Friday UU Update                Friday, September 15, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Grounds Work Day Saturday, September 16
Join us for a grounds work day  tomorrowSaturday, September 16, from  9 a.m. to  12 noon. We will mulch flower beds. Bring gloves and your (labeled) tools.
Sunday, September 17, 2017  
9:15 and 11:15 a.m. 
Connection:  In Search of The Undivided Self
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin and Reverend Scott McNeill
          Writer and naturalist LM Browning states, "Being connected to everything has disconnected us from ourselves and the preciousness of this present moment."
How do we become disconnected from ourselves?  What creates the divided life within?   With references to Parker Palmer's book "A Hidden Wholeness," we will explore these questions. Our Time for All Ages will be a Children's Hymn Sing led by our Music Director, Susan Swaney.
           Our Children's Hymn Sing is a time when our kids and youth choose hymns from our Singing the Living Tradition hymnbook.  In this way, they actually create content of our worship service.  It is empowering for kids to choose and fun for all ages to sing hymns not anticipated. Please remind the children that we will have a Children's Hymn Sing this Sunday.
This Week in Religious Education: 
Exploring Connection through our earth centered source
        Our Spirit Play classes are focusing on our red promise, Respect All People. World of Wonder (Preschool) is hearing a traditional Iroquois story, The Argument Sticks. Roots and Wings (K-2) is hearing Crow Boy, a Japanese story. Curiosity Club 
(3 rd -8th at 9:15, 3-5th at 11:15) will explore a Pueblo Indian tale, Arrow to the Sun. Harry Potter and UU (6-8th at 11:15) will be connecting with their animal spirits, making patronus boxes. High School Youth Group will be making pizzas and playing games.
Happy September RE Families!
        There are many exciting things coming up this month in religious education and you will want to make sure to get them on your calendar.  Classes start this Sunday, OWL for 1st and 2nd graders, Autumnal Equinox, and a workshop on Talking About Race and Racism with Kids in 1st-12th grade.  Find out more here .
How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism
Thursdays, September 21st and September 28th from 6-8pm in Fellowship Hall
* Workshop for adults who want to learn how to talk to kids about race and racism. Everyone is welcome.
* Two-day workshop led by IU professor Nya McCarthy-Brown
* Attendance at BOTH sessions is expected
* Will share resources and guide participants through challenging dialogues to help parents,  adults and educators develop and refine strategies to talk to children in first thru 12th grade about race and r acism in our lives.
* Children will be invited to join the discussion from 7-8pm on September 28.
Reserve your space in the workshop and childcare if needed at this link:
Next Sunday, September 24, join us in the Walk to End Alzheimer's and the Buddy walk.

Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held at Bryan Park. Registration starts at noon and walk starts at approximately 1:30 pm.  Join the UU team:

Buddy Walk for Downs Syndrome will be held at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. Registration starts at 1:00 pm and the walk starts at 4:00 pm. Join our own Molly Bunde's team:
Questions? Contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator.
Our Folks . . .
        We are thinking of those of you who have friends and family who have been affected by recent natural disasters.
         We are holding in our hearts all those who are recovering from surgery or illness. 
Your Pledge Dollars at Work
        We have made safety improvements in the last couple of weeks: New stair treads on the east stairway and new tile in the lower hallway to cover the concrete from filling in the old cold air returns. Painting of exterior and interior areas has also been completed. Thank you for helping us be good stewards of our building!
Prologue Publication Schedule Continues on
First and Third  Tuesdays
        We will continue to publish the Prologue newsletter on the first and third  Tuesday of each month-- Tuesday schedule is working out well for the staff. Thanks for your patience with this slight change! The next Prologue is on  Tuesday, 9/19, deadline  10 a.m. Please send articles to as usual. --Carol Marks, Ch.Admin.
Ready to become a member of UU Bloomington?
        If this is your community, if you feel at home here, join us! The next opportunity to become a member of UU Bloomington is Sunday,September 24 at 10:30 a.m. in the library.  We ask for participation in our "Exploring UU" class prior to signing the membership book. Contact  Ann LeDuc before Wednesday, September 20, if you would like to become a member.  Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, (812)332-3695 or .
Bloomingfoods Shoppers Get Ready to ROUND UP!  
        For the month of September Bloomingfoods will be having the Interfaith Emergency Winter Shelter as their charity for rounding up the check-out bill to the next dollar. When you shop at Bloomingfoods this month please  be sure to Round Up to help the Winter Shelter.                                                              -- Homelessness Task Force
Kids with Absent Parents (KAP) program 
from Hope for Prisoners Invites Donations & Volunteers
         Our Hope for Prisoners Task Force has initiated the Kids with Absent Parents (KAP) Program to help children in Monroe County whose parents are incarcerated. When parents are incarcerated, their children's lives are often disrupted by changes: Where they live and go to school, extra stress on the caretaker, fear, shame, and social exclusion. We are collecting items for this project through September 17. Click here for a printable poster. Click here for details on how you can help. 
 Builders Needed for Habitat Task Force on September 23
        The Habitat Task Force is recruiting about 10 volunteers to participate in a Habitat for Humanity build on  Sept. 23 on South Rogers Road. Volunteers will be working on cabinets, insulation, countertops, and other jobs. No experience necessary; training provided. Volunteers can work full-day ( 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or half-day shifts, with lunch provided. Please contact Barb Berggoetz,, as soon as possible, if you can help.
For More Information see the September 5 issue   of our newsletter, The Prologue.
Masthead photo taken from Internet with permission.
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