The Prologue                                        Tuesday, January 2, 2018
  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 7, 2018
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Dangerous Old Woman
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
The theme for the month of January is Creativity. We will initiate this theme by engaging creative genius extraordinaire, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés and her book, Dangerous Old Woman.  Dr. Estés queries, "Did you know, you were born as the first, and the last and the best and the only one of your kind, and that eccentricity is the first sign of giftedness? If you have any doubt, come join us at the fireside of The Dangerous Old Woman for the soul-healing wisdom that will ignite your creativity and support your highest calling in life."  Join us by the fireside, hmm-- chalice side, on Sunday morning.
Sunday, January 14, 2018    
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Keep Moving Forward
Reverend Scott McNeill
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, we will explore the meaning of Dr. King's words and ministry within the context of 2018.   Until then, may you reside in these quotes from Dr. King, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.  In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." And "If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."  Let's keep moving forward---but also let us remember to take pause for moments of reverence and awe.
Sunday, January 21, 2018    
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Annual Science Sermon: 
Evidence-Based Truth in a Post-Truth Era
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Astronomer and writer Carl Sagan wrote, "A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by conventional faiths."  In her annual Science Sermon, Reverend Macklin will review highlights from 2017 discoveries in the areas of human origins, environment, physics math, astronomy, mind and brain, technology.  Per usual, there will be a 7th inning stretch!
MAM's Musings
In early November, I put out a call from the pulpit and invited folks to respond to an editorial by Malcolm Abrams, editor and publisher of Bloom magazine.  Initially, Malcolm chose to keep Bloom magazine neutral in the political arena, but with the dangerous changes happening in our country, he made a bold invitation: 
"Tell us where you stand on what's happening in this country, and we will print your thoughts in the next issue of Bloom." 
Several days later, I heard that Bloom had received a flurry of responses--so many, that they will stretch out their publishing of them over several issues.  Kudos to so many of you who responded. It takes courage to make your voice heard.
We Unitarian Universalists made our voices heard and our presence known in 2017 through a variety of venues. It was not always easy, but together, we made a difference.  Thanks to all of our Social Justice Task Forces and all the work by our members and friends which takes truth forward in this post-truth era.  May we continue to do make our presence known in 2018--for the light of truth, the warmth of community, the fire of commitment, and the spark of the sacred, which calls on each of us to care for our earth.
Here is my submission  to Bloom:
Running Breathless
     Following a white rabbit of financial excess and celebrity, our country has fallen down a rabbit hole. In this "Wonderland," we are a society governed by the wealthy--the very definition of a plutocracy. In this "Wonderland," we inhabit a post-truth era in which facts and reason become collateral damage. In this "Wonderland," daily chaos, self-protection and scapegoating replace our human wisdom and tenderness. In this "Wonderland", nuclear war is presented as a sane option within an unstable administration. 
     In this "Wonderland," corporations have legal status as persons--if these corporations are not false idols, I need to return to my seminary training.  In this "Wonderland," the noted characteristic protections for a democracy--respect for the vocal minority and robust investigative journalism--are threatened even by legislators who cry "off with their heads." 
     In this "Wonderland," the sacred feminine is too often muted, erased and defaced. Meanwhile, our society continues to run breathless after a white rabbit who insists we are late for a very important date. Perhaps it's time for us to slow down, breathe, and truly wonder what is at stake. I believe it is the very soul of our nation.

Let your soul shine, MAM
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Senior Minister
The New Year's Eve Fire, receiver of Sunday morning's Ritual of Letting Go--
I remember. I let go. I love.
To Stand Up and To Lead Our Community
When Reverend Mary Ann mentioned that Bloom magazine would be receiving submissions on the topic "Where I Stand," a million issues came to my mind--and yet, one seemed to rise above the rest. The following is my submission, and I plan to keep working on the issue over the coming weeks and months. Each time I open the Herald-Times, or Bloom in this case, I am delighted to see our engaged and committed congregation!
I stand humbled by the most recent examples of people sharing their stories of surviving sexual assault, along with violence in the home. The amount of pain and trauma of harassment, assault, and abuse is not new; but, the willingness to share these difficult stories of our lives has raised our cultural consciousness. In order for real change to take hold, more people need to stand in solidarity with survivors--and we need to take a firm stand against abuses of power, wherever it occurs. I stand humbled by the courageous actions of people of all backgrounds, who have taken the risk of ridicule or disparagement to speak their truth. And, it is my duty--really, our duty--to stand up and to lead our community in learning more about respect and consent to proactively end this violence.
Rev. Scott McNeill, Associate Minister
A Labyrinth, a Meditative Space
As the New Year begins, I always install a labyrinth in the sanctuary.  For six days, it provides a meditative space for any in the community who choose to come.  In the past, we have had people from toddlers through elders visit the labyrinth and walk. As Sharon Blackie writes, "... the beauty of the labyrinth is that it is not a maze.  There are no dead
ends and you cannot take a wrong path--because although the path may twist or wind back on itself, it leads always to the centre.  And there, at the centre of the labyrinth, no matter how many times you have been there, you might still discover new insights; you might uncover old wisdom or find new knowledge.  Then you walk back out again, taking back out into the world the gifts that you have received..."

If this practice sounds appealing to you in the new year, I invite you to visit next week.  The labyrinth will be installed on Sunday afternoon, and will be open for walking during the following hours. Please enter on Sunday, Wednesday evening and Saturday at the Main Entrance by the sanctuary, and on weekdays at the office entrance on the northwest corner of the building.
Sun, January 7:        2:00-4:00 p.m.
Mon, January 8:       10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tues, January 9:      10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Weds, January 10:    10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Thurs, January 11:   10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Fri, January 12:       10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sat, January 13:      9:30-10:30 a.m.

Hope to see you there,
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, Minister of Religious Education
January Creativity Intersession for 
Religious Education begins 
January 7th! 
Our children in Religious Education are looking forward to learning about Sophia Lyon Fahs together during the month of January through cooking, science and more!  If you weren't here on December 17th to pick up a family FUN packet, you can pick one up from the office next time you are here, or download and print it at home by clicking here.  
  Seeking the Spirit  
Adult Religious Education Opportunities

U Poet U
3 Saturdays:  January 20February 17
and  March 17, 3-5 p.m.
The Fuchs Library (or other suitable room)
Facilitated by Carol Hill Marks,
Flex your poetic muscles and get in shape for napowrimo (National Poetry Writing Month, April 2018). Three sessions of writing and then sharing what we've written, plus enjoying other people's poetry from Now and Back Then. A variety of writing prompts will be offered, including the by now semi-famous Random Poetry Generator. Please register by January 17 so we can make enough handouts. Muffins provided; please bring your own preferred beverage, a notebook, or a some kind of gadget that serves the purpose of a notebook. Maximum number of participants: 7. Remember: Art is a form of Resistance. Register by January 17 via email to or call 812-332-3695 ext. 204.
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. 
Open Mind Zen Meets Mondays at 7:00 p.m.
Join Frank Seisho Diaz for meditation, talks, and discussions on Zen Buddhism, Mondays 7:00-8:30 p.m., in Room 110 here at the church. All are welcome regardless of faith or experience. 
 More info: or 
UU Freethinkers Enjoy Free Ranging Discussion  January 7
The purpose of the UU Freethinkers bi-weekly meeting is to create the opportunity for participants to raise questions and engage in open and non-structured discussion of issues of social concern, political concern, and theological/religious concern. UU Freethinkers meet on alternating Sundays after children's religious education classes end, in Room 208.   UU Freethinkers will meet next on Sunday, January 7, 12:45 pm.

UU Humanists Meet January 14
An opportunity for regular, open, wide-ranging discussions relating to ethics, human development, and the nature of the universe. The bi-weekly forum will meet next on Sunday, January 14, at 12:45 p.m. in Room 208. The discussion will be led by John Crosby, on "Fact to Fiction to Folklore." On Sunday, January 28 at 12:45 p.m. the group will meet in Fellowship Hall for a potluck lunch and discussion of topics for the Spring. For general questions about our UU Humanist group, contact Harold Ogren .
  Changing the World 
Community Connections
Our Faith in Action in the Community

Indiana Forest Alliance Film Fest January 14
The Indiana Forest Alliance (IFA) is hosting the Wild and Scenic film fest on Sunday January 14th at 5:30pm at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington. You will enjoy a selection of national and very local films (including from Bloomington and IFA) about forest protection, interspersed with talented local singers (including Malcolm Dalglish). Click here for details: Go to the BCT website for tickets. For more info contact Joan Middendorf: middendo at Indiana dot edu.

Racial Equity Training Series in February and March
Community training series on Racial Equity, co-sponsored by Building a Thriving Compassionate Community (BTCC), Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ), and Youth Services Bureau. The Introductory Racial Equity Training Series is for individuals representing local organizations (non-profits, advocacy groups, social justice organizations, city government, organizations within IU, faith communities).  The training schedule is listed below; please note that the training of trainers is open only to participants who attend all three trainings; otherwise, participants may attend individual sessions. All sessions will be held at Sherwood Oaks Church on Rogers Road.
  • Implicit Bias (February 13, 11am-3:30pm)
  • Anti-Racism (February 26, 9:30am-5pm)
  • Implicit Bias Training of Trainers* (March 27, 10am-4pm)
Check out this link to learn more and register--space is limited and the deadline to register is January 19th.   Please let me or Allison Zimpfer-Hoerr know if you have any questions, and feel free to share this opportunity with others! Stephanie Solomon,

*This session open only to those who attend all three sessions.
  Building Community 
UU Women's Alliance Meets January 4
"Recycling for Education," The Teacher's Warehouse & Recycling Center, by Judy Witt is our program for Thursday, January 4th.  
The hosts are Dian Robbins, Susan Herr-Hoyman, and Louray Cain.
The Women's Alliance meets the first Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.  The meeting begins with a brown bag lunch.  Drinks
and dessert are provided by the hosts of the month.  The program begins at
noon, followed by a business meeting.   Join us.  Everyone is welcome.

Path to Membership: Exploring Unitarian Universalism Class 
January 14 and 21
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. The Exploring UU Class will be held on January 14 and 212-4 p.m. in the church library. Please plan to attend both Sunday sessions, since different material will be covered in each session.  Register before January 8 by signing up at the Welcome Table in the foyer, or emailing Ann LeDuc at Free childcare is available if requested in advance. Kathy and Steve Gilbert will facilitate this fun and informative class.
Ready to become a member of UU Bloomington?
If this is your community, if you feel at home here, join us! A Membership Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, January 28 at 10:30 am in the Fuchs Library upstairs at church.  We ask for participation in our Exploring Unitarian Universalism class prior to signing the membership book. To make arrangements to become a member, or for questions, please contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, at (812) 332-3695 ext 203 or 
UU History for You--
An Overview of Self, Psyche, Soul, and Oversoul
Unitarian Universalists have no fixed creed, but considerable curiosity about our human capacity for understanding the universe.  All of humanity is confronted with the reality that our physical body goes through a life cycle from a sexual act leading to conception, development, birth, and the stages of childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senescence ending in death.  Greek philosophers distinguished the body (soma) from the psyche (which they associated with breathing). That ancient view is also biblical with the "breath of life" introduced into Adam.  In contemporary Judeo Christian tradition only humans have souls. Thus animals and plants are without souls.  Aquinas, however, argued that all living things did have souls but only humans have immortal souls. The word soul is from the Old English and Norse word seo and it means "from the sea," a belief that the Norse gods and human life arose from the sea.  Early Christians distinguished body, soul, and spirit (a trichotomy), but in 869 CE the Catholic Church reduced its belief to a dichotomy of body and soul. These changes led to Descartes' view of non-human animal life as a mechanical device or automaton.   Dualism justified vivisection of animals.  After Emerson read of the concept of the soul in Hindu and Buddhist religion, he introduced the idea of an oversoul that all of humanity shares and to which it resonates.  It may even include the entire universe in our most meditative moods.  Humanists eliminated the concept of spirit or soul and favor a biological interpretation of human life and consciousness.   
--Elof Carlson, UUCB Historian 
Current Membership: 535
Attendance  Sunday, December 24          9 :15: 63         11:15: 153      TOTAL: 216
                    Sunday, December 24          7:00: 248
                    Sunday, December 31          9:15:  51          11:15: 131      TOTAL: 282
Non-Pledge Offering  December 24    $588       December 31   $472
                                 December 24,  7 p.m. offering for Monroe Co United Ministries: $1023
Total to be donated (25%) to All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center $265
Grocery Card Sales   (Bloomingfoods or Lucky's Market)
     December 24: $300, income to UUCB $15    December 31: no sales
WhaleCoast Alaska 2018
Have you ever dreamed of visiting Alaska? If so, WhaleCoast Alaska 2018 is for you!  Four Alaska UU fellowships invite you to experience their eco-cultural and spiritual program this summer.  See Alaska through the eyes of local UUs, with friendly homestays and unique tour activities.  See wildlife, including moose, bears, caribou, whales, bald eagles, seals, and otters. Visit Denali National Park. Experience Native Alaskan culture.  Forget the cruise ships--this program is the best way to visit Alaska! Tours led by Dave Frey, member of the Fairbanks UU congregation and Alaska travel expert. Find out more about this Alaskan trip of a lifetime at: , email or call 907-322-4966.  Discount for groups of 8 or more. They would love to share Alaska with you!
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 Scott McNeill, our Associate Minister,  
can be reached at 812-332-3695, ext. 209 and is available by appointment on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.  mcneill@uu . He can also be reached on his mobile phone, 703-577-0919 and for after-hours pastoral emergencies, please call him at 812-727-0919. 

Reverend Emily Manvel Leite our Minister of Religious Education,  can be reached at 
812-332 -3695, ext. 207  on Weds and Fri mornings.

Our Covenant of Right Relations
In June 2017, our members affirmed a Covenant of Right Relations. Click here to read it.

Snow and Ice Awareness and Event Cancellations at Church
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. 
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: 
Please let us know if you have a problem with the livestream, by emailing Andy Beargie, our Multimedia Specialist, at It is also helpful if you let Andy know which web browser you are using.
Beacon Young Adult/Campus Ministry
Orion Day, our Young Adult/Campus Ministry Coordinator, can be reached at  

Who Ya Gonna Call?
Our Church Administrator Carol Marks acts as a contact point for many questions that come up about church life. If you see something around the building that needs attention or you have other churchy questions, please call or email Carol: 812-332-3695 ext. 200 or, and she will help figure it out.
Church Calendar
Office Hours: M-F 10-4
Calendar: A link to our church calendar can be found on this page of our website. 
Facebook:  Many church events also appear on our 
Prologue Publication Schedule: 
The Prologue is edited by Carol Marks, mostly. The deadline for articles is 10 a.m. on the date of publication, which is the first and third Tuesday of each month. Next few issues: J an 16, Feb 6, Feb 20, Mar 6, Mar 20, etc.
Masthead photo by John Woodcock.
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