Friday UU Update
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, July 31, 2015

In This Issue

Celebrate Lammas with Earth Kin Saturday, August 1

Come and celebrate Lammas (the first harvest festival of the season) with Earth Kin on Saturday, August 1st at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. During the ritual, we will celebrate the abundance we have grown in our lives and we will share the story of John Barleycorn while enjoying the gifts of this first harvest. Children are welcome, but please contact the coordinator of the event, Brooke Opel at, if you plan to bring a child under the age of ten. 

Two Services Resume this Sunday, August 2

Please join us at 9:15 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. Coffee hour will take place between services.

Sunday, August 2, 2015       9:15 and 11:15 a.m.

"Can We Prove God Exists?"

The Reverend Dennis McCarty


Rev. Dennis McCarty will ponder, "Can We Prove God Exists?" For thousands of years, people have fought over various beliefs about God(s) and how to properly honor him/her/them. Rev. Dennis will apply the lens of reason to the topic by examining the classic philosophical "proofs" of God's existence. When you mix God and logic, what kind of salad do you wind up with?  Rev. Dennis recently retired from his ministry with the UU Congregation of Columbus, Indiana. He is a guest in our pulpit and will also share music of his own composition during the services 

How Warm is Your Welcome?

It's peak visitor season!  Please help newcomers feel at home in our church.  Some simple things you can do:  Wear your name tag. If you see someone new looking for a place to sit, invite them to sit with you. Use a "welcome mug" and introduce yourself when you see unfamiliar faces at coffee hour. Use open-ended conversation-starters like "What brought you here today?" or "Tell me about yourself." Thank you for doing your part to offer our guests a warm welcome! -Shari Woodbury, Connections Coordinator

First Steps Class for Newcomers - Sunday August 2

First Steps is a 40 minute drop-in class for newcomers, offered one Sunday a month at 10:35am and 12:35pm in Room 207-B.  It offers a brief introduction to Unitarian Universalism and our congregation.  Free childcare is available in Room 108 (substantial snack provided for children at 12:35 p.m.)  No registration necessary, just come if curious!

Caregiver Support Network Meeting

Sunday, August 2, 3-4:30 p.m. in the Library.

UU Humanist Forum August 2

This Sunday at 12:45 p.m. the UU Humanist Forum will meet in Room 210 after children's Religious Education classes end. The topic of discussion is "Freedom-Security-Tyranny" and will be presented by Betty Wagoner.

Sand Mandala Coming August 9th

Monks from the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center will be constructing a sand mandala in Fellowship Hall. They will begin at 12:30pm on Sunday, August 9th and will continue during the hours of 10am-4pm through Friday, August 14th. We invite members to come and observe.

What is MUUSA?

Midwest Unitarian Universalist Summer Assembly is an annual intergenerational week-long camp in the Ozarks for fun, fellowship, and personal growth. Come learn more about how you or your family could be involved next year by coming to a Q and A conversation with past attendees. Join us Sunday, August 9th at 12:30pm for a brown bag lunch in the Library. 

Religious Education Consultation in August
As part of the work of our interim period, Nancy Heege, a consultant for the MidAmerica Region, has been invited
by the ministers and the Board to consult with the staff, teachers, parents and others about the strengths, challenges, and growing edges of our RE program. Nancy has a deep understanding of congregational life, including issues surrounding leadership, growth, change, conflict management, and congregational systems. She has also been a religious educator in a large UU congregation herself. We hope many members of our congregation will attend these conversations with Nancy.

Wednesday, August 12, 6:30 - 8:00pm
An Open Conversation with Nancy Heege

After a presentation on church size, transitions in churches, and change management, Nancy will invite questions and comments. Childcare will be provided.

Thursday, August 13, 11:30am - 12:30pm  
A Conversation on Youth Programs
Open meeting to discuss ContinUUing Connections and our programming for youth.

Thursday, August 13, 7:00 - 8:00pm  
A Conversation on Spirit Play
Open meeting to discuss our Spirit Play program. Childcare will be provided.

A Gentle Reminder, Gentle Reader        

Please remember that Judy Bennett is no longer a member of our church staff. She retired from the position of Connections Coordinator on June 30, 2015. Her personal cell phone number is for personal calls only now. Contact our new Connections Coordinator Shari Woodbury at or 812-332-3695, ext. 209. For questions about the Goods and Services Auction, talk with Arzetta Hults-Losensky at

Registration for Religious Education for Children & Youth is NOW OPEN
Click HERERegistration will also be available on Sundays during coffee hour or via paper form.  
Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World
Contact Info                            
Carol Marks
Church Administrator