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Big Questions Forum:
Sunday, May 21 9am in the Cottage
Discuss important questions with fellow UUs in a format that emphasizes sharing and listening. The Big Questions Forum is taking the summer off, so this will be the last BQF until we resume in the fall.
This Sunday's topic will be about UU Worship, generally and at UUI. A 1989 Commission on Appraisal survey ranked the importance to UUs of different aspects of worship - Intellectual Stimulation, Shared Values, Music, Fellowship, etc. We'll examine that survey and share what is important to us individually and what we think is important collectively in UU worship services. We can also talk about our experiences of different styles of worship and about the experience of worship at UUI.
Community Beacon Fund
Did you know that UUI has funding available to support projects that affirm and promote our Seven Principles? The Community Beacon Fund (CBF) provides funding for local activities that address human needs. Projects awarded a CBF grant are those which live out our commitment to community consciousness-raising and social justice. Projects approved promote Unitarian Universalism and UUI values and ideals, and serve to advance our mission as a "beacon" in our community. The CBF recently financed the startup of a UUI Girl Scout Troop and also the art project “Golden Scales and Silver Wings Community Art Day.” To learn more about the CBF and to see if your project qualifies, visit our website at: http://www.uui.org/community-beacon-fund/
Pub Theology & Big Questions Forum
Pub Theology and Big Questions Forum will be on break over the summer. We'll resume in the fall. Watch the eblast/bulletin for details.
The Credo Forum meets on the first Sunday of each month at 9am in the Cottage Library, and the next meeting will be June 4. We cover issues of general interest to the UUI community, and welcome your suggestions for topics. Watch this publication for details about the next meeting.
June Dinners for Eight--Everyone Invited!
The June Dinners for Eight will be held on Saturday, June 17, and Saturday, June 24. These pitch-in dinners at the home of UUI hosts are open to newcomers, visitors, members, and friends. Anyone interested in good conversation and fellowship is welcome. Please sign up with Holly Hendrickson at Coffee Hour following the Sunday Service, or email hollymhendrickson3 (at) gmail.com.
Budget Passed and New Leadership Elected
New Board members including a new President, Vice President, and Treasurer, were elected at UUI's congregational meeting on Sunday, May 7. We are pleased to announce we met our stewardship pledge drive fundraising goal for the upcoming church year and the new budget was approved at the meeting. Included in this budget is a raise for our Office Administrator, funding for a part-time Communications Assistant, and increased funding for managing our Special Music Program. Click here for out-going President, Holly Hendrickson's year-end report. Click here to review the final budget.
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
UUI Photo Group
The assignment for the June 19 meeting is “Negative Space”. Interpret that any way you wish. Bring your photos on a thumb drive (which has just a few pictures on it) or as 8”X 10” or so prints.
The photo group meets in the Cottage at 7pm on the third Monday of each month. Contact Wendy Dougherty at wdougherty8 (at) gmail.com if you have any questions.
Citizen’s Climate Lobby Carbon Fee & Dividend Program
At our recent UUI Congregational Meeting we agreed to table a vote on the proposal to have UUI endorse the Citizen's Climate Lobby Carbon Fee and Dividend Program. For those wanting to get involved in the local chapter of CCL send a note to the church office at office (at) uui.org. Dori Chandler is head of the local chapter and would love to hear from you. The Environmental Sustainability Committee will make individual endorsement pages available to those who are interested.
Moon Craft Group
Come join the Moon Craft Group on Friday, May 26, at 7pm in celebration of the May New Moon. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Anne Marie Chastain at 317-690-3688 or Annemarie.chastain (at) gmail.com.
Join the Sanctuary Network
Stand in solidarity with our undocumented neighbors. Become a part of the Sanctuary Network: Text “INDYSANCTUARY” to 228466 to get cell phone text alerts that include important information about community meetings and training, and notifications when deportation actions are happening in our community.
"The Art of Solidarity" Concert/Vigil
June 3, 1-4pm
You are invited to a unique concert/art/activism event in June sponsored by the UUI Racial Justice Task Force and made possible by a grant from the Beacon Fund.
The event begins at UUI as a concert featuring five amazing local spoken word artists and musicians, including Mariah Ivey, who spoke at one of our services. During the concert, local visual artists will be in the Social Hall helping concertgoers create banners and posters with the message "Black Lives Matter."
After the concert, everyone is invited to relocate to the corner of 38th and Meridian for an outdoor roadside Black Lives Matter vigil using the banners and posters created. This will be our biggest vigil yet!
The concert is free and open to the public. We also need people to help set up, tear down, usher, and potentially transport supplies to the vigil site. To volunteer, please email jamie (at) uui.org.
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
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 9:45 to 10:15a 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.