September 3, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Touching Ground: an Invitation
Have you missed being in our gathering space at church? You are invited to sign up to visit the sanctuary tomorrow, Saturday, September 4, to re-connect with our physical space after a prolonged absence. Through our visits, we hope to create a shared sacred installation reflecting on our experiences so far, both as individuals and as a congregation, with Covid. You are invited to sign up as an Individual, Family, or Pod of up to four people for a 30-minute time slot. Masks and social distancing are required. No more than two pods will be in the space at any given time. We hope to see you there! Click here to sign up.
--Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, Minister of Story and Ritual
Tomorrow! Rhythm Workshop with Colleen Haas
Saturday, September 4, 1:00-2:30 pm
Come make music with us! Bring drums/instruments, or use what we have on hand. All ages and skill levels welcome. In-person, outdoors -- stay tuned for exact location. Please register so we can notify you of any changes to the plan! Click here to sign up, or email Stephanie, rea(at)
This Sunday's Service
Sunday, September 5, 2021
10:15 am Livestream
Intergenerational Water Communion: 
Exploring Possibility
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
We will be diving deep (shallow?!) into the possibilities for a different Water Communion focused on the image of a mud puddle. The service will include music from our UU Children's Choir directed by Jill Courtney and percussion with Colleen Haas.

Please prepare for worship by gathering a cup of drinkable water, an empty bowl, and a candle or candles to light during our time together.

AND get ready to explore the mud!
Dear UU Church of Bloomington,
Last weekend was fabulous! I enjoyed leading worship with Rev. Mary Ann Macklin, working with Stephanie Kimball on religious education events, and meeting some amazing people. This is a link to a video message introducing myself and this year’s work. Please reach out if you have any questions or would like to have a conversation. In the meantime, take care and thank you for all you give.

Dr. Michele Townsend Grove
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.  
Our plans are to have a limited, in-person reopen on September 12 and your feedback through the following questionnaire will help us a great deal in moving toward reopening. 
We will rely on your completion of the questionnaire to understand who we are as a congregation, as well as the well-being 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

Register for in-person Sunday Worship Service attendance, starting September 12
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 until 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 11.
All the details and safety information are on the sign up. Please read the details carefully, because a lot has changed. Register today, space is limited.
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 this Sunday during the service. If you have questions or difficulty registering, please email office(at)
Our Folks...

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Albert (Al) Strickholm, who died at Hospice House Thursday night surrounded by family. A special note of comfort to Al’s wife, Lee; Al and Lee would have soon celebrated 70 years of marriage together.

We also learned that longtime congregation member Marty Joachim died earlier this week after an extended illness. Our hearts are with Marty’s family and friends at this time.

Lastly, gratitude to our congregation’s VALE (Vigiling at Life’s End) volunteers who helped vigil for Al Strickholm this past week. 
UU Humanists Meet September 5, 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm via Zoom. Rich Janda will lead a discussion on reNaming in Bloomington. 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.
Are you new to UU Bloomington? 
Join us this Sunday at 2:00 pm for a short introduction!
If you are new to our congregation, a very warm welcome to you! This Sunday afternoon you are invited to join in a brief online introduction to Unitarian Universalism and this congregation. Just click on this link at 2 pm on Sunday. If you have questions, you are always welcome to email me at connect(at) Hope to see you online this Sunday!    -- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Splash Party now on Monday! Join us!
September 6, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, in the Courtyard
Everyone is invited to come celebrate the end of summer and the opportunity to be together here at church in the courtyard. Here are some of the planned activities (for ALL ages!):
Enormous Slip-n-Slide -- Water Balloon Toss -- Sponge Dodgeball -- Watercolor Painting
Social Distancing will be practiced and masks worn when possible.
UU Online Book Club meets Monday at 6:30 pm
The UU Online Book Club meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm via Zoom. 
On September 6 they will discuss Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With A Remarkable Man by William Shatner. CJ in Australia will lead the discussion.
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.
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.
Monthly Life Writers Group Invites You
Thursday, Sept 9 at 3:00 p.m.
Thinking about writing a story from your life? We invite you to join the monthly life writers, a supportive group that meets on the second Thursday of every month from 3 to 5, on Zoom. Attendees usually read short excerpts from work in progress. If you are new, it’s fine to just listen and ask a few questions. To get your Zoom invitation for September 9, email John Woodcock at woodcock (at)
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, admin (at), 812-287-9615.
Invitation from Bethel AME Church: 
School Supplies Drive for Fairview ends 9/5
Bethel AME is supporting Fairview Elementary School, located right across the street from their church, and inviting others to donate school supplies for their fill-a-backpack initiative.
  • Please consider donating supplies such as pencils, crayons, colored pencils, washable markers, spiral notebooks, drawing paper, 2-pocket folders, sandwich-size Ziploc bags, glue sticks, dry erase markers, child scissors, headphones for iPad use in class, handwipes, Kleenex, and hand sanitizer.
  • Leave your donations in the bin labeled “Bethel/Fairview” on the north side of the church near the portico entrance. Donations will be accepted through this Sunday, September 5, and taken to Bethel by members of our Racial Justice Task Force.
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!
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.
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