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Did You Forget to Pledge?
Your friends at UUI are trying to finalize the budget for the coming fiscal year and we don't have all your pledges of financial support! We have great programming planned but need the final income numbers to make a balanced budget. You can use the form we mailed you several weeks ago or click here to get a new pledge form. Please bring it to church this Sunday, Easter Sunday, and put it in the offering basket or mail it to the UUI office. You can then set up an automatic payment from your bank starting July 1, 2017. Questions? Let me know! Please contact Holly at hollymhendrickson3 (at) gmail.com.
Community Beacon Fund
Did you know that UUI has funding available to support projects that affirm and promote our Seven Principles? The Community Beacon Fund (CBF) provides funding for local activities that address human needs. Projects awarded a CBF grant are those which live out our commitment to community consciousness-raising and social justice. Projects approved promote Unitarian Universalism and UUI values and ideals, and serve to advance our mission as a "beacon" in our community. The CBF recently financed the startup of a UUI Girl Scout Troop and also the art project “Golden Scales and Silver Wings Community Art Day.” To learn more about the CBF and to see if your project qualifies, visit our website at: http://www.uui.org/community-beacon-fund/
IndyCAN Health Care Town Hall
Thursday, April 20, 7pm at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 337 N. Warman Avenue, Indianapolis.
IndyCAN is holding a town hall meeting to ask our representatives to commit to protecting access to affordable health care and to preserving Medicaid. Senators Donnelly and Young, and Representatives Carson and Brooks have been invited. Come let your reps know that the people are watching and will hold them accountable! UUI Worship Leader, Jamie Hinson-Rieger, will be speaking at the event.
UUI Photo Group
The assignment for April is to take pictures at “Central Park in Carmel, Indiana”. It is located at 920 Central Park Drive West, west of the Central Park bridge. Parking is available adjacent to the playground. The easiest way is to access the playground off of College Avenue, between 116th and 111th Streets. Bring your photos on a thumb drive (which has just a few pictures on it) or as 8”X 10” or so prints. The photo group meets in the Cottage at 7pm the third Monday of each month. For more information please contact Wendy Dougherty at wdougherty8 (at) gmail.com.
Annual Alley Cleanup
Sponsored annually by the Indianapolis Mayor’s office and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, and coordinated by the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association (BTNA), this event is a GREAT way to meet our Butler Tarkington neighbors, get some fresh air and do a little work together. Please arrive about 8am on April 22 in the UUI Social Hall for a light snack and instructions.
Water, cotton gloves, and trash bags will be provided. Bring heavy or waterproof gloves from home. All adults are welcome. School-aged children may accompany their parents. We will be out the door by 8:25 or 8:30am. Lunch will be served around 11:30am. After lunch, the City packer truck will arrive to pick up trash. The afternoon team will identify trash locations and assist with loading small items into the truck.
To join in the fun, please contact Heliene Houdek at hmhoudek3 (at) gmail.com. You can also sign up in the Social Hall on Sunday mornings. Many thanks!
Big Questions Forum
Due to Easter, the Big Questions Forum in April will be Sunday, April 23 (NOT April 16), from 9 to 10am in the Cottage Library. We will be talking about accountability. To whom are our lives accountable? How do we hold ourselves accountable? And as people in a covenant, do we hold one another accountable?
The Writers Circle will have its next meeting on Sunday, April 23. We will gather after post-service refreshments and meet in the Cottage Library at noon. If you wish, bring something you've written, or something you've read that you would like to share. All ages invited! For further information, email Walter Biskupski at biskupski (at) sbcglobal.net.
All-Church Members’ and Friends’ Arty Bash Art Show
The Fine Arts Committee will be putting up the Arty Bash Art Show on Sunday, April 23, after the service. The theme for the Arty Bash is "Let It Be a Dance’. Artwork for the exhibit may relate to the theme, but it is not necessary, as usual.
If you have one or more pieces of art in any medium or technique to put in the show, please send Wendy Dougherty (wdougherty8 (at) gmail.com) the label information (title, medium, and if there is anything else you want to say about the artwork) by Monday, April 17 (sooner is better). If it fits in the category of "Dance”, please mention that. There might be a special area for those pieces. The Arty Bash itself is Saturday, April 29, from 6:30 to 9:00pm.
Walking Theology 2
When: Saturday April 29 at 2pm
Where: Meet at the UUI Church at 615 W W 43rd Street Indianapolis
Learn about the Camino de Santiago de CompostelaJoin members of the Hoosier chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino for a two mile walk along the Indianapolis Spiritual Trail. This is an opportunity to learn from old hands about the 'Camino' in northern Spain, one of the world's great walking pilgrimages. The destination of Spain's major pilgrimage is Santiago which is the burial place of Saint James, one of the 12 Apostles, and the patron saint of pilgrims and laborers. Bring water and wear appropriate walking shoes. For more information contact Ian McIntosh at ismcintosh (at) hotmail.com
"The Art of Solidarity" Concert/Vigil
June 3, 1-4pm
You are invited to a unique concert/art/activism event in June sponsored by the UUI Racial Justice Task Force and made possible by a grant from the Beacon Fund.
The event begins at UUI as a concert featuring five amazing local spoken word artists and musicians, including Mariah Ivey, who spoke at one of our services. During the concert, visual artists from the Big Car Collective will be in the Social Hall helping concertgoers create banners and posters with the message "Black Lives Matter."
After the concert, everyone is invited to relocate to the corner of 38th and Meridian for an outdoor roadside Black Lives Matter vigil using the banners and posters created. This will be our biggest vigil yet!
The concert is free and open to the public. We also need people to help set up, tear down, usher, and potentially transport supplies to the vigil site. To volunteer, please email jamie (at) uui.org.
Citizen’s Climate Lobby (CCL)
Following the service at the May 7 Congregational Meeting, UUI members will be asked to vote on whether or not UUI should endorse CCL’s Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal to the federal government. The goal is to push everyone to reduce emissions of CO2.
For those of you who did not have the opportunity to attend Credo Forum a few months ago or the CCL workshop on April 2, please click here for a very brief overview of the proposal.
To learn more go to http://citizensclimatelobby.org/carbon-fee-and-dividend/
A blank copy of the endorsement is located on the Environmental Sustainability Committee's bulletin board in the Social Hall and at http://citizensclimatelobby.org/leaders/. There is reason to believe that this plan could be passed in Congress.
At the next Credo Forum on May 7, the UUI Environmental Sustainability Committee will present an update and discussion on the environment both globally and locally. We like to breathe clean air, drink clean water, heat and cool our homes with renewable energy such as wind and solar, and enjoy the meadows, forests, and mountains free of litter and pollution. It is a tall order considering the forces at play against that ideal. We have a lot of work to do if we hope to control pollution and slow or stop global climate change, but we can do it.
Future Credo Forum topics may include – Separation of Church and State, Institutional Racism, Red States and Blue Cities, Guns and Violence, and What is the Bible. We welcome suggested topics. The Credo Forum is open to all and meets on the first Sunday of each month at 9am in the Cottage Library. We hope to see you there!
The Boulevard Food Pantry, which UUI supports with food donations, is always in need of these items:
16 ounce jars of peanut butter
5 ounce cans of tuna and chicken
Sauces to go with tuna and chicken
Cereals, any kind
Soups, any kind
If you have questions, email Jeannette Rowe at jeannetterowe25 (at) gmail.com
Beginner's Meditation Group
"What makes a fire burn is space between the logs, a breathing space." - Judy Brown, "Fire"
Come find some breathing space with us so your fire doesn't burn out. Join Gloria Moya on Sunday mornings before the service, from 9:45 to 10:15a in the Cottage Chalice Room. Childcare is available in the Nursery in the first floor of the RE Building beginning at 9:30am. Send an email to re (at) uui.org for more information.
UUI Tutoring Program Needs You!
The UUI tutoring program at IPS School #43 has a track record of success spanning almost two decades, and it's time for you to take part. The tutoring program will start right after Labor Day. Several tutors have already agreed to join the UUI Tutoring Team but we could use many more. How about YOU?
The school’s new principal, Mr. Posey, is vitally interested and actively involved in the tutoring effort at the school. Plans for this year include two levels of help needed:
First level: the usual one-on-one tutoring in math and/or reading with one or more students at the grade level of your choice;
Second level: Volunteer coordinator in each classroom to help make sure everything runs smoothly for the tutors, students and teachers.
Choose one or both levels. Tutors interested in improving their reading tutoring skills can participate in a Guided Reading Session conducted by a reading specialist at the school.
For details about this year's tutoring program, and to get on the UUI Tutoring Team, contact Don Somers at donbanjo (at) sbcglobal.net.