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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October Second Sunday

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.  Click here (http://www.uui.org/second-sundays/) for details of the October 8 Second Sunday. 

Book discussion:
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

For the October Second Sunday, there will be a discussion facilitated by Holly Hendrickson and UUI Worship Leader, Jamie Hinson-Rieger on Coate's firsthand account of his experience being black in America today.  Coates relates his experiences in a letter to his teenage son, sharing what it is like to survive and even thrive in a culture that has abused the black body because it is not white.  The book provides us a revealing place to start as we learn about institutional racism and the culture of white supremacy.  It’s available at libraries and used book stores and is a relatively quick read.  Now is your chance to read it and discuss it with your UUI friends in October.

Fairy House Materials Needed

We are creating a fairy village at UUI and we are accepting donations of building supplies!  We could use bits of tree bark, pine cones, sweet gum burrs, maple seeds, river pebbles, acorns, or any other natural items you think would enhance our community.  There will be a donation box this Sunday at the Family Center in the Social Hall.  If you would like to help work on the fairy houses, you are welcome to join us after the Second Sunday lunch this Sunday, October 8.  Thank you!

UUI Property Team Needs You!

The UUI property team is looking for a few good people.  We have two projects that we need to accomplish in the next few weeks.  To qualify, you need to be healthy, adventurous, and like to see the world from a different perspective.  We need to wash our solar panels, and we need to install gutter guards in our gutters to keep them from clogging with leaves and spruce needles.  Be brave, be bold, try something different for a change.  Contact Ray Wilson at rwwilson (at) iquest.net.

UUI Member Ian McIntosh Film Screening:
Waves of Fortune: China's Maritime Silk Road

 

Wednesday, October 11 at noon (free and open to the public) at IUPUI Campus Center Theater, Room 002 (Lower Level), 420 University Boulevard.  Join anthropologist and UUI member, Ian McIntosh, of IUPUI’s Office of International Affairs as he takes viewers on a fascinating trip to some of the key historical sites along the Maritime Silk Road, where he reveals links between the past and the present.  Click here for more information.

Your Art is Wanted

On Sunday, October 22, after the service we will be putting up the all-church “Power” show in the Sanctuary to correlate with the theme of the “Spirit and Place Festival” that takes place in Indianapolis November 3-12.

I hope you will be able to participate with one or more pieces in any medium, any style, and using any technique.  Maybe you already have something that would fit the theme.  Here are some “Power” words to stimulate your creating: Power of Moms, Power of Psychology, Power of the Press, Power of the Storm, Power Sources, Strength.

Please send your label information (your name, the title, the medium, and whatever other explanation you would like to have with your artwork) to wdougherty8@gmail.com by Thursday, October 12.

October Dinner for 8

The next Dinners for 8 will be Saturday, October 28, in honor of Halloween!  Please sign up to join UUI friends for a pitch-in dinner at the homes of UUI hosts.  Email Holly at hollymhendrickson3@gmail.com or see her at Coffee Hour following the Sunday Service to sign up.  Start thinking about a costume!  This is a great way to get to know some of the wonderful people at UUI.  Hope you will join us!

Big Questions Forum
Sunday, October 15, 9-10am in the Cottage Library

Our October worship theme is Body and Spirit.  Our BQF topic will be aging.  What has it meant for our bodies?  What has it meant for our spirit?  (Interpret that in your own way.)  How do we understand, appreciate, or cope with these changes?  Come discuss with your UU friends in a format that encourages sharing, listening, and conversation.

Pub Theology

The next UUI Pub Theology meeting will be Tuesday, October 17, 7-9pm at Bent Rail Brewery, 5301 N Winthrop Ave.  Come share meaningful conversation in a relaxed environment.  Topic will be announced.

Spaces Open for Beloved Conversations
November 4 and 5

Beloved Conversations is a national UU program designed to foster group learning and conversation about race, so we can understand its impact and grow spiritually to be more anti-racist people and leaders.  The program begins with a weekend workshop led by national UU facilitator Julica Hernandez. 

The weekend workshop will be held at All Souls Unitarian Church on Friday evening, November 3, and Saturday, November 4 from 8am-4pm.  Attendance at the weekend retreat is required in order to attend the follow-up sessions.  There are 8 semi-weekly two-hour follow-up sessions facilitated by UUI members who have already gone through the program.  This program is free and open to 12 participants, first come, first serve.  Please email Susanne Hinson-Reiger at re (at) uui.org to sign up.

Donations for School on Wheels Requested

Our 5th and 6th Grade RE Class is asking for donations of Walmart gift cards, fruit snacks, and school uniform pieces.  Donations will benefit children experiencing homelessness who are participating in the School on Wheels Program.  There will be a donation bin at the Family Center in the Social Hall on Sunday.  Thank you!

UUI Photo Group

The next UUI Photo Group will meet in the Cottage Library on Monday, October 16, at 7pm.  The topic is "Birds".  As usual, interpret that any way you wish!  Bring them on a thumb drive (which has just a few pictures on it) or as 8"X 10" or so prints.

All are welcome. For information contact Wendy Dougherty at wdougherty8 (at) gmail.com.

Powerful Conversations on Race

UUI's Social Justice committee encourages all who are interested to attend this new event series sponsored by Spirit & Place.

Every 2nd Sunday of the Month from 3-4:30pm at the MLK Community Center (40 W. 40th St.) “Powerful Conversations on Race,” is a monthly community discussion series that will bring together diverse citizens, humanities-based readings, and facilitators trained in the civic reflection dialogue model for critical conversations on historical and contemporary issues surrounding race using The Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism and Racial Violence.

Indy Folk Series

Announcing the Indy Folk Series 2017/2018 Season:

09/30/17: New Augusta Bluegrass Band
10/28/17: The Half Step Sisters
11/25/17: Open Mic Night to benefit Exodus Refugee Immigration
12/16/17: Tim Grimm & Krista Detor
01/20/18: Moors and McCumber
02/17/18: Edie Carey
03/10/18: Ben Bedford
04/21/18: Annie & Rod Capps
05/12/18: Bill Staines

For more information, please visit www.indyfolkseries.org

Food Pantry

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
Canned fruit
Pudding
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 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.