Friday UU Update 
July 10, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church  of Bloomington, Indiana
Black Lives Matter: 
Putting Our Words into Action
Saturday, July 11, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
      Join this virtual event which is a collaboration between BLM and  International Law Society at Maurer School of Law.  Keynote Speaker: Jada Bee. Panelists: J ane Henegar and Jacinda Townsend.  Workout led by Sean O'Donnell.  All proceeds to benefit BLM Bloomington, Black Visions Collective, and The Bail Project.  Click here for more information.
      To attend the event, please be sure to register at this link. The sooner the better! Already 80 people have registered, so come on out!
Back to School? Parent Conversations
Saturday, July 11 and Thursday, July 16
      Join our Director of Religious Education, Adrienne Summerlot, for an opportunity to connect with other parents who are sorting through information and discerning if and how their children may be returning to school this fall. Offering two dates and times to meet parents' schedules!  Saturday, July 11th at 10:00 am and Thursday, July 16th  at 7:00 pm.    
      Contact Adrienne, dre(at), for the Zoom link. If you have specific concerns, let Adrienne know so she can best support you in finding information.
Our Sunday Service 

Sunday, July 12, 2020
Yes, Virginia, Black Lives Really Do Matter
Reverend Bill Breeden, Minister Emeritus
As we have discovered, dismantling White supremacy is not easy. It is painful, it is not done overnight, and we UUs don't always get things right, but we stand for equality and justice for all, and we will not be silent in the face of fascism and racism.


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 have resources for parents and adults for spiritual practices, anti-racism education, July activity ideas, and NEW this week -- a lesson about The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, which Adrienne will share in service on Sunday, July 12th!
--Your Religious Education Team: Adrienne Summerlot, Stephanie Kimball,  and Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Connect with our UU Community during Virtual Coffee Hour
Every Sunday after the worship service until 12:15 pm.

This Sunday's Breakout Conversation Groups:
  • 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.

Join us for a socially distanced hike July 17!
We will hike at Dilcher Turner Canyon Forest. Our July 11 hike is now full, but there are still spaces available on the July 17, 7:00 p.m. hike.
For all the details, and to sign up to hike, see the Sign Up Genius.
Exploring Unitarian Universalism Online July 12 and July 19
The Exploring Unitarian Universalism (UU) class will be offered online on July 12 and 19, 2-4 pm.  To register for the class please use this link This class is a great opportunity to learn about the UU Principles, our ministers, the history of this church, all the ways to get involved here, and what it means to be a member of the church.  Plan to attend both dates, since different material will be covered in each session. We request completion of this class before you become a member of the church. Everyone ages 14 to 100+ is welcome!  Questions? Email Ann LeDuc at connect(at)
Connections Coordinator Open Office Hour
Every Friday, 1:00-2:00 p.m., 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 Fridays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Staff taking vacation time
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite will be on vacation until July 26. In her absence, please contact Rev. Bill Breeden at  breeden1949(at)
Carol Marks, our church administrator, is on vacation until July 27. In her absence, please contact Monica Overman or Mandy Skinner at office(at)
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.
Please Double Check Your Recurring Pledge Payment
     Our 2020-21 fiscal year has begun, as of July 1. If you have a recurring pledge payment set up, and you would like it to continue, send an email to Carol Marks, Church Administrator,  admin(at)uubloomington.orgor call/text her at 812-287-9615, and she will help set it up for you for the coming year.
     Thank you to everyone who supports our congregation financially!
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:
JULY Food & Hygiene Drive
From our Homelessness and Hunger Task Forces 
Through July 30, we will be collecting food, hygiene items, and clothing for Shalom, and food for our Pantry at College Square. Our building is closed, but we have placed collection bins outside the building, under the northside porch near the Portico Entrance. Simply drive up and drop off - we are collecting donations from these bins daily. 
Thank you for all the donations in June!
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.
Free COVID-19 Testing Now Available in Bloomington
Free COVID-19 testing is now available in Bloomington at the National Guard Armory. In English click here en espaƱol, haga clic aqui.

Where? 3380 S Walnut St., Bloomington, IN 47401
When? Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm
Who pays? Hoosiers will not be charged for testing. If you have health coverage (including Medicare/Medicaid), please bring that information with you.
Why? To help keep you, your family, and your community safe.
What happens? Healthcare professionals will share information just for you and your family - fully CONFIDENTIAL.
Register here: or by phone at: 888-634-1116 (if you do not have access to the internet or are registering a minor.)
Deadline for Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to

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 July 7  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, July 21, at 10 am.) 
Carol Marks   has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

How to Subscribe
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