Friday UU Update 
August 14, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
UU Singles Events Tonight & Next Friday
We are a group of single adults within the UU Bloomington community. We'd love to have you join us for the following events on Zoom! To join our e-mail list, and to get the Zoom links, contact Marie Deer at mariedeer1961(at)gmail.com or 812-391-0900.
* Tonight - Happy Hour at 6 pm, Play Reading at 7 pm

Come and tell us how your day and week are going, what you've been thinking, what's ahead. Followed at 7 pm by a Communal Dramatic Play Reading - we will be reading several short plays together; texts will be online. 

* Next Friday evening, August 21 - 6 pm Happy Hour, 7 pm Game Night

Our Sunday Service 

Sunday, August 9, 2020
10:15 am LIVE STREAM ONLY
No Mud, No Lotus
Reverend Christin Green, Guest Minister

Did you know the beautiful lotus flower grows best in the dark wet mud? Thich Naat Hahn talks about transformative suffering. UU theologian Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker talks about the dangers of misinterpreting suffering narratives. What is our "mud" and our "lotus"? What is our responsibility as people of wondrous faith?

Join us via livestream for this week's service at 10:15 a.m. via our Facebook page or our website livestream page. In case you miss the livestream, archived videos are always available on our website.

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Our Building is Closed for the Time Being, but Our Hearts are Still Open.
To do our part to disrupt the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19 in our community, our Board of Directors has reaffirmed the decision, announced at the June 7, 2020 Congregational Meeting, to plan on keeping our building closed through May 2021. The Board, in consultation with ministers, will continue to reassess this decision at their monthly meetings, and will keep us updated as the situation evolves. All in-person events and meetings have been canceled. Everyone please stay safe and stay well.

Religious Education Updates and Resources 
 

During August, we're offering our WonderfUUl Families program, which offers families fun UU crafts and activities for all ages to do together, each of which supports a spiritual practice in your home. You can join in anytime! This week, we are digging into practices of gratitude. Click here to learn more.

Connect with our UU Community during Virtual Coffee Hour!
Every Sunday after the worship service until 12:15 pm.

Breakout Conversations:
  • WonderfUUl Families Sharing Time  
  • Choir
  • General Discussion
  • Worship Service Discussion
Email connect(at)uubloomington.org if you would like to host a breakout conversation on the topic of your choice.  --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Learn how to use Zoom
Would you like to connect with your UU friends via Zoom, but don't know how?  This is a great time to learn! Our simple instructions are available here. Extensive instructions, videos, and online workshops are available at Zoom's Help Center.

UU Freethinkers meet August 16, 12:45 pm
The UU Freethinkers group will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. via Zoom for an open discussion of social, political, and theological/religious issues. If you'd like to join us, please contact Harold Ogren, ogrenh (at) gmail.com, to get the link to the Zoom meetings and to be added to our email discussion list.
Like to help out?  
Want some homemade bagels? (or an appropriate gluten-free alternative?)
We want to know if you're interested in participating in Chalice Circles this year, so we can offer enough circles to welcome all who want to participate. Please take this one-minute survey by August 19th to let us know if you plan to join a Chalice Circle (yes, even if you don't plan to!) One lucky survey participant will be selected at random to receive a batch of Reverend Emily's fabulous homemade bagels!
Space: Mine, Yours & Ours
A Four Week Virtual Vespers Series 
with visiting minister Reverend Christin Green
Tuesdays:
August 18, 25, September 1, 8 at 7:00 pm
What is a virtual "vespers" experience? Vespers is traditionally an evening prayer service with song and meditation. Each Tuesday at 7 pm, Reverend Christin will share a 20-minute engaging, meditative, musical experience followed by an opportunity for facilitated group fellowship until 8 pm.
1. Taking Up Space: Meditations on how we exist in the world
2. Clearing Space: Meditations on how we say "no"
3. Creating Space: Meditations on how we can operate from a place of abundance
4. Holding Space: Meditations on how we support one another
You are invited to come as you are, with openness to wonder. Drop in for one session or for many. To receive the Zoom link for this series, click here.
UU Hikers are Hiking!
If you are interested in joining the UU Hikers for hikes of 1 to 5 miles, email Ann LeDuc to be added to the Hikers' email list. We are taking several precautions to keep our hikes safe from transmission of the Covid virus. Email Ann at connect(at)uubloomington.org
Ask your questions on Mondays!
Every Monday, 1:00-2:00 p.m., join the Connections Coordinator, Ann LeDuc, via Zoom to ask any church-related questions. Newcomers and current congregation members are all welcome to drop-in. Additional ways to contact Ann are via email at connect(at)uubloomington.org or phone at (812) 720-3688.  Use this link to drop-in and talk to Ann on Mondays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.  
PayPal Available for Donations 
Plus: NEW Mailing Address for Paper Checks
We now have a  PayPal page where you can make a Sunday Plate contribution and other donations to the church using a major credit card. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use this page. It's also not required to use the PayPal page. 

Please use our new P.O. box address to mail in your pledge contributions or other gifts using paper checks:
UU Church, P.O. Box 1158, Nashville, Indiana, 47448-1158

Using this new P.O. box will eliminate the need for mail to be forwarded, and should be quicker. You may have noticed that the U.S. Postal Service is struggling right now with timely delivery of mail. (Citizens may wish to call their elected representatives about this problem.) Please note the new P.O. box is in NASHVILLE, INDIANA, because that is near the home of our staff member who is in charge of making our bank deposits. All our ministers and staff continue to work from home because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you have questions, please contact admin@uubloomington.org. Thanks!
Changing the World
Click here for updates from our Social Justice Task Forces:

AUGUST Food & Hygiene Drive
From our Homelessness and Hunger Task Forces 
Through August 31, we will be collecting food, hygiene items, and clothing for Shalom, and food for our Pantry at College Square. Our building is closed, but we have placed collection bins outside the building, under the northside porch near the Portico Entrance. Simply drive up and drop off - we are collecting donations from these bins daily. 
Thank you for all the donations in July!
Volunteer Opportunities at Shalom or Wheeler Mission
Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities at these shelters.

Volunteer Opportunities at Middle Way House
Click here to see the ways you can volunteer at Middle Way House, emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence.
The Equity Journey
A Training Offered by League of Women Voters
Register by August 15, Complete by September 15
Social equity is a challenging topic that many are examining--some for the first time. The League of Women Voters of Bloomington and Monroe County (LWV-BMC) is offering an Equity Training course. The 3-module program is free and available online, and access to complete it has been extended through September 15. Register by August 15 by clicking here.
Staff taking vacation time
  • Reverend Mary Ann Macklin will be away thru August 31. 
  • Adrienne Summerlot will be away August 10-17.
Deadline for Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to office(at)uubloomington.org

Friday Update is for Events Happening in the Next 10 Days
The Friday UU Update is designed to remind the members of the congregation about events and services that are coming up within the next 10 days. For events that are further in the future, please consult our twice-monthly Prologue newsletter.

For More Information
See the August 4 edition of our newsletter, The Prologue, published on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, August 11, at 10 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications. Email her at admin(at)uubloomington.org.

How to Subscribe
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Masthead photo by John Woodcock.
Unitarian Universalist Church
mailing address:  P.O. Box 1158, Nashville, Indiana  47448-1158