Friday UU Update 
September 4, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Gathering of Waters
Saturday, September 5,10 a.m.-12 noon
      We will be gathering our water together in shared vessels outside of the building this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
  • Bring your water, 
  • Wear your mask,
  • Stay in your car until your turn.
      Staff members, including Sue Swaney, Ann LeDuc, Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, and Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, and Minister Emeritus Reverend Bill Breeden will direct you, as you drive up and take turns one household at a time to add water to shared vessels for use in our water communion on Sunday. We will have symbolic water for your use if you do not bring your own.  A photographer will be there to record your adding of water, and photos will be shared on Sunday, with your permission.
      If you are unable to come to the church on Saturday and would like to participate, please call/email Emily to make alternative arrangements: 812-333-9822 or mre (at)
Our Sunday Service 

Sunday, September 6, 2020
Intergenerational Water Communion: 
Celebrating Our Community
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin 
Reverend Dave Clements
Adrienne Summerlot
      This active intergenerational service will include story, song, and sharing, reflection and ritual. Prepare a glass or cup of water and a candle to light to enhance your experience of the service. Come explore and celebrate your part in our renewing community. Special music will be provided by the Loftman-Cusack family.
      We warmly welcome Reverend Dave Clements, our new Interim Minister Consultant, who will be participating for the first time in our Sunday worship. For more about Reverend Clements, click here.

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 
We understand that in these times when things are changing daily you may need more drop-in opportunities for story time, offline activities, and time to virtually connect with the congregation or friends from church. Find out what is coming up by visiting our Religious Education webpage and calendar

Coming up this week: 

Sunday, September 6th -Time for Young Families
9:00-9:30am via Zoom or 11:30-12:00pm via Coffee Hour (see below)
      Join Olivia and Natalia from our Childcare Team to see your friends, play some games and share in fun activities!  

Wednesday, September 9th, 12pm ET - Teddy Bear Picnic
      Bring your favorite teddy bear and lunch and join our Director of Religious Education via Facebook Live for a story and song.  
You can view our monthly Religious Education email and subscribe to it easily here.

Questions? Contact Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education, 
dre (at) 
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:
  • Time for Young Families  
  • 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 Humanists and Freethinkers meet September 6, 12:45 pm
The UU Humanists and 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.
Are you new here?
If you are new to our congregation, a very warm welcome to you! This Sunday, September 6, at 2:00 pm you are invited to join in a brief online introduction to Unitarian Universalism and this congregation. Just click on this link at 2:00 pm on Sunday. If you are new to using Zoom, please read these instructions before the meeting. Additionally, here is our online connection form if you are ready to get involved. If you have questions, you are always welcome to email me at connect(at)  Hope to see you online this Sunday!     
 -- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Church Offices Closed on Monday, September 7, for Labor Day
Our ministers and staff, who are all still working from home, will be unavailable on Monday, September 7 because of the Labor Day holiday. Church office hours will resume at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8. Stay safe and well, everyone!

Space: Mine, Yours & Ours
A Four Week Virtual Vespers Series 
with visiting minister Reverend Christin Green
Final session on Tuesday, 
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.
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. 
The Green Sanctuary Task Force 
Invites You to Help Get Out the Vote
The GSTF next meets on Tuesday, September 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the Woodlawn Shelter at Bryan Park. Our main agenda item will be planning for our get out the vote effort, in conjunction with the Environmental Voter Project. Even if the environment is not your number-one priority, we invite you to work with us on increasing voter turnout. To find our more, attend the meeting on September 8 or email marciaveldman (at)
"Depolarizing Within" Online Workshop 
Wednesday, September 9, 6:30-9:00 p.m. on Zoom
     On Wednesday, September 9, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m., Miles Eddy will moderate a Braver Angels (formally Better Angels) workshop called "Depolarizing Within," part of the larger Braver Angels initiative called "With Malice Toward None. The workshop will help participants become more aware of our own "inner polarizer" and learn how to be critical without demonizing, dismissing, or stereotyping large swaths of the population as we navigate the emotional and political challenges that are anticipated in the wake of the upcoming elections.
     This free workshop, co-hosted by the Braver Angels and the UU Just Peace Task Force, is open to the public. Click here to register. Questions?  Contact Miles Eddy at miles (at)
UU (Virtual) Children's Choir!
The UU Children's Choir will contribute music (virtually) to selected services throughout the year. This involves learning a song from a pre-recorded audio or video, and then recording your child singing along with a master track to send in. If you are already on the Children's Choir email list, watch for a message this weekend regarding our first project for the Fall Equinox service (soon!). If you are not on the list, and would like to be, email Jill at jillmcourtney(at) (Being on the list doesn't commit you to participating, but will give you the most up-to-date information on singing opportunities.) We're always happy to have new singers, grades K-8!   --Jill Courtney
Chalice Circles Start Up in October
Registration Begins Soon 
      The UUCB Chalice Circle program will begin the first week in October and we hope you will join us. All Circles will meet online via Zoom. Watch the Friday Updates for more information about online signup, which will take place September 13-27. Members of the Chalice Circle Executive Team will also hold Zoom coffee hour gatherings after the church services on September 13 and 20 to answer questions.
      For more information on what Chalice Circles are and their small group ministry of deep listening, check out these pages at the UUCB website.
      Or, contact a member of the CC Executive team: 
Jan Armstrong 812-278-8711, janet_k_armstrong (at)
Anne Haynes 812-360-2619, anne.haynes3 (at)
Linda Pickle 812-369-4430, linda.pickle (at)
Social Justice Funds Committee Fall Grants Available
Application Deadline October 16
Each fall, the Social Justice Funds Committee (SJFC) solicits proposals for grants in support of local social justice projects. The funds for these grants are provided through the Lundin Social Justice Fund in the Special Purposes Funds. Awards are based, in part, on available funds, number of grant applications received and the guidelines outlined below. Projects must be based in Southern Indiana and be consistent with the mission of our church. Priority will be given to applications from (1) Social Justice Task Forces, (2) projects that involve a significant number of members of the congregation, and (3) applications to seed new projects that will have an enduring benefit. The monies cannot be used to pay for professional services or salaries. Click here for details and the application form.
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!
Changing the World
Click here for updates from our Social Justice Task Forces:

Time for Change
The Hunger Task Force is asking for your change to help end hunger in our community. Assemble all of your loose change into a ziplock bag and put it somewhere on your front porch. Respond to Mary Blizzard (maryblizzard6 (at) with your address and clues as to where you've stashed your change by September 20th. We will be collecting your donations the week of September 20-26. We hope to put coins back into circulation and to help feed our hungry neighbors. Thank you for your continuing support.                          --The Hunger Task Force
Volunteer Opportunities at Shalom or Wheeler Mission
Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities at these shelters.

Volunteer Opportunities at Middle Way House
Middle Way House's recent newsletter includes lots of ways you can be supportive in their work to assist survivors of domestic abuse. Click here for details.
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)
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 September 1 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 15, at 10 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications. Email her at admin(at)

How to Subscribe
If you are not already regularly receiving emails like this from us, you can subscribe by sending an email to office(at)
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