April 30, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
From Reverend Mary Ann Macklin

1) Seeking the Spirit. Building Community. Changing the World.  
As leaders and members of this congregation, we are called upon, again and again, to live out the values and wisdom of this, our congregational vision. In these past few years of change and challenge, our Board of Directors has embodied the essence of this vision. Please take time to thank them in your own way during the month of May. 

2) Dance. Dance. Dance. ----Video referenced in Sunday's Service---
Whether from your chair or on your feet, we invite you to learn the choreography of this dance from our friends Darrelyn Valdez and Crystal White. We will have numerous opportunities over the summer for participating in a congregational movement video.

3) Insightful Video. 
I offer this again, due to such a positive response: 

Take Gentle Care,
Mary Ann
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Senior Minister
The Auction ends this Sunday at 4:00 PM!
Don't miss your chance to win the wonderful items offered in this year's online auction! The auction ends this Sunday, May 2, at 4:00 PM. There is truly something for everyone.
This Sunday's Service
Sunday, May 2, 2021
10:15 am Livestream
Care for the Mothership, Part I
Reverend Bill Breeden
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
We are focusing on the nature of our community this week. I will be speaking of our congregation, the mothership from which we all find inspiration, love, and acceptance.

If you miss the livestream, you can view archived videos on our website.
Sunday, May 9, 2021
10:15 am Livestream
Care for the Mothership, Part 2
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
     Reverend Macklin will continue the theme from Reverend Breeden's earlier sermon.
We will honor graduates from POST-high school endeavors in this service as well.

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.
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. 

UU Humanists Meet May 2, 12:45 pm
The UU Humanists 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.
Are you new here?
If you are new to our congregation, a very warm welcome to you! 
This Sunday, May 2, at 2:00 pm you are invited to join in a brief (~20 minute) introduction to Unitarian Universalism and this congregation. Just click on this link at 2 PM on Sunday. If you have questions, you are always welcome to email me at connect(at)uubloomington.org or call me at (812) 720-3688. Welcome!   -- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
We are excited to welcome the month of May and the theme of "Story."  
We have resources for families to explore and a calendar with daily prompts to help you dig deeper on our May Religious Education webpage.
Stay in the know by subscribing to our family email here
Pledged Yet?
Our goal is $675,000 and our current total is $475,000.

1) Why are we doing this? a) So we can continue to provide our inspiring programming, services, and outreach in the coming year, and b) So we can figure out compensation for our amazing ministers and staff.
2) Why would we like your pledge info now? c) So we can plan for a) and b) above, and d) So we can prepare a coherent budget for approval at our Annual Congregational Meeting on June 13.

We hope you will join us in financially supporting our dynamic congregation for the coming fiscal year, 2021-22 (starts July 1, 2021) so we can continue to Seek the Spirit, Build 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. You can also pledge by calling or texting Church Administrator Carol Marks at 812-287-9615 or sending your pledge amount to her at admin (at) uubloomington.org, or mailing in the pledge card we mailed you awhile back.

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

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

8th Principle Commitment:
Where Do We Go from Here?
All-Congregation Discussion on May 2 at 11:30 a.m.

As we finish up our congregational reading of Caste we hope you're planning to come to our church-wide meeting this Sunday, 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. Please respond by today (April 30th) in order for your reflections to be incorporated in the Sunday conversation. Later submissions are also welcome.

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--just click here to join the meeting on May 2.
Ruth Aydt and Martha Oakley, Racial Justice Task Force co-chairs
Reverend Dave Clements
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Stuart Yoak - Board President
“Writing as a Spiritual Practice”
With Rev. Barbara Child
A Drop-in Group on Zoom
Tuesdays 1-2 p.m., May 11 through June 29
[Please note – there will be no session on May 4.]
I invite you to come along on this journey of personal exploration through writing in community. You are welcome to attend any or all sessions. Click here for a full description of how the group works. You will need to register by clicking here to get the Zoom link.  
UUCB EcoChallenge: Join Our Team!
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!
Want to Help with
Reproductive Justice, Housing, and Hunger?
For information on how you can help support the efforts of our Reproductive Justice Task Force, Habitat Task Force, and Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force, please click here.
At last – Habitat Building Opportunity! Sign up to help in May
Habitat for Humanity has asked us to organize up to 10 builders on May 8, 15 or 22. The work will be painting and inside trim installation. Anyone (over 16) who would like to join the group for the day (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or half-day, please contact Barb Berggoetz, Habitat Task Force chair at barbberg (at) bluemarble.net. COVID precautions will be taken. Please respond with the date(s) you can build and your phone number, right away, as we need to pick the day the most people are available. We’re hoping for May 15.

Fundraiser Concert May 22
Click here for ticket information for the "In Harmony with Habitat" online fundraiser concert on May 22! The concert will be available for viewing online for 48 hours after it is livestreamed.
All Options accepting donations to purchase diapers
The excellent video by Mojo Coley which aired during the service last Sunday was on behalf of the Reproductive Justice Task Force's Social Justice Moment for the month of April. While donations to All Options to support their purchasing of diapers can be made any time of the year (1014 S Walnut St, 47401), this month our UU Hoosier Abortion Fund Team is accepting donations until midnight Friday April 30th here: https://fund.nnaf.org/team/350371

Little Free Pantry
Did you know that UUCB now has its very own Little Free Pantry near Needmore Coffee Company? Click here to learn all about it, and find a list of foods that you can donate (drop off bins on north side of our building, near Portico Entrance).
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/
Green Sanctuary Task Force Weekly Tip

If you have a dishwasher, only run it with a full load.
Deadline for submissions to the Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to office(at)uubloomington.org
Masthead photo "Family Time" by Marcia Hart.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Mailing address during covid:
UU Church, PO Box 1158,
Nashville, Indiana 47448-1158