Friday UU Update
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, August 7, 2015

In This Issue
Sunday, August 9, 2015     9:15 a.m. 11:15 a.m.
May the Spirit of Wonder Light Our Way!   

The Reverend Douglas Wadkins 

In August we will explore the theme of Wonder. How can an open-minded and open-hearted attitude towards life, and an orientation of compassionate curiosity, help us move forward with greater possibility? It is possible that such an approach will assist in engaging our own futures and the future of this congregation with greater depth and meaning? The service will take the Shining Stars of the congregation's life posited by Reverend Wadkins in a previous service, and will explore wonder's implications for the journey. Wonderful music from Midwest UU Summer Assembly will be shared during the service.

Peace Vigil Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

The Just Peace Task Force asks you to join us this Sunday August 9, at 5:30 p.m. on Courthouse Square to remember the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki and to support the nuclear deal with Iran, which faces a crucial test in Congress. 

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.

UU Freethinkers Meeting Sunday, August 9 

12:45 p.m. in Room 210 

The purpose of the UU Freethinkers bi-weekly meeting, alternating with the UU Humanist Forum, is to create the opportunity for participants to raise questions and engage in open and non-structured discussion of issues of social concern, political concern, and theological/religious concern. Info, contact John Crosby.

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. 

Lucky's Grocery Gift Cards Now Available

We now have Lucky's Grocery gift cards available at the grocery card sales table in the Commons on Sunday. The church receives 7% of the amount spent if you use a gift card purchased here at church.

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.

Sermon Text Available
Reverend Dennis McCarty's August 2 sermon is now available electronically. If you would like to receive a copy, please contact
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 in the Meeting Room. 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. In the Library.

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

Religious Education News

Preschool children meet every Sunday for class; if your child is entering or graduating from the preschool class, please contact Adrienne Summerlot so the RE Team can help make this transition smooth for you and your child.


Kindergarten-8th grade have the opportunity to explore Art, Outdoors or Photography from August 9th-30th.  Note: photography is only available during the 11:15 session.  


Fall Religious Education classes for Kindergarten-5th grade will be offered at both services.  6th-8th graders or YUUMS (Young UU Middle Schoolers) will begin meeting regularly at 11:30am on September 13th.

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