Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
To Notice and To Wonder
The Reverend Scott McNeill
Our worship will rely on the August theme of Curiosity, as we end the month. We invite you to join us in worship as we pause to take stock of the world around us, and begin to imagine new, endless possibilities that arise each moment of each day. It'll be a sort of "Mindful Daydreaming."
Sunday, September 2, 2018
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Intergenerational Water Communion Service
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Reverend Scott McNeill
This lively intergenerational service will include story, song, reflection and ritual. Come to explore and celebrate your part in our coventantal community. Our children's choir, directed by Jill Courtney, will be performing.
If possible, please bring a small container of water representing the essence of your summer experience, near or far.
Many of you asked for a transcript of Dr. Maureen Walker's sermon "To Serve This Present Age" which was delivered on August 12, 2018 in our pulpit. She graciously has shared the transcript. Below are links to transcript of her sermon as well as the livestream archive of the August 12th worship service.
For those of you who have been away during parts of the summer, welcome back. If you have not experienced the August 5th worship service, I encourage you to do so. In it, I address my own discernment to remain in parish ministry as well as the ongoing challenges of living in these unprecedented times. The link to the August 5th service is below.
Thanks again to our 2018-2019 Worship Artists in Residence, Colleen Haas and Janiece Jaffee, for offering moments of meditation during our worship service on Sunday, August 19. These artists will help create spacious connections during worship as well as other areas of congregational life throughout our congregational year.
Colleen is an ethno-musicologist on faculty at Indiana State University, the founder of Women of Mass Percussion, and a healing presence through percussion and drumming.
Janiece Jaffe is a jazz vocalist and leads sound meditations through crystal and Tibetan singing bowls. She is also offers healing energy through conscious singing.
Lastly, our congregation has been contacted again to encourage our members to join the Noah's Ark program. Congregation member Jan Armstrong is on the Steering Committee of this inspiring effort.
From Noah's Ark:
"Shown above are participants from the second Noah's Ark Foundational Experience that took place Aug. 4-5 at Second Baptist Church of Bloomington and Congregation Beth Shalom. The experience helped prepare facilitators for this fall's Noah's Ark Interfaith Journey Towards Understanding - Exploring Faith, Racism and Healing, which will be a nine-session series of dialogues that will take place in mixed-faith groups of eight. We are very excited about this new Noah's Ark project that we have been working on since last November.
This is an opportunity to engage in dialogue about our personal journeys in faith, in race, and at the intersection of both, in our congregations and in the community. Anyone interested in participating or wanting more information can call Christine at 312-613 2164 or Jordan at 812-325-7668. Link to application: https://goo.gl/forms/uY4WE2ZXSA5Ao4gK2 And here's a link to an informative brochure."
Peace and Love,
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Religious Education for Children and Youth
Parents, It is Time for Religious Education Registration!
Please take a moment to register your children and youth for 2018-2019, the RE team really needs this before our volunteer teachers meet on August 26th. This helps us plan class sizes, relay important information to their teachers, and keep children and youth safe. You can register online at:
Spark Your cUUriosity During August Intersession
In Religious Education during our August Intersession, families can learn more about what exciting things will be happening by
Splash of the Sacred Picnic & Pool Party
Sunday, Sept 2nd, 5-8 pm
You are invited to join us for our annual Splash of the Sacred Picnic & Pool Party. Newcomers and visitors especially welcome.
5-7pm Potluck Picnic at Bryan Park--Woodlawn Shelter.*
Bring a dish to share and your own table service.
7-8pm Private pool party* at Bryan Park Pool.
Come splash and play or sit poolside and chat! It's free--funded by your pledges, through our Celebrations budget.
*Children must have adult supervision.
This Sunday! Find your calling
This Sunday! Find your calling at the Getting Involved Fair!
August 26 will be the last Sunday of our fall Getting Involved Fair, in the Fellowship Hall between church services (10:15-11:15). This is an opportunity to learn about groups and activities that are meaningful to you and help you connect with this community. See you at the fair!
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Adult Religious Education Opportunities
Shambhala Meditation Meets Mondays at 12 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 to participate in this 2500-year-old
Open Mind Zen Meets Mondays at 7:00 pm
Join Frank Seisho Diaz for meditation, talks, and discussions on Zen Buddhism, Mondays 7:00-8:30 pm, in Room 110 here at the church. All are welcome regardless of faith or experience.
Traditional Taiji on Tuesdays at 7:45 p.m.
Starting August 28
Brian Flaherty leads "Wu (Hao)" style Taiji in Fellowship Hall on Tuesdays at 7:45 p.m. Anyone is welcome, even those with no previous taiji experience. Please wear loose-fitting clothing.
Info: contact Brian at email@example.com
August 26, 12:45 pm
This Sunday at 12:45 p.m. the UU Humanist Forum will meet in Room 208 after children's Religious Education classes end.
Noretta Koertge will lead the discussion: "Can #Metoo change the culture of scientific research?"
UU Freethinkers Enjoy
Free Ranging Discussion
Sunday, September 2, 12:45 pm
The UU Freethinkers bi-weekly meeting creates the opportunity for participants to raise questions and engage in open and non-structured discussion of issues of social, political, and theological/religious concern. UU Freethinkers meet on every other Sunday in Room 208 at 12:45 p.m., after children's religious education classes end.
UU Chalice Circle Testimonial - Pearl Springfield
Two years ago, my husband Brian and I moved to Bloomington, and found this wonderful UU Church. We soon heard the praises and testimonials of Chalice Circles, and with some reluctance, I joined my husband and signed up. I wasn't exactly sure what I had committed to.
Since then, I've been involved in Chalice Circles for two years, with no regrets whatsoever, and am ready to sign up again. If you're not sure if this experience is for you, some insight might help.
- You don't have to bare your soul. You share what you wish. (I was happy with this one, as I'm a pretty private person.)
- What happens in Chalice Circle stays in Chalice Circle. (so if you DO want to share your soul, it's ok!)
- It helps you become a better, more empathetic listener. (I didn't realize how much I didn't listen until Chalice Circle.)
- You explore a new topic at each meeting. (Where you'll reflect on things you perhaps hadn't thought of for ages.)
- You'll make wonderful connections with great people. (One of the best outcomes of the experience.)
In Chalice Circles, you listen to others' stories, challenges, joys and perspectives on life, and each person leaves the Chalice Circles experience differently. For me, the greatest take away from Chalice Circles was this--I was reminded what it's like to be human. So sign up! You'll definitely benefit from this unique UU experience.
Sign Up for Chalice Circles on Sunday!
Chalice Circle sign ups continue on Sunday, August 26 and Sunday, September 2, and the groups are filling up fast. We have added a Monday evening Chalice Circle.
Exploring Unitarian Universalism Class
September 9 & 16
Are you interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism (UU) and this congregation? Are you considering becoming a member of this dynamic religious community? Whether you are considering membership or are just curious, this class is for you. Join us on September 9 & 16, 2-4 p.m. in the church library. Please plan to attend both sessions, since different material will be covered in each session. Free childcare is available if requested by August 27. Register by signing up at the Welcome Table in the foyer, or by emailing Ann LeDuc at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Adults' (18-30 yrs old) Lunch
with Reverend Macklin
If you are a young adult, ages 18-30, join us for lunch on Sunday, Sept 23 at 12:45 in the Fellowship Hall. We will provide the food. Our Senior Minister, Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, will join us. Please email Ann at email@example.com if you plan to join us, so we have an idea of how many to expect.
Welcome to Our Newest Member
Lynn Struve is Professor Emerita of History and of East Asian Languages and Cultures at IU, having come to Bloomington in 1977. She has traveled a lot in East Asia, especially Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China, and still publishes on seventeenth-century Chinese history. Despite contending with rheumatoid arthritis, she continues to enjoy Tai chi, yoga, and deep-water exercise.
Participate in the Alzheimer's Walk, Suicide Prevention Walk,
and Down's Syndrome Buddy Walk
If you are interested in walking with other other UUs in support of Alzheimer's research or Suicide Prevention, contact Ann LeDuc at
. The "Walk to End Alzheimer's" is scheduled for
. The "Out of the Darkness" suicide prevention walk is scheduled for
A group of UUs will also walk to support the Down's Syndrome Family Connection through the Buddy Walk on
September 23. Watch for additional information on the Buddy walk in early September.
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Birds of a Feather Common Interest Table at Coffee Hour
Do you ever wonder who in our congregation shares your hobbies or interests? Would you like to talk to others interested in running, hiking, knitting, writing, gardening, woodworking, or some other hobby? Starting
, a table will be reserved in Fellowship Hall during coffee hour for people interested in a specific shared hobby or interest. Check the
Prologue for the first hobby or shared interest topic. If you would like to reserve the Birds of a Feather table for a specific topic, contact Ann LeDuc at
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Corrdinator
Women's Alliance Meets
Liz Watson will be our guest at the Women's Alliance meeting on Thursday, September 6. Ms. Watson will discuss health care issues. We gather at 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Meetings begin with a brown bag lunch. The presentation begins at noon, followed by a question and answer period and a business meeting. The hostesses for the month, Barb Backler and Martha Foster, will provide drinks and dessert. Everyone, including women, men, and gender non-binary persons, is welcome.
to view a poster about the speaker.
Dementia Friendly Location -- Training Sept 21
Friendly Location training will be held on Friday,
September 21, 11:00-noon
in the church library. The goal of this training is to help us learn how to better support members of our community who are living with dementia, and their caregivers. The training will be provided by the Alzheimer's Resource Services of IU Health. Please contact Ann LeDuc if you would like to attend:
2018 UU Holiday Art Fair & Bazaar
Artisan applications available now!
Artisans may now apply to our juried Holiday Art Fair & Bazaar (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) by going to
or call/stop by the UU office for a paper application to submit with CD. Check out what's new for artisans in our 60th event! Application deadline is Sept. 7. Non-artisans reading this--please help us spread the word through your contacts. --The Bazaar Committee
2018 UU Holiday Art Fair & Bazaar
Nov 30 and Dec 1
It's Persimmon Time!
Now's the time to be on the lookout for persimmons. They are starting to fall and the UU Bazaar Committee is starting to think about gathering, processing, and selling pulp for your holiday baking. Watch this space for more info. In the meantime, if you are interested in partaking in any part of this fun and highly sociable annual project, contact Margie Schrader, firstname.lastname@example.org or Ruellen Fessenbecker
Special Purposes Fund 2018 Annual Summary
The Special Purposes Fund (SPF) supports the Church's religious, charitable, educational and civic purposes beyond activities under the normal operating budget, via management of both endowment and general funds. It accepts both direct donations and donations from estates through Planned Giving.
In the 2017-18 fiscal year the SPF Legacy Fund received donations from Von Welch and Ruth Aydt, the estate of Kathie Lazerwitz, in memory of Dolores Freiburger, and an anonymous contribution to Rev. Swaney Commission Fund. In this time frame SPF funded expenses of Rev. McNeill's installation and VALE training, new signage for the church, an initiative of the Homelessness Task Force, and a variety of social justice projects endorsed by the Social Justice Task Force. The SPF endowment distribution rate was changed for the first time, from 5% to 4% to better reflect average investment performance. At the Board's request, the SPF Committee has begun managing and reporting on the Operational Endowment, with disbursement of funds from the endowment remaining under Board control. Details are on page 41 of the 2018
For more information about SPF, please contact Chris Haynes, SPF Committee Chair, email
Represent UUCB at Pridefest!
We need a few friendly people to represent our congregation in our tent at Pridefest on August 25. Sign up Here:
Pridefest is Bloomington's annual celebration of LGBTQ+ life and culture. Volunteering in our tent is easy and fun!
Questions? Contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, at
People's Climate March - Indianapolis -
Our Green Sanctuary Task Force on Global Climate Change encourages you to participate in the People's Climate March in Indianapolis on Saturday, September 8 starting at 10:00 a.m. on the east lawn of the Indiana Statehouse, joining in solidarity with marches around the country. A community forum will follow the march, from 11:30 am - 1 pm. Click here to RSVP (strongly encouraged).
Facebook event with more information:
Our Faith in Action in the Community
Jim Scott Performs at UU Terre Haute August 25
Jim Scott, UU singer-songwriter and former guitarist with the Paul Winter Consort, will give a concert at First UU Congregation of Terre Haute at 1875 S. Fruitridge Avenue, Terre Haute, on Saturday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $15, Students with ID $10, Under 12, free.
Community Justice and Mediation Center Provides
Basic Mediation Training in September
Registration is now open for the Community Justice and Mediation Center (CJAM) 40-hour basic mediation training that provides hands-on skill development in problem solving, negotiation, conflict resolution, communication, and restorative justice methods. These skills will enable participants to explore peaceful and constructive approaches to conflict in the workplace, home, school, and in the community.
The training will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. over five weekend days, September 15-16, 22-23, and 29 at the I.U. Maurer School of Law. Tuition is $300, $275 if received by August 27. Scholarships are available. The training provides the background and skills necessary to work as a community mediator and restorative justice practitioner and qualifies participants to volunteer in CJAM's programs.
Fourth of July Parade UU Fun!
Members and friends of our congregation had a big time at the Fourth of July Parade this year! Photos by Dirk Herr-Hoyman.
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 is away August 23-30.
Reverend Scott McNeill, our Associate Minister,
can be reached at 812-332-3695 (ext. 209) and is available by appointment on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons.
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
our Minister of Religious Education,
can be reached at
-3695 (ext. 207)
on Wednesday and Friday mornings.
Our Covenant of Right Relations
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
. If you have a problem viewing, please email Andy Beargie and Ned Joyner at
Making the Archived Videos of Services Easier to Get To
Each Friday, we'll post the direct URL link for the previous Sunday's archived video of the service at the end of the Friday UU Update, as well as posting the links on the
of our website.
Membership: 512 certified members; 530 current members.
Sunday, August 12 9:15 - 126 11:15 - 181 TOTAL: 307
Sunday, August 19 9:15 - 142 11:15 - 167 TOTAL: 309
August 12: $625 August 19: $702
Total to be donated (25%) to Spencer Pride $331.89
Grocery Card Sales:
(Bloomingfoods or Lucky's Market)
August 12: $25, income to UUCB $1.89
August 19: $200, income to UUCB $10.00
Many church events are also posted on our
The deadline for articles is 10 a.m. on the date of publication, which is
the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.
September 4, September 18, October 2, October 16, November 6, November 20, December 4, December 18.
Masthead photo: Sunflowers, by John Woodcock
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