Friday UU Update                  Friday, February 15, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
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Sunday, February 17, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
"What Is a Person Worth?"
Reverend Forrest Gilmore
Dorothy Day tells us, "The Gospel takes away our right forever to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor." What makes someone deserving? What makes someone undeserving? What makes someone
worthy? What makes someone unworthy? What is a person worth?
This week in Religious Education: Knowing
     World of Wonder (Preschool) will explore our Blue UU Promise, "Believe in your ideas," as they hear The Carrot Seed , a  story about a boy who did not let naysayers discourage him in his growing project.
     Roots and Wings (K-2nd grade) will hear The Wise Woman and Her Secret, a Green UU Promise story: "Grow by seeking what is true and right in life." 
     Curiosity Club (3rd grade +) are exploring what it means to live fully into the promises we make as Unitarian Universalists. 
     Our Whole Lives (7th-8th grade) will revisit the topic of contraception.  
     High School Youth Group will meet in the kitchen and try their hand at vegan cooking and learning about eating lower on the food chain. High School Youth sign up including all activities for the next month is  here.
Events at the Church this Sunday
The Getting Involved Fair starts this Sunday!
Our biannual Getting Involved Fair kicks off this Sunday, which is a great opportunity to learn about all the groups and activities the church has to offer, and get involved in activities and groups that appeal to you. The upcoming fair will take place over the next three Sundays, February 17, 24, and March 3, between church services (10:15-11:15 am) in the Fellowship Hall. A different set of groups will be represented each Sunday. I hope you will join us!  
 --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
UU Singles Fellowship and Activities Group, Sunday Lunch
Meet by the coatroom near the Meeting Room after the second service every week to agree on a lunch spot.
UU Freethinkers Meet at 12:45 pm
The UU Freethinkers discussion group will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm in Room 208 for an open and non-structured discussion of issues of social, political, and theological/religious concern.
3rd Sunday Social Justice Film Series
"Happier Birth Days"  
Film Screening and Maternal Mortality Community Conversation
Sunday, February 17 at 5:00 p.m.
Pizza provided.*
Co-sponsored by our Reproductive and Racial Justice Task Forces and Advocate For Moms.  Join us for a screening of "Happier Birth Days Part 2" and a Panel Discussion of the Postpartum Period featuring Indiana experts.  An interactive group discussion will follow the program so we can  build awareness of issues surrounding maternal mortality in Indiana, particularly for black mothers, and  brainstorm actionable strategies so we can listen to, support and advocate for moms. ( *Freewill donations accepted for pizza.) 
No childcare available this time; we usually need to receive requests for childcare in advance to be able to offer it. 
Our Folks...
      Jean Knowlton is recuperating at Bell Trace for a couple more weeks, and very much enjoys visits and cards from her friends in the congregation. Cards can be mailed to her home address.
      Congratulations to Mary Goetze, who has been named Bloomington's Woman of the Year
UU Singles Fellowship and Activities Group
Potluck and Movie Night: "It Happened One Night"   
Sunday, February 17 
The UU Singles Fellowship and Activities Group will have a potluck and movie night this Sunday, Februrary 17, at Bill Baus's house, 6:00 pm to 9:30-ish, at the Baus Haus, 1210 W 8th Street. Bring goodies to share, usual potluck style. We're hoping to watch It Happened One Night, a screwball comedy with Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable, directed by Frank Capra, winner of 5 Oscars in 1934. (But movie might change.) Questions? Contact Marie at 812 391 0900.
UU Singles Fellowship and Activities Group--Movie Night at IU Cinema
Saturday evening, February 23
Join us to watch 3 short movies about Black cinematic imaginings of space at the IU Cinema, at 7:00 p.m. This event is free but ticketed at the IU Cinema;  click here for ticketing info.  
Questions? Contact Marie at 812 391 0900.
Gratitude and Information regarding Black Lives of UU
      Last Sunday, February 10th, our worship service lifted up the UUA's "The Promise and the Practice" campaign, a fundraiser dedicated to racial justice within the larger UU Association. We're grateful that we raised close to $1,650 dollars through our first fundraiser (a special offering during worship, with some people sending in checks or online payments later). If we can raise a total of $2,500, our own Racial Justice Task Force will match that amount (which will allow us to donate $5,000 - and if we raise $5,000, congregations in New England have committed to matching that - bringing our total impact to $10,000!). Our deadline is June 30, though we are eager to raise funds and finish our congregational pledge as early as possible.
      More information can be found here: .
Reverend Marvin Chandler showing on WTIU on February 17
Reverend Marvin Chandler: Open to the Moment is the work of UU Alan Backler and others over the last few years. WTIU will be showing it February 17 at 7:00 p.m., and February 22 at 1:00 p.m., and it's highly recommended. The film runs about an hour. 
-- Iris Kiesling and Peter Dorfman
Reverend Macklin Will Be Away January 28 - February 28
I will be taking the first portion of my sabbatical during the month of February. I will be gone January 28th through February 28th. We have increased Reverend Leite's hours to help cover key aspects of my ministry during my absence. She and Reverend McNeill will work together with our staff and lay leaders to create overall continuity. It is common practice for Unitarian Universalist ministers to earn one month of sabbatical for every year of service. This practice helps insure longer term ministries. I am taking February to decide about additional sabbatical time off during 2019; I also completed my Death Doula Training during the first week of February.  -- MAM
Our Minds Will Stay Open, but Church Offices are Closed Monday, February 18
It is our policy to close the church offices on federal holidays, and so we will be closed on Monday, February 18 for the Washington's Birthday holiday. Several meetings will take place anyway here in our building that day. If you have questions about whether your group is meeting, please contact your group leader. Office hours will resume on Tuesday, February 19 at 10:00 a.m., and deadline for articles for the next issue of The Prologue is also February 19 at 10 a.m.
Buy Grocery Cards on Sunday and Support the Church
Fresh Thyme Cards Now Available
We have grocery gift cards for sale in the Commons every Sunday between services. The participating grocery stores send a percentage of your purchases back to the church to support our operating budget. We have gift cards for Fresh Thyme, Bloomingfoods, and Lucky's, and you can register your Kroger Plus card by clicking  here Our new Kroger organization ID number is  EW763.
Home Hospitality Needed for 5 Visiting Musicians from Dominican Republic, March 3-7
The Lotus Education and Arts Foundation is looking for a homestay host for 5 musicians from the Dominican Republic, from March 3-7. The group will take part in a Lotus Blossoms residency with schools, as well as other Lotus events. Three bedrooms are needed. Click here for details.
If interested, please contact:   Loraine Martin, Lotus Outreach Director, 336-6599 office, (828) 707-0187 mobile (text/call)
Livestream This Sunday's Service
If you can't physically make it to church this Sunday, we invite you to join us via the livestream on our website. At the church we also have screens set up in the nursery (Room 104) and in Fellowship Hall, if you need to leave the Meeting Room for any reason but still want to watch the service.

Direct Links to Archived Video of Recent Services

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For More Information see the  February 5  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, February 19 at 10:00 am.)
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