Friday UU Update                         Friday, January 13, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Two January 14th Events Canceled Due to Weather 
--Strangers in Their Own Land Book Discussion Canceled
The book discussion will not meet on Saturday, January 14 due to the uncertainty of icy conditions. The group plans to meet Saturday, January 21 but that is the date of the women's marches on Washington, D.C., and Indianapolis. Please email if you cannot attend the book discussion on January 21.
--Taiji Canceled
Taiji will not meet on January 14 due to potentially poor driving conditions.
Sunday, January 15, 2017  
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
The Energy of Action & the Fire of Commitment
Reverend Scott McNeill and Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Each week, we hear these words as we light our chalices. Howard Zinn once spoke of the need to have "the energy to act" so that we might change the course of our spinning world. Our future contains a multitude of possibilities for what lies ahead. Join our ministers as they present different visions of how the next few years play out in our lives, community, and world--and how our commitment to action can make a difference.
What's Happening in R.E. This Week?
9:15am preschool will be cooking as part of our January Intersession. 11:15am preschool will hear a story about Henry David Thoreau. 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 not meet this Sunday. High school youth group will meet at 12:30pm for a potluck lunch with the minister and work on their youth-led service.
Sign Making on January 15 for Women's March
Join the Women's March--Many women, men, and young people will be marching in Washington DC and Indianapolis on  Saturday January 21st . We will be driving, flying, and  busing our way there. Whether you are going or not, let's meet, share information,  and join in making signs: Sunday, January 15,  10:15 - 11:15 in Room 110.  Please bring sign-making materials. 
 Thanks, Jackie Hall
The Fierce Urgency of Now: Time to Choose
Sunday, January 15, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
the Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Be sure to RSVP by  Saturday  noon at  to attend.  Film excerpts, music, light supper, and discussion of climate change issues. For details, 
click here.      - -Molly O'Donnell
Help Build Community!
Pictorial Directory Portrait Session Sign Ups Continue Online
Paper Sign Up Available January 15
Sign up for a portrait session for our fancy new pictorial church directory by going online at this link. We will also have paper sign up sheets available at church January 15. Photo sessions are Jan 25-28 and Feb 1-4. 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. 
Offices Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 16
Church offices will be closed January 16.  The Prologue will be published on Tuesday, January 17. Send articles regarding church activities and events to by 10 a.m. on January 17.
Pink Hats for the Women's March!
    Our Reproductive Justice Task Force (RJTF) is collaborating with Yarns Unlimited to knit pink Pussyhats to wear at the Women's March in Washington and the rally in Indianapolis on January 21st.  Hats are $20 each.  Proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky's Women's Health Fund.  Want a hat?  Buy them at Yarns Unlimited (cash or check only).  Call ahead for availability   (812-334-2464 ).  Alternatively, order through Deborah Meader ( ).
    Want to knit a hat to donate?  Join the MLK Day Knit-In on January 16 from 1-4 p.m. at Yarns Unlimited.  Click here for details .  Pink yarn at discounted prices is available there!   --Deborah Meader for RJTF
Interfaith Dialogue Can Change the World
Noah's Ark is a new initiative to create an opportunity for monthly interfaith dialogue, and that can support Changing the World. Information meetings start next week, and training sessions in February. See our Facebook page for info or go to
Inauguration Day Events
Friday, January 20
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  "Inauguration 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"  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:
Attention Kroger shoppers! 
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 15 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.
Save-the-date: February 24 Interfaith Build Musical Festival
UU will host the CommUNITY Interfaith Habitat Build Musical Festival 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. Watch The Prologue for ticket info.
For More Information see the  January 2 issue   of our newsletter, The Prologue.
Masthead photo by John Woodcock
Unitarian Universalist Church