Dec 2 & 3
Sunday, November 27, 2016 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
"I Dream in Fruit"
Reverend Scott McNeill
Continuing with our monthly theme of "Story," our service will lift up stories about the lives and deaths, hopes and fears, stark realities and vivid dreams of refugees around the world - sharing both similarities and differences with our own stories.
Sunday, December 4, 2016 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
"The Present of Presence"
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, and Reverend Scott McNeill
In this story-based service for all ages, we will reflect upon the gift of being present in the season of busy-ness. The celebration will include drama, time for quiet reflection and singing, and a joyful parade as we collectively offer congregational gifts for people in need.
**For this special service, please bring a gift if this is possible for you. We are collecting:
* Mittens, hats, and socks for adults or children
* Toiletries, tissues, hairbrushes
* Non-perishable food--proteins are especially welcome
* Guest at Your Table boxes (please write a check payable to "UUSC" for the amount you've collected)
* The gifts you selected from our Giving Tree
Everyone will be invited to contribute a "golden gift" of money, in amounts large or small, to benefit the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, uusc.org.**
We begin each Board meeting with a "check-in" -- each person taking a couple of minutes to share their latest news. A theme through last week's sharing was feelings of being unsettled and anxious from the prior week's election. Feelings rooted in concern for ourselves, for family, for friends, for the circle that is our global community. It was powerful for us to heed advice from Rev. Macklin to slow down and focus.
We contemplated this congregation and its strength in the face of past challenges. This congregation, as individuals, as a community, and through our social justice task forces -- Just Peace, Feed Our Hungry Neighbors, Green Sanctuary, International Outreach, Hope for Prisoners, Habitat for Humanity, Racial Justice, Rainbow Rights, Reproductive Justice, and Homelessness -- has been a leader of the social justice movement for years. We sought for liberty for all in the face of the RFRA. We welcome the Muslim community each year for Ramadan. We work across faith communities through our active role in the Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build. We work for the environment through improving our building and by signing onto the Paris Pledge. We are a presence for the LGBTQ community at Monroe County Fair and Spencer Pride Festival. We have supported our staff with equality when state laws fought that equality. And our list goes on...
None of this history means we can be complacent. It means we know how to heed the call for justice when we are called to do so. It means we will heed the call for justice in the future. We on the Board took comfort in knowing we are part of such a community and we hope you do to.
Finally, we reminded ourselves, with all the stresses of the world right now, we need to care for ourselves to be ready to care for our world. Our faith community can be an important part of that care by offering compassion and support.
OFFICIAL NOTICE OF CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Sunday, December 11, 2016 4-6 p.m.
in the Meeting Room at 2120 N. Fee Lane, Bloomington
All members encouraged to attend
childcare provided in Room 108
Our thoughts of sympathy are with Amy Makice and her family. Amy's father passed away on Wednesday, November 16th.
Our best wishes for quick healing to Marty Joachim, who is in ICU at Bloomington Hospital for the weekend following heart surgery and will continue his recovery at Hearthstone. Limited visitation, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. only.
Thank you to members and friends of this congregation who continue to make our community a place of sanctuary and solidarity in these trying times. I would like to highlight two creative works by women in this column. The first is the new art work now in our church building in the North Hallway. A profound thank you to Martha Foster, Racial Justice Task Force, for bringing the artwork of
Kate DeCiccio to our congregation, and to GK Rowe, our Aesthetics Consultant, for manifesting the framing and care of this artwork.
Martha says this about the artwork:
The artwork from Kate Deciccio is something my daughter Tess discovered a few years ago. I think she posted a photo on Facebook of someone holding one of Kate's pieces, and we talked about it. Tess knows Kate from when she (Tess) was living in New York. She put me in touch with Kate, who sent me the prints in exchange for a donation to a mural project she was working on. Kate does a lot of work with youth, and has done some amazing murals, in addition to continuing the series of what I have recently heard referred to as Mothers of the Movement.
When Tess wrote her series of profiles of victims of police shootings for the Atlanta Black Star, one or more of her profiles were accompanied by illustrations by Kate. Here's a link to one:
Also at our post-election worship service on November 13, I read the following poem by
from Caitlin Rosberg. Many of you asked for a copy.
If you wear a hijab, I'll sit with you on the train.
If you're trans, I'll go to the bathroom with you.
If you're a person of color, I'll stand with you if the cops stop you.
If you're a person with disabilities, I'll hand you my megaphone.
If you're an immigrant, I'll help you find resources.
If you're a survivor, I'll believe you.
If you're a refugee, I'll make sure you're welcome.
If you're a veteran, I'll take up your fight.
If you're a LGBTQ, I won't let anybody tell you you're broken.
If you're a woman, I'll make sure you get home ok.
If you're tired, me too.
If you need a hug, I've got an infinite supply.
If you need me, I'll be with you. All I ask is that you be with me, too.
Peace and Love,
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Upcoming Adult UU Choir Schedule
1) There is no choir on Thanksgiving
Thursday, and no choir on
Sunday, Nov. 27.
, rehearsal will be in the Terrace Room at MEADOWOOD. Childcare will still be at UU.
Parking will be tight, so plan to meet at church between
6:30 and 6:45
and carpool over if possible.
3) Our only rehearsal with the orchestra for the Vivaldi will be
If you have never sung with an orchestra before, you are in for a treat!
- everybody plan to arrive by
and sing both services! We will have a choir party in between in the Library. See your email for a message from Sandra Freund on that.
--Susan Swaney, Music Director
Adult Religious Education Opportunities
Shambhala Meditation Every Monday at Noon
Join us at
12 noon every
Monday in the Fellowship Hall for an hour of Shambhala Meditation, walking meditation, and Shamatha yoga with Sarah Flint. Beginners welcome in this 2500-
Taiji Continues on Tuesdays and Saturdays
Brian Flaherty leads Taiji in Fellowship Hall on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. This form practices the "Wu (Hao)" style of taijiquan, including practice of standing exercises, forms, and "pushing hands." Anyone is welcome, even those with no experience. Please wear loose-fitting clothing.
Open Mind Zen Bloomington on Wednesdays
Ministry Themes for 2016-17
We will be exploring the following themes for the remainder of the 2016-17 church year.
January: Prophecy, February: Identity, March: Risk, April: Transformation,
May: Embodiment, June: Zest
The program at the November Women's Alliance meeting was presented by delegates to the 2016 UUA General Assembly. They spoke on how important it was for to them to attend, and they thanked the Alliance for their financial support. Next GA will be in New Orleans in June 2017 and our congregation hopes to send all 10 delegates allowed.
During the meeting, these announcements were mentioned.
Always welcome gifts: kids socks-age 2-5; women's underwear-new, all sizes; Disney movie CDs; pajamas-kids boy/girl + women; nail care kits; hair brush; games/toys for older kids.
On Thursday, December 1, the Alliance Program is Holiday Music with Connie Shakalis and Beverly McGahey with entertaining songs and seasonal music. Hosts are Glee Noble and Carolyn Emmert.
Welcome Reception for the McNeills December 18
The Women's Alliance is hosting a reception to welcome Reverend Scott McNeill and his whole family to our congregation on December 18 from 2-4 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to attend. This event will include finger foods, activities for kids, and an opportunity to visit with the McNeill family. If you would like to contribute to a gift for the family, money can be given to Ann Kamman or the church office with a note saying it is for the McNeill gift. Please encourage your groups and committees to attend. Questions, contact contact Ann Kamman or Adrienne Summerlot.
We Are Now an RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) Satellite Location
RSVP, also known as Senior Core, is a program that supports and encourages community volunteering by those age 55 and over. As a result of our church members' high level of community volunteering, the RSVP program has asked our church to be a satellite location for the RSVP program. RSVP volunteers can now count their church related community volunteering towards RSVP volunteering hours. If you are interested in becoming an RSVP volunteer, visit the RSVP website:
. More information about our RSVP satellite location partnership and its benefits is available here:
. If you have any questions about this partnership, please contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, at email@example.com. Our contact for RSVP is Mela Hatchett at Area 10 Agency on Aging. She can be reached at
(812) 876-3383 ext 554
Ready to Become a Member of UU Bloomington?
If this is your community, if you feel at home here, join us! The next opportunity to become a member of UU Bloomington is
Sunday, December 11 at 10:30 am
in Room 112. (We ask for participation in our "Exploring UU" class prior to signing the membership book.) To make arrangements to become a member, or for questions, please contact Ann LeDuc,
Connections Coordinator, at 332-3695 or
, by December 5.
Exploring Unitarian Universalism Class -- Nov 27 & Dec 4
Are you interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism and this congregation? Whether you are considering membership or are just curious, this class is for you. The Exploring UU Class will be held on
November 27 & December 4
Please plan to attend both Sunday sessions, since different material will be covered in each session. Sign up at the welcome table in the foyer or by emailing Ann LeDuc,
Connections Coordinator at
Free childcare is available if requested in advance.
First Steps Class -- Sunday, December 4
Are you new to Unitarian Universalism? Join us for the First Steps class! First Steps is a 40-minute class that provides a brief introduction to Unitarian Universalism and our congregation. This class is offered the first Sunday each month at
10:35 am and 12:35 pm
in Room 112. Free childcare is available in Room 108. No registration is required. If you have questions, please contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator at
Welcome to our newest members!
Recently, eleven new members were welcomed into the congregation.
Please offer a warm welcome to our newest members: Lisa Blomgren Amsler and Terry Amsler, Amy and Jim Beck, Sonny Kirkley, Darja Malcolm-Clarke, David and Jennie Orr, Kelly Patrick, Stephanie Serriere, Pat and Rich Slabach. Below is the second installment of bios for the new members. --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator.
Terry moved from Northern California to Bloomington in 2013 and currently teaches public engagement courses through IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He volunteers with the Community Justice and Mediation Center and is committed to progressive and social justice issues and ends. Prior to his move to Bloomington, Terry was the Program Director of the Institute for Local Government's Public Engagement Program. His career spans mediation, public engagement and philanthropy across the nonprofit and public sectors. He loves Bloomington and enjoys reading, hiking, gardening, auctions and horseshoes; and he values his new membership in the UU community.
Amy is a childbirth educator and birth doula and finds fulfillment in supporting families during times of transition. Amy graduated from IU in 2002, only to return in 2007 with her husband Jim and their infant daughter. Since then, they've added sons Oliver and Everett to the family, plus some chickens and a dog. Amy finds comfort in the community within UU and finds her time at UU to be inspiring.
Born in Northwest Indiana, David has loved living in Bloomington since 2004 with his wife, Jennie. He is a graphic designer and illustrator who runs a small company called Blue Aster Studio with Jennie. He loves the outdoors, native plant gardening, and talking at length about prehistoric life with anyone who can tolerate it.
Jennie was born in San Diego, California, but her family moved to Monticello, Indiana, when she was young. Since 2004, she and her husband David have called Bloomington home. With David, she runs a small design and illustration firm called Blue Aster Studio. She loves crafting, baking, and getting outdoors to hike and garden. She is also pretty crazy about her rescued terrier mix Wallace. Just ask her about him!
UU Children's Choir
Sun Dec 11
Rehearse 10:30-11 Rm 110
Rehearse 10:30-11 Rm 110
: Sing at Winter Solstice Service
to run through songs, service starts at
and ends approx
Holiday Bazaar Frequently Asked Questions
Please click here for a full list of frequently asked questions about the Bazaar.
Here is when to bring the items you are donating:
Cookies: Thursday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Gourmet Galaxy: Thursday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
White Elephants: Sunday, Nov 27, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. or 11/28 and 11/29, 10-4 p.m.
Books: Nov 28, 29, or 30, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Further questions, Julie Lawson,
Save Money and Get Lasagna Dinner Tickets on November 27
Tickets for sale during Fellowship Hour on Sunday, November 27, for the famous Holiday Bazaar Lasagna Dinner! $10 for adults, $5 for children under age 12. (Regular price on Friday, Dec. 2 will be $13 for adults, $8 for children.) Purchasing in advance saves you $3 per ticket! Join us for lasagna Friday, Dec 2 from 5:30- 7 pm. --Nan McKinley
Artists Accepted for this Year's Holiday Bazaar
Ceramics: Jim Halvorson, Chizuko Johnson, Amy Norgaard, Bob Rellberg, Walt Schmidt
Jacques A. Bachelier
Gail E. Trout
Jessica Ruby Radcliffe
Sue Steffey McQueen,
Ann M. McCann,
Phillip K. Batchelder,
How Can You Help?
Volunteer at the Bazaar!
You've heard it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to make a church community. Be part of our village by working at the year's greatest fundraiser - the BAZAAR! You can sell food or chop it (and later stop by and eat it); price items in advance; sell books, white elephant things, baked goods - all the while looking for the special items you'd like to shop for! You'll meet the most wonderful people. We'll need help moving chairs, counting and weighing, packing up, and providing relief to the artisans so they can shop too! Don't wait till the last minute or your most convenient time to help may be taken! Sign ups are in Fellowship Hall between services - you can also sign up online at
Melinda Pettijohn at Melinda@LRAP.org
White Elephant's Trunk: High Quality Collectibles for the Bazaar
The White Elephant knows that many UUs have valuable items they no longer need or want but that would be desired by others shopping at the UU Holiday Art Fair and Bazaar. If you have items such as holiday decorations, children's toys, exotic collectibles, or truly (but not actual) White Elephants, please donate them to the White Elephant's Trunk at this year's Bazaar. We are not accepting any electronics, such as PCs, TVs, stereos, etc., as it is not possible to sell them. We can receive donations starting Sunday, November 27 at 12:45 p.m. in Room 108. Want to help organize and price items? Please contact Doris Wittenburg (336-4993 or
Clickety Clack, Clickety Clack!
That's the sound of knitting needles, crochet hooks and weavers' shuttles producing scarves, hats, mittens and more to sell at December's UU Holiday Bazaar. Please donate your handmade knitted, sewn, quilted, woven or crocheted items to Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbor's Fiber Arts booth at the Bazaar. Proceeds will be donated to MCUM Emergency Services and The Walnut Grove Food Pantry.
Gourmet Galaxy STILL Needs You!
Creators of wonderful food stuff! Gourmet Galaxy is facing a shortage of bakers this year for a variety of reasons, so we really would appreciate any help we can get. Breads, cakes, muffins, brownies, salsa, applesauce, candy - you name it, we need it! Sign up between services this coming weekend in Fellowship Hall. We will accept any donations on
Thursday, Dec. 1
in Fellowship Hall. We could also use help at the booth during the Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 2 and 3!
Thanks! Molly Gleeson, chair
Cookie Bakers, We Need You!
The frost may not yet be on the pumpkin but the time has come to schedule your baking
blitz(es) for the Bazaar. We need over 300 pounds of homemade cookies to sell and make our
patrons smile with glee. Any kind will do - bar cookies, drop cookies, and the all time favorite:
Your friendly Cookie Walk Committee:
Amira Sabbagh (
Meg Sears (
UU Humanist Forum Meets on Alternating Sundays
This group offers an opportunity for regular, open, wide-ranging discussions of issues relating to morality and ethics, human development, and the nature of the universe. The bi-weekly forum will meet next on Sunday, December 4, at 12:45 a.m. in Room 208.
Noretta Koertge will lead a discussion on "Alternative Medicines."
UU Freethinkers Group Enjoys Free Ranging Discussion
The purpose of the UU Freethinkers bi-weekly meeting is to create the opportunity for participants to raise questions and engage in open and non-structured discussion of issues of social concern, political concern, and theological/religious concern. UU Freethinkers meet on alternating Sundays after children's religious education classes end, in Room 208. UU Freethinkers meet next on Sunday, November 27, at 12:45 a.m. Info, contact John Crosby.
UU History For You
Asilomar, Healing, and DNA
In the service on Sunday, October 23, Rev. Scott McNeill spoke of healing and what he learned from a conference of Unitarian Universalist ministers at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, California. The guest minister there implored the assembled ministers to think of themselves as healers who saved lives through the works and thoughts of their ministry in a complex world filled with inconsistencies, inequalities, and injustices that coexist with hopes, opportunities, and successes. What I did not know is that Asilomar was a conference center used by UUs. The Asilomar center was established in Pacific Grove, California, in 1913 as a Y
WCA meeting grounds
. The name is a fusion of two Spanish words for refuge and by the sea
. It became a California State Park in 1956 for any group seeking a conference center in a relaxed setting. In 1975 Paul Berg and other scientists realized that they had isolated the molecular tools to take genes from one species and introduce them to another species. They called this recombinant DNA and realized it has many implications for industry, health, and the military. They decided to convene an international conference of scientists, lawyers, and invited journalists to attend and report to the public their concerns about safety, abuse by government (especially germ warfare) and how to assure no harm came to the public. They also called a moratorium on research until safety standards were worked by participating scientists. Over the past 40 years no health hazard has occurred as a result of these standards, and tens of thousands of lives have been saved from applications of recombinant DNA to human health. --
Elof Carlson, UUCB Historian
Hospitality for Those with Allergies
As a courtesy to our friends and members who have allergies to fragrances, we are designating the west section of the Meeting Room (next to the sliding glass doors and tall narrow windows) as Fragrance Free. Please do not sit there if you have used any fragrances. Anyone else is welcome to sit in this area. Thank you for your consideration.
UUs Who Can Provide a Variety of Professional Services -
List and Waiver Form Now Available
The Elder Focus Task Force has compiled a list of Unitarian Universalists who are available for hire for a variety of tasks including Pet Sitting, Home Healthcare, Organizational Skills, Carpentry, Counseling, Sewing Machine repair, Building Construction. The list and the liability waiver form are posted here:
UUs for Hire and Liability Waiver
Current Membership: 493
Sunday, November 13 9:15:168 11:15:201 TOTAL: 369
Sunday, November 20 9:15:141 11:15: 189 TOTAL: 330
November 13: $1127.14
November 20: $ 797.90
Total to be donated to New Leaf-New Life: $481
Grocery Card Sales
(Bloomingfoods, Marsh, or Lucky's)
November 13: $1200, income to UUCB $60.00
November 20: $ 650, income to UUCB $32.50
Homelessness Task Force Invites Us to Donate
Household Goods for the Newly Housed
All are invited to help the Rapid Re-Housing program at Shalom Community Center, providing short term assistance to people who are moving from homelessness to permanent housing. Many participants will be moving into their apartments with nothing. We are creating "welcome baskets" to help these community members get started. These can include toiletries (toothbrush, towel, shampoo...), cleaning supplies, a few dishes, sheets, blankets, a shower curtain, items that could ease their transition from a shelter to an apartment. To donate items please place them in the macaroni basket in the Commons. Questions, contact Alan Backler,
. This will be an ongoing project.
Our Racial Justice Task Force Invites You:
Resilience Here December 18 at 4:15 p.m.
Mark your calendar to see a video of the recent production of
Resilience: Indiana's Untold Story,
written by Gladys DeVane and Liz Mitchell. Here in our Meeting Room on Sunday, December 18 at 4:15 p.m.
Energy Star 2016 Certification
On the way
toward meeting our Paris Pledge
Our congregation was certified again this fall as an Energy Star congregation, with a score of 100!* That means we are one of the top-performing congregations registered with EPA Energy Star. Last year we took the
for our building to be carbon neutral by 2050, s
o we can't afford to rest on our laurels. We plan to continue to upgrade equipment and lighting, and to plant trees as a carbon offset. But additional reduction can from the way we use our spaces. We encourage groups to "
Get in a ZONE
" for mid-week meetings.
*By September 2016, we had reduced our annual greenhouse gas emissions to 33.4 metric tons of CO2e from 61.2 tons in 2010.
(Carbon dioxide equivalent -CO2e- is a universal unit of measure that combines the quantity and global warming potential of each greenhouse gas.)
Our solar panels
produced the equivalent of 60% of the electricity we used, over half of which was used directly and the rest sent to the grid for credit.
-- Molly O'Donnell
Beacon Young Adult/Campus Ministry
Orion Day, our Young Adult/Campus Ministry Coordinator, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and keeps office hours at the Indiana Memorial Union Room 577. Stop by and say hello! Our Young Adult group (ages 18-30) also meets for lunch in Fellowship Hall on the second Sunday of each month at 12:30 p.m.
Contact a Minister
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
, our Senior Minister
can be reached at 812-332-3695, ext. 201 and is available by appointment on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons
Reverend Scott McNeill,
Our Associate Minister,
can be reached at 812-332-3695, ext. 209 and is available by appointment on Tuesday-Friday afternoons.
. He can also be reached on his mobile, 703-577-0919 and for after-hours pastoral emergencies, please call him at 812-727-0919.
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
our Minister of Religious Education
can be reached at
-3695, ext. 207
Church Office Hours and Other Useful Information
If you notice a problem with the building, please contact Carol Marks, Church Administrator, email@example.com, 812-332-3695, ext. 200, and she will contact the experts to get it taken care of.
WEEKDAY OFFICE HOURS
are generally Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Exceptions to regular office hours are posted on the office entrance. The office will be closed November 24 and 25.
SUNDAY OFFICE HOURS:
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (staffed by the Office Assistants, Deeva Khatiwada and Monica Overman)
--Carol Marks, Church Administrato
Livestreaming of Sunday Services
As archived videos of service become available they will also be at the link listed above.
If there is a problem with livestreaming, please contact Andy Beargie or Andrew Walden, our Multi-media Specialists,
Calendar of all our congregational events can be found at www.uubloomington.org
In the left hand column, click on "Calendar" and then on the top link on the page or
Click Right Here
and then click on today's date. Information is also available on our public Facebook page:
You do not need a Facebook account to read our page.
Prologue Publication Schedule: Next issue, Monday, December 5.
Deadline for articles about congregational events and projects is 10:00 a.m. on date of publication, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Prologue is published on the first and third Mondays of each month, with exceptions for Monday holidays. Upcoming publication dates: 12/19, 1/3, 1/17 (a Tuesday), 2/6,
2/21 (a Tuesday) .
|Masthead photo by Jack KIng
Unitarian Universalist Church, 2120 N. Fee Lane, Bloomington, IN 47408 www.uubloomington.org 812-332-3695