Upcoming Events

We have a lot going on here at UUI!  Some of our upcoming events are listed below.  To see what else is happening, check out our Building Community page or visit us on facebook.

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Sign-up now for Fall 2019 Chalice Circles

Chalice Circles for the fall are filling up now. A Chalice Circle is a small group which meets together regularly over the course of several months, usually every week or every other week, to share with one another on a chosen topic in a format that emphasizes deep listening. It is a great way to connect with yourself and to connect with other members of UUI. To sign up, email re@uui.org.

Meditation For Adults

Meditation For Adults is held every 3rd and 4th Sunday at 9:30am in the Cottage Chalice Room. The half hour pre-service session is led by Sandra Gruber, using soft percussion and voice guided imagery. Childcare is provided. Contact Sandra for more details at sandra.gruber4@gmail.com.

UUI 40th Anniversary

UUI turns 40 this year! In honor of this event, we are going to celebrate together on Saturday, October 19.  All members and friends are invited to join us in this family friendly event. Weather cooperating, we will have early outdoor activities, a bonfire & s’mores for families, followed by an inside social hour with jazz music, a short program honoring our history, and finally, a rockin’ dance party for all!  Child care will also be available in the evening if desired.

Here's what's happening and when:

  • 4:30-6:00: Family Fun -- games, bonfire, cookout

  • 6:00-7:00: Social Hour -- Food, drinks, jazz

  • 7:00-7:30: Program 

  • 7:30-9:15: Dance, dance, dance! 

We're still looking for volunteers to help with kids' activities. Childcare will be available all evening, and quieter tables for chatting will be available in a social hall cafe area. Sign up to volunteer at our table on Sunday where you can also RSVP!

Buddy Bench

The collection of Lids and Caps for the Buddy Bench Project will take place every third Sunday (next collection is Sunday, October 20). There will be a Green Team table in the Social Hall dedicated for collection. Please only bring your acceptable items, as we will not be able to sort through and separate your items for you. Also, as noted, if there in a styrofoam liner on the cap or lid, it must be removed prior to you dropping your items off.

For those who don’t yet know, we will be upcycling these items to make a “Buddy Bench” for the playground!

Here is the official, updated and current list of acceptable items and instructions. Buddy Bench Acceptable Caps and Lids with Instructions.

Note: We have exciting news! Green Tree Plastics NOW accepts lids and caps with recycling numbers 2, 4, and 5 in the recycling triangle in addition to the caps and lids without recycling numbers that we are currently collecting. For detailed technicolor information click here. Also, please watch this short video detailing acceptable caps.

BTNA Church Community Mental Wellness Group

The initial planning meeting will be Sunday, October 20 at 5:30pm at Fairview Presbyterian (46th and Capitol). Enter up the ramp on the Capitol Street side. Gathering downstairs. An amazing chicken dinner with all the fixings will be provided!

Ideas to discuss stemming from conversations at the sessions:

  • Locating or compiling a Mental Health Handbook with information about important resources and crisis numbers and locations in the Indianapolis area and planning for distribution locations and methods.

  • Mental Health pages on social media that would promote the handbook as well as develop a community for those needing resources, a site for promoting local mental wellness events, and a place to discuss issues, and explore questions.

  • A Health Fair or other services for School 43

  • Your ideas!

How you can help:

Join us and invite your fellow church members and caring neighbors. Lot of hands make light work!

Bring your ideas, resources, and energy!

UUI Photo Group

The members of the UUI Photo Group do more than share photos. Comradery and good humor prevail at the meetings. Questions about photography are asked and answered.

The next meeting of the UUI Photo Group is on Monday, October 21, 2019, in the Cottage at 7pm.The subject is "Rearranging Nature ala Andy Goldsworthy." See http://www.morning-earth.org/ARTISTNATURALISTS/AN_ Goldsworthy.html

November: "Celebrations"

December: "Broken"

January 2020: "The Moon" You have the 3 months until then to try different moon shots to try to get some good shots.

Sign-up now for the "Coming of Age for Adults" Workshop for Fall 2019

Inspired by the awesome youth "Coming of Age" program at UUI, but designed for adults, this will be a fun, engaging, and challenging journey of self-reflection and discovery to help you get more in touch with who you are and what you're about. The program is led by our Director of Ministry and Director of Lifespan Religious Education and meets for five sessions on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Dinner will be provided starting at 6:00pm. Sessions are 6:30pm-8:30pm. Fall 2019 dates are Oct 24, Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21, and Dec 5. Email re@uui.org for more info and to reserve a spot.

UUI Grief Support Group

A support group for people dealing with grief of any kind will be meeting every other Thursday (next meeting will be on October 24) in the UUI Cottage Library, from 4pm to 6pm. The group will be led by our Director of Ministry, Jamie Hinson-Rieger. It will be primarily focused on sharing and listening in a judgment-free and supportive environment. No RSVP necessary, drop-ins welcome. Email ministry@uui.org with questions.

UUI Great Indy Cleanup 

We’re happy to announce Tom Bell has organized another clean-up day and procured a packer truck can make a big difference! This event is always a FANTASTIC way to meet Butler Tarkington neighbors, get some fresh air and do a little work together.

Starting from UUI, we will work in teams toward Tarkington Park where we will have lunch. The packer truck will meet us there and those who would like can follow it back to UUI gathering the bags and as many other large areas of junk as we can.

Please arrive about between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM on Saturday, October 26th at UUI's Social Hall for instructions.
• Lunch, Water, snacks, cotton gloves, maps and trash bags will be provided.
• Please bring heavy or waterproof gloves from home.
• All adults are welcome. School-aged children may accompany their parents.
• Lunch will be around 11:30 Pizza and Vegan Chili.
To volunteer to help or questions, please contact:
Tom Bell • tom.tjb2@gmail.com • 317-224-5684

Halloween Party, October 27

Come one, come all, come the scariest of them all! October 27 from 11:30am-1:30pm, join us at UUI's most spooktacular celebration of the year!

Bring all of your ghostly friends to enjoy some fantastic festivities - food, games, fortune telling, bonfire, and a haunted house.

Be sure to tell your friends as we celebrate with horror d;oeuvres, hauntingly yummy sides, disgustingly delicious desserts, or mysterious mouth watering chili for our annual cook-off.

Decorate your car for our Trunk-or-Treat and pass out candy to all of our ghoulish friends who dare to arrive in costumes.

Want to be part of a dangerously daring decorating crew or stay late and be part of our chilling clean-up crew? We need lots of volunteers! Click here to sign up to volunteer or let us know what you can bring!

Writing for Spiritual Growth

The next meeting will meet Sunday October 27th, in the Religious Education Building (because of Halloween activities) at noon. Come to explore your life experiences and/or to jump start your writing habit. All are welcome. Contact martim1234@sbcglobal.net with questions.

Spiritual Practices Workshop

New Programming! Friday Night Spiritual Practices Workshop

When: Friday, November 1, 6-8pm, meets every other Friday

Where: UUI Social Hall and Sanctuary

What: This is a group for people to learn about different spiritual practices, share food and fellowship, and support each other in their ongoing spiritual practice.

Each evening will begin with a brief shared meal. UUI will provide a vegetarian main course and coffee/tea. People are invited to bring side dishes and deserts to share. After the meal, we will have a short (20 minutes or so) "circle style" worship time together in the Sanctuary, led by our Director of Ministry. After worship, we will learn about and practice a specific spiritual practice (example, prayer. meditation, lectio divina, chanting, labyrinth walking, and so on). There will then be time for sharing about our ongoing spiritual practices and what we are learning and experiencing in our lives.

All theological perspectives and religious viewpoints are welcome. You do not even have to like or use the word "spirit!" Come learn about and explore timeless practices to work towards peace, insight, and inspiration in a supportive environment.

RSVPs for the first meeting appreciated to ministry@uui.org, but drop-ins welcome.

UUI Fall Auction

UUI will host another auction, but with a twist. Rather than hold a live auction on one evening, we’ll have silent auction bidding on the following consecutive Sundays before and after services: November 3, 10, and 17.

Our focus will be on community building, and we ask that all auction items be event, food or service related. Dinners/events don’t have to be extravagant or expensive, just something fun for a group gathering.

*Please find the table in the Social Hall on Sunday to sign up for a bidding number.*

There, you can also pick up your donation form.


For your convenience, you can access the form here: UUI Fall Auction Donation Form. You can print it out and return it on Sunday, or simply fill it out and email it back to Carla (instructions in document).

If you need help with ideas, here is a sample list of possible group activities -- be clever and creative!

*Forms are due on October 20!*

Questions? Contact Carla Koertge Cote at ckoertge@comcast.net.

Board Meeting

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is Tuesday, November 19 at 7pm in the Cottage Library. Board meetings are open to all. There is a time at the beginning of each meeting reserved for member input and feedback.

Volunteer Opportunity with the UUI Facilities Committee

Ray Wilson, is looking for a few good people to volunteer for the facilities committee.

We currently have an immediate need for exterior painters who can paint from a ladder. This can be done at a time that fits your schedule. We supply the paint, brushes and ladder.

For more information contact Ray at rwwilson@iquest.net.

Souls and Spirits Interviewers

Souls and Spirits Interviewers will be acknowledged in the magazine with small individual pictures. The large number of interviewers make it impractical to gather everyone for a group picture. Please make yourself available after services as John Cote will be taking the photos most Sundays. Thanks so much for all the work you have done.

Donations for Boulevard Place Food Pantry

UUI collects non-perishable food items for the Boulevard Place Food Pantry every Sunday morning. The pantry is located just two blocks from our church and serves families right in our neighborhood. Clients may shop at the pantry twice per month. In a two hour shift as many as 50 families may be served. If you are able, please consider bringing a donation each Sunday as a part of your personal/family generosity practice. If you are interested in volunteering at the pantry or in helping to deliver UUI's donations contact Susan Cassada susancassada@gmail.com.

Are You Going to Pokagon?

The annual retreat to Pokagon State Park takes place January 24 through 26, 2020.

We stay at the Potawatomie Inn.  Reservations are made 2 years in advance, but there are changes, and some rooms are available. 

To reserve your room(s), call 1-260-833-1077, tell them you want to make reservations at the Potawatomi Inn under the group code UI20 [YOU EYE TWENTY]. JoAnna Henry is the Sales Coordinator.  

A first night’s lodging will be requested at the time of reservation.

The Potawatomi Inn's cancellation policy is 4 days prior to check in.


  • 2 Full Beds Historic Room 99.99 + tax per night

  • 2 Queen Beds Room 119.99 + tax per night

There is a great Nature Center, a huge toboggan ride, several fireplaces in front of which we play games, read, socialize, etc., great places to eat (everyone goes to Caruso's at 4:30 on Saturday afternoon for a great dinner), and so much more!

Please let ME know if you do make a reservation. Wendy (wdougherty8@gmail.com or 317-255-7039)

Environmental Sustainability Meeting

October meeting TBA

Writing for Spiritual Growth

October meeting TBA

Newcomers Workshop


Indy Folk Series


Credo Forum


Senior Social Hour


Pub Theology