September 10, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
This Sunday's Service
Sunday, September 12, 2021
10:15 am Livestream
The Possibility of Forgiveness
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite

Limited In-Person Attendance is FULL for this Sunday
(Advance Registration Required Each Week -- See Details Below)
As we continue this month’s theme of Possibility, we will explore the theme of forgiveness in Reverend Macklin’s annual offering of a forgiveness sermon to honor the Jewish High Holy Days, which began on Monday evening, September 6th, with the New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and will conclude with the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, beginning sundown on September 15th.

Our congregation’s signup for our small group ministry, Chalice Circles, will begin after the service. Special music will be provided by our courtyard choir.
It's not an easy journey, to get to a place where you forgive people.
But it is such a powerful place, because it frees you.
--Tyler Perry
Registration for in-person attendance this Sunday is FULL. Please register for September 19.
Have you been missing in-person church attendance on Sundays? If you feel the need to attend in-person, you can sign up via this link: 

  • If you have already signed up to attend on Sept 12, consider watching online on Sept 19 to give others a chance to attend in-person. Space is limited.
  • All the details and safety information are on the signup page. Please read the details carefully, because a lot has changed
  • When deciding whether or not to attend in-person services, please take into account your health risk factors and that we cannot ensure that all participants are vaccinated. Children's programming will not be held on the 19th. 

If you have questions or difficulty registering, please email office(at)
Save the date! Creating Outdoor Spaces
Next Saturday, September 18, 2:00 pm
Join us as we make stepping stones for our emerging outdoor RE space. All ages welcome! We will be outdoors and masked, for the safety of our unvaccinated children. Please register online so we know you’re coming, and so that we can let you know details next week. If you’d like to volunteer to help with this project, please contact Stephanie: rea(at)
A Video Message for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, IN
This week’s Interim Religious Education update is brought to you by Michele Grove and Merlin. Check it out here!
Michele is open to questions and conversations. Please email her at grove(at) or call/text 605-237-1319.
Watch for information on the following Religious Education activities
Near Future:  
  • Sunday morning, September 26: Outdoor Religious Education! Registration required. Weather and Pandemic permitting… Parents and Caregivers are welcome to register to attend in-person worship on this morning.
Watch for:
  • Virtual and In person movie events
  • Our Whole Lives program for children, middle high youth and parents
UUCB Check-in: Safety and Engagement Questionnaire

Dearest Members and Friends, 
We miss you. We also know that many, if not all of you, have felt somewhat distanced from the congregation as a result of the pandemic. 
While we have heard from a number of you through various channels, we want to reach out to discover how everyone is doing as we enter a new church year, beginning in September.  
We will rely on your completion of the questionnaire to understand who we are as a congregation, as well as the wellbeing of each of you.

We look forward to hearing from you!
With well wishes and blessing, 
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Senior Minister
Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator

Our Folks...
Our thoughts of sympathy are with Ed and Claire Robertson and their family, upon the recent passing of Ed's mother in Minnesota, at the age of 106.

Our comforting and healing thoughts are with Lindsay Pappas who is home recovering from clavicle surgery following a bicycle wreck last week.
Chalice Circles Small Group Ministry
Signup begins September 12
Chalice Circle signups begin online this Sunday, Sept 12 at 10 am and will run through Sunday, Sept 26th. Though the "Register" button won't be active until Sunday morning, please visit the sign up page for more information, including dates and times for all Circles:

Chalice Circle Testimonial
by Judy Allensworth
"In a Chalice Circle, a small group of UUs open themselves to spirit and community as we listen to each other in caring silence. We rise above the bounds of separateness to explore new ways of understanding. As a result, Circle members in effect become a family whose souls shine out to one another in fellowship and trust. Chalice Circles offer a unique opportunity to know others in depth and a way to share intimately with the same freedom. Chalice Circles lift and support my spirit, and I believe they will do the same for you."
UU Freethinkers Meet September 12, 12:45 pm
The UU Freethinkers will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm via Zoom for an open discussion of social, political, and theological/religious issues. If you'd like to join us, please contact Ann Watzel for the link to the Zoom meetings and to be added to our email discussion list.
Writing as a Spiritual Practice
A Drop-in Group on Zoom with Rev. Barbara Child
Tuesdays 1-2 pm, September 7 through October 26
I invite you to come along on this journey of personal exploration through writing in community. You are welcome to attend any or all sessions. Click here for a full description of how the group works. You will need to register by clicking here to get the Zoom link. The same link will work for every session during the series.
UU Online Book Club reads An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States
The UU Online Book Club meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 PM via Zoom. 
On October 4 they will discuss An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Our RE Consultant, Michele Grove, will lead the discussion. If you would like to join the book club, use this link to register for the Zoom meeting: UU Book Club Registration.
Would you like to listen to our congregational read Caste as an audiobook?
The UUCB library has received a generous donation of Isabel Wilkerson's Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents on CDs. This is a set of 12 Compact Discs, read by Robin Miles. It is 14 ½ hours listening time. We are making this available even though the physical library is closed. The cataloged copy can be borrowed by contacting: Ginny Richey at ginnyrichey(at) or 812-955-8220. Arrangements will be made for you to pick it up and it will be checked out to you for a three-week loan period. If it is already checked out, a reservation will be made and you will be contacted when it is available.
Online Giving Link
We are inviting everyone to use our new Giving page for online contributions:   
You can use a major credit card there to make a non-pledge gift or a contribution towards your annual pledge, or both. This new Giving page is integrated with our new database, and is secure. If you have used our Paypal account in the past to arrange a recurring gift, that will continue to work just fine, but you can also use the new Giving page to arrange a recurring gift if you would like. Questions?
Carol Marks, Church Administrator
September/October: Food Collection continues for the Little Free Pantry
The Little Free Pantry by Needmore Coffee needs donations of: peanut butter, canned meat (tuna/chicken), canned protein meals, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta, pasta sauce, small juice boxes, protein bars, mac and cheese. Hygiene items like toothpaste, soap, deodorant, shampoo are also needed. You can place these items in the labeled bins on the north side of the church (Portico entrance). Thank you from the UU Hunger Task Force!
Our collection for Beacon is also continuing.
Look for bins at the Portico entrance.
Community Connections

Helping Afghan Refugees
The Association of Central Eurasian Students at IU is organizing a relief effort for the Afghan refugees that are being housed at Camp Atterbury, near Columbus, Indiana. There is an Amazon wishlist that you can use if you would like to purchase things that are needed, and they will ship it directly: Afghan Resettlement Aid Wishlist
Vaccinations available for age 12 and older
People age 12 and older in Indiana are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit this website or call 211:
Masthead photo by David Orr - "Silvery checkerspot on butterflyweed"
Deadline for submissions to the Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9:00 am, to office(at)
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Mailing address during covid:
UU Church, PO Box 1158,
Nashville, Indiana 47448-1158 Church mobile phone: 812-287-9615