Enough is Enough: Peaceful March/Protest
Against Police Brutality
(organized by IU graduate student Selena Drake)
TODAY - Friday, June 5
Meet at 2:00 pm in Dunn Meadow to volunteer/set up
March to the Courthouse will begin at 3:00 pm
Selena Drake - seldrake (a) iu.edu
Salina Tesfagiorgis - saltesfa (a) iu.edu
Support in whatever way seems safe. All supporters are strongly encouraged to wear masks and maintain social distancing. Gloves will be given to anyone using markers to create signs. People may follow the march in their cars.
A Note from Rev. Bill About Today's Event
These are the times that try one's soul. I am sure there are many in
our community who are in solidarity with those in the streets
protesting for justice, and yet wary of venturing out into spaces with
crowds amid a pandemic. There are many ways to resist and each
should follow their own mind and heart. If you cannot join the march this afternooon at 3:00
in Dunn Meadow, write or call our elected leaders and raise your voice
for justice. If you do join the march, be conscious of social
to the extent it is possible, and wear a mask. As we
confront the virus of fascism, we must also protect one another from
the covid19 pandemic. Be safe, be wise, and in any way possible,
Reverend Bill Breeden, Minister Emeritus
**Please send photos of yourself protesting at the march or at home to mre(at)
for inclusion in our Sunday slide show!**
Black Against the Wall: Black Life and Death, a
virtual protest and digital dialogue around police brutality and the impact of COVID-19
Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Hosted by Black Lives Matter Core Council of Bloomington, on Facebook Live.
Our Sunday Service
10:15 am LIVE STREAM ONLY
Rituals for our Time:
Remembering Our Power
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Christin Green
Spiritual teacher Angeles Arrien taught that rituals function as a bridge between the 'inner world' of our aspirations, values, beliefs, intuition and the 'outer world' of or action, performance, results, and outcomes. To ritualize an act is to hold it with sacred intention and then make those intentions visible. In this time of loss due to Covid19 as well as this time of work to end violence and systemic racism, rituals can provide a place of meaning-making, empowerment and healing. In this worship service we will explore the role of ritual in these times.
In addition, the day-to-day work of our church continues, and we will hear from our three 25% offering plate candidates who will be voted upon in the congregational meeting later Sunday afternoon.
We are happy to 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.
Join us via livestream for this week's service at 10:15 am
website livestream page
. In case you miss the livestream, archived videos
are always available on our website.
Our Building Is Closed Through at Least July 31, but Our Hearts Are Still Open.
To help disrupt the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 in our community, our Board of Directors has voted to close the building through the month of July 2020. All in-person events and meetings have been cancelled. Everyone please stay safe, stay well, and stay home.
Congregational Meeting this Sunday at 4:00 pm
This Sunday, June 7 at 4:00 pm we will hold our Spring Congregational Meeting via Zoom. All church members should have received an email on Thursday regarding this Sunday's Congregational meeting. If you did not receive the email, please contact Abby Gitlitz or Drew Schrader to receive the Zoom information:
Join us this Sunday for virtual
Every Sunday after the worship service until 12:15 pm,
This Sunday's Breakout Rooms:
- Families - Hosted by Amy Beck and Adrienne Summerlot
- End of Life - Hosted by Tracy Turner and Kathy Gilbert
- General Discussion
before Saturday if you would like to request a conversation topic and be a small group conversation host.
Religious Education Updates and Resources
If you have children in your life who are struggling with current events around the death of George Floyd and subsequent uprising, here is a
video of a children's book written about a similar incident that might be helpful to watch and discuss as a family:
For the next few weeks, 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 Immigrants and Refugees; next week is Essential Workers.
Please click here to get involved
--Your Religious Education Team (Adrienne, Stephanie, and Emily)
Our best wishes for quick healing to Ilona Richey who is recovering in Columbus from a recent fall. Cards and letters are welcome:
Columbus Regional Hospital,
2400 17th St.,
Columbus, IN 47201
Are you new to UU Bloomington? Start here!
Join us this Sunday, June 7, for an online introduction
-- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Three Nominees Chosen for
Our 25% of Sunday Plate Fund for 2020-21
The Social Justice Funds Committee, chaired by Denise Ogren, reports that the following three agencies have been nominated to receive our 25% of Sunday Plate Fund for the coming year, beginning July 1. Learn more:
The members in attendance at the online congregational meeting on Sunday, June 7 at 4 pm will vote to choose one of these three to be our recipient for 2020-21.
Upcoming UU Singles Events
We are a group of single adults within the UU Bloomington community who meet occasionally for conversation and fun as a group. Please join us!
- Game Night: Friday evening, June 5, 7 to 9 pm
- Conversation with Prompts: Thursday evening, June 11, 7 to 9 pm
- Happy Hour: Friday evening, June 12, 5 pm
If you are not already on the UU singles e-mail list, please contact mariedeer1961(at)gmail.com or 812-391-0900.
Connections Coordinator Open Office Hour on Fridays
Every Friday at 1 pm, 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)uubloomington.org,
or by phone at (812) 720-3688.
Use this link to drop in and talk to Ann on Fridays from 1-2 pm:
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,
register by clicking here
to get the Zoom link.
Are you interested in learning more about advanced care planning as it relates to issues specific to COVID-19?
The End of Life Task Force (EOLTF) has added a link on their resource page to the "COVID-19: Advanced Care Planning" page on the Compassion & Choices website. Access the full EOLTF list of resources at:
Ways We Can Help:
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.
June Food and Hygiene Drives: NEW AGENCIES & NEW LISTS
Now Helping Black Lives Matter with Dignity Bags
Many thanks! --Homelessness Task Force and Hunger Task Force
NEW: Homelessness Task Force Suggests 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. Testing is
for those with Covid-19 symptoms or other people in vulnerable groups. Please see attached poster for details, 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.
FREE COVID-19 TESTING BLOOMINGTON 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.)
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 (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. (UU Church, 2120 N. Fee Lane, Bloomington, IN 47408)
Ministers and Core Staff Away from Email
The week of June 8-13, the ministers and core staff* will not be readily available, as they are taking a break.
The UUCB Board of Directors, in appreciation and recognition of the great work our ministers and staff have been doing these past months, are glad to support this June Break Week.
If you need pastoral care, please call on Reverend Bill Breeden, Melinda Swenson, or Sharon Yarber. They are able to be in touch with Reverend Macklin and Reverend Leite as needed. Office Assistants Monica Overman and Mandy Skinner will be available for administrative questions as usual at email@example.com.
Core staff will return to regularly checking their church email on June 15.
Regular office hours (with staff working from home) will resume at that time.
* Our core staff is Reverend Macklin, Reverend Leite, Adrienne Summerlot, Carol Marks, Ann LeDuc, and Susan Swaney.
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 2
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, June 16, at 10 am.)
has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.
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