Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World
Sunday, August 6, 2017
BACK TO TWO SERVICES! 9:15 AND 11:15 A.M.
The Hell of Hunger
In some way, we all know what it's like to get really hungry--but what is it like to not be able to satisfy that physical need? What is it like to be spiritually hungry and not find the sustenance necessary to feel full again? Our worship on the 6th will reflect on how we feed and nourish ourselves, and one another.
The Bloomington Chamber Singers will provide our choral music.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Well, That's Fascinating!
This month, we explore the theme of "Wonder." When we are present to ourselves and the world, we can find ourselves filled with awe and amazement at all aspects of life. Approaching life with curiosity, we can find ourselves substituting these words for a newly famous acronym, exclaiming, "Well, That's Fascinating!"
Our adult UU Choir and Director Susan Swaney return from their summer hiatus this morning and will provide music at both services.
Reminder--Bring your items for the Mega Food Drive for MCUM
on August 13. For details, read below!
The Summer Piece of Life's Puzzle
For some people, summer is just another season - one of four pieces of a puzzle, connecting with spring and with autumn. And yet for others, it represents something greater - a measure of freedom, a change in daily routine, preparation for the harvest or for the school year ahead. By now, seeds have been planted and lessons are being planned, although who knows what will happen this September or October, or even later.
Congregational life is a bit like that; each church is different, of course--but committee leaders and staff members pull back a little to see what the year ahead will be like. During August of this year, you can learn more about ways to be involved or you can sign-up to join one of our deep listening small groups, known as Chalice Circles. New social justice opportunities will arise and grow, just like the Kids with Absent Parents program initiated by our Hope for Prisoners Task Force. We'll touch up the building to make sure it's at its best, integrating art and beauty into our walls (like the poems and art featured this summer, by Jack King).
And like that, the Summer piece of the life's puzzle will snap into place and we will get ready to see how Autumn fits this year, with its particular and distinct shape and place in our lives.
A reminder that during August, our Senior Minister, the Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, is on leave. Particularly if you have pastoral concerns (or anything else arises, and you need to touch base with a minister), please let the office know, 812-332-3695. For the most part, I will be available--and there will be times when Reverend Emily Manvel Leite will help or Reverend Barbara Child will be here (like her worship on the 20th!).
The Reverend Scott McNeill
UUs from our church's International Outreach Task Force are headed to Kenya in September, to visit the charities we support there. The August Religious Education Intersession will focus on this fascinating East African country--the literal Cradle of Humanity.
Watoto wangu (our children) will learn in
Religious Education this month about Kenya, its
people, and what we UUs hope to accomplish there. Each week, kids will explore our theme of
Wonder as they rotate through music, art, and
games, and they might even pick up a few words of Swahili. --Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education, email@example.com
"From the Ashes" Free Film Screening TOMORROW
Wednesday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m.
You are invited to a special screening of the acclaimed film,
From The Ashes
, at 7:00 PM, Wednesday August 2nd in the Fellowship Hall, hosted by the Green Sanctuary Task Force, to be followed by a discussion about issues related to the coal industry in Indiana.
Free, but please reply via
so we know to expect you. No childcare for this event.
Get Some Pizza at Get Some Pizza Restaurant on August 9
and Help the Walnut Grove Food Pantry
Support the Walnut Grove Food Pantry, a project of our Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force, by attending their dine and donate event at Get Some Pizza restaurant, 211 N. Walnut St., on Wednesday, August 9th from 5:00pm - 9:00pm! Fifty percent of your bill will be donated to the Walnut Grove Food Pantry when you show the event flyer.
The flyer can be found by clicking here.
There were extra flyers in the orders of service on Sunday, July 30, and more are available on the bulletin board at church. You can print one for yourself by clicking above.
Mega Food Drive August 13
Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM) holds its annual Each One Feed One (EOFO) community food drive each August. This year's event is scheduled for the weekend of August 11-13. Traditionally, EOFO brings between 10,000-15,000 pounds of food and hygiene items to MCUM as well as $5,000-10,000. Unfortunately, because of new corporate policies and store closings, we have lost six of our typical ten partner stores. We know that services for Monroe County's most vulnerable residents is of utmost importance. EOFO's success is critical to MCUM's capacity to serve the low-income population of Monroe County, and together we can ensure MCUM's pantry is fully stocked to meet the needs of the community we share.
We will be collecting the following items here at church on Sunday, August 13: nonperishable food items, personal toiletries, diapers, and cleaning supplies.
"Where to Invade Next?" Film Screening
Friday, August 18, 7:00 p.m.
Join us in Fellowship Hall on Friday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m. to view the film and discuss it afterward. Childcare provided if reserved by TODAY--August 1. This event is free. Those under age 17 may view this Rated R film if accompanied by parent or adult guardian.
Michael Moore visits countries where great things are happening. Guerilla humanity that is efficient, compassionate, and sustainable! Click here to view the trailer. (Rated R)*
This event is part of our Adult Religious Education programming. If you will need childcare to attend, contact Kitty McIntosh at firstname.lastname@example.org by TODAY August 1. Other info, contact Cynthia Bretheim.
*R=Restricted to appropriate audiences. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Language, some violent images, drug use, and brief graphic nudity.
Homelessness Task Force Invites Donations for
Rapid Re-housing Program
Shalom Community Center operates a "Rapid Re-housing Program" which helps homeless individuals and families find permanent, affordable housing. Each individual or family housed is provided with a "Welcome Basket". We are looking for donations to fill the baskets. Needed: toilet paper, dish detergent, toilet bowl cleaner, shampoo/conditioner, hand soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, all purpose cleaner, kitchen trash bags, paper towels or cleaning cloths, brooms and dust pans. You may place your donations in the macaroni basket under the table in the Commons.
Help Shalom Community Center with Summer Clothing
Shalom Community Center needs summer clothing, especially for men. They need t-shirts, shorts, tennis shoes, socks. Please place donations in the macaroni box, under the table in the Commons by August 15. ~
Homelessness Task Force
Our Faith in Action in the Community
The Bloomington SOUNDS OF INDIANA Barbershop Harmony Chorus Sings for Volunteers in Medicine Fundraiser August 12
Enjoy a night of barbershop music Saturday, August 12 at 7:00 pm at the First United Church. Tickets will be sold at the door for $15.
For information, please see the event flyer by
The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival August 13-14
is dedicated to educating young people about blues and boogie woogie piano.
We provide a limited number of free tickets to schools, so students/families can attend our concerts; we present free concerts in schools, bringing guest artists to Fairview and Templeton Elementary; and we are presenting free blues and boogie woogie piano workshops at both schools on Monday, Aug. 14.
Young people wishing to attend the workshops must pre-register at
. Info at
Free Concert at Fairview United Methodist August 27
"All the World's a Stage: The Show-within-a-Show in Broadway and Opera."
Baritone Richard Lewis and friends plunge you into a backstage world of overwrought emotion and egos with music by Cy Coleman, Mozart, Offenbach, and Verdi.
Sunday, August 27 at 2:00 p.m.
Fairview United Methodist Church, 600 W. Sixth Street in Bloomington's Near West Side. Free admission.
Fight Alzheimer's Disease! September 24 Bloomington Walk to End Alzheimer's
Has Alzheimer's Disease affected someone you care about? Would you like to raise awareness and funds for dementia care, support, and research? Maybe you would just like to show support for others in our church community who have been affected by Alzheimer's. Join us or support our team in the Bloomington Walk to End Alzheimer's by visiting this web page:
. The walk is Sunday, September 24. Registration starts at noon. --
Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
First Monday Poetry Sharing Meets August 7
Join us in this ongoing monthly group for poetry lovers! Bring a poem to share that you enjoy. Next meeting is Monday, August 7 at 10:00 a.m. in the Library at church. All are welcome. 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
Traditional Taiji on Tuesdays and Saturdays
Brian Flaherty leads Taiji in Fellowship Hall on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (except not on August 1) 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 donations
Earth Kin Book Club Discussion on the Elements Begins August 28
On Monday, August 28th, Earth Kin, our earth-centered spirituality group, will be holding the first of a series of Book Club Discussions on the topic of the elements--earth, air, fire, and water. The meeting will take place from
7-9 pm in Room 210, and will focus on the "Introduction" and "Chapter 1: About the Elements" of Wisdom of the Elements: The Sacred Wheel of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water by Margie McArthur. The book can be purchased used on Amazon, or you can email Brooke
for a PDF copy of the reading. This meeting will be an open space for us to discuss the two chapters, and share our experiences working with the wheel of the year and the element of air. All are welcome--no prior experience or knowledge of the elements necessary.
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, August 13 at 12:45 a.m. in Room 208. The topic will be "Virtue, Ethics and Your GP" led by Noretta Koertge.
A complete list of spring/summer topics
can be found here.
Since we resume our two-services schedule on August 6, the Humanist Forum will now meet at 12:45 a.m. beginning August 13.
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, August 6, at 12:45 p.m. Since we are resuming our two-services schedule this Sunday, the UU Freethinkers will now meet after the second service, at 12:45 p.m.
Zero, One, Two, Three, or Many Gods
in the History of Religion
The idea of supernatural intelligence appears in many forms. The earliest religions were "multitarian" (polytheistic or many gods) each god charged with a specific role in the universe (thunder, the seas, war, love, etc). This was true for the Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek and Roman gods.
Unitarian (monotheistic) interpretations of a single god arose in Egypt in the reign of Akhnaten, a pharaoh who worshiped a single god associated with the sun. Jews also developed a single tribal god who competed with beliefs in other gods in the Old Testament.
Atheism ("zerotarian" or the rejection of a god concept) arose among Greek thinkers as that culture flourished in the eight centuries before the birth of Jesus. The belief that Jesus was the son of God created a problem for the monotheistic Jews among whom he preached. If he was made by God, then he was later than God, and less encompassing in status or power. To solve this, early supporters of the new Christian religion first argued that Jesus and God the father were the same god but expressed two aspects rather than being a "duotarian" or divine pair. Some were bothered that God himself impregnated Mary and Athanasius in the fourth century proposed a Holy Spirit as a third aspect resulting in a Trinitarian God instead of a double God (the Father and Jesus the son). In 325 C.E., The Nicene Council adopted the Trinitarian view. But Arian's teachings were never fully suppressed, and UUs arose from that lingering Arianism.
--Elof Axel Carlson,
UUCB Church Historian
Music for the Water Spirits: Mini Summer Workshop Concludes August 3
Explore together some Afro-Brazilian sacred music to restore our kinship to the natural world. The workshop will combine percussion and chants, as well as creative reflection to connect the sensations in our own bodies and depth of our humanity with the elemental nature of water. (We also hope to play together on September 3, the day of our congregational Water Communion services.)
August 3. 6:30-7:45 p.m. (third of three sessions)
If you have a conga or djembe drum, bring it along--otherwise all instruments will be provided.
15 - Adult
This free event is designed for members and friends. Not required to attend all three, but each session will build on the previous o
ne. Please sign up in advance to reserve your place by calling 812-332-3695. No childcare for this event.
Women's Alliance Meets August 3
Women's Alliance program is "Medicines to Guatemala" with
The hosts will be Barb Backler and Lois Holl.
The Women's Alliance meets the first Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. The meeting begins with a brown bag lunch. Drinks and dessert are provided by the hosts of the month. The program begins at noon, followed by a business meeting. Please enter through the court yard
doors. Join us. Everyone is welcome.
Jean Knowlton thanks all who made her 90th birthday so special. The books you so generously donated will be distributed this week to several non-profits, where they will be enjoyed by many children. Jean's family joins her in gratitude for all your kindnesses.
Course Proposals Invited for
Adult Religious Education Fall 2017
(Due August 10)
Are you a spiritual seeker, an avid reader, a poet, a parent, an activist? Do you have an interest you would like to share and explore with other Unitarian Universalists? We encourage you to submit a course proposal to our Adult Religious Education (ARE) Program for the fall semester (September through December 2017). Deadline is August 10, and the committee will make final choice of courses to be offered by September 1. Class sessions may begin as early as mid-September. (Wow, there were a lot of errors in this article in the Prologue on July 18. Sorry about that! All fixed now!-cm)
Getting Involved Fair Series - August 13, 20 and 27
Looking for new ways to seek the spirit, build community and change the world? Mark your calendar! On August 13, 20 and 27, a different set of groups from our church will be available each Sunday during coffee hour in Fellowship Hall to assist you. Friendly folks will be standing by, ready to share info, answer questions, and invite you to get involved in activities and serve the church in ways that interest you. --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, email@example.com
Online Pledge Payment Plans
Should be Updated Now
If you like paying your pledge automatically and electronically with a credit card, debit card, or electronic check, using our online donation system, now is the time to set up your payments for the 17-18 fiscal year, which began on July 1.
Click here for instructions.
Questions? Please call the office 812-332-3695 and we will be happy to assist. It's our job!
Calling all library books!
If you have books checked out from our church Library before April 2017, it's time to return them.
If you're not sure whether the book is from our library, open the back cover and look for our stamp and a card pocket. We thank you. T
he Library Committee
Help us tell the greater Bloomington LGBTQ+ community about our church on August 26
We need a few friendly people to represent UUCB in our booth at Pridefest on
Pridefest (formerly known as Summerfest) is Bloomington's annual celebration of LGBTQ+ life and culture. Nearly 10,000 people are expected to attend.
For more information and to volunteer, go to:
Questions? Contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, at
or Amy Makice, Rainbow Rights Task Force Chair, at
Save a Jar for the Bazaar
As you harvest your bounty this summer, save an extra jar or two of something delicious for the Gourmet Galaxy of the Bazaar. We are in need of jams, jellies, pickles, relishes, chutneys. The list goes on. The Bazaar appreciates your gourmet offerings.
Bazaar Help Needed
The Bazaar Committee has a few openings for people who want to enhance our annual bazaar fundraiser, (Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2)
Book Sale Coordinator. This is perfect if you have a love of books. This person coordinates the crew that collects, prices and arranges the books on shelves for the Bazaar.
Gourmet Galaxy Coordinator. This person coordinates the crew that prices and arranges the gourmet items, and oversees the sale at the Bazaar
Bazaar jobs are fun! There are a total of 4 meetings, and most coordinators spend some time at the Bazaar itself. This is a great way to contribute to our major fundraiser and outreach to the community.
Current Membership: 517
Sunday, July 23 One service at
Sunday, July 30 One service at
July 23: $552.45 July 30: $469.00
Total to be donated to All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center $255.36
Grocery Card Sales
(Bloomingfoods or Lucky's Market)
July 23: $550, income to UUCB $28.50 July 30: $550, income to UUCB $27.50
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 Macklin will be away July 24-September 2.
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.
. 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
Reverend Leite will be away August 10-17.
Our Covenant of Right Relations
Livestreaming Our Sunday Services
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.
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!
Please Don't Park on the Grass--Extra Parking Available
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. Extra parking is available at Marching 100 Hall across the Bypass, and also on N. Jordan Avenue. Thanks, Carol Marks, Ch.Admin.
UUs Who Can Provide a Variety of Professional Services--
List and Waiver Form Now Available
The Elder Focus Task Force 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
A link to our church calendar can be found on this page of our website.
Prologue Publication Schedule
The Prologue is edited by Carol Marks, mostly. The deadline for articles is 10 a.m. on the date of publication, which is the first and third Tuesday of June, July, and August. It's an experiment!
Next few issues: August 1 and 15, September 5.
We'll decide in September whether to stay with the Tuesday publication schedule or go back to Mondays.
Masthead photo by John Woodcock. Summer Drummers.
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