Friday UU Update 
July 31, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church  of Bloomington, Indiana
Our Sunday Service 

Sunday, August 2, 2020
Peace in Pieces
Reverend Christin Green, Guest Minister
Have you ever blown out some candles or seen a shooting star, and made an earnest wish for World Peace? Me too. Have you ever felt hopeless, helpless, and defeated by that same idea, finding it too grand, too far out of reach, or too complicated? Mercy, me too! However, I find that moments of lowercase "peace" remind me of the possibility for uppercase "Peace." Gather to explore some ways to create peace in pieces. Reverend Emily Manvel Leite will participate in this 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.

Religious Education Updates and Resources 

We invite you to join us this August to participate in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington's WonderfUUl Families program!  WonderfUUl Families has a mission: to provide your whole family, regardless of age, with fun UU crafts and activities to do together, each of which will become a tool for spiritual practice in your home.  This is always a good idea, but never more so than now.   We can "do church" and be UU anywhere!   Click here to learn more .
Connect with our UU Community during Virtual Coffee Hour!
Every Sunday after the worship service until 12:15 pm.

Breakout Conversations this week:
  • Worship Service Discussion
  • Choir
  • General Discussion
  • WonderfUUl Families Sharing Time 
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.

Freethinkers Meet August 2, 12:45 p.m.
The UU Freethinkers group will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. via Zoom for an open discussion of social, political, and theological/religious issues. I f you'd like to join us, please contact Harold Ogren, ogrenh (at), to get the link to the Zoom meetings and to be added to our email discussion list.
Membership Ceremony on August 2
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 Sunday, August 9, 2-4 pm
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, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., via Zoom. Stuart Yoak will lead us on our journey.
To register for the class, email office(at) before August 6.
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.  Note: Ann is off this Friday, 7/31, but will return next week.
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.
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 31, 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 Mary Ann Macklin will be away for the month of August.

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

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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