Friday UU Update                  Friday, February 8, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Game Night and Pitch-in this Saturday, February 9
For Families with Young Children
If you are able, please bring a game and food to share.  Contact Sarah at   with any questions.  Join us this Saturday, February 9th, from 4 - 6 pm in Fellowship Hall to play games and enjoy a pitch-in meal together. 

Sun day, February 10, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
"Knowing Ourselves: Undoing Racism as Spiritual Practice" 
Reverend Scott McNeill
Recently, the UUA and UU Service Committee partnered with the American Friends Service Committee to create a program entitled, "Knowing Ourselves: Undoing Racism as Spiritual Practice."  This is a perfect convergence for Black History Month and our February theme of "Knowing." We will take a look back at our history and a look forward to our work for racial justice. With the choir reprising their astonishing rendition of "Rise Up" by Audra Day, it's a Sunday you won't want to miss!
This week in Religious Exploration: Knowing
      World of Wonder (Preschool) will learn about being resourceful through the story "Something from Nothing" (Violet UU Promise - Value Our Earth). Roots and Wings (K-2nd grade) will get to know Unitarian ancestor Maria Mitchell, 19th-century astronomer, as they hear her story "Infinity of Questions." Curiosity Club (3rd-6th grade) will celebrate the words and deeds of prophetic African American Women through stories and investigating what they know and what they don't know. Our Whole Lives (11:15 am, 7th-8th grade) will talk about unintended pregnancies. High School Youth Group will not meet this week as several members are in the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic, participating in a side-by-side free performance with Bloomington Symphony Orchestra at 3:00 pm at the Bloomington High School South Auditorium. Everyone is invited!
     Parents of Infants through 2nd graders, please participate in the very short childcare survey when you pick them up from their classrooms today.

Events at the Church this Sunday
Our Support for Black Lives of UU 
Special Offering on February 10
     The UUA has asked congregations to make a financial pledge to support Black Lives of UU (BLUU); the program is called, "The Promise and The Practice." This refers to an era of UU history where we, as a collective faith, promised a specific amount of money through the UUA to support Black Unitarian Universalists. After a General Assembly vote approving those funds, for a variety of reasons, the UUA did not follow through on their "promise."
     The UUA and BLUU requested that congregations make a specific pledge--in particular, if congregations pledge and contribute an amount that equals $10 for each member they have, the money will be matched by donors in New England. Last year, our congregation's Board had a rich discussion about racial justice and this program, and pledged $5,000 (roughly equivalent to $10 per member). In order to reach the matching grant, we need to raise these funds (collected by our congregation) and send them to the UUA by June 30, 2019. Helpfully, our Racial Justice Task Force has committed to matching YOUR donations, up to $2500!
      More information can be found here:
       On Sunday, February 10, we'll talk about this in worship and collect a special offering to go towards our pledge of $5,000 to the UUA's "The Promise and The Practice" fund.
Our Valentine's Bake Sale Sides with Love!!! 
Support the Reproductive Justice Task Force on February 10
On Sunday morning the Reproductive Justice Task Force invites you to our annual Side with Love Bakesale. We will be in the Commons/Fellowship Hall at 10:15 and 12:15. Get your Valentine's Day goodies for yourself and others and support this cause at the same time!!
UU Humanists Meet at 12:45 pm in Room 208
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm in Room 208, after children's religious education classes end. Judy Berkshire will lead a discussion on "What we don't know will hurt us."
We need your help welcoming newcomers this Sunday!
Our Connections Coordinator, Ann LeDuc, is out of the office through February 12. In her absence, we need everyone's help in being especially welcoming to newcomers this Sunday, February 10. I f you see someone who is new to you, please introduce yourself. If you see someone who looks like they are seeking information, please pitch-in and show them around. The Social Justice table in the commons and the Welcome table are good places to start. Thank you for your help!
Our Folks...
     We are thinking about all those of our congregation who were affected by the recent severe flooding.
     Our sympathy is with the family and friends of long-time member Lloyd Orr, who died on January 24. A memorial service for Lloyd will be held here on Saturday, March 2, at 3:30 pm.
     Our sympathy is also with Steve Krahnke and Jane McLeod and their family, upon the death of Steve's mother this week, in Midland, Michigan.
"Owning Your Religious Past" Workshop 
3 sessions, starting February 13--Space is still available!
Join Reverend Scott McNeill for a three session workshop, "Owning Your Religious Past." We'll meet from 7-8:30 pm on Wednesdays (Feb. 13, Feb. 27, and Mar. 13). "Owning Your Religious Past" uses stories, art, and more to reflect on the faith communities of our childhood, adolescence, and/or adulthood. We'll think about the things we are eager to let go of, from those traditions, and explore the items, rituals, and experiences we wish to keep. To sign up, please email
Reverend Marvin Chandler showing on WTIU on February 14
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 14 at 8:00 p.m., 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
Opportunity to Travel to Kenya 
This year our International Outreach Task Force will sponsor another visit to Kenya, which is a unique experience, both fun and rewarding. There is now one space available, unexpectedly, for another person to go, so if you are interested, please call Claire Robertson at 812-336-3696 before Feb. 15.
3rd Sunday Social Justice Film Series
"Happier Birth Days" 
Film Screening and Maternal Mortality Community Conversation
Sunday, February 17th at 5:00 pm
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 child care available.

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
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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