Friday UU Update                         Friday, February 3, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Sunday, February 5, 2017  
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Meeting the Shadow
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Last Sunday our worship leaders prepared and taught us how to shine our light in shadowy places.  This week, in light of the current political plight, we will meet the shadow.   Reverend Macklin will utilize Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Shadow Side of Human Nature by authors Connie Zweig and Jeremiah Abrams to explore these times and the steadfast hope that remains ours!  A Social Justice Moment will be presented by the Racial Justice Task Force.    

Hymn Lyrics Not Projected This Week
As an experiment, hymn lyrics will not be projected on the wall this Sunday, so please  bring your glasses to church so you can read the hymnal.
What's Happening in R.E. This Week?
This is the first week of our Spring Religious Education Term. Our preschool will be the hearing the Flaming Chalice story while our K+ classes will hear the Promises Story.  Both of these are reminders of the 7 promises we make to one another as Unitarian Universalists.  At 11:15am,  our 3rd-6th graders will be exploring their individual identities.  Our Whole Lives sexuality education continues for our 7th-8th graders.  High School will meet from 12:30-2:30pm and will be assembling books for New Leaf/New Life.
Caregiver Support Network Meeting February 5
The Caregiver Support Network will meet this Sunday, February 5 from   3:00-4:30 p.m.  in the Library. If you are you caring for an elder or person with a disability either here or from a distance, we would like to hear from you about the challenges of caregiving as well as the gifts it brings, support you have or need, and resources available. Info, contact Sharon Yarber at 336-4427 or
First Steps Class - this Sunday, February 5
Are you new to Unitarian Universalism? Join us for the  First  Steps class!  First  Steps is a 40-minute class that provides a brief introduction to Unitarian Universalism and our congregation. This class is offered the  first  Sunday each month at  10:35 am and 12:35 pm in Room 112. Free childcare is available in Room 108. No registration is required. If you have questions, please contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator at
Exploring Unitarian Universalism Class - February 12 and 19
Are you interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism and this congregation?  Whether you are considering membership or are just curious, this class is for you.  The  Exploring  UU Class will be held on  February 12 and 19 from  2-4 p.m. in the church library. Please plan to attend both  Sunday sessions, since different material will be covered in each session.  Sign up by  February 7 at the welcome table in the foyer, or by emailing Free childcare is available if requested in advance.  Melinda Swenson and Jack King will facilitate this fun and informative class.
Contacting Your Federal and State Legislators
Soon, UUCB will roll out an email that offers people (1) a meditation that helps us "Seek the Spirit", (2) discussion questions that can help us "Build Community", and (3) 1-2 concrete action steps about social justice so that we can "Change the World." It will be short (to keep your attention) and specific (to be useful and clear in this muddled world). That will start in the coming week or two; in the meantime, here is information from Phil Cooper and Jackie Hall (UU Social Justice) about a specific action you can take to help "Change the World."
--Reverend Scott McNeill
Family Choir, February 12, Come Sing a Song With Us!
Church members of any age are invited to rehearse before service on February 12 and sing with the choir that day. Bring yourself and maybe a family member or friend and join us at 8:30 (for first service) or 10:30 (for second service) to learn a song to sing with the choir in the service. Questions?
Standing on the Side of Love Valentines Bake Sale February 12
A Valentine Bake Sale will be held on February 12 between services. Funds raised will be used by the Reproductive Justice Task Force to supply the Planned Parenthood Snack Brigade, a service we and other churches provide to support patients and families who must wait all day in the Planned Parenthood Health Center for procedures.
Save-the-date: February 24
Music Fundraiser for Habitat
UU will host the Harmony Music Fest Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity here in our Meeting Room on Friday, February 24, a fund-raiser for the spring interfaith Habitat for Humanity build. Musicians from our congregation and other faith communities will perform. $10 adults, $8 students.
Difficulty with Livestream?
If you experience difficulty viewing the livestream of our Sunday services on Sunday morning, please contact the church office and speak with Monica or Deeva at 812-332-3695, ext. 204, and let us know so we can investigate. If you experience problems with viewing an archived video, please contact Andy at
Snow Awareness
When travel conditions become hazardous after snowfall or ice storms, please always check our   home pageFacebook 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 Jack King
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