Friday UU Update 
August 7, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana

Our Sunday Service 

Sunday, August 9, 2020
Forgive Us for We Know Not What We Have Done
Reverend Bill Breeden
Our dreams of tomorrow arise out of our yesterdays.
The service will include a Social Justice moment with David Keppel of the Just Peace Task Force.
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite will participate in this service.

Note From Rev. Bill:
This August weather is a wonderful break from the heat, and I hope we all get a chance to catch our breath in preparation for the political frenzy of an election campaign in the midst of a grossly mishandled pandemic. Care for one another, and give as many virtual hugs as you can muster to yourself, your loved ones, and to our planet. Tune in to our Sunday service, and walk in peace and joy. Oh yes, and vote!

This Sunday during service, join our Director of Religious Edu
cation, Adrienne Summerlot, for our annual Back to School Blessings ritual during our Time for All Ages. Please have your charms handy for the ritual. If you did not receive a charm, and would like one, please contact Adrienne directly, dre (at)

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.


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 invite you to join us this August to participate in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington's WonderfUUl Families program! WonderfUUl Families has a mission: to provide your whole family, regardless of age, with fun UU crafts and activities to do together, each of which will become a tool for spiritual practice in your home. This is always a good idea, but never more so than now.  We can "do church" and be UU anywhere! Click here to learn more.

Religious Education sends weekly emails about news, programming, and events. If you are not receiving those emails, and would like to, please contact Stephanie Kimball at rea (at)

High School Youth Invited to Breakout Room
Sunday, August 9th, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
High School Youth are invited to a youth-exclusive breakout room this Sunday, August 9th, during coffee hour. We have youth representatives from North and South who are willing to answer questions Freshmen might have. This is also an opportunity for high school youth to connect and hang out!  
Connect with our UU Community during Virtual Coffee Hour!
Every Sunday after the worship service until 12:15 pm.

Breakout Conversations:
  • Nuclear Disarmament discussion with David Keppel
  • WonderfUUl Families Sharing Time
  • High School Youth  
  • Choir
  • General 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.

Humanist Forum Meets August 9, 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. via Zoom. Elof Carlson will lead a discussion on "Smear tactics when discussing human differences." Contact Harold Ogren, ogrenh (at), to get the link to the Zoom meeting.
Are you new here?
If you are new to our congregation, a very warm welcome to you! This Sunday, August 9, 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
Space: Mine, Yours & Ours
A Four Week Virtual Vespers Series 
with visiting minister Reverend Christin Green
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.
Ask your questions via Zoom, now on Mondays!
Do you have questions about how to get involved at the church, become a member, or other questions related to the church? Ask the Connections Coordinator your questions every Monday between 1 and 2 pm via Zoom. Newcomers and current congregation members are all welcome to drop-in. You can also contact Ann via email at connect(at) or by phone at (812) 720-3688.  
Southbound Lane of Fee Lane Closed 6/24-8/24
The southbound lane of Fee Lane between 17th Street and SR 45/46 Bypass will be closed June 24-Aug. 24, 2020, to construct a recreational path on the west side of Fee Lane. Here's a handy map to show the closure.
PayPal Available for Donations 
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. You can still mail in your pledge contributions using paper checks.
Changing the World
Click here for updates from our Social Justice Task Forces:
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 for the month of August.


Adrienne Summerlot will be away August 10-17.


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 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)

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