The Prologue
Monday, October 17, 2016
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana

Congregation founded 1949

GLBTQ Welcoming Congregation since 1995

Green Sanctuary since 2007

Seeking the Spirit,  Building Community,  Changing the World

Coming Soon


Coffeehouse Oct 21


Tree Planting Oct 23


Bake Sale Oct 30


Samhain Oct 30


Age of Reason Nov 6


Blood Drive Nov 13


Quick Links
Sunday, October 23, 2016
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
To Make Whole, Sound, and Well
Reverend Scott McNeill
          The root word of healing comes from Old English, meaning "to make whole, sound, and well" - which also describes our purpose as a religious community. Join us as we share stories and visions of how Unitarian Universalism can make us, individually and collectively, whole, sound, and well. 
Sunday, October 30, 2016
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
"Ancestors: Who will be the one?" 
El Dia de los Muertos
The Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
The Reverend Scott McNeill
            In this annual "El Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead" worship service, we will remember our personal and congregational ancestors.  As Unitarian Universalists we honor all souls with this special day of ritual, remembrance and music.  
            You are invited to bring a picture or small memento of an ancestor, loved one or beloved pet that has died;  a special altar will be created during the worship service, when the children are still in the sanctuary with us, to celebrate those who have given us love and life.  
Sunday, November 6, 2016
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Age of Reason: Who Shares Your Story?
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
          Our worship theme for the month of November is
Story. Author Jaqueline Lewis states, "We are living texts, formed by multiple, interweaving, competing, and, sometimes, conflicting stories that we receive from our culture via our parents, other adults, our peers, the media, and congregational life.  Stories about race, gender, theology, generational differences, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and class work consciously and unconsciously to form our identity." 
          In this pre-election worship service, let us claim our stories.
          Our beloved Age of Reason Ceremony for first graders will take place during our Time for All Ages at both services.
From Our Board of Directors:
Entering into a Conversation Regarding Disagreement
        Our being a strong community while having the freedom to be individuals is a point of pride for our congregation. This combination of strong community, passionate feelings, and diverse thinking is apt to bring disagreement and even conflict.
        With our congregation's size and different life experiences, it's important to have a shared understanding of how we respectfully interact in disagreement. Today the Board would like to share with the congregation a proposed Congregational Covenant. This covenant describes how we would agree to interact with each other when in disagreement. A second document describes a proposed new Healthy Communications Committee that would help to mediate disputes when needed. The goal is these changes will help us be a strong community by respectfully and compassionately interacting in disagreement.
        You can find these proposed documents on the church website at the following address. Look for printed copies posted around the church as well. 
        At this time we want to engage with you regarding these proposed documents. More information will be forthcoming at a town hall meeting between services on November 6th , at the December 11th congregational meeting, and from the ministers during services. Feel free to ask questions of any of the board members as well as giving us your feedback. As usual, we'll be at the "Lucy Booth" during coffee hour on the last Sunday of the month and you can reach us via email: Von Welch , Connie Nelson Laird , Arzetta Hults-Losensky , Deborah Hutton , Doug Cauble , Helmut Hentschel , Pat Brantlinger .
        Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.

Bloomington Refugee Support Work Continues
Many people have asked how they can help the Bloomington Refugee Support program in the coming months (as our community settles new residents starting next Spring). It is wonderful to see the generosity and commitment we have to welcoming our neighbors! Our congregation has many individuals who have been involved in the local efforts through previous community meetings and planning; and, the church will create a Social Justice Task Force to coordinate our efforts. Stay tuned to the Prologue for an announcement of the Task Force leaders and initial meetings, so that you can join us. In the meantime, there is useful information about the refugee project (courtesy of Exodus International) on our website at   --Reverend Scott McNeill, Associate Minister

MAM's Musings
          We have set the date for the next Vigil Training!  March 4th, from 8:30am to 5:30pm will be the next training for those of you who are interested in vigiling for those in our community who are at risk of dying alone. In addition to our trainer, Amy Billa, we will also host the Founder and Director of Sacred Dying Foundation, Dr. Megory Anderson.   Stay tuned for more information.
          Meanwhile, as I said on Sunday, it is a joy to have a guest in our pulpit periodically (fuzzy timeframe).   Reverend Sarah Voss was no exception.  Her sermon on Fuzzy Logic and its role in ethical and moral decision making brought a different style and content to our pulpit.   I find this refreshing.  
          For those of you who found Reverend Voss's sermon stimulating,  you might also be interested in the Patton Lecture Series this month at Indiana University.  The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs announced FREE lectures by Paul Slovic, Professor of psychology at University of Oregon and president of Decision Research.
          Paul Slovic's research on risk focuses on the psychological and cognitive processes of decision-making on a wide range of issues: environment, nuclear power, earthquake risk mitigation, economics, gambling, political decision-making, discrimination, smoking, terrorism, and tort litigation. 

          The Psychology of Risk
            Tuesday, October 25, Presidents Hall in Franklin Hall, 7:30 p.m.
          Moral Deficiencies in the Arithmetic of Compassion
            Thursday, October 27, Presidents Hall in Franklin Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Thanks to Silja Weber, friend of our congregation, for giving me a heads up regarding these lectures. I hope to see some of you there.  I am 83% sure I will be able to attend one of these lectures.

Peace, Mary Ann
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Senior Minister
Our Folks...
       Our sympathy and thoughts of healing are with Susan Rautio-Dietz and Jim Dietz upon the recent passing in California of Susan's brother Bill Rautio of a heart attack at age 61.
       Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Clara Henderson, who died recently. Clara was a friend to many members of our congregation and often shared her gifts of music with us in Sunday services.    
       Our thoughts of sympathy are also with Melinda Swenson and Carol McCord and their family, upon the unexpected passing at age 66 of Melinda's sister Claudia Swenson, on Thursday, October 6.
       Congratulations to Iris Kiesling, who recently carried the torch on the final leg of the Indiana Bicentennial Run here in Monroe County and also received a lifetime achievement award, the 2016 Arthur R Himsel Award, for her nearly 30 years of public service to the Bloomington community and surrounding area.
       Congratulations also to Gladys DeVane, one of two local playwrights who created, produced and performed in "Reslience: Indiana's Untold Story," a play documenting the history of African Americans in Indiana, which was presented October 14-16.   
Seeking The Spirit
Age of Reason Ceremony for First Graders
Sunday, November 6th
Each year we share a ritual together that acknowledges the more independent learning that children begin at around age 6.  Pare nts of first graders, this is an opportunity to share in this special ritual with your child during our Time For All Ages on  November 6 .  Mark your calendars now! If you do not receive an informational letter about this opportunity by  Friday, October 21,  please contact Adrienne Summerlot,  so that we can get your child registered and invited to the party!  --Reverend Leite  
Samhain Celebration Sunday, October 30
Join Earth Kin, our earth centered spirituality group, for celebration of Samhain, the pagan new year, on Sunday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Earth Kin will be honoring our ancestors with a special Samhain ritual. All are welcome, and encouraged to bring either pictures or offerings for the ancestor altar. Hope to see some of you there!
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- year-old  tradition. 

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
Join Frank Seisho Diaz for meditation, talks, and discussions, Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 p.m., in Room 110 here at the church. All are welcome regardless of faith or experience; freewill donation. More info: or
Ministry Themes for 2016-17
We will be exploring the following themes for the remainder of the 2016-17 church year.    October: Healing,  November: Story,  December: Presence, 
January: Prophecy, February: Identity, March: Risk, April: Transformation, 
May: Embodiment, June: Zest

Building Community
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, October 30 at 10:30 am  in the Library.  (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 October 25. 
Women's Alliance Meets November 3
        The Women's Alliance October meeting featured Shelli Yoder, Monroe County Council, Dist. # 1 and her background, life, family and her work on campus.  Hosts were Linda Pickle and Beverly McGahey.  The  November 3rd  meeting will be "Views of UUA General Assembly" with many of our UU Church of Bloomington delegates.  Hosts will be Martha Foster and Jean Knowlton.
         Come and join us for a meeting; all are welcome to attend.  The Women's Alliance  meets the first Thursday of each month at  11:30 am  at the church, unless otherwise indicated. Meetings begin
with a brown bag lunch; drinks and dessert are provided. The  program begins at noon , followed by the business meeting.  -- Julie Cauble, VP Women's Alliance
First Steps Class - Sunday, November 6
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 .

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 and December 4 from 2-4 p.m. Please plan to attend both Sunday sessions, since different material will be covered in each session.  Sign up by November 16 at the welcome table in the foyer, or by emailing . Free childcare is available if requested in advance.
AV Committee Issues Report on Recent Activities
The AV Committee, chaired by Chris Haynes and Diane Kewley Port, has recently issued a report of their activities to improve and remedy hearing and sound issues in our building, and you can read it now on our website by clicking here .

Want to Help Organize the Holiday Bazaar?
Ever think about getting more involved in organizing the UU Holiday Art Fair and Bazaar? The committee is looking for a few more food-loving, treasure-seeking bookworms to help us get the church bazaar activities up and running.  Please contact Julie for more information!  
Cheerful Volunteers Wanted for the Bazaar
We need lots of cheerful volunteers to help at the Bazaar on Decmeber 2 and 3 -- click here
 to sign up to help!  -- Melinda Pettijohn

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. All proceeds earned will be donated to MCUM Emergency Services and The Walnut Grove Food Pantry. Look for a drop box at church soon!   Questions? Anne Graham 
Gourmet Galaxy -- Calling All Cooks!
It's not too early!  It's not too late!  You're still in time to help out with the Gourmet Galaxy at the Holiday Bazaar.  We'd love to have your baked goods - breads, cakes, bars, chocolates, candies, bottled (edible) potions and most anything you can think of!  The Bazaar will be held  Friday, December 2 from  10am - 7pm and  Saturday, December 3
, from 9am - 4pm.  We'll be taking donations on the evening of Thursday, December 1.  Bake and freeze now, donate later.  And/Or, sign up to volunteer at our Gourmet Galaxy booth beginning Sunday, October 23 between services.  
Thanks in advance - Molly Gleeson, chair, Gourmet Galaxy.  
Cookie Bakers! Let's Get Ready for the Cookie Walk!
First comes autumn, then Thanksgiving, and then..the 58th ANNUAL UU HOLIDAY ART FAIR AND BAZAAR!  Start now on your plans for cookies to contribute; it's fine to make ahead and freeze them. Last year's cookie variety was a delight, and we sold them all! Rolled ones, frosted ones, bar cookies and new surprises - we love them all! Questions? Amira Sabbagh ( ) and  Meg Sears ( ), your Cookie Walk co-chairs.
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, October 23, at 12:45 a.m. in Room 208.  
Barbara Backler will lead a discussion on "Alternative Schools." 

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, October 30, at 12:45 a.m. Info, contact John Crosby.   

Denominational Affairs - 
Unitarian Universalism at the Regional and National Level
     If you are planning some travels in 2017, please consider attending the following
Regional and National UU meetings.
     1.  MidAmerica Regional Assembly April 28-30 in Oak Brook, Illinois - outside Chicago.
     2.  UUA General Assembly June 21-25 in New Orleans, Louisiana
     Speak to some of the delegates who attended last years meetings:  Doug Cauble, Marlin Howard, Martha Foster and Earon Davis, and  Pat Brantlinger. For more information: Iris Kiesling  or 812-332-5224
UU History for You
Beatrix Potter and the Tale of Peter Rabbit
      Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) was born wealthy and raised Unitarian.  Her grandfather was a member of the British Parliament and a wealthy merchant who printed calico fabrics.  Her father was a lawyer who hired governesses to teach his children.  Beatrix enjoyed living in the countryside and her hours there were occupied with caring for pets and drawing animals and plants.  She corresponded with mycologists and sent illustrations of mushrooms and other fungi she found. She also enjoyed writing letters to her governesses' children and illustrated them with fanciful animals.  In 1902, her book The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published by Frederick Warne & Co. She later fell in love with Norman Warne, of that company.  Unfortunately, he died of leukemia while they were still engaged.  She moved to the Lake Country and used her wealth to buy property and farms, enjoying the gorgeous landscapes and hoping to preserve their beauty by setting up a national trust to care for them.  She wrote most of her books there (a total of 30) and Warne & Co. published all of them, allowing her to expand her land purchases with the help of local lawyer, William Heelis, who set up the trust.  At age 47 she married Heelis and they had a childless marriage.  She died in 1943 of pneumonia, willing her land to the National Trust.   -- 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: 482
Sunday, October 9                9:15: 109    11:15:153    RE:60   TOTAL: 322
Sunday, October 16              9:15: 110     11:15:140   RE:68   TOTAL: 318
Non-Pledge Offering  
October 9: $565.00        October 16: $551.00
Total to be donated to New Leaf-New Life -$ 290.94
Grocery Card Sales   (Bloomingfoods, Marsh, or Lucky's)
October 9      $350, income to UUCB $17.50          October 16      $800, income to UUCB $40.50
Changing the World

Fundraiser Coffeehouse This Friday, October 21 
to Benefit Walnut Grove Food Pantry
     The Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force invites everyone to a special fundraiser coffeehouse on Friday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m., in Fellowship Hall to support its work with Walnut Grove Food Pantry. Mark your calendars now! 
     Performers will include Craig Brenner, Ray Fellman, Scott Hogsed, Elias McDermott-Sipe, Mike McGregor, Steve Pollitt, Lauren Bernofsky, Julia Irmscher, Carol Marks, Gladys DeVane, and Jack King. Click Here for Facebook event.

Volunteer for a Great Cause and Hear Live Music, Too!
     The  Friday, October 21  Coffee House to raise money for the Walnut Grove Food Pantry is in need of volunteers! We need a few folks to help with set-up, taking money at the door and clean-up. It's a great way to get involved in fighting hunger locally while you enjoy live music and poetry at the same time! The Coffee House begins at  7:00 pm . If you think you might be able to help, contact Anne Graham to learn more.  330-9316.
Leaves of Faith  Tree Planting Sunday, October 23
     The Green Sanctuary Task Force and Grounds team will be hosting a tree planting at the church on  Sunday, October 23rd. Thanks to the  Leaves of Faith Tree Canopy Program, offered to congregations through Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light (H-IPL), we will receive three six-foot tall trees each fall, for the next three years. H-IPL will send a certified arborist to supervise the planting and talk to members about the environmental benefits of and care for the trees as they adapt to their new home. Tree planting embodies our seventh principle: respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. And this will help us fulfill our Paris Pledge to become carbon neutral by 2050. We hope you can join us on the 23rd. 
--Molly O' Donnell,   or  812-345-7399.  
Habitat Task Force Bake Sale October 30 
for Interfaith Build
The Habitat Task Force will hold a bake sale on Sunday, October 30 between services to raise funds to support the Spring 2017 Interfaith home build. Our Habitat Task Force's goal is to be able to donate $10,000 to this project. Info, please contact Kathleen Chmelewski at  See our Facebook event page for details: 
Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser with Panera November 15th
To raise further funds for the Habitat Interfaith home build in April 2017, Monroe County Habitat is working with Panera on a fundraiser on November 15. Bring the special flier with you and Panera will donate a portion of your purchase to Monroe County Habitat for Humanity. Click here for the flier. You can print and bring a paper copy or show an electronic version of it when you place your order at Panera on November 15. For details on this fundraiser, Click here.
Homelessness Task Force Collecting Feminine Hygiene Items
The Homelessness Task Force asks that you consider donating feminine hygiene products  for use by guests at the Shalom Community Center. You may place these items in the Macaroni Box in the hall on the lower level of the church. Thanks. --Alan Backler
Our church is taking part in the EPA's 2016 National Energy Competition - Ways you can help
   The competition's goal is for participants to lower their energy use from September through November 2016 below the amount used in the same period last year. Although we've reduced our building's carbon footprint dramatically, we hope this competition will inspire us to dig deeper.   Want to help? Have suggestions?
   See our webpage at for a few simple ways to save more energy, or come to our information table in Fellowship Hall between services to talk to a Green Sanctuary Task Force member.
November 13 Red Cross Blood Drive

The Red Cross Blood bus will return on Sunday, November 13, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, in our north parking lot. Make an appointment by calling 1-800-733-2767 or go to  and use sponsor code "UUC" to schedule your appointment.
Macaroni for Shalom Center - Remember to Bring Some!
    We have promised to provide macaroni for the meal program at Shalom Community Center this year. Please remember to pick up a package the next time you go to the store. Collection basket for donations is under the Social Justice table in the Commons.
Learn to Meditate. "Meditation in Everyday Life" with Sarah Flint and Kaylen Nique, Tuesdays, Oct 18 through Nov 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1801 E. Maxwell Ln. Info at, Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group.
Community Connections
Our Faith in Action in the Community

PALS Fun Show October 22
People and Animals Learning Services (PALS) is having a special PALS Fun How on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the PALS facility. All PALS's clients will participate in a day of therapeutic equine activities while family and friends cheer them on. FREE and open to all. Enjoy concessions from Great White Smoke and Zeitguest Organic Creamery plus fall activities like pumpkin bowling, face painting, horseshoes, and more.

Monroe County United Ministries Needs Grocery Bags
Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM) would appreciate donations of paper and plastic grocery bags in good condition. Please bring them to church with you on Sunday, October 30, and Sandi Clothier will collect them and take them to MCUM.

Mongolian Youth Leadership Program--Host Family Opportunity
There is an upcoming host family opportunity this fall for the Mongolian Youth Leadership Program. See the following link for details:
Contact Courtney Hermann Huynh with questions,
LifeDesigns Blanket & Coat Collection through October 28
LifeDesigns  Community Education Opportunities Community Service class will place a collection bin here in the Commons from September 30 through October 28 to collect blanket and coat donations for the Indiana Recovery Alliance (IRA), to help them in giving warm blankets, coats, and hygiene supplies to homeless individuals struggling with addiction. For more info,

Harvest Gathering Fundraiser November 12 - An Evening with Phil Gulley
  Fundraiser for  Community Justice and Mediation Center's annual benefit on November 12 at 5:30 p.m.  with guest speaker Phil Gulley.  A semi-finalist for the James Thurber Prize for American Humor, Gulley's stories are "tender, insightful and downright hilarious."  Tickets are $45 and includes dinner, silent auction, and live jazz music.  For info and tickets:  www.cjamcenter/Harvest Gathering  or  call:  812-336-8677.

Beacon Young Adult/Campus Ministry
Orion Day, our Young Adult/Campus Ministry Coordinator, can be reached at and keeps office hours at the Indiana Memorial Union Room 577. Stop by and say hello!
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    email:   


Reverend Scott McNeill,  Our Associate Minister,  can be reached at 812-332-3695, ext. 209 and is available by appointment on Tuesday-Friday afternoons.  email:  mcneill@uu 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 812-332 -3695, ext. 207
on Wednesday and Friday mornings.  email:    


Church Office Hours and Other Useful Information
If you notice a problem with the building, please contact Carol Marks, Church Administrator,, 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. 
SUNDAY OFFICE HOURS:  10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (staffed by the Office Assistants, Deeva Khatiwada and Monica Overman)    --Carol Marks, Church Administrato r
Livestreaming of Sunday Services
Livestreaming the Sunday Services Link:
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  

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, November 7.

Deadline for articles about congregational events and projects is 10:00 a.m. on date of publication, to The Prologue is published on the first and third Mondays of each month, with exceptions for Monday holidays. Upcoming publication dates: 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/19, 1/3, 1/16.  
Masthead photo by John Woodcock