Friday UU Update                          Friday, August 3, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Sunday, August 5, 2018
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
A Curious Unfolding
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own  unfolding. -- John O'Donohue
Last Sunday I shared that  this Sunday's  worship service would be an important one, for me and for the congregation. This summer, my heart has been heavy; I was planning to announce at this  August 5  worship service that I would be leaving parish ministry and this beloved congregation next year. Then . . . the river flowed around an unexpected bend, to a place of deep joy. Now I will be preaching about why I am staying, and the fluidity of life's unfolding. There will be references to Jordan! (Michael, not the river....well maybe the river too . . . not the avenue.)
Sunday, August 12, 2018
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
To Serve this Present Age
Dr. Maureen Walker
Join us for this worship service featuring Maureen Walker, PhD.  Dr. Walker is a licensed psychologist, speaker, educator, and writer who focuses on helping people bridge cultural differences. Maureen encourages people to transform fear into courage and to create the fullest expressions of who they are and can be in the world.
Our Folks . . . 
     Our sympathy to Miles Eddy and family. Miles's father, Robert, died peacefully last Friday morning, July 27. Reverend Robert Eddy was Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pensacola, Florida. His obituary can be read at
This Week in Religious Education: Curiosity
    We begin to spark our curiosity  this Sunday  as we have special guests leading us in Religious Education to learn more about our congregation.  Kids in Kindergarten up will meet in Fellowship Hall immediately after the Time for All Ages and find their group and guide. They will stay with the same guide each week and explore a different question each week through story, scavenger hunt, outdoors and social justice. Parents can find out which group their child is in and where to pick them up by looking at the signs on the nursery door. 
    World of Wonder (Preschool) at  9:15am will participate in our August intersession -  Amy Makice and Connie Nelson Laird will be visiting with them to share what they hope for. They will start and end in their classroom.  11:15 am preschoolers will stay in their familiar Spirit Play classroom, hear the story of "Cookie Lynch and the Can Van", and investigate our UU Violet Promise: Value the Earth.  
    High School Youth Group is on hiatus.
Parents, It is Time for Religious Education Registration!
All Parents, it is time to register your children and youth for the 2018-2019 RE school year. This helps us plan for our class sizes, relay important medical information to teachers, and keep all of our children and youth safe. Register at: 

Parents of 7th-8th graders , we will be offering "Our Whole Lives: Lifespan Sexuality Education" this fall on Sundays, 10:45 am - 12:15 pm and there are only a few spaces left in the class! Please note the special time and plan to attend the mandatory parent meeting August 19th, 12:30 - 2:00 pm in the Library. Contact Adrienne Summerlot, , if you have questions. Sign up for the parent meeting online here:
Are you new here? Take your "First Steps" this Sunday!
First Steps is a personal and brief introduction to Unitarian 
Universalism and this congregation. Join us this Sunday in room 112 at 10:35 am or 12:35 p.m., after each service. Free childcare is available in Room 108. No registration is required. 
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
UU Freethinkers Meet Sunday, August 5, 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.
We Welcome Monks of Tashi Kyil Monastery: Sand Mandala 
Opening Ceremony Sunday, August 5 at 1:00 p.m.
Tibetan Buddhist Monks from Tashi Kyil monastery in India will be creating a sand mandala for us in Fellowship Hall,  August 5-9 . The opening ceremony will be at  1:00 p.m.  on  Sunday, August 5  in Fellowship Hall and everyone is invited. You may also visit  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  on  August 6 , 7, 8, and 9 to view this beautiful mandala for peace as it is being created. Freewill offerings for the monks and their work are welcome. The closing ceremony and destruction of the mandala will be at 5 :00 p.m.  on  Thursday, August 9 . For more information about Tashi Kyil, visit:
Spencer Pride Annual Meeting this Sunday, August 5, 4:00 pm
Spencer Pride would LOVE it if you would come out & join us on  Sunday, August 5 at 4 pm  at  17 E Franklin St . in Spencer, for our Annual General Meeting! We want to show you what has been accomplished this year, along with our goals & budget for next year. (Spencer Pride is our 25% of Sunday Plate recipient for this year, July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019.)
--Judi Epp
Vigil and Rally, August 9, 8:00 p.m.  
Please join the Just Peace Task Force and our cosponsors on the evening of Thursday, August 9th at 8:00 p.m. to mark the 73rd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki and to stand against a new generation of "usable" nuclear weapons. The event will be on the Courthouse Square from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. There will be silence, music, poetry, and speeches. If you have questions or would like to help, please contact David Keppel:  or (812) 272-0597.  Please bring a candle. 

Direct Links to Archived Video of Recent Services & Meetings
Here is a direct link to view last Sunday's service:  July 29
You can find more direct links to archived recordings on this page of our website: 
For More Information see the July 17 edition   of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is August 7 at 10 a.m.)
Masthead photo by David Orr - "Rough Buttercup"
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