Friday UU Update 
July 24, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church  of Bloomington, Indiana
Sleep Out (Virtually) So Others Don't Have To!!
Tonight, July 24
Following up on the invitation from our Community Minister, Reverend Forrest Gilmore
Tonight at 8 pm until 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. 

UU Singles Meet Tonight, July 24
We are a group of single adults within the UU Bloomington community who meet occasionally for conversation and connection as a group. Please join us tonight over Zoom!
       * 6 p.m. Happy Hour 
       * 7 p.m. Game Night
If you are not already on the UU singles e-mail list, please contact mariedeer1961(at)  or 812-391-0900.
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
Our Sunday Service 

Sunday, July 26, 2020
Waves Over the Bow
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
      In this worship service we will explore our congregation's July theme of resilience. First-generation writer and Jungian analyst Clarissa Pinkola Estes states, "I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able crafts in the waters than there are right now across the world." In these times of frequent storms and waves over the bow, what does it mean to be a seaworthy vessel in our spiritual, physical, and emotional lives, as citizens of this country and inhabitants of this planet?  
      Debbie Fish will provide the social justice moment on behalf of the Refugee and Immigrant Support and Education Task Force.

From Reverend MAM: As I mentioned last Sunday, we invite you to please send photos of you AND yours (plants, animals, people) that represent this month's theme of resilience to: media(at) Yes! WE WANT YOU in the PHOTO so we can experience our community--elders, adults, young adults, youth, big kids and little kids--during a slideshow at the end.

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 will be making special no-contact deliveries next week with a bag filled with supplies for our wonderfUUl families to engage with during August.  If you have questions or concerns, please email Adrienne, dre(at)

Connect with our UU Community during Virtual Coffee Hour!
Every Sunday after the worship service until 12:15 pm, click on this link to join us!
This Sunday, Reverend Macklin plans to join us in Virtual Coffee Hour after the service.  
Breakout Conversations:
  • Gardeners (All types and levels of gardeners are welcome!)
  • Parents preparing for the school year - hosted by Adrienne Summerlot
  • 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.

Gardeners Unite!
Every fourth Sunday during Virtual Coffee Hour all types and levels of gardeners are invited to gather in a special breakout room just for gardeners. Join the fun following the service on Sunday (~11:15 AM-12:15 pm). Use this link to enter Virtual Coffee Hour after the service.     -- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Correction: Date for Deep Listening Circle is Wednesday, September 30, 6:00 p.m.
If you listen to the podcast, mentioned in The Prologue on July 21,from science journalist Laurie Garrett and wish to participate in a deep listening circle, please register with our office at  office(at) for a Zoom meeting that will occur on Wednesday, September 30th, at 6:00 p.m. The Zoom meeting is limited to 15 participants. This deep listening format will be co-led by Mary Ann Macklin and Ned Joyner, who recently was accepted to Union Theological Seminary.
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. Participants should plan to attend both sessions. Click here to sign up.
Are you ready to become a  member?
Membership indicates your kinship and affinity with this church and the larger Unitarian Universalist religious community.  The next membership ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, August 2, at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. If you are new to Unitarian Universalism, we ask that you complete the Exploring Unitarian Universalism class before becoming a member.  Let the Connections Coordinator know if you would like to attend the membership ceremony and become a member of the UU Church of Bloomington. Email Ann at connect(at)
UU History Class on August 9
Unitarian Universalism is ever evolving. Our history begins in Europe over 500 years ago and inspires us today. We draw strength from their progress as we confront the uncertainties of our own time. Please join us for a romp through history as we meet these leaders and discuss the questions and challenges they faced in bringing us to where we are today. Everyone is welcome. Join us on Sunday, August 9, from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, via Zoom. Stuart Yoak will lead us on our journey.
To register for the class, email office(at) before August 6.  
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.
Our Folks . . .
      Our thoughts of healing and sympathy are with Carol Marks and her family upon the passing of her father, Reverend Charles Hill, on Monday, July 20, after a long illness. Because of the pandemic, a private family service will be held.
      We hold in our hearts parents, students, teachers, caregivers, leaders, staff and all those navigating decision-making about returning to school and other institutions of education at this time.
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:
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!
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.
Staff taking vacation time

Reverend Emily Manvel Leite will return from vacation on July 26. In her absence, please contact Rev. Bill Breeden at  breeden1949(at)

Reverend Mary Ann Macklin will be away for the month of August.

Ann LeDuc will be away July 27 through August 1.

Carol Marks, our church administrator, is away on bereavement leave. In her absence, please contact Monica Overman or Mandy Skinner at office(at)

Noah's Ark Bloomington Dialogue Series: 
Facing Our Fear and Outrage
Finding Ways Forward Together
Beginning July 26, 3 - 5 pm
Join  Noah's Ark for a series of dialogues on Zoom, starting on July 26, focused on understanding differences of religion/spirit in order to transform our divisive relationships. Each event will last 2-3 hours and will include different types of presentations as well as dialogue in small groups. You are welcome to participate in any number of these events. Our first event will include personal transformation stories, as well as small group dialogue.  Click here to learn moreFor questions, comments, or input,  email Jan Armstrong.
ONLINE AUCTION OF GREG HAAS ESTATE. T he second online auction for Greg's estate, including the items in his home, opened on July 17 and ends on Friday, July 31, at 10:00 a.m. Click here for details Items can be picked up at Greg's house on Bethel Lane (Friday 1pm-4pm, Saturday 10am-1pm), address will be given to successful buyers. All items sold as-is, where-is. Questions call 812-320-0130. Local pickup only and plan to bring help to load large bulky items.  
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 21  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 4, at 10 am.) 
Carol Marks h as editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications. Email her at admin(at)

How to Subscribe
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