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Second Sunday 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.

Pub Theology: Being Right and Being Wrong


Come discuss life questions with your fellow UUs in a relaxed cafe setting. We will meet on Thursday, August 16 from 7-8:30pm at Taste Café on the corner of 52nd and College. This month’s topic is “Being Right and Being Wrong.” How important is it to us to be right? How do we experience being wrong? Can we recognize it? Admit it? What do we learn from it? How do pride and humility function in our emotional and spiritual lives? 

"Faith Without Certainty" by Paul Rasor

A discussion about the ideas in this book will be held as a part of the October Second Sunday program on October 14 in the library of the Cottage.

The author is a Unitarian Universalist minister with a doctorate in Theology from Harvard. He seeks to explain liberal theology and its history. You will have to decide if his definition is relevant to your Unitarian Universalist faith. He also discusses liberation theology and ends with a well-written chapter on the challenge of racism and the culture of white supremacy.

Ten copies of the book have been ordered from the UUA Bookstore and will be available this Sunday at UUI at no charge. The books will be accompanied, as usual, by a list of discussion questions to stimulate your reading and thinking.

If you have questions about the book or the discussion format, please contact Larry Miller (boxbay@aol.com).

Environmental Sustainability Team

All UUI members looking to meet up with others who are concerned about the environment, enjoy great food, and participate in volunteer activities, please join the Environmental Sustainability meeting on Monday, August 13 in the UUI Social Hall. 

5:30pm: Meatless Monday pitch-in with Citizens Lobby members
6:00pm: Meeting Agenda covers current status of projects and ideas for the future
7:00pm: Join CCL for a monthly educational video  

RSVP to Hellene (hmhoudek3@gmail.com) for Agenda and CCL's Educational Topic.

Can't join us this month? Future Meetings dates are listed below. Format will be the same. 

  • September 16
  • October 15
  • November 19
  • December 10

September Choir Retreat

The upcoming choir retreat will be on September 1 from 10am-2pm. This includes our first rehearsal of the year to conclude the retreat.  And of course, we will share a noon meal, and there will be lots of laughter.

This is open to current, former and future choir members. Questions? Contact Music Director Linda Parr (laparr706@gmail.com).

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.

Collecting School Supplies for School on Wheels

School on Wheels provides tutoring and educational advocacy for children experiencing homelessness. Social Justice Committee member and School on Wheels tutor, Sharon Lipford, will be collecting school supplies for this amazing organization throughout August. Look for the box in the UUI social hall! Items needed include: wooden pencils, erasers, children’s scissors, boxes of 16 count crayons, glue sticks, and pocket folders.

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.