So much to be thankful for this holiday season! I am so grateful for all the hard work UUI members and friends have undertaken to make ours a beautiful, inviting, and energy efficient home. Have you noticed how great the Sanctuary and the Social Hall look these days? As I listened to the new heat pump hum on the roof yesterday, and dimmed the new LED light bulbs, I was glad we made these upgrades in accordance with our values. UUI is truly living its values in the area of energy efficiency! And it is helping each of us make these changes in our own homes and work places!

We are also walking the talk as we strive to be more involved in our neighborhood. This is a Board goal for the coming year. Our First Little Library is up and running. Our involvement in both IndyCAN and Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association activities this fall has placed us at the table. Our efforts in working with children in the refugee community and in local IPS schools highlight our commitment to our human family. Our Share the Plate initiative brings our moral and financial support to a different community organization each month. The Green Team continues to be a leader in the greening of Indianapolis congregations. I could go on—clearly if you want to reach out and live your UU values, there are partners at UUI to show you the way!

Your Board of Trustees and Program Team want to hear from you—so many of our great ideas, exciting initiatives, and new traditions come from members and friends. I am so thankful to have all of you imagining an even better UUI. I want to hear what you dream about, what you need, and what you can bring to our community. 2016 promises to be another wonderful year for UUI thanks to all of you!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Holly Hendrickson, President