Friday UU Update 
August 28, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
UU Singles Events Tonight (on Zoom)

We are a group of single adults within the UU Bloomington community. We'd love to have you join us tonight for the following events! Please contact mariedeer1961(at) or 812-391-0900 for the Zoom link or to join our email list.
Friday evening, August 28:
     * 6 p.m. Happy Hour
     * 7 p.m. We Heart Art! Bring a beloved piece of art to share and discuss.
Help remove invasive bush honeysuckle from our grounds this Saturday
August 29, 9 am - 5 pm
This Saturday, Aidan Wright will continue to work on his Eagle Scout project on the UU grounds. He will be removing invasive bush honeysuckle and planting native shrubs, rebuilding the fire pit, and replacing the benches in the fire pit area.  Click here to helpSocial distancing protocols will be in place to keep all volunteers safe, and all volunteers are asked to wear masks. We will have hand sanitizer, wipes, and disposable masks for volunteers. The building is closed, so no bathrooms will be available. 
Our Sunday Service 

Sunday, August 30, 2020
A Philosophy of Care
Reverend Forrest Gilmore
How do we care for people? How do we respond to those who struggle? How do we uplift those in poverty? How do we support the "undeserving?" Many of our deepest societal and political arguments come from competing moral visions of how we care for people. We'll explore our philosophies of care this Sunday.

Rev. Forrest Gilmore is our Affiliated Community Minister and the Executive Director of Shalom Community Center, a Bloomington nonprofit dedicated to aiding and empowering people experiencing extreme poverty.

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.

Send Us Your Wonder-full Photos for the Slide Show by end of the day TODAY, Friday, August 28
We are gathering wonder-full photos of all your beautiful faces for our monthly slide show at the end of the service this Sunday. Please send your photos (you DO need to be IN the photo!) to media (at) by Friday, August 28.

Do you enjoy our Sunday services?  
Please share them on Facebook!
If you enjoy our Sunday services and use Facebook, please consider sharing our Sunday Service events and videos with your Facebook friends!  


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 
Check out our website to stay up to date with RE

Dance Party this Sunday!
August 30, 11:30 am 
Join Adrienne via Zoom to celebrate the conclusion of WonderfUUl Families and the month of August. Feel free to bring a stuffed animal friend to join in the fun! Email song requests directly to Adrienne Summerlot at dre (at) before Saturday, August 29th!     

If you are NOT receiving our weekly family emails, please contact Adrienne Summerlot, dre (at), to get on our list. Here is a link to this week's email.

Connect with our UU Community during Virtual Coffee Hour!
Every Sunday after the worship service until 12:15 p.m. Click on this link to join us!
Breakout Conversations:
  • Choir
  • General Discussion
  • Worship Service Discussion
Email connect(at) 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 30, 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), to get the link to the Zoom meetings and to be added to our email discussion list.

Starting the Month Together: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 7:00-7:30 pm
On the first of each month, we'll gather for a brief and lively dip into our monthly theme together. This month, we'll begin exploring Renewal as 
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, Reverend Dave Clements, Phil Cooper, and others offer opportunities for engagement through words, music, and movement. 
Bring scissors and a plain piece of paper!  Join us on Zoom. 
Space: Mine, Yours & Ours
A Four Week Virtual Vespers Series 
with visiting minister Reverend Christin Green
Continuing on Tuesdays:
September 1 at 7:30 
September 8 at 7:00 pm
What is a virtual "vespers" experience? Vespers is traditionally an evening prayer service with song and meditation. Each Tuesday, Reverend Christin will share a 20-minute engaging, meditative, musical experience followed by an opportunity for facilitated group fellowship.
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.
Writing as a Spiritual Practice (Season 2)
A Drop-in Group with Rev. Barbara Child
      This is an invitation to join me on an autumn journey of personal exploration through autobiographical writing in community on Zoom.
      This will be a drop-in group just like the group this past spring, which I now think of as Season 1.
      We will meet every Tuesday afternoon 1:00-2:00
September 1 through October 27.
      To begin with, even if you took part in Season 1, you need to register for Season 2 by clicking here.
You need to register only once, and can then attend as many Season 2 sessions after that as you choose. You may register up to a few minutes before a session begins.
      Here is a description of "Writing as a Spiritual Practice" and what happens in our Zoom room each Tuesday afternoon at 1:00. 
Ask your questions on Mondays!
Every Monday, 1:00-2:00 pm, 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) or phone at (812) 720-3688.  Use this link to drop-in and talk to Ann on Mondays, 1:00-2:00 pm.   
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.  Please note the new P.O. box is in NASHVILLE, INDIANA. All our ministers and staff continue to work from home because of the Coronavirus pandemic. If you have questions, please contact admin(at) Thanks!
Do you have a little extra room in your deep freezer for persimmons?
The Online UU Holiday Bazaar Persimmon Pulp Committee is in need of more freezer space.  If you live in Bloomington, have available deep freezer space, and could store persimmons and/or persimmon pulp in your freezer in the lead-up to the Bazaar, please contact the Persimmon Chair, Jason Mich├ílek at michalja(at) or 989-287-0915.
      And fear not: we'll ensure the persimmons and pulp drop off and pick up will be socially distanced. Thank you!                --The Persimmon Pulp Committee
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.
We have grocery cards      
We are still selling grocery cards for Bloomingfoods and Fresh Thyme. Click here to see what kind of cards and how many are currently available. Send your check to the church (payable to UU Church) with a note to let us know the type and value of card(s) you want, and we will mail them to you. (UU Church, P.O. Box 1158, Nashville, Indiana  47448-1158)
How to Contact Rev. Breeden
Rev. Bill Breeden can be reached by email at breeden1949 (at) If you've tried to reach him via his old church staff email address, please note, that email is no longer active. He can also be reached on his cell phone at 812-360-1779.
Staff taking vacation time

Reverend Mary Ann Macklin will be away thru August 31. 

Deadline for Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to office(at)

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 18 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, September 1, at 10 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications. Email her at admin(at)

How to Subscribe
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Masthead photo by Linda Mjolsnes.
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