Friday UU Update                  Friday, September 21, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Intergenerational Autumnal Equinox Service
Tonight at 6:15 p.m.
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Reverend Scott McNeill
All ages are invited to come celebrate this moment of balance in the life of our planet as we share ritual, story, and reflection together.
S unday, September 23, 2018
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
The Broken Unbroken Circle: 
The Paradox and Promise of Care
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
A key question abides in our hearts as members of a liberal religious community: "How do we care for each other along the way?" How do we care for ourselves? For our families and friends? For those we do not know? For our congregation(s)? What happens when we fall short of our promises of care? What happens when the circle breaks?
Look for the Teal Hymnal this Sunday
Time for All Ages this Sunday will be a Hymn Sing from our Teal Hymnal, Singing the Journey, led by our Music Director Reverend Susan Swaney. One of our regular hymns in the service will come from the Teal Hymnal as well. Here's what it looks like. These hymnals are stored on a cart at the back of the Meeting Room. 
This Week in Religious Education

World of Wonder (Preschool) will hear the story Five Little Fiends and think about what it means to share our natural resources as they focus on our UU Violet Promise, Value the Earth.
Roots and Wings (K-2nd grade) will be thinking about how they can change the world, believe in their ideas, and act on them, as they read Miss Rumphius , a UU Blue Promise story.
Curiosity Club (3rd grade +) will be connecting with nature by going on a field trip to Willard Pavilion in Griffy Woods. If your child would like to go, you must RSVP on Sign Up Genius AND also complete a permission slip:
Our Whole Lives (OWL) for 7th & 8th grade will not meet this week -- they are attending a Middle School Youth Retreat in Kentucky.
High School Youth Group will meet from 12:30-2:30 pm in Room 210 for pizza lunch and to share their favorite TED Talks. Find out what youth in 9th-12th grades are up to and RSVP here:

For the month of September, we will be singing the children out to their RE classes with Love Will Guide Us, Hymn #131 from Singing the Living Tradition. 

Call Out for Videos, Notes, Photos to Celebrate MAM's Ministry
Rev. Scott is collecting notes, messages, photos, and (in particular) short videos (30-60 seconds is fine!) where people share a memory of Mary Ann's ministry and/or a blessing for her. We've put out a call to other UUs around the country and will be pulling together some of these things to share with the congregation the last week of September (as we build up to Sept 30) and to highlight that Sunday, as well. So, please send whatever you have in the next few days to .
Events at the Church this Sunday
Fall Feast Bake Sale to Support Habitat
The Fall Feast Bake Sale, sponsored by the Habitat Task Force this Sunday, will feature lots of sweet and savory goodies for all to enjoy. Among other items, we will be selling cherry nut, banana chocolate chip, blueberry and strawberry poppy seed cream cheese muffins, several quiches (vegetarian, mushroom), gluten free coffeecake, zucchini and banana bread, and huevos rancheros rollups. Items will be on sale between services and after the second service. Thanks for supporting Habitat projects!
Welcomer Training at 12:30 pm
Greeters are vital to making ours a welcoming church. Newcomer Welcomers orient first-time visitors, while Greeters hold doors, distribute orders of service, and collect the offering. It's a great way to meet people, and you set your own schedule. A TRAINING SESSION will be held this Sunday, Sept. 23, at 12:30 pm in the Meeting Room. Contact Craig Coley at 812-287-3368 or
UU Humanist Forum at 12:45 pm
This Sunday at 12:45 p.m. the UU Humanist Forum will meet in Room 208 after children's Religious Education classes end. The topic of discussion is "Is history real?" and will be presented by Elof Carlson.
Ending U.S. Complicity in the Saudi-led War in Yemen 
4:00 pm in the Meeting Room
The Just Peace Task Force invites you to join us on Sunday, September 23rd at 4 p.m. in the Meeting Room for a talk by Kate Gould, legislative associate for Middle East policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. The Saudi-led war in Yemen is the greatest humanitarian catastrophe in the world today. We hope Kate's visit will help build pressure on our Senators to support Senator Chris Murphy's effort to cut off U.S. military involvement. A reception will follow the talk. Childcare is not provided for this event. 
For more information, contact David Keppel:
UU Banner for the Lotus Arts Village
Thank you to Gretchen Laymon for completing this beautiful banner to be displayed at the Lotus Arts Village. It was created in the tradition of Maracatu, a 400-year-old Afro-Brazilian parade tradition. The UU banner was started at a Lotus workshop on the Maracatu tradition, presented by our own Dr. Colleen Haas. Let Ann LeDuc know if you have an interest in carrying the banner in the Lotus Festival parade on September 29, 8:30-9:00 p.m. downtown. You can see a larger image of the banner here.                 --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator,
Our Pledge Dollars at Work
The new risers for the choir were made possible by your financial support. Many thanks to our custodian, the gifted Jeff Stone, for designing and building them. They are safe, lightweight, quiet and beautiful. We also appreciate Jeffrey Huntsman, who created the previous risers for Bloomington Chamber Singers; we used those very sturdy risers built by him for many years.
Social Justice Fall Grant Program Applications Available
Deadline October 5
Each fall, the Social Justice Funds Committee (SJFC) solicits proposals for grants in support of local social justice projects. Awards are based, in part, on available funds, number of grant applications received, and fulfillment of the grant guidelines. Please click here for more information and an application form.
   --Steve Mascari, for the Social Justice Funds Committee  (Steve Mascari, Anna Alexandrova-Beauchamp,  Ruth Ann Cooper, Kelly Rockhill, Jackie Hall, advisor)
Livestream this Sunday's Service
If you can't physically make it to church this Sunday, we invite you to join us via the livestream on our website. At the church we also have screens set up in the nursery (Room 104) and in Fellowship Hall, if you need to leave the Meeting Room for any reason but still want to watch the service.

Direct Links to Archived Video of Recent Services
You can find direct links to archived recordings on this page of our website: 
For More Information see the September 18 edition   of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, October 2 at 10 a.m.)
Masthead photo by John Woodcock
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