Friday UU Update 
May 29, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church  of Bloomington, Indiana
Update your Zoom for Meetings after T omorrow, May 30
After May 30, Zoom will require all users to download a new version of Zoom.  Download the new application now, so you don't have to wait through the download and installation process before entering your meetings.  Here's a great little video that shows you how to do it.  More information and links to downloads are available here: Zoom 5.0 is here!   
Young Adult Conversation
Saturday, May 30, 2:00 pm
Tomorrow, from 2-3 pm, all young adults ages 18-35 are invited to join us to check-in and support each other. We'll talk about what we've been up to and how we are caring for ourselves.  Ned Joyner and Jason Michalek will be our co-hosts. Past and new participants are welcome! Just click this link at 2 pm on Saturday .    --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Sunday, May 31, 2020
10:15 am LIVE STREAM ONLY
Reverend Bill Breeden
Viruses, Victims, and 
Speak Now or Forever Hold Our Peace

A Note from Reverend Bill: 
Preaching in these times seems like walking a tightrope of hope across a sea of despair. Minsters strive to be pastoral in the face of a pandemic, and yet prophetic in the sense of speaking truth to a people midst a fury of fascism, racism, and an unprecedented abuse of power. I am honored to once again be a part of the ministry of this community. Our service this Sunday will include elements both pastoral and prophetic. The first part of the service will be appropriate for all ages:  Adrienne Summerlot will lead a bicycle blessing to mark the beginning of summer (please have a ribbon or string ready for the blessing) and Glenda and I will offer a sing-a-long gift of music reflecting hope and determination. During the offertory, people of all ages are invited to light candles of joy and sorrow.  The sermon will be less suitable for young children, and parents might wish to have alternative activities available for them at that point. Join us via live-stream.    
 
Join us via livestream for this week's service at 10:15 am  via  our  Facebook page  or our  website livestream page . In case you miss the livestream, archived videos  are always available on our website  
 
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  Coffee Hour!
This Sunday we will be featuring the discussion rooms listed below during Virtual Coffee Hour, following the worship service (~11:20 AM).
  1. General Discussion
  2. Families - Hosted by Amy Beck
  3. End of Life Task Force - Hosted by Tracy Turner and Kathy Gilbert
  4. Summer Chalice Circles - Hosted by Linda Pickle
  5. Choir
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 .
--Ann LeDuc, connect(at)uubloomington.org
Learn how to use Zoom
Would you like to connect with your UU friends via Zoom, but don't know how?  This is a great time to learn! Our simple instructions are available here. Extensive instructions, videos, and online workshops are available at Zoom's Help Center.
--Ann LeDuc, connect(at) uubloomington.org
Religious Education Updates and Resources 
Click on the link above for resources on creating sacred home space and on processing grief. For the next few weeks, we are creating our program in collaboration with Interfaith Friends, an interdenominational group connecting Bloomington congregations, and creating resources for all ages to help some of the people most affected by the pandemic. You can engage with one activity or many.  This week, our congregations are focusing on Elder Connections, but as of Sunday, May 31, we'll be supporting Immigrants and Refugees. Please click here to get involved .
--Your Religious Education Team (Adrienne, Stephanie, and Emily)
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. 
Click on these links to learn more:
        General Brochure
The members in attendance at the online congregational meeting on Sunday, June 7 at 4:00 p.m. will vote to choose one of these three to be our recipient for 2020-21.
When Getting Along Is Not Enough: 
A Book Conversation, facilitated by Amy Makice -- Last Chance to Join!
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) uubloomington.org,  to get onto the waiting list. 
UU Car Parade Saturday, June 6, 11:00 am
Join the Car Parade! 
Show Your Passion to Our ComUUnity 
This is a fun event for our UU Community, with safety as our first concern. Saturday, June 6, p arade starts at 11:00 am.  Line up of decorated cars will start at 10:30 am in the church parking lot.  Spectators will watch from their cars in the IU Tennis parking lot.  Say hello and have fun at a safe distance.  Decorate your car and maybe yourself, or just watch from your car.  Our ministers and staff will be there to join the fun (from a safe distance)!  Check the June 2 Prologue for details.
Summer  Chalice Circles Open to New Participants
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 those new to the small group ministry of deep listening. For an introduction to the Chalice Circle program, see the church website. Sign up here:  tinyurl.com/ccsummer20  
Questions? contact Linda Pickle, co-chair: linda.pickle (at) wku.edu
The Prologue                                 
  Tuesday, May 5 , 2020
  Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
   Congregation founded 1949
   LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation since 1995
   Green Sanctuary since 2007
Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World
A Message from Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
     Board members recently sent emails to members and friends who have not yet pledged for 2020-21. If you received such an email and haven't yet responded, we encourage you to do so soon:  here's that handy dandy link for pledging.
     Financial uncertainty is part of our landscape in this age of pandemic. When folks pledge, including me, we assume they will fulfill their pledge to the best of their abilities, all things considered. Please let us know.
     Peace, Mary Ann
Sunday, May 10, 2020
10:15 am LIVE STREAM ONLY
Mothering Beyond Boundless
Dr. Maureen Walker
     Can we imagine celebrating Mother's Day without greeting cards and flowers? Most of us dare not. However, the sentimental rituals obscure some fundamental truths. If we were to get beyond the ritualized sentimentality, we might be able deconstruct "motherhood" as a fixed status, one with artificial boundaries that exclude and divide, and leave many children behind. Instead, we might more easily affirm the truths of mothering: mothering as love that we do; mothering as action liberated from all of our binary constructions of gender, race, class. Instead of bowing to the ritual of "once-a-year hearts and flowers", we more courageously respond to the everyday call to live our lives as co-creators of compassionate possibilities. 

From Reverend MAM: We are so excited to have Dr. Maureen Walker as our guest in our virtual pulpit this Sunday. Dr. Walker, author of  When Getting Along is Not Enough, is a licensed psychologist, speaker, educator, and writer who focuses on helping people bridge cultural differences such as race, religion, gender and other markers of social status. She does this by teaching and inspiring people to transform the barriers that prevent them from truly connecting with each other and living a fully authentic life. Maureen encourages people to transform fear into courage and to create the fullest expressions of who they are and can be in the world. She has graced our pulpit with her presence several times in the past few years.
Sunday, May 17, 2020
10:15 am LIVE STREAM ONLY
Multigenerational Flower Communion Service
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
     All ages are encouraged to join us for this interactive celebration of our congregational community.   Please send a photo of yourself with a flower (real, a drawing, a flowered garment, etc...) by May 15 to be included in the service. Please email to mre(at)uubloomington.org. Our time together will have story, ritual, reflection, and wonderful music, including an offering from our virtual UU Children's Choir, directed by Jill Courtney.  We hope you will be a part of it via LiveStream.

Special Flower Paper for Flower Communion
**We are providing special flower paper for use in this service. This paper can be picked up from the church (it will be taped on the portico door) beginning on May 10 at noon. If you are unable to go by the church to pick up a flower paper, please email your address to Reverend Emily at mre(at) uubloomington.org ASAP and she will send you a paper in the mail.**
Please Join Us Via Livestream Only
Please join us via livestream for our service each Sunday via our  Facebook page or our  website livestream page. Archived videos are available about 3 hours after the airing of each livestream on our website, in case you miss the livestream while its live.

Our Building is Closed Through July, 
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 for Virtual Coffee Hour!
     Every Sunday after the worship service until 12:15 pm,  click on this link to join us for engaging conversation!
     Email Ann LeDuc before Sunday, if you would like to request a new breakout conversation room topic and be the conversation host for that room. 
     Read the Friday Update for the list of this Sunday's breakout conversation rooms. 
     If you haven't participated in a Zoom meeting in the past, please take a moment to read our instructions before using it for the first time.  The instructions are available here. --Ann L eDuc, Connections Coordinator    connect(at) uubloomington.org
MAM's Musing

Please continue to send photos of you and yours for our slideshow at the end of the worship services. It is good, on so many levels, for us to see each other's faces and places of home and worship. Or better yet, send a power pose. If someone else does, I will. (smileyface) Please send to: Ned at  media(at)uubloomington.org AND Reverend Emily at  mre(at)uubloomington.org.
 
Here are a few words from an anonymous therapist when she closed her doors due to Coronavirus. I shared, in part, during our Centering on Sunday
 
Hello sweet one. I see how much you care about the world, about your communities, about all of us surviving plagues and capitalism and a world on fire.
That clench in your throat, the knot in your gut, the tightness in your breath - this is how our bodies try to hold the world's anguish. We compose the wrongness into our bodies, a beautiful and devastating lament.
Just because your body can hold all the tragedy, the panic, the tension, that it is holding right now, that doesn't mean that you must go on holding it, all, forever. The loving grandmother in you knows this to be true. Set it down.
 
Also, during last Sunday's worship service, I spoke about and quoted an excerpt from an essay by writer, producer, and activist, Julio Vincent Gambuto,  Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting. Please read this article with these caveats, Gambuto does use profanity to make his points; he also briefly addresses racial injustice in our country in an overly simplistic manner; basically, he asserts that we are too busy to care. This observation is symptomatic of a much larger problem, of course, the white supremacist culture that permeates our institutional structures and consciousness. With that named,  I invite you into this piece and the second one below.  

In my four-part reflection on Sunday, I spoke about the horrendous racial disparities being revealed and inequalities increased as Covid19 continues to unfold in the United States. The following article, entitled   
A Terrible Price: The Deadly Racial Disparities of Covid-19 in America by Linda Villarosa
 
spells out the timeline of the incompetent White House response and its deadly repercussions.  

Lastly, congratulations to Nikole Hannah-Jones, who just won a Pulitzer Prize for her essay " America Wasn't a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One." This writing explores how black Americans have been the true creators of American democracy.
 
Peace, Mary Ann
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Senior Minister  

P.S. For Entertainment Purposes Only
Chicken life has been manageably quiet this past week. Our two new chicks, Belanna and Seven, were introduced to the larger hens for a short while with no incidents. Belanna and Seven are in that awkward "look like a baby dinosaur" teenage phase of chicken life. In other bird news, one of our bluebirds performed an outstanding Smackdown of a house wren who was emptying its nest in the bluebird box. All winged ones survived the week.
 
P.P.S. If you get a chance to see the 2020 documentary "A Secret Love" by Director Chris Bolan, I strongly recommend it. Even the trailer made me tear up.
 

Minister's Discretionary Fund
     A Minister's Discretionary Fund is an account that the minister can use to provide confidential assistance to individuals facing emergency financial need. In our congregation it is used almost exclusively for congregation members who find themselves in urgent financial need; however, it is a one-time transaction. For instance, we can help someone with their rent for that month, but we cannot be an ongoing source for rent assistance for that person. We engage our Caring Committee and Health Concerns Team to help those folks find resources which help create a more sustainable situation. 
     Lord only knows what will be happening over this next year with Covid19. In addition, in the past we have used discretionary funds for individuals who might not be able to attend a church function, like a retreat, due to cost of registration.  All of this, of course, is kept very confidential. 
     Funds are created by donations from members and are limited at present. Today, we were reminded to make an announcement about this fund when a member indicated their intent to donate the amount of their federal stimulus check to the Minister's Discretionary Fund. 
--Reverend Macklin (MAM)

Emily's Post
Dear Ones,

I awakened this morning with the song Loosen, Loosen by Aly Halpert singing in my heart, and it is still with me several hours later.  I am so grateful that Adrienne Summerlot brought it to my attention and that my home congregation, Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins, Colorado, and its senior minister Gretchen Haley and lead music person Christopher Watkins Lamb, who created a video of the song, agreed to share it so we could use it in worship on Sunday, May 3. 
If, having heard the song, you are moved to support the songwriter, as I am, you can hear her singing and offer money here:
https://soundcloud.com/aly-halpert/loosen-loosen

This song speaks the truth of my body--that often I feel literally weighted down by all that is happening in the world.  I am finding it important and good to be reminded to let go.  Sometimes that means laughing at a good movie.  Sometimes it means going on a walk and not thinking of anything except the sweet scent of lilacs in the air.  Sometimes it means collapsing in a heap and crying out of my broken heart.  Let go, let go, let go.  My muscles and bones thank me when I do.  I invite you to join me.  And to reach out if you find yourself in need of support: 812-333-9822.

Speaking of support, May is a time when we support one another in several ways:

*we join together for our  Goods and Services auction, which is happening online this year-you have until May 10th to get in your final bids for wonderful items
*we  celebrate our graduates together.  Please contact me if you or your family member are graduating this spring.  We'll celebrate our graduates from colleges and universities this Sunday, May 10, and our high school graduates next Sunday, May 17.  We'd really like to include you in our celebration!

*we remember the support that we provide to one another as a congregation in our  Flower Communion service.  This year, we will be creating that bridge of support virtually on May 17, so it is especially important to have images of as many of you as possible--everyone, please send a photo of yourself with a flower of any kind (real, a drawing, origami, etc...)--it will be deeply comforting to be surrounded by images of one another.

Holding all of you in love in these days: let go, let go, let go.

Emily

Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Minister of Religious Education
Our Folks...
    Our thoughts and hearts are with Dee Morris, whose husband Buddy died this past Friday at Hospice House. Cards are welcome.
   Congratulations to Susan and Doug Gulick, who recently welcomed a new grandson. From Susan: " Doug and I are still stranded in Italy, but it is a blessing in spite of the coronavirus. We were here for the birth of our new grandson, Michelangelo, on March 14." 
Religious Education Updates and Resources 
Each Sunday we will offer a story and a couple of simple activities, accessible to a large age range.

UU Postal Pals Program begins this month--
Sign Up by May 10!
Open to all ages, we are hoping to connect people in our congregation via the U.S. mail.  If you remember fondly or have longed for a pen pal experience, sign up today!  Simply complete this google form: 
https://forms.gle/hmWMvBzMHgiMk7oU8 or email Stephanie Kimball  rea(at)uubloomington.org for more information.  Deadline to request a postal pal is Sunday, May 10th!  
-- Your Religious Education Team   (Adrienne, Stephanie, and Emily)
Welcome to a New UU Board Member
    Many thanks to Sharon Wiseman for her service on our Board; she recently needed to step down from her At-Large Board position. Our congregational president Stuart Yoak is happy to announce that Drew Schrader has agreed to complete Sharon's 
term, and will also stand for a new Board term at our congregational meeting on June 7. Drew and his wife Margie (and daughter Zadie) have been active members of our congregation since 2002. 
Zoom Update: New Zoom and Zoom Fatigue
     The two hot topics in Zooming are the release of a new version of Zoom and Zoom fatigue.  
    The newest version of Zoom, Zoom 5.0, includes new and improved security features. Information and links to download the new version are available here:  https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/zoom-v5-0.html  After May 30, Zoom will require you to download and install Zoom 5.0 before you can participate in a Zoom meeting.  
    Zoom fatigue or exhaustion describes the way people feel when they use Zoom multiple times a day to carry out their work.  If you have been experiencing exhaustion after Zooming,  you may find this article helpful.  
    Our super helpful Office Assistants, Mandy and Monica, continue to schedule Zoom meetings in place of our in-person church meetings. If you need a church meeting scheduled, request your Zoom meeting five days in advance by emailing office(at) uubloomington.org  .
   If you have questions about using Zoom, please contact me at connect(at) uubloomington.org  .
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator

  Seeking the Spirit  
Religious Education for Adults
Join us this Sunday, May 10 
to learn about UU History
Ever wonder how the Unitarian Universalist church evolved? Where this way of doing church came from, and who were the founders of the Unitarian and Universalist churches? Please join us for this romp through 500 years of UU history on Sunday, May 10, from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, via Zoom. 
Stuart Yoak will lead us on our journey.
To register for the class, email connect(at)uubloomington.org before Friday May 8.

Rev B Child
"Writing as a Spiritual Practice"
with Rev. Barbara Child
A Drop-in Group on Zoom
Tuesdays 1:00-2:00, through May 26
I invite you to join me on a journey of personal exploration through writing in community.   Click here for a full description of how the group will work. If you would like to participate,  register by clicking here to get the Zoom link and instructions. This is a drop-in group and you can attend one or two or all sessions.
Shambhala Meditation Mondays at 12 noon  
Online Only 
Shambhala Meditation will not be meeting physically at church for the time being. You can meditate with Sarah Flint online at this link:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/640866316039802/
Open Mind Zen Online Mondays at 7:00 pm
We are in touch with Frank Seisho Diaz and an online version of Open Mind Zen will be available soon. 
For more info: Contact Open Mind Zen or visit   openmindzenbloomington.org  
Gentle Hatha Yoga Tuesdays at 5:30 pm Online 
Kate Mulligan is continuing to lead her yoga classes via Zoom on Tuesdays 5:30-7:00 p.m. For security reasons, please contact her directly for the Zoom link. 
 
Traditional Taiji Not Meeting Tuesdays
For the time being, "Wu (Hao)" style Taiji will not be meeting on Tuesdays. For more info:  Contact Brian.
UU Humanist Forum and Freethinkers Meeting Online
Each Sunday at 12:30 p.m., our UU Humanists and Freethinkers meet online on Zoom for open and non-structured discussion of issues of social, political, and theological/religious concern.  Click here to see upcoming topics. Email  Ann Watzel if you would like to join the discussion.
  Building Community 
The Online Auction is Up and Running!
There is Something for Everyone!
Our process for winning seats at dinners is a little different this year.  
Debbie Fish, Drew Schrader, Rich Slabach, Barb Backler, and Ann LeDuc, Staff Liaison
UU Singles Game Night on Zoom Friday, May 8
      We are singles within the UU Bloomington community who meet occasionally for conversation and fun as a group. We've had one virtual game night that was surprisingly successful, and will be meeting again for a game night on Friday, May 8, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. If you are not already on the UU singles e-mail list, please contact  mariedeer1961(at)gmail.com  or text or call 812-391-0900 to get put on that list for details on the game night and other gatherings.
Task Force and Committee Chairs: 
Annual Reports Due May 15
Please send your annual report for 2019-20 to us by May 15 so we have time to compile them into our Annual Report to the Congregation, which will be made available to everyone electronically by the June 7 congregational meeting. If you are chair of a social justice task force, please send your report to Jackie Hall,  jmhall(at)indiana.edu, so she can format all the task force reports together and then send the whole shebang to the office for inclusion. All other leaders, please send your 50-100 word report to  office(at)uubloomington.org by May 15. 
--Carol Marks, Ch.Admin.
When Getting Along is not Enough: 
A Book Conversation 
facilitated by Amy Makice
Virtual Meetings: 12:30-2pm on 
Sundays May 17, 24, 31, June 7
Attendance at all four sessions is expected.
If you bought Maureen Walker's book when she last came to preach at UUCB, this is your opportunity to join in a four week facilitated exploration of this important work.  Sign up here to reserve your spot: 
If all the spaces are filled, email Reverend Emily mre(at) uubloomington.org to get onto the waiting list.
Are you ready to become a member?
Membership is your declaration of your affinity with this church and the larger Unitarian Universalist faith community.  The next membership ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 17, at 3:00 pm via Zoom. If you are new to Unitarian Universalism, we ask that you complete the Exploring Unitarian Universalism class before becoming a member.  Let the Connections Coordinator know if you would like to attend the membership ceremony and become a member of the UU Church of Bloomington. Email Ann at connect(at) uubloomington.org 
Looking for ways to stay connected?
Here are several opportunities to connect with our congregation throughout the week:


Mondays at noon, join Sarah Flint for Shambhala Meditation  on Facebook 
Tuesdays at 1:00 pm, join Reverend Barbara Child for  "Writing as a Spiritual Practice" 
Sundays after worship , join the  Virtual Coffee Hour  
Weekly Call from a Friend   If you would like a friend from our congregation to email or call you each week, just let me know. 
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, connect(at) uubloomington.org
(812) 720-3688
Do you have an Email Buddy?
During the current circumstances, we cannot send our Prologues out on paper to the couple of dozen folks in our church who do not have easy access to the internet. If you know someone in our congregation who's in this situation, consider being an email buddy for them, and call them on the phone to update them on what's going on. Thanks for helping Build Community!
UUA General Assembly Online Only June 24-28
The UUA Board of Directors voted to make UUA General Assembly (GA) 100% virtual in June instead of holding the meetings in Providence, Rhode Island. The decision alleviates the anxiety and concern shared by many about how GA might proceed given the impact of COVID-19. It also gives the Association time to plan a more robust and rewarding virtual experience. Learn more at  UUA.org/ga .
Interested in being a Member Delegate to 
UUA Virtual General Assembly?
If you are interested in being a member delegate from our congregation to the online General Assembly this June, please be in touch with Iris Kiesling, irisfkiesling(at)gmail.com
  Changing the World 
HealthNet Bloomington Health Center: 
We welcome you to our clinic.
 
     There's a new healthcare provider in town: HealthNet Bloomington Health Center, formerly Volunteers in Medicine (VIM). Unlike VIM, HealthNet accepts most commercial insurances, Medicaid, Healthy IN Plan, and Medicare. There are no restrictions on who can come to the HealthNet Bloomington clinic--any geographic area, any income. The clinic is open and accepting new patients.  Click here for details and a map.
     Clinic personnel are taking every precaution to minimize potential exposure risk to COVID-19, so individuals can feel confident and safe coming to the clinic. Established patients can have telemedicine and video visits. New patients must have one face-to-face appointment at the clinic before they can access remote appointments. However, the clinic has a separate entrance for non-symptomatic patients. ( See link for more patient safety information)
HealthNet Bloomington is open from 8am-5pm Monday-Thursday and 8:00am-noon on Fridays. Given the many school and daycare closures, we have temporarily suspended evening hours.
     We are confident that we have a safe environment in which to serve both established and new patients. To schedule an appointment, please call 812-333-4001. HealthNet Bloomington Health Center: Your health. Our passion. We welcome you to our clinic. For more information, please contact Nancy Richman,  nancy.richman@indyhealthnet.org .
 
HealthNet Bloomington Health Center is the recipient this year of 25% of our Sunday non-pledge offerings. We recently sent them a check for $1700, our donation for the third quarter of the current fiscal year. -Ed.
From the UU Homelessness Task Force and Hunger Task Force 
 NEW AGENCIES & NEW LISTS
for the
May 2020 Food and Necessities Drives
     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 wish lists have changed; so, please see the lists below. 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!

BACKPACK BUDDIES
Canned or pouch chicken or tuna
Peanut butter
Meal helpers (Chicken/Hamburger/Tuna)
Fruit cups
Instant oatmeal & boxes of cereal
Dried fruits (raisins, craisins, cherries, etc.)
Mac & Cheese and other easy to prepare foods  (instant potatoes, rice & pasta meals)
Small pop top cans of vegetables
Granola/Fruit/Cereal bars

WHEELER MISSION
Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
Shampoo & Conditioner
Deodorant, Razors, & Shaving Cream
Feminine Hygiene Products
Diapers, Baby Wipes (alcohol free),
Formula & Baby Food
Towels & Wash Cloths
Toilet Paper & Paper Towels
Over-the-Counter Medications  (pain relief, cold & flu, allergy, heartburn)

SHALOM
Pasta
Cereal, big boxes
Canned food, institutional size
Condiments
Coffee, not instant
Tea
Clothes, especially socks
Helping with the Grounds This Spring     
     Need to spend some (socially-distanced) time outdoors? Our grounds could use people or family units to work in designated areas this spring and summer. Visit the  Green Grounds page (which is at  www.uubloomington.org under Social Justice, Green Sanctuary Task Force, Green Grounds) to see the areas we have defined.
     If you are able to help, please contact Molly O'Donnell at  mollysod(at)gmail.com or 812-345-7399 to select an area, set up a time (e.g. one-time or a range of time) when you could maintain that area and to schedule your work in this social-distancing period so no one is exposing anyone else.
And please use only your own tools during this period.
     Keep in mind that if you are planning to do grounds work at church, our building is closed and the restrooms are not available. Please do not enter the building, for your safety and the health and well-being of our ministers and staff. Thanks!
Community Connections
Our Faith in Action in the Community
   
IU Health Virtual Visits Available
IU Health has created a way for you to visit with a doctor online if you are ill, to help disrupt the community spread of the coronavirus by limiting the number of people who need to visit a doctor's office or the emergency room.  Click here for more info. 
UU History for You 
(Flashback from 2015!)
Benjamin Rush--
physician, patriot, founding father
     Benjamin Rush (1746-1813) was a Founding Father and signer of the Declaration of Independence. He got his BA at Princeton and went to Edinburgh for his MD. He returned with an enthusiasm for the Enlightenment and joined Washington's army as surgeon-general.  
     He was more successful with his public health measures than his medical knowledge, which was antiquated (based on copious blood-letting). He drained ditches and stagnant pools to prevent infectious epidemics of typhus, typhoid, and cholera.  He believed the mentally ill would benefit by being unchained and given productive labor tasks in the mental hospital. He opposed slavery and he helped black leaders establish the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  
     His own views were of a shifting nature--Episcopalian, Universalist, Christian Unitarian, and opposed to Calvinism.  Rush believed in universal salvation.  He encouraged Jefferson to prepare The Jefferson Bible.  He was the founder of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and he was a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  He had a temper and sharp tongue which got him into difficulties throughout his career. He begged Washington's biographers not to publish his criticisms of Washington's leadership during the start of the Revolutionary War, because he realized later how great a leader Washington was. Rush expected more than could be provided in his care of the wounded during trying times.  
 
--Elof Axel Carlson, UUCB Historian

(This piece was originally published on the first Tuesday of May 2015 (Thanks, Elof!) At first, I went back to May 2016, but it was John Calvin, and I just couldn't deal with that guy today! (insert rueful smiley face) ;-}  --c.marks, Ed.)
Our Ministers
 
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, our Senior Minister
can be reached at macklin (at) uubloomington.org or 812-322-0205.
 

   

 
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite our Minister of Religious Education,  can be reached at mre (at) uubloomington.org or 812-333-9822.  
 
 
   

Reverend Barbara Carlson, our Minister Emeritacan be reached at barbaracarlson5 (at) gmail.com or 812-822-0243
 
 
 
   

Reverend Bill Breeden, our Minister Emeritus, can be reached at breeden1949 (at) gmail.com or 812-360-1779.
 
 
 
 
 
The offices are closed, but we are working from home
We will be regularly checking email during business hours, as we work from home for the time being.
Carol Marks, Church Administrator, admin (at) uubloomington.org
Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, connect (at) uubloomington.org
Monica Overman and Mandy Skinner, Office Assistants, office (at) uubloomington.org
Ned Joyner and Andy Beargie, Multimedia Managers, media (at) uubloomington.org
Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education, dre (at) uubloomington.org 
Stephanie Kimball, Religious Ed Assistant, rea (at) uubloomington.org   
Susan Swaney, Music Director, music (at) uubloomington.org
Our Covenant of Right Relations
In June 2017, our members affirmed a Covenant of Right Relations. 
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Order of service and Friday UU Update: 
Thursday, 9 am, to office@uubloomington.org
Prologue:  Date of publication, 10 am, to admin@uubloomington.org
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Pertinent Details:
Office hours : M-F, 10 am-4 pm (office closed, but staff working from home during these hrs)
Calendar: For our full calendar of events, visit  uubloomington.org/calendar.
Facebook: Many church events are also posted on our  Facebook page
Prologue Publication Schedule:  
The deadline for articles is 10 am on the date of publication, which is 
the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. 
Send articles about church matters to  Carol Marks.  
Upcoming  issues:  May 19, Jun 2, Jun 16, July 7, July 21
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for full archives of both services and other events (memorials, concerts, etc). 
Membership: 527 certified members; 545 current members.

Attendance: 
Sunday, April 26      10:15   Livestream & Facebook Live   247   
Sunday, May 3         10:15   Livestream & Facebook Live   309

Non-Pledge Offering:  
April 26: $370     May 3: $730
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   Total to be donated (25%) to Volunteers in Medicine (HealthNet): $275

Grocery Card Sales: (Bloomingfoods or Fresh Thyme) week of April 27-May 3  $1,000
    Total income to UUCB: $50.00
During the last quarter (January thru March 2020) we received $411.80 from Kroger, with 138 UU households participating with their Kroger Plus accounts.
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Connections Coordinator Open Office Hour on Fridays
Drop in via Zoom on Fridays between 1-2 pm and get answers to your church related questions from the Connections Coordinator, Ann LeDuc. Newcomers and members are all welcome to drop in. You can also contact Ann via email at connect(at)uubloomington.org, or call (812) 720-3688 (M-F 10:30 AM-3:30 PM).
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The Prologue                                 
  Tuesday, May 5 , 2020
  Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
   Congregation founded 1949
   LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation since 1995
   Green Sanctuary since 2007
Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World
A Message from Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
     Board members recently sent emails to members and friends who have not yet pledged for 2020-21. If you received such an email and haven't yet responded, we encourage you to do so soon:  here's that handy dandy link for pledging.
     Financial uncertainty is part of our landscape in this age of pandemic. When folks pledge, including me, we assume they will fulfill their pledge to the best of their abilities, all things considered. Please let us know.
     Peace, Mary Ann
Sunday, May 10, 2020
10:15 am LIVE STREAM ONLY
Mothering Beyond Boundless
Dr. Maureen Walker
     Can we imagine celebrating Mother's Day without greeting cards and flowers? Most of us dare not. However, the sentimental rituals obscure some fundamental truths. If we were to get beyond the ritualized sentimentality, we might be able deconstruct "motherhood" as a fixed status, one with artificial boundaries that exclude and divide, and leave many children behind. Instead, we might more easily affirm the truths of mothering: mothering as love that we do; mothering as action liberated from all of our binary constructions of gender, race, class. Instead of bowing to the ritual of "once-a-year hearts and flowers", we more courageously respond to the everyday call to live our lives as co-creators of compassionate possibilities. 

From Reverend MAM: We are so excited to have Dr. Maureen Walker as our guest in our virtual pulpit this Sunday. Dr. Walker, author of  When Getting Along is Not Enough, is a licensed psychologist, speaker, educator, and writer who focuses on helping people bridge cultural differences such as race, religion, gender and other markers of social status. She does this by teaching and inspiring people to transform the barriers that prevent them from truly connecting with each other and living a fully authentic life. Maureen encourages people to transform fear into courage and to create the fullest expressions of who they are and can be in the world. She has graced our pulpit with her presence several times in the past few years.
Sunday, May 17, 2020
10:15 am LIVE STREAM ONLY
Multigenerational Flower Communion Service
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
     All ages are encouraged to join us for this interactive celebration of our congregational community.   Please send a photo of yourself with a flower (real, a drawing, a flowered garment, etc...) by May 15 to be included in the service. Please email to mre(at)uubloomington.org. Our time together will have story, ritual, reflection, and wonderful music, including an offering from our virtual UU Children's Choir, directed by Jill Courtney.  We hope you will be a part of it via LiveStream.

Special Flower Paper for Flower Communion
**We are providing special flower paper for use in this service. This paper can be picked up from the church (it will be taped on the portico door) beginning on May 10 at noon. If you are unable to go by the church to pick up a flower paper, please email your address to Reverend Emily at mre(at) uubloomington.org ASAP and she will send you a paper in the mail.**
Please Join Us Via Livestream Only
Please join us via livestream for our service each Sunday via our  Facebook page or our  website livestream page. Archived videos are available about 3 hours after the airing of each livestream on our website, in case you miss the livestream while its live.

Our Building is Closed Through July, 
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 for Virtual Coffee Hour!
     Every Sunday after the worship service until 12:15 pm,  click on this link to join us for engaging conversation!
     Email Ann LeDuc before Sunday, if you would like to request a new breakout conversation room topic and be the conversation host for that room. 
     Read the Friday Update for the list of this Sunday's breakout conversation rooms. 
     If you haven't participated in a Zoom meeting in the past, please take a moment to read our instructions before using it for the first time.  The instructions are available here. --Ann L eDuc, Connections Coordinator    connect(at) uubloomington.org
MAM's Musing

Please continue to send photos of you and yours for our slideshow at the end of the worship services. It is good, on so many levels, for us to see each other's faces and places of home and worship. Or better yet, send a power pose. If someone else does, I will. (smileyface) Please send to: Ned at  media(at)uubloomington.org AND Reverend Emily at  mre(at)uubloomington.org.
 
Here are a few words from an anonymous therapist when she closed her doors due to Coronavirus. I shared, in part, during our Centering on Sunday
 
Hello sweet one. I see how much you care about the world, about your communities, about all of us surviving plagues and capitalism and a world on fire.
That clench in your throat, the knot in your gut, the tightness in your breath - this is how our bodies try to hold the world's anguish. We compose the wrongness into our bodies, a beautiful and devastating lament.
Just because your body can hold all the tragedy, the panic, the tension, that it is holding right now, that doesn't mean that you must go on holding it, all, forever. The loving grandmother in you knows this to be true. Set it down.
 
Also, during last Sunday's worship service, I spoke about and quoted an excerpt from an essay by writer, producer, and activist, Julio Vincent Gambuto,  Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting. Please read this article with these caveats, Gambuto does use profanity to make his points; he also briefly addresses racial injustice in our country in an overly simplistic manner; basically, he asserts that we are too busy to care. This observation is symptomatic of a much larger problem, of course, the white supremacist culture that permeates our institutional structures and consciousness. With that named,  I invite you into this piece and the second one below.  

In my four-part reflection on Sunday, I spoke about the horrendous racial disparities being revealed and inequalities increased as Covid19 continues to unfold in the United States. The following article, entitled   
A Terrible Price: The Deadly Racial Disparities of Covid-19 in America by Linda Villarosa
 
spells out the timeline of the incompetent White House response and its deadly repercussions.  

Lastly, congratulations to Nikole Hannah-Jones, who just won a Pulitzer Prize for her essay " America Wasn't a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One." This writing explores how black Americans have been the true creators of American democracy.
 
Peace, Mary Ann
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Senior Minister  

P.S. For Entertainment Purposes Only
Chicken life has been manageably quiet this past week. Our two new chicks, Belanna and Seven, were introduced to the larger hens for a short while with no incidents. Belanna and Seven are in that awkward "look like a baby dinosaur" teenage phase of chicken life. In other bird news, one of our bluebirds performed an outstanding Smackdown of a house wren who was emptying its nest in the bluebird box. All winged ones survived the week.
 
P.P.S. If you get a chance to see the 2020 documentary "A Secret Love" by Director Chris Bolan, I strongly recommend it. Even the trailer made me tear up.
 

Minister's Discretionary Fund
     A Minister's Discretionary Fund is an account that the minister can use to provide confidential assistance to individuals facing emergency financial need. In our congregation it is used almost exclusively for congregation members who find themselves in urgent financial need; however, it is a one-time transaction. For instance, we can help someone with their rent for that month, but we cannot be an ongoing source for rent assistance for that person. We engage our Caring Committee and Health Concerns Team to help those folks find resources which help create a more sustainable situation. 
     Lord only knows what will be happening over this next year with Covid19. In addition, in the past we have used discretionary funds for individuals who might not be able to attend a church function, like a retreat, due to cost of registration.  All of this, of course, is kept very confidential. 
     Funds are created by donations from members and are limited at present. Today, we were reminded to make an announcement about this fund when a member indicated their intent to donate the amount of their federal stimulus check to the Minister's Discretionary Fund. 
--Reverend Macklin (MAM)

Emily's Post
Dear Ones,

I awakened this morning with the song Loosen, Loosen by Aly Halpert singing in my heart, and it is still with me several hours later.  I am so grateful that Adrienne Summerlot brought it to my attention and that my home congregation, Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins, Colorado, and its senior minister Gretchen Haley and lead music person Christopher Watkins Lamb, who created a video of the song, agreed to share it so we could use it in worship on Sunday, May 3. 
If, having heard the song, you are moved to support the songwriter, as I am, you can hear her singing and offer money here:
https://soundcloud.com/aly-halpert/loosen-loosen

This song speaks the truth of my body--that often I feel literally weighted down by all that is happening in the world.  I am finding it important and good to be reminded to let go.  Sometimes that means laughing at a good movie.  Sometimes it means going on a walk and not thinking of anything except the sweet scent of lilacs in the air.  Sometimes it means collapsing in a heap and crying out of my broken heart.  Let go, let go, let go.  My muscles and bones thank me when I do.  I invite you to join me.  And to reach out if you find yourself in need of support: 812-333-9822.

Speaking of support, May is a time when we support one another in several ways:

*we join together for our  Goods and Services auction, which is happening online this year-you have until May 10th to get in your final bids for wonderful items
*we  celebrate our graduates together.  Please contact me if you or your family member are graduating this spring.  We'll celebrate our graduates from colleges and universities this Sunday, May 10, and our high school graduates next Sunday, May 17.  We'd really like to include you in our celebration!

*we remember the support that we provide to one another as a congregation in our  Flower Communion service.  This year, we will be creating that bridge of support virtually on May 17, so it is especially important to have images of as many of you as possible--everyone, please send a photo of yourself with a flower of any kind (real, a drawing, origami, etc...)--it will be deeply comforting to be surrounded by images of one another.

Holding all of you in love in these days: let go, let go, let go.

Emily

Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Minister of Religious Education
Our Folks...
    Our thoughts and hearts are with Dee Morris, whose husband Buddy died this past Friday at Hospice House. Cards are welcome.
   Congratulations to Susan and Doug Gulick, who recently welcomed a new grandson. From Susan: " Doug and I are still stranded in Italy, but it is a blessing in spite of the coronavirus. We were here for the birth of our new grandson, Michelangelo, on March 14." 
Religious Education Updates and Resources 
Each Sunday we will offer a story and a couple of simple activities, accessible to a large age range.

UU Postal Pals Program begins this month--
Sign Up by May 10!
Open to all ages, we are hoping to connect people in our congregation via the U.S. mail.  If you remember fondly or have longed for a pen pal experience, sign up today!  Simply complete this google form: 
https://forms.gle/hmWMvBzMHgiMk7oU8 or email Stephanie Kimball  rea(at)uubloomington.org for more information.  Deadline to request a postal pal is Sunday, May 10th!  
-- Your Religious Education Team   (Adrienne, Stephanie, and Emily)
Welcome to a New UU Board Member
    Many thanks to Sharon Wiseman for her service on our Board; she recently needed to step down from her At-Large Board position. Our congregational president Stuart Yoak is happy to announce that Drew Schrader has agreed to complete Sharon's 
term, and will also stand for a new Board term at our congregational meeting on June 7. Drew and his wife Margie (and daughter Zadie) have been active members of our congregation since 2002. 
Zoom Update: New Zoom and Zoom Fatigue
     The two hot topics in Zooming are the release of a new version of Zoom and Zoom fatigue.  
    The newest version of Zoom, Zoom 5.0, includes new and improved security features. Information and links to download the new version are available here:  https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/zoom-v5-0.html  After May 30, Zoom will require you to download and install Zoom 5.0 before you can participate in a Zoom meeting.  
    Zoom fatigue or exhaustion describes the way people feel when they use Zoom multiple times a day to carry out their work.  If you have been experiencing exhaustion after Zooming,  you may find this article helpful.  
    Our super helpful Office Assistants, Mandy and Monica, continue to schedule Zoom meetings in place of our in-person church meetings. If you need a church meeting scheduled, request your Zoom meeting five days in advance by emailing office(at) uubloomington.org  .
   If you have questions about using Zoom, please contact me at connect(at) uubloomington.org  .
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator

  Seeking the Spirit  
Religious Education for Adults
Join us this Sunday, May 10 
to learn about UU History
Ever wonder how the Unitarian Universalist church evolved? Where this way of doing church came from, and who were the founders of the Unitarian and Universalist churches? Please join us for this romp through 500 years of UU history on Sunday, May 10, from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, via Zoom. 
Stuart Yoak will lead us on our journey.
To register for the class, email connect(at)uubloomington.org before Friday May 8.

Rev B Child
"Writing as a Spiritual Practice"
with Rev. Barbara Child
A Drop-in Group on Zoom
Tuesdays 1:00-2:00, through May 26
I invite you to join me on a journey of personal exploration through writing in community.   Click here for a full description of how the group will work. If you would like to participate,  register by clicking here to get the Zoom link and instructions. This is a drop-in group and you can attend one or two or all sessions.
Shambhala Meditation Mondays at 12 noon  
Online Only 
Shambhala Meditation will not be meeting physically at church for the time being. You can meditate with Sarah Flint online at this link:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/640866316039802/
Open Mind Zen Online Mondays at 7:00 pm
We are in touch with Frank Seisho Diaz and an online version of Open Mind Zen will be available soon. 
For more info: Contact Open Mind Zen or visit   openmindzenbloomington.org  
Gentle Hatha Yoga Tuesdays at 5:30 pm Online 
Kate Mulligan is continuing to lead her yoga classes via Zoom on Tuesdays 5:30-7:00 p.m. For security reasons, please contact her directly for the Zoom link. 
 
Traditional Taiji Not Meeting Tuesdays
For the time being, "Wu (Hao)" style Taiji will not be meeting on Tuesdays. For more info:  Contact Brian.
UU Humanist Forum and Freethinkers Meeting Online
Each Sunday at 12:30 p.m., our UU Humanists and Freethinkers meet online on Zoom for open and non-structured discussion of issues of social, political, and theological/religious concern.  Click here to see upcoming topics. Email  Ann Watzel if you would like to join the discussion.
  Building Community 
The Online Auction is Up and Running!
There is Something for Everyone!
Our process for winning seats at dinners is a little different this year.  
Debbie Fish, Drew Schrader, Rich Slabach, Barb Backler, and Ann LeDuc, Staff Liaison
UU Singles Game Night on Zoom Friday, May 8
      We are singles within the UU Bloomington community who meet occasionally for conversation and fun as a group. We've had one virtual game night that was surprisingly successful, and will be meeting again for a game night on Friday, May 8, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. If you are not already on the UU singles e-mail list, please contact  mariedeer1961(at)gmail.com  or text or call 812-391-0900 to get put on that list for details on the game night and other gatherings.
Task Force and Committee Chairs: 
Annual Reports Due May 15
Please send your annual report for 2019-20 to us by May 15 so we have time to compile them into our Annual Report to the Congregation, which will be made available to everyone electronically by the June 7 congregational meeting. If you are chair of a social justice task force, please send your report to Jackie Hall,  jmhall(at)indiana.edu, so she can format all the task force reports together and then send the whole shebang to the office for inclusion. All other leaders, please send your 50-100 word report to  office(at)uubloomington.org by May 15. 
--Carol Marks, Ch.Admin.
When Getting Along is not Enough: 
A Book Conversation 
facilitated by Amy Makice
Virtual Meetings: 12:30-2pm on 
Sundays May 17, 24, 31, June 7
Attendance at all four sessions is expected.
If you bought Maureen Walker's book when she last came to preach at UUCB, this is your opportunity to join in a four week facilitated exploration of this important work.  Sign up here to reserve your spot: 
If all the spaces are filled, email Reverend Emily mre(at) uubloomington.org to get onto the waiting list.
Are you ready to become a member?
Membership is your declaration of your affinity with this church and the larger Unitarian Universalist faith community.  The next membership ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 17, at 3:00 pm via Zoom. If you are new to Unitarian Universalism, we ask that you complete the Exploring Unitarian Universalism class before becoming a member.  Let the Connections Coordinator know if you would like to attend the membership ceremony and become a member of the UU Church of Bloomington. Email Ann at connect(at) uubloomington.org 
Looking for ways to stay connected?
Here are several opportunities to connect with our congregation throughout the week:


Mondays at noon, join Sarah Flint for Shambhala Meditation  on Facebook 
Tuesdays at 1:00 pm, join Reverend Barbara Child for  "Writing as a Spiritual Practice" 
Sundays after worship , join the  Virtual Coffee Hour  
Weekly Call from a Friend   If you would like a friend from our congregation to email or call you each week, just let me know. 
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, connect(at) uubloomington.org
(812) 720-3688
Do you have an Email Buddy?
During the current circumstances, we cannot send our Prologues out on paper to the couple of dozen folks in our church who do not have easy access to the internet. If you know someone in our congregation who's in this situation, consider being an email buddy for them, and call them on the phone to update them on what's going on. Thanks for helping Build Community!
UUA General Assembly Online Only June 24-28
The UUA Board of Directors voted to make UUA General Assembly (GA) 100% virtual in June instead of holding the meetings in Providence, Rhode Island. The decision alleviates the anxiety and concern shared by many about how GA might proceed given the impact of COVID-19. It also gives the Association time to plan a more robust and rewarding virtual experience. Learn more at  UUA.org/ga .
Interested in being a Member Delegate to 
UUA Virtual General Assembly?
If you are interested in being a member delegate from our congregation to the online General Assembly this June, please be in touch with Iris Kiesling, irisfkiesling(at)gmail.com
  Changing the World 
HealthNet Bloomington Health Center: 
We welcome you to our clinic.
 
     There's a new healthcare provider in town: HealthNet Bloomington Health Center, formerly Volunteers in Medicine (VIM). Unlike VIM, HealthNet accepts most commercial insurances, Medicaid, Healthy IN Plan, and Medicare. There are no restrictions on who can come to the HealthNet Bloomington clinic--any geographic area, any income. The clinic is open and accepting new patients.  Click here for details and a map.
     Clinic personnel are taking every precaution to minimize potential exposure risk to COVID-19, so individuals can feel confident and safe coming to the clinic. Established patients can have telemedicine and video visits. New patients must have one face-to-face appointment at the clinic before they can access remote appointments. However, the clinic has a separate entrance for non-symptomatic patients. ( See link for more patient safety information)
HealthNet Bloomington is open from 8am-5pm Monday-Thursday and 8:00am-noon on Fridays. Given the many school and daycare closures, we have temporarily suspended evening hours.
     We are confident that we have a safe environment in which to serve both established and new patients. To schedule an appointment, please call 812-333-4001. HealthNet Bloomington Health Center: Your health. Our passion. We welcome you to our clinic. For more information, please contact Nancy Richman,  nancy.richman@indyhealthnet.org .
 
HealthNet Bloomington Health Center is the recipient this year of 25% of our Sunday non-pledge offerings. We recently sent them a check for $1700, our donation for the third quarter of the current fiscal year. -Ed.
From the UU Homelessness Task Force and Hunger Task Force 
 NEW AGENCIES & NEW LISTS
for the
May 2020 Food and Necessities Drives
     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 wish lists have changed; so, please see the lists below. 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!

BACKPACK BUDDIES
Canned or pouch chicken or tuna
Peanut butter
Meal helpers (Chicken/Hamburger/Tuna)
Fruit cups
Instant oatmeal & boxes of cereal
Dried fruits (raisins, craisins, cherries, etc.)
Mac & Cheese and other easy to prepare foods  (instant potatoes, rice & pasta meals)
Small pop top cans of vegetables
Granola/Fruit/Cereal bars

WHEELER MISSION
Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
Shampoo & Conditioner
Deodorant, Razors, & Shaving Cream
Feminine Hygiene Products
Diapers, Baby Wipes (alcohol free),
Formula & Baby Food
Towels & Wash Cloths
Toilet Paper & Paper Towels
Over-the-Counter Medications  (pain relief, cold & flu, allergy, heartburn)

SHALOM
Pasta
Cereal, big boxes
Canned food, institutional size
Condiments
Coffee, not instant
Tea
Clothes, especially socks
Helping with the Grounds This Spring     
     Need to spend some (socially-distanced) time outdoors? Our grounds could use people or family units to work in designated areas this spring and summer. Visit the  Green Grounds page (which is at  www.uubloomington.org under Social Justice, Green Sanctuary Task Force, Green Grounds) to see the areas we have defined.
     If you are able to help, please contact Molly O'Donnell at  mollysod(at)gmail.com or 812-345-7399 to select an area, set up a time (e.g. one-time or a range of time) when you could maintain that area and to schedule your work in this social-distancing period so no one is exposing anyone else.
And please use only your own tools during this period.
     Keep in mind that if you are planning to do grounds work at church, our building is closed and the restrooms are not available. Please do not enter the building, for your safety and the health and well-being of our ministers and staff. Thanks!
Community Connections
Our Faith in Action in the Community
   
IU Health Virtual Visits Available
IU Health has created a way for you to visit with a doctor online if you are ill, to help disrupt the community spread of the coronavirus by limiting the number of people who need to visit a doctor's office or the emergency room.  Click here for more info. 
UU History for You 
(Flashback from 2015!)
Benjamin Rush--
physician, patriot, founding father
     Benjamin Rush (1746-1813) was a Founding Father and signer of the Declaration of Independence. He got his BA at Princeton and went to Edinburgh for his MD. He returned with an enthusiasm for the Enlightenment and joined Washington's army as surgeon-general.  
     He was more successful with his public health measures than his medical knowledge, which was antiquated (based on copious blood-letting). He drained ditches and stagnant pools to prevent infectious epidemics of typhus, typhoid, and cholera.  He believed the mentally ill would benefit by being unchained and given productive labor tasks in the mental hospital. He opposed slavery and he helped black leaders establish the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  
     His own views were of a shifting nature--Episcopalian, Universalist, Christian Unitarian, and opposed to Calvinism.  Rush believed in universal salvation.  He encouraged Jefferson to prepare The Jefferson Bible.  He was the founder of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and he was a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  He had a temper and sharp tongue which got him into difficulties throughout his career. He begged Washington's biographers not to publish his criticisms of Washington's leadership during the start of the Revolutionary War, because he realized later how great a leader Washington was. Rush expected more than could be provided in his care of the wounded during trying times.  
 
--Elof Axel Carlson, UUCB Historian

(This piece was originally published on the first Tuesday of May 2015 (Thanks, Elof!) At first, I went back to May 2016, but it was John Calvin, and I just couldn't deal with that guy today! (insert rueful smiley face) ;-}  --c.marks, Ed.)
Our Ministers
 
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, our Senior Minister
can be reached at macklin (at) uubloomington.org or 812-322-0205.
 

   

 
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite our Minister of Religious Education,  can be reached at mre (at) uubloomington.org or 812-333-9822.  
 
 
   

Reverend Barbara Carlson, our Minister Emeritacan be reached at barbaracarlson5 (at) gmail.com or 812-822-0243
 
 
 
   

Reverend Bill Breeden, our Minister Emeritus, can be reached at breeden1949 (at) gmail.com or 812-360-1779.
 
 
 
 
 
The offices are closed, but we are working from home
We will be regularly checking email during business hours, as we work from home for the time being.
Carol Marks, Church Administrator, admin (at) uubloomington.org
Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, connect (at) uubloomington.org
Monica Overman and Mandy Skinner, Office Assistants, office (at) uubloomington.org
Ned Joyner and Andy Beargie, Multimedia Managers, media (at) uubloomington.org
Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education, dre (at) uubloomington.org 
Stephanie Kimball, Religious Ed Assistant, rea (at) uubloomington.org   
Susan Swaney, Music Director, music (at) uubloomington.org
Our Covenant of Right Relations
In June 2017, our members affirmed a Covenant of Right Relations. 
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Order of service and Friday UU Update: 
Thursday, 9 am, to office@uubloomington.org
Prologue:  Date of publication, 10 am, to admin@uubloomington.org
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Pertinent Details:
Office hours : M-F, 10 am-4 pm (office closed, but staff working from home during these hrs)
Calendar: For our full calendar of events, visit  uubloomington.org/calendar.
Facebook: Many church events are also posted on our  Facebook page
Prologue Publication Schedule:  
The deadline for articles is 10 am on the date of publication, which is 
the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. 
Send articles about church matters to  Carol Marks.  
Upcoming  issues:  May 19, Jun 2, Jun 16, July 7, July 21
Livestreaming Our Sunday Service, 10:15 am
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On our Facebook page:  facebook.com/uubloomington
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Links to Archived Services to View Online
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- Or, scroll down on our main Livestream Page

for full archives of both services and other events (memorials, concerts, etc). 
Membership: 527 certified members; 545 current members.

Attendance: 
Sunday, April 26      10:15   Livestream & Facebook Live   247   
Sunday, May 3         10:15   Livestream & Facebook Live   309

Non-Pledge Offering:  
April 26: $370     May 3: $730
To make a contribution for the Non-Pledge Offering (Sunday Plate), or to make a payment towards your pledge or the Minister's Discretionary Fund,  click on this link to get to our PayPal page.
   Total to be donated (25%) to Volunteers in Medicine (HealthNet): $275

Grocery Card Sales: (Bloomingfoods or Fresh Thyme) week of April 27-May 3  $1,000
    Total income to UUCB: $50.00
During the last quarter (January thru March 2020) we received $411.80 from Kroger, with 138 UU households participating with their Kroger Plus accounts.
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Humanists and Freethinkers Together at 12:45 on Sundays 
The Humanist and the Freethinkers meetings are  combined and they are online
via Zoom meetings. To join, contact Harold Ogren at ogren(at)indiana.edu or  Ann Watzel at awatzel(at)gmail.com, and they will send you more information.
The Prologue                                 
  Tuesday, May 5 , 2020
  Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
   Congregation founded 1949
   LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation since 1995
   Green Sanctuary since 2007
Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World
A Message from Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
     Board members recently sent emails to members and friends who have not yet pledged for 2020-21. If you received such an email and haven't yet responded, we encourage you to do so soon:  here's that handy dandy link for pledging.
     Financial uncertainty is part of our landscape in this age of pandemic. When folks pledge, including me, we assume they will fulfill their pledge to the best of their abilities, all things considered. Please let us know.
     Peace, Mary Ann
Sunday, May 10, 2020
10:15 am LIVE STREAM ONLY
Mothering Beyond Boundless
Dr. Maureen Walker
     Can we imagine celebrating Mother's Day without greeting cards and flowers? Most of us dare not. However, the sentimental rituals obscure some fundamental truths. If we were to get beyond the ritualized sentimentality, we might be able deconstruct "motherhood" as a fixed status, one with artificial boundaries that exclude and divide, and leave many children behind. Instead, we might more easily affirm the truths of mothering: mothering as love that we do; mothering as action liberated from all of our binary constructions of gender, race, class. Instead of bowing to the ritual of "once-a-year hearts and flowers", we more courageously respond to the everyday call to live our lives as co-creators of compassionate possibilities. 

From Reverend MAM: We are so excited to have Dr. Maureen Walker as our guest in our virtual pulpit this Sunday. Dr. Walker, author of  When Getting Along is Not Enough, is a licensed psychologist, speaker, educator, and writer who focuses on helping people bridge cultural differences such as race, religion, gender and other markers of social status. She does this by teaching and inspiring people to transform the barriers that prevent them from truly connecting with each other and living a fully authentic life. Maureen encourages people to transform fear into courage and to create the fullest expressions of who they are and can be in the world. She has graced our pulpit with her presence several times in the past few years.
Sunday, May 17, 2020
10:15 am LIVE STREAM ONLY
Multigenerational Flower Communion Service
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
     All ages are encouraged to join us for this interactive celebration of our congregational community.   Please send a photo of yourself with a flower (real, a drawing, a flowered garment, etc...) by May 15 to be included in the service. Please email to mre(at)uubloomington.org. Our time together will have story, ritual, reflection, and wonderful music, including an offering from our virtual UU Children's Choir, directed by Jill Courtney.  We hope you will be a part of it via LiveStream.

Special Flower Paper for Flower Communion
**We are providing special flower paper for use in this service. This paper can be picked up from the church (it will be taped on the portico door) beginning on May 10 at noon. If you are unable to go by the church to pick up a flower paper, please email your address to Reverend Emily at mre(at) uubloomington.org ASAP and she will send you a paper in the mail.**
Please Join Us Via Livestream Only
Please join us via livestream for our service each Sunday via our  Facebook page or our  website livestream page. Archived videos are available about 3 hours after the airing of each livestream on our website, in case you miss the livestream while its live.

Our Building is Closed Through July, 
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 for Virtual Coffee Hour!
     Every Sunday after the worship service until 12:15 pm,  click on this link to join us for engaging conversation!
     Email Ann LeDuc before Sunday, if you would like to request a new breakout conversation room topic and be the conversation host for that room. 
     Read the Friday Update for the list of this Sunday's breakout conversation rooms. 
     If you haven't participated in a Zoom meeting in the past, please take a moment to read our instructions before using it for the first time.  The instructions are available here. --Ann L eDuc, Connections Coordinator    connect(at) uubloomington.org
MAM's Musing

Please continue to send photos of you and yours for our slideshow at the end of the worship services. It is good, on so many levels, for us to see each other's faces and places of home and worship. Or better yet, send a power pose. If someone else does, I will. (smileyface) Please send to: Ned at  media(at)uubloomington.org AND Reverend Emily at  mre(at)uubloomington.org.
 
Here are a few words from an anonymous therapist when she closed her doors due to Coronavirus. I shared, in part, during our Centering on Sunday
 
Hello sweet one. I see how much you care about the world, about your communities, about all of us surviving plagues and capitalism and a world on fire.
That clench in your throat, the knot in your gut, the tightness in your breath - this is how our bodies try to hold the world's anguish. We compose the wrongness into our bodies, a beautiful and devastating lament.
Just because your body can hold all the tragedy, the panic, the tension, that it is holding right now, that doesn't mean that you must go on holding it, all, forever. The loving grandmother in you knows this to be true. Set it down.
 
Also, during last Sunday's worship service, I spoke about and quoted an excerpt from an essay by writer, producer, and activist, Julio Vincent Gambuto,  Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting. Please read this article with these caveats, Gambuto does use profanity to make his points; he also briefly addresses racial injustice in our country in an overly simplistic manner; basically, he asserts that we are too busy to care. This observation is symptomatic of a much larger problem, of course, the white supremacist culture that permeates our institutional structures and consciousness. With that named,  I invite you into this piece and the second one below.  

In my four-part reflection on Sunday, I spoke about the horrendous racial disparities being revealed and inequalities increased as Covid19 continues to unfold in the United States. The following article, entitled   
A Terrible Price: The Deadly Racial Disparities of Covid-19 in America by Linda Villarosa
 
spells out the timeline of the incompetent White House response and its deadly repercussions.  

Lastly, congratulations to Nikole Hannah-Jones, who just won a Pulitzer Prize for her essay " America Wasn't a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One." This writing explores how black Americans have been the true creators of American democracy.
 
Peace, Mary Ann
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Senior Minister  

P.S. For Entertainment Purposes Only
Chicken life has been manageably quiet this past week. Our two new chicks, Belanna and Seven, were introduced to the larger hens for a short while with no incidents. Belanna and Seven are in that awkward "look like a baby dinosaur" teenage phase of chicken life. In other bird news, one of our bluebirds performed an outstanding Smackdown of a house wren who was emptying its nest in the bluebird box. All winged ones survived the week.
 
P.P.S. If you get a chance to see the 2020 documentary "A Secret Love" by Director Chris Bolan, I strongly recommend it. Even the trailer made me tear up.
 

Minister's Discretionary Fund
     A Minister's Discretionary Fund is an account that the minister can use to provide confidential assistance to individuals facing emergency financial need. In our congregation it is used almost exclusively for congregation members who find themselves in urgent financial need; however, it is a one-time transaction. For instance, we can help someone with their rent for that month, but we cannot be an ongoing source for rent assistance for that person. We engage our Caring Committee and Health Concerns Team to help those folks find resources which help create a more sustainable situation. 
     Lord only knows what will be happening over this next year with Covid19. In addition, in the past we have used discretionary funds for individuals who might not be able to attend a church function, like a retreat, due to cost of registration.  All of this, of course, is kept very confidential. 
     Funds are created by donations from members and are limited at present. Today, we were reminded to make an announcement about this fund when a member indicated their intent to donate the amount of their federal stimulus check to the Minister's Discretionary Fund. 
--Reverend Macklin (MAM)

Emily's Post
Dear Ones,

I awakened this morning with the song Loosen, Loosen by Aly Halpert singing in my heart, and it is still with me several hours later.  I am so grateful that Adrienne Summerlot brought it to my attention and that my home congregation, Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins, Colorado, and its senior minister Gretchen Haley and lead music person Christopher Watkins Lamb, who created a video of the song, agreed to share it so we could use it in worship on Sunday, May 3. 
If, having heard the song, you are moved to support the songwriter, as I am, you can hear her singing and offer money here:
https://soundcloud.com/aly-halpert/loosen-loosen

This song speaks the truth of my body--that often I feel literally weighted down by all that is happening in the world.  I am finding it important and good to be reminded to let go.  Sometimes that means laughing at a good movie.  Sometimes it means going on a walk and not thinking of anything except the sweet scent of lilacs in the air.  Sometimes it means collapsing in a heap and crying out of my broken heart.  Let go, let go, let go.  My muscles and bones thank me when I do.  I invite you to join me.  And to reach out if you find yourself in need of support: 812-333-9822.

Speaking of support, May is a time when we support one another in several ways:

*we join together for our  Goods and Services auction, which is happening online this year-you have until May 10th to get in your final bids for wonderful items
*we  celebrate our graduates together.  Please contact me if you or your family member are graduating this spring.  We'll celebrate our graduates from colleges and universities this Sunday, May 10, and our high school graduates next Sunday, May 17.  We'd really like to include you in our celebration!

*we remember the support that we provide to one another as a congregation in our  Flower Communion service.  This year, we will be creating that bridge of support virtually on May 17, so it is especially important to have images of as many of you as possible--everyone, please send a photo of yourself with a flower of any kind (real, a drawing, origami, etc...)--it will be deeply comforting to be surrounded by images of one another.

Holding all of you in love in these days: let go, let go, let go.

Emily

Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Minister of Religious Education
Our Folks...
    Our thoughts and hearts are with Dee Morris, whose husband Buddy died this past Friday at Hospice House. Cards are welcome.
   Congratulations to Susan and Doug Gulick, who recently welcomed a new grandson. From Susan: " Doug and I are still stranded in Italy, but it is a blessing in spite of the coronavirus. We were here for the birth of our new grandson, Michelangelo, on March 14." 
Religious Education Updates and Resources 
Each Sunday we will offer a story and a couple of simple activities, accessible to a large age range.

UU Postal Pals Program begins this month--
Sign Up by May 10!
Open to all ages, we are hoping to connect people in our congregation via the U.S. mail.  If you remember fondly or have longed for a pen pal experience, sign up today!  Simply complete this google form: 
https://forms.gle/hmWMvBzMHgiMk7oU8 or email Stephanie Kimball  rea(at)uubloomington.org for more information.  Deadline to request a postal pal is Sunday, May 10th!  
-- Your Religious Education Team   (Adrienne, Stephanie, and Emily)
Welcome to a New UU Board Member
    Many thanks to Sharon Wiseman for her service on our Board; she recently needed to step down from her At-Large Board position. Our congregational president Stuart Yoak is happy to announce that Drew Schrader has agreed to complete Sharon's 
term, and will also stand for a new Board term at our congregational meeting on June 7. Drew and his wife Margie (and daughter Zadie) have been active members of our congregation since 2002. 
Zoom Update: New Zoom and Zoom Fatigue
     The two hot topics in Zooming are the release of a new version of Zoom and Zoom fatigue.  
    The newest version of Zoom, Zoom 5.0, includes new and improved security features. Information and links to download the new version are available here:  https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/zoom-v5-0.html  After May 30, Zoom will require you to download and install Zoom 5.0 before you can participate in a Zoom meeting.  
    Zoom fatigue or exhaustion describes the way people feel when they use Zoom multiple times a day to carry out their work.  If you have been experiencing exhaustion after Zooming,  you may find this article helpful.  
    Our super helpful Office Assistants, Mandy and Monica, continue to schedule Zoom meetings in place of our in-person church meetings. If you need a church meeting scheduled, request your Zoom meeting five days in advance by emailing office(at) uubloomington.org  .
   If you have questions about using Zoom, please contact me at connect(at) uubloomington.org  .
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator

  Seeking the Spirit  
Religious Education for Adults
Join us this Sunday, May 10 
to learn about UU History
Ever wonder how the Unitarian Universalist church evolved? Where this way of doing church came from, and who were the founders of the Unitarian and Universalist churches? Please join us for this romp through 500 years of UU history on Sunday, May 10, from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, via Zoom. 
Stuart Yoak will lead us on our journey.
To register for the class, email connect(at)uubloomington.org before Friday May 8.

Rev B Child
"Writing as a Spiritual Practice"
with Rev. Barbara Child
A Drop-in Group on Zoom
Tuesdays 1:00-2:00, through May 26
I invite you to join me on a journey of personal exploration through writing in community.   Click here for a full description of how the group will work. If you would like to participate,  register by clicking here to get the Zoom link and instructions. This is a drop-in group and you can attend one or two or all sessions.
Shambhala Meditation Mondays at 12 noon  
Online Only 
Shambhala Meditation will not be meeting physically at church for the time being. You can meditate with Sarah Flint online at this link:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/640866316039802/
Open Mind Zen Online Mondays at 7:00 pm
We are in touch with Frank Seisho Diaz and an online version of Open Mind Zen will be available soon. 
For more info: Contact Open Mind Zen or visit   openmindzenbloomington.org  
Gentle Hatha Yoga Tuesdays at 5:30 pm Online 
Kate Mulligan is continuing to lead her yoga classes via Zoom on Tuesdays 5:30-7:00 p.m. For security reasons, please contact her directly for the Zoom link. 
 
Traditional Taiji Not Meeting Tuesdays
For the time being, "Wu (Hao)" style Taiji will not be meeting on Tuesdays. For more info:  Contact Brian.
UU Humanist Forum and Freethinkers Meeting Online
Each Sunday at 12:30 p.m., our UU Humanists and Freethinkers meet online on Zoom for open and non-structured discussion of issues of social, political, and theological/religious concern.  Click here to see upcoming topics. Email  Ann Watzel if you would like to join the discussion.
  Building Community 
The Online Auction is Up and Running!
There is Something for Everyone!
Our process for winning seats at dinners is a little different this year.  
Debbie Fish, Drew Schrader, Rich Slabach, Barb Backler, and Ann LeDuc, Staff Liaison
UU Singles Game Night on Zoom Friday, May 8
      We are singles within the UU Bloomington community who meet occasionally for conversation and fun as a group. We've had one virtual game night that was surprisingly successful, and will be meeting again for a game night on Friday, May 8, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. If you are not already on the UU singles e-mail list, please contact  mariedeer1961(at)gmail.com  or text or call 812-391-0900 to get put on that list for details on the game night and other gatherings.
Task Force and Committee Chairs: 
Annual Reports Due May 15
Please send your annual report for 2019-20 to us by May 15 so we have time to compile them into our Annual Report to the Congregation, which will be made available to everyone electronically by the June 7 congregational meeting. If you are chair of a social justice task force, please send your report to Jackie Hall,  jmhall(at)indiana.edu, so she can format all the task force reports together and then send the whole shebang to the office for inclusion. All other leaders, please send your 50-100 word report to  office(at)uubloomington.org by May 15. 
--Carol Marks, Ch.Admin.
When Getting Along is not Enough: 
A Book Conversation 
facilitated by Amy Makice
Virtual Meetings: 12:30-2pm on 
Sundays May 17, 24, 31, June 7
Attendance at all four sessions is expected.
If you bought Maureen Walker's book when she last came to preach at UUCB, this is your opportunity to join in a four week facilitated exploration of this important work.  Sign up here to reserve your spot: 
If all the spaces are filled, email Reverend Emily mre(at) uubloomington.org to get onto the waiting list.
Are you ready to become a member?
Membership is your declaration of your affinity with this church and the larger Unitarian Universalist faith community.  The next membership ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 17, at 3:00 pm via Zoom. If you are new to Unitarian Universalism, we ask that you complete the Exploring Unitarian Universalism class before becoming a member.  Let the Connections Coordinator know if you would like to attend the membership ceremony and become a member of the UU Church of Bloomington. Email Ann at connect(at) uubloomington.org 
Looking for ways to stay connected?
Here are several opportunities to connect with our congregation throughout the week:


Mondays at noon, join Sarah Flint for Shambhala Meditation  on Facebook 
Tuesdays at 1:00 pm, join Reverend Barbara Child for  "Writing as a Spiritual Practice" 
Sundays after worship , join the  Virtual Coffee Hour  
Weekly Call from a Friend   If you would like a friend from our congregation to email or call you each week, just let me know. 
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, connect(at) uubloomington.org
(812) 720-3688
Do you have an Email Buddy?
During the current circumstances, we cannot send our Prologues out on paper to the couple of dozen folks in our church who do not have easy access to the internet. If you know someone in our congregation who's in this situation, consider being an email buddy for them, and call them on the phone to update them on what's going on. Thanks for helping Build Community!
UUA General Assembly Online Only June 24-28
The UUA Board of Directors voted to make UUA General Assembly (GA) 100% virtual in June instead of holding the meetings in Providence, Rhode Island. The decision alleviates the anxiety and concern shared by many about how GA might proceed given the impact of COVID-19. It also gives the Association time to plan a more robust and rewarding virtual experience. Learn more at  UUA.org/ga .

Interested in being a Member Delegate to 
UUA Virtual General Assembly?
If you are interested in being a member delegate from our congregation to the online General Assembly this June, please be in touch with Iris Kiesling, irisfkiesling(at)gmail.com
  Changing the World 
HealthNet Bloomington Health Center: 
We welcome you to our clinic.
 
     There's a new healthcare provider in town: HealthNet Bloomington Health Center, formerly Volunteers in Medicine (VIM). Unlike VIM, HealthNet accepts most commercial insurances, Medicaid, Healthy IN Plan, and Medicare. There are no restrictions on who can come to the HealthNet Bloomington clinic--any geographic area, any income. The clinic is open and accepting new patients.  Click here for details and a map.
     Clinic personnel are taking every precaution to minimize potential exposure risk to COVID-19, so individuals can feel confident and safe coming to the clinic. Established patients can have telemedicine and video visits. New patients must have one face-to-face appointment at the clinic before they can access remote appointments. However, the clinic has a separate entrance for non-symptomatic patients. ( See link for more patient safety information)
HealthNet Bloomington is open from 8am-5pm Monday-Thursday and 8:00am-noon on Fridays. Given the many school and daycare closures, we have temporarily suspended evening hours.
     We are confident that we have a safe environment in which to serve both established and new patients. To schedule an appointment, please call 812-333-4001. HealthNet Bloomington Health Center: Your health. Our passion. We welcome you to our clinic. For more information, please contact Nancy Richman,  nancy.richman@indyhealthnet.org .
 
HealthNet Bloomington Health Center is the recipient this year of 25% of our Sunday non-pledge offerings. We recently sent them a check for $1700, our donation for the third quarter of the current fiscal year. -Ed.
From the UU Homelessness Task Force and Hunger Task Force 
 NEW AGENCIES & NEW LISTS
for the
May 2020 Food and Necessities Drives
     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 wish lists have changed; so, please see the lists below. 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!

BACKPACK BUDDIES
Canned or pouch chicken or tuna
Peanut butter
Meal helpers (Chicken/Hamburger/Tuna)
Fruit cups
Instant oatmeal & boxes of cereal
Dried fruits (raisins, craisins, cherries, etc.)
Mac & Cheese and other easy to prepare foods  (instant potatoes, rice & pasta meals)
Small pop top cans of vegetables
Granola/Fruit/Cereal bars

WHEELER MISSION
Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
Shampoo & Conditioner
Deodorant, Razors, & Shaving Cream
Feminine Hygiene Products
Diapers, Baby Wipes (alcohol free),
Formula & Baby Food
Towels & Wash Cloths
Toilet Paper & Paper Towels
Over-the-Counter Medications  (pain relief, cold & flu, allergy, heartburn)

SHALOM
Pasta
Cereal, big boxes
Canned food, institutional size
Condiments
Coffee, not instant
Tea
Clothes, especially socks
Helping with the Grounds This Spring     
     Need to spend some (socially-distanced) time outdoors? Our grounds could use people or family units to work in designated areas this spring and summer. Visit the  Green Grounds page (which is at  www.uubloomington.org under Social Justice, Green Sanctuary Task Force, Green Grounds) to see the areas we have defined.
     If you are able to help, please contact Molly O'Donnell at  mollysod(at)gmail.com or 812-345-7399 to select an area, set up a time (e.g. one-time or a range of time) when you could maintain that area and to schedule your work in this social-distancing period so no one is exposing anyone else.
And please use only your own tools during this period.
     Keep in mind that if you are planning to do grounds work at church, our building is closed and the restrooms are not available. Please do not enter the building, for your safety and the health and well-being of our ministers and staff. Thanks!
Community Connections
Our Faith in Action in the Community
   
IU Health Virtual Visits Available
IU Health has created a way for you to visit with a doctor online if you are ill, to help disrupt the community spread of the coronavirus by limiting the number of people who need to visit a doctor's office or the emergency room.  Click here for more info. 
UU History for You 
(Flashback from 2015!)
Benjamin Rush--
physician, patriot, founding father
     Benjamin Rush (1746-1813) was a Founding Father and signer of the Declaration of Independence. He got his BA at Princeton and went to Edinburgh for his MD. He returned with an enthusiasm for the Enlightenment and joined Washington's army as surgeon-general.  
     He was more successful with his public health measures than his medical knowledge, which was antiquated (based on copious blood-letting). He drained ditches and stagnant pools to prevent infectious epidemics of typhus, typhoid, and cholera.  He believed the mentally ill would benefit by being unchained and given productive labor tasks in the mental hospital. He opposed slavery and he helped black leaders establish the African Methodist Episcopal Church.  
     His own views were of a shifting nature--Episcopalian, Universalist, Christian Unitarian, and opposed to Calvinism.  Rush believed in universal salvation.  He encouraged Jefferson to prepare The Jefferson Bible.  He was the founder of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and he was a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  He had a temper and sharp tongue which got him into difficulties throughout his career. He begged Washington's biographers not to publish his criticisms of Washington's leadership during the start of the Revolutionary War, because he realized later how great a leader Washington was. Rush expected more than could be provided in his care of the wounded during trying times.  
 
--Elof Axel Carlson, UUCB Historian

(This piece was originally published on the first Tuesday of May 2015 (Thanks, Elof!) At first, I went back to May 2016, but it was John Calvin, and I just couldn't deal with that guy today! (insert rueful smiley face) ;-}  --c.marks, Ed.)
Our Ministers
 
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, our Senior Minister
can be reached at macklin (at) uubloomington.org or 812-322-0205.
 

   

 
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite our Minister of Religious Education,  can be reached at mre (at) uubloomington.org or 812-333-9822.  
 
 
   

Reverend Barbara Carlson, our Minister Emeritacan be reached at barbaracarlson5 (at) gmail.com or 812-822-0243
 
 
 
   

Reverend Bill Breeden, our Minister Emeritus, can be reached at breeden1949 (at) gmail.com or 812-360-1779.
 
 
 
 
 
The offices are closed, but we are working from home
We will be regularly checking email during business hours, as we work from home for the time being.
Carol Marks, Church Administrator, admin (at) uubloomington.org
Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, connect (at) uubloomington.org
Monica Overman and Mandy Skinner, Office Assistants, office (at) uubloomington.org
Ned Joyner and Andy Beargie, Multimedia Managers, media (at) uubloomington.org
Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education, dre (at) uubloomington.org 
Stephanie Kimball, Religious Ed Assistant, rea (at) uubloomington.org   
Susan Swaney, Music Director, music (at) uubloomington.org
Our Covenant of Right Relations
In June 2017, our members affirmed a Covenant of Right Relations. 
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Order of service and Friday UU Update: 
Thursday, 9 am, to office@uubloomington.org
Prologue:  Date of publication, 10 am, to admin@uubloomington.org
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Pertinent Details:
Office hours : M-F, 10 am-4 pm (office closed, but staff working from home during these hrs)
Calendar: For our full calendar of events, visit  uubloomington.org/calendar.
Facebook: Many church events are also posted on our  Facebook page
Prologue Publication Schedule:  
The deadline for articles is 10 am on the date of publication, which is 
the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. 
Send articles about church matters to  Carol Marks.  
Upcoming  issues:  May 19, Jun 2, Jun 16, July 7, July 21
Livestreaming Our Sunday Service, 10:15 am
On our website: uubloomington.org/live-stream  
On our Facebook page:  facebook.com/uubloomington
Have a problem viewing or hearing the service? 
Email our media team, media (at) uubloomington.org, or the office at office (at) uubloomington.org.

Links to Archived Services to View Online
- Quickly find recent services here:  Direct Links to Service Videos  

- Or, scroll down on our main Livestream Page

for full archives of both services and other events (memorials, concerts, etc). 
Membership: 527 certified members; 545 current members.

Attendance: 
Sunday, April 26      10:15   Livestream & Facebook Live   247   
Sunday, May 3         10:15   Livestream & Facebook Live   309

Non-Pledge Offering:  
April 26: $370     May 3: $730
To make a contribution for the Non-Pledge Offering (Sunday Plate), or to make a payment towards your pledge or the Minister's Discretionary Fund,  click on this link to get to our PayPal page.
   Total to be donated (25%) to Volunteers in Medicine (HealthNet): $275

Grocery Card Sales: (Bloomingfoods or Fresh Thyme) week of April 27-May 3  $1,000
    Total income to UUCB: $50.00
During the last quarter (January thru March 2020) we received $411.80 from Kroger, with 138 UU households participating with their Kroger Plus accounts.
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Gentle Hatha Yoga on Tuesdays on Zoom has been suspended for the summer.
PayPal Available for Donations  
We now have a PayPal page 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.
"Writing as a Spiritual Practice"
With Rev. Barbara Child
A Drop-in Group on Zoom
Tuesdays 1-2 p.m., through June 30
     You are welcome to attend any or all sessions through June 30. 
      Click here for a full description of how the group works. If you have not participated yet,  register by clicking here  to get the Zoom link.
Environmental Justice Films Now Available for Viewing
There are two films from the UU Ministry for the Earth on environmental justice that are available for screening. FRONTLINERS and The Condor and Eagle both look at youth involvement in combating environmental injustice. You can also read more about the films on the How You Can Help page of our website.
--Molly O'Donnell, Green Sanctuary Task Force on Global Climate Change
Ways We Can Help: 
Click on the link below to help with ongoing resource drives and other calls to action you can participate in:
NEW: Volunteer Opportunities at Local Shelters
Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities and coronavirus health precautions for volunteers at Shalom Community Center and Wheeler Mission.

June Food and Hygiene Drives: NEW AGENCIES & NEW LISTS
Now Helping Black Lives Matter with Dignity Bags
Through June 30, we will be collecting hygiene items for Black Lives Matter, food items for our Pantry at College Square, and food and clothing for Shalom. Click here to see the updated lists of needed items. 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 thanks! --Homelessness Task Force and Hunger Task Force
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. Click here to see what kind of cards and how many are currently available. We just obtained more Bloomingfoods cards. 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
Deadline for Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to  office@uubloomington.org

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.

For More Information
See the May 19  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue, published on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, June 2, at 10 am.) 
Carol Marks   has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

How to Subscribe
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