Friday UU Update                        Friday, May 19, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Saturday, May 20, 2017    4:00 p.m.
The Installation of Reverend Scott McNeill
The Reverend Mary Katherine Morn, preaching
     Please join us on Saturday, May 20, 2017, 4:00 p.m. for the Installation service for Reverend Scott McNeill as we celebrate and reaffirm the bond between Scott and our UU Church of Bloomington. Details about this event can be found   Here and  Here. Childcare will be available.
     We are honoring Rev. McNeill and his commitment to social justice by supporting the Backpack Buddies Program through Community Kitchen. We will be collecting shelf stable protein-rich foods that will help to fill a great need for this program. Currently, there are 400 children in Monroe County enrolled in Backpack Buddies across 18 schools, using 3,200 pounds of food EACH WEEK! For more information on Backpack Buddies and how you can help,   CLICK HERE.
Sunday, May 21, 2017   
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Embodiment of our Stories:  
What More Bloomington UU?
Reverend Sharon Dittmar
Congregational Life Consultant,                                                   MidAmerica Region of the UUA
     Since the founding of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana, in 1949, you have been a dynamic and intrepid group of Hoosiers (and transplants) dedicated to liberal religion, creativity, justice, love, and action.  You have accomplished much in your time, and continue to be a model for other UU congregations in our faith.  Our service is part celebration of all things Bloomington UU, as well as a quest to consider what else you could embody.  In a time when our denomination and congregations face challenging conversations, how can we listen to our bodies and hear the stories of others in their bodies?  What more could we manifest if we fully embodied our Unitarian Universalist stories?
   This Sunday will be the last Sunday with our Choir until August. They will recommence in the last summer with their rehearsal on August 10 at 7:00 p.m.
This Sunday in Religious Education: Embodiment
This Sunday our classes will be exploring World Religions.  Preschoolers will hear the Buddhist tale of the Wise People and the Elephant.  K+ will hear the Muslim story of the Father, Son, and Donkey.  Curiosity Club (11:15 3rd-6th grade) will focus on Islam and Ramadan.  YUUMS (Young UU Middle Schoolers) will not meet this week. Current 8th graders are invited to join the High School Youth Group for a "Welcome to High School" potluck picnic at the Henderson Shelter in Bryan Park from 1:00-2:30 p.m. 
Humanist Forum Meeting Sunday, May 21, 12:45 p.m.
This Sunday the UU Humanists will discuss "How long do you want to live," led by Harold Ogren. At the June 4th meeting, Rich Janda will lead a discussion on "History--Forces, Individuals, Repetition." UU Humanists meet in Room 208 at 12:45 p.m.
UU Choir is Off for the Summer Starting May 22
Sunday, May 21 is the last Sunday with our choir in worship until August. The choir will recommence with rehearsal on Thursday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m.
UU Board of Directors Meeting May 24
The regular monthly UU Board meeting, originally scheduled for May 17, will take place on Wednesday, May 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Library.
Women's Alliance Meeting Thursday, June 1
   On Thursday, June 1, our program is with Anne and Chris Haynes on Permaculture.  Hosts are Ann Kamman and Sharon Yarber.
   The Women's  Alliance  meets the first Thursday of each month at  11:30 am  in Fellowship Hall. Please enter through court yard doors. Our meetings begin with a brown bag lunch; drinks and dessert are provided by the hosts of the month.
The program begins at noon, followed by the business meeting.  
   Come and join us and see what we are all about.  --Julie Cauble, Vice President

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Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Senior Minister
Congratulations to Reverend Macklin
Women Excel Luncheon Wednesday, May 24
       Congratulations to Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, who recently was honored with a Women Excel Bloomington 2017 award.  From Rev. McNeill:  Last week, the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce announced the 2017 recipients of the Women Excel in Bloomington awards, and our Senior Minister, the Reverend Mary Ann Macklin was one of the seven people selected. For all her work supporting our community in many ways, she will be honored on  May 24  at a luncheon featuring IU's Women's Basketball Coach Teri Moren. Tickets are available for purchase online ( ).
Church Offices will be Closed Monday, May 29 for the Memorial Day holiday.    Regular office hours will resume  Tuesday, May 30 at 10 a.m.

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For More Information see the May 15 issue   of our newsletter, The Prologue.
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