Friday UU Update                         Friday, January 20, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Inauguration Day Events Today
Friday, January 20
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  "Inaugurate the Revolution" : workshops, discussions, teach-ins, and projects led by community members, dedicated to justice and resistance. Register at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater beginning at 9:00 a.m. Most events are at the Monroe County Public Library. Free and open to all. For details:
3:00-5:00 p.m.   "Making Just Peace in a Violent World"  with Margaret Squires and David Keppel. Here at our church in the Ralph and Annetta Fuchs Library. Details in January 2 Prologue,
6:00-9:30 p.m.   "A Celebration of Mexico and the Latin American Diaspora"  An Evening in Celebration of Mexico and the Latin American Diaspora is a peaceful, positive protest against the Inauguration. Our diverse community celebrates folk music, poetry readings, classical music, popular music and dancing from the heart of the Latin American tradition. Here in our Meeting Room. Free and open to all. Details on our Facebook Events page:
Strangers in Their Own Land Book Discussion on January 21
The book discussion will  meet on Saturday, January 21, at 10:30 a.m. in the Library.
Livestream New and Improved!
We have recently invested in better cameras and they have improved the picture quality of our livestream, which can be viewed  on Sunday mornings at this link:
Blessing for the Women's March January 21
Rev. Erika Hewitt has written a beautiful  Blessing for the Women's March
It begins,
May you be safe.
May you be free from all harm.
As the road or skies carry you toward your fellow pilgrims,
may you sense the presence of those who travel with you in spirit,
whose hopes and hearts are tucked into your pockets,
who name your journey's purpose as sacred.
May you encounter strangers-as-kindred,
and may that recognition of kinship bring joy to your journey.
Full text of the blessing is here:
Sunday, January 22, 2017  
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Annual (In)Famous Science Sermon 2017
A Measure of the Stars
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
     Cosmologist and Science Educator Neil deGrasse Tyson, who will speak at the Indiana University Auditorium on March 22nd, writes, "The thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe it."  In this "Post-Truth" era, in this Post-Inauguration sermon, I will post scientific truths from such areas  as human origins, environment, physics, math, astronomy, health, mind and brain, and technology. The service will include a seventh inning stretch.
What's Happening in RE This Week?
9:15am  preschool will be in drama as part of our January Intersession. 11:15am preschool will hear a story about Maria Mitchell. Our K-6th graders will be continue learning about Joseph Priestley through cooking, drama and science. Our Whole Lives Sexuality education for 7th-8th grade will continue this Sunday. High school youth group will meet at 12:30pm for pizza with the minister and work on their youth-led service for January 29.
Help Build Community!
Pictorial Directory Portrait Session Sign Ups 
Sign up for a portrait session for our fancy new pictorial church directory by going online at this link.   Photo sessions are still available February 1-3 . Monday, March 20 is available for those who are out of town in January and February.  Please participate! Portrait sessions are free and will take about an hour. You'll receive a free 8x10 portrait and you can purchase more if you like.  If you need help setting up an appointment, call the office, 812-332-3695.
Reproductive Justice Meeting, January 23
Join Us for the Reproductive Justice Task Force (RJTF) meeting!
Regular quarterly meeting of RJTF  Monday January 23 at 7 PM  in Room 208. We will meet to celebrate and discuss our participation in the Women's March, and determine future goals and directions.  Please join us!  Melinda Swenson and Deborah Meader, Co-chairs
Our Folks . . .
Our sympathy and healing thoughts are with Tom Albright; his brother Leroy Albright died on January 19 in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Interfaith Habitat Build Musical Fundraiser February 24 - Save the Date
A fund-raiser for the spring interfaith Habitat for Humanity build.  Info, Barb Berggoetz.
Attention Kroger shoppers! 
We recently received notice that the 77 households from our church community who shopped at Kroger between October 1 and December 30, 2016, contributed $617.14 to our church through the Kroger Community Rewards program. Thank you for your participation!  You must annually renew your selection of UU with Kroger Community Rewards in order for the church to receive a percentage of your purchases at Kroger. Go to and follow the directions online.  Helpers will be at the grocery card sales table on January 22 if you need detailed instructions, and there will be gift cards for sale there for Bloomingfoods, Marsh and Lucky's.
Snow Awareness
When travel conditions become hazardous after snowfall or ice storms, please always check our home page,, or our Facebook page,, or 
for updates on event cancellations or the condition of our parking areas.
For More Information see the  January 17 issue   of our newsletter, The Prologue.
Masthead photo by John Woodcock
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