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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Notification of Special Congregational Meeting

We will be holding a special congregational meeting after church on March 24 to authorize funding for replacing the Cottage roof. The roof has sprung several leaks and short-term fixes will no longer be sufficient. The Facilities Committee is soliciting quotes to present to the Board in March.  At the March 24 meeting, the Board will ask the congregation to approve using funds from our reserves for the repairs. Please plan to attend this meeting.

This Month 40 Years Ago...

In March of 1979 UUI was officially chartered as a Unitarian Universalist congregation by the Unitarian Universalist Association. 92 charter members signed the book of membership in December of 1978 and the church held its first public worship service on January of 1979, with the Reverend Bill DeWolfe presiding.

We will be sharing more tidbits of UUI history in the eblasts as we count down towards our 40th Anniversary celebration in the fall of this year. It's going to be a party! 

Faith at the Statehouse: March 26 and April 2

What is it? For these events, we meet at UUI and carpool to Faith in Indiana's offices downtown. Experienced community organizers train us for about an hour on how to talk to legislators. Then we uber to the statehouse together for scheduled appointments to talk to state senators and representatives as a group. This past Tuesday we were able to present our moral vision of abundance and inclusion for all communities to five different representatives and also to voice our opposition to a bill that would send 12-year-old children to adult prison and another bill that significantly expands payday lending. We meet at UUI at 9:30am and are back around 3pm.

The next two dates are Tuesday, March 26 and Tuesday, April 2. If you would like to join us for either of those dates please email Jamie, our Director of Ministry, at ministry@uui.org. 

Souls and Spirits Project

Are you a member of UUI and over the age of 65? We have 38 couples and singles signed up so far, but we know there are more of you out there. We hope you will be willing to share your experience as a member of UUI.  Email  gmmmartin@sbcglobal.net or see our sign-up table in the Social Hall after the service.

Why Does the World Exist? by Jim Holt

A discussion about the ideas in this work will be held as a part of the May Second Sunday program on May 12. As you peruse this book, please note questions that you think would lead to interesting discussions and bring them to the gathering.

This book is difficult reading. Though only 275 pages, Jim Holt writes about some of the most difficult philosophical questions that the human mind has ever encountered. We will focus on the first seven chapters, 137 pages, possibly to return on another day. The work has received favorable reviews from numerous literary authorities such as New York Times Book Review, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and others. This book is especially relevant to agnostics and atheists because theists have an answer to the question posed by the title. Agnostics and atheists must find their own responses.

Ten copies of the book will available on Sunday, March 17 at church at no charge. If you have questions about the book or the discussion format, please contact Larry Miller (boxbay@aol.com).

Caring Committee Opportunities

The UUI Caring Committee works with the Director of Ministry to support our UUI community by sending out sympathy and celebration cards, helping to arrange delivery of meals for people in temporary need or short term transportation to things like doctors appointments, or by visiting people in the hospital. Our team currently needs one to two more volunteers. Maybe this is you? There are no committee meetings to attend and the volunteer commitment is light and flexible. Please email caring@uui.org if you are interested in volunteering. It's a great way to help build a caring community here at UUI. 

Faith in Indiana Team Meeting

This meeting will be on Tuesday, March 26, 7-8:30pm in the Cottage Library. This will be a kickoff meeting to form the 2019 UUI Faith in Indiana team. The focus for Faith in Indiana in 2019 will be working with the Mayor's task force to reduce gun violence in Indy and provide mental health care, addiction treatment, community support, and other alternatives to incarceration. All are welcome.  

Next Dinner for Eight

Sign up now to attend the next Dinner for Eight on Saturday, March 30, 2019, on the northwest side of Indianapolis. This pitch-in dinner in the home of UUI hosts is open to anyone, newcomer or regular attendee at UUI. It is a great way to get to know some new people and share some fellowship. Email hollymhendrickson3@gmail.com or talk to her at the Welcome Table at church.

Great Indy Cleanup - Saturday, April 20, 2019

This event is a FANTASTIC way to meet Butler Tarkington neighbors, get some fresh air, and do a little work together.

• Please arrive about 8am on Saturday, April 20, at UUI 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 11:30am: Pizza and Vegan Chili.

To volunteer to help or if you have questions, please contact Tom Bell • tom.tjb2@gmail.com • 317-224-5684 

Writing for Spiritual Growth

Because of the special Congregational Meeting being held this Sunday after worship, Writing for Spiritual Growth will be postponed until the following Sunday, March 31, at 11:50am as usual. All are welcome.

SCL Spring Seed & Plant Fundraiser

You are invited to participate in the School for Community Learning's Spring Fund Raiser through farmraisier.com.

This school currently leases the UUI space in the RE Building and the Commons. One of its goals is to "instill social responsibility...through its culture and curriculum, with an emphasis on sustainability".

To participate:
1. Follow this link https://www.farmraiser.com/campaigns/scl-spring-seed-plant-fundraiser
2. The SCL Spring Fund Raiser will show up on the screen.
3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select page 3.
4. The UUI account is at the bottom center of page 3.
5. Click UUI to enter and you will be able view the spring seed and plant catalog, and begin shopping.
6. All orders must be completed by Friday March 22, 2019.
7. please complete all the information required to complete you order and receive a confirmation.

Seed orders will be delivered to SLC on April 8, and you may either go to UUI on that afternoon to pick up your order, or I will deliver them to UUI Sunday April 14. Flower Baskets will be delivered on April 22. Again if you cannot pick them up on that date I will bring them to church Sunday, April 21.

Direct questions to: hmhoudek@gmail.com

 Indy Folk Series: Mustard’s Retreat

Mustard's Retreat will be performing at UUI on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 7pm at UUI. They have been Ann Arbor Michigan’s “house band” since 1974. Uplifting and joyful, traditional yet contemporary; theirs is music to cure what ails you!

Advance Tickets available NOW! http://IFSMarch2019.bpt.me or call: 1-800-838-3006
Adults: $15 in advance/$20 at the Door
Students/Age 65 and up: $10 in advance/$15 at the door
Age 12 and under: free
www.indyfolkseries.org

Auction Events

It's spring, the weather is improving (?!) and the field trips and dinners you purchased at the UUI Auction in November are starting to take place. If you have a good time at the event you purchased, please write a lovely review and send it to me! We would like to know about your experiences and share them with others! Please email your comments to ckoertge@comcast.net

Souls and Spirits

A meeting for subjects and interviewers will be held on Sunday, March 31, in the sanctuary. We need to schedule photos as well as stories. Please help us out by your attendance. Contact Gail Martin at gmmmartin@sbcglobal.net with any questions.

UUI Photo Group

The next UUI Photo Group meeting takes place on Monday, April 15, at 7pm in the Cottage Library. The topic is "Collaborating with Another Member of the UUI Photo Group".

Future topics are:
May: Environmental Portraiture
June: Coffee
July: Rearranging Nature a la Andy Goldsworthy
All are welcome to our meetings. If you have any questions, contact Wendy Dougherty at wdougherty8@gmail.com.

Indy Folk Series 2018/2019 Season

Concerts are held once a month on Saturday evenings at UUI. 

9/22/18: Ryanhood
10/20/18: Flatland Harmony Experiment
11/24/18: Open Mic Night, Proceeds benefit Kheprw Institute
12/15/18: Tim Grimm & Krista Detor
1/19/19: Dennis Stroughmatt Western Swing Band
2/16/19: Ennis Clare
3/23/19: Mustard's Retreat
4/13/19: Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle
5/18/19: John Gorka

More information: http://www.indyfolkseries.org