Friday UU Update                        Friday, July 14, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
O u r Common Humanity
R everend Forrest Gilmore
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Our guest in the pulpit will be Unitarian Universalist Minister Forrest Gilmore, Executive Director of Shalom Center in Bloomington, Indiana. Recently Forrest walked and slept on
the streets of San Francisco for seven days. The street retreat offered many lessons about homelessness, but
more importantly it offered teachings for the heart. 
  Forrest will share the story of that transformative trip.
This Week in Religious Education
Preschoolers will hear the story of The Sunflower Sword and investigate the indigo promise, "Insist on Peace." Kindergarten-6th graders will look up at the stars as we connect with our Unitarian Universalist source of Wonder and Awe. Middle and High School youth groups are on summer hiatus. Teachers, families and children are encouraged to bring donations big or small for the RE solar panel "Pegasus."
UU Humanist Forum Meets this Sunday, July 16
This group offers an opportunity for regular, open, wide-ranging discussions of issues relating to morality and ethics, human development, and the nature of the universe. The bi-weekly forum will meet next on Sunday, July 16 at 11:45 a.m. in Room 208. The topic will be "The Gilgamesh story" led by Sandy Dolby.    
Time to Call Your Senators
The Just Peace Task Force encourages you to contact Senators Young and Donnelly about the Republican health care plan.  According to The New York Times, "The Senate bill would still make fundamental changes to Medicaid, which covers poor and disabled Americans."  Please tell the Senators to protect lower income Americans and a full range of reproductive health services, including through Planned Parenthood.  Senator Young:  (812) 542-4820.  Senator Donnelly:  (317) 226-5555.
Music for the Water Spirits: Mini Summer Workshop July 20, July 27 and August 3
Explore together some Afro-Brazilian sacred music to restore our kinship to the natural world. The workshop will combine percussion and chants, as well as creative reflection to connect the sensations in our own bodies and depth of our humanity with the elemental nature of water.
Instructor: Colleen Haas
Dates: 3 Thursday evenings: July 20, 27 and August 3. 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Location: Fellowship Hall
If you have a conga or djembe drum bring it along, otherwise all instruments will be provided.  
Ages: 15 - Adult
Designed for members and friends. Not required to attend all three, but each session will build on the previous o ne. Please sign up in advance to reserve your place by calling 812-332-3695 or sign up here.This is a free event.
Child care: If you will need childcare to attend this workshop, you need to contact Kitty McIntosh by 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 17th at .
YIKES! HELP! Our kids need your help July 30
Cooking for Shalom and New Leaf New Life
In the spirit of love thy neighbor, our final RE summer class will be making lasagnas for Shalom and trail mix for New Leaf New Life. This challenging endeavor will take place during the service (10:15) on July 30th. The number of lasagnas and trail mix bags will depend on the number of volunteers that we can recruit. So . . . share your compassion with our children, roll up your sleeves, and we'll see you in the kitchen on July 30th. Contact Adrienne Summerlot And wear old clothes!
We Did It! Solar Panel Sprinter Fundraiser Success!
Please make your payments by July 31
Thank you everyone for your generosity to the Solar Panel Sprinter Event.  We did it!  As of July 11, 2017, we received enough promises of solar panel money to add fifty-four solar panels to our array and not be dinged (at least for 30 years!) by the limits that were set forth by Indiana legislators this past year.  If you have not yet made your solar panel donation payment, please send checks (memo line: solar panel) or pay online by July 31. We will receive $42,698 of the $43,690 total needed! For details, click here.
Your Pledge Dollars at Work

Our Young Adult/Campus Ministry Coordinator Orion Day will attend Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education facilitator training for young adults in Kansas City later this month. This will make it possible for us to offer this curriculum here at our church for this age group in the future.
"From the Ashes" Film Screening with Green Sanctuary
Wednesday, August 2, 7:00 p.m.
You are invited to a special screening of the acclaimed film,  From The Ashes, at  7:00 PM, Wednesday, August 2nd in Fellowship Hall, to be followed by a discussion about issues related to the coal industry in Indiana.  Free, but please reply via Eventbrite, at ,  so we know to expect you.
Questions? Contact  Sarah Green ( ) or Molly O'Donnell ( 
Internet Problem July 9
We are very sorry that due to a problem with our internet service on July 9, we were unable to livestream or record the service. It will be fixed by July 16! 
-- Andy Beargie, Multimedia Specialist
For More Information see the July 5 issue   of our newsletter, The Prologue.
Masthead photo: 4th of July folks.
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