Friday UU Update 
June 26, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church  of Bloomington, Indiana
Our Sunday Service 
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Beyond the Water's Edge - UUA General Assembly
This Sunday we invite you to join us in viewing the livestreamed service from the annual General Assembly of UU Congregations. We will not be producing a service in our sanctuary this week.  Note that this service begins at 10:00 am. 

Here's the link to watch the livestream from GA 2020

Order of Service
Interactive Order of Service (to print out and color/draw/write on)

The worship leaders will be Rev. Joan Javier-Duval and Rev. Mykal O'Neal Slack:
Rev. Joan Javier-Duval  will deliver the sermon. She serves as Minister of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, VT. She is the daughter of immigrants from the Philippines, mother of a kindergartener, and spouse of a proud Vermonter.
Rev. Mykal O'Neal Slack is the Community Minister for Worship and Spiritual Care for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism and a co-founder of the Transforming Hearts Collective. He is a husband and father from the South, committed to healing and truth-telling.


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  Coffee Hour
Every Sunday after the worship service until 12:15 pm, 
click on this link to join us for engaging conversation!

This Sunday's Breakout Rooms:
  1. General Discussion
  2. Choir
  3. Gardeners' Gathering
  4. End of Life Discussion - Hosted by Tracy Turner and Kathy Gilbert
  5. Parents/Families Discussion - Hosted by Amy Beck
Email connect(at)  before Saturday if you would like to request a conversation topic and be a small group conversation host.  
--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.
--Ann LeDuc, connect(at)

Religious Education Updates and Resources 
       Through June, we are creating our program in collaboration with  Interfaith Friends, an interdenominational group connecting Bloomington congregations, and sharing social justice activities for all ages to help some of the people most affected by the pandemic. This week we are addressing Homelessness; next week is Racial Justice.  Please click here to get involved.
--Your Religious Education Team (Adrienne Summerlot, Stephanie Kimball, and Reverend Emily Manvel Leite)
Our Folks...
    Our thoughts and sympathy are with Monica and Jim Overman and their family, upon the passing this past week of Monica's mother.
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.
Update on Race and Criminal Justice in Monroe County
Ruth Aydt recently updated the Racial Justice Task Force page of our website with a new statistical report:  Race and Criminal Justice in Monroe County, Indiana - June 2020 Update.   The work of the UU Task Force was mentioned in a BSquare Beacon article published on June 24, toward the bottom of the article; it is important to look at the per-agency race demographics stats.
Writing as a Spiritual Practice
with Rev. Barbara Child
A Drop-in Group on Zoom
Tuesday, June 30, 1-2 pm
Last Meeting Until September!
Season 1 of "Writing as a Spiritual Practice" will end with the session on Tuesday, June 30. You are welcome to attend whether or not you have attended any previous sessions.  Click here for a full description of how the group works. If you have not participated yet,  register here. 
Ask Ann LeDuc 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,  admin(at) uubloomington.orgor 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 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 more updates from our Social Justice Task Forces:

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.

Helping Black Lives Matter with Dignity Bags
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 lists of needed items. Collection bins are under the north side porch near the Portico Entrance. Simply drive up and drop off. 
--Homelessness Task Force and Hunger Task Force

Neighborhood Collection for MCUM
MCUM is providing drop-off boxes at different neighborhood locations around town Saturday and Sunday. One of our members at 2204 East Arden Drive is one of the hosts. The box will be available from early Saturday until dusk and early Sunday until 4. In case of rain(!) an appropriate container will be out. Most needed: canned goods, cereal, dish soap, deodorant.

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) For items for Black Lives Matter Dignity Bags, contact dre(at) 
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 June 16  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 7, at 10 am.) 
Carol Marks   has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

How to Subscribe
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