This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

At UUI we practice collaborative ministry and a couple of weeks ago, Jamie and I had our annual UUI Ministry Retreat. At this retreat, we do all the usual things one does at a UU retreat--we light a chalice, check in, we covenant, we write on giant pieces of paper, we brainstorm, we eat, we take nature walks, we share spiritual practices, and we take a break from daily life to focus. We met in our beautiful Sanctuary and focused on everyone in our congregation, our beloved UUI community, what's going on in our country, and how this and so many other stressors are affecting our families, our adults, our children and youth. We dreamed big and made plans for the church year that begins in September and ends in May, 2020. I'm so excited about the coming months and can't wait to share details with you all!

Tomorrow morning our preschoolers will be doing some fun summer activities outside while our older children will be playing Quidditch (a game from the Harry Potter books) on broomsticks. Everyone will have a chance to make a magical snack! Our junior high youth will be helping out with the younger children and I'll have a special treat for them. Our senior high youth will be staying in the service to hear the sermon on toxic masculinity by one of their youth advisers, Dr. Anita Saunders.

Hope you can join us!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Mark Your Calendars!

Labor Day
September 1

We will be learning about labor movement heroes such as Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez.

Water Communion Service
September 8

Our community gathers together again after the summer! Bring water from your favorite fishing hole, your travels, your kitchen tap. We will mix everyone's water together as a symbol of our homecoming and in celebration of the start of our new church year. This water is important! It will be saved and used for church rituals throughout the coming year!

September Second Sunday
September 8

Join us for a shared meal and meaningful fun for all ages! Lunch (vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available) is provided immediately following the Service. Stay tuned for more details!

Sundae Sunday
September 15
Each year on the first day of Religious Exploration for Children and Youth we have Sundae Sunday! Did you know the first ice cream sundae was invented by a Unitarian Universalist minister? It's true! So we're not just having a delicious snack, we're learning UU history! Please note, we will have dairy-free options available for our vegan and lactose-intolerant friends.

Blessing of the Backpacks
September 22

Children, youth and educators are all invited to bring their backpacks, tote bags, handbags, and briefcases to church for our annual Blessing of the Backpacks! Each person will receive a keychain/backpack charm to hang on their backpack to remind them that our community supports them in their lifelong search for truth and meaning, no matter where they are.

Children's Chapel
September 29

On this day during Religious Exploration we will be having a special Children's Chapel, led by our Director of Ministry, Jamie Hinson-Rieger, who will be leaving the service that day with the children. A guest speaker will be delivering the sermon to the adults.

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

Tomorrow morning we continue with our Harry Potter curriculum with a Potions Class. We will be making slime and playing on the playground. Our junior and senior high youth will be meeting together as well. 

On another note, I am really excited to tell you that our well-loved nursery is about to get updated! 

Members of our RE Council for Children and Youth have chosen new carpet, Cindy Wilson has ordered it and it will be here in the next several weeks!

Before the carpet is installed we need to paint the nursery walls. I'm inviting families of small children who are currently using the nursery and families of our older children and youth who may have used the nursery in the past to participate, as a gift of support and love for our younger families, in painting the walls of the nursery on Sunday, August, 4, at noon. I will be ordering pizza and child care will be available. Please let me know if you have any questions and sign up here if you are able to help! 

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger

Director of Lifespan Religious Educatio

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

Tomorrow morning we are having a multi-generational service, which means our children and youth will stay in the service with their friends, family and community for the entire service instead of being sung out to their Religious Exploration time together following the Words for All Ages portion of the service as usual. 

During the sermon, kids will be invited to join staff and volunteers in the Social Hall where we will have engaging activities available for our preschoolers and also children Kindergarten - 6th grade to explore. 

The sermon, by our Director of Ministry, Jamie Hinson-Rieger, is “How to Be a Good Person (Your Questions Answered, Part 3)”: As we continue to answer your questions from the January “Question Box” service, this Sunday we will focus on your ethical questions. You had questions about guns, money, materialism, democracy, peace, and protecting the planet. You wanted to know how we can live ethical lives that go beyond just fulfilling our own wants and needs. This Sunday we will tackle some of those thorny issues and look at the general question of what it means to live an ethical life. 

I hope you can join us--it's going to be an awesome day! 

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

This morning we continue our Harry Potter curriculum in RE. Our preschoolers are going to be having a "Potions" class with Judy Pleiss and Scott Shoemaker. They will be mixing water and cornstarch together to see what happens and learning about science and our 4th UU Principle.

Our Director of Ministry, Jamie Hinson-Rieger, and Justin Cain will be teaching our Kindergarten - 5th Graders a "Defense Against the Dark Arts" class where they will learn strategies to use when they are feeling sad or stressed.

Our Junior and Senior High Youth are invited to assist with the classes. 

Peace Camp Starts tomorrow and we have such an amazing week planned. It's not too late to register! We also have payment plans and scholarships available! For financial arrangements, just send an email to Susanne at RE@uui.org. To register online, scroll down for the link. 

We also still need junior and senior high counselors!  This is a fun week for our youth where they gain leadership skills, bond with other youth and have a camp experience of their own. 

It's going to be a wonderful day and an awesome week-- I hope to see you there! 

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Peace Camp 2019 Starts Tomorrow--It's Not Too Late to Register!

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy.

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!

Ages: Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.

Scholarships are available!

Junior High and Senior High Counselors are needed! Click here to sign up--it's free to attend!

Adult Volunteers are Needed! Click here to sign up!

Camp Dates: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19

Click here to register and for more details!

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

This morning we continue our Harry Potter curriculum in RE. Our preschoolers are going to be having a "Potions" class with Judy Pleiss and Scott Shoemaker. They will be mixing water and cornstarch together to see what happens and learning about science and our 4th UU Principle.

Our Director of Ministry, Jamie Hinson-Rieger, and Justin Cain will be teaching our Kindergarten - 5th Graders a "Defense Against the Dark Arts" class where they will learn strategies to use when they are feeling sad or stressed.

Our Junior and Senior High Youth are invited to assist with the classes. 

Peace Camp Starts tomorrow and we have such an amazing week planned. It's not too late to register! We also have payment plans and scholarships available! For financial arrangements, just send an email to Susanne at RE@uui.org. To register online, scroll down for the link. 

We also still need junior and senior high counselors!  This is a fun week for our youth where they gain leadership skills, bond with other youth and have a camp experience of their own. 

It's going to be a wonderful day and an awesome week-- I hope to see you there! 

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Peace Camp 2019 Starts Tomorrow--It's Not Too Late to Register!

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy.

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!

Ages: Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.

Scholarships are available!

Junior High and Senior High Counselors are needed! Click here to sign up--it's free to attend!

Adult Volunteers are Needed! Click here to sign up!

Camp Dates: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19


Click here to register and for more details!

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

Tomorrow we are having a multi-generational service which means children and youth will be staying in the service instead of leaving for their religious exploration sessions as usual. We will sing the children out to do fun activities during the sermon, though! This also means that our children and youth will be able to experience elements of the service they don't usually experience when they are in their classes, such as participating in the offering and joys and sorrows with the larger congregation. This is so important as this is how we teach our young ones to "do church".

It's going to be a wonderful day and I hope to see you there! 

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Peace Camp 2019 is Happening Soon!

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy.

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!
Ages: Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.
Scholarships are available!
Junior High and Senior High Counselors are needed!
Adult Volunteers are Needed!
Camp Dates: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19
Click here to register and for more details!

This Sunday in RE

Dear Awesome UUI Families,

We have a wonderful day planned for your family today at UUI!

Some highlights are:

  • Our preschoolers - junior high youth will be immersed in and learning through the magical world of Harry Potter.

  • Our Owlettes (Preschoolers) will be learning with Judy Pleiss and Peter Langowski about our 7th UU Principle, (care of the Earth and all living things) by reading a short, adapted Harry Potter story about caring for our pets with love and then making an owl craft with feathers.

  • Our Kindergarten - 5th Graders will be attending Potions Class where they will have lots of options. Children can choose which activities they would like to participate in. Justin Cain, Pam Risley, Caleb Short and Tim Thomas will be helping the children make the Draught of Peace (also known as Oobleck) and Polyjuice Potion (also known as glitter slime). Kids can also watch how to use a magic spell (and a microwave) to make a magical soap that grows, help the Professors mix up Powdered Basilisk Skin (powdered sugar) and Horn of Bicorn (baking soda) and then watch as the professors light it on fire with Dragon Drool (rubbing alcohol) so that the snake skin will reappear from the powdered form!

  • Our junior high youth will be creating and serving Diagon Alley snacks (acid pops and magic wand treats) with Thiana Galicia for all our Hogwarts students.

  • Our Senior High Youth will be staying in the service tomorrow to hear the sermon.

  • Director of Ministry, Jamie Hinson-Rieger, will be delivering the sermon, "Is Jesus a Unitarian?" The topic of this sermon was chosen by UUI member, Larry Miller, who was the winner of the "choose the sermon title of one's choice" auction item from this year's UUI Fall Auction. Unitarian Universalism claims Christianity as one of the sources that inspires our living tradition. Larry Miller has asked, if Jesus were to return today, to what extent would he see his teachings, his message, or the example of his life reflected in UU religious principles and practices? Where would there be differences?

I hope your family can join us!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

POPs Camping Trip

Our Parents of Preschoolers Group is going camping July 12-14 in Brown County. For more information and to reserve a spot, contact Chalice Startling at chalicestarling@gmail.com.

Peace Camp Volunteers Needed!!

Peace Camp is fast approaching and we need counselors and volunteers!

We have spots available for 7th - 12th graders (or homeschool/unschool equivalent) to be junior counselors and counselors!

Click here to sign up!

Click here to sign up to volunteer. We are volunteer friendly and we will work around your schedule!

For more information, contact Susanne at re@uui.org or 317-418-1679.

Jedi Academy/Peace Camp

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy.

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!

Ages:

Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.

Camp Dates:

Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19

Click here to register and for more details!

This Sunday in RE

Dear Awesome UUI Families,

We have a wonderful day planned for your family tomorrow at UUI!

Some highlights are:

  • Our preschoolers - junior high youth will be immersed in and learning through the magical world of Harry Potter.

  • Our Owlettes (Preschoolers) will be learning about science (Potions) with teachers Judy Pleiss and Shonnea Abdullah.

  • Our Kindergarten - 5th Graders will be learning about the magic of kindness with our Worship Leader, Jamie Hinson-Rieger, teachers Pam Risley, Bonnie Underwood, Ryan Underwood and me.

  • Our junior high youth will be creating and serving butter beer with Shellie Rich to all our Hogwarts students.

  • Our Senior High Youth will be meeting and talking about their experiences at Pride this year. Stacy Robinson will be facilitating.

  • Worship Associate, John Russell, will be delivering the sermon, "Facts Matter". Description: Facts are the critical foundation of society, from science and news-gathering to education and government. They are the building blocks of knowledge and understanding, and a cornerstone of many great religions. But the pursuit of facts is under assault, whether it's the muzzling of scientists or political propaganda masquerading as truth. Join us this Sunday as journalist and worship associate John Russell takes a look at what's at stake, and what the Unitarian Universalist tradition has to say about it.

I hope your family can join us!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

POPs Camping Trip

Our Parents of Preschoolers Group is going camping July 1 2-14 in Brown County. For more information and to reserve a spot, contact Chalice Startling at chalicestarling@gmail.com.

Peace Camp Volunteers Needed!!

Peace Camp is fast approaching and we need counselors and volunteers!

We have spots available for 7th - 12th graders (or homeschool/unschool equivalent) to be junior counselors and counselors!

Click here to sign up!

Click here to sign up to volunteer. We are volunteer friendly and we will work around your schedule!

For more information, contact Susanne at re@uui.org or 317-418-1679.

Jedi Academy/Peace Camp

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy.

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!

Ages: Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.

Camp Dates: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19

Click here to register and for more details!

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

We have a wonderful day planned for your family tomorrow at UUI!

Our preschool - junior high youth will be involved in the world of Harry Potter. Our little ones - 3rd grade will have the opportunity to go through Diagon Alley and "purchase" supplies and a fun new item for this week.

Our 4th - 8th graders will also get to "shop" on Diagon alley and they will be helping out and working on their leadership and community building skills in fun ways as prefects!

We will all have a Sorting Ceremony, a Welcoming Feast, and a discussion about labeling people because of the groups they belong to.

I hope your family can join us!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Upcoming Events:

Senior High Youth this Sunday

This Sunday our senior high youth will be staying in service and sitting together to hear the sermon:

This summer we are going back and answering some of the questions you posed during our January question box service. Many of your questions were on the challenges of living out our principles in a world filled with anger and violence. How do we love those who hate us? How do we see the inherent worth and dignity of those who do not see it in us? Do we tolerate intolerance? Are we supposed to accept the unacceptable? Join us this Sunday as we examine how we might respond as Unitarian Universalists to a world that is not all sweetness and light. 

Layth, one of our youth leaders, will be reserving seats for everyone, youth advisor Tim Murphy will lead discussion afterward in the Sanctuary and Worship Leader, Jamie Hinson-Rieger, will stop by for discussion with the group.

Parents of Elementary Kids Meeting

Friday, June 21 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm is our next meeting. We will meet in the Social Hall for dinner and discussion. Please bring a dish to share. Childcare is provided.

For more information please contact Heather MacGumerait at hmacgumerait@att.net.

Jedi Academy/Peace Camp

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy.  

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!

Ages: Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.

Camp Dates: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19

Click here to register and for more details!

We have spots available for 7th - 12th graders (or homeschool/unschool equivalent) to be junior counselors and counselors!

Click here to sign up!

Click here to sign up to volunteer. We are volunteer friendly and we will work around your schedule!

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

I am so excited about church tomorrow! Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter books and movies has magically appeared again on the campus of UUI! A new thing this year is that kids preschool - 5th grade will receive an "ATM card" in their mailbox so they can access the "gold" from their Gringott's Wizarding Bank vault. Then they will have the opportunity to "purchase" their school robes, magic wand, cat or owl, purchase a tiny treat at the ice cream shop and take a quiz to help sort them into their "house" next Sunday. They will also stop by Diagon Alley's Welcome Center to learn a bit about the UU 4th Principle and pick up some floo powder to help them get to Hogwarts next week.

Our junior and senior high youth are invited to join in the fun as leaders.

I hope your family can join us!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Parents of Preschoolers Meeting

Wednesday, June 12 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm is our next POPs meeting. We will meet in the Social Hall for dinner and discussion. Childcare is provided.

This month we have a special visit from a founding member of POPs, Gloria! We will catch up with her, and if we have time we will discuss “dysfunctional families of origin, codependency, and how that is passed on to our kids." 

Please bring a dish to share with enough for our childcare staff. We do have a child with a peanut allergy, so please do not bring anything with peanuts.

For more information, please contact Chalice Starling at chalicestarling@gmail.com.

Parents of Elementary Kids Meeting

Friday, June 21 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm is our next meeting. We will meet in the Social Hall for dinner and discussion. Please bring a dish to share. Childcare is provided.

For more information please contact Heather MacGumerait at hmacgumerait@att.net.

Jedi Academy/Peace Camp

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy.  

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!

Ages: Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.

Camp Dates: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19

Click here to register and for more details!

We have spots available for 7th - 12th graders (or homeschool/unschool equivalent) to be junior counselors and counselors!

Click here to sign up!

Click here to sign up to volunteer. We are volunteer friendly and we will work around your schedule!

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

When I was little, I was a member of a Methodist church in the small Texas town where I grew up. I say I was a member, even though I technically wasn't, because I felt every bit of one. I knew that church like the second home that it was. Looking back I'm a bit amazed at how ahead of their time the congregation was in regard to how respectful they were to the kids they were raising up in their pews. They gave us lots of latitude to roam free, make noise, play in the holy water in the baptismal font (ok, they may not have known about that!), snack on the leftover home-baked communion bread every fifth Sunday, skip Sunday School with friends and "help" in the nursery. They made sure we were supported in our faith, had secure and loving relationships with church members of multiple generations and given a solid understanding of our place in the community.

This is something I strive to bring to our community here at UUI. One of the things I have gotten to do lately is Newcomer's Orientation Meetings. I get the cool part--I hang out with the kids! Yesterday, while the grownups talked about Unitarian Universalism and UUI, the kids and I had a treasure hunt, visited the UUI Girl Scout Troop that was meeting on campus, learned how to read a hymnal, how to work the sound board, use a microphone, and we got the candle stand ready for the Sunday service. It was great fun and I'm looking forward to spending time with more of your children at future meetings!

Today is going to be a really fun day at UUI! We are going to be learning about treating people fairly and kindly and cooking food to share with our friends, all through the theme of Harry Potter and Hogwarts. I hope you can join us!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

Can you believe Memorial Day weekend is upon us? If your family is traveling for the holiday, I'm wishing you a safe and wonderful time!

If you are in town this weekend, I hope you will join us on Sunday morning! This week we're starting our Summer Religious Exploration Program for Children and Youth!

This week, in preparation for our Summer Harry Potter & Hogwarts RE Adventure, our Preschoolers, K-2nd Graders and 3rd - 5th Graders will be learning about the different Hogwarts Houses they will be sorted into soon (this year kids at UUI will be sorted into the same houses from the books and movies), and they will make wands and trunks to store all their "school" supplies in for the summer.

Our junior high youth will be discussing and planning their summer classes and playing some fun games.

Our senior high youth will be working on the Babies and Bailouts project.

It's going to be an amazing morning! Come be a part of it!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Nursery

Nursery care is available this week from 9:30am to noon.

The earlier time is to support grownups bringing children to church who want to attend the Morning Meditation Group Meetings in the Cottage, starting at 9:30am or other before-church activities.

Sermon

"On Chaos Muppets and Order Muppets" by Jamie Hinson-Rieger

Lawyer and writer Dahlia Lithwick said that all muppets can be classified as either order muppets or chaos muppets. Think Bert and Ernie. Some of us thrive in orderly and predictable environments. Some of us like it when things get a little messy. As it happens, in life, we will have plenty of experience of both! This service asks the question, are you an order muppet or a chaos muppet, and how do we deal personally and philosophically with life's unpredictability? Are we left to our own devices? Or is there someone/something ultimately pulling the strings?

Reflection

Worship Associate Elizabeth Valencia will be sharing a personal reflection called "#RamadanReflections - Building Community in Ramadan."

Peace Camp

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy.  

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!

Ages: Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.

Camp Dates: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19

Click here to register and for more details!

Second Sunday

Our May "Second Sunday" is this weekend! UUI will provide the main course and everyone who is willing and able is invited to bring a dish to share. We'll gather for lunch following the Service. All are welcome! After lunch we will have Book Group in the Cottage Library and Spiritual Writing Group in the Cottage Chalice Room. We will also be working on the labyrinth and doing a labyrinth walk, weather permitting.

Junior & Senior High Youth

Our junior and senior high youth are invited to be camp counselors for Peace Camp in July! Counselors do not have to attend UUI to participate. We have spots available for 7th - 12th graders (or homeschool/unschool equivalent).

Click here to sign up!

This Sunday in RE

Elementary Families Group

Come get to know other UUI families with school-aged children. Our next meeting is Friday, May 24 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Social Hall. This month's featured topic is, "How do you handle sibling fighting in your family?"

Bring your parenting joys and struggles and find camaraderie and support. Bring your children for fun with other UUI children. Bring a dish to share. To RSVP, for more information, or to be added to the Facebook Group, contact Heather MacGumerait at hmacgumerait@att.net. 

Exploration Guide for this week! | May 19

Nursery

Nursery care is available this week from 9:30am to 12:30pm.

Please note extended care times for this week.This is to enable grownups bringing children to Church to participate in the Meditation Group that meets in the Cottage before the service starting at 9:30am and gives the option of child care for the Congregational Meeting that follows the Service.

Preschool

We will read Will Ladybug Hug by Hilary Leung, about a ladybug learning to respect her friends' wishes about their bodies when saying goodbye. Do they want a hug? Some do and some do not and it's all ok! We will also play a ladybug game with ping pong balls and practice expressing our wishes in a role play exercise.

K-2nd Grade

We will be reading a really beautiful book, Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love. Spanish speaker, Thiana Galicia, will be reading the book to the children as it has some Spanish language incorporated into the text. We will also be sharing our joys and sorrows with our friends in a new way, and then we will have an under the sea party with snacks (cheddar and pretzel goldfish crackers), coral reef straw blowing paintings, and treasure hunting in sand.

3rd - 5th Grade

One of the tasks this class is charged with is building community and this week we will be doing just that! We share our joys and sorrows with each other while we share a snack (pretzels and popcorn). Then we will play some fun games to get to know each other better and a game that is a really nice, positive affirmation for everyone that is so important at this age.

6th - 8th Grade

The class is going to learn about atheism as part of their Building Bridges curriculum.

9th - 12th Grade

Our senior high youth are staying in the service today. There are volunteer opportunities for the service. Interested youth should check in at the RE Table in the Social Hall when they arrive at church for more information.

Jedi Academy Peace Camp 2019

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy. 

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!

Ages:

Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.

Camp Dates:

Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19

Click here to register and for more details!

Jedi Academy Peace Camp Counselors

We have spots available for 7th - 12th graders (or homeschool/unschool equivalent) to be junior counselors and counselors!

Click here to sign up!

Jedi Academy Peace Camp Volunteers

Click here to sign up to volunteer. We are volunteer friendly and we will work around your schedule!

This Sunday in RE

Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

Today at UUI we're celebrating caregivers in our families!

Jamie's sermon is "In Praise of the Good Enough Mother" :

Our culture puts enormous pressure on mothers to be perfect. In the 1950s psychologist Donald Winnicott coined the phrase the “good enough mother” to express the idea that not only is there no such thing as the perfect mother, but our imperfections are actually good for our kids. This Mother’s Day let’s honor the people who have parented us imperfectly. Special music by Onis Dean and Pearl Scott!

Our children and youth are celebrating Mother's Day in a UU way--please check out details below!

It's going to be an amazing morning! Come be a part of it!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Elementary Families Group

Come get to know other UUI families with school-aged children. Our next meeting is Friday, May 24 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Social Hall. This month's featured topic is, "How do you handle sibling fighting in your family?"

Bring your parenting joys and struggles and find camaraderie and support. Bring your children for fun with other UUI children. Bring a dish to share. To RSVP, for more information, or to be added to the Facebook Group, contact Heather MacGumerait at hmacgumerait@att.net.

Nursery

Nursery care is available this week from 10am to noon.

Preschool

We will be learning about families! We will read Who's In a Family by Robert Skutch and making cards for the grownups who take care of us.

K-2nd Grade

We will be having a stations class where kids can choose between crafts and activities to make and take home and gift the grown ups who care for them.

3rd - 5th Grade

We will be having a stations class where kids can choose between crafts and activities to make and take home and gift the grown ups who care for them.

6th - 8th Grade

The class is going to learn about Earth-based religious practices as part of their Building Bridges curriculum. Today we will have a special guest attending class to share their faith tradition with our youth.

9th - 12th Grade

Our senior high youth are working on the Babies and Bailouts initiative. This program raises money to bail out mothers who are being held in jail due to their lack of ability to pay bail.

Jedi Academy Peace Camp

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy.  

We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!

Ages: Camp is for kids 4 years old - 6th grade or homeschool/unschool equivalent as of May, 2019.

Camp Dates: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19

Click here to register and for more details!  

Jedi Academy Peace Camp Counselors

We have spots available for 7th - 12th graders (or homeschool/unschool equivalent) to be junior counselors and counselors!

Click here to sign up!

Jedi Academy Peace Camp Volunteers

Click here to sign up to volunteer. We are volunteer friendly and we will work around your schedule!

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Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

May the 4th be with you! This is a great day to

  • register children for Peace Camp! We'll be meeting the week of July 15-19 on our beautiful UUI campus. It's going to be an amazing time!

  • sign up to be a volunteer. Whether you have an hour or a week, any time you have to share with our campers will be appreciated. Please consider helping out, making some awesome summer memories and making the world a better place!

  • reach out to any youth you know who would be great camp counselors. We need junior counselors (7th and 8th graders) and senior high counselors (9th - 12th graders).

Tomorrow's going to be an awesome day to be at UUI! I hope to see you there!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

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Dear Beautiful UUI Families,

Happy Spring Break!

Whether you are breaking-in-place or traveling, I hope you are finding joy in family, in new adventures and time away from your usual routine.

We have a wonderful morning planned for you at UUI!

  • Worship Associate, Mary Beth Carlson, is delivering the sermon: "Hope, Resilience and Seeds". As seeds hide in the dark with no sign of light, they remember that what they need to do is within them. Our hope and resilience depend upon AND nurture our belief in ourselves and the greater good. 

  • Special music will be provided by the Indianapolis Women's Chorus!

Just a few notes:

  1. It's time to sign up for Peace Camp! We had a blast last year and registration is available online now! Look for details below!

  2. We are remodeling the Nursery. This is exciting news! If you can help, please let us know!

  3. We are doing escape rooms for our junior and senior high youth this Easter (April 21). If you are interested in helping plan the rooms, please let me know! You don't have to be at church on that day to participate in the planning.

  4. We are having our annual egg hunt on Easter for our Preschool - 5th graders. If you would like to help with crafting the treasure table items ahead of time, please let me know!

  5. We are needing additional nursery staff so if you know someone you think would be wonderful working in our nursery, please ask them to contact me!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

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Dear Friends,

How are you doing? Has this been a tough week for you? I know it has been for me after the unspeakable tragedy that happened in New Zealand.

Tomorrow Jamie is doing a service in memory of poet, Mary Oliver. The Joys and Sorrows portion of the service will include a reading by Elizabeth Valencia as she describes it, "In honor of the lost lives of our Muslim brothers and sisters, our brothers and sisters in humanity. Shared by a sister who had a Turkish friend in Ohio send it to her, written by a Chinese convert Muslim woman."

In addition to everything they are learning in their religious exploration sessions, our children and youth will be learning about UUI as a loving and supportive community. We hope you will join us at church tomorrow and experience that as well.

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education


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Dear Families,

Has anyone told you you're looking like a force for justice today? Well, then, let me be the first because it's true! Attending a UU church is an act of love and social justice. 

With your help, at UUI we provide a unique spiritual home where all people are welcome and celebrated. We hold up and teach our children and youth values of love, inclusion, compassion and giving. And in a world that seems increasingly full of anger, divisiveness, prejudice and hate, we need these values more than ever.

To make this possible, we need you. To be sure, the gift of your presence on Sunday and participation in our programs makes for a richer experience and community for everyone who attends. For this we are immensely grateful! We know this isn't always easy for families who have so much going on with work, school and extracurricular activities or for whom sometimes getting out the door with little ones with everyone dressed and fed is not easy! 

As you may have heard, we are in the middle of our annual Stewardship Pledge Drive. Some information on this: 

  • A pledge is a form we ask everyone to fill out and turn in that states how much a family intends to contribute financially to UUI for the coming church year.

  • During the annual pledge drive, staff, committee chairs, the Board of Trustees and the Finance Committee work together to develop a draft budget. The budget includes staff salaries and benefits and costs to support our programs such as religious education, social justice, outreach, music and art.

  • At the end of the pledge drive, the final budget is set. If we don't reach our pledge goal, cuts to the budget will have to be made. If we exceed our pledge goal, we can increase our spending in a number of areas, including religious education!

As people we go through different seasons in our lives. In some seasons we have more to contribute financially than in others. If you are able to send in a pledge form (and these are kept confidential, by the way), I encourage you to do so. No amount is too small to make a big difference in the life of our church. Your pledge not only supports UUI financially, but is one of the metrics we look at to see if our families are happy with our programs and our community, to see if we are growing, and as a sign of vibrancy of community.

If you have already submitted your pledge, thank you! If not, you can click here for a blank pledge form. Forms are also available in the Social Hall at the Welcome Desk on Sunday morning. Pledge forms can be turned in at church.

This Sunday marks the end of our Pledge Drive so it would be awesome if everyone could have their pledge turned in on or before that day.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to let me know.

With Gratitude, Peace and Love, 

Susanne
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

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Dear Families,

Happy March!

Even though it's almost Spring, it's going to be cold tomorrow morning. But I hope that doesn't keep you home! Come join us in the warmth of community because we are going to be learning a lot of really important things in Religious Exploration!

It doesn't matter if kids are still in pj's.
It doesn't matter if you are late to church.

Because we welcome you and your family as real and not ideal. This isn't Instagram!

Plus, the coffee is really good--they are now grinding fair trade coffee beans fresh every Sunday morning!

Looking forward to seeing you in the morning!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

This Sunday in RE

Hey, Y'all!

What are you doing July 15-19?

Why do I ask?

Well, I have one of the most seriously fun things going on then and I want you to be a part of it, that's all!

That's the week of Peace Camp for our 4-year-olds - 6th graders and there's a way for everyone to participate!

That each and every person is important, that all people should be treated fairly and kindly and that we should work for a peaceful, fair and free world--these are just some of the lessons our Padawan, or Jedi apprentices, will be learning on our beautiful campus during their week at Jedi Academy.  We'll be learning through games, art, maker space, music and more!

Last year we took a trip to the Butler Planetarium, practiced our Jedi skills with light sabers, learned the moon phases with oreos, learned peaceful practices, and did so many other fun, meaningful and interesting things!

Please check below for registration information, volunteer and counselor information for junior and senior high youth. If you are interested in helping with a proposal to NASA so that we can have a chance to talk to the International Space Station please let me know!

Tomorrow is going to be awesome at UUI! I hope your family can join us!

Peace and Love,

Susanne Hinson-Rieger
Director of Lifespan Religious Education