Today is Juneteenth
Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when enslaved Black people in Texas learned they had been freed - two months after the Civil War had ended and two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed. As an antidote for the incomplete history offered in our schools, take time to learn about Juneteenth, if you are unfamiliar with this important holiday. To start your exploration, The
New York Times
shares the basics
here is a read-aloud of a children's book about Juneteenth
Dottir Press is offering free downloads of their anti-racism books through June 19th
to support families as they unlearn white supremacy.
This offer ends
--Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education
Our Sunday Service
10:15 am LIVESTREAM ONLY
Multigenerational Summer Solstice Celebration
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Christin Green
Join us as we attune ourselves to the rhythm of the seasons and gather with ritual, song, story, and reflection together. Our Virtual UU Children's Choir, directed by Jill Courtney, will be performing. Please watch for the Friday Update for directions on home preparations to enrich your experience.
**And please do send along photos of yourself with your Special Services Award to media(at)uubloomington.org to be shown at the end of this service.**
We are happy to once again welcome Reverend Christin Green, who will co-lead this Sunday's worship. She is currently working with our Dismantling White Supremacy Group as the Director of Congregational Resources for Three Sisters Consulting, and is a UU minister, recently welcomed into fellowship. Christin is a scholar of language, identity politics, sound healing, and liberation theology. We look forward to sharing sacred time together.
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.
Join us this Sunday for virtual
Every Sunday after the worship service until 12:15 pm,
This Sunday's Breakout Rooms:
- General Discussion
- Cooking and Other Good Things in Pandemic Times - Hosted by Jason Michalek
before Saturday if you would like to request a conversation topic and be a small group conversation host.
Religious Education Updates and Resources
Our Religious Education team has been busy cultivating resources for you on grief, creating sabbath space in your home, and anti-racism, as well as compiling a simple calendar of activities - all at the link above.
Through June, we are creating our program in collaboration with
, an interdenominational group connecting Bloomington congregations, and sharing social justices activities for all ages to help some of the people most affected by the pandemic. You can engage with one activity or many. This week we are supporting
; next week is Homelessness.
Please click here to get involved
--Your Religious Education Team (Adrienne, Stephanie, and Emily
Ask your questions via Zoom on Fridays, 1-2 pm
Do you have questions about how to get involved at the church, become a member, or other questions related to the church? Ask the Connections Coordinator your questions every Friday via Zoom. Newcomers and 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. If she can't answer your questions, she will connect you with someone who can.
Please Double Check Your Recurring Pledge Payment
As the 2019-20 fiscal year comes to a close, it is important for you to check on your recurring pledge payment arrangements (if you have such an arrangement set up), if you would like them to continue after July 1 to make payments on your pledge for 2020-21. Please send an email to Carol Marks, Church Administrator,
or call/text at 812-287-9615
and she can give you a call to get it all set up for you for the coming year.
Thank you to everyone who supports our congregation financially!
PayPal Available for Donations
We now have a
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.
Writing as a Spiritual Practice
with Rev. Barbara Child
A Drop-in Group on Zoom
Tuesdays 1-2 pm, through June 30
You are welcome to attend any or all sessions through June 30.
for a full description of how the group works. If you have not participated yet,
to get the Zoom link.
June 28 Worship Service will begin at 10 am
On Sunday, June 28th our worship service will begin at 10:00 am. We will be sharing in the experience of the Worship Service of the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. Learn about the UUA General Assembly here:
. Here's the link to the page where the livestream will appear:
Sunday morning worship: "Beyond the Water's Edge" - GA 2020
Would You Like to Attend UUA Virtual General Assembly?
If you are interested in being a member delegate and attending Virtual General Assembly on June 24-28, please be in touch with Iris Kiesling, irisfkiesling(at)
Additional information about General Assembly is available here:
Free Money from Kroger
Fresh Thyme and Bloomingfoods Cards Also Available by Mail
Did you know that
Kroger sends us about $1,600 each year? This is made possible by those of you who participate in Kroger's Community Rewards program. R
egister your Kroger Plus card
online at this link
and select the UU Church as the recipient -- o
ur ID number for the program is EW763.
We are also still selling grocery cards for Bloomingfoods and Fresh Thyme. Click here to see what kind of cards and how many are currently available. We just obtained more Bloomingfoods cards. Send your check to the church (2120 N. Fee Lane, Bloomington, IN 47408; payable to UU Church) with a note to let us know the type and value of card(s) you want, and we will mail them to you.
Changing the World
Click on the link below to help with ongoing resource drives and other calls to action you can participate in:
Volunteer Opportunities at Local Shelters
Click here to learn more
about volunteer opportunities and coronavirus health precautions for volunteers at Shalom Community Center and Wheeler Mission.
Through June 30, we will be collecting hygiene items for Black Lives Matter, food items for our Pantry at College Square, and food and clothing for Shalom. Click here to see the updated lists of needed items. We have placed collection bins outside the building, under the north side porch near the Portico Entrance. Simply drive up and drop off. We are collecting donations from these bins daily.
Collecting Food and Hygiene Items:
New Agencies and Lists for JUNE
Now Helping Black Lives Matter with Dignity Bags
Many thanks --Homelessness Task Force and Hunger Task Force
Important Note: Do not ship items for these collections to the church address
, as there are not staff members there to receive such packages. If you would like to contribute items but cannot bring them to the church, please contact admin(at)uubloomington.org. For items for Black Lives Matter Dignity Bags, there is a different shipping address - contact dre(at)uubloomington.org.
Volunteer Opportunities at Middle Way House
Click here to see the ways you can volunteer at Middle Way House, Bloomington's emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence.
--Alan Backler and Marlin Howard, Homelessness Task Force
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 español, 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: https://lhi.care/covidtesting or by phone at: 888-634-1116 (if you do not have access to the internet or are registering a minor.)
For More Information
Deadline for Order of service and Friday UU Update
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
See the June 16
of our newsletter, The Prologue, published on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, July 7, at 10 am.)
has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.
Masthead photo by Joan Caulton