March 2021
Your monthly news & updates
The theme this month in worship, religious education and small groups is "Commitment"

To receive a copy of this month's "Soulful Home" packet for how to add elements of ritual and spirituality to daily family life especially with younger children, please email the request to
Welcome New Members!
Jennifer and James Bourget moved to Ohio 13 years ago from beautiful Maine due to a work transfer. They found a wonderful home in Delaware, Ohio and have enjoyed raising their four children - Jacob, Rachael, Andrew and Marta in the Delaware community which has a lovely downtown, library and school system. James is employed at Citi and currently works at home due to Covid and Jennifer is an Early Childhood teacher who currently subs for Delaware City Schools. The Bourgets are avid  hikers, readers, comic and card collectors and gardeners. They enjoy the outdoors, music especially watching their children in band and chorus, traveling to historic sites, taking care of their rescue dogs Harris and Scruffy and cats Stella and Bubba and having good political discussions with other thoughtful and reasonable humans. They look forward to being able to worship in-person at NUUC in the future.

Leah McCoy. Originally from the greater Cleveland area, Leah has lived in central Ohio since 2012 and currently works as a cataloger for the Marysville Public Library. Raised an atheist, she eventually found a spiritual home within Unitarian Universalism. She has attended NUUC for several years, first as an occasional visitor, and regularly for the past year and a half. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, knitting, hiking, and doting on her tabby cat, Watson. She also enjoys songwriting, dance, and acting, and is active in her local community theatre group, the Silver Scene Players. She is delighted to become an official member at NUUC!

Karen McGuire: Lifelong seeker, listener and Unitarian Universalist.
Lover of family, Mother Earth, and kindness.
Formerly an educator working mostly with the differently abled.
Currently an Anam Cara (a soul friend) doing Interspiritual Companioning.
Can be found birding, traveling or taking pictures (sometimes all three) on a really good day.
Grateful for my life partner Mark Gaskill, our four kids, three kids-in-law, five granddaughters and two granddogs.

Carla Weiland grew up Lutheran, then attended UU in Clintonville, and then found a home for years in a tiny country Presbyterian church. She is currently attending a “Soul of Aging” class with Montana Unitarians that employs Parker Palmer’s Circles of Trust to help us go deeper into spiritual matters. Carla finds NUUC services so rich with substance and possibilities for spiritual exploration that I always say to myself, “I wish I could listen to that again this week.” Carla considers the church the center of my spiritual and intellectual growing now. I share the values and principles of the church.

Karen Weiland was raised as a Lutheran but has not been active for some time. The inclusive tenets in the Universalist church,the warmth of the culture here, and Rev. Ritchie’s strong messages are welcoming.  She is a nurse practitioner by trade, lives inWesterville, and enjoys books, OSU football, biking, and movies.

Mary Vietmeier. Many of you already know Mary. She completed her student ministry UU Field work here 2018-2019. Mary has since graduated from MTSO this past May, due to COVID the Clinical Pastoral Care she was to begin last Spring was cancelled. She looks forward to that piece of ministerial experience sometime in the future when it is safe to do so and has been focused on discernment of her future ministry feeling particularly drawn to interfaith work as a community minister. She wants to use her life’s experiences in nursing and counseling as well as her spirituality in her work of healing. . Her inner love world is filled with her two daughters, son-in law, and 5 wonderful grandchildren. Outside of family Mary also occupies her time reading and compiling research. She is currently studying Mysticism. Mary states, “North UU is a spiritual community I am most drawn to and hope to have many years traveling this journey together.”  

Jacquie Zarley is a recent graduate of The Methodist Theological School in Ohio where she received her M. Div degree with special focus on the Black Church and African Diaspora. She is slowly and chaotically following the path toward UU Fellowship and would very much like to eventually become a UU Minister. Jacquie and her partner Karlan have been married for 25 years and have a 22 year old daughter named Grace. They presently live in Wadsworth Ohio but will be relocating to the Columbus area in the Spring.

Ways to Connect
Creative Fellowship
Are you longing for connection in these difficult times? Do you have unfinished craft/art/sewing/knitting or other projects that you would like to work on but haven’t? If so please join Commissioned Lay Minister Teri Cornell in Creative Fellowship! We will have a zoom meeting once a month (the first Thursday of each month from 6:30PM-8:00PM) and we can work on our projects, exercise our creativity, and talk about whatever is on our minds and hearts. No need to sign up, just drop by using the same Zoom link that we use for regular NUUC worship service (see below).

The Second Monday Morning Covenant Group, meets from 10:00 until noon via “Zoom.” For a link, contact Marty Keith at martykeith The topic for March 8 will be "The Importance of Humor."

Wednesday Noon Check In
Join us using the regular NUUC zoom connection at noon everyday Wednesday for informal check- ins and chat with your fellow members. Use the regular Sunday morning Zoom login, or write for a direct link.

NUUC's Women's Group Want the Zoom link to participate in our monthly meeting? Please contact Marty Keith at for a Zoom link. The group meets the last Sunday of the month at noon. The group has not yet chosen a March topic, although on February 28 they looked at iniquities and other problems of health care. That topic may be continued.

Interested in the Once a Month Brown Bag Books? Contact for a zoom link. Meets the third Tuesday at noon. Our next meeting is Noon, March 16, to discuss Kate Quinn's novel, "The Alice Network."

Soul Matters Small Groups
We currently have three different Soul Matters Small Groups virtually meeting, for regular in depth check ins, and for exploring together different spiritual themes. New members are welcome at any time, write to
A Note from Jeff Hill, Commissioned Lay Leader Candidate
For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Jeff Hill, and I am one of your Commissioned Lay Ministry candidates. In the past, CLM’s have been focused on doing strictly congregational support. I am taking this to a whole new level and focusing on the Veteran community – especially those that are high risk.  It is estimated that 20 vets commit suicide daily in the United States. My goal is to provide a safe haven for vets to be welcomed, especially those who are having issues ranging from acceptance (especially in the LGBT community – yes this is still an issue) to those inflicted with PTSD. What I am doing is considered ground-breaking in the UUA and am chartering new territories.

This is where you can help. There are two training opportunities for working with vets. On March 18th, there is a Community Clergy training for Veterans, information attached. If you would like to attend, it looks to be quite interesting. Community Clergy Training for Advancing Veteran's Whole Health Registration, Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 1:00 PM | Eventbrite.

The second area is a Community Healing sponsored by the Moral Injury foundation. Moral Injury is basically reconciling what you are asked to do as a member of the military with your own personal morals. For example, in the military, you are ordered to kill. You may find this morally reprehensible and this then causes issues within your own psyche. This program is designed to look at Veterans’ moral sensitivity and listen to those that have been faced with this burden. This is something I have had to deal with in my own military career and have had to reconcile my own experiences. Community Healing Ceremony Tickets, Thu, Mar 11, 2021 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite.
I welcome you to attend these if you are able to.


STAND FOR JUSTICE UU Justice Ohio Benefit Concert

Saturday, March 6, 2021
8 to 9 p.m.
Hal Walker Concert for Peace & Justice & Loving Your Neighbor

All of the funds raised by this concert will be used to help UUJO continue its efforts for economic justice, racial justice, criminal justice reform and its new environmental justice initiative. In 2021, UU Justice Ohio needs to raise funds to help organize Earth Ministry interest groups in all Ohio UU congregations and create environmental justice educational opportunities for all Ohioans.

Enjoy the music and help Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio continue to lead the fight for economic justice, criminal justice reform, and environmental justice!
Minimum suggested donation $15.
Please Register at

Hal Walker grew up in Kent, Ohio blowing the harmonica along the banks of the Cuyahoga River. He is a singer, songwriter and musical “explorer”. A natural-born musician, he is truly one-of-a-kind. His creative and passionate style engages audiences of all ages. Hal Walker writes soul-searching songs that celebrate community, diversity and the creative process. His soaring baritone voice is a Northeastern Ohio treasure. Hal has released 2 albums of his songs and one CD of instrumental music. Home in Ohio and Life Wonderful are available for purchase online and on itunes. See more about Hal at

If you have any questions about UUJO or the concert, please contact Rev Joan VanBecelaere at
With Hope for the Future
Rev Joan VanBecelaere
Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio
303-641-5896 /

UU JUSTICE OHIO: Race Matters in the Supreme Court 1791-2021 
 March 9, 16, & 23 7:00 - 8:30 pm
University of Cincinnati Political Science Professor Emeritus Howard Tolley will examine Supreme Court case law involving slavery, Native American rights, racial discrimination, segregation, mass incarceration, the death penalty, affirmative action, rights of protesters and qualified immunity for law enforcement personnel. He considers the impact of race, political ideology, legal principles and personal preference on the selection of Justices and the decisions they reach. A review of cases decided in the 2020 term that ends June 30 will include a recorded oral argument.
Offered by Howard Tolley
Prior to retirement in 2011, Howard Tolley served at Wilberforce University for 12 years and then, after completing a JD, as a Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati. For 27 years at U.C. he taught undergraduate and graduate public law courses including classes on the U.S. legal system, Supreme Court, civil liberties, and international human rights. After service to a faculty union and as an ACLU cooperating attorney, he joined rosters of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the American Arbitration Association, and the Ohio State Employment Relations Board as a neutral labor relations arbitrator, mediator, and fact finder.
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