The Prologue                                         Monday, April 3, 2017
  Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
   Congregation founded 1949
   LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation since 1995
   Green Sanctuary since 2007

Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World

Sunday, April 9, 2017   9:15 and 11:15 a.m. 
Keepers of the Dream
Reverend Scott McNeill
HG Wenzel, in a book about Unitarian Universalism, talks about everyday people who transform the world by their daily actions. We, too, are keepers of the dream--people who change the world for the better by living our values. Join us for inspiration as we continue our month of focus on "Transformation." 
Sunday, April 16, 2017   9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Finding Easter
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite,  Reverend Scott McNeill, and
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
All ages are encouraged to join us for an interactive intergenerational celebration of springtime and new life on this Easter  Sundaymorning.  We will share story, drama, and song as we welcome the growth of warmer days.  Our semi-annual Child Dedication will be a special part of each service.
Saturday, April 22, 2017   8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Now More Than Ever
Pledge Day Celebration
     For our Annual Pledge Campaign, 
we will hold a fun-filled, day-long "Pledge Day Celebration" on  Saturday, April 22nd . The day will feature community meals, celebrations of congregational leaders and volunteers, inspiriting talks, fun games, Zumba, opportunities to help work on the grounds, and a very special evening worship service with Carrie Newcomer. We will also be receiving pledge commitments for the upcoming fiscal year with the goal of having everyone's pledge turned in on or before  April 22nd, in person or by phone (812-332-3695), or on our donate page or by email to
    Click here to see a schedule for the day. So much fun and fellowship!
From Your Board of Directors

Now, more than ever: We need this place, 
Our community needs this place, Our world needs this place.
     For those of you who missed the announcement during last week's service form Margie and Drew Schrader, co-chairs of this year's Stewardship campaign, "Now, more than ever" is the theme of this year's pledge campaign.
     And what a campaign it will be! This year we are condensing the campaign into one, yes one, Earth Day, Pledge Day Celebration on April 22nd. Our normal pledge campaign packed into 12 hours of activities from 8am to 7pm. There will be music, food, leadership/volunteer recognition, work for our Earth and local grounds, Maypole Dance in April, speakers, meditation, worship, and more. Come make your pledge at any time, or spend the day with your UUCB community!
     And, now more than ever, your community needs you. We need your time, your talent, and your pledges of financial support to our congregation's vision -- Seeking the Spirit, Building Community,  Changing the World -- to provide resources for social justice, sanctuary, spiritual and community development, and fairly compensate our ministers and staff who make everything we do possible. We, the Board, are looking to increase our pledges by $90,000 this year - that's just an additional $20 per person per month. We ask you to join us in considering everything this congregation does, everyone it benefits, and how our world needs more of what we do.

Now, more than ever: We need this place, Our community needs this place, Our world needs this place.   
Moments from MAM
Immigration Witnessing
       I recently met with Gracia Valliant, a friend of our congregation, who is part of an outreach effort to local immigrant families, particularly those with undocumented members.  Reverend McNeill and I both applaud this effort, Immigration Witnessing, which is asking for an interfaith response to establish a group of volunteers who would offer non-violent assistance to families in the event of Immigration and Customs  Enforcement (ICE) deportation actions. 
      On April 24th, we will have a Witness Information Session and Bystander Training program here (UUCB) in Fellowship Hall from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  In the information session you will learn about the three volunteer opportunities for Immigration Witnessing:
     1. Accompanier.  Being available, by phone, to a person or family who would call if ICE shows up at their door. This means that the accompanier will be given the names of five people who will then be given their phone number. The individual will call when they are afraid that they might be detained, and when and if ICE arrives to take them. The accompanier will be trained by lawyers about what they can do and say when they are with the immigrant and ICE. 
     2 . Document Keeper. This support person will keep copies of Powers of Attorney and Guardianship papers so that if the immigrant is detained, the papers can be taken to the appropriate persons to insure the documents are known and safe.
     3.   Public Witness. This person will take the stories/photos from the Accompanier and bear witness (via social media, letters to editor, and other outlets) in the greater public domain.  The stories, of course, belong to the people affected and would only be shared with their encouragement and permission.
      Gracia stated, "The Immigration Witnesses effort is in the beginning stages. At present, we are contacting congregations to organize enough people to help with the three parts of our project."
     We hope Unitarian Universalist members and friends will participate.  If you are interested in attending the April 24th training, please contact Gracia at
     On March 9th, we as a congregation, voted to become a Sanctuary Congregation.  A recent segment on NPR offers an enriching reminder of the challenges of Sanctuary, including the important aspects of mutuality with the persons seeking Sanctuary.   Please take time to listen to this segment.
UUA Controversy
      As I mentioned yesterday from our pulpit, our association of congregations is engaged in a controversy regarding the lack of diversity in upper management and staff of our Unitarian Universalism Association (UUA's) leadership positions.    The following guide from UU World Magazine traces the developments of this controversy which led to the resignation of UUA President Reverend Peter Morales.
Through "Beloved Conversations", "Cultural Competency Trainings" and the work of our Racial Justice Task Force, our congregation has taken steps to begin to dismantle and unpack systems of white privilege and white supremacy in our institutions as well as within ourselves.  Critical conversations are important first steps but it is critical that we continue to engage and embody the unlearning of racism in our lives.   Our mission calls us to do so.
In the Moments, 
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Senior Minister
  Seeking the Spirit 
Our Folks... 
     Our thoughts of healing are with J ulie and John Lawson and their family. John suffered a serious stroke on Sunday, April 2, and is in intensive care at Bloomington Hospital. No visitors right now, but please send positive thoughts.
     Congratulations to Mary Goetze of our Hope for Prisoners Task Force, who recently received the "Be More Knowledgeable" Award for her work at the Monroe County Correctional Center, especially her efforts to help those incarcerated to record themselves reading children's books for their children.  More info here.
     Congratulations also to Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer received the Emerging Leader Award from the Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women on March 30.  Cathy is the Chairperson of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education-Monroe County, a nonprofit advocacy group working to engage the community on issues affecting public schools, and is also a member of the Monroe County Community School Board. 

Calling UU Families: 
Pledge Day Earth Day Celebration  April 22
Please plan to join us for our intergenerational Pledge Day celebration on Earth Day,  April 22!  There will be fun activities for kids and youth all day long--including making flower crowns, dancing the Maypole Dance with Tamara Loewenthal and the Heartland String Band, jumping in the bouncy house, planting the garden tower, and singing along during our intergenerational Earth Day evening service featuring Carrie Newcomer and our Children's Choir (new singers K-8th grade are always welcome--contact Emily for details).  We'll also share tasty meals as we celebrate our UU community of all ages.  We hope you will find a part of the day that your family will enjoy and come along for the fun.
We're looking forward to celebrating with all of you on Earth Day!
    Emily (mre@uubloomington), Adrienne and Kitty
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, Adrienne Summerlot, Kitty McIntosh
Your Religious Education Staff

UU Children's Choir Upcoming Schedule
New and returning singers, Kg-6th, are welcome! Questions? Contact Jill:
Sun Apr 9, 10:30-11:00 , Rm 110,  Rehearse for  4/22 evening  service
   (Sun Apr 16, No rehearsal. Happy Easter!)
Sat Apr 22, All Congregation Earth Day Service,  7pm, Children's Choir Sing
  (Tentatively plan for choir kids to meet at 6:30pm for a quick rehearsal prior to the service.) 
Sun May 7, 10:30-11am , Rm 110, Rehearse for  5/21
Sun May 1410:30-11am Rm 110, Rehearse for 5/21
Sun May 21, Sing in services, Flower Communion Sunday
    (Rehearse at 9:45am, Sing at end of 1st service, Sing again at start of 2nd service, done approx 11:30)

Full Moon Ritual April 10
     Please join Earth Kin in honoring and celebrating April's Full Moon by attending our Esbat or Full Moon Ritual on Monday, April 10th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Library upstairs at church. The waxing or Full Moon is a wonderful time to manifest things in our lives and to focus on personal growth and spiritual development. This Full Moon ritual will involve a rededication of Earth Kin as well as a working to commune with Earth and Goddess energies. This is a learning circle, so all are welcome, including children.  

UU Summer Camp July 2-8, 2017 
     Consider joining fellow UUs this summer in the Missouri Ozarks at the annual Midwest Unitarian Universalist Summer Assembly (MUUSA). The week-long camp offers many workshops and activities for families, couples and singles of all ages.  Reverend Marlin Lavanhar of Tulsa, Oklahoma, will lead the daily Morning Celebration service on this year's theme:  
"A Summer of Love." 
     Come gather with hundreds of other UUs in the beautiful forests and rolling hills of the Missouri Ozarks at YMCA Trout Lodge, where you can connect with old friends, make new ones and participate in a wide variety of activities.  Get all the details at

First Monday Poetry Sharing
Join us in this ongoing monthly group for poetry lovers! Bring a poem to share that you enjoy. Next meeting is Monday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m. in the Library at church. Contact Bob Taylor for info,  

Shambhala Meditation Every Monday at Noon
Join us at  12 noon every  Monday in the Library for an hour of Shambhala Meditation, walking meditation, and Shamatha yoga with Sarah Flint. Beginners welcome in this 2500-year-old  tradition. 
Traditional Taiji 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 
Mondays at 7:00 p.m.
   Join Frank Seisho Diaz for meditation, talks, and discussions on Zen Buddhism,  Mondays 7:00-8:30 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  

Be part of our fun-filled Pledge Day celebration! Volunteer to Help!
     The Pledge Day celebration on April 22 will be a day full of fun activities for everyone. The day will start at 8 AM with breakfast and end at 8 pm with a prize drawing. During the day there will be classes on Tai Chi, Zen and Shambhala meditation, Yoga, Zumba, and more. There will also be a multitude of activities including: May Pole dancing, gardening and earth centered activities, social justice activities, a sing a long with Ray Fellman, and an evening worship featuring Carrie Newcomer. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, a Sunday Bar, and a potluck dinner will be enjoyed by all.
     During this fun filled day we will need help from many members of the congregation.  If you are available to volunteer, even for a short period, on April 22 please volunteer via this webpage:
     If you are not available on April 22  or would prefer to provide the gift of food, food donations are also needed.  Here is the sign up for food donations:
     Let's make this Pledge Day celebration a great success!
Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator

Let Us Persist Concert Enjoyed by a Full House April 2 
   T hank you to Kim Carballo and all the organizers of the Let Us Persist concert here last evening, to the hosting Reproductive Rights task force, and to all the performers for this wonderful event. There was a full house and all enjoyed and were inspired by the performances. We will include a total of the donations received in the Friday Update this week.

Outgoing, friendly folks wanted
Are you friendly and want an excuse to meet new people at church? If so, please consider volunteering as a Fellowship Hour Host once a month.  Fellowship Hour Hosts circulate in the Fellowship Hall during coffee hour and talk to folks that look like they might be new or don't know anyone. If this sounds like a good opportunity to you, email Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, at or call her at (812) 332-3695 ext 203.
Exploring Unitarian Universalism Class 
April 9 and 23
Are you interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism and this congregation?  Are you considering becoming a member of this church? Whether you are considering membership or are just curious, this class is for you.  The Exploring UU Class will be held on  April 9 and 23 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  April 3 at the welcome table in the foyer, or by emailing Free childcare is available if requested in advance.  Carolyn and David Emmert will facilitate this fun and informative class. 
New Member Bios
Please offer a warm welcome to our newest members!

Lynn Duggan
Lynn Duggan has lived in Bloomington for nearly 20 years, teaching political economy in IU's Labor Studies Department. She grew up in Iowa, Michigan, and Germany, then lived in California, and Massachusetts. She and Mike share interests in social justice, travel, the outdoors, and dogs.

Miles Eddy
Miles Eddy moved to Bloomington in 2016 after living in Colorado for most of his adult life, most recently living in rural south-central Colorado in an off-grid straw bale studio.  His UU roots run deep having been a UU minister preacher-kid and learned the principles of social justice and the inherent worth of all existence early on in life.  He was a board member in the small UU Fellowship in Alamosa, Colorado for a short while before moving to Indiana.  Miles works as a videographer, has his degree in computer programming, learning web marketing, and is also a professional juggler.

Perry Hodges
Perry Hodges has lived in Bloomington for over thirty years, sung in the UU choir for over fifteen, and taught literature at IU, both at the Law School and the Honors College. She and her husband have enjoyed bringing up their boys here and getting to know people from all walks of life. Music has been a big part of family life, along with gardening, reading, hiking, keeping up with family and friends scattered far and wide, and fighting the fight for social and environmental justice.

Cynthia Marion
Cynthia Marion grew up in Louisville in the Thomas Jefferson UU church.  She and her husband, John Pappas, moved to Martinsville about five years ago from St Louis where they were members of Emerson UU Chapel.  Cynthia is a retired RN with a background in hospice and is a VALE volunteer, and participates in the United Way ReadUp program.  She enjoys birding, gardening, and visiting her daughter in NYC and grandchildren in New London, Connecticut.

Larry Ruich
Lawrence (Larry) J. Ruich grew up in a neighborhood called the Back of the Yards on the South Side of Chicago. He was raised by parents who are Deaf. This established a desire to advocate for others outside the 'norm' and instilled an interest in the visual arts. He earned a BA in photography from Columbia College, an MA in History from Purdue University, then worked as a special educator in East Chicago, Indiana. He resided in Northwest Indiana with his family and three children, Nicholas, Frank, and Meghan, until he came to Bloomington in 2008 with the assistance of a special education fellowship in IU's doctoral program. He currently serves as a Visiting Professor at the university and resides with his fiancée Tracy Zollinger Turner, her son Declan, and their three dogs: Arrow, Leelu, and Walter. Larry continues to have an affinity for the arts, disability studies, social justice, and preparing teachers to be mindful of the populations they instruct.

Mike Shipman
Mike Shipman has lived most of his life in Indiana after his father retired from the military in 1959. He has been an educator since his graduation from IU in 1974. He was a Teacher, Principal, Instructional Consultant, and Central Office Administrator. His love of travel has taken him through Europe, Canada, Great Britain, Mexico, National Parks and the Caribbean. He loves hiking, sailing and golf.

Nancy Shipman
Lifetime resident of Indiana. Our family moved to Martinsville, 18 years ago when my husband accepted a position as a Principal with MCCSC. I am a retired educator having been a Teacher, Middle School Counselor and Elementary Principal with Indianapolis Public Schools. I am an avid hiker and enjoy spending time outside gardening. Travel takes my husband and I to national parks, wineries, brew pubs, other countries, and family. I enjoy documenting our travels through photography and the creation of photo books.

Tracy Zollinger Turner
Tracy Zollinger Turner and her son Declan recently moved to Bloomington from Columbus, Ohio, where they belonged to a Karma Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist sangha. Tracy spent her early childhood on the New Jersey shore, adolescence in the Buckeye state and college years in Western Massachusetts. A freelance writer, she is interested in the arts, kindness, social justice, words, dogs, people's stories, wellness and all of the surprising lessons about the universe she receives thanks to her son's deep love of science. She is savoring her new life and partnership with Larry Ruich. 
Women's Alliance Meets on April 6
     The Women's Alliance April 6 meeting welcomes Ann Connors, Development Director of Sycamore LandTrust. Sycamore Land Trust protects and restores the beautiful natural heritage of southern Indiana. Our nature preserves offer opportunities for outdoor recreation and environmental education. Hosts will be Cathy Hiatt and Katherine Hopkins.
    The Women's Alliance meets on the first Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. for brown bag lunch. Dessert and beverage provided. Lunch is followed by a program and business meeting. Join us!  --Julie Cauble, Alliance Vice President    
UU Passover Seder Sunday, April 9
     The UU Seder will be held on Sunday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m.  This beloved celebration re-tells the story of Moses and the Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt.  The event includes the traditional foods and a full (non-Kosher) dinner.  This celebration of spring and of freedom is child-friendly and welcoming to all.  There may be tickets remaining. Cost is $9 for Adults, $4 for children with a family limit of $25.  Contact Ruellen Fessenbecker regarding ticket availability.  812-837-9550 or 
Save the Date(s)! 
April 15 and April 29--Grounds Workdays
There will be two opportunities this spring to help on the church grounds. Both will be held between 9:00 AM and noon on Saturday April 15th and April 29th, with a rain date of Saturday May 13th, if needed. This is a fun way to help our grounds reflect our UU principles, and to get to know folks you might not otherwise talk to!  --Molly O'Donnell (We are also going to do some grounds work as part of our Pledge Day Celebration on April 22! --Ed.)
Monroe County United Ministries
Spring Luncheon and Auction April 30
     Monroe County United Ministries  (MCUM), a secular 501(c)(3) non-profit organization provides affordable childcare to low-income working families and basic needs assistance (food, clothing, household items, and rent/utilities assistance) to those experiencing financial difficulties.
      Our congregation is a big supporter of MCUM and have representation on the board of directors, currently Jackie Hall and previously Diane Gregory.  As the board member, I am charged with promoting MCUM's annual Spring Into Action! Luncheon & Auction bring held at the Monroe County Convention Center on Sunday, April 30 from 12-2pm. it will be an opportunity to share a meal together, possibly bid on auction items and hear from The Honorable State Senator Mark Stoops. Through sponsorships, ticket sales, and proceeds from the auction, this event raises money and awareness to benefit MCUM's Affordable Childcare program and Self Sufficiency Center. There will be a very exciting announcement about the Childcare program - you will not want to miss it. We hope the event will raise more than $40,000 this year. 
     Cost is $25 per person and several UUs are planning to attend. Contact me if you will join us to support this worthwhile organization in our community.  I will reserve your seat and can collect the money later, but we need to get your spot reserved now. 
   Thanks!   Jackie Hall,    
Annual Auction Date: Sunday, May 7
Mark your calendars for the 2017 Goods and Services Auction on 
Sunday, May 7th at 2:00 p.m.  Please start thinking how you might participate:  donate an item, share a talent, offer a themed dinner or volunteer for a role during the auction.  There's a way for everyone to participate in this important annual fundraiser.  Donation forms can be found HERE.   Paper forms are also available at church, in Room 204.
Installation Service for
Reverend Scott McNeill Saturday, May 20
Mark your calendars. Please save Saturday, May 20, 2017, 4:00 p.m. to join us for the Installation service for Reverend Scott McNeill as we celebrate and reaffirm the bond between Scott and our UU Church of Bloomington.
Attention Kroger shoppers! 
You must annually renew your selection of UU with Kroger Community Rewards in order for the church to receive a percentage of your purchases at Kroger. Go to  and follow the directions online. Helpers will be at the grocery card sales table on Sunday if you need detailed instructions, and there will be gift cards for sale there for Bloomingfoods, Marsh and Lucky's. Thanks for your support!
Regional and National UU Conferences This Year 
Members: Would You Like to Be a Delegate? 
Members are invited to consider becoming a delegate to one of these annual meetings:     
1.  MidAmerica UU 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 year's meetings:  Doug Cauble, Marlin Howard, Martha Foster and Earon Davis, Pat Brantlinger, or Jackie Hall.
      All three of the candidates for President of the UUA will be speaking at the Regional  Conference.  All delegates and absentee delegates to General Assembly will be able  to vote for our new UUA President at the June meeting.
     These will be very important meetings. To volunteer be a member delegate, please contact Iris Kiesling,  Denominational Affairs, 
or 812-332-5224 by March 30. Early registration ends April 5. After that, the registration cost goes up.
     The Midwest UU Leadership School  for Youth and Adults will be  July 9 - 15th  in Decorah, Iowa.  Please see the website for further  information, .  Attendees last year were Ann LeDuc and Hans Kelson. Speak with Harv Hegarty of Leadership Cultivation if you are interested in attending,   There is some financial support available. 

Current Membership: 512
We'll have the usual attendance and offering numbers ready for the Friday Update later this week. --cm

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, April 9 at 12:45 p.m. in Room 208.   The topic will be presented by Harold Ogren, "1984 to 2017--What did Orwell get right?"  A complete list of winter/spring topics can be found here.  
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, April 16, at 12:45 p.m. 
  Changing the World   
Nominations Open for 25% of Sunday Plate Fund Recipient for 2017-18
Application deadline April 15
     Each year at our June Congregational Meeting, we vote to choose a social justice organization in Bloomington to receive 25% of our Sunday Plate non-pledge offerings for the next year. Members of the congregation are invited to nominate the agency they would like to receive these donations. Since 2006, the amount we have donated annually has exceeded $5,000. For the last four years, we have donated over $9,000 to each of the organizations we selected.  Please click on the link below to get to the application form. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2017.

Would You Like to Carpool to the April 22
Science March in Indianapolis?

Richard LeDuc will be attending the Science March on April 22 in Indianapolis, and  is happy to help coordinate car pooling with anyone else interested in going. Contact Richard at Info on the march can be found here.

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint 
       Because coal is the main fuel for our local electricity, reducing our electricity use--and generating over half of that with our rooftop solar panels--has a big impact on our carbon footprint. (In 2013 through 2016 we generated 53% of our building's electricity. We produced an average of 80% of the energy we used mid-April to mid-June each year. We use more energy during the summer months and produce less most winter months.) Our overall energy use has dropped, but remember to turn off lights, not override room temperature settings, and ask to meet in rooms already being heated or cooled that day.
       Here at church, planting trees (5 last fall, 8 more this month), reducing the amount of grass to mow (with mulch and plants) and engaging our children in growing vegetables are also part of this effort.  Volunteer to help water trees and vegetables at church a couple of times this summer. Choose the best week(s) and set your own day & times here:   
Community Kitchen Volunteers 
   Our church provides Community Kitchen with three volunteers for meal prep from 11:30 am-1:30 pm on the third Tuesday of each month.  To be added to our call-out list for convivial KP duty with fellow UU's, contact Libby DeVoe, 
  From the Reproductive Justice Task Force:
Did you know that:
●        1 in 3 Hoosier families do not have the diapers they need, putting their kiddos at risk for infection, rash, and other health issues?
●        Disposable diapers can cost upwards of $80 a month, per baby?
●        Infants require up to 12 diapers per day and toddlers use about 8, making the need between 240-360 diapers a month?
●        WIC and SNAP Programs do not cover the costs of diapers for struggling families?
     April is diaper drive month at All Options Pregnancy Resource Center. We are supporting their goal of collecting 15,000 diapers this month. Please help us by picking up a package of diapers during your next grocery-shopping trip. The packages of diapers can be placed in the All-Options diaper collection box in the hallway next to the social justice table. And while you are at the store, please consider picking up a box of granola bars or other snack items for the Planned Parenthood waiting room.  
Macaroni for Shalom Center!
    For the last 3 years, our congregation members and friends have provided macaroni for the meal program at Shalom Community Center. 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.

Community Connections
Our Faith in Action in the Community

The Clothesline Project T-shirt Display, April 5-7
The Clothesline Project aims to shine a light on the prevalence of sexual violence, and pay homage to victims and survivors. It focuses on giving power back to those who have experienced violence. It gives survivors a sense of support, knowing they are not alone in their experiences. And it encourages students, staff, faculty and community members to engage in social justice activism. T-shirts decorated by many victims and their allies in our community, including some who attended our services yesterday, will be on display at the IU Health Center April 5 and April 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on April 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. More info here
George de Benneville Window, First UU Church, Reading, Pennsylvania 
UU History for You
George de Benneville and the Pietist Tradition in Universalism
     George de Benneville (1703-1793) was born in London to exiled French  nobility who were of Huguenot faith.  He was the youngest of nine children and his mother died shortly after his birth.  He was sent to and raised by his uncle who worked in the court of Queen Anne of England. At age 12, he was sent to sea and in Algiers noted the caring behavior of Moors for each other.  He had a conversion experience on his return to France and began preaching what were considered heretical views that were similar to Universalism.  He was arrested twice, and moved to Germany where he became a physician and worked with Dunkers and other Pietists, absorbing their doctrines of a separation of church and state, pacifism, universal salvation, and a striving for self-perfection.  He heard about the freedom of religion in America and emigrated in 1743 settling in Pennsylvania.  There he practiced medicine, married, and had six children.  He combined in his preaching the best he found in the world's religions, believing that all religions were imperfect, but all religions had virtues that were worth adopting. He was unusual in learning the languages of the American natives with whom he lived, believing this was a way to show respect for his neighbors.    
Please Don't Park on the Grass
Please don't park in grassy areas on the church property or on the grass across Fee Lane by the ball diamonds. IU has specifically requested us not to park in the grass on their property because of the damage it causes. Please note we are not allowed to park over there at all if there is a baseball game or softball game in progress. Thanks, Carol Marks, Ch.Admin.
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 Wednesday and Friday afternoons.   mcneill@uu . He can also be reached on his mobile phone, 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 Weds and Fri mornings.    

Livestreaming Our Sunday Services  
You can view the livestream of our Sunday services and view archived video from the last few months at this link: 
Please let us know if you have a problem with the livestream, by emailing Andy Beargie at It is also helpful if you let Andy know which web browser you are using.
Orion Day 2016
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! 

Deeva, Carol, and Monica
Our Administrative Staff
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I schedule a room for a church meeting? Call Monica or Deeva at 812-332-3695 ext 204 or
2. How do I reserve space at the church for a non-church meeting? Call Carol at 812-332-3695 ext 200 or
3. I need to know my pledge balance. Call either of the numbers above: 812-332-3695 ext 200 or 204
4. There is something haywire with the building! Call Carol at 812-332-3695 ext 200 or
5. I need an appointment with one of the ministers. Contact them directly. See their contact info in above article on this page.
6. How do I get an article about a church event into The Prologue or the Friday UU Update? Send it to   
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Church Calendar 
A link to our church calendar can be found on this page of our website. 
Many church events also appear on our Facebook page.
Prologue Publication Schedule 
The Prologue is edited by Carol Marks. The deadline for articles is 10 a.m. on the date of publication, which is the first and third Monday of each month, with exceptions for federal Monday holidays.
Next few issues:  April 3 and 17, May 1 and 15. 
Masthead photo by Linda Mjolsnes. Whooping Cranes taking off.
Unitarian Universalist Church