Be prepared for Zoom meetings after May 30!
After May 30, Zoom will require all users to download a completely new Zoom version in order to participate in Zoom meetings. Download the new application now, so you don't have to wait through the download and installation process before entering your meetings after May 30. Go to this link and download the updated version today!
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Sunday, May 24, 2020
10:15 am LIVESTREAM ONLY
When the Novelty Fades:
Facing Our Mortality and the Novel Coronavirus
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Guest Musician: Carrie Newcomer
For us humans, the novelty of the novel coronavirus has begun to fade. But the virus itself remains novel, dangerous and, at times, deadly. What does it mean to live in a time when death is no longer hidden away? How do we interact with our mortality and grief while somewhat isolated? As individuals? As a community? Join us for this worship service as we ease into one of religion's greatest questions. What does it mean to live, knowing we will die? Our End of Life Task Force will offer our Social Justice Moment.
Our Building Is Closed Through at Least July 31, but Our Hearts Are Still Open.
To help disrupt the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 in our community, our Board of Directors has voted to close the building through the month of July 2020. All in-person events and meetings have been cancelled. Everyone please stay safe, stay well, and stay home.
Join us this Sunday for virtual
This Sunday we will be featuring the discussion rooms listed below during Virtual Coffee Hour, following the worship service (~11:20 AM).
- General Discussion
- Worship Service Discussion
- Families - Hosted by Amy Beck
- End of Life Task Force - Hosted by Tracy Turner and Kathy Gilbert
- Gardeners Gathering (every fourth Sunday)
Virtual Coffee Hour starts immediately following the worship service, and ends at 12:15 pm. If you prefer to use your phone for audio, here's the phone number to call in: +1 646 558 8656, use meeting ID: 601 601 156 .
Religious Education Updates and Resources
For this month of May, we will be focusing on creating sabbath space in your home. These resource packets have been created to help support and enrich your spiritual time together at home and are accessible to a large age range.
-- Your Religious Education Team (Adrienne, Stephanie, and Emily)
We Want to Hear From You!
Please take a moment to complete our survey about religious education and your family. We are re-imagining summer religious education and need your feedback!
Survey closes on May 25th!
|Interfaith Friends: Helping Our Community
Covid Caring Calendar (CCC)
Interfaith Friends is an interdenominational group connecting Bloomington congregations. It
offers opportunities to build relationships between people of many faiths while working to address social and economic injustice.
The CCC is a six-week activity calendar of hands-on socially distanced opportunities to help some of the people most affected by the pandemic. This week addressing hunger; beginning Sunday we will focus on elder connections.
Let's share our love and encouragement with our community!
Last Chance to Join!
When Getting Along Is Not Enough:
A Book Conversation, facilitated by Amy Makice
Four Sundays: May 31, June 7, 14, 21
12:30 - 2 pm
This is your opportunity to join in a four-week facilitated exploration of Maureen Walker's important work. Note the change in start date - now starting May 31.
If all the spaces are filled, email Reverend Emily, mre(at)
to get onto the waiting list. If you purchased the book last time Maureen came to preach and have not yet picked it up, please contact Reverend Emily to make arrangements to get it!
Chalice Circles Open to New Participants
In a time when some in our church community may feel isolated, membership in a small group where one can experience the sharing of life stories in a deeper way might be welcome. Therefore the Chalice Circle Executive Committee has opened spaces in seven Circles to church members and friends in June and July. All are welcome to join a Circle via Zoom, including persons new to the small group ministry of deep listening. For a brief introduction to the Chalice Circle program,
see the church website
To see on which days and times the Circles will take place and to sign up, follow this link:
If you have questions, contact Linda Pickle, Chalice Circle co-chair: (linda.pickle (at)
Connections Coordinator Open Zoom Office Hour
Starting today, May 22, you will be able to drop in every Friday, 1:00-2:00 pm, via Zoom and ask church-related questions to the Connections Coordinator, Ann LeDuc. Newcomers and current congregation members are all welcome to drop-in.
Additional ways to contact Ann are via email at connect(at)uubloomington.org, or phone at (812) 720-3688 (M-F 10:30 AM-3:30 PM).
Use this link to drop-in and talk to Ann on Fridays from 1-2 pm:
Humanists and Freethinkers together at 12:45 on Sundays
For the next few months, the Humanist and the Freethinkers meetings are
combined and they will be happening online via Zoom meetings. If you want to join, contact Harold Ogren at email@example.com or
Ann Watzel at firstname.lastname@example.org, and they will send you more information.
PayPal Available for Donations
We now have a
where you can make a Sunday Plate contribution and other donations to the church using a major credit card. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use this page.
It's also not required to use the PayPal page. You can still mail in your pledge contributions using paper checks.
Three Nominees Chosen for our 25% of Sunday Plate Fund for 2020-21
The Social Justice Funds Committee, chaired by Denise Ogren, reports that the following three agencies have been nominated to receive our 25% of Sunday Plate Fund for the coming year, beginning July 1.
Bloomington Refugee Support Network
Monroe County United Ministries
Women Writing for (a) Change
See the May 19 issue of The Prologue
for details on their fine work. The members in attendance at the online congregational meeting on Sunday, June 7 at 4:00 p.m. will vote to choose one of the three to be our recipient for 2020-21.
"Writing as a Spiritual Practice"
With Rev. Barbara Child
A Drop-in Group on Zoom
Tuesdays 1-2 p.m., through June 30
Guess what! It has turned out that facilitating the "Writing as a Spiritual Practice" drop-in group on Tuesdays is such a fulfilling practice for me that I want to continue beyond May. I invite you to come along on this journey of personal exploration through writing in community. You are welcome to attend any or all sessions through June 30.
Are you feeling Rooted, Inspired, & Ready to be part of this year's GA?
We are looking for delegates from our congregation to attend this year's Unitarian Universalist Association
General Assembly, June 24-28. This is a VIRTUAL event! You don't have to
travel anywhere except to your computer.
We can have up to twelve (12) delegates! Look up what is happening
and who is giving the
. It will be an interesting and inspiring
General Assembly. Read all about it at
irisfkiesling (at) gmail.com if you want to be a part of it.
Demonstration at Prisons on May 16
Thanks to Debbie Fish and Alan and Barb Backler for representing us at the Drive-by Demonstration at the Indiana Prison at Pendleton last Saturday. There was also a demonstration at the Michigan City prison. Conditions are dire in our correctional institutions in Indiana, and the coronavirus infection rate is high, with crowded conditions and poor health services. Contact Governor Holcomb and demand that the elderly, the non-violent, and the short-term residents be released. Every incarcerated person is someone's son, daughter, brother, sister, father, or mother. Prison reform needs to be a high priority. Be well, and tune in for the Sunday service on May 31 for more on this. Our community is strong, and we will continue to be a voice for peace and justice. -- Rev. Bill Breeden
Car demonstration with UUs at Pendleton Correctional Facility on May 16, to be the voice for a marginalized population.
From the UU Homelessness and
Hunger Task Forces:
May Food and Hygiene Drives,
NEW AGENCIES & NEW LISTS
Through May 31, we will be collecting hygiene items for Wheeler Missions, food items for Backpack Buddies (Community Kitchen) and food and clothing for Shalom.
Our building is closed, but we have placed collection bins outside the building, under the north side porch near the Portico Entrance. Simply drive up and drop off - we are collecting donations from these bins daily.
Many, many thanks!
Ways We Can Help:
Links from our Social Justice Task Forces
We're compiling information and updates from our Social Justice Task Forces about ongoing fundraisers, resource drives, and other calls to action here at the link below. This link contains the list of food and necessities we are collecting for those in need in our community.
Upcoming opportunity: CASA Seeks Volunteers, Training in June
Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is experiencing an increase in cases and expects to see numbers continue to rise as stay at home orders are eased in Indiana. Currently 49 children are on the CASA wait list in Monroe County. If you have ever considered getting involved, now is the time to act. Abused and neglected children in our community need a stable, caring adult on their side that they can trust. The training will be on Zoom, June 1-24, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. For more info, visit
, call 812-333-CASA, or email
Meals on Wheels Seeks Volunteer Delivery People
Deborah and I have been delivering Meals on Wheels for about a year and a half, and it's a very rewarding experience to be able to help disadvantaged people in this way. The program is in need of additional delivery people in this new world we now live in. If any of you would like to volunteer to help as the need arises, please visit www.bloomingtonmealsonwheels.org and click on the "Temporary Sub Volunteer Application" link. And thanks for considering this. --David Parkhurst
How to Vote by Mail in the June 2 Primary Election
Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the need for physical distancing, new dates and procedures have been established by the Indiana Election Commission and the Monroe County Election Board.
For the June 2, 2020 Primary Election all registered voters can vote by mail using an absentee ballot. Check this link for details:
Free Money from Kroger
Fresh Thyme and Bloomingfoods Cards Also Available by Mail
Did you know that
Kroger sends us about $1,600 each year? This is made possible by those of you who participate in Kroger's Community Rewards program. R
egister your Kroger Plus card
online at this link
and select the UU Church as the recipient -- o
ur ID number for the program is EW763.
We are also still selling grocery cards for Bloomingfoods and Fresh Thyme. Send your check to the church (payable to UU Church) with a note to let us know the type and value of card(s) you want, and we will mail them to you. (UU Church, 2120 N. Fee Lane, Bloomington, IN 47408)
Church Office Closed, Staff Working from Home
Our offices are closed, but staff members are working from home and checking email frequently during their regularly scheduled work hours.
Carol Marks, Church Administrator, admin (at) uubloomington.org
Monica Overman and Mandy Skinner, office (at) uubloomington.org
Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, connect (at) uubloomington.org
Adrienne Summerlot, Dir. of Religious Education, dre (at) uubloomington.org
Office Closed Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day
Because of the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25, our staff will be off duty and unavailable by email or phone that day. The ministers are available on holidays for pastoral emergencies only, at their personal phone numbers.
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Barbara Carlson
Reverend Bill Breeden
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin 812-322-0205
For More Information
Deadline for Order of service and Friday UU Update
Friday Update is for Events Happening in the Next 10 Days
The Friday UU Update is designed to remind the members of the congregation about events and services that are coming up within the next 10 days. For events that are further in the future, please consult our
twice-monthly Prologue newsletter
See the May 19
of our newsletter, The Prologue, published on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, June 2, at 10 am.)
has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.
Masthead photo by John Woodcock.
|Unitarian Universalist Church