to tutor English.  The Columbus Literacy Council (CLC), is in need of English speaking folks, to extend a hand to newer and older immigrants, easing their transition into the fabric of society here in Columbus.  By aiding their English communication skills, we have an opportunity to "teach them how to fish" and enable them to pay it forward to their children and our communities. We are hoping that soon 1st UU will be evaluated by CLC as a host site for literacy classes and give a training for a group of UUs to begin this work together.  Contact Steve Kraynak (our bridge-builder of the month) for how you can become an approved CLC volunteer.


Featured E-magazine: Colorlines/ Racewire

Published by the Applied Research Center, Colorlines has been the national news magazine on race and society since 1998. They tell stories from communities of color while focusing on structural solutions that advance racial justice. For daily content, visit their blog, too, Racewire.

BREAD Nehemiah Action Meeting: Monday, May 3, Vets Memorial

Please add it to your calender now. Bring family and friends to support this important justice work in Columbus!

It is not our differences that

divide us. It is our inability

to recognize, accept and celebrate

those differences.

Audre Lorde (1934-1992)