Friday UU Update
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, July 17, 2015

In This Issue

July 19, 2015   10:15 service

"Love and Other Redemption: 

Spirituality and Film Part 2"   

The Rev. Doug Wadkins, and special musical guests 

the Bloomington Chamber Singers

        One of the most complicated and meaningful human experiences is our capacity to give and receive love.  We know, of course, that film has explored this topic in an infinite number of ways. This service will share some of the ways that film may help us encounter the soulful side of love. 

Note:  With all of the film series, while none of the clips are chosen to be shocking or overly intense, sometimes people experience film moments with powerful emotion.  If this is a particularly sensitive or difficult time, please feel free to make decisions about whether this would be a good set of services for you to attend. If you have questions, check in with Rev. Wadkins.  Generally speaking, Rev. Wadkins hopes to see you there! 
Film & Spirituality News:
I will publish the films that were used in each of the Sunday's Film series services here in the Friday Update.  Also, I invite you to send me a recommendation of a film you have seen that had particular resonance in exploring deeper themes in life. I will compile a list to share with the entire congregation.  Let me know if it is alright to share your name with the recommendation. 
- Reverend Douglas Wadkins

July 12th Clips
"Life in a Day"  2011.  Kevin Macdonald, et al, Director. 
"Up"  2009, Pete Docter, Director.

UU Humanist Forum July 19th

This Sunday at 11:45 p.m. the UU Humanist Forum will meet in Room 208 after children's Religious Education classes end. The topic of discussion is "What has Comparative Genomic taught us?" and will be presented by Elof Carlson.

Monday Shambhala Meditation 

Join us at 12 noon every Monday in the Meeting Room for Shambhala Meditation with Sarah Flint. We have new cushions, but you may bring your own cushion if you like.

Do you have 5 minutes to help with the Reproductive Justice Snack Project?

We need a few more volunteers to set-up the snack cart at Planned Parenthood on Thursday mornings and put the cart away on Thursday afternoons. It only takes about 5 minutes. For all the details and to volunteer, go to this link or contact Ann LeDuc at

Social Justice Timeline
Please help us visualize the heritage and history of social justice at our church, by adding your memories and hopes to the timeline found in the North hallway at the end of the Commons.

Clothes for Orphans
The International Outreach task-force will collect and deliver gently used children's clothing to two children's AIDS orphanages in Kenya this Fall. The collection box may be found in the Commons near the social justice table. 

Registration for Religious Education for Children & Youth is NOW OPEN
Click HERE, to register easily.
Those registered by July 26th will get priority choice of August Intersession!  Registration will also be available on Sundays during coffee hour or via paper form.  

One Service Only June 21 through July 26 - 

An Experiment in Togetherness        

With the approval of our Board of Directors, we will be holding one service only each Sunday at 10:15 a.m. June 21 through July 26. During this time of transition, it is a good moment to try new ways of being together in worship. Coffee hour will take place after the service. Two services at 9:15 and 11:15 will resume on August 2.

Gumboot dancing and July 24, 

5:30-6:30 p.m

Come and learn gumboot dancing with Ellyn Barham in Fellowship Hall.Gumboots is an African step dance that found life in the mines of South Africa. Miners traveled from different parts of Africa to find work in the mines. Despite language barriers and harsh work conditions, Gumboots was used as a way for miners to communicate and uplift each other. A variety of African cultural dances have been fused into this high energy dance. More info and videos may be found at the facebook event page HERE. (all ages are welcome)

Masthead painting: Amo te, Ama me, by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World
Contact Info                            
Carol Marks
Church Administrator