I was raised Catholic but got away from going to church. I tried to go back a few times, but it just didn’t work for me. I went to lots of churches looking for a church home. Then someone told me about the [Unitarian Universalist] Seven Principles. I went to a service at the old church on Eighth Street, and I’ve been Read the full testimonial.
I lived in this community for 30 years without knowing this church was here. Then my wife and I came to an Americana concert. I looked around at the [Unitarian Universalist] Seven Principles painted on the wall and said, “That makes sense to me.”
I was raised Lutheran and my wife was Read the full testimonial.
I came to UUCCI after prior experience at other Unitarian Universalist churches. While living in California I went church-shopping, and the UU church seemed to suit my needs best. Later, moving to Knoxville, Tennessee, I felt sure that the UU church would be the only place I would feel comfortable. Read the full testimonial.
After being invited to visit several times over the years, we finally attended a service. I remember a display of paintings by Gretchen Marks, and a duet sung by artist Bob Pulley and his wife, poet Nancy Pulley. Being very visually oriented, these things in combination with the beautiful building Read the full testimonial.
We ended up at UUCCI because of proximity. After driving by the building on Goeller Road whenever we went anywhere, we started asking questions from neighbors who attended here. We were members of another church and were not unhappy there, but this gave us what we were looking for Read the full testimonial.
My childhood included substantial influences from the progressive political and labor movements of the great depression. Also my family included several artists who were part of the 30’s bohemian crowd. They were of the agnostic and atheist persuasion. Our Unitarian lack of dogma Read the full testimonial.
My future wife Kathleen was raised Catholic, and I was raised Jewish. But these were the faiths of our past when we were thinking of marriage and starting a family. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial UU Church in Charlottesville, VA, where we lived at the time, had just declared itself a nuclear-free zone. Read the full testimonial.
My aunt retired in 1970 and returned to Columbus. She had been a Unitarian Universalist since the 1920s, first in Memphis, Tennessee, then in Washington D. C. When she came home to Columbus she invited me to come to church with her, because she didn’t drive. We went to the small Read the full testimonial.
I came here because I was looking for a church when I moved to Columbus after retiring. I had read about the Unitarian Universalists and was curious. I grew up Lutheran and have also attended the Presbyterian church. I stay here because it’s fun. It makes sense to me.
My mother was a founding member of this congregation, and I was just always here. I “signed the book” (became an official member) at age 17. Back then we were a laid-back group. We came into the meeting room, grabbed our coffee and sat down and started talking. It was all lay-led. Read the full testimonial.
I feel as if I’ve evolved in my religious life - growing up in Texas as a Southern Baptist learning all the Bible stories, then attending the Episcopal church with my family from the age of 11 on until I moved to Columbus in the 1980’s and discovered Unitarian Universalism. None of those earlier experiences Read the full testimonial.
Bob and Nancy Pulley
One year at family Thanksgiving, an uncle said, “Let’s bow for a prayer,” and our four-year-old son said “What’s a prayer?” That was our wake-up call that we were neglecting part of his upbringing. We had heard of the Unitarian Universalists through teaching colleagues who were members. Read the full testimonial.
I grew up in this church, in the old building on 8th Street. My mom was Catholic and my dad was Lutheran. When they married, they wanted a place where they could attend church together, without either of them being told their beliefs were wrong.
When my wife Lorna and I had children, Read the full testimonial.
I came to UUCCI twice before realizing that I should further explore this church, the second time around, as a faith home for our family. I was looking for a church that would allow me to keep what was important to me from my Buddhist upbringing but yet support an environment for me to develop Read the full testimonial.
I’m just a simple guy who has lived a wild life. I am a recovering alcoholic, sober for nine years.
In my sobriety process, I started to crave something outside myself and attended about fifteen different churches. I stayed for the longest time at one particularly friendly Read the full testimonial.
I had been raised in a church but had stopped attending when I went to college. It did not resonate; it had no meaning for me, so I never thought of looking for a church as an adult.
When my wife Judy and I moved to Columbus, she was looking for a church community and saw something in the paper Read the full testimonial.
When I started coming to UUCCI, I had only been to another UU church a couple of times. And I was returning to the community after being away for more than six years. I thought it would be a good way for my wife and I to get reconnected with the community. Here I found a group of like-minded Read the full testimonial.