November 13, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
This Sunday's Service
Sunday, November 15, 2020
10:15 am Livestream
How to Begin the Process of Healing?
Reverend David Clements
When President Elect Joe Biden addressed the country, he asked that this time be a time of healing. These past few months many of us have experienced emotional distress in all sorts of ways. What helps relieve this distress? What helps a person to heal? How can we as a country begin this healing process? For many this may seem as an impossible task when there are great divisions in thinking and in beliefs. We will explore together the steps that one can take to begin the process of healing. I invite you to join us in a time of reflection and sharing.
If you miss the livestream, you can view archived videos on our website.
Connect with our UU Community during Virtual Coffee Hour! Every Sunday after the service
Everyone is welcome to join us after the worship service until 12:15 pm for engaging conversation in Virtual Coffee Hour. 
Breakout Conversations:
  • Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force Information
  • Choir
  • General Discussion

Email connect(at) if you would like to host a breakout conversation on the topic of your choice.  --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Group Envisioning Meetings with Rev. Dave:
What Have We Lost? What Have We Learned?
What Do We Envision?
Part of my responsibilities of being your Interim Consulting Minister is to assist you in thinking about these three questions. The pandemic has affected each of us in a variety of ways. I would like to hear what you have experienced, what you have learned and what are your hopes and dreams for the future of this congregation. In the next few weeks you will have the opportunity to sign up to participate in group online discussions. The following dates are being arranged for some online meetings: November 17, 18 & 19 and December 1, 2, & 3. If you are part of one of our many groups here at UUCB, your chair person will contact you with the date and time of your group's meeting. If you are not able to meet with your group at that time, please let us know. If you have questions, please contact the office at office (at) or Reverend Dave at clements (at)

Youth in 7th-12th grade will gather via Zoom on Sunday, November 15th at 7pm to make s'mores in a tiny kitchen cooking adventure. Contact Adrienne Summerlot if you did not receive the Zoom link! 

Religious Education Comfort Food Drive for Monroe County United Ministries continues through Saturday, November 21st. Drop items off in the bin by the portico. 

Visit our webpage for more ideas about how you can explore the congregational theme of healing, read alouds, and family friendly activities!
For Whom the Bell Tolls
On November 19th the United States of America will once again commit premeditated murder with the execution of Orlando Hall. Orlando has spent the last 25 years in solitary confinement, and he will be strapped to a gurney and killed. He was a 20-year-old at the time of his crime. He is a black man sentenced to death by an all white jury, while his white co-defendants received lesser sentences. Orlando's family have stood by him for all the years of his imprisonment, and he has grown to be a sensitive and very spiritual human being. I had the privilege of meeting some of his family when I visited the Row last week. I am happy to report that Yusuf Nur, a Sunni Muslim from the Bloomington Mosque has taken the courageous step of being Orlando's spiritual advisor and will be with him when he is killed. Please keep Orlando and Yusuf in your thoughts. You may ring the Bell at the Church on the 19th. Sign up here
New T-shirts and Hoodies Available!
Order by November 20
As announced in last Sunday's worship service, Reverend Macklin is asking everyone to purchase a UUCB t-shirt or hoodie. This is not a fundraiser, but it is a way that we can show solidarity when we join together as 1) witness to a social justice event or 2) a celebration within our community (i.e. 4th of July parade). Gratitude to Mary Blizzard and Marcia Hart for inspiring this creative possibility. Monday is Reverend Macklin's 61st birthday. She asks that you buy a t-shirt for you and yours as a present. Send her a photo when t-shirts arrive! If finances are a hardship, let Reverend Macklin know.
UU Humanist Forum meets November 15, 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. via Zoom. They will select topics for the remainder of the year at this meeting. Contact Harold Ogren, ogrenh (at), to get the link to the Zoom meeting.
UU Singles Meeting Thursday, November 12, 6 pm
We are a group of single adults within the UU Bloomington community who meet occasionally for various kinds of connective events as a group. We'd love to have you join us! The following events will take place over Zoom.
Thursday evening, November 19:
* 6 to 6:30 p.m., introductions and check-ins
* 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thanksgiving poems, songs, and memories
If you are not already on the UU Singles e-mail list, please contact mariedeer1961(at) or 812-391-0900.
Gathering for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is more complicated than usual this year, but we can still find ways to celebrate together. Click here to learn about how we can enjoy the day together.
Visit with the Connections Coordinator on Mondays!
Every Monday, 1-2 pm, join the Connections Coordinator, Ann LeDuc, via Zoom to ask questions, or just to visit. Newcomers and current congregation members are all welcome. Additional ways to contact Ann are via email at connect(at) or phone at (812) 720-3688. Use this link to drop in and talk to Ann on Mondays, 1-2 pm.
Have you heard? This year’s UU Holiday Bazaar is going online!
Open from November 20-30
Beginning Friday, November 20, 377 items will be available in a colorful online catalog. You can order 24/7 until Monday, November 30. Some offerings will be Buy It Now and some special pieces will be at auction. Click the website for a sneak peek at what might take care of your Christmas gift list!

Freshly baked cookies from UU home ovens on the Holiday Bazaar Cookie Cruise will play their usual starring role. The latest word from cookie chair, Linda Pickle, is that there will be many old favorites—Mexican wedding cakes, chocolate chip both with and without nuts, cut and shaped holiday sugar cookies, magic cookie bars, maple pecan refrigerator cookies, triple chocolate and gingerbread cut outs. New this year will be frozen pin wheel cookie dough (with instructions.) Most of the cookies will be sold in a holiday assortment beginning at $15 per pound. Some special cookies will be sold at auction, with a starting bid of $15. All will be available for pick up on Dec. 4 and 5.
Deadline for submissions to the Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to office (at)

Masthead photo by Mandy Skinner.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Mailing address during covid:
UU Church, PO Box 1158,
Nashville, Indiana 47448-1158