Thursday, February 3: A film about Nobel Peace Prize Laurate Wangari Maathai
After the 6:30 PM First Friday potluck dinner, the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus will screen Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai at 7:30 PM. This PBS documentary details the life Dr. Wangari Maathai, founder of Kenya’s Green Belt movement and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
This powerful film shows Maathai’s journey as a scientist and conservationist working for social justice. Although unrated, the content of the film is approximately PG-13, due to brief scenes of violence at a Nairobi protest where Dr. Maathai and her supporters were beaten by former dictator Daniel arap Moi’s soldiers.
First UU member Kim Landsbergen and the UU Green Team will host the event, which will be followed by a Q&A session and discussion.
Saturday, February 4: Immigration as a Moral Issue
First UU Columbus will offer the six-week course Immigration as a Moral Issue beginning on Saturday from 1:00 to 2:30 PM. The class will meet each Saturday in Rooms A and B. Jolinda Stephens, Director of Religious Education at First UU, will facilitate the class. The weekly topics are:
- Migration stories and U.S. immigration policy as seen through several “typical” cases
- History of migration to what is now the U.S., and race and ethnicity as factors in immigration policy
- Income disparities that drive migration, and working conditions for migrant workers
- A look at immigration through a human rights lens, with some examination of the human suffering that results from current policy and practice
- Reframing the immigration debate from one of citizenship to one of globalization and corporate power
- Visualizing what a just immigration policy would look like from a faith-based or ethically-based perspective, and what our next steps should be
Everyone is welcome. Please register for the course here.
Sunday, February 5: Unitarian Universalist morning services
The February theme at First UU Columbus is Love. Reverend Jay Leach, Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, will speak on “The Infinite Enlargement of the Heart” at 9:15 and 11:00 AM.
The North Unitarian Universalist Congregation will celebrate Tu Bishvat, the Jewish New Year of the Trees, with a discussion of “Ancient Thoughts on New Issues in Sustainability” at 10:30 AM.
At 10:00 AM, David Kling will speak at the Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship about Imbolc, an earth-centered celebration of the home, and the expectation of the coming of Spring.