Friday UU Update                        Friday, August 23, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana

Let's hike tomorrow! Meet at 8:30 am
Join us this Saturday morning, August 24, to hike Trail 5 at McCormick's Creek State Park. This trail is a moderate 2 mile loop. We will meet at the church at 8:30 am on August 24 to carpool to the trail head.  If you plan to join us, let Ann LeDuc know at  We will cancel if it rains.
Backpack Buddies Food Drive on Sunday, August 25
Bring Canned Meat/Fish/Beans and Peanut Butter!
The Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force will collect donations for the Community Kitchen program that provides healthful, sustaining foodstuffs to students who receive free or discounted school meals on weekdays during the school year, but who often go hungry over the weekends. Please donate small containers of non-perishable, high-protein food--such as cans of meat, fish, beans, or jars of peanut butter--on that day.
Sunday, August 25, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Savoring the Questions 
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Scott McNeill
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Last Sunday, I spoke about the Quaker practice of the Clearness Committee which, when the appropriate time and space are created, can help one to learn the value of asking open, honest questions, to experience how everyone has an inner teacher, and to see what happens when we commit to the ideas of no fixing, advising, saving or correcting one another. We live in times when questions and answers often arrive in rapid succession. What might happen if we took the time to discern the deeper questions in our lives? Oh, the possibilities.

Guest Minister this Fall: 
Reverend Elizabeth Carrier-Ladd
The Reverend Elizabeth Carrier-Ladd will be in our pulpit for four Sundays during Reverend Macklin's sabbatical time away: September 15th, October 20th, October 27th, and November 24th. Reverend Carrier-Ladd is a 4th generation Unitarian Universalist originally from Boston. She received her Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and was ordained by Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa.  She met her husband, Seth, at UU General Assembly. Together they have three children and live in Muncie, Indiana.
Please wear your name tag
Lots of new people are visiting this month!
This Week in Religious Exploration*:
* We use the term "Religious Exploration" for summer sessions and other special all-ages religious education Sundays.
Childcare will gather in Room 108 to share stories, play and make new friends.
Preschool will gather in Room 103 to hear "Little Stream", the Sufi story that will anchor our Water Communion service next Sunday, and to enjoy several water-themed activities.
Kindergarten ages and up are invited to head upstairs to Room 208 for our "Stream of Possibility" intersession. Middle School and High School Youth are welcome and encouraged to join us.   
Children and Youth will have opportunities this month to make art, create movement with Joe Grimme, sing with Jill Courtney, and make music with Colleen Haas -- all in preparation for the Water Communion Service next Sunday, September 1st.  We will be painting, so please come dressed appropriately, though we do have smocks on hand. 
NOTE: Art will be offered at both services, and all other activities only at the 11:15 am service. 
High School Youth Group will meet in Room 210 at 12:30 pm before they head out to take photos at Lake Griffy. Bring a brown bag lunch and your camera or cell phone if you have one to take photos.You must have a permission slip signed to be able to go on the field trip (available in Room 210 at 12:30 pm). SIGN UP here so we know we have everyone before we leave and can secure transportation.

Religious Education Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year is Now Open!  
Please take a moment to register your children and youth for Religious Education this Sunday in Room 203 (upstairs) during coffee hour, or quickly and easily via this online form:  Register here We would LOVE to have 100% of our kids registered before our teacher training on August 25th!
At Church this Sunday:
The Getting Involved Fair Continues
Visit the Getting Involved Fair in Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour this Sunday and  learn about all the groups and activities of the church, and  get  involved  in the groups that interest you.  A different set of groups are represented each Sunday. This Sunday is the third and last Sunday for the fair. 
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator 
Gardeners' Gathering this Sunday
Join other  gardeners this Sunday to share tips, ideas, successes and questions. Join us in Room 112 at 10:30 am. We will gather on the fourth Sunday each month during coffee hour. If you would like to be added to the  Gardeners' email list, email
Chalice Circle Sign-up Continues this Sunday, August 25
On Sunday, August 25, and again on September 1, between services in the Commons, members and friends will have the opportunity to sign up for Chalice Circles, which meet September through May. Chalice Circles are small groups that practice deep listening. Participation is a spiritual practice for some; for all, it is a way to listen deeply to others' stories and to be heard respectfully by others. Groups meet once or twice monthly for two hours, at various places and times. 
For any questions, please contact one of the co-chairs: 
Anne Haynes, , or Linda Pickle, .
This Sunday! Young Adult (18-35) Continuing Conversations & Free Lunch
If you are age 18-35, join us this Sunday, August 25, to go deeper into Sunday's sermon topic. We will gather after second service at 12:30 pm in Room 112. Lunch will be provided. This is open to anyone ages 18-35, so bring a friend!  Questions? Contact the Connections Coordinator at
UU Humanist Forum Meets August 25 at 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm in Room 208, after children's religious education classes end. Jan Steenblik will lead a discussion on "Bullying."
UU Singles Fellowship Potluck
Sunday, August 25, 5:30 pm 
Join the UU Singles group for a potluck this Sunday evening at 5:30 pm, at the home of Mike Rhodes, 6990 East State Road 45.  Click here for detailed directions and parking info. (Note: there will be no Singles Fellowship lunch after church on August 25th.)
Our Folks...    
     Congratulations and many blessings to Andy and Addie Beargie on the birth of  Rosaline Louise Beargie  (Rosie Lou for short), who was born on August 17 at 12:56 am. She came into the world at 7 lbs. 6oz.
     The artwork of Lynn Gilliatt has been gracing the walls of our Commons and north hallway during the month of August. Please be sure to have a look at these wonderful pieces the next time you are at church.
Bloomington United: We Are Stronger Than Hate 
An Evening of Solidarity Tuesday, Aug 27 at  5:30 p.m.
      Over the past 2 years, we have seen a growing escalation in the presence of white supremacy and white supremacist activity in Bloomington. We have also experienced an increase in hate activity in our community.  Bloomington residents are deeply concerned about white supremacy and want to promote diversity and inclusion.  
      Bloomington United is hosting an Evening of Solidarity at the Monroe County Courthouse at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27, to affirm Bloomington residents' commitment to inclusion and understanding and to provide an opportunity for our community to stand together. You'll be able to get a No-Hate yard sign there, as well as hear speakers and music (including representatives of our diverse community and Carrie Newcomer).
You Pledge Dollars at Work
     With the hard work and superb guidance of Rich Slabach, and supervision of Kelly Rockhill, our high school youth Aidan, Declan, and Sophia helped build and stain our beautiful new picnic table, on the west side of the building near the office entrance.
     Thanks also to Steve Pollitt and crew for the fresh new paint in Rooms 104 and 106.
Join the Choir! Singing Reduces Anxiety
UU Choir rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:00 pm in the Meeting Room. All are welcome! Childcare is provided in Room 108.  
--Sue Swaney, Music Director
New! Drop-in Childcare on Wednesdays, 6-8 pm
     We are now offering free drop-in childcare on Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Room 108.  Parents must remain on site --on the building grounds or in the building. Please use the Courtyard Entrance. We hope to provide a moment for parents to breathe deeply, have a cup of tea with a friend, or sit in silence before running children to the next event. The Meeting Room will be available for quiet meditation.  Contact Adrienne Summerlot with any questions or ideas you may have:
IU Student Involvement Fair volunteers needed on August 29
The IU Student Involvement Fair is August 29, 3-7 PM in Dunn Meadow. It's a great opportunity for us to tell students about Unitarian Universalism. Email if you want to help table!
Have fun at Pridefest on August 31 and represent our church!
We need a few friendly people to represent UUCB in our tent at Pridefest. Pridefest is Bloomington's annual celebration of LGBTQ+ life and culture. T o volunteer, go to: .  Questions?  Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, at
Volunteers needed on September 1 for the Splash of the Sacred Picnic and Pool Party
We need a few volunteers to do a few easy tasks that make our Splash of the Sacred Picnic possible.  If you are able and willing, please volunteer here to help with this event:  Thank you!  Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator and Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education
Recipes Needed for Cookbook
The Help Feed Your Hungry Neighbors Task Force is soliciting recipes for our latest fundraiser, a cookbook that will hit the shelves in December, available for sale at our annual Holiday Bazaar. Send recipes to Mary Blizzard, maryblizzard6 (at) Deadline is September 15. Here's a poster!
For More Information  see the August 20  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, September 3 at 10:00 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

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Masthead photo by  Anna Knust. A younger member of our community helping with our monthly stream clean up at Bryan Park recently.
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