April 23, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
The Annual Goods and Services Auction Begins this Sunday!
Are you ready? Have you perused the auction catalog? Bidding starts after the service this Sunday, April 25 and runs until 4pm on Sunday, May 2. Here is the link for the catalog and to register to start bidding on Sunday.
This Sunday's Service
Sunday, April 25, 2021
10:15 am Livestream
Redemption Sunday:
Let the Sunshine In
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Dave Clements
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
We did not know the timing or verdict of the trial for the murder of George Floyd before our Prologue went out on Tuesday, announcing the title of this Sunday's worship service. As a result, “redemption” has taken on a deeper meaning as part of this Sunday’s service.  From its inception, this country has experienced its own soul loss---the genocide of Native People and the atrocity of slavery with its aftermath of systemic racism. Will this country find the strength to begin a journey of redemption? How will we, the people, choose to go forward?

Also, as we find ourselves staggering out of Covid and upheaval, how can the concepts of redemption and emergence call us forward? What can we learn from the steadfast cycle of the 17-year Cicadas?

We will wrap up this month’s focus on sunshine and our pledge drive by reflecting upon these questions. Several selections of music will hold us well in warmth, love and possibility. Our world famous Car Choir will Let the Sunshine In. Our Social Justice Moment will come from the Reproductive Justice Task Force.

Meanwhile, we invite you to find insight and comfort from this recent “On Being” podcast with Krista Tippett and Christine Runyan:
If you miss the livestream, you can view archived videos on our website.
Early Bird Coffee Hour
Bring your coffee and join us at 9:15 AM to relax with friends and enjoy your coffee before the service. Everyone is welcome!  Click on this link to register for Early Bird Coffee Hour and receive the Zoom link
-- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Connect with Our UU Community during
Virtual Coffee Hour
Everyone is welcome to join us after the worship service, until 12:30 pm, for engaging conversation in Virtual Coffee Hour. 

Breakout Rooms this Sunday:
  • General Discussion  
  • Virtual Slime Party for grades 4-6
  • End of Life Discussion
  • Gardeners' Gathering
Gardeners Unite!
Chat During Zoom Coffee Hour
This Sunday during Virtual Coffee Hour all types and levels of gardeners are invited to gather in a special discussion group for Gardeners. This is a great opportunity to learn from other gardeners and share your gardening experiences. Join the fun following the service on Sunday. Use this link to enter Virtual Coffee Hour after the service and ask for the "Gardeners' Gathering."
UU Freethinkers Meet April 25, 12:45 pm
The UU Freethinkers will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm via Zoom for an open discussion of social, political, and theological/religious issues. If you'd like to join us, please contact Ann Watzel, awatzel (at) gmail.com, to get the link to the Zoom meetings and to be added to our email discussion list.
Tired of watching Sunday worship services alone?
Are you vaccinated and tired of watching the Sunday Services alone? Ask a vaccinated friend to come over and watch with you! Especially think of your friends who haven't been able to watch due to technical issues. Not sure how to stay safe and have a friend over? Here are some guidelines for small group gatherings that may help.
-- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION UPDATE

April is slowly drawing to a close. Our calendar has activities for a Butterfly meditation, activities for families, recipes, and music.  Check it out! 
Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education
dre (at) uubloomington.org
Pledged Yet?
Join Our Sunshine Pledge Drive Today!
We hope you will join us in financially supporting our amazing congregation for the coming fiscal year, 2021-22 (starts July 1, 2021) so we can continue to Seek the Spirit, Building Community, and Change the World! Many thanks if you have already pledged. If you have not yet made your pledge, you can use this handy online form to do so today: bit.ly/Sunshine2122. If you have any questions, please contact Church Administrator Carol Marks on her church mobile device: 812-287-9615 or at admin (at) uubloomington.org . She's reachable M-F, 10-4.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Congregational Read: Wrap-Up

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Congregational Read of Caste, and a special HUGE THANKS to the group facilitators.

All are encouraged to respond to the final prompts. Look for information below on how to share your responses in next Friday’s Update.

The Congregational Read Resource page will remain available for future reference. 

8th Principle Commitment:
Where Do We Go from Here?
Let's Talk on May 2

As we finish up our congregational reading of Caste this week, we hope you're planning to come to our church wide meeting on May 2nd, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, where we will reflect together on:

1. Our individual experiences reading Caste and the one or two take-aways we believe are most critical in terms of changed perspective and what we do as individuals moving forward.

2. How each of us and the institutions we are part of create and maintain hierarchies that give some groups more power than others. What might true structural change look like in these institutions?

3. How we can support one another in our shared 8th Principle commitment to journey "towards spiritual wholeness by creating a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions."

To help enrich and guide our conversation, please click here to share (anonymously, if you wish) some of your reflections on these questions now.

Also at the gathering on May 2, you'll hear more about the upcoming 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge, our Summer 8th Principle Congregational Read, and our board's latest thinking. We hope you'll join us.
 
Ruth Aydt and Martha Oakley, Racial Justice Task Force co-chairs
Reverend Dave Clements
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
UU Online Book Club reads "Uncanny Valley" by Anna Wiener -- Discussion May 3
The Online Book Club is reading "Uncanny Valley" in April for discussion at the May 3 meeting (via Zoom). If you are interested in joining the discussion, please sign up here for the Zoom link: UU Book Club Registration   Discussion questions can be found here.
UUCB EcoChallenge: Join Our Team!
We hope you're enjoying thinking of ways to connect with and care for our Earth during this Earth Week. The Green Sanctuary Task Force and Reverend Emily Manvel Leite have created a month-long EcoChallenge team to support one another, consider new actions, and share tips and photos through May 21--Endangered Species Day. This is one place that is really "the more, the merrier", so click here to sign up and join our UUCB Indiana team: tinyurl.com/ecoUUCB. Hope to see you there!
Becoming Your Best Self
Saturday, April 24, 10:30-12:30
With metaphor, a vision board, and shared stories, we will create your vision for your Best Self. Then, we will set your Best Self in motion by deciding actions/dreams/goals that align with that inner voice of wisdom that we all have. You know the one? The one that embraces Inner Child. The one that creates, doesn’t doubt, and moves boldly forward. Join UU Member Suzanne Fodor for a fun, creative session on Designing Your Best Self. This free workshop is sponsored by the Leadership Cultivation Committee.  Click this link to register. Space is limited, so sign up today!

Are you graduating this year?
From high school, college/university, a credentialling program or professional school? Many congratulations! Please contact Reverend Emily, mre (at) uubloomington.org, so we can celebrate your accomplishments in our Sunday service and newsletter.
Vaccinations available for age 16 and older!
People age 16 and older in Indiana are now eligible for the covid-19 vaccine. Visit this website or call 211. Extra vaccines may be available in adjoining counties. https://vaccine.coronavirus.in.gov/
Reproductive Justice Task Force Raising Money for Hoosier Abortion Fund
The Reproductive Justice Task Force's annual campaign to raise money for the Hoosier Abortion Fund is underway!! Women from all over IN apply for assistance from All Options Pregnancy Resource Center here in Bloomington. Help close the inequality gap in abortion care and donate today. Click here to help: https://fund.nnaf.org/team/350371
Sleep Out on April 30
So Others Don't Have To
This is a fundraiser to help keep Friend's Place, Beacon's overnight shelter, open for another year. Friday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m. through Saturday, May 1 at 8:00 a.m., they are asking folks to sleep out to raise funds and awareness for people experiencing homelessness.
1. Register for the sleepout at www.givebutter.com/sleepout2021/join
2. Contact friends and family to sponsor your sleepout to support the shelter financially
3. Sleep out (or on your living room floor!) on April 30
More info, contact Alan Backler, Homelessness Task force, abackler(at)aol.com
Beacon Winter Shelter
From now until May 1, the winter shelter needs the following supplies:
  • BOTTLED WATER
  • HEALTHY SNACKS
  • HEAVY DUTY TRASH BAGS
Drop off bins are at the church, near the Portico entrance, north side. Thanks, from the UU Homelessness Task Force
In Harmony with Habitat online concert, Saturday, May 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The UU Habitat Task Force is hosting a livestreamed concert for a Habitat for Humanity home, Saturday, May 22 from 7-9 p.m. The concert, emceed by Rev. Bill Breeden and Angela Lexmond, will feature Jenn Cristy, King Bee and the Stingers,Sylvia McNair, Keaton Springfield, Teddy Gonyea and Ben Lopilato, and the Radical Moderates-- David Sharp, Dan Lodge-Rigal and Pat McNaughton. Please go to https://boxoffice.mandolin.com/collections/in-harmony-with-habitat to purchase tickets, offered at several prices.
Green Sanctuary Task Force Weekly Tip

Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones.
Deadline for submissions to the Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to office(at)uubloomington.org
Masthead photo "Bloomingfest" by John Woodcock.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Mailing address during covid:
UU Church, PO Box 1158,
Nashville, Indiana 47448-1158