Friday UU Update                  Friday, September 14, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Coffee House Fundraiser for Kenya Tonight at 7:30
Our  International Outreach Task Force will present "Living Acoustic Traditions: An Evening of African and Diasporan Poetry and Music" tonight, September 14, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The coffee house will feature live music, poetry, and performance from artists of Africa and the African Diaspora. Funds raised will go to IOTF's three charities in and around Nairobi, Kenya. Admission is $5.00 (suggested donation). Childcare is not available for this event, but children are welcome to attend! Questions? Contact  Peter Dorfman at 908 391-5921 or .
Sunday, September 16, 2018
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
"7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2: 1." 
The Reverend Scott McNeill
As UUs, we integrate a number of lessons, stories, and metaphors based on numbers (the 7 Principles and Purposes, 6 Sources, 5 Smooth Stones, and so on). This Sunday we'll see how all of that adds up and plays a role in our one, singular life.

Fall Religious Education Classes Have Begun!
Parents, if your child is NOT registered, please plan to register  Sunday morning before they enter their classroom. If you are registered, you should have received an email this week - if you did not, please check your spam folders, or if we might have your email address wrong, contact Adrienne Summerlot at

This Week in Religious Education
Our preschoolers (World of Wonder) and K-2 (Roots and Wings) will be learning a little bit about the Jewish High Holidays as they hear stories of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year, which was this past Monday).  Curiosity Club (3rd+ ) will continue to investigate covenant, focusing on what happens when promises are broken and how we can explore forgiveness. Our Whole Lives (7th-8th grade) is examining values. High School Youth Group will meet in the kitchen to cook a vegan lunch together and do a social justice project. Find out what youth in 9th-12th grades are up to here:  

For the month of September, we will be singing the children out to their RE classes with Love Will Guide Us, Hymn #131 from Singing the Living Tradition. 
UU Freethinkers Meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm
The UU Freethinkers discussion group will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. in Room 208 for an  open and non-structured discussion of issues of social, political, and theological/religious concern.   
Film Screening -- "Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution"
This Sunday, September 16, 6:00 p.m.
The Green Sanctuary Task Force on Global Climate Change is hosting a screening of 
Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution,  Sunday, September 16, at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Come help kick off the new Adult Religious Education film series! We will have pizza (for a freewill donation) at the break and a discussion will follow the film. Please bring your own table service and a water bottle to reduce the use of disposables. (No childcare available for this event.) Watch for the next film in the series on October 21st! 
Monday Shambhala Meditation 
Join us at 12 noon every Monday in the Library for Shambhala Meditation with Sarah Flint. We have cushions, but you may bring your own cushion if you like.
Join us in creating a UU Maracatu parade banner!
Join us  on Monday ( 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:p.m.) and  Tuesday (10 a.m.-2  p.m.) in the Library to complete a UU Maracatu parade banner. The banner will be used to represent the UU church in the Lotus Festival. Maracatu is a 400 year old Afro-Brazilian parade tradition. The UU banner was started at a Lotus workshop presented by our own Dr. Colleen Haas. Ann LeDuc can provide more information on this tradition via email at
Intergenerational Autumnal Equinox Service
Friday, September 21, 6:15 p.m.
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Reverend Scott McNeill All ages are invited to come celebrate this moment of balance in the life of our planet as we share ritual, story, and reflection together.
Ending U.S. Complicity in the Saudi-led War in Yemen 
September 23 at 4:00 pm
The Just Peace Task Force invites you to join us on Sunday, September 23rd at 4 p.m. in the Meeting Room for a talk by Kate Gould, legislative associate for Middle East policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. The Saudi-led war in Yemen is the greatest humanitarian catastrophe in the world today. We hope Kate's visit will help build pressure on our Senators to support Senator Chris Murphy's effort to cut off U.S. military involvement. A reception will follow the talk. Childcare is not provided for this event. 
For more information, contact David Keppel:
Leaking Skylights Removed to Prevent Further Damage
     This morning workers removed the skylights from the Commons here at church and installed a new roof over the openings to stop leaking. After it rains a few times this fall, and we make sure there are no further leaks, we will install new wiring and energy efficient ambient lighting and will repair and paint the damaged drywall. We will not be installing new skylights, because the slope of the roof is not steep enough to accommodate non-leaking skylights.
     This work has been planned for some time, but we did not know today  was the day until just before the workers arrived! Construction work depends so much on weather conditions, and the sunny day was perfect for roof work.
     If you have questions, please speak with Dick Stumpner of our Building Oversight Committee.
Social Justice Fall Grant Program Applications Available
Deadline October 5
Each fall, the Social Justice Funds Committee (SJFC) solicits proposals for grants in support of local social justice projects. Awards are based, in part, on available funds, number of grant applications received, and fulfillment of the grant guidelines. Please click here for more information and an application form.
Steve Mascari, for the Social Justice Funds Committee
(Steve Mascari, Anna Alexandrova-Beauchamp, Ruth Ann Cooper, Kelly Rockhill, Jackie Hall, advisor)
Livestream this Sunday's Service
If you can't physically make it to church this Sunday, we invite you to join us via the livestream on our website. At the church we also have screens set up in the nursery (Room 104) and in Fellowship Hall, if you need to leave the Meeting Room for any reason but still want to watch the service.

Direct Links to Archived Video of Recent Services
You can find direct links to archived recordings on this page of our website: 
For More Information see the September 4 edition   of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is September 18 at 10 a.m.)
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