Facility Rentals

Available for Weddings, Ceremonies and Special Events


Have your Wedding in a natural park setting.

Your wedding can be memorable for being in tune with the simplicity of nature.  The small meadow at the back of the church building is ideal for your small intimate natural wedding.  If you are looking for a venue for a small wedding in tune with the natural world, then either the upper or the lower meadow behind the church is available for a very modest rental fee.

The property extends back to Blacklick Creek in an almost pristine undeveloped natural corridor to the park system that hosts abundant deer, birds and other wildlife.  Deer, fox, squirrel and a wide variety of birds roam there.  They don’t generally attend weddings, but do supervise activities from the safety of the woods that surround the meadows.

The church building itself is a converted house, and accommodates up to 60 people.  If you are planning a modest wedding and looking for a park-like setting, then come by and stroll around.





All day rental is $100

Half day (4 hours) is $50.

There is a $50 non-refundable deposit required.


Contact the church answering service at 614-626-3500 (new telephone #) for more information.  You may also e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Church Location


Unitarian Universalist Congregation East
1789 Lancaster Avenue
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-3108


“Welcome Free Thinkers”


Sunday Service at 11:00 AM



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Our Covenant & UU Principles

Our Congregation Covenant

Love is the doctrine of this church;
The quest for truth is its sacrament,
And service is its prayer.
To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
To serve all in fellowship to the end
That we shall grow into harmony with the divine.
Thus we do covenant with each other
And with the world.

Unitarian Universalist Principles

There are seven principles which each congregation affirms and promotes:

  1.   The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2.   Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  3.   Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  4.   A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  5.   The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  6.   The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  7.   Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.


Our Stance on Religion and Social Justice

Living a religious life is about living a life of depth, purposeful dialog, and character. Religion is for helping you find a way to fulfill your life's sacred mission. Emmanuel Levinas wrote "we come into the world already obligated by the mere gaze of the other.  A gaze that demands from us a response.  If we open our eyes, we will be obligated to respond to much pain and much injustice in our world."  

The ancient and contemporary common agenda for humans is to seek good.  Feeding the hungry.  Removing stumbling blocks before the blind.  Speaking out against injustice.  Paying the laborer a fair wage in an economy that benefits us all.  Creating courts of justice. These things are what bind us together in the religion of our common humanity.

As humans, we know this work.  How are you called to do it?

Welcome Message

Welcome Dear Friend,

We, are a loving fellowship of free thinkers respecting ideas, exploring spirituality, and nurturing our community, the earth, and all beings.  We here at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation East invite you to visit our church at 11:00 AM, Sunday mornings. We welcome you no matter who you are or where you are on your spiritual journey.  Our Sunday services encompass speakers from diverse backgrounds who draw on a wide range of thoughts and experiences.  Unitarian Universalist Churches have a proud history of social justice, peace, compassion and democracy. Our presence in the community is very important because of our messages of tolerance, reason, truth, as well as respect for the independent web of all existence.  Diversity here in this space is not a platitude, we know that the world is a better place when we embrace each other’s differences.

The doctrine of love, as stated in the Covenant, guides our membership toward a spiritual path.

Love is the doctrine of this church;

The quest for truth is its sacrament,

And service is its prayer.

To dwell together in peace,

To seek knowledge in freedom,

To serve all in fellowship to the end

That we shall grow into harmony with the divine.

Thus we do covenant with each other

And with the world.

Now that you know we are here, and what we are about, please drop by on a Sunday morning. Since you are still reading this paragraph you may want to seek knowledge of spirituality and social justice among other knowledge and truth seekers.  We may be the congregation you have been searching for!


Sunday Services


Sunday Services at 11:00 AM


Welcome Dear Friends,


We, Unitarian Universalist Congregation East, invite you to visit our church at 11:00 AM, Sunday mornings. We welcome you no matter who you are or where you are on your spiritual journey.  Our Sunday services encompass speakers from diverse backgrounds who draw on a wide range of thoughts and experiences.  Unitarian Universalist Churches have a proud history of social justice, peace, compassion and democracy. Our presence in the community is very important because of our messages of tolerance, reason, truth, as well as respect for the independent web of all existence.  Diversity here in this space is not a platitude, we know that the world is a better place when we embrace each other’s differences.


The doctrine of love, as stated in the Covenant, guides our membership toward a spiritual path.


Love is the doctrine of this church;


The quest for truth is its sacrament,


And service is its prayer.


To dwell together in peace,


To seek knowledge in freedom,


To serve all in fellowship to the end


That we shall grow into harmony with the divine.


Thus we do covenant with each other


And with the world.


Now that you know we are here, and what we are about, please drop by on a Sunday morning. If you are a free thinker seeking to grow into harmony with the divine, and want to do so among other knowledge and truth seekers, then we may be the congregation you have been searching for!

Sunday Service event archive

November 2016 Services

11-6  Daniele Bolelli “The Taoist Lectures” presented by Matt

11-13 Social Justice Sunday

11-20 Guest Speakers from the Atheist Skeptics Humanist Group from First UU They Call That Mind Free

11-27 Thanksgiving Potluck


October 2016 Services

10-2 Video Sermon “Prophetic Mourning” by Reverend William J. Barber at the 2016 UUA General Assembly in Columbus OH

10-9 Social Justice Sunday

10-16 Guest Speaker Ron Lofton for National Disability  Awareness Month.  His Topic will be: “Different but the Same”

10-23 Guest Speaker Tony McDonald  from First UU in Clintonville will present “Outing Racism.”

10-30 Day of the Dead Service presented by Rick 


September Services

9-4-16 UU Water Ceremony. Bring Water from a place special to you to share.

9-11-16 Guest Speaker Phil Hart from Christian Peacemaker Teams will talk about his time in Columbia titled “The Body We Live In”

9-18-16 Bob Bhaerman will present “Personal Paths to Humanism”

9-25-16 Work Day and Potluck The church will have a workday to finish painting and sprucing up the church. Bring food to share for a potluck. 


August Services 

8-7  No Service at UUCE. We will be celebrating the Sunday Druid Service with Three Cranes Grove at the Dublin Irish Festival

8-14 Guest Speaker David Soliday from DUUF in Delaware Ohio will join us. His topic will be, “Biblical Powers & Principalities = Modern Day Empire”

8-21 Rick Pittaway will be taking more ideas from his trip to China: talking about our shared humanity through different cultures.

8-28 “Living A Liberal Religion in a Time of Donald Trump” presented by Mark & Karen


July Services

7-3 Potluck

7-10 Rick will give us his impressions of General Assembly

7-17 About That Book: “Revolutionary Spirits The Enlightened Faith of America’s Founding Fathers” by Gary Kowalaski presented by Madeline

7-24 Open Discussion: Our Spiritual Journey

7-31 Maggie will be discussing  Stoic Philosophy


June Services

6-5-16 Activity Sunday-Working on the UUCE Banner for GA

6-12-16 A Program on How to be Interesting presented by Owen Thomas

6-19-16 Rick Pittaway will tell us what he learned about inherent worth and dignity of all people by visiting China

6-26-16 No Service at UUCE Join us for the 10:30 worship service at GA


May Services

5-1-16 Guest Speaker David Soliday, the minister from the Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship  in Delaware OH, will tell us about his trip to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota 

5-8-16 Happy Mothers Day Flower Communion

5-15-16 TED Talk Reconnecting with Compassion by Krista Tippett. Krista will be the Ware Lecturer at GA this summer

5-22-16 The New Economy of Climate Change  presented by Becca Calhoun

5-29-16 Cookout/Potluck 


April Services

4-3-16 Open Forum “How School Has Shaped Our Lives”

4-10-16 Ted Talk “The Unheard Story of the Sistine Chapel “by Elisabeth Lev

4-17-16 “Two Irelands” presented by Andy McGreevy

4-24-16 Guest Speaker Ellen Rapkin from the Humanist Jewish Chavurah of Columbus will talk about Passover 


March Services

3-27-16 Easter Sunday Potluck No Regular Service 

3-20-16 Dakota Warrior by Gloria Mattioni presented by Matt

3-13-16 Self-Publishing: An Elegy presented by Owen Thomas

3-6-13 Commemorating  Womens’ History Month and International Womens Day by Celebrating UU Women in History 


February Services

2-28-16 About that Book “Black Prophetic Fire” by Cornel West presented by Becca Calhoun

2-21-16 About That Book “The Myth of Persecution” How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martydom by Candida Moss presented by Madeline

2-14-16 Love Makes the World Go Round Valentines Day Program presented by Betty Aiken and Madeline Lowery

2-7-16 Epistemological Anarchism from Daniele Bolellis’s Taoist Lecture Series presented by Matt


January Services

01/31/16 Robert Ingersoll The Great Agnostic presented by Stan Bradley

01/24/16 Arts and Sciences by Dr. Owen Thomas

01/17/16 Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

01/10/16 Name the #1 Issue: Racism? Corruption of Democracy? Climate change? Gun Violence? presented by Rick Pittaway 

01/03/16 Open forum Discussion  Reflections on the year behind us and the year ahead. What is the best thing that happened for you in 2015 ? What are your hopes for 2016? 


December 2015 Services

12/27/15 No Service Have a Happy Holiday Weekend

12/20/15 Holiday Service of Christmas Music and other  fun activities

12/13/15 Open forum discussion: “What Does Home Mean to You?” Featuring the Holiday Message from UUA President Peter Morales

12/6/15 “How Anonymous Hackers Changed the World” presented by Matt and Tony


November 2015 Services

11/29/15 No Service  Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy Thanksgiving weekend

11/22/15 Open forum Discussion ” What Are You Thankful For?” 

11/15/15 “Schools &Churches” Presenter Owen Thomas

11/8/15 Guest Speaker Michael Greenman Faith and Democracy

11/1/15 Day of the Dead presented by Rick Pittaway 


October 2015 Services 

10/25/15 Fall Festival Potluck. Bring a dish to Share and some non perishable food  as a donation to the food pantry

10/18/15 “Parody” Religions

10/11/15 Guest Speaker We welcome back Buddhist Monk Tich Quang Hy. His topic will be Meditation and Karma

10/4/15 Water Ceremony  Celebrate the end of Summer 


September 2015 Services

9/27/15 Open Forum on Mythology (Part 2) Come share and discuss your favorite myths presented by Maggie

9/20/15 “Avoidance and Immunity”: Building Spiritual Strength Presented by Elisabeth

9/13/15 Guest Speaker We welcome Buddhist Monk, Thich Quang Hy. His topic will be Religion in Life.

9/6/15 Video Sermon “You Could be Next: Why Labor Justice Matters” by Rev Dr Arvid Straube First UU San Diago


August 2015 Services

8/30/15 Laudato Si’ Care for Our Common Home  The Climate Call of Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical Presented by Becca

8/23/15  Open Forum on mythology. Come share and discuss your favorite myths

On 8/16  Because of the Fun Fair Please park in the lot on the corner of Livingston and Lancaster next to the church

8/16/15 Why Mythology is Still Relevant Presented by Maggie

8/9/15  Singing the Living Tradition  The UU hymnal presented by Owen

Please join us August 14,15,and 16 for the Family Fun Fair. Rides, Food, Raffle and Fun. Friday Aug. 14 4pm-10pm Saturday Aug 15 Noon to 10pm  Sunday Aug 16 noon to 10pm

8-2-15 No Sunday Service  Please join us for the Druid service at the Dublin Irish Festival at 10:00A.M.  More information at Three Cranes Grove; http://www.threecranes.org/


July 2015 Services

7/5/15 Potluck Bring some food to share and join us for a potluck meal

7/12/15 Guest Speaker Gordon Bixel from DUUF in Delaware Ohio

7/26/15 More existential struggles from Rick on “Where does Morality Come From?”

How to be a Better Person Lessons from M. Scott Peck from” The Road Less Traveled”

7/19/15 Frances Ellen Watkins Harper 1825-1911 Poet, Author, Activist, Lecturer, Unitarian presented by Madeline


June 2015 Services

6/7/15 An Intro to Taoism: An audio presentation of Daniele Bolelli

6/14/15 China’s Economy and Environmental Problems with a Unitarian Universalist Perspective 

6/21/15 Happy Fathers Day. Open Forum: Discussing our fathers, fatherhood, and other men who have influenced us

6/28/15 Grahams Number and Beyond presented by Tony


May 2015 Services

5/03/15  Open Forum Discusion about gender roles. What are the so called male and female roles in  this country. Are gender roles changing? How are gender roles different in other cultures?

5/10/15  Mothers Day  “Mothers’ Peace Day” presented by Becca

5/17/15 Religious Dress Program about religious garments presented by Madeline

5/24/15 Number Mysticism presented by Owen

5/31/15 Does Morality Require a God? presented by Rick


April 2015 Services

4/5/15 UU Flower Communion Ceremony

4/12/15 Magic Theory presented by Maggie

4/19/15 Childrens’ Stories as Spiritual Metaphor presented by Elisabeth

4/26/15 Asian Religions III; Stories,Kwan-yin, A Riddle and Questions… Shared by Andy McGreevy


March 2015 Services

3/1/15  Spiritual Exercise A Look at the link between physical action and Spirituality presented by Maggie

3/8/15 Spiritual Universe Part 2 based on the book The Accidental Universe by Alan Lightman presented by Deepa

3/15/15 Happiness Research Part 1 presented by Lisa

3/22/15 Happiness Research Part 2 Presented by Lisa 

3/29/15 Remembering Don Jones former minister of UUCE


February 2015 Services

2/1/15  Origins of the UU Chalice presented by Madeline Postponed

2/8/15 Beyond Charity, Rethinking How We Give presented by Matt

2/15/15 Interfaith Power and Light Preach-in for Climate Change presented by Becca

2/22/15 Origins of the UU Chalice presented by Madeline


January 2015 Services

1/04/15 Seven Lists of Seven Things presented by Dr. Owen Thomas

1/11/15 Earth Centered Religions presented by Shawn Scott 

1/18/15  Martin Luther King Jr and UU presented by Madeline

1/25/15 “Accidental Universe?” Based on the book The Accidental Universe by Alan Lightman presented by Deepa Perera


December 2014 Services

12/7/14 Video Sermon “A Mixing Gesture” by the Rev. Dr Susan J. Ritchie 

12/14/14 Christmas Music We will share our favorite Christmas music presented by Betty Aiken

12/21/14 Winter Solstice presented by Maggie Shaffer 

12/28/14 Gathering for Tales of the Season


November 2014 Services

11/2/14 Open Forum Poetry Thoughts on How Poetry Lifts Our Spirits. Bring a poem to share.

11/9/14 Ted Talk All it Takes is Ten Mindful Minutes by Andy Puddicombe

11/16/14  Reflections on Friends and Friendship

11/23/14  Thanksgiving Dinner Potluck

11/30/14 History of the UU Covenant 


October 2014 Services

10/5/14 Ellen Rapkin from the Humanist Jewish Chavurah will talk about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

10/12/14 Open Forum: Discussion The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person. The First UU Principle. What Does it mean? How do we practice the 1st principle especially at those times when seeing a persons’ worth and dignity is challenging.

10/19/14 UU & UUCE presented by Dr. Owen Thomas

10/26/14 The Day of the Dead presented by Rick 


September 2014 Services

9/7/14 Come Share Your Summer With the Water Ceremony.  Please Bring a sample of Water from your travels this summer.We will pour all of our water into a vessel and pour the water into the creek after service.  Presented by Betty 

9/14/14 History’s Notably Clandestine Affair of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings presented by Mary Alice Dillman from Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Delaware Ohio 

9/21/14 Invite “The Other” to lunch. Presented by Matt

9/28/14 Susan Ritchie Minister from North Unitarian Universalist Congregation will discuss her book “Children of the Same God: The Historical Relationship Between Unitarianism, Judaism and Islam” facilitated by Charlotte Dihoff


August 2014 Services

8/3/14 Open forum Discussing your own Personal Gnostic presented by Maggie Shaffer 

8/10/14 “Europe, There and Back Again” Alex Stewart will talk about her trip to Europe earlier this year.

8/17/14 Video Sermon “Bring Your Own God The Spirituality of Woody Guthrie” by Rev Stephen Edington from All Souls Unitarian Tulsa Oklahoma

8/24/17   Is Jesus A Myth? presented by Madeline

8/31/14 Open Forum: Discussing ways to find inner peace in a chaotic world


July 2014 Services

7/6/14  And you thought “Citizens United ” was bad ….A discussion of the Supreme Court decision on the Hobby Lobby case presented by Jan Karlak

7/13/14 Gospel Exegesis presented by Dr Owen Thomas

7/20/14 “Why Does the World Exist” by Jim Holt presented by Matt 

7/27/14 Prophet or Madman: A Humorous Look at the Social Acceptance of Unverified Personal Gnostics presented by Maggie Shaffer


June 2014 Services

6/1/14  When Comics and Religion Meet… presented by Madeline 

6/8/14 Changing Perspectives presented by Lauren Barnes

6/15/14 Happy Fathers Day Open Forum Discussing our Fathers And Fatherhood

6/22/14 Remembering Two We Have Lost: Warren Wolf And Tim Dunning 

6/29/14 Famous American Freethinkers Presented by Robert Ford from DUUF in Delaware Ohio 


May 2014 Services

5/4/14 Finding a Way-The Story of  Rev. E. Ethelred Brown. The first Black man to be ordained a Unitarian minister.Presented by Madeline

5/11/14 Happy Mothers Day. Mothers Standing for Peace. Ted Talk Women Wartime and the Dream of Peace by Zainab Salbi 

5/18/14  Famine, Food, and Prejudice. The Irish and America Presented by Jan 

5/25/14 Open Forum. Let’s Talk about your favorite book(s) or your favorite author


April 2014 Services

4/6/14 Open Forum: Art that has Inspired Us. Bring some art or a photo of a piece of art that has inspired you. Talk about how art has inspired you.

4/13/14 Guest Speaker Frank Parmir from Muslims for Progressive Values will speak. His topic is Mohammed as a Universalist

4/20/14 Happy Easter There will be a flower Service presented by Betty Aiken Bring in a spring flower

4/27/14 Words as Symbols presented by Rick Pittaway


March 2014 Services

3/2/14  “Want to Be Happy? Be Grateful” By David Steindl-Rast- Ted Talk Video

3/9/14  Celebrating Womens’ History Month- Open Forum:Discussing Influential Women in Our Lives 

3/16/14 Religion in Japan presented by Andy McGreevey

3/23/14 Plato’s Socrates presented by Maggie Shaffer 

3/30/14 World Water Crisis presented by Jan Karlak 


February 2014 Services

2/2/14 Interpreting Unitarianism presented by Rick Pittaway

2/9/14 Valentines Day Service presented by Betty Aiken

2/16/14 A National Preach In on Climate Change presented by Becca Calhoun 

2/23/14 Kiirtan Drumming presented by Tadit Anderson


January 2014 Services

1/5/14 Open Forum: Dreams and Expectations for the New Year

1/12/14 Unitarianism presented by Dr. Owen Thomas

1/19/14  The Legacy Of Martin Luther King presented by Dr. Owen Thomas

1/26/14 Interpreting Unitarianism presented by Rick Pittaway Service 1/26/14 Cancelled due to weather 


December 2013 Services

12-1-13 Our Spiritual Journey or How you found UUCE

12-8-13 TED Talk “We Are All Designers” by John Hockenberry

12-15-13 Thoughts on the movie “Happy” presented by Kathy Davies

12-22-13 UUCE Celebrates Songs of the Season presented by Betty Aiken

12-29-13 It is Always Now Presented by Matt Jorgenson


November 2013 Services

11-3-13 Introverts,Extroverts and In-Between featuring Ted Talk, “The Power of Introverts” by Susan Cain.

11-10-13 “Move to Amend and Civil Rights” presented by Sandy Bolzenius

11-17-13 Respect and Dignity for All Beings Presented by Rick Kritzer and members of the UU Animal Ministry

11-24-13 Finistere,Brittany: Religious History and Architecture in France’s Land’s End presented by Charlotte Dihoff.


October 2013 Services

10-6-13 Empathy: Theory and Practice presented by Matt and Emily

10-13-13 Open Forum T Shirt Sunday Wear your favorite T shirt and share what makes it special

10-20-13 Drug Policy Reform presented by Michael Revercomb-Hickman

10-27-13 TED Talk “John Francis Walk the earth… my 17 year vow of silence”


September 2013 Services

9-1-13 Labor Day Service presented by Rick Pitaway

9-8-13 UU Water Service presented by Becca Calhoun

9-15-13 Emotional Intelligence presented by Bob Towner-Larsen

9-22-13 Open Forum Discussion of Our Heroes and S/heroes

9-29-13 The Delicate Art of Forgiveness A video sermon by  Rev. Meg Barnhouse First UU Austin TX


August 2013 Services

8-04-13 Open Forum Poetry The Congregation Reading and Discussing their favorite poem facilitated by Becca Calhoun and Madeline Lowery

8-11-13 TED TALK ” How Schools Kill Creativity” by Sir Ken Robinson.

8-18-13 Dustbowl Blues presented by Jan Karlak

8-25-13 Creativity and Discernment on the Spiritual Path presented by Matt Jorgenson


July 2013 Services

7-7-13 The Once and Future Congregation-report from the UUA General Assembly Presented by Becca Calhoun

7-14-13 “Original Sin or Original Blessing”  (Exploring the Creation Spirituality Matthew Fox) presented by Kathy Davies

7-21-13 “Global Crisis: Religion, War, and Climate Change” presented by Jan Karlak

7-28-13 Lessons from”Essential Spirtuality” by Roger Walsh presented by Deepa Perera


June 2013 Services

6-2-13 The Wisdom of Imperfection-Video Sermon by Rev Dr. Arvid Straube from First UU San Diego

6-9-13 Heretics Presented by Rick Pittaway

6-16-13 Fathers Day-Open Forum Discussing Our Fathers and Other Influential Men in Our Lives

6-23-13 Did God Have a Wife?  Presented by Owen Thomas

6-30-13 How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity presented by David Kurz


May 2013 Services

5-05-13 “Nicene Creed” Promises to keep. by Rick Pittaway

5-12-13 Mother’s Day Tribute Presented by Becca Calhoun

5-19 13 Discussion of the UU Seven Principles

5-26-13 The story of Rev Waitstill and Martha Sharp-founders of the UU Service Committee


April 2013 Services

4-07-13 “Back to the Future” Video Sermon by Reverend Marlin Lavanhar of AllSouls UU Church in Tulsa Okla.

4-14-13 Brahms Requiem Presented by Melissa Lawson

4-21-13 Anti-Semitism Presented by Jan Karlak

4-28-13 “The Problem  with Miracles” Phil Hart from Christian Peacemaker Teams will talk about their recent experiences in Colombia, South America


March 2013 Services

3-31 Easter Musings-Forum Discussing our Thoughts on Renewal and Springtime

3-24  Rape, Sex and Power Facilitated by Matt Jorgensen

3-17 “Are You a Cultural Creative?” presented by Kathy Davies

3-10 Marriage Equality in Ohio with Ben Deutschle from FreedomOhio.com

3-3 Why We Come to Church Featuring a Video-I Come to Church for Pie with UUA president Peter Morales


February 2013 Services

2-24 Animal Ministries and UU Churches by Rick Kritzer and Lisa Iacobellis

2-17 My Valentine by Betty Aiken

2-10 Americas Love Affair with Guns by Jan Karlak

2-3 “Margaret Fuller: The Most Important Woman You’ve Never Heard of” Video Sermon


January 2013 Services

1-27 What Does UU Mean to You?  Open Forum

1-20 Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. by Madeline and Thurman

1-13 TED Talk Letting Go of God by Julia Sweeney facilitated by Madeline Lowery

1-6 The Best of 2012 or the Worst for You-Sharing thoughts and plans


December 2012 Services

12-30 Thurman Sinks-Paying Homage to Howard Thurman: A Great Benefactor to Our Society

12-23 UUCE- Christmas Past-Sharing stories Happy memories humor

12-16 Betty Aiken Christmas-Where Did it All Start

12-9 Betty Aiken-Christmas Music Celebration by UUCE

12-2 Rick Pittaway- Creeds


November 2012 Services

11-24 Betty Aiken – What we are Thankful For

11-18 Bob Bhaerman – The Ten Commandments: Guiding principles for Teaching Values.

11-11 David Krohn and Les Kleen on Irreverent Humor.

11-4 no service – Building maintenance issues.  Please forgive us.


October 2012 Services

10-28 Religion in China part II

10-21 Religion in China

10-14 “When the Biomass Hits the Wind Turbine” by Jay Warmke.  Mr. Warmke from Blue Rock Station, a sustainable community in Muskingham County OH, will share his knowledge of the history of energy and how that past leads to our energy future.  Warmke will make ten predictions for the next two decades, such as the ubiquity of the electric vehicle and the hype of the natural gas boom.  He will share a vision of a future of hope without limits.

10-7  Disability Awareness – Eliszbeth Murphy


September 2012 Services

9-30 Ishmael – Madeline

9-23 My Spiritual Journey – Dr. Owen Thomas

9-16 Lets talk about an injustice.

9-9 Grandparent’s day!

9-2 Water Ceremony With Becca and Betty.


August 2012 Services

8-5 Jim Crowley, “The Power of Vulnerability,” a video of Brene Brown’s talk with discussion

8-12  Gordon Bixel, “Benjamin Franklin”

8-19  Nick Ford and his travels with Thurman Sinks facilitating

8-26 Tom Baillieul, Len Polick, and Drew Steadman, “None of the Above Group – Atheism” Stay after the service for the Summer Picnic! 8-26  Summer Picnic with HJCC, Chicken and drinks are provided.  Bring a side dish and enjoy the food and fun.


July 2012 Services

7- 1  Services canceled because of storm damage 7-8  Matt Jorgenson, “Laughter”

7-15 Rick Pittaway, “Lies About Thomas Jefferson”

7-22 Madeline Lowery, “Margaret Moseley”

7-29  Tomas Dillman, “Is Freewill an Illusion?”


June 2012 Services

6-3  Charlotte Dihoff, “Widening Horizons, Changing Lives”

6-10 David Soliday, “Farewell- Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow”

6-17 Stan Bradley, “Father’s Day Open Forum – Members share what they learned from their fathers”  with Madeline Lowery facilitating

6-24 Deepa Perera “Is there Anything Money Can’t Buy?”


May 2012 Services

5-6 Joy Brady Beer  – “Wheat Belly”, Sue Crowley, “Celiac Testimonial” and Dr. William Davis talks in two short videos

5-13 Betty Aiken and Becca Calhoun, “Mother’s Day”

5-20 Part-time Minister, David Soliday “The Power of Vulnerability,” information from researcher Brene Brown

5-27 Elizabeth Murphy, “In Memorial of those who died from US religious extremism”


April 2012 Services

4-1  Reports from Earth Keeping Summit   Those attending workshops share what they learned at the 4-H Center on 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Cols, Oh.  Written program and facilitated by Gorden Bixel

4-8 Rick Pittaway “The odd relationship we have with the animals on this planet”

4-15 Marilyn Stephen, Leads a class in “Calm Abiding Meditation”  Written program and facilitated by Madeline Lowery

4-22 David Soliday, “Earth Day”

4-29  Open Forum, lead by President Stan Bradley, “What does the congregation think the church of the future will look like and how will that affect our plans for growth?”  Bring your thoughts to share as we look at options.   Jan Karlak presents, “Congregations and Beyond, ” thoughts written by UUA President Peter Morales.   Written program and facilitated by Gorden Bixel.


March 2012 Services

3 – 4 Barbara Gonzalez, “Pastafarian”

3 – 11 Shawn Scott, “Spring” 3 – 18 Elizabeth Murphy, “Vodou”

3 – 25  David Soliday, “Chicago Muslims”


February 2012 Services

2-5  David Soliday  “Love”

2-12   Joy Brady Beer  ” Mistakes Were Made, But Not By Me”

2-19  Jan Karlak, “What Would Happen If the Federal Gov. Were Rolled Back?”

2-26  Charlotte Dihoff and Erika Bourguignon, “Aspects of Traditional African Religions in the Americas”


January 2012 Services

1-1 Jim Crowley  “Why Do I Come to a Unitarian Universalist Church?” Testimonials on video

1-8 Sue Crowley “Spontaneous Happiness”  What does Dr. Andrew Weil have to say about happiness?

1-15 Celebrating Martin Luther King Day  “Abraham, Martin, John, Barack, and Evangeline”  What each has to say about peace!

1-22  David Soliday “The Elephant in the Room” inspired by the Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” and other events of the past year.

1-29 Kathy Davies, “Eco-Spirituality” with a panel of presenters


(Gordon Bixel and Committee coordinated services

For the months of November and December).


December 2011 Services

12-4    Elisabeth Murphy  “UU History”

12-11  David Soliday

12-18  If I Could Bring a Gift to the World “Open Forum”

With Presentations

12-25 Closed for holiday (Members celebrate

Holiday with family and friends).


November 2011 Services

11-6    Les Kleen and David Krohn “Atheism”

11-13  David Soliday

11-20  Megan Krone  “Attitude and Groups”

11-27  Jan Karlak  “Thanksgiving”


October 2011 Services

10-2   Matt Jorgenson “Harm Reduction”?

10-9  Ben Davids  “Insights from Israel”

10-16 Joy Brady Beer “Lydia Marie Francis Child” and remembering  Shirley Denbroeder “Gone too Soon” Sue and Jim Crowley and Jan Karlak

10-23  David Soliday “Community”  Betty Aiken welcomes new members.

10-30  Kathy Davies  “When God was a Woman”   September 2011 Services


September 2011 Services

9-4  David Soliday, “A Celebration of Work”

9-11  Jan Karlak, “Where were you, 9-11-2001?”

9-18  Charlotte Dihoff, “The Three Principles of Simplicity, Patience, and Compassion,”  interpreted by Sue Crowley, Stan Bradley and Betty Aiken

9-25  Elizabeth Murphy, “Unitarian Universalist History,” the second of a series


August 2011 Services

7th Rebecca Calhoun “Remembering Hiroshima and Sadako’s Story of a Thousand Cranes” 14th David Soliday  “Krishna Janmashtami”

21 Michael Greenman “UU Social Justice Convention and Time Share Bank”

28Warren Wolf “Similarities and Differences of UU and Jewish Humanist” NOT TO BE MISSED The Service will be followed by a picnic with the Jewish Humanist at our church.  Bring a dish and enjoy the food and fellowship.


July 2011 Services

7-3  Gordon Bixel (Outside Service ) Celebrating the 4th of July with characters of Independence Day

7-10 Shawn Scott  “Water Blessing”

7-17  Elizabeth Murphy, Begin first of series of Unitarian Universalist history

7-24  David Soliday

7-31 Angel Schneider


June 2011 Services

5th  The Gospel according to  John.

12th Exploring the word “Sin” and  7 members of the congregation expound on the “Seven Deadly Sins.”   Anger – Marlene and Megan, Envy – Thurman, Gluttony – Madeline, Greed – Matt, Lust – Gordon, Pride – John, and Sloth –

19th  David Soliday – Father’s Day

26th  Jan Karlak, “Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon”


May 2011 Services

5-1 Gordon Bixel

5-8 Bob Farmer, “My Study of Ancient Egypt”

5-15  Bob Bhaerman, ” The American Humanist Association – Perspective on Humanist Education”

5-22  David Soliday

5-29 Kathy Davies, “It’s a Wonderful Life:  On Calling, Purpose & Destiny”


April 2011 Services

4-3 Jim Crowley, Open Forum, “The Power of Positive Thinking”

4-10  David Soliday

4-17  Jan Karlak, “Talking Climate Change”

4- 24  John Martin, “Easter”


March 2011 Services

6th John Martin “Reclaiming the Bible from the Neo-literalists”

13th Rick Pittaway “Karen Armstrong and the Charter for Compassion”

20th David Soliday, “Sharing the visit to Jamaica”

27th Charlotte Dihoff, “Meditations” You are invited to meditation prior to service.


February 2011 Services

2 – 6 Mary Yoder “Palestine Isreal Border”

2 – 13  David Soliday “Love”

2 – 20 Jim Crowley  “Twelve Steps to a Better Life “

2 – 27  The abbreviated version of the movie “Gasland” January Services   2011


January 2011 Services

1 – 2 Elisabeth Murphy, Open Forum,  Congregation will share religious stories and experiences.

1 – 9 Rick Pittaway, “Philosophy of David Foster Wallace”

1 – 16   Jim and Sue Crowley, Martin Luther King, Jr. and his views on violence and non-violence”  (Including a short video)

1 – 23 John Martin, “Embrace your doubts to set you free”

1 – 30   Jan Karlak, “Standing On the Side of Love?  Lessons from Wikileaks”


December 2010 Services

12 – 5 David Soliday, “Human?? Rights”

12 – 12  Jim Crowley, “8 Pillars of a Community”

12 – 19  “Gift/Gifts to Mother Earth”   Introduction by Shawn Scott.  Members of the Congregation will share  the many things they have done this past month to promote a healthy Mother Earth.  We are logging the progress throughout the month prior to this date.  We will end with a short video and audio of Native Americans.

12 – 26  John Martin, “Unitarian Christmas”


November 2010 Services

11 – 7 Gordon Bixel, “Republicans Have Won”

11 – 14  David Soliday, “The Great Turning”

11 – 21  Shirley Denbroeder, “Wampanaog” for our Thanksgiving Service

11 – 28  John Martin, “Dancing With Hypocrisy”


October 2010 Services

3rd  John Martin , “Why Aren’t We Sharing the Good News?”

10th  Regular Services at 11:00 will be cancelled.  Join us from 1:00 – 5:00 for the Reynoldsburg Clean Energy Rally (See 350.org) at our church.  There will be a Solar and Wind Power Demo, Music by Columbus Rock Band Hate to Cry, Green Ways Metro Park Ranger, Energy Biking, Guest speakers, drummers, and much more.  This is a day to celebrate climate solutions at this

10/10/10 Global Work Party.

17th  David Soliday, “An Attack on Apathy”

24th Open Forum,  Betty Aiken, Bring your favorite poetry to share.

31st  The Three Cranes Grove, Shawn Scott, ” All Hallow’s Eve”


September 2010 Services

5th “The Seven Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association” – Seven members of our congregation give their thoughts about  the principles.

12th David Soliday “Earth Dance”

19th Charlotte Dihoff, “Natural Resources, War and Peace – Affirming our common humanity in the new global economy”

26th   John Martin, “TBA”


August 2010 Services

1st –  Jim Crowley, “Unknown Unknowns”

8th –  Rick Pittaway, “Fundamentalism”

15th –   Rev. David Soliday, “Facilitating Paradox, My Spiritual Journey”

22nd  –  Arlene Webb,” *G*O*D* Many names”

29th  –  “AEP, Climate Change and Sustainability: A New Era?” with guest speaker, SANDRA NESSING, Director of Sustainability at AEP


July 2010 Services

7-4 Outside Service around Campfire Gordon Bixel, “Fourth of July Service” Members assume characters important to the Declaration of Independence, coordinated by Sue Crowley

7-11 David Soliday, “Our Mountain Is Waiting”

7-18 Mark Waite, “Sustainable Reynoldsburg” Environmental programs developing in Reynoldsburg and you could be part of it.

7-25 John Martin, What is happening with UU at a national level?  Rev. Martin reports about the UU General Assembly of 2010.


June 2010 Services

6- 6 David Soliday Libertarian Theology

6-13 Rick Pittaway,  Transformation of the American Dream

6-20 Betty Aiken, Father’s Day

6-27  Matt Jorganson, The Comforting Notion of an Infinite Universe


May 2010 Services

2 nd, Stan Bradley, President,  Reports on a recent district meeting

9th Betty Aiken, “Flower Ceremony“

16th Marco Valdez, “Spiritual Journey”

23rd Teri Cornell, “Fear Factor”

30th Open Forum,  Theme of  “Our Visions for UUCE Future” J. Crowley facilitating.  Share your thoughts, readings, poems,  or experiences.   Jim reports on finances.


April 2010 Services

4th  Jim Crowley, “I wish I knew when I was young, what I know Now”  Jim invites you to share your thoughts with him.

11th David Soliday, “Welcome to the Conceptual Age”

18 Matt Jorganson, “Spiritual Journey”

25th Open Forum, ” Our thoughts about the Earth and Reflecting on Earth Day


March 2010 Services

7th Jim and Sue Crowley “Faith on the Borderland”  This was rescheduled because of the snow.

14th Stan Bradley is going to talk about some of the ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche.

21st Kim Knight  “Yin and Yang” ?

28th David Soliday  “Tales from Belize”  Soliday brings to us the stories from a recent mission trip to Belize in Central America.


February 2010 Services

7th  Jim and Sue Crowley “Faith in the Borderland”

14th Kim Knight “Chinese New Year”

21st David Soliday “Love”

28th Jan Karlak “Darwin and Lincoln”


January 2010 Services

3 – Open Forum, the Congregation shares New Year’s Resolutions

10 – Guest Speaker Rob Mathews, Zen, with K. Knight Facilitating

17 – David Soliday, The Life of Martin Luther King

24 – Jan Karlak and Becca Calhoun, There Is No Planet ‘B,’ The State of the Planet and Copenhagen Accord

31 – Shawn Scott, Meditation, What it is with thoughtful commentary, and experiencing meditation with the Presenter POT- LUCK,

January 23rd, Celebrating Birthdays with the birthday boy and girl


December 2009 Services

12-6 Joan Phillips, Compassionate Care Giving and Sue Crowley, Being Informed about a Hospital Visit and Stay

12-13 David Soliday Celebrating the Light

12-20 Sharing Gifts of Talent and Fun in a Seasonal Service of Songs, Poems, Paintings, Stories, and Surprises from the congregation

12-27  Perry Straughten, My Spiritual Journey


November 2009 Services

11-1  Gordon Bixel  “Selfish”

11-8  Jim Crowley  “Forgiveness”

11-15  Jan Karlak “Don’t Believe in God?  You’re Not Alone.”

11-22  David Soliday, “Thanksgiving”

11-29  Three Cranes Group, Shawn Scott, Leesa Kern, and Lisa Allshouse


October 2009 Services

10-4  Becca Calhoun “Association Sunday” and Jan Karlac  “Addressing and Preventing the Flu”

10-11  David Petras  “Non Violence, A Universalist Imperative”

10-18  Betty Aiken  “Welcome t0 New Members” and “Dedication to Members Who Have Passed”

10-25  David Soliday  “Earth’s Spirituality”


September 2009 Services

9-6  Presenters (Members of UUCE) will give their ideas about “What I Would Like This Church To Be”

9-13  David Soliday  “Comfortably  Numb”

9-20  John Barnes “Practical Christianity”

9-27  Joy Brady Beer  “Who Says I need to Find A Purpose in Life?” 


August 2009 Services

8-2  Beth Bradley   “Getting to Know Humanism”

8-9  Deepa Perera “Journey Towards Meaning”

8-16   Darby Place “Hope”

8-23  Rick Pittaway “My Spiritual Journey”

8-30  Dick Leavy, “Search for Happiness”


July 2009 Services

7-5  Jim and Sue C. “Experiences from GA”  Members share reports, information, materials, views of Key-note speakers and videoes from the national conference.

7-12 “More Experiences from GA”

7-19 Stan Bradley, “My Spiritual Journey”

7-26 Seventh Principle “Respect For the Interdependent Web of All Existence of Which We Are A Part”, (as written by Forrest Gilmore and delivered by T. Sinks).


June 2009 Services

6-7, Heather Moore, “Gardening Is A Spiritual Experience”

6-14, Kathy Reinoehl, ” The Bahai Religion”

6-21, Beth and Stan Bradley, “Music for the Spirit”

6-28, David Soliday, “My Spiritual Path”


May 2009 Services

Attention:  Movie/Potluck cancelled this month, due to Dinner Celebration at end of month

May 3, Abby Maitland “All You Need Is Love”

May 10, Marco Valdez facilitates, Mother’s Day Celebration –  At Open Forum members of the congregation will share the memorable stories of their mother.

May 17, Rachael Krauss, “Touch”

May 24, Rebecca Morse, “Nature of Change”

May 31, 2009, End of Fiscal Year Program, building on successes of the past with testimonials of dreams for the future of UUCE.  After the service, there will be a Dinner Celebration of the Congregation’s Generosity- Thank You!”This is a work in progress.


April 2009 Services

4 – 5, Jan Karlak and Sue Crowley “Living On Less in Lean Times”  Also, share your ideas of being frugal and stretching a dollar.

4 – 12, Leesa Kern, “Connections of Pagans to Christians”

4 – 19, Celebrating Earth Day,   Guest Speaker, David Rutter talks about the health of Blacklick Creek and other environmental issues.  Mr. Rutter is employed by the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission and Coordinator for Big Walnut Creek and Tributaries.

4 – 26, Nick Ford, “Sharing My Spiritual Journey”


March 2009 Services

3 – 1,  Sue Crowley – “You are a Leader”

3 – 8,  Jim Crowley, – “The Year of 2012”

3 – 15,  Jan Karlak, “What You Would Like to Know About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act”

3 – 22,  Marco Valdez, “Music and Poetry”

3 -29,  Carmen Crowley, “What Are You Eating?”  How the food you eat effects your health!


February 2009 Services

2-1, “What Would the Founders Do?”, Stan Bradley, CANCELLED (We have a thick layer of ice in the parking lot! Ramps – Dangerous!

2-8, “Valentine’s Day”, Betty Aiken

2-15, “Musical Inspiration,” Mary and Courage Woodward

2-22, “What Would the Founder’s Do,”  Stan Bradley

Quick Reality Check

Sorry for being away from the desktop for so long.  Sometimes time (and sleep) get away from me.  Nevertheless I will try to keep up.  Socrates said the greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be... or rather, he said something similar to that... in Greek... and what I pretend to be is your faithful reporter of what is happening in this tiniest of corners of the UU world...  the UU world of a tiny community that meets in a building that used to be a house on the far South side of beautiful downtown Reynoldsburg, Ohio.



UUCE Grounds Committee meeting

The grounds committee met Nov 14, 2009 after services.  The committee decided to try to sub-divide that task into managable regions with Becca as overall coordinator.  Each region will manage its own planning and maintenance.

Overall grass:  Will be mulching the leaves in place instead of raking them for ease of maintenance and smaller carbon footprint.

Fire Pit:  Will be mulching leaves because it is kind to the earth

Pond:  Will begin planning

Memorial area:  Will begin planning

Two flower circles:  Will continue planning

Rectangle bed under the sign:  Will begin planning

Area by street in front of railroad ties:  Planning?  What is Planning?

Just a little further down the road on the left

When coming to our church from I-70 stay in the middle lane of Hwy 256. You should pass to the left of the Reynoldsburg sign. "Birthplace of the Tomato"

We are then on the left hand side under the trees.

Welcome to Reynoldsburg

CSAI-2: Nuclear Disarmament

The below quoted text is describes one Action Issue our congregation will vote on. The source of this information comes from the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations web site. For more information click to http://uua.org/socialjustice/issuesprocess/currentissues/index.shtml. - Marco


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Proposed CSAI-2 (2008-2012)

Issue: Should the Unitarian Universalist Association work with other faith communities to advocate a dramatic reduction in the world’s nuclear weapons inventories, primarily those of the United States and Russia, in favor of reinvigorated nuclear arms control agreements and principles, such as those embodied in the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty?

Background and Reasons for Study: Two hundred well-placed nuclear weapons could drive civilized society back to the Stone Age. Each of these weapons can kill more than 100,000 in populated and targeted areas. The Nunn-Lugar Act, funded by Congress in 1994, allows money to be spent to help Russia stabilize its large number of unsecured weapons materials facilities and to identify, destroy, and dispose of a portion of its nuclear weapons.

Significance to Unitarian Universalism: Russia and the United Sates and by the national policies that appear to provide in perpetuity for the maintenance of large numbers of nuclear weapons. Advocacy of a position against nuclear weaponry is highly consistent with UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association) principles, which show support and respect for the interdependent web of all life and for the goal of world peace.

Possible Study Questions

  • What is the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, and what is the United States policy on nuclear weapons?
  • At present, who are those engaged in nuclear proliferation, and what are the prospects of using diplomacy to reduce the threat of use of weapons of mass destruction?
  • How much nuclear deterrence is enough; and how did we get to the point of having the level of nuclear bombs and weapons that we have?
  • Could a mutual reduction be encouraged and negotiated? If so, by what factor might it be possible to reduce the "overkill" potential of the United States and Russian nuclear arsenals for mutually assured destruction?
  • What actions might make nuclear weapons reduction possible politically, and how long would it take to accomplish such a reduction under different scenarios of funding and political support?
  • What is the Nunn-Lugar Act, and what have its accomplishments been? What level of funding has been provided for this Act, and what can be accomplished with the amount currently requested and authorized?

Possible Actions

  • Form a nuclear weapons study group and become familiar with reliable sources of information.
  • Appoint study group members or experts to report to the congregation on the various study questions at congregational forums.
  • Promote adoption at district meetings of non-proliferation and anti-nuclear arms control statements of policy and conscience.
  • Form a social action group to develop informed opinions to lobby politicians and to write letters to the editors of local papers (individually or on behalf of the social action group).
  • Collaborate with district or area congregations in offering study opportunities and forums.

Related Prior Social Witness Statements

From 1961 to 1986 there were twenty-seven Unitarian Universalist resolutions of various kinds that included a nuclear weapons component. Nineteen of these were specifically concerned with nuclear weapons. The most representative and recent resolutions are:

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