February 5, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, IN
TONIGHT! Join us for our second virtual dinner theater fundraiser event and help raise $30,000 to pay off our building's mortgage with our final "balloon" payment, which is due very soon.

Friday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Fire In My Bones: A Meditative Opera
by Deborah Phelps and Reverend Mary Ann Macklin

Click here for the Libretto and helpful background info about Fire In My Bones
(FYI, what we will be watching was digitized from a 2004 VHS tape recording!)

Did you know?... UUCB pianist Ray Fellman credits Fire In My Bones with restoring his joy for being on the operatic stage. After a very stressful and difficult first experience in an opera as an undergrad, Ray had pretty much decided not to pursue singing opera as a career. However, after collaborating with the incredibly warm creative team and talented cast of FIMB, he decided to “give it another shot." FIMB provided a healing process which led to many joy-filled professional projects in Ray’s career as a singer.

Of the $30,000 goal for this fundraiser, 10% will go to social justice work outside our congregation, to support New Leaf-New Life and Spencer Pride.

How to contribute:
  • Donate via our PayPal page - Choose “Balloon Mortgage Payment” in the dropdown list.
  • Mail a check - Please write “Balloon Mortgage Payment” in the memo and mail to UU Church, PO Box 1158, Nashville, IN 47448-1158.
This Sunday's Service
Sunday, February 7, 2021
10:15 am Livestream
The Container We Have Built
Reverend Dave Clements
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Each of us is a container of some kind. The label signals to the world what is presumed to be inside and what is to be done with it. The label tells you which shelf your container supposedly belongs on. In a caste system, the label is frequently out of sync with the contents, mistakenly put on the wrong shelf and this hurts people and institutions in ways we may not always know. I invite you to explore with me the containers we have built.
If you miss the livestream, you can view archived videos on our website.
Early Bird Coffee Hour at 9:15 am
Bring your coffee and join us at 9:15 am to relax with friends before the service. Click on this link to register for the early bird coffee hour and receive the Zoom link.
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. 

This Sunday's breakout rooms will include:
  • 8th Principle Conversation
  • General Discussion
-- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Are you new here?
Join us this Sunday at 2:00 pm for an Introduction to Unitarian Universalism!
This Sunday, February 7, at 2:00 pm you are invited to join in a brief online introduction to Unitarian Universalism and this congregation. Just click on this link at 2:00 pm on Sunday. If you're ready to get involved, you can also fill out our online connection form.
If you are new to using Zoom, please read these instructions before the meeting.
 -- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, connect(at)uubloomington.org
What's Buzzing in Religious Education?
Our virtual and home delivery programming has resumed: Anti-Racist Families, UU Home, and Practicing Our Promises. We have been overjoyed that our monthly Sunday 7 pm Youth Group Gatherings have taken off and we are always welcoming more youth in 7th-12th grade to join us. We would LOVE if our youth would take a quick moment to complete this survey so we can hear your ideas and plan for February and March! Our monthly email for February went out earlier today -- if you missed it, you can find it here and subscribe to be added to our mailing list.

Parent Support Gathering, Saturday, February 6, 10 am
Join Adrienne Summerlot and other parents via Zoom to share and connect. Saturday, February 6th, at 10 am.

8th Principle Conversation, Sunday, February 7, 11:30 am Coffee Hour
Mark your calendars for our first 8th Principle Conversation where we will explore what it means to build Beloved Community. Join us during coffee hour at 11:30 am via Zoom on Sunday, February 7th in the 8th Principle Breakout Room.

Reminder: Reverend Emily Manvel Leite is away for the month of February. Please contact Adrienne Summerlot or Stephanie Kimball for any Religious Education questions or support. 
Our Folks . . .
A memorial service will be held for Mallory Kuhl via livestream on Saturday, February 20, at 1:00 p.m. Mallory died at age 31 from a medical emergency in mid-December.
Sign up now to join a discussion group for our upcoming Congregational Read of Caste: The Origins of our Discontents
We are embarking on a congregational read of Pulitzer-Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson’s latest book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. Facilitated groups will have their first meeting the week of Feb. 14th - spaces are still open!
UU Humanist Forum meets February 7, 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. via Zoom. David Keppel and others will lead a discussion on the book Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. Contact Harold Ogren, ogrenh (at) gmail.com to get the link to the Zoom meeting.
Writing as a Spiritual Practice, with Rev. Barbara Child
A Drop-in Group on Zoom
Tuesdays 1-2 pm, through February 23 
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. Register by clicking here to get the Zoom link. 
Visit with the Connections Coordinator every Friday at 3:30 pm
Join the Connections Coordinator, Ann LeDuc, on Zoom every Friday. Ask your questions, or just visit. Newcomers and current congregation members are all welcome to drop-in. Additional ways to contact Ann are via email at connect(at)uubloomington.org or phone at (812) 720-3688.
Use this link to drop-in and talk to Ann on Friday afternoons, 3:30-4:30 pm.
COVID-19 Vaccination News
  • Information about joining a standby wait list for possible unused doses of vaccine at the end of a vaccination clinic day can be found here: Vaccine Standby Waitlist Information
  • Anyone in Indiana age 65 or older can now sign up for the vaccine. Register here or call Area 10 Agency on Aging at (812) 876-3383.
League of Women Voters Offers Film on Voter Suppression
Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.
The League of Women Voters of Indiana is sponsoring a film series offering deep insights into the tactics of voter suppression. Learn how you can help bring about a fair and transparent redistricting process in 2021.
  • Thursday, February 11: Line in the Street
From 7:30-9:00 p.m. on Zoom; Q&A panels will follow each film.
Register here to receive the Zoom link. More info here.
Help Keep Beacon Winter Shelter Open
Concerned Bloomington community quickly came together to create the Beacon Winter Shelter. Now it's up to us to keep it open. Click here for information about how you can help. Please note: If you are writing a check, make it payable to "Beacon, Inc." and mail it to the address provided in the flyer. This is not a fundraiser for our Homeless task force, but an encouragement for people to support the shelter directly.
Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force
Collecting Kitchen Items for New Hope for Families
For JANUARY & FEBRUARY our food drive will focus on New Hope for Families. We often think of food for those in need, but we overlook kitchen items that enable people to COOK the food. For a list of needed items, click here.
Deadline for submissions to the Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to office (at) uubloomington.org
Masthead photo credit: zwordi (anonymous user of reddit.com)
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Mailing address during covid:
UU Church, PO Box 1158,
Nashville, Indiana 47448-1158