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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
"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.