Friday UU Update                        Friday, March 17, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World
Sunday, March 19, 2017
9:15 and 11:15 a.m. 
Truth Decay: 
Risk of Truth Telling in a Post-Truth Era
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
     " Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others...Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth." ( Journal entry, 14 October 1922) -- Katherine Mansfield   Journal of Katherine Mansfield
     Is the truth such an individual effort as Mansfield suggests?  What is truth within community?  How do present day saints, our poets, bring us closer to the truth?
This Sunday in Religious Education
This Sunday in Religious Education our kids in preschool-8th grade will all be together.  Monroe County Humane Association will bring some animal visitors for us and we will create dog toys for use at the local shelter. We will also bag up food for Basic to Basics pet food pantry. We hope we'll see your family if you are in town.  Middle schoolers are not meeting this week but will resume on March 26th!  High school youth group will be making and delivering cookies to people in our church.
Bloomingfoods Cards Available Again!
Bloomingfoods has been restructuring their procedures for making grocery cards available to us. During that time, we have not had Bloomingfoods cards to sell. We have learned of the new procedures and expect to have Bloomingfoods cards available for sale again this Sunday. Look for the grocery card sales table in the Commons between services.
Want to send a message to our US senators about healthcare reform? 
UUs across the country are writing letters on healthcare to their U.S. Senators to be personally hand-delivered to Capitol Hill offices by participants in the April 3-5 conference, "Reversing Inequality: Healthcare Justice is a UU Value." If you would like to write a message on healthcare justice for hand-delivering to Senator Joe Donnelly or Senator Todd Young, stop by the postcard-writing and letter-writing table in the Commons on Sunday, March 19. If you don't have time to do this on Sunday, you can write your letter this week and bring it to the church office by March 29 and we'll mail them on March 30. Questions? Contact David Keppel, Here is a link to a sample letter and talking points:
Monday, March 20, 2017
6:15 p.m. 
Intergenerational Spring Equinox Celebration
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
     Come and celebrate the changing season through song and ritual.  We will reflect upon this time of balanced light and darkness and and consider what we would like to emerge in our lives in the coming season of growth.  
Bathing in The Bhagavad Gita--Extended thru April 26
7 Wednesdays, March 15-April 26, 7-8:30 p.m. Rm 112
Facilitator: Chris Haynes, 812-360-0296
     Thoreau wrote "In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and   cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita in comparison with which our  modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial." Join us in finding   modern meaning through this fundamental scripture of Hinduism. All are welcome to join the group on March 22, or to drop in to any session in the series.
Chalice Series Event March 31
On Friday, March 31, at 7:15 p.m. Mr. Rob Boston, Director of Communications for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, will speak here in our Meeting Room. The public is invited and the event is free of charge. Mr. Boston writes a monthly column for Humanist Magazine and has written four books: Close Encounters with the Religious Right , The Most Dangerous Man in America , Why the Religious Right is Wrong , and Taking Liberties .
Celebrating Pi Day in Preparation our Pledge Day Celebration on April 22!
On Tuesday, March 14, Reverend Macklin and Reverend Leite offered to present a pie to any UU scientist, science educator, or science supporter in our congregation planning to attend rallies or marches on Earth Day to celebrate science. Here you see photographic evidence of a beautiful apple/dried cherry pie made by Reverend Leite and delivered by Reverend Macklin to Abby Downey. Don't forget, as well as being Earth Day, April 22 is also our Day-long Pledge Day Celebration! Thanks for making your pledge for 2017-18 early, Abby and Jim! 

The Friday UU Update Is for Upcoming Events that will take place SOON, within the next 10-12 days. If you would like an event further in the future to be publicized, please send it to so it can be included in The Prologue newsletter on the 1st or 3rd Monday of the month.
For More Information see the March 6 issue   of our newsletter, The Prologue.
Masthead photo by LInda Mjolsnes, Butterfly in Mexico.
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