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Words of Support from Bloomington United

After our church was vandalized with hateful banners on January 21, we have received messages of support from individuals and congregations across the country. The following message was sent by Bloomington United.

Dear friends at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County,
We in Bloomington United wanted to reach out after the unfortunate and ugly incident recently when racist and homophobic signs were placed on your playground fence.
It was inspiring to read on your blog about the strong and supportive response of the community.

Bloomington United started in 1998 in response to hate literature that was being spread around Bloomington.

After the man who distributed the fliers went on a murderous rampage in 1999, we held a community vigil to heal and unite the community in memory of the young Korean student, Won Joon Yun, who was murdered on the Indiana University campus .

The vigil drew thousands of supporters, including the then Attorney General of the United States, Janet Reno.

BU distributed signs and sponsored a rally against hate. BU is a coalition of community members whose mission is to promote educational opportunities that affirm the value of all human beings, bridge the differences between people, and resist and respond nonviolently to hate activity in our community. Now, because of the rise of intolerance in our country, BU has been re-activated.
Co-chairs of BU are Rabbi Sue Silberberg, director of the Helene G. Simon HIllel Center at Indiana University; and Doug Bauder, director of LGBTQ+ Student Support Services at Indiana University.
We attach a couple of graphics which anyone may feel free to use, on social media or to print out.
Please know that we stand in solidarity with you, and all who are working on behalf of tolerance, inclusion and diversity.
Warmest regards,

On behalf of Bloomington United
Lynne Foster Shifriss
2033 S. Montclair Ave.
Bloomington, Indiana 47401


You can now make donations to the church online!

We are pleased to announce that you can now make your offerings to the church online, using a credit card or setting up an automatic withdrawal from your checking account. You can make one time donations, or set up a recurring schedule. This program offers convenience to you and donation consistency for our congregation. You can start by going to our website, and clicking the "Donate" button. Send questions to Alice Pawley ( Thank you for your continued support of our church!

UU Coffee House Concert February 17th Featuring Traveler’s Dream

Traveler's Dream will be performing a Coffee House Concert at the UU Fellowship Hall on Saturday evening, Feb 17. The doors will open at 7:30 pm, and the music will start at 8:00. A mix of Celtic, traditional and original compositions will be performed by Michael Lewis and Denise Wilson. A suggested donation will be asked at the door. This event is open to the public. Free coffee and parking will be available.

UUCTC Endowment Gifts eligible for Match from LaNelle Geddes Matching Campaign

The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette received an unrestricted legacy gift from a past board member, LaNelle Geddes. LaNelle was a nurse, scientist, researcher, and educator. She earned a bachelor’s in nursing in 1957 and doctorate in biophysics in 1970, both from the University of Houston. Her career included 28 years at Purdue University, where she advocated for gender equity and moving nursing from a technical to professional status. Her pioneering initiatives included a four-year baccalaureate program and launching the Purdue Student Nurses Association, Minority Student Nursing Association, and Nursing Freshman Scholars.

When LaNelle died in 2016, she designated a generous legacy gift to The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, leaving an everlasting legacy to her home of 40 years. More about the CFGLAF.

LaNelle knew the importance of endowments in that they provide predictable and growing sources of income for our local organizations. Wouldn’t it be great to plug in an unrestricted revenue line every year that is managed by someone else and grows almost every time you budget? That’s what an endowment is designed to do; provide a stable, growing revenue stream that frees up the staff, board, and volunteers to focus on the agency’s mission!

To honor LaNelle’s generous gift, The Community Foundation board of directors has allocated $500,000 of LaNelle’s gift to provide matching funds for participating agency endowments.


  • Match eligible: 50% match for UUCTC Endowments.
  • It is on a first-come first-serve basis. When the $500,000 of matching dollars are depleted, the campaign is over.
  • The match is available only on gifts from individuals or businesses payable to CFGL designated for each organization’s endowment fund.
  • There is a cap of a $25,000 matching funds - which would be a $50,000 or more gift per household per fund. A household can make gifts to more than 1 endowment fund.
  • Cash, online gifts, and stock are accepted.
  • The CFGL match period will begin on November 28th of this year on Giving Tuesday.
  • Match period ends August 1, 2018 unless all matching dollars have been depleted prior to this date.

You can help The Unitarian Universalist Church. Designate your gift to the UUCTC endowments: Kay Asher Religious Education Endowment, Ferris-Harvey Social Justice Endowment, UUCTC Building Fund Endowment or the general UUCTC Endowment. If you have questions, please contact Julia Colby at


December 30: Live Music Party!

Join us at UU Church on December 30 for a holiday season party with live music provided by a core jazz group, but open mic to other UU musicians to perform as well. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Tasty nibbles and coffee will be provided, and will occur in the recently redecorated Fellowship Hall. A suggested cover charge of $5 will help cover the cost of the event. Please stop by to hear some awesome vocalists and musicians, and join us for
some holiday cheer!

Volunteers Needed for Holiday Art Fair

Thanks to all who have already volunteered to help with the annual Holiday Art Fair this coming weekend,, December 1st and 2nd. It takes over 100 people to cover all the duties associated with making this a successful event. There are time slots and positions available:

Wednesday, November 29 for artist check-in:
2:45 – 5:00 one each: artist inventory & artist host
4:45 – 7:00 one each: artist inventory & artist host

Thursday, November 30 for artist check-in:
4:45 – 7:00 one artist host
6:45 – 9:00 two artist hosts

Friday, December 1 for the café:
4:45 – 7:00 two cashiers, one floater
7:00 – 9:15 café assistant and floater

Friday, December 1 for the art fair:
4:45 – 7:00 two cashiers, one bagger, two shopkeepers, one greeter
7:00 – 9:00 two cashiers, one bagger, three shopkeepers

Saturday, December 2 for the cafe:
9:45 – 12:00 one each: server, café assistant, floater
11:45 – 2:00 one cashier
1:45 – 3:30 one each: café assistant & dishwasher
3:30 – 4:30  one each: server, café assistant & dishwasher

Saturday, December 2 in the art fair:
9:34 – 12:00 one shopkeeper, one greeter/floater
11:45 – 2:00 two cashiers, one greeter/floater
1:45 – 4:00 one cashier, one bagger, four shopkeepers

Please join us in strengthening our community as we raise funds for the church by selecting a time slot and duties that most suit you and your schedule. You can contact Dorothy Hughes, the volunteer coordinator at 765-237-7652 or via email at