Friday UU Update                    Friday, September 6, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Thank you to the youth who helped make our  Water Communion Service possible last Sunday!

Resilience Productions Presents 
Sentences: from the PEN to the PAGE, September 6-7
    This production examines the value of life, the penalty of death, and hope for humanity, by dealing with the effects of life and death sentences on those serving them as well as their relationships to the people outside . The performance  deals with mature content and is not recommended for children under 13.
   Performances are at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, Rose Firebay. 
   Tickets are $20 at BCT Box Office:
Friday, September 6 ,  7:00 pm  --SOLD OUT--  Reception and talk-back will follow Friday evening's performance.    
Saturday, September 7, at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
R esilience Productions is a project of UU Social Justice programming.
Sunday, September 8, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Using Our Voices
Reverend Scott McNeill
     Our choir will share a meaningful song that reflects a passage from Psalms: "How can we sing the songs of Zion in a foreign land?" With it, we'll explore what it means to know ourselves and share our stories and perspectives. And, we'll explore the seven Unitarian Universalist Principles and how they support us in using our voices. 
This Week in Religious Exploration: Identity
Caring Connections  (Childcare)  will play outside and share stories.  
Our Spirit Play Classes*:  * World of Wonder(Preschool) and *Roots and Wings (9:15am K-8, 11:15 K-2) will be sharing our Flaming Chalice Lesson, which encourages children to explore the promises Unitarian Universalists make to one another so that we can get along in our classroom and in our world.
Curiosity Club (11:15am-3rd-5th grade) will have fun getting to know each other and work together to create their covenant. 
Jedi Academy (11:15am-6th-8th grade) will begin their journey together with a scavenger hunt and discussing our UU principles through the Star Wars lens.  
High School Youth Group (12:30-2:30pm) will be meeting for pizza and fall planning.
At Church this Sunday:
Please wear your name tag
Lots of new people are visiting this month!
Fall Religious Education Classes Begin THIS Sunday! 
We will have our teacher dedication during the Time for All Ages and hope you will join us. Register your child for Religious Education  here before Saturday so they will have a name tag when they arrive.  Volunteers will be in Fellowship Hall during coffee hour to assist you with any registration needs.
Are you new here? Take your " First  Steps " this Sunday!
Join us for a short introduction to Unitarian Universalism and this congregation, in R oom 112 at 10:35 am and Room 110 at 12:35 pm (after each service). Free childcare is available in Room 108. Just stop in, no registration is required.   --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator 
Be an Activist!
Come to the Birds of a Feather Common Interest Table during coffee hour (10:30-11:15) this Sunday to talk about writing Letters to the Editor (LTEs) and Op Eds in local, state, and national newspapers. Whether you have experience writing LTEs and Op Eds, or you are interested in starting, please join us! Look for the reserved table in the Fellowship Hall.     -- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
UU Humanist Forum Meeting and Potluck, 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will be meeting in Fellowship Hall from 12:45-2:00 pm this Sunday, September 8, for a potluck lunch and to decide on discussion topics for the fall. Bring a dish to share as well as a possible discussion topic that you would like to facilitate. See past topics here.
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. We will gather after second service at 12:30 pm in Room 112. Lunch will be provided. This is open to anyone ages 18-35, so bring a friend!  Questions? Contact the Connections Coordinator at
Explore Unitarian Universalism - September 8 and 15
The Exploring Unitarian Universalism class will be held on September 8 and 15, 2-4 PM, in Room 112. This class is a great opportunity to learn about the UU Principles and how we live into them, the history of this church, all the ways to get involved here, and what it means to be a member of the church. Plan to attend both dates, since different material will be covered in each session. We ask for completion of this class before becoming a member of the church. Everyone ages 14 to 100+ are welcome! 
UU Singles Fellowship and Activities Group 
Lunch Every Sunday
Join us for a weekly lunch date! Every 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!   
New! 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:
Join the Choir! Singing Reduces Anxiety
UU Choir rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:00 pm in the Meeting Room. All are welcome! Click here to request childcare.  
--Sue Swaney, Music Director
Recipes Needed for Cookbook
The Help Feed Your Hungry Neighbors Task Force is soliciting recipes for our latest fundraiser, a cookbook that will hit the shelves in December, available for sale at our annual Holiday Bazaar. Send recipes to Mary Blizzard, maryblizzard6 (at)  Deadline is September 15 . Here's a poster !
Wo rkshop on Responding to an Active Shooter or  Hostile Aggressor
September 29, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Most people have never taken the time to consider what they would do if suddenly confronted by an active shooter or hostile aggressor. This 90-minute session 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 the moment. Using data and research from the FBI and Homeland Security, we will discuss some of the realities and myths associated with these acts. We will also discuss some of the preparations that a community such as our church can take to be prepared if ever faced with this challenge. Sunday, September 29 at 1:00 p.m. in the Library. 
For More Information  see the September 3  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, September 17 at 10:00 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

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