The Prologue                                           Tuesday, August 6 , 2019
  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
S unday, August 11, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Shine On, Firefly
Reverend Scott McNeill and Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
      These magnificent creatures spend their summer nights illuminating our backyards. What can we learn about ourselves by paying attention to their short lives and small lights? Join us to find out and perhaps even see some fireflies in the service! 
Sunday, August 18, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin and Reverend Scott McNeill
Please see the Friday UU Update on August 16 for sermon title and description!
There's a River Flowin' in My Soul
In Sunday services during the month of August, we will be singing our children out to their classes after the Time for All Ages with Hymn #1007 "There's a River Flowin' in My Soul" from the teal hymnal.  Here is a video to help get acquainted with the song; there are even hand motions to go along!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0r5Y2VpCfU
About this Issue...

There is much going on in the congregation and in the larger world. Below you will find information about Rev. Macklin's upcoming sabbatical, a reflection on sabbaticals from Rev. Barbara Carlson, and a post from Rev. Scott about the recent shooting in El Paso. 

MAM Musings
 
Dear Congregation Members and Friends,
 
Some of you may remember that I am due for a sabbatical. I had planned to delay this sabbatical until 2020, in hopes of receiving a grant. That was a great idea, in theory, but during my recent three weeks off in July, it became very evident to me that I needed to reconsider this plan. At this time my mind, body, and spirit need sabbatical time away this fall; a delay would be unfavorable to my ministerial health and development---and well, that's not cool.
Of note, by contract, I earn one month of sabbatical leave for every year of ministerial service. Beginning in 2019, I became eligible for a total of five months; I took one month of this sabbatical in February, partly to consider options for the remaining sabbatical time.
 
Our UUCB Board of Directors has approved three months of sabbatical time for me from September 2nd through November 30th, 2019, with an additional sabbatical month to be determined in 2020. Our UUCB budget provides compensation for guest ministerial services as needed during sabbatical. Reverend McNeill, Reverend Leite, and I will work together to arrange for coverage of pulpit and pastoral ministries as well as delegation of management duties. A sabbatical committee will foster communication during this time.
 
In terms of why is a sabbatical important, see the following column by Minister Emerita Reverend Barbara Carlson.
 
Meanwhile, hey folks, I love my ministry and I love this congregation and I am learning to love my limitations as a human being. I will appreciate your support during this time of renewal.    
 
Peace and Love, 
    MAM
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin 
Minister Emerita Sabbatical Reflections
Reverend Barbara Carlson, August 6, 2019

           The field that is plowed unceasingly becomes barren.

          The well that is pumped continuously runs dry.
Our ministers are neither fields nor wells. They are both ministers who have been preaching, teaching, pastoring and counseling, leading workshops and retreats, administrating, representing us in the community and at the university, and being present with us in the intensity of both 
sorrows and joys.  

Reverend Mary Ann Macklin began serving this congregation in the summer of 2002 and has been with us since that time.

In addition to being our prophetic pastors and spiritual leaders, our ministers are human beings like the rest of us with gifts, frailties and needs. Parish ministry is a great privilege and it is also emotionally and spiritually demanding. It is in recognition of this fact that it has been a long time tradition in Unitarian Universalism to provide ministers with periodic sabbaticals for recharging and renewal.   

Rev. Macklin will be on sabbatical leave this fall from September 2nd through November 30th.

Sabbaticals are not vacations. They are designed and structured to provide time for study and reflection as well as rest and relaxation - to recharge the batteries and renew the spirit.

Mary Ann Macklin is a minister who has given all of us - congregation and colleagues - her wisdom and wit and her unique spiritual gifts over the years she has been among us. This sabbatical is our congregation's investment in the future flourishing of Mary Ann and her gifts.

During my tenure with this congregation, your support for my sabbatical in 2000 was transforming for me. The opportunity for concentrated reading, study and reflection, new ideas and perspectives as well as travel, and time with family, invigorated my life and my ministry.

In closing, let me emphasize that since the basic purpose of a sabbatical is for the minister to take a complete break from the roles and responsibilities of ministry, I know you will respect this time of rest and renewal by refraining from contacting Rev. Macklin during the sabbatical period. Of course, if you should bump into her at the post office or the co-op, yoga, basketball or Zumba, don't run away. As she would say, greet her in a friendly manner. (Just don't discuss church business!)

This is a dynamic, generous congregation. As you prepare to send Rev. Macklin off to sabbatical on September 1st, may you do so with your love and support and blessing. I am confident that all that you give will return to bless you many times over.

Reverend Barbara Carlson
Minister Emerita  
From Our Associate Minister...

Often, national tragedies take on a different perspective if they occur in a place we've lived or visited. The recent shooting in El Paso had that effect on me; I rode past the Walmart shopping area where the shooting occurred while I was there, and tried to soak up as much of the city and culture as I could during my short time there.
 
I couldn't help but think back to the people I met, who were overwhelmingly frustrated that their stories, their city, was so misrepresented by the media, and by government officials using El Paso for their own narrative. Almost every single person I spoke with (I think 1-2 didn't mention this) brought up that their town had little crime (as opposed to how they felt they were perceived, given comments about immigration and crime). And yet, last week's shooting wasn't something that points to El Paso being unsafe as a community - as the community was a secondary victim to the tragedy that occurred. The victims, survivors, and families will struggle with trauma from this experience; but, I am reasonably sure that the city will struggle with trauma, too - after their sense of community and ease was shaken up by this act of terrorism.
 
I encourage you, if you can, to attend Friday's Peace Vigil on the courthouse square - and give yourself space to reflect on the primary victims of violence (those directly impacted), as well as the secondary ones (those whose lives were touched and affected by the issue, in a broader sense). For instance: the people of Japan, who worry about another nuclear attack, children in America, who experience lockdown drills due to school violence, and citizens of cities around the country who can no longer assume festivals, malls, or bars are safe from indiscriminate violence. As many have said - this is a time to go beyond "thoughts and prayers" (though it's important to be mindful) but to make progress through our words and deeds.
 
In faith, 
   Rev. Scott
Reverend Scott McNeill
Associate Minister
Our Folks...
     The memorial service for Tommie Owens will be held here in our Meeting Room on Sunday, August 11 at 2:00 p.m. A long-time member of our congregation, Tommie died on June 23.
     Our healing thoughts are with Liz Rosdeitcher, who is recovering from a recent stroke. Alain and their daughters are caring for her as she recovers at home. Care cards are welcome.

August Religious Exploration  Intersession for Children & Youth
Throughout the month of August we will continue to have summer fun as we explore the possibilities in water! Children & Youth in Kindergarten and Up  are invited to join us as we create elements for the Water Communion Intergenerational Service on September 1st!  Read more about Religious Education offerings for August here.   High School Youth Group resumes Sunday, August 11th from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in Room 210. (Also a workday on August 10; see below.)
Religious Education Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year is now open!  Please take a moment to register your child for Religious Education this Sunday upstairs in the RE Office during coffee hour or online:  Register here.
High School Youth Group Begins 
August 11th (and 10th!)
All high school-age youth are encouraged to join our youth group for fun, social justice work, and spiritual engagement!  Sign up here for any of these events (so we'll have enough food and transport!):  


August 10th (Saturday) 3-5pm: Ice Cream and Construction Work
Come help make Reverend Mary Ann's dream of a picnic table on church grounds a reality.  Rich Slabach will lead us in preparing the table for construction.  
August 11th (Sunday) 12:30-2:30pm: Starting by Finishing
Come for pizza and finish the picnic table as we play getting acquainted games.
August 18th and 25th: High School Youth will be taking water-centered photography field trips from 12:30-2:30pm.  
Splash of the Sacred 
Picnic & Potluck, Sunday, September 1
Save the Date! Sunday, September 1st. 5:00-8:30 pm 
Join us for our annual Splash of the Sacred Picnic & Pool Party! Newcomers and visitors especially welcome! 
Click here to see a poster with adorable photos!   Find this event on Facebook  

Save the Date!
December 6 & 7, 2019

Artists! A pply Now to be considered for the annual juried UU Art Fair!
To apply:  Go to uubazaar2019.artcall.org
$10 to apply. $90 for a booth.
Application deadline: September 6, 2019
Notifications will be sent by October 4.

30 artisans will be chosen to join the holiday bazaar of gourmet goodies, book sale, and white elephant sale.  Media considered : Glass, Ceramics, Jewelry, Wood,
Mixed, Painting, Textiles, Photography.
Thinking about the Bazaar --
Preserves and Persimmons   
     As you harvest your garden, plan to can a jar or two extra for the Bazaar (Dec 6-7).  We want your jams, jellies, pickles, chutneys for the Bazaar in December.  A lso remember that we will be collecting persimmons for sale at the Bazaar.  If you have a persimmon tree and are willing to share, please call or e-mail Ruellen at  rfessenb@indiana.edu .   We will arrange for folks to pick up the persimmons and bring them to church for the Great Persimmon Squeeze Out! 
  Changing the World 
Vigil to Remember Nagasaki
Friday, August 9, 8:00 p.m.
The Just Peace Task Force invites you to attend a candlelight vigil on Friday, August 9th from 8 to 9 pm on Courthouse Square,  for the victims of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki. We will discuss the global movement for a nuclear weapons free world and the need to cut the Pentagon budget to meet human needs. There will also be music, including a koto flute performance by Alain Barker. Please join us. For questions, please contact David Keppel at  keppel@sbcglobal.net .
Hello Families! 
Adopt-a-Stream this Saturday
   This Saturday, August 10, is our monthly work day & play date at Bryan Park. Meet us near the bridge at the main Henderson St. playground at 10am to tackle invasive species, or at the playground at 11am to play and socialize. Bring gloves and a shovel if you can. Hope to see you there! -- Anna Knust 
Upcoming Midwest DRUUMM Gatherings for UU People of Color
We d, August 14 - Nashville, Tennessee
Mon, August 19 - Chicago, Illinois
" This is sacred work that shapes our UU faith and is part of a larger sacred vision that has theological depth and makes room for spirit."  - DRUUMM Values
     Diverse & Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries ( DRUUMM) invites UU People of Color in the Greater Nashville, Tennessee area to gather for dinner and facilitated meeting on Wednesday, August 14 from 6-9 pm and in the Greater Chicago area on  Monday, August 19 from  6 to 9 pm.
     As part of our faith journey as Unitarian Universalists, we are regularly challenged by the ways race and racism affect our lives and our spirituality. Within our congregations we are creating space to build a community of care among UU People of Color, opportunities to explore deeper questions around race, culture and our religious values.
     We will have worship at these gatherings led by local UU Religious Professionals of Color. Our goal is to nurture new relationships between UU People of Color in the area, discuss some of the historical development of UU People of Color and anti-racism efforts, and learn more about what the community needs and interests are among those who attend. 
RSVP with Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons at  jsantoslyons@uuma.org  or (503) 512-0490 ideally by August 15, 2019. 
Monthly Habitat Builds Continue 
August 17
The task force continues our monthly builds on the third Saturday of the month. We need volunteers for August 17, when we will be caulking, painting and installing appliances at 4000 W. Cedar Chase Dr. on the southwest side. If you can't work a full day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., please consider working 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. Lunch is provided, whether you work half or full-days. No experience necessary. Sign up at:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a044caea82da2f85-uuhabitat .   Bring a friend, relative, neighbor!
Green Camino Composting Sends Updates

Thanks for participating in Green Camino's drop-off compostables service!

1) The lock combination for the drop-off cabinet changed on August 4. You should have received an email from Green Camino with the new combination if you have paid a subscription to participate in the drop-off service.
2) UU members who have subscribed to the drop-off service may use the two other drop-off cabinets as well as the one near our parking lot. Click here for details.
3) Please do not leave full buckets near Fellowship Hall or outside the cabinet. These must be dumped into the large container inside the drop-off cabinet. Green Camino is no longer picking up full buckets on Sundays or other days.
4) Only subscribers to the drop-off service should be bringing their compostable materials to the cabinet. Please do not share the lock combination with those who have not paid for a subscription.
5) Questions? Contact Green Camino directly: info@greencaminocompost.com.     UU Church staff are unable to answer your composting questions.

All the details on these updates are HERE.
Will You Join Us in Reducing Our Reliance on Single Use Plastics? August:  Plastic Cups
      The new  Task of the Month Program for Reducing Plastic Use   focuses on a single category of plastic each month, allowing participants the time to try alternatives and establish new habits.  Each month, you'll receive an email with suggestions for reducing (and eventually eliminating) that month's target type of plastic.  Click here to sign up!
      For a while, many of us thought that recycling plastics was a reliable way to make use of discarded plastic, but we now know that is not the case. Instead, we must reduce demand.      -- Stephanie Kimball for the Green Sanctuary Task Force 
Thank You from Spencer Pride!
Our 2018-2019 Sunday Plate Recipient
We have received the fourth installment of financial support from the UU Church and want to express our gratitude for your generous support this past year. It has been a blessing that has helped us make critical repairs to our building, keep our commUnity center humming with activity, and grow our IRIS youth program. You have helped to smooth our path and extend the reach of our services across the region. Thank you again for both your financial and your moral support. Please stop in to visit and let us welcome you. 
 --Leslie Nieves,  Fundraising Coordinator,  Spencer Pride, Inc.
Kids Clothing Collection for Kenya - 
International Outreach Force
The International Outreach Task Force will be making its biannual trip to Kenya in September, visiting Ndethya, the Kathonzweni women's agricultural cooperative; Msamaria Mwema, a small AIDS orphanage in Kibiciku; The Spurgeon School in Kibera with 500 students.  The task force is collecting children's clothing through August 25, to benefit the orphanage and the school. We need K-12 clothes. Details here.
BLUU Announces Fall Symposium on Black Theology
10/30 to 11/2 in St. Paul, Minnesota
Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) is sponsoring a three-day symposium on black theology this fall. The Harper-Jordan Memorial Symposium will be October 30 to November 2 in St. Paul, Minnesota, named for Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, an abolitionist, suffragist, author, and Unitarian, and the Rev. Joseph Jordan, the first black ordained Universalist minister.  Learn more and register at blacklivesuu.com.
UU History for You
Who Was the First Female Professor?
I thought this would be of interest to UU readers. Who was the first female to be appointed a university professor? It was Laura Bassi (1711-1778). She was a child prodigy born in Bologna, Italy; her father was a lawyer who hired tutors for her when he recognized her capacity to learn languages. She liked mathematics and physics and became an early advocate of Newton's ideas in the Principia Mathematica. She was appointed in 1735 to a professorship in the natural philosophy (= physics) department at the University of Bologna. She met and married a professor of medicine and physics there and had 12 children, only five surviving infancy. She taught physics, chemistry, mathematics, hydraulics, and mechanics.  I hope her name is added to the list of illustrious women who are largely unknown to popular culture.    -- Elof Carlson, UU Historian
Community Connections
Faith in Action in Our Community

Community Kitchen Really Really Needs Volunteers in August
     The Community Kitchen encourages new volunteers to help during August, when many student volunteers are unavailable. Many volunteer shifts available. Please call 812-332-0999 to volunteer, or email june (at) monroecommunitykitchen.com.
  Seeking the Spirit  
Religious Education for Adults
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 tradition. 
For more info:  Contact Sarah.
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 the Library here at the church. All are welcome regardless of faith or experience. 
For more info: Contact Open Mind Zen or visit   openmindzenbloomington.org  
Gentle Hatha Yoga on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm
with Kate Mulligan
A gentle Hatha Yoga practice to balance the mind, body, and spirit takes place 5:30-7 pm on Tuesdays in Fellowship Hall.  Please bring a yoga mat or large-size bath towel. The class is free and you may join at any time, but please register by calling or emailing the church office:  office@uubloomington.org  or 812-332-3695. 
Traditional Taiji Meets Tuesdays at 7:15 pm
Brian Flaherty leads "Wu (Hao)" style Taiji in Fellowship Hall on Tuesdays at 7:15 pm. All are welcome, even those with no previous Taiji experience. Please wear loose-fitting clothing. 
For more i nfo: Contact Brian.
Join the Choir!
     UU Choir rehearsals resume this week, Thursday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room. All are welcome!  Childcare provided automatically for the first few weeks and thereafter upon request - we love our choir babies!
     Singing in a choir has been shown to improve mood and well-being, lower blood-pressure, strengthen social connections, reduce snoring, improve brain function, create experiences of Flow, and many other positive outcomes. Explore a variety of musical styles, wrap your tongue around many languages, exercise your breath and body for a good cause, and experience the joy of being inside the beautiful harmony of many voices.
     Looking forward to getting back to it!
     Sue Swaney, Music Director
5 Reasons to Join UU Children's Choir! 
     1. Convenient rehearsals!
We usually rehearse between Sunday services, when you are already at church!
     2. Flexible schedule
We sing in services 7- 8 times a year, and only rehearse a couple times prior to each service. You do not have to commit to the whole year! You can come to some rounds (a couple of rehearsals and a performance), but skip others if your schedule is tight. (Of course we LOVE our singers who can come most of the time, but it's ok if you can't come every time!)
     3. All elementary-aged singers welcome, both new and experienced!
-All you need is the desire to sing! It's a great chance for new singers to learn from experienced singers, and those with experience to be leaders!
-The songs are easy to learn, and you'll always get word and audio help via email so you can practice at home!
     4. You'll gain confidence singing in front of an audience!
Choir is a fantastic way to become more comfortable in front of a crowd. You are singing with friends in a VERY supportive environment! 
     5. You are providing an important contribution to our church
Choir is fun (on occasion we even have donut parties!), but you can also feel good knowing that your time and talent provides a much-appreciated service to our church. Music is an important part of our services, and Children's Choir is a very special part of our music ministry! 
     UU Children's Choir will start again in mid-August, schedule coming soon. For questions, or to be on the mailing list to receive schedule updates, contact Jill Courtney: jillmcourtney@gmail.com
UU Humanist Forum Meets August 11, 12:45 pm
On Sunday, August 11, at 12:45 pm the UU Humanist Forum will meet in Room 208, after children's Religious Education classes end. Rob Hongen will facilitate a discussion on "Artificial Intelligence."  The Humanist Forum meets every other Sunday, with a  different  discussion topic .
UU Freethinkers Meet August 18 , 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 pm, after children's Religious Education classes end.
"Dying to Know: Memorial Services at UUCB"
a workshop sponsored by 
UU End of Life Task Force
August 31, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
In this workshop, we will explore the practical, educational and sacred aspects of what is possible for a congregation member who is in the dying process. What is available for a person who is dying before their death occurs? How are wishes conveyed? How is death handled within the congregation? How are memorials planned? Who plans memorial services? What resources are available? Costs? Since we will be using Megory Anderson's "Sacred Dying Journal" we ask for an RSVP and $17 donation to cover costs. We hope to buy the journals in one shipping order. RSVP to office@uubloomington.org by August 26. 
  Building Community 
Ruth Aydt and Von Welch Support 
a Liberal Religious Future through Planned Giving
We give to UUCB as a vital organization in South Central Indiana, providing a balance of sanctuary, healing, growth and challenge. Increasingly, the broader world needs the model UUCB aspires to: a place of common ground across diverse backgrounds and beliefs; a place bridging the lines that divide our circles of humanity; a place of social justice. Our financial commitments to UUCB are one tangible way we express the importance of UUCB in our lives, and help others experience a supportive liberal religious community and the possibilities it offers. --Ruth and Von 
New! Drop-in Childcare
Wednesday, August 7, 6-8 p.m.
Beginning Wednesday, August 7th from 6-8 p.m., we are offering free drop-in childcare in Room 108 (as space allows).  Parents must remain on site, on the building grounds or in the building. Please use the Courtyard Entrance. We hope to provide a moment for parents to breathe deeply, have a cup of tea with a friend, or sit in silence before running children to the next event. The Meeting Room will be available for quiet meditation. We will be providing this drop-in childcare on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. free of charge throughout the year. At some point we may be able to offer active and passive programming or encourage folks to schedule church meetings and circles here during this time.  Contact Adrienne Summerlot with any questions or ideas you may have dre@uubloomington.org 
Are you new here?  
Take your " First   Steps"  this Sunday, August 11
Join us to discuss the basics of Unitarian Universalism and this congregation, and watch a short video about Unitarian Universalism. This Sunday in room 112 at 10:35-11:00 AM and 12:35-1:00 PM  (after each service). Free childcare is available in Room 108. Just stop in, no registration is required. --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator          
Get  Ready! 
Getting   Involved   Fair  
is  August 11, 18, and 25
Twice a year we organize a " Getting  Involved  Fair" to help help you learn about all the groups and activities of the church, and  get  involved in the groups that interest you.  The  fair is held over three consecutive Sundays, during Coffee Hour (10:15-11:15), in the Fellowship Hall. A different set of groups will be represented each Sunday.  I hope you will join us!  Chairpersons and Activity Leaders-- Sign up today to represent your group at the  Getting  Involved  Fair.  Use this link to sign up.   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0445ADAA2DA4FD0-fall 
Welcome to Our Newest Members
On Sunday, July 21 we welcomed 5 new members into our congregation. They are Carolyn Bailey, Jeff Davis, Janessa Gerber, Amber Panwitz, and Nathan Stonecipher. Please give them a warm welcome.  

Janessa Gerber moved to Bloomington from northern Indiana in 1993 to attend IU and fell in love with this part of the state.  She began attending UU in 2017 and quickly found it to be a supportive community as well as a place that brought her a great sense of inner peace. Janessa's professional passion is developing and coordinating supports for people with disabilities.  She currently is the Director of Family Supports at Stone Belt ARC, Inc. She enjoys quiet time with her 7 year old son, Rylan, music, traveling, yoga and thrift store shopping. Janessa is very excited about becoming an even bigger part of the UU community.  

Nathan Stoneciphe r
Amber Panwitz

Jeff Davis
Carolyn Bailey
   
Are you age 18-35?  
If so, mark your calendar:

Starting August 25-- 
Continuing Conversations for Young Adults
We will gather after second service to go deeper into Sunday's sermon topic. Starting August 25 at 12:30 PM in Room 112. The plan is to gather on the second and fourth Sunday each month. Food will be provided.  This is open to anyone ages 18-35, so bring a friend!  Free childcare is available if requested two weeks in advance by emailing rea (at) uubloomington.org  
Making UUCB More Dementia Friendly
Sunday, August 18, 1:00 pm
We will hold a training on becoming a Dementia Friendly Location on Sunday, August 18 at 1:00 pm upstairs 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, as well as supporting their caregivers. The training will be provided by the Alzheimer's Resource Service of IU Health. Food will be provided. If you would like to participate in the training,  email Ann LeDuc or call her at (812) 332-3695. 

Have fun at Pridefest August 31
and represent our church!
We need a few friendly people to represent UUCB in our tent at Pridefest on August 31.  Pridefest is Bloomington's annual celebration of LGBTQ+ life and culture. For more information and to volunteer, go to:  http://bit.ly/Pridefest2019 .   Questions?  Contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, at connect (at) uubloomington.org . 
CONtagion: 
A Conference for UU Young Adults
September 13-15 at People's Church of Kalamazoo
     How much of your life is influenced by the environment in which you live? How much of your own perception is influenced by the people and attitudes around you? How does one small change grow and spread until it overtakes the hegemony?
     Join UU young adults from throughout the MidAmerica UU Region in mulling over these brain-teasers and playing some games involving brain-EATERS. Anyone ages 18-35 is invited to come together for a weekend of open community, raucous conviviality, and transcendental contemplation! 
     Please register at  www.shorturl.at/NUY13
     Find the Event on Facebook: 
B uy Grocery Cards on Sunday and Support the Church
We have grocery gift cards for sale in the Commons every Sunday between services. The participating grocery stores send a percentage of your purchases back to the church to support our operating budget. We have gift cards for Bloomingfoods, Lucky's, and Fresh Thyme, and you can  register your Kroger Plus card by clicking here. Our Kroger organization ID number is EW763. 
Deadlines for Order of Service and Friday Update Info
Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.
We ask everyone to please send us information for the Order of Service as well as the Friday Update by 9:00 am on Thursdays. Please send info to  admin (at) uubloomington.org.
Who Ya Gonna Call?
Click here for a semi-comprehensive list of which UUCB Staff Member to call for various kinds of questions. A staff email directory is included. 
--Carol Marks, Church Administrator, 812-332-3695, ext 200
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: macklin (at) uubloomington.org
Reverend Macklin will be on sabbatical September 2-November 30.



 
Reverend Scott McNeill, our Associate Minister,  
can be reached at 812-332-3695 (ext. 209) and is available by appointment on Tuesday mornings, plus Wednesday and Friday afternoons. 
For pastoral emergencies, please call Scott 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: mre (at) uubloomington.org

 
Our Covenant of Right Relations
In June 2017, our members affirmed a Covenant of Right Relations. 
Pertinent Details:
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Links to Archived Services to View Online

- Quickly find recent services here: Direct Links to Service Videos (9:15 service)

Or, scroll down on our main Livestream Page for full archives of both services and other events (memorials, concerts, etc). 

Each Friday we will post the direct link for the previous Sunday's service at the end of the Friday UU Update. 

Direct links to the most recent Sunday services:   July 21   July 28   Aug 4

Membership: 533 certified members; 545 current members.
Attendance: 
Sunday, July 21           9:15 - 108    11:15 - 146     RE: 43      TOTAL: 254       
Sunday, July 28           9:15 -  88     11:15 - 113     RE: 21      TOTAL: 201
Sunday, Aug 4             9:15 -  95     11:15 - 149      RE: n/a    TOTAL: 244
Non-Pledge Offering:     July 21  : $607       July 28: $403     August 4: $507
   Total to be donated (25%) to Volunteers in Medicine: $379.39
Grocery Card Sales:   (Bloomingfoods, Lucky's Market, or Fresh Thyme)  
July 21: $300      July 28  : $100     August 4: $750      Total income to UUCB: $37.50
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Masthead photo by Linda Mjolsnes, shared many weeks ago.
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