UUI is the church of the warm heart, open mind and helping hands. We are a welcoming congregation, celebrating everyone--so whoever you are and whomever you love, whether you worship many gods, one God or no god, whether you walk in on little feet, roll in or stroll in--you are welcome here!
Sermon for Sunday, July 28: “How to Be a Good Person (Your Questions Answered, Part 3)” by Jamie Hinson-Rieger
As we continue to answer your questions from the January “Question Box” service, this Sunday we will focus on your ethical questions. You had questions about guns, money, materialism, democracy, peace, and protecting the planet. You wanted to know how we can live ethical lives that go beyond just fulfilling our own wants and needs. This Sunday we will tackle some of those thorny issues and look at the general question of what it means to live an ethical life. Special music by Jill Stewart and Linda Parr.
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"How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation," by Jamie Hinson-Rieger: Our Director of Ministry will be serving a clinical pastoral education internship at IU West in Avon this summer during the day, Mon-Fri, from June 3 to August 17. This is one of the requirements for receiving ministerial fellowship with the UUA. During this time he will be half-time at UUI (covered by accrued vacation and professional development hours) and will not have scheduled office hours. Evening and weekend office visits and pastoral calls are available by appointment. Please email email@example.com or call the office at 317-283-4760.
Caring Team Call For Volunteers
The UUI Caring Team currently needs two more volunteers. Maybe this is you? The team works with the Director of Ministry to support our UUI community by sending out sympathy and celebration cards, updating the "Take Them a Meal" website when there is a need for home meal delivery, and occasionally recruiting drivers for short term transportation needs to get people to doctors appointments and the like. There are no committee meetings to attend and the volunteer commitment is light and flexible. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering. It's a great way to help build a caring community here at UUI.
Building the Beloved Community
from our Board President, David Jackoway
Unitarian Universalist identity is shaped in large part by the stories we tell about ourselves. African Americans have had a significant role in our faith since the beginnings of Unitarianism and Universalism, and frequently attempts by black leaders to play a more prominent role in our movement were blocked. But the history of black UUs has not been told. At the MidAmerica Regional Assembly last weekend we were reminded we need to learn the complete story of our history and of the mistakes that were made in the past.
The Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed has been at the forefront of correcting the narrative of African American involvement in Unitarian Universalism. A good place to start is by reading his article in the Fall 2017 issue of the UU World entitled “The black hole in the white UU psyche.” He has published several books on this topic including Black Pioneers in a White Denomination, Darkening the Doorways: Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism, and Revisiting the Empowerment Controversy: Black Power and Unitarian Universalism, all of which are available at the UUA Bookstore or at Amazon.
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