Friday UU Update                Friday, September 22, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Sunday, September 24, 2017  
9:15 and 11:15 a.m. 
"Forgiveness: Not Always Easy"      
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
     "Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness." -Marianne Williamson
     The Jewish High Holy Days will begin Wednesday evening September 20th with the New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and will conclude with the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, which begin at sundown on September 29th.  In the midst of these days, Reverend Macklin will offer her annual forgiveness sermon in honor of this sacred time in the Jewish calendar.
This Week in Religious Education: 
Connection through World Religions
Our Spirit Play classes are reflecting on our Orange UU Promise, Offer Kindness.  World of Wonder (Preschool) is hearing a Muslim story "Whose Crown?" Roots and Wings (K-2) is hearing  a Buddhist tale, "Two Monks on the Road ." Curiosity Club (3rd-8th at  9:15am, 3rd-5th grade at  11:15am) will be exploring sacred places. Harry Potter and UU (6th-8th) will learn about the 7 Horcruxes. High School Youth Group will share a potluck and have a conversation on race and ethnicity.      
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 this  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 if you would like to become a member. Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, (812)332-3695 or connect@uubloomington.org .
Chalice Circle for Snowbirds--Sign Up on Sunday, September 24
You have asked, and we have listened! Announcing pilot program "Snowbird Special -- Chalice Circle Abridged". If you want to connect to church members on a deeper level and experience the joys of deep listening, but alas, you are away to warmer climates in January-April, sign up for the new chalice circle which will run on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays,  6:30-8 pm  at the UU church from October-December. Sign up sheets will be available in the Commons area for the next two weeks. If circle receives a minimum of 7 required participants, it will start on  Tuesday, October 3rd  in Room 112. Yay, snowbirds! -- Anna Beauchamp
This Sunday--Walks for Down's Syndrome & Alzheimer's Disease
This Sunday, join us in supporting two causes close to our hearts through community walks and donations.  We will support the Down's Syndrome Family Connection through the Annual Buddy Walk, as well as Alzheimer's research and support through the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Please consider joining or supporting  Molly Bunde's Buddy Walk team, or the  UU Walk to End Alzheimer's team. Questions?  Contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator at  connect@uubloomington.org or  (812)332-3695.
Reproductive  Justice Task Force Meeting September 25
The Reproductive Justice Task Force will meet Monday, September 25th at 7 pm in Rm 208. Come join us! Ongoing projects include the Bloomington screening of Jackson on Nov 5th, a film about the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. 
Helping Those Affected by Hurricanes
The Unitarian Universalist Association and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee have formed a fund to receive donations for those affected by the recent hurricanes. Information and a link are located here.
Diaper Drive, September 24-October 1
All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center is launching the "National Week of Diaper Need Awareness" next week. The need is great, as one out of three Hoosier families can't afford diapers for their children!  Please drop off diaper donations in the diaper box in the  Commons near the Social Justice Table, from 9/24-10/1.
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
This past summer, Reverend Leite utilized part of her professional expenses line to attend the Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy in Cincinnati.  While there, she explored ways to bring a greater range of practices and skills more effectively into her work here through an evolving understanding of leadership.  She is currently applying these learnings in her work with Wellspring and with the Coming of Age group as well as in her worship leadership.
UU Grief Support Group Starts November 4 November 4, November 11, December 2, and December 16 10-11:30 a.m., Library (Register by October 22)
 
Grief may be one of life's most challenging and difficult transitions. To help give support to this transition, our Caring Committee is offering a four-part series to explore the grief process. We will create a safe place to share our feelings about the death of a loved one, to process the grief experience, and to share coping strategies. Four Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., November 4 and 11, and December 2 and 16. Participants must commit to attending all four sessions. This will be a shared group experience honoring members' privacy and confidentiality. Facilitators will be Reverend Mary Ann Macklin and Sharon Yarber. If you have questions, please call Sharon Yarber, 812-345-0364. We ask that interested persons register by October 22 by calling Sharon Yarber at the phone number listed. Minimum 5, Maximum 10 participants.
For More Information see the September 19 issue   of our newsletter, The Prologue.
Masthead: Solar panels being installed on the roof of the Religious Education Wing, September 22. Photo by Carol Marks.
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