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

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.

Congregational Meeting this Sunday

Please plan to attend a Congregational Meeting immediately after church this Sunday to hear an exciting announcement about Jamie's journey to becoming a minister. Also on the agenda is an update on an unwelcoming incident experienced by a visitor recently, a vote on supporting our delegates to General Assembly, and information about the upcoming Stewardship campaign.

Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Faith Community Speaker Series

During the first half of 2018, the congregations of the Butler Tarkington neighborhood will be hosting free meals and speakers. The goal is to build community, create new relationships and have meaningful conversations around race and reconciliation.

Every Sunday the program will begin with a meal at 5pm provided by the host congregation with our speaker presentation and discussion beginning around 5:45pm. To inquire further or register for the series, please contact Matt Landry, mlandry (at) meridianstreet.org

Click here for more information.

Indy Folk Series
Saturday, February 17: Edie Carey

A returning favorite to the Indy Folk Series, Edie Carey is known for her unmistakable, soulful voice, her intelligent, heart-grabbing songs, but perhaps most especially for her warm, engaging presence on – and off – stage. As much a part of her show as the music itself, Carey’s wry and often self-mocking humor makes audiences feel as though they have just spent an evening with a very close friend.

Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Doors open at 6:15pm, concert at 7:00pm

For tickets and more information, please visit: www.IndyFolkSeries.org

Big Questions Forum

Sunday, February 18, 9-10am in the Cottage Library.  The topic this month is "Death and Dying."  We will read selections from Rev. Forrest Church's "Love & Death: My Journey through the Valley of the Shadow" and discuss in a format that emphasizes sharing and listening.  (Readings will be on handouts.)

Art Salon

We have a host for the UUI Art Salon in February.  Wendy Dougherty has agreed to host the Salon on Sunday, February 18, from 5-7pm at her home (email or call for address and directions).  It is best to rsvp - her e mail is wdougherty8 (at) gmail.com.  As always, please bring a finger food or libation to share and if you wish, some art, music, writing or just your presence to share.  If you want to follow Valentine’s Day theme, that would be OK!

UUI Photo Group

The next UUI Photo Group will meet in the Cottage Library on Monday, February 19, at 7pm.  Due to the January cancellation, the topic is "History" (historical figures, monuments, old cars, etc.).  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"X10" or so prints.  All are welcome.  For information contact Wendy Dougherty at wdougherty8 (at) gmail.com.  The March 19 meeting’s topic will be “Shadows”.  The April 16 topic will be “Storm”.

February Dinner for 8

Join us for the February Dinner for 8 being planned for next Saturday, February 24. Come for pitch-in supper at the home of a UUI host and get acquainted in a cozy setting. Please contact Holly Hendrickson by phone or email 317-652-0278 hollymhendrickson3@gmail.com if you would like to attend.

8th Principle Workshop

Save the Date: Sunday, February 25, Noon to 1:30.  We will have our first 8th principle workshop after the service in the Sanctuary/Social Hall to explore in more depth what this principle could mean for UUI.  This will include a presentation and small group discussion.  We hope everyone is able to attend.  (The proposed 8th principle is on the back of your bulletin.)

Mystery Friends

Mystery Friends is a fun program that helps build our community and gives children and adult UUI members the opportunity to form new friendships. 

Registration for the program begins in February.  during that time, the Religious Education Council pairs adult Mystery Friends with young friends.  Each adult receives the name and address of their young friend and the parents of the young friend are told who their child’s mystery friend is.  The adult sends a letter (which includes clues to their identity) to their assigned child once a week for four weeks (four letters total).  The Mystery Friends then meet at the UUI Mystery Friends Reveal Lunch at the end of the four weeks.

If you or your child are interested in participating, email our Director of Lifespan Religious Education at re (at) uui.org.

Pub Theology

Wednesday, February 28, 7 to 8:30pm at Taste Cafe, 5164 N College Ave

Come discuss important life questions in a relaxed setting. Food/beer/wine is available for order. Parking in the back and on street. Our topic for February will be Inspiration. Where does it come from? What do we do with it? What or who inspires us?

Note: In response to feedback, we are making a few changes to provide a better experience. Food/drinks will be ordered at the counter and then delivered to your table (you will be given a number.) We are separating tables further apart to reduce noise.

Ladies Noon Out

The women of UUI and their friends are invited to meet for lunch on Thursday, March 1 at 11:30am at Marco's Restaurant at 2380 E. 54th Street. This is just west of Keystone with nearby parking. For more information contact Susan Beauchamp at beauartnow (at) yahoo.com.

UUI Moon Circle

The UUI Moon Circle is hosting a Wind Ritual, led by Ginna Galliher, on Friday, March 2, from 7:00-9:00pm in the Cottage. Please join us! Contact annemarie.chastain@gmail.com for more information or to RSVP.

Workshop: Environmentally Responsible Investing for Congregations

This workshop provides a systematic approach for endowments and other investments using key environmental and sustainability principles. We will addresses the key role congregational investment leaders can play in developing principles, assessing responsible investment choices, assuring financial performance, and communicating these principles, practices, and results to the congregation and community. 

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Location: St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th Street
Recommended Participants: Congregation at large, congregational members involved with green teams, social action committees, finance and budget committees, boards of directors, trustees and individuals.
Presenter: Julie Singer with Raymond James, who sponsors socially and environmentally responsible investing.

Radical Welcoming Class

Sunday March 4, 2018 Noon to 1:30pm in the Sanctuary

Led by Jamie and Susanne Hinson-Rieger. We all want to create a welcoming environment at UUI for everyone, but we recognize that differences in race, class, age, ability, etc. can sometimes trip us up. Drawing from real life examples, this class will help us identify how our own biases and assumptions can show up in our language and behavior and how we can communicate differently. Childcare will be provided. This is a repeat of January's workshop, but based on feedback, we're adding more positive examples of welcoming language.

Ostara Ritual

Join us Sunday, March 18 at noon outside near the labyrinth (or in the Cottage if it’s too cold) as we celebrate Ostara, the Spring Equinox. Most people know Ostara as the point in the year when day and night are of equal length, but for Pagans it is also a celebration of life emerging from every corner of our Earth. Animals are giving birth and flowers are bursting into bloom. We will be honoring the goddess Freya, the Norse goddess of fertility. Participants are welcome to bring items for the altar and personal offerings to any deities, ancestors, or spirits they wish.

Art on the Walls

Fifteen artists from the Zionsville Art INhand Cooperative Gallery/Shop, 211 S Main St, are exhibiting their ceramics, jewelry, weaving, fused glass, watercolor and oil paintings on canvas, paper, and Yupo paper, photography, linocut, and mixed media pieces. If you are interested in purchasing any of the artwork, contact Wendy Dougherty at wdougherty8 (at) gmail.com. This exhibit will be up through Sunday, March 18, 2018, after which the UUI Photo Group Show goes up.

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.

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

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.