Friday UU Update                 Friday, September 20, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Unitarian Universalists Join Global Climate Strike 
and Week of Action, Sept 20-27!
 Locally, IU's Sunrise Movement and Bloomington's Golden Bicycle Group organized today's  Bloomington Climate Strike on campus, in People's Park, and at City Hall.
Hike with us tomorrow! Meet at 8:30 am
Join us to hike the Scarlet Oak Woods trail and the Mt Gilead Friends Retreat Center trail this Saturday, September 21. This hike will be approx 3.5 miles of moderate terrain. A short portion of the hike will have weeds and brambles, so wear long pants.  We will meet at 8:30 am at the old east side K-mart parking lot, behind Bloomingfoods East, to carpool to the trail head.  Let us know if you plan to join us by emailing . We will cancel if it rains.
Sunday, September 22, 2019
9:15 and 11:15 am
Intergenerational Autumnal Equinox Celebration
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Scott McNeill
Join us to welcome autumn through a multi-sensory exploration of harvest, balance, and preparation for the coming season of waning light. We will share story, song, and time for reflection together. Our children's choir, directed by Jill Courtney, will be performing.
This Week in Religious Education: Identity
Caring Connections (Childcare) will engage their senses with cinnamon scented playdough  and sensory play.  
Preschool through 5th grade classes will NOT meet. E veryone is invited to our Intergenerational Autumnal Equinox service, which will include singing, ritual, storytelling, and time to engage with the season in various ways. In preparation, you might take time with your children to look for signs of the changing season.  Childcare is always available in room 108 for kids who need a break from the service. The nursery is also available for parents who want to watch the service but give their child room to play.
Jedi Academy (6th-8th Grade) will learn about The Hero's journey, how we see it in myths, fantasy fiction and in the Star Wars Saga.  
High School Youth Group will meet with Reverend Forrest Gilmore to learn about Shalom Center and homelessness in Bloomington.
   Check out what fun things we have planned in HS Youth Group and sign up here so we can plan for food and transportation when needed!
Families in Religious Education: 
Email is our main mode of communication
If your child is registered for RE for the 2019-2020 school year, you should receive weekly emails regarding their classes. If you are not receiving emails, please check your spam folder. If you do not find messages, please email Adrienne Summerlot ( so we can ensure that you will receive our important communications. If your child is not registered for RE, you will not receive emails, so take a quick moment and register online now at
At Church this Sunday:
Fellowship Hall unavailable during 11:15 am service Sunday
Fellowship Hall will be unavailable Sunday during the 11:15 am service. If you usually view the service in Fellowship Hall during second service, we invite you to join us in the Meeting Room this Sunday. (Livestreaming of the service is still available in the Nursery, room 104, if needed.)
Please wear your name tag
Lots of new people are visiting this month!
Are You Ready to Become a Member?
Membership is your declaration of affinity with this church and the larger Unitarian Universalist faith community. Our next membership ceremony is scheduled for this Sunday 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. Let the Connections Coordinator know if you would like to become a member by emailing Ann at
Gardeners' Gathering this Sunday
Join others interested in gardening this Sunday from 10:30 - 11:15 am (between services) in room 112 to share gardening ideas and tips. The Gardeners gather on the fourth Sunday each month.  Email Ann LeDuc at  if you would like to be added to the Gardeners' email list.
This Sunday! Young Adult (18-35) 
Continuing Conversations and Lunch
If you are age 18-35, join other young adults after second service to discuss this Sunday's Autumn Equinox service. Reverend Emily Manvel Leite will join us. We will gather at 12:30 pm in Room 112. Lunch will be provided. We will also discuss future plans for this group. This is open to anyone ages 18-35, so bring a friend!  Questions? Contact the Connections Coordinator at
UU Humanist Forum Meets September 22 at 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm in Room 208, after children's religious education classes end. Harold Ogren will lead a discussion on "How will it (we) all end?"
UU Singles Fellowship and Activities Group  Lunch
Join us for a lunch! Sunday after the second service UU Singles will meet by the coatroom near the sanctuary to agree on a lunch spot. Hope to see you there!
Charlie v. Goliath Film Screening
Sunday, September 22, 4 pm
in Fellowship Hall
An award-winning documentary of an ordinary man's extraordinary struggle to shake up the political establishment.  Charlie vs Goliath explores the question of how an honest and sincere person without money can make a difference running for higher office, and more broadly, whether, in the spirit of Don Quixote, it is worth fighting an unbeatable foe and dreaming an impossible dream. A film screening to benefit Common Cause Indiana (CCI), co-hosted by the Reproductive Justice Task Force, with special guest Julia Vaughn, Policy Director of CCI. Suggested donation: $20. Light refreshments will be served.
Fall 2019 Social Justice Grants - Application Now Available!
Deadline for submission: Sunday, October 12
Each fall, our Social Justice Funds Committee (SJFC) solicits proposals for grants in support of local social justice projects. Projects must be based in Southern Indiana and be consistent with the mission of our church. Priority will be given to applications from (1) Social Justice Task Forces, (2) projects that involve a significant number of the congregation, and (3) applications to seed new projects that will have an enduring benefit. Click here to learn more and apply.
Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Elementary Ages Begins this Fall!
     We are pleased to announce that Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education (OWL) is being offered this fall for 1st and 2nd grade children as well as for 4th and 5th grade children. Please note, your child only has one opportunity to take OWL at these grades; the next time OWL will be offered for these grades is in the 2021-2022 school year.  
     For IMPORTANT information about class times, facilitators, and mandatory parent meetings, please visit:   OWL Fall 2019 Schedule.
     Spaces are limited!   Click Here to Register Your Child for OWL.
Drop-in Childcare on Wednesdays, 6-8 pm
We are now offering free drop-in childcare on Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Room 108.  Parents must remain on site --on the building grounds or in the building. Please use the Courtyard Entrance. We hope to provide a moment for parents to breathe deeply, have a cup of tea with a friend, or sit in silence before running children to the next event. The Meeting Room will be available for quiet meditation.  Contact Hannah Worton with any questions or ideas you may have:
Workshop on Responding to an Active Shooter or  Hostile Aggressor
Next Sunday, September 29, 1:00 pm
This workshop, led by our Usher Crew chair and safety and security expert John Summerlot, will train you to think through your options and consider what actions will help you survive if ever faced with an active shooter or hostile aggressor. We will also discuss some of the preparations that a community such as our church can take to be more prepared. Sunday, September 29, 1 to 2:30 pm in the Library. 
Community Connections

2019 Relational Summit, September 19-22
The Bloomington Center for Connection, founded by our congregation's Amy Makice, is hosting this four-day summit. Public events include the music-filled and family-friendly "Resilience! Community Engagement and Social Change" event this Saturday, Sept 21, at noon in 3rd Street Park. See full schedule here.

V olunteer this Sunday at the 12th Annual Buddy Walk, and support Molly Moo's team
Sign up here to volunteer for the Buddy Walk this Sunday at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. You can also sign up to donate to or walk with our very own Molly Moo's team. 
For More Information  see the  September 17  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, October 1 at 10:00 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

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