Friday UU Update                    Friday, January 19, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Bloomington Resistance March, Sat., January 20 at 12:30 p.m.
This event is for those in Bloomington and surrounding areas who cannot make it to Indy (or Chicago, or Las Vegas!) for the Women's March "Power to the Polls" event. Come express solidarity with progressive women who are mobilizing for protest and change across the country.  Gather on the Courthouse Lawn at 12:30 PM, welcome and open megaphone at 1 PM, immediately followed by march around the Courthouse (along the path and lawn around the Courthouse, not the street). Clever signs and t-shirts encouraged. 
Sunday, January 21, 2018    
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
2018 Annual Science Sermon 
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
       Astronomer and writer Carl Sagan wrote, "A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by conventional faiths."  In her annual Science Sermon, Reverend Macklin will review highlights from 2017 discoveries in the areas of human origins, environment, physics math, astronomy, mind and brain, technology.  Per usual, there will be a 7th inning stretch! 
       Reverend Macklin will be quoting Carl Sagan, so feel free to don a turtleneck and blazer on Sunday, in the spirit of Sagan and science. 
This Week in Religious Education: 
Creativity and Sophia Lyon Fahs
      During the January Intersession, children will be learning about our Unitarian ancestor, Sophia Lyon Fahs. Parents of K-8th students: Find out where to pick up your children after class by checking the list on the nursery window (Room 104).
       9:15 am preschoolers will begin and end in Room 103, and  will visit the cooking class together this week. The 11:15 am preschool  class  will  hear The Wise People and the elephant in their Spirit Play classroom, Room 105. Kindergarten- eighth graders should gather in Fellowship Hall after the Time for All Ages to join a mixed-age group.  Over four weeks, each group will explore the life of Sophia Lyon Fahs through cooking, science, spiritual practice, and history.
       "Harry Potter and UU" is on hiatus until February 4th; 6th-8th graders are encouraged to attend service or join the intersession. High School Youth group will gather for potluck lunch at 12:30 pm and will work on their youth-led service.
Kids with Absent  Parents Upcoming Opportunities to Assist 
The Kids with Absent Parents program (KAP) invites you to join us in helping families affected by incarceration.  There are opportunities to assist at our events (next one is Sunday, January 28 from  12:30 -3:00)  such as meal preparation, set up, clean up and  participation with the children, as well as tasks behind the scenes.  Please come to our meeting on Monday, January 22 at 4:00 p.m. in the Library here at church, or email Mary Goetzeat  if you are interested. KAP is an initiative of the Hope for Prisoners Task Force in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Girls Inc.
"Bloomington United in Diversity" Yard Signs Now Available
Beginning today, a limited number of yard signs are  available  at the following locations: City Hall (Suite 260), Monroe County Public Library, Hillel Foundation, and Indiana University Police Department. The yard signs are free; however donation checks may be made out to Hillel (noting "Bloomington United" in the memo) or online by clicking here.
Our Folks . . .
      O ur healing thoughts are with Pat Brantlinger, a member of our Board of Directors.  On January 8th, Pat slipped on black ice and broke his right ankle. He is currently in Bell Trace rehab center, Room #136. Cards and visitors are welcome.  (If he is not in his room, he is probably in rehab down the hall.) 

      Happy 90th Birthday Congratulations to Velma Harrison, who was born during a snowstorm in South Bend, Indiana, around  midnight  between January 10 and 11.   Delivered by a neighbor due to the storm, her exact birth time is not known.    Velma celebrates both days, January 10th and January 11th, as birthdays.   This photo of Velma (on right) and her friend Jenny (on left)    is from one of several 90th  Birthday parties Velma has attended so far in 2018. 
Ready to become a member of UU Bloomington?
If this is your community, if you feel at home here, join us! A Membership Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, January 28 at 10:30 am in Room 112.  We ask for participation in our Exploring Unitarian Universalism class prior to signing the membership book. To make arrangements to become a member, or for questions, please contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, at (812) 332-3695 ext 203 or
The Possibility of Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education 
for 4th & 5th Graders
If you have a child in 4th or 5th grade, please follow the link below to a Doodle Poll to help us decide if there is enough interest for us to run the class this spring. There was not enough interest in the fall. Mandatory parent meeting would be the week of March 25th.  Classes would run for 8 weeks, April 1-May 26th. Please complete the doodle poll below to let us know what days your child could attend. If we have at least 8 kids commit to the class, we will go with the day/time that works with the majority. If we cannot get enough kids, we will work to support parents to cover the material at home.
-- Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education
Your Pledge Dollars at Work
      Your pledge dollars support the professional snow removal and salting of our parking areas and sidewalks when the winter weather hits. Thanks, everyone!
Snow Emergencies and Event Cancellations at Church
When travel conditions become hazardous after snowfall or ice storms, please always check our home page,,  or our Facebook page,  or  for updates on event cancellations or delays. If church services or other events in our building are canceled, this information will also be broadcast on radio at FM 103.7 and WTIU television.  Group Leaders: Please check your email often on snowy or icy days--administrative staff may be trying to reach you.
Reimagining Opera for Kids Presents  Spirit
Saturday, January 27
On Saturday, January  27 at 7:00 p.m. here in our Meeting Room, Reimagining Opera for Kids (ROK)  will offer a free performance of Spirits by Tony Plog, followed by community conversation and a panel discussion.  The panel discussion will include Reverend Scott McNeill and Rabbi Brian Besser.  The 90-minute opera is an exploration of moral integrity in challenging political times. 
For More Information see the  January 16 edition   of our newsletter, The Prologue.
Masthead photo - "Shadows on Snow II" by Linda Mjolsnes
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