September 24, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Memorial Service for Ed Robbins Has Been Canceled
The celebration of life for Ed Robbins previously scheduled at the church for September 25 has been canceled for covid-related safety reasons.
Hike the Pate Hollow Trail with us tomorrow! Meet at 1 pm
Join us for a 3 or 6 mile hike with leader Dennis Davoren this Saturday, Sept 25, at 1:00 pm. Here's a map. Learn more about the trail at We will meet at the trailhead parking lot, just behind the Forest Service office. Let us know you're coming: register here. If it is raining we will cancel. Rain date is October 2.
Creating Outdoor RE Spaces: Tour & Work Party
Saturday, September 25, 2-4 pm
For our children’s safety, we are planning Outdoor Religious Education experiences this fall. You’re invited to tour the spaces we’ll be using and hear about our plans for developing them into truly special places. This will also be the kick-off to our series of work parties to make this transformation happen! There will be projects for all ages and abilities, including the creation of our first batch of stepping stones. Please register for details, or contact Stephanie: rea(at) Raindate: Sunday, September 26, 2-4pm
Enjoy small (mostly outdoor) gatherings in October!
One thing many of us have learned during this pandemic is that social interactions (preferably in-person) are extremely important for our overall well-being. Several of our wonderful congregation members have volunteered to host small (mostly outdoor) gatherings in October, while the weather is still reasonable. Register today to attend a wonderful small group gathering! These gatherings are truly a gift!
Thank you to our hosts: Christine Banister, Bill Baus, Mary Boutain, Glenda and Bill Breeden, Denise Breeden-Ost, Martha Dogan, Debbie Fish, Ann Kamman, Carolyn Bailey and Jeff Davis, Cindy and Bill Lonnberg, Mary Mahern and Clark Brittain, Judy Owens, Linda and Charlie Pickle, Stephen Pollitt, Ginny and Thayr Richey, and Amy Wolf.
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
This Sunday's Service
Sunday, September 26, 2021
10:15 am Livestream
Autumnal Zigzag
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Dr. Michele Grove 

Limited In-Person Attendance is 50 for this Sunday
(Advance Registration Required Each Week -- See Details Below)
First, I am not talking about the rolling-paper smoking accessory, Zig-Zag; that Zigzag has a hyphen and it is not the focus of this worship service, the hyphen or the paper. Second, I am speaking about zigzag as a motion—when particles or objects or people make sharp angles known as zigzag motions. This zigzag motion can abruptly change a sermon or worship service, especially if one encounters The Space Time ContinUUm in the process of its creation. Third, I love the word autumnal and it gives me courage to speak about a world full of beauty and terror. 

Lastly, our pianist, The Gift formerly known as Ray Fellman, will offer special music full of heart and soul within the Space Time Continuum. 

Outdoor RE: Spirit Play
Sunday, September 26, 10-11:30 am
Children of all ages are invited to join us for Spirit Play outside, in the woods! Meet in the Courtyard at 10 am and we'll walk together to our emerging outdoor “classroom.” Dress for the weather, and please wear a mask. Please register online by midnight Friday so that we can ensure adequate
staffing, or contact Stephanie: rea(at)
There is room for you at in-person Sunday worship!
Have you been missing in-person church attendance on Sundays? If you would like to attend in-person, please sign up via this link:
Space is limited. 
All the details and safety information are on the sign up. 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. Childcare and Children's Religious Education (RE) will not be available every Sunday, although there is outdoor RE this Sunday. If you have questions, please email office(at)
Be a Greeter!
Whether you have been a Greeter in the past, or are looking for a new volunteer opportunity, you are welcome to sign up and greet on Sunday mornings. Here are the duties of GreetersSign up to greet today! 
Questions? Email
Virtual Coffee Hour Returns
Sunday at 11:30 am
During the months of August and half of September we took a break from offering Virtual Coffee Hour. We are going to try it again. Here is the link to register to attend. Virtual Coffee Hour is a time to connect with other members and friends of UUCB via Zoom following the Sunday Service. Please invite your friends! If we have fewer than 5 participants for multiple Sundays we may cancel this event.
A Religious Education Video Message
This week’s Interim Religious Education update is brought to you by Michele Grove and Stephanie Kimball. Find out about Stephanie’s expanded work with Religious Education. Check it out here!
Michele is open to questions and conversations. Please call/text/email
Online Family Movie Event
Friday, October 1, 2021  7:00-8:30 pm
Join us online to watch Disney Shorts. We will watch them in our own homes (bring your own popcorn and snacks) and gather on Zoom to talk about what we're watching! 
We will gather at the beginning, middle, and end to laugh together, reflect on the messages and discuss our insights. Some of the Disney/Pixar Shorts on our watch list for this evening: Piper, Float, Loop, and Lava.
How does our movie night work? 
How we watch movies together, social distance style:
  • First, we gather on a Zoom call to light the chalice, say hello to each other and introduce the movie (in this case – the shorts).
  • Second, everyone watches the shorts in their own home (you pop your own popcorn). Most of the movies we will watch are widely available on streaming platforms like Disney Plus. If you do not have a Disney Plus account, then email Michele at grove(at) and she will set you up.
  • Third, between each short, we will gather online to talk about the movie.
  • Fourth, we will laugh with each other! That is one of the best parts!
It will be so much fun to hang out with you and watch movies! Join us for Disney Shorts in October and then for a special showing of the film Coco on November 5.

Our Folks . . .
The celebration of life for Ed Robbins previously scheduled at the church for September 25 has been canceled for covid-related safety reasons.
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
NEST Update 
The NEST (Next Steps in Transition) Working Group continues to work to ensure the safety of our congregation, staff, and ministers during the pandemic. We recognize that each congregant must weigh safety from COVID exposure with their spiritual need to gather in-person. 

Current building and in-person Sunday worship service attendance:
  • Currently in-person attendance is limited to 50 registered participants each Sunday. Online registration for Sunday Service will open nine days before the service and close at 5:00 pm on the Saturday before. Detailed information can be found here.
  • For meetings other than Sunday worship attendance, our church building status is LIMITED ACCESS, which is defined here

If you have questions about the work of NEST, please email Jane McLeod at jmcleod(at)
Chalice Circles Small Group Ministry
Signup continues through Sunday, September 26
Chalice Circle signups began online on Sunday, September 12th, and will run through Sunday, September 26th. Please visit the sign up page for more information, including dates and times for all Circles:
Social Justice Funds Committee Fall Grant Applications Due October 30
The Social Justice Funds Committee welcomes grant proposals for local social justice projects. Projects must be based in Southern Indiana and be consistent with the mission and vision of our congregation. Grant funds may not be used to pay for professional services or salaries. For guidelines and an application, please contact Denise Ogren at uucbsjfunds(at)
UU Freethinkers Meet September 26, 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 Harold Ogren or Ann Watzel for the link to the Zoom meetings and to be added to our email discussion list.
Notes of Appreciation for Rev. Dave Still Welcome
If you missed the zoom farewell for Rev Dave, we are still taking notes of appreciation. We encourage you to share expressions of appreciation in writing through the Google form linked here. We will collect and share your notes with Dave as one means by which to commemorate his time with us. We plan to share notes with Dave next week, so please add yours as soon as you are able.
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 prefer, you are welcome to read the For Young People version of the book and join the discussion on Oct 4. If you would like to join the book club, use this link to register for the Zoom meeting:
Represent UUCB at Spencer Pride! 
Saturday, October 16
This is an easy and fun volunteer opportunity. Pride attendees will stop in at our tent, and take a pamphlet about our church. Volunteers mostly offer a friendly smile. In the past, some Pride attendees have asked questions about where the church is located, or have told us about the UU church they attended elsewhere. 
I hope you will join us! Sign up here.
Information about the Spencer Pride Festival can be found here:
Fall Diaper Drive
with the Reproductive Justice Task Force 
Did you know that 57% of parents experiencing diaper needs who rely on child care said they missed an average of four days of school or work in the past month because they didn't have diapers? One of our UU youth, Mojo, created a video about the issue with more facts which you can watch here
Support our local diaper bank at All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center with a donation:
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
Still Want to Help Afghan Families Living at Camp Atterbury?
The Association of Central Eurasian Students from IU is no longer collecting items here at the church for this effort, but they recommend taking your donated items over to Sherwood Oaks, where they have an ongoing collection point. Here are the details: Afghan Resettlement Donations, Sherwood Oaks Church, 2700 E. Rogers Road, Door 2 (around the back to the right), Monday-Thursday, 8am - 4:30pm. Only accepting new items, especially clothes, diapers, powdered baby formula, and menstrual pads.
Vaccinations available for age 12 and older
People age 12 and older in Indiana are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit this website or call 211:
Masthead photo by Linda Mjolsnes, Picnic in Brown County State Park
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