The Prologue                                       Tuesday, January 15, 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, January 20, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Time for "R & R" - Resistance and Resilience 
Reverend Scott McNeill
In these early days of 2019, as we stop to pay heed to the words and wisdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., how are we taking care of ourselves (as individuals and communities)? I believe some measure of resistance, as well as resilience, will be what guides us on our way.
Sunday, January 27, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Choose Your Own Adventure
High School Youth Group
In Unitarian Universalism, we are always choosing our own adventure.  On this Sunday, we hope you will come to church wearing attire appropriate to your favorite fictional world, as our youth explore insights gained from some of our favorite worlds.  During the service, you'll be invited to choose how you'd like to interact with these worlds, the children will choose their own adventure for the Time for All Ages, and everyone can participate in the gift of music,  Sogno di Volare  by Christopher Tin (theme song to Civilization VI computer game).  Come along for the adventure! 
Sunday, February 3, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Unknown Unknowns
Reverend Scott McNeill
We know life will through unexpected obstacles in our way - but how do we manage to jump those hurdles or hit the curveballs (or at least, not be hit BY them)? This Sunday, we'll talk about the importance of community and having some grounding (spiritual or otherwise) that can guide us in unknown times. 
MAM's Musings  
*MAM's AWAY!---January 15-21 and 
January 28-February 28
          I am co-facilitating a retreat on Conscious Feminine Leadership, January 15 through 19th and will have the weekend off. NEXT, I will be taking the first portion of my sabbatical during the month of February. I will be gone January 28th through February 28th. That's ONE MONTH. As we have done before, we will increase Reverend Leite's hours to help cover key aspects of my ministry during my absence. She and Reverend McNeill will work together with our staff and lay leaders to create overall continuity. It is common practice (and also in my Letter of Agreement with the congregation) for Unitarian Universalist ministers to earn one month of sabbatical for every year of service. This practice helps insure longer term ministries. My last sabbatical occurred when Reverend Breeden and I were still serving together. So, it's been awhile. I am taking February off to discern some longer sabbatical time during 2019; I will also complete my Death Doula Training during that first week of time off.    
          Here is the article from the December 2018 issue of  The Atlantic where the "science nuggets," which Reverend McNeill and I read, originated. The article includes the most extreme, sobering, and zany facts from 2018 as determined by The Atlantic's science, technology and health reporters. Remember, I whittled this list down to 35 and also changed the order a bit. The links to the relevant articles are present in each nugget.
          The rest of the science news from 2018 came primarily from these magazines: Science, Science News and Discover. Thanks to The Stone Age Institute, our choir, and musicians for the enlivening gift of music "From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web."         
          Of note, many of you asked for the information from our Green Sanctuary Task Force regarding "ReImagining Recycling: Reduce, ReUse, Refuse" it is now on their web page! Please, please take time to study this. Paper copies of this information are available on the bulletin board at church.
          BTW, each year we have one conversion experience--a person who previously didn't like the annual science sermon but really liked it this year. One per year. Each year. That's not bad and possesses statistically significant consistency. (I made up that last part).      
          I finally visited the Spencer Pride Center on Sunday. Wow!!! (three exclamation points indicate genuine enthusiasm.) The work and joy they are creating there is amazing. Thanks to our congregation for voting to support Spencer Pride and rural GLBTQ issues in southern Indiana. (See related article, below.) I hope many members and friends of our congregation will visit the Spencer Pride Center in 2019. Need directions? Just call Judi Epp, who recently turned 70 amazing years old.

Peace and Love, 
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Senior Minister
PS  Thanks to our Ushers, Staff, Snow Removal folks and NaCl for making snowy Sundays a safer experience.  
Unitarian Author Beatrix Potter Featured in 
January  Religious Education Intersession
We are thrilled to announce that for our January Intersession, Religious Education will be learning about Unitarian ancestor Beatrix Potter through art, cooking, and animals!  Preschool classes will meet in their familiar room (Room 103) and Kindergarten-6th grade will be in small groups, visiting a different specialty (art, cooking, and animals) each week!   
--Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education
  Changing the World 
Social Justice Film Series Continues January 20
with The Day After
     Our Third Sunday Social Justice Film Series (and pizza) will continue on Sunday, January 20 at 5:00 p.m. with our Just Peace Task Force hosting a screening of "The Day After," a 1983 film set in Lawrence, Kansas, in the weeks leading up to and following a nuclear war.  The film apparently had a major impact on President Ronald Reagan and influenced him to seek talks with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.  We'll break for pizza at 6 (or bring your own selection), and a brief discussion will follow the movie. Running time is 2 hours and 6 minutes, and the film is not appropriate for children.   No childcare for this event.
MLK Day Project -- Last Call for "Blessing Bag" Items for Folks Experiencing Homelessness
     Our Religious Education Program and Homelessness Task Force are collecting items to make "Blessing Bags" for people experiencing homelessness in our community.  The bags will be made on Martin Luther King Jr. Day--Monday, January 21--from 9-11 am at Congregation Beth Shalom, in a family-friendly collaboration with the synagogue, First Christian, St. Mark's United
 Methodist, Trinity Episcopal, and First Presbyterian.
If you would like to support this project, please bring any of the following to church through January 20.  There is a collection box in the Commons.
Men's socks,  Cough drops,  Toothbrushes,  Travel-sized items:  toothpaste, shampoo, soap,  hand sanitizer,  shaving cream, tissue packs,  Lip balm,  Band-aids,  Hand warmer packets,  Protein bars
     If you have questions about this project, please contact Reverend Emily Leite at
Thanks from Spencer Pride, 
Our 25% of Sunday Plate Recipient  
Spencer Pride Gift Impacts
     Your congregation's generosity has helped us to solve some major structural issues in our commUnity center building which houses our programs. When the first installment of your gift arrived, we were struggling with a very seriously leaking roof area over our retail shop. We used part of your gift, along with a grant from Smithville Charitable Foundation to strip and replace that roof section, insulate, and make needed structural repairs. As a result, the shop is warm and dry.
     Your second quarter gift of $1,924.00, which we just received, is going towards replacement of the main entry doors with ones that are structurally sound and both easy to open and to close securely. Improving both the appearance and the functioning of the doors was important in our effort to make visitors feel welcome and to increase building security. It has been very helpful to receive unrestricted funds that we can combine with grant funds to address the highest priority needs on our list. Thank you so much for sharing your resources with us. Your wonderful support has strengthened our "can do" spirit!
     We hope that you will come out to visit and see what we have accomplished. There are good places for coffee or lunch right nearby and we would like the chance to welcome you to Spencer Pride in downtown Spencer, Indiana. --Spencer Pride
Needmore Coffee Now Available at 
Green Sanctuary Table and Soon at Coffee Hour
The Green Sanctuary Task Force on Global Climate Change is now selling Needmore Coffee. This coffee is all-organic and the owner only buys from direct trade farms or farms she has a relationship with. Our UU taste testers tell us this is the best coffee in town. We hope everyone will stop by our table and buy a bag on Sunday. All profits go to environmental projects. The coffee hour will also switch to Needmore Coffee in February. We are happy to support Needmore Coffee Roasters, a woman-owned local business.
Useful Green Information on Recycling--
Help Heal the Planet!
Here is some helpful recycling information from our Green Sanctuary Task Force (GSTF) on Global Climate Change. You can click from here to read, or find it on the GSTF webpage at Paper copies of these materials are also posted on the bulletin board at church.
Food for thought: Consider declining to purchase items packaged in plastic.
Padded Mailers Still Needed for Pages-to-Prisoners
Thanks to the generous angels who leave used padded mailers at the BookTable on Sundays! The volunteers at the Midwest Pages-To-Prisoners Project appreciate them!
Habitat Builders Needed! 
The Habitat Task Force is recruiting Unitarian Universalists and and friends to participate in several upcoming builds. Build for a full day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or a half-day from 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to about 4 p.m. (can come ahead of shift for lunch at noon). February build dates: 
Feb. 2, roof decking or trim/caulking/interior doors
Feb. 16, windows and doors installation or caulking/touch-ups. 
Volunteers are also needed for Saturdays, March 9 and 16. The jobs on these days will be determined closer to those dates, but Habitat is planning to starting two new houses.
       If you'd like to help, please email Barb Berggoetz at
The task force is planning to set up a regular (monthly or bi-monthly) schedule for our church to participate in builds. Details will be provided at a later date.
      The task force also encourages volunteers to attend Habitat's annual volunteer appreciation event, Because of You, on Wednesday, January 23, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at the new Graduate Hotel at 210 E. Kirkwood, across from Habitat's office. Please let Habitat know if you are planning to come-- email, or call 331-4069. Light refreshments will be served.
      We also will be sponsoring a Women Build team again this year during the first two weeks of May.  Barb Berggoetz needs 35 women who will volunteer for a day and donate or fund-raise $250 each. Our build date will be known soon.
Volunteers Needed to Help 
at Interfaith Winter Shelters February 9
Our congregation helps at the shelters on the second Saturday of each month, November through March. We need two volunteers for set up on Saturdays, 8-10:30 PM. For clean up on Sunday mornings, 6-7:30 AM, we will need two couples to clean up at the Center for Women and Children and four people for the Men's shelter. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Contact Marlin Howard, 812-320-5460,, if you can help on February 9-10 or March 9-10.
Love baking? Can't get enough of candy making? Support the Reproductive Justice Bake Sale
Like to get into the action selling or prepping goodies in support of this cause? The Reproductive Justice Task Force's Valentine's bake sale is just around the corner on Sunday, Feb 10th. Let us know you want to help; email either co-chair with your availability and for further details: Deborah Meader  or Nan McKinley . ***Donations of goodies can be left with clear labeling for our bake sale in the kitchen on Friday, February 8th or Saturday, February 9th if the church is open. On February 10, please bring them at 8:30 am (or prepped to sell @10:00 at the latest!!)---and Thank You for your help.
I nterested in Digging Deeper 
into Unitarian Universalism?
Plan to attend MidAmerica Regional Assembly in St. Louis in April, or UUA General Assembly in Spokane in June!  MidAmerica Regional Assembly is April 5-7, and t he UUA General Assembly is  June 19-23. Registration fees for delegates to both conferences are paid by the church.  We are searching for delegates as well as for leaders willing to serve on the MidAmerica Regional board.  If interested, contact Iris Kiesling, or Reverend Scott McNeill, More info on these events here: and here: 
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,,  or 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 radio at FM 103.7 and 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   
  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
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 112 here at the church. All are welcome regardless of faith or experience. 
Traditional Taiji on Tuesdays at 7:15 pm 
Brian Flaherty leads "Wu (Hao)" style Taiji in Fellowship Hall on Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. Anyone is welcome, even those with no previous Taiji experience. Please wear loose-fitting clothing. For more i nfo: contact Brian at
UU Freethinkers Meet this Sunday
January 20, 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.
Humanist Forum Meets January 27,  12:45 pm
On Sunday, January 27, 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 " The left-behind in rural America" facilitated by Betty Wagoner The Humanist Forum meets every other Sunday, with a different  discussion topic .
  Building Community 
UU Men Meet Tonight, January 15
Our men's group, UU Men, will meet on Tuesday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library here at church. For details, please contact Dan Wiseman at .
Game Night and Pitch-in this Saturday, January 19
For Families with Young Children
Join us this Saturday, January 19th, from 4 - 6 pm in Fellowship Hall to play games and enjoy a pitch-in meal together. If you are able, please bring a game and food to share. Contact Sarah at  with any questions. (May be rescheduled if there is a lot of snow!)
Church Offices Closed January 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday
Our church offices will be closed on Monday, January 21 to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Some church meetings may take place here that day; please contact the leader of your group or committee to confirm. Our children will be helping with a service project at Congregation Beth Shalom that morning; see article elsewhere in this issue.
Here is a link to the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration information for the City of Bloomington.
Let's Hike on January 27!
Join us on Sunday, January 27, to hike a portion of the Hayes Trail in the Charles C. Deam Wilderness.  Meet at 2:00 pm on January 27 in the former east side K-mart parking lot (behind the east side Bloomingfoods) to carpool to the trail head. Allow two hours for this hike. We will hike about an hour out and an hour back. Don't forget your water. If you plan to join us on the hike, email Ann LeDuc at .  If it rains, we will cancel.
Women's Alliance Meets February 7 
with Visit from BPP
     Brad Schiesser, Managing Director of Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP), will present the Women's Alliance program from 12:00 - 12:30 on Thursday, February 7. He will speak about what goes on behind the scenes in running an ambitious, creative organization like the BPP.
     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, Dian Robbins and Judy Witt, will provide drinks and dessert.  Everyone, including women, men, and gender non-binary persons, is welcome. 
Get Ready! The Spring Getting Involved Fair is Coming! -- February  17, 24, and March 3
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, in the Fellowship Hall. A different set of groups will be represented each Sunday.  I hope you will join us!  Group Chairs and Activity Leaders-- Sign up today to represent your group at the Getting Involved Fair.  Use this link to sign up. 
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, January 27, at 10:30 am in the church library.  Contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, to make arrangements to become a member at  (812) 332-3695 ext 203  or .

Joan Caulton Supports a Liberal Religious Future 
through Planned Giving
I want my bequest to the church to be used in the future wherever it is most needed. Therefore, my bequest is undesignated. I know that in the future both the operational general funds and the special purposes funds will be needed and used wisely.  I am realistic about the needs of maintaining our facilities as well as they age.  The "new" sanctuary is now 20 years old!  I know the important social justice work of this congregation will continue. --Joan Caulton 
Potential Tax Advantages of 
IRA Charitable Distributions
In a recent issue of The Prologue, we discussed the potential tax advantage of making a charitable distribution as part of your "Required Minimum Distribution" (RMD) from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). For those of you who have IRAs and are currently receiving RMDs, click here for language you could use in writing to your IRA Administrator. Paper copies of this sample letter are also available in Room 204.   --Ed Robbins, Treasurer
Do you live alone and worry about your safety? 
We have a program at the church called "Calling Buddies." This program pairs members of our UU community who live alone with other UUs who live alone.  These matched pairs call, email, or text each other regularly (as agreed upon by the buddies) to check on each other's safety and well-being. If you are interested in participating in the Calling Buddies program, please contact Ann LeDuc at or  (812)322-3695 ext 203.
UU History for You
Earl Morse Wilbur, 
First President of the Starr King School for the Ministry
     In 1904, Starr King School for the Ministry was founded, and met its first students at Oakland, California. Two years later, it moved to Berkeley so its students could use the University of California library. It is a member of the Graduate Theological Union.
     The school was named for Thomas Starr King (1824-1864). Starr King was raised Universalist (his father was a minister) in Westbury, Massachusetts. He was largely self-taught and at age 20 took over his father's
ministry. In 1860, he was invited to become a Unitarian minister in San Francisco. He became active in civic affairs and worked with Frederick Law Olmstead (designer of New York City's Central Park) to make Yosemite Park a state park, and then a national park. It was Starr King who argued for California staying in the Union. Unfortunately, he contracted diphtheria and died young. The school was originally called the Pacific Unitarian School for the Ministry. It was headed first by Earl Morse Wilbur (1866-1956) for 30 years. A UU historian, Wilbur was the first dean 1904-1910; then president 1911-1931. He promoted the view that students and faculty should have "complete mental freedom" and he rejected "bondage to a creed." In 1941, the school was renamed Starr King School for the Ministry.  
--Elof Carlson, UUCB Historian
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. 

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.

*** Reverend Macklin will be away at a conference January 15-21, and away on sabbatical Jan 28-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. 


Our Covenant of Right Relations
In June 2017, our members affirmed a Covenant of Right Relations. Click here to read it.
Pertinent Details:
Office hours : M-F, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Office closed January 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday.
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the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. 
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Upcoming  issues:  February 5, February 19, March 4, March 18
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

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 our Facebook Page.
Click here to view the most recent services:        January 6        January 13
Membership: 512 certified members; 547 current members.
Sunday, January 6            9:15 - 120     11:15 - 197    TOTAL:  317    RE 52
Sunday, January 13          9:15 - 104     11:15 - 217    TOTAL:  321    RE 62
Non-Pledge Offering:    January 6 : $644       January 13: $555
   Total to be donated (25%) to Spencer Pride: $299.80
Grocery Card Sales:   (Bloomingfoods, Lucky's Market, or Fresh Thyme)  
January 6: $700, income to UUCB: $42.00     January 13 : $500, income to UUCB: $25.44  
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