The Prologue                                      Tuesday, February 19, 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
Sunday, February 24, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
"The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, 
But I have promises to keep"
Reverend Scott McNeill
Our gift of music (from Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening") will be a helpful reminder to pause and appreciate beauty, of course. And, the ending (from which the title originates) reminds us of our responsibilities. Sunday, we'll wrestle with the difficulty of balancing our need for restorative practices (like poetry, art, music, mindfulness) with a world that also needs us to keep moving forward, working as hard as we can. 
Sunday, March 3, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
"What a T-Rex Named Penny, Pittsburgh, and a Theologian Can Teach Us about The Future of Religion and the Greatest Sin of Our Time:  Violence"
Reverend Keith Kron
     Religion, including Unitarian Universalism, is at a moment in time.  Can it survive? And what must it do in order to survive?   What must we do?   We'll explore our place in today's world, and why it's metaphorical meteorites and not a comet that could wipe us out.
     Join us as we welcome Reverend Keith Kron as a guest in our pulpit. Keith is a long-time friend of our congregation, and serves as Transitions Director for the Unitarian Universalist Association.  He previously served from 1996-2010 as the UUA's Director of the Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns. An elementary school teacher before entering ministry, he has taught an online course on children's literature for Starr King School for the Ministry. He also leads workshops on the enneagram and has occasionally been a part-time tennis pro. 

On Grief...
     On Saturday, March 2 at 3:30 pm, our congregation will hold a memorial service for Lloyd Orr. I know that many of us are still somewhat shocked at this loss, and saddened not to have his smile, wit, and great questioning mind with us. One of the things that can often help family and loved ones during grief is to share a memory you have. And so, I invite you to write something down - physically or electronically. 
     These memories can be especially helpful for the service itself; if you feel comfortable, you can send it to me and I'll weave some of these into the service and make sure to share them all with Lloyd's partner, Jackie. If you aren't able to join us on the 2nd, the service will be live-streamed and saved to view later (and these notes and messages are a great way to add your voice to those stories that will be shared during the service and the reception that follows).
     As is often the case with grief and loss, the care and concern people offer family and loved ones diminishes over time. As the days have become weeks and soon turn into months, I invite you to check in with those who have lost a loved one and see how they're doing. There was a recent conversation with folks who were grieving a death, and even they struggled with that daunting question of, "What do you say?" and the fear that their words wouldn't be right. The most important piece of caring for those who are grieving (whether the loss was a month ago, a year or two ago, or decades ago) is to simply be present for them, even if imperfectly.
     If you're someone who's struggling with grief, no matter its origin or how long it has been, please know that I (and Reverend Mary Ann and Reverend Emily) are available to be with you in whatever way we can be helpful (as are so many gracious members of our community).
     In faith,
        Rev. Scott
     Reverend Scott McNeill, Associate Minister 
Our Folks...
      Congratulations to Mary Goetze, who has been named Bloomington's 2019 Woman of the Year. She is being recognized for her efforts to enrich the lives of the incarcerated in Monroe County and support their families, through her work with our Hope for Prisoners task force and its Kids with Absent Parents program. 
  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 at  sflint.ktv (at)
Traditional Taiji on Tuesdays Meets Next on March 5
Brian Flaherty leads "Wu (Hao)" style Taiji in Fellowship Hall on Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. All are welcome, even those with no previous Taiji experience. Please wear loose-fitting clothing. For more i nfo: contact Brian  Traditional Taiji will not meet on 2/19 or 2/26--will resume on 3/5.
Open Mind Zen Meets Thursdays at 7:00 pm, 
Starting February 14
Join Frank Seisho Diaz for meditation, talks, and discussions on Zen Buddhism, Thursdays 7:00-8:30 pm, in Room 112 here at the church. All are welcome regardless of faith or experience. 
More info: here or at  
Come Explore Unitarian Universalism with Us!
March 3 and 10
The Exploring Unitarian Universalism class will be held on March 3 and 10, 2-4 PM, in the church library.  This class is a great opportunity to learn about UU History, UU Principles, the history of this church, all the ways to get involved here, and what it means to be a member of the church.  To sign up for the class, please email Ann LeDuc. Plan to attend both dates, since different material will be covered in each session. Members of our congregation, Jana Pereau and Stuart Yoak, will guide us on our journey. We ask that you complete this class before becoming a member of the church. Everyone ages 14 to 100+ is welcome!  Questions? Email Ann LeDuc
UU Humanist Forum Meets February 24,  12:45 pm
On Sunday, February 24th, at 12:45 pm the UU Humanist Forum will meet in Room 208, after children's Religious Education classes end. The discussion topic will be "Crisis from Charisma", facilitated by Rich Janda The Humanist Forum meets every other Sunday, with a different  discussion topic .
UU Freethinkers Meet March 3 , 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.
  Building Community 
The Getting Involved Fair Continues! 
The Getting Involved Fair will continue this Sunday (2/24) and next (3/3), to help you learn about all the groups and activities of the church, and get involved in the groups that interest you.  Join us for the fair during Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall. A different set of groups will be represented each Sunday. -- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator 
Women's Alliance Meets March 7
Welcomes Presentation from Planned Parenthood
Laura Miller, Regional Health Center Manager of Planned Parenthood, will present the Women's Alliance program from 12:00 - 12:30 on Thursday, March 7. We gather at 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall with a brown bag lunch.  The presentation begins at noon, followed by a brief business meeting.  The
hostesses for the month, Hayden Bangert and Sue Medland, will provide drinks and dessert.  Everyone, including women, men, and gender non-binary persons, is welcome.
Upcoming Children's Choir Schedule
Sunday, March 3: Rehearse 10:30-11:00 am, Rm 110
(Sunday, March 10: No rehearsal)
Sunday, March 17: Rehearse 10:40-11:00 am, Rm 110
Wednesday, March 20: Sing at Spring Equinox Celebration Service - Rehearse 5:55 pm, Service 6:15-7:00 pm
Children's Choir Director Jill Courtney will send out a reminder again prior to March 3. It's always helpful to know if your children are coming - let them know they can invite friends to join too! Contact Jill here.
Ready to become a member of UU Bloomington?
If this is your community, if you feel at home here, join us! A membership book signing is scheduled for Sunday, March 24, at 10:30 am in Room 112.  We ask for participation in the Exploring Unitarian Universalism class before becoming a member.  Contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, to make arrangements to become a member at (812) 332-3695 or email Ann here.
Meet Me in St. Louis!
The MidAmerica UU Regional annual conference is in St. Louis, 
April 5-7. We will be carpooling. Several members have expressed interest in attending. Early bird registration end February 28th. Rev. Macklin and UU member Frank Diaz will be leading a workshop at the conference.  Click here for info: If you are interested in being a delegate and joining us in St. Louis, please contact Iris Kiesling or  Rev. Scott McNeill by February 27.
  Changing the World 
Come Buy Some Chili on 
Sunday, March 3 and Support Habitat
The Habitat Task Force is holding a take-away chili fundraiser on Sunday, March 3. The proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County in memory of UU member Lloyd Orr, a long-time supporter of Habitat, and a participant in our El Salvador mission trip in 2015. Pushing 80 at the time, he worked extremely hard in the heat and humidity with other UUs in a remote area of El Salvador for a week. We honor his memory and hard work for Habitat, just one of many social justice causes he supported.
UUs and Friends Monthly Build for Habitat on the Third Saturday  Starting March 16
The task force is establishing a regular "UU and friends" build date on the third Saturday of each month, beginning March 16, when we will be framing a house. You can register at SignUp Genius, here. Please come join the builds on a regular basis or whenever you can--no experience is necessary.
Habitat Women Build on Saturday, May 3
We will build two homes on the southwest side of town during this two-week building blitz with women from all over the community. Our 40-member team will be doing siding, insulation and shingles. We have 25 members, so we encourage other women who are interested to sign up at Search for the May 3 date, with co-leaders Barb Berggoetz, Lauren Bryant and Sarah Menefee. A requirement for this build is to donate or fundraise a minimum of $250. No experience is needed-instruction provided. Questions, email Barb Berggoetz
Community Connections: Our Faith in Action

Reverend Marvin Chandler: Open to the Moment
on WTIU Feb 22
You can catch the last screening of this moving documentary on WTIU this Friday,  February 22, at 1:00 pm. T his  film is the work of UU Alan Backler and others over the last few years. 

Love Songs for a Lasting World: Picture Book--Saturday, March 2 at 7 pm
Join Malcolm Dalglish and the Ooolites for an extravaganza of song, dance & apple pie, at the Buskirk Chumley Theater. This is a benefit for Middle Way House, in honor of Toby Strout. It is a family show full of songs of the natural world. Click here for a reminder of the magic of this community event. Tickets available at the BCT Box Office.
Buy 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 new Kroger organization ID number is  EW763. 

Snow and Ice Awareness and 
Event Cancellations at Church
     In the winter months, when travel conditions become hazardous after snowfall or ice storms, please always check our home page, our  Facebook page, or for updates on event cancellations or delays. If church services or other events in our building are canceled, this information will also be broadcast on  WTIU television . You should also check with the leader of your group or committee, if you have a smaller meeting scheduled.  Best bet is to stay home if road conditions deteriorate. 
--Carol Marks, Church Administrator  
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)

Reverend Macklin is away on sabbatical until Feb 28. *

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. 
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)

* Reverend Leite will be away February 19-23. *

Our Covenant of Right Relations
In June 2017, our members affirmed a Covenant of Right Relations. 
Pertinent Details:
Office hours : M-F, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Calendar: A link to our full church calendar of events can be found on this page of our website.   
Facebook: Many church events are also posted on our  Facebook page
Prologue  Publication Schedule:  
The deadline for articles is 10 a.m. on the date of publication, which is 
the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. 
Send articles about church matters to Carol Marks   
Upcoming  issues:  March 5, March 19, April 2, April 16, May 7, May 21.
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 or hearing the service, please email Andy Beargie and Ned Joyner .

Links to Archived Videos of Services to View Online
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 Livestream page of our website. Video of recent services is also found on  Facebook.
Click here to view the most recent services:      February 10      February 17
Membership: 533 certified members; 538 current members.
Sunday, February 10            9:15 - 101     11:15 - 124     TOTAL:   225     RE:  54  
Sunday, February 17            9:15 - 126     11:15 - 162     TOTAL:   288     RE:  72 

Non-Pledge Offering:    February 10 : $349     February 17: $626     
   Total to be donated (25%) to Spencer Pride: $243.75 
Grocery Card Sales:   (Bloomingfoods, Lucky's Market, or Fresh Thyme)  
February 10: $225  /   February 17 : $525. Total income to UUCB: $38.50  
D uring the last quarter (October thru December 2018) we received $494.85 from Kroger, with 118 households participating.
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