Friday UU Update 
July 17, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church  of Bloomington, Indiana
Our Sunday Service 

Sunday, July 19, 2020
Realtime Resilience
Reverend Christin Green, Guest Minister
      Nature reminds us of the possibilities of Resilience. We know in our minds that it's part of life. And our bodies adjust in efforts to recalibrate. But our spirits ultimately have to get on board with this personal and collective project of liberation: the one we call Resilience.
      We are happy to once again welcome Reverend  Christin  Green into our pulpit to explore this month's theme, Resilience. Christin was recently welcomed into a preliminary fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Ministers' Association. She is a scholar of language, identity politics, sound healing, and liberation theology. Reverend Macklin will assist with the service.

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.

Sleep Out (Virtually) So Other's Don't Have To!!
Next Friday night, July 24
Following up on the invitation from our Community Minister, Reverend Forrest Gilmore, in our service last Sunday
On Friday, July 24, from 8 pm to Saturday, July 25, at 8 am, help the Shalom Community Center raise critical funds and awareness for people experiencing homelessness in Monroe County, Indiana.  Due to COVID-19 this year's sleepout will look a little different. We will still be sleeping out, but we'll be in our backyards, on our living room floor, etc, practicing social distancing while doing it. 

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 - family-friendly ideas to connect with our theme of ResilienceAdrienne will share  The Hugging Tree by Jill Neimark in service this Sunday, July 19th and she highly recommends reading this interesting article about  10 of the most incredible unique trees in the world.
Next Saturday evening, parents of High School Youth and Youth entering 9-12th grade are invited to join us for a conversation about the book and movie The Hate U Give. We will meet via Zoom and start and end together with breakout rooms for parent conversation facilitated by Adrienne Summerlot and Cassidy Rockhill, while youth have a conversation led by Katie Summerlot and Eva Rockhill with advisors Sam Cusack and Kelly Rockhill. Please plan to watch the movie and/or read the book BEFORE the conversation. We have a few copies of the book to loan if you need one - contact Adrienne.  

--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.

Note From Rev. Bill
      Glenda and I have been with others at the federal prison this week  protesting the cold-blooded murder of state executions. Two have been  killed and another will be executed on this day that you receive the  Friday update. There is a fourth scheduled for next week. 
      Yesterday's execution of Wesley Purkey is a clear signal that the  Roberts Court has lowered the bar for killing so low that there is  nothing to stop the administration from going on a killing spree in  this election cycle. Purdey had severe dementia and Alzheimer's and  was incapable of knowing what was happening or why as they strapped in  the gurney. The government had hidden the brain scan that showed  deterioration and evidence of dementia, which moved the DC District ju dge to demand that the Supreme Court review all medical evidence.  To no avail.       
      We are likely to see more executions scheduled as the  election nears. It is a good time to write your Senators and  Representatives and demand the abolition of the death penalty. We are  one of a very few countries that allow state execution, a club that  consists of the most authoritarian governments that show no respect
for basic human rights. No American is safer for the murders being  perpetrated by our government. It is simply a political tool of  fascism. I encourage all to raise their voices for decency and  justice.   --peace, Bill
Our Folks . . .
Congratulations to Laura Jesseph, recipient of the Be More Knowledgeable Award for 2020. You may see her receive the award here.
An Easy, Socially Distanced, Volunteer Opportunity!
The UU grounds needs a few volunteers to help with watering. You can sign up to help once or as often as you would like. Just click on the links below to sign up and see all the instructions.  If you have questions, please contact Molly O'Donnell , Green Grounds Chair.
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.
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.
The Science and Practice of Breathing for Life
With Chris Haynes, July 29 and 30, 7 pm
At this time it is especially challenging to stay calm, safe, and as prepared as we can be to overcome COVID-19 if we must. Practical exercises can improve typical breathing habits for advantage in meeting all three of these challenges (though of course not a substitute for other precautions and treatments). These sessions will introduce such exercises and survey the scientific basis for their effectiveness. 
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  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 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 h as editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications. Email her at admin(at)

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