Friday UU Update 
November 22, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church  of Bloomington, Indiana
Sunday, November 24, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Until All Are Free
Reverend Elizabeth-Carrier-Ladd
Unitarian and Universalist history in regards to slavery is more complicated than we often discuss. Looking more closely at the complexity, we find lessons for how we might look at how we view freedom and slavery today. As we dive into our inheritance around bondage and race, we are called to action today.

This week is Reverend Carrier-Ladd's last Sunday as a guest in our pulpit during Reverend Macklin's sabbatical time away. Reverend Carrier-Ladd serves as the Coordinator of Youth Programs at the UU Church of Muncie, Indiana. She is a 4th generation Unitarian Universalist, originally from Boston. She received her Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and was ordained by Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa. She met her husband, Seth, at UU General Assembly. Together they have three young children.
Giving Tree Continues this Sunday
On November 24 and December 1 our Giving Tree will be available in Fellowship Hall for anyone who would like to support a local family, child, or teen in need, or a local adult living with HIV. Gift requests will be available for $5 and up and will include some tags where gently used donations would be welcome. Gifts will be collected during our Procession of Giving services on Sunday, December 8. Sign up online at:
This Week in Religious Education: 
Bring an Item for Inheritance Show and Tell
Our children of all ages will be sharing show and tell time. They are invited to bring something they inherited from someone else--a hand-me-down, an heirloom, or something that reflects an interest inherited from a person they care about.  A few grown ups from the congregation will join them to share their own items.  
Our 6th-8th graders will gather at 11:15 in Room 210 for board games with Margie and Drew Schrader - please bring a snack food to share!
Childcare will be provided in Room 108 for our youngest children.  
No youth group this week!
At Church this Sunday:
Hat Sale on November 24
Hats and Hunger! That's What It's All About!
     November is Hunger Awareness Month at UUCB, and the Hunger Task Force will be selling hats between services on November 24, December 1, and December 8. 100% of all sales goes directly to running the College Square Pantry (previously Walnut Grove Pantry) and each hat that you buy represents 167 pounds of food that will feed the hungry.  So, keep your head and your heart warm this month -- buy a hat!   
Ready to become a member?
The next membership ceremony is this Sunday, November 24, at 10:30 am. If you are new to Unitarian Universalism, we ask that you complete the Exploring Unitarian Universalism class before signing the membership book. Membership is open to anyone age 14+ who signifies sympathy with the purposes of this church. Let the Connections Coordinator know if you would like to become a member or if you have questions at Children are welcome to attend the ceremony, and free childcare is also available in Room 108.
Gardeners' Gathering this Sunday at 10:30 am
Meet with other gardeners this Sunday to share tips, ideas, stories, and questions. Join us in Room 110 at 10:30 am.  We gather on the fourth Sunday of each month during coffee hour. If you would like to be added to the Gardeners' email list, email
This Sunday! Young Adult (18-35) 
Continuing Conversations with Free Lunch
If you are age 18-35, join other young adults this Sunday to go deeper into Sunday's sermon topic. This Sunday's service is on slavery in regards to UU history. We will gather after second service at 12:30 pm in Room 112. Thanks to a generous donation to our Young Adult program, we are able to provide lunch to all who attend. This is open to anyone ages 18-35, so bring a friend! The Young Adults meet every second and fourth Sunday at 12:30 pm. Free childcare is available if requested one week in advance at: .   Questions? Contact the Connections Coordinator at .
UU Freethinkers meet at 12:45 pm, Room 208
The UU Freethinkers group will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm in Room 208 for an open discussion of social, political, and theological/religious issues.
UU Singles Fellowship Group -- Sunday Singles Lunch
We meet in the Commons after the second service every Sunday to gather and decide where to go out to lunch. Please join us!
Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner Here on November 28
We will host a Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner at 5:00 pm in Fellowship Hall on Thanksgiving Day, November 28. Please sign up in the Commons by November 24, indicating how many people are in your party and what food you will be bringing to share. We will provide turkey. Sharon and Dan Wiseman and Michele McCaffrey will host. All are welcome! Questions, contact Amy at
The Bazaar is December 6 and 7 - Volunteers Needed!
The Bazaar needs your help! The annual Bazaar provides a significant portion of the church's operating budget, and we cannot do it without you!  Simply sign up for a short (1 - 2 hour) volunteer shift throughout the first week in December. There are jobs to suit anyone's interests and it is a whole bunch of fun! 
- come see  us in person in Fellowship Hall between services  Sundays  in November
- or email Melinda Pettijohn at .

New this year: Childcare & kids' activities, while you volunteer or shop! 
Help a Family in Need this Season with a Holiday Food Basket
To ease the hunger in our community during this upcoming winter holiday season, please sign up for the Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM) Holiday Food Basket drive. The sign-up sheet and shopping lists can be found in the Commons. The last day for food drop-off is Friday, December 6 - please deliver your food basket items directly to MCUM. 
Your Pledge Dollars at Work
Recently our Religious Education leadership (Reverend Emily Manvel Leite and Adrienne Summerlot) attended the Liberal Religious Educators Association fall conference in Baltimore, and the Monroe County Childhood Conditions Summit here in Bloomington. Members of our board and staff also attended The Art of Flourishing Congregations workshop with the Center for Congregations. All this is funded by your generous pledge contributions!
No Drop-in Childcare on Wednesday, Nov. 27
Office Closed Nov 28-29
Church offices will be closed November 28-29 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. A Friday Update will be sent on November 29, but it will be edited and scheduled for later posting on November 27.
For More Information  see the November 19  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here.
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, December 3 at 10:00 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

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