Friday UU Update
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, July 24, 2015

In This Issue

Gumboot dancing 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)

July 26, 2015  10:15 a.m.

The 3 F's: Fear, Faith and Film: 

Spirituality and Film Part 3  

The Rev. Doug Wadkins and musical guests 

the Bloomington Chamber Singers.


This third and final installment of the series exploring film and spirituality takes a whirlwind tour of the ways that film can engage dynamic human experiences that teach us core lessons about life. Some of the most layered components of life, like fear and faith, are the most essential in shaping the depth of who we are as human beings. Come see how film can give us new insight into these life-changing experiences.

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 however, Rev. Wadkins would love to see you Sunday!

Two Services Resume Next Week, August 2

Next week, August 2, we will resume holding two Sunday services. Please join us at 9:15 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. Coffee hour will take place between services.

Film & Spirituality Sermon Series Update:

I invite you to send me a recommendation of a film you have seen that has had particular resonance in exploring deeper themes in life. I will compile a list to share with the congregation in an upcoming Prologue.  Let me know if it is alright to share your name with the recommendation. 


Films From the July 12 Service:

"Life in a Day" 2011.  Kevin Macdonald, et al, Director. 

"Up" 2009, Pete Docter, Director.


From July 19 Service:

"We Were Here" 2011  David Weissman, Director

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" 2012  Benh Zeitlin, Director

"Marvin's Room"1996 Jerry Zaks, Director 

UU Freethinkers Discussion July 26th

All are welcome to join the UU Freethinkers discussion this Sunday, July 26th at 12:00 p.m. in Room 208. No topic, no presenter--just free thought discussion. --John Crosby

Religious Education Looking for Volunteers
Our kids will explore Wonder during our August Intersession (August 9th-30th). Are you an artist who would like to spend one Sunday with the kids?  Perhaps you are a photographer who could help them hone their skills? Contact Adrienne Summerlot for more information on this REwarding opportunity.

Reverend Wadkins Away Starting July 28

Reverend Douglas Wadkins will be out of the office July 28 - August 6. Reverend Emily Manvel Leite will be available during this time in case of pastoral emergencies.

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. The Timeline will be up through July 26th

Top 10 Reasons to Register Your Children & Youth Now for Religious Education

10. We use our current registration list to send out Religious Education news.

9. Registration fees help to provide snacks and supplies.

8. Your child will have a nametag in their classroom (making both kids and teachers happy).

7. We will stop sticking "Register Me" stickers on your child.

6. It is quick and easy!  You can do it online or in person. 

5. This is a great time to update your contact information!

4. Registering now will take care of August Intersession, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016.   

3. Updates us on special dietary needs, allergies or other important info.

2. Your child(ren) can choose a class for August Intersession--make sure they get their first choice by registering before August 3rd!


1. Supports the the Religious Education Team's Sanity!

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.  
Masthead photo: from the movie Baraka
Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World
Contact Info                            
Carol Marks
Church Administrator