Friday UU Update
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, March 18, 2016

In This Issue
Sunday, March 20, 2016  
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Liberty. Money. Life.
The Reverend Douglas Wadkins
In this month when we explore "Liberation,"  we seek to understand its implications on many different levels.  Liberation has a political, a personal and a spiritual component...always. An arena in all lives where these components have particular power is in our relationship to money. This Sunday we will explore how a healthy concept of Stewardship is one of the most significant manifestations of a Theology of Liberation! 
Our Folks...
Our caring thoughts are with the families of Maureen Biggers and Tony Reilly. Maureen's son, James T Biggers III, died in a local car accident on March 15, 2016.  A Memorial Service will be held in our sanctuary this Monday, March 21st at 2:00 pm, Reverend Mary Ann Macklin and Reverend Nancy Leport of Rochester, New York, officiating.
We continue to hold Sandy Taylor in our hearts, along with her family and friends.  Sandy is in the IU Health Hospital Intensive Care Unit as a result of a fall last Saturday.   To be added to an email list for updates on Sandy's condition, please contact our office at
UU Freethinkers Meeting Sunday, March 20
12:45 p.m. in Room 208
An opportunity 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.
Equinox Celebration
Sunday, March 20, 6:15PM
Liberate yourself from winter!  Join in a celebration of the changing seasons and emerging Spring.  Our children's choir, directed by Jill Courtney, will be performing.
Young Adult Lunch
Sunday, March 20, 12:30p.m.
This Sunday, all interested young adults (18-35) are invited to head up to the church library after the 11:15 service for casual conversation and free pizza. Our Connections Coordinator, Shari Woodbury, will join the group. Come hang out with us!
The Green Sanctuary Task Force and the Peace and Economic Justice Task Force invite you to a talk Mar 24
"Trading Away Democracy: The Realities of the Trans-Pacific Partnership," by I.U. Labor Studies Professor Joseph Varga.  Wednesday, March 24 at 4 p.m., Monroe County Public Library, Room 2A.
Choir Rehearsal at Auer Hall, March 24, 6:30 p.m.
Arrive at 6:30 if you are singing the Freund on March 26. Arrive at 6:45 if you are not singing Freund. The choir will meet for regular rehearsal at 7:00 p.m. in Room M-344, upstairs from Auer Hall. Free parking available on the street.
Easter Fundraising Breakfast for Habitat March 27
   The Habitat Task Force also is hosting an Easter fundraising breakfast between services on March 27. Funds will be used for an upcoming interfaith build in Bloomington. We could use volunteers to help prepare, serve and clean up from any time from 8 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. Please contact Ann LeDuc 
Baby Dedication on Sunday, March 27
We will set aside special time in both of our worship services on Sunday, March 27th to celebrate a rite of passage for the youngest members of our congregation.    Baby dedications are celebrations of the miracle of life, the sacredness of the child-parent bond, and the importance of a strong reciprocal relationship between family and a supportive faith community. If your family is interested in participating please contact Adrienne Summerlot.
"We Are!"  We are Unitarian Universalists! 
Open pledging began February 20th and will run through April 3rd! We are encouraging friends and members to share "Selfie" photos and pledge to the annual campaign (2016-2017) to celebrate your connection to the congregation . More information at the Stewardship Table and on our website.  Send your creative photos to Reverend Wadkins and share the love: You can pledge online by going to You can also pledge with a paper pledge card at church!
25% Sunday Non-Pledge Plate Recipient Nomination Campaign - Application Deadline is April 1st
   The process for nominating our next local non-profit agency to receive 25% of Sunday non-pledge plate collections has begun! An application form with guidelines is now available for those who would like to nominate an agency to receive the funds from July 2016 - June 2017. The application deadline is April 1st, after which the Social Justice Funds Committee will choose three nominee finalists for the congregation to vote on at the spring congregational meeting on June 12th. 
    Contact Steve Mascari, SJFC Chair, at for a grant application. See here for details.
For More Information see the March 7 issue  of our newsletter, The Prologue. 
Masthead photo by Linda Mjolsnes. 
Pelicans at Goose Pond in Greene County, Indiana.
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Contact Info
Carol Marks
Church Administrator