Friday UU Update                        Friday, March 16, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Sunday, March 18, 2018
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
The House of Belonging
The Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Belonging is this month's theme and a key aspect of congregational life.  John O'Donohue states, "The hunger to belong is not merely a desire to be attached to something.  It is rather sensing that great transformation and discovery become possible when belonging is sheltered and true." Where do you find shelter for your spiritual longing? Where does your soul dwell? Join us as we explore belonging---such a vital topic in our lives---not only our lives within this congregation but as citizens of the greater Bloomington area, this country and the world. 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018  6:15 p.m.
Intergenerational Spring Equinox Celebration
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Scott McNeill
Sarah Flint
Come and celebrate the changing season through song and ritual. We will reflect upon this time of balanced light and darkness and consider what we would like to have emerge in our lives in the coming season of growth. The UU Children's Choir, directed by Jill Courtney, will sing during the service.
This Week in Religious Education
     Our preschoolers will learn about UU ancestor Henry David Thoreau by hearing the story "Henry Builds."  Our kids in Kindergarten-8th grade will meet in the Library and try their hands at making puppets for Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" production with Henry McDaniel and Laurie Green. 
     Harry Potter & UU will resume on  March 25th .    High school youth group will meet in Room 210 at  12:30pm  and then go the Southeast YMCA to share a brown bag lunch and hike. Pickup at the Y at  2:30pm.
     In the event of rain, they will take their activities inside. 
Hope for Prisoners Task Force Meets March 20
Hope for Prisoners Task Force Meeting, Tuesday, March 20th, at 12:00 noon in the Library at church.  The agenda will include updates on the Kids with Absent Parents (KAP), Jail Bingo program volunteer opportunity, and developments in several local organizations assisting those who are incarcerated or recently released, including Jail Bingo, New Leaf New Life, Courage to Change, Big Boys Moving, Made Up Mind, and Pages to Prisoners. --Mary Goetze
Jammin' Java Coffeehouse March 23
Great music, good company! Come to the Jammin' Java Coffeehouse, sponsored by the Habitat Task Force, on  Friday, March 23 , beginning at  7:30 p.m.  (doors open at  7 p.m. ) Featured performers are singer-songwriter Jenn Cristy and musician and dulcimer player Malcolm Dalglish, along with seven other performers. Tickets, $15 for Adults, $10 for youth 18 and younger (can pay by credit or debit card at the door).  Light refreshments and drinks available. Proceeds go toward our Habitat Task Force and local Habitat builds.
Puppet Building for "The Lorax" on March 24
We are producing "The Lorax" in puppets and song this spring.  There is information about this project here. If you would like to get involved in making puppets for this Earth Day production, please sign up at this link.   We especially need people to help with construction on  March 24
Reproduction Justice & Racial Justice Film Screening March 25
        The film  "Death By Delivery" is a searing portrait of the cost of racism in America. It will be screened on  Sunday, March 25th, 6-8 PM  in Fellowship Hall.  Black women in the US are four times more likely than white women to die during childbirth regardless of their socioeconimic status and education.  Maternal morality rates are higher today than they were in 1987. The US is one of only eight countries, including Afghanistan and South Sudan, where the rate is going up. Click here for pdf of poster.
        To be followed by an open discussion moderated by UU member,  Dr. Clark Brittain, Ob-Gyn MD.  Pizza and beverages provided. Freewill offering invited.
       Co-hosted by the UU's Reproductive Justice & Racial Task Forces  and Monroe County National Organization for Women's Reproductive & Racial Justice Committees
For More Information see the  March 6 edition   of our newsletter, The Prologue.
Masthead photo from Internet with permission.
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