The Prologue
Monday, October 3, 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


Samhain Oct 30


Blood Drive Nov 13


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Sunday, October 9, 2016
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
The Forgiveness of Healing
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
     Can forgiveness heal our brokenness? The Jewish High Holy Days began Sunday evening October 2nd with the New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and will conclude with the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, which begins the evening of October 11th.  Reverend Macklin will offer her annual forgiveness sermon in honor of this sacred time in the Jewish calendar.  In this service we will also hear from one of our social justice task forces, Hope for Prisoners.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
"Fuzzy Thoughts: 
Moral Math for Value-Laden Choices"
Reverend Sarah Voss
This morning, Reverend Sarah Voss of Omaha, Nebraska, will explore with us how the process of decision making about social and moral issues can be positively enhanced by concepts which are rooted in mathematics. Come join us in stretching our minds! Reverend McNeill will be here to welcome Reverend Voss, a UU hospital chaplain and former colleague.
MAM's Musings
Let me begin with gratitude to our Unitarian Universalist choir for sharing A Thousand Beautiful Things, a song from Annie Lennox, this past Sunday.   I begin with gratitude because it brings a balance to the many challenges of the 21st century.   The song itself offered a balm of healing for my soul and that of many others.  Thank you.
            Indeed we are living in challenging times as well as inspirational times.  The human consciousness in terms of our interrelatedness is growing but also meeting with opposition.   Technological changes bring new hopes and concerns about who we are as a species.  And I hear the weariness, sometimes, in your voices as you share your concerns---weary from the violence which continues to shatter our country and our world, weary from the shameless blaming and stereotyping which sharply occludes our views of one another as human beings, weary of predatory capitalism which creates economic oligarchies throughout our world, weary of corporations being people, weary of political rhetoric and tweets which reveal an unsettled democracy, weary of Climate Change denial, weary from the realities of climate change.  And yet, I also witness this congregation's passion and compassion on a daily basis.  I witness our social justice task forces renewing themselves to change the world.  I witness the love, respect and concern we have for one another.  We are not a perfect community, but we are a steadfast liberal religious congregation.   We gathering together to remember who we are when we have forgotten.  We gather...Seeking the Spirit. Building Community. Changing the World.
          As part of our worship service Sunday, we offered these words from the United Nations Environmental Sabbath Program:

We have forgotten who we are.
We have alienated ourselves from the unfolding of the cosmos.
We have become estranged from the movements of the earth.
We have turned our backs on the cycles of life.
We have sought only our own security.
We have exploited simply for our own ends.
We have distorted our knowledge.
We have abused our power.
We who have lost our sense and our senses - our touch, our smell, our vision of who we are; we who frantically force and press all things, without rest for body or spirit, hurting our earth and injuring ourselves:
We call a halt.
We want to rest. We need to rest and allow the earth to rest.  We need to reflect and to rediscover the mystery that lives in us, that is the ground of every unique expression of life, the source of the fascination that calls all things to communion.
We declare a Sabbath, a space of quiet: for simple being and letting be; for recovering the great, forgotten truths; for learning how to live again.
Today we know of the energy that moves all things: the oneness of existence, the diversity and uniqueness of every moment of creation, every shape and form, the attraction, the allurement, the fascination that all things have for one another.
Humbled by our knowledge, chastened by surprising revelations, with awe and reverence we come before the mystery of life.

        In gratitude to friends and members of this congregation and all you do to heal yourselves and the world around us.  May you each be granted the blessing of a Sabbath.

Peace, MAM
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Senior Minister

Refugee Support
       On Thursday, September 22nd, Unitarian Universalists packed the Monroe County Public Library for two events: one was a panel about youth anxiety and the other was a working meeting hosted by the Bloomington Refugee Support Network. Almost a week later, Exodus Refugee International (the parent group organizing potential refugee relocation in Indiana) announced that our community would welcome approximately 60 people from either Congo and/or Syria, beginning in 2017.
       Member  Marlin Howard has long been involved with the steering committee; and, many members of the congregation showed up to join one of the twelve working groups formed to help integrate displaced people into Bloomington and Monroe County. There will be many ways to help people coming here over the coming months and years; pay attention to the Prologue and other communications as we learn more!
       If you have interest or experience in the following areas (a handful of the many groups), your help would be particularly useful. Rev. Scott can help connect you with the working groups and their leaders. Education -- pre-K through 12 and Adult; Employment Opportunities/Career Advisors; Financial Counseling/Financial literacy; Language Skills/Translation; and Medical and Mental Health/Well-Being.

--Reverend Scott McNeill, Associate Minister  
Our Folks...
     Our thoughts are with Julie Cauble and family.  Julie's beloved sister, Jane, died last week.   A memorial was held October 1st.  Cards are welcome.  
Margaret Strong
     Our thoughts are also with the family of beloved long-time member 
Margaret Strong, who died this past weekend after a brief time in hospice care in Minneapolis, where she had lived near her daughter Narissa.  Margaret was a gifted music teacher and mentor to many people over the years of her career in Bloomington, and once also served as our congregation's pianist.

     Congratulations to Peggy Woodcock, who has an exhibit of her photos of Nepal at Pictura's Brick Gallery through October. Reception during October 7th's Gallery Walk.
From Our Board of Directors 
The Board extends its thanks to this year's finance committee: Anne Haynes, Rob Hongren, Sonny Kirkley, and John Lawson. Their contributions are invaluable in helping the Treasurer and Senior Minister manage our budget. We also extend our thanks to Kathleen Sideli, who, as suggested by the Leadership Cultivation Committee, was appointed by the Board to fill the vacancy on the Special Purposes Fund Committee.

We are also grateful to the Rev. Sharon Dittmar and the Rev. Phil Lund from the UUA MidAmerica Region who led the Start-up Workshop for the Board and Ministers on September 23rd and 24th. This workshop helped us explore how to adapt and evolve our polity and leadership with Revered McNeill's arrival. It also emphasized the importance of our work on a shared congregational covenant, and in our next article we'll be sharing the draft and schedule for discussion.
October Board Meeting Date Changed to October 12
The UU Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library instead of on October 19. All members are welcome to attend Board meetings.
Seeking The Spirit
Junior High youth enjoy a recent retreat at Camp Piomingo

REwarding Opportunities to Serve
     Our congregation has proven time and time again that they are committed to religious education and invested in our children and youth.  We are fortunate to have dedicated volunteers with a wealth of diverse talents and interests who make our program thrive.  We are already looking ahead at the January Intersession for volunteer teachers who would like to share their passion for cooking, drama or art with our kids.   If you are interested in teaching in January or Spring, please contact Adrienne Summerlot
     For those who are interested in being a part of this shared ministry but unable to make a steady commitment, please visit this sign up genius link to learn about one time opportunities that might fit your schedule and be a REwarding experience!   
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--Wednesdays
Join Frank Seisho Diaz for meditation, talks, and discussions, Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 p.m., in Room 110 here at the church. No meeting October 5; meditation resumes Wednesday, October 12. 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
Women's Alliance Meets October 6
        The Women's Alliance  will meet on Thursday, October 6, with a program by  Shelli Yoder, Monroe  County Council, Dist # 1. H osts are Linda Pickle and Beverly McGahey.
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 a.m.  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.
Become a Greeter! Fall Training October 9
 Help us build community by serving as a Greeter or Newcomer Welcomer at one service a month. Greeting is a great way to meet people and it takes very little time. Fall training will be held Sunday, October 9, at 12:45 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Join us!   
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. 

Exploring Unitarian Universalism Class - Oct 9 & 16
       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  October 9 & 16 from  2-4 p.m. in the church library. Please plan to attend both Sunday sessions, since different material will be covered in each session.  
       Sign up by Monday, October 3 by emailing Free childcare is available if requested in advance.
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.

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

Your Emergency Contact Information is Helpful
As we review and update our directory, we remind everyone how useful it is for us to have the following information for all the members of our congregation: The name and phone number of a close family member or friend whom we can contact in case of an emergency. We will store this information confidentially in our database and our staff and ministers will be able to access it as needed. If you have a username and password to the database, you may enter this information yourself, or you may send it to or call 812-332-3695 ext. 204 and we will enter it for you.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and died in France.  He came from a Huguenot Calvinist  family that fled to Switzerland during the Reformation.  His father was a watchmaker who taught his son to read and who apprenticed him to become a notary or engraver.  His mother died nine days after he was born.  He left home as a teen and was taken in by a well-to-do older woman who encouraged his talents and became his lover.  He explored his musical talent as a composer and wrote several operas. He entered a contest on the role of science and the arts during the Enlightenment.  He said they would lead to exploitation of workers and foster greed, corruption, and an erosion of social values. He shifted to Catholicism and back to Calvinism.  After publication of Ă‰mile, his book on education, he was accused of being a Socinian (Unitarian) because of his rejection of original sin.  Children, he argued, were not innately evil.  "Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains."  He wrote The Social Contract and favored communities like his own Geneva over nation-states. He rejected materialism and atheism, and influenced and foreshadowed socialism, ("the fruits of the earth belong to us all and the earth itself to nobody.")  He lost his friends, wandered the continent, and died rejected by his peers.   --Elof Carlson, Congregational Historian
Current Membership: 482
Sunday, September 25       9:15: 118    11:15:166  RE:80   TOTAL: 284
Sunday, October 2              9:15: 112    11:15:199  RE:99   TOTAL: 354
Non-Pledge Offering  
September 25: $625.00         October 2:        $456.00
Total to be donated to New Leaf-New Life -$ 272.13
Grocery Card Sales   (Bloomingfoods, Marsh, or Lucky's)
September 25      $125, income to UUCB $6.75          October 2      $1,850, income to UUCB $97.00
Changing the World
Climate Change Deep Listening Circle October 9
       Are you feeling despair about climate change?
The Green Sanctuary Task Force hosts a Deep Listening Circle on the second Sunday of each month. This is a safe space for participants to talk about whatever is on their minds regarding climate change, to listen deeply to each other, and to hold and be held in a circle of care. It will also be a space of contradictions, holding up both joy and sorrow, pain and compassion, hope and acceptance, turmoil and peace. Guided by the writings and teachings of leaders such as Joanna Macy, Pema Chodron, Bill McKibben, Carolyn Baker, and Sharon Astyk, we'll explore the emotional and spiritual dimensions of climate disruption, building a community that enables us to face fear, anxiety and sadness full on so that we can move forward powerfully.
       All are welcome. Please join us on October 9, 12:45-2pm in Room 112, and on subsequent second Sundays.

Fundraiser Coffeehouse Friday, October 21 
to Benefit Walnut Grove Food Pantry
Save the Date!
     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.
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.  
UU Humanist Forum Meets on Alternating Sundays
October 9: Rev. Mary Ann Macklin on "Death with Dignity"
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 9, at 12:45 a.m. in Room 208.  Reverend Mary Ann Macklin and Gary Wiggins will lead a discussion on "Death with Dignity."

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

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.
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.
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.
Learn to Meditate Class. "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

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,

Sylvia and Friends Sing "Love Stories" for Shalom October 9 
The annual Sylvia and Friends concert is Sunday, October 9. Sylvia McNair and Friends will dazzle and delight with a wonderful new program of "love stories." Two-time Grammy Award Winner McNair, along with soloists from the Jacobs School of Music, will perform at 2:00 PM at First United Methodist Church. Seating is limited, so get your tickets now! Tickets ($30.00 for adults; $20.00 for students/children) may be purchased at the Buskirk-Chumley box office, online at , or at the door. ALL proceeds will go to the Shalom Community Center. 

Beacon Young Adult/Campus Ministry
Orion Day, our Young Adult/Campus Ministry Coordinator, can be reached at and will have office hours at the Indiana Memorial Union Room 577 soon. 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. Please note that the church office will be closed on Monday, October 10 for the federal holiday. 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, October 17.

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: 10/17, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/19, 1/3, 1/16.  
Masthead photo by Tim Slack. "Crystal Mountain Trail, Wyoming"
Karen Gunderman and her husband Tim Slack, former members of our congregation, retired four years ago, sold their Bloomington house to live full-time in their motorhome, and are out seeing more of America. They've mostly volunteered - for US Fish & Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, and several state park systems - and are now in Wyoming assisting visitors to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks during 2016,  the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Their travels provide abundant photo opportunities.