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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Second Sunday Summer Hiatus

Resuming in September! Join us from 11:30am to 2pm every second Sunday of the month, to share a meal together and participate in a variety of options for education, discussion and shared fun for all ages.

UUI Photo Group

The next UUI Photo Group will meet in the Cottage Library on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 7pm. “Squirrels” is the theme.  As usual, interpret that anyway you wish!

Bring them on a thumb drive with just a few pictures on it or as approximately 8”X 10” or so prints. All are welcome. For information contact Wendy Dougherty wdougherty8 (at) gmail.com

Faith in Indiana Team Meeting

Faith in Indiana is an interfaith coalition of Indiana congregations working for justice around immigration issues, racial-justice, and economic opportunity/healthcare. We will meet on Monday, July 16 from 7-8:30pm in the Cottage Chalice Room, which is the back office through the kitchen. We will review Faith in Indiana's plans going into the November election, discuss their research on language that can create a values-based coalition rather than divide people, and make a plan for UUI's participation. All are welcome.

Pub Theology

The next meeting of Pub Theology will be THURSDAY, July 19, 7-8:30pm at Taste Cafe, 52nd and College. The topic will be aging. It is happening to all of us all of the time, but our culture sure does send a lot of ambivalent messages about it. What has aging meant for you in your own life? What are the rewards, challenges, and surprises? What resources have been helpful and what is still needed?  

Chalice Circle Facilitator Training in Bloomington

 Chalice Circles at UUI, a traditional practice in small-group "deep listening" going back more than a decade, will resume in the fall. We are hoping to increase recruitment so that at least two Chalice Circles can run for about 9-10 weeks each starting in October.

It's important that we get new facilitators. Their job is to guide discussions, choose sessions (hundreds of which are available for free at smallgroupministry.net), and help ensure that the group's covenant is followed. This may sound quite directive, but a facilitator is less a leader than a participant with a little extra responsibility for making these exercises in deep listening successful. For the most part, it's the covenant itself that leads the group session after session.

Bloomington UU Church, 2120 N. Fee Lane, will host facilitator training for Chalice Circles on August 18.  A ten-dollar fee will cover materials and refreshments. Participants will go over the structure of Chalice Circles, and experienced facilitators will be on hand. How to formulate covenants that work toward making the Circles welcoming, healthy, and sustainable will be discussed. Questions? Contact the UUI church office at office@uui.org.

Boulevard Place Food Pantry

Thanks to everyone who has brought items for the Boulevard Place Food Pantry. Rest assured that your contributions, once delivered to the pantry, are quickly shelved and go home with clients. 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 and it is a very busy place during open hours. In a two hour shift as many as 50 families may be served. In 2016 UUI donated 1167 lbs of goods. In 2017 UUI contributed 832 lbs. Let's see if we can top those numbers in 2018. (249 lbs was delivered on January 28th) If you are interested in volunteering at the pantry or in helping to deliver UUI's donations contact Susan Cassada susancassada (at) gmail.com.

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 us on Sunday mornings before the service, from 10 to 10:30am 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.