The Prologue                                            Tuesday, July 2 , 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, July 7, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Glimpses of Grace
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin and Reverend Scott McNeill
Join Rev. Mary Ann and Rev. Scott as they explore the special, sacred moments where grace arrives - in our lives, through our community, and as we work toward justice. Our Refugee and Immigration Support & Education Task Force will give a brief update on their recent work and upcoming events.

Early Risers Breakfast Club for 9:15 am service attendees:  Simple breakfast foods (i.e. fruit, breads, etc.) will be provided in Fellowship Hall immediately after first service for 9:15 attendees.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Going Back to Kent
Reverend Barbara Child and Reverend Scott McNeill
Rev. Barbara Child will lead our congregation in worship as we continue our monthly theme of "Grace." This week, join Rev. Child as she reflects on reconnecting with powerful memories. Rev. Scott will also share a brief update about his trip on July 12-13 to El Paso, Texas, as we continue to work for justice for those held in camps around the country.

Early Risers Breakfast Club for 9:15 am service attendees:  Simple breakfast foods (i.e. fruit, breads, etc.) will be provided in Fellowship Hall immediately after first service for 9:15 attendees.
Beloved Community
Beloved community, it feels so good to be back amongst you
all. The past month was restorative, as well as energizing as  I traveled to join other Unitarian Universalists in Spokane,  Washington, for our annual conference. And, it was  challenging for me, as it was for many of you, as I learned  more and more about the dire situation people of all ages  (including babies and toddlers) are experiencing as they  are detained in camps around the country due to immigration.

Since reading reports of lawyers who went there first-hand,  I have struggled with my feelings of powerlessness -  and sought out ways to help change this world. If you are interested, here is a link  to ways you can help make a tangible difference for people in need of support during a time of mistreatment and abuse by our government. 

On Friday, July 12 - there will be events across the nation to rally people's attention to this issue. Bloomington will host a rally at the Monroe County Courthouse at 7 pm and I urge you to show up! I will join the UU Service Committee and clergy of all faiths in El Paso, Texas, as we bear witness to a camp that is - in part - keeping people outside under a bridge without shelter or running water. I plan to hurry back and join Rev. Barbara Child in worship on that Sunday to give a brief update. 

In the meantime, join me in thanking Rev. Mary Ann and Rev. Emily for carrying a heavier load while I was gone, and send good thoughts to Rev. Mary Ann as she takes some time away in July (after we lead worship this Sunday)!

Reverend Scott McNeill 
Associate Minister

Join us in the 4th of July parade!
     Ride your bike, mobility scooter, or march in the 4th of July parade. We have signs to carry, bubbles to blow, and more.
     NEW LOCATION:  We will meet at the parking lot across from the law school, on Indiana Ave, between 3rd and 4th St.  Streets will close at 9 AM, parade starts at 10 AM.  Don't forget to bring your water bottle, hat, and sunscreen. Wear solid colors to represent the colors of the rainbow.  Questions? Contact Ann LeDuc at  or call (812)  332-3695.   
Our Folks...
    A memorial service for long-time member Velma Harrison was held today, July 2, at 2:00 p.m. Velma passed away on Thursday, June 27, surrounded by her family.
    A memorial service for Tommie Owens will be held here on Sunday, August 11 at 2:00 p.m. Tommie, who had been a member of our congregation since 1965, passed away on Sunday, June 23.
Summer Religious Exploration 
   This summer, we are excited to offer several options for religious exploration. We hope to provide you with opportunities to be with familiar faces, make new friends, learn, grow, and participate together as a family if you would like. 
   Adults, YES! we are inviting you to participate as well, and you can choose the same activity or something different than a child or youth you brought with you. Religious Exploration is for everyone! Adults without children and youth, newcomers and visitors are all encouraged to attend as well!
9:15 a.m.   - Early Risers Breakfast Club, (Preschool-Adult), Kitchen
11:15 a.m. - Spirit Play for All Ages (Preschool-Adult), Room 103
                 - Makerspace, (K-Adult), Room 208
   Read more about our summer offerings here: 

Want to volunteer with Summer RE?   If you might be able to lend a hand one Sunday in June or July, please sign up here:
Save the Date! Splash of the Sacred 
Picnic & Potluck, Sunday, September 1
Find out more on Facebook, invite your friends!
  Building Community 
UU Singles First Friday Game Night
Friday, July 5, 7:00 pm
7 to 10 pm, in Fellowship Hall. Come as you are, bring a friend, and (optional) feel free to bring games and/or snacks to share as well!
UU Singles Fellowship Potluck
Sunday, July 7, 5:30 pm
   The UU Singles Fellowship group will have a potluck at the home of Greg Haas at 5:30 p.m. on the evening of Sunday, July 7th. Please bring food and conversation to share.  We welcome adult singles of all ages. For questions about the potluck, please contact Greg Haas at 812-331-8433 or Marie Deer at 812-391-0900. Click here for directions.
Exploring Unitarian Universalism
Two Sundays, July 7 and July 14, 2:00 - 4:00 pm 
The Exploring Unitarian Universalism class will be held on July 7 and 14, 2-4 PM, in the church Library.  This class is a great opportunity to learn about the UU Principles and how we live into them, 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, just email Ann LeDuc at . Plan to attend both dates, since different material will be covered in each session. Members of our congregation, Abby Gitlitz and Carol McCord, will guide us on our journey. We ask for completion of this class before becoming a member of the church. Everyone ages 14 to 100+ are welcome! 
Women's Alliance Meets July 11 at 11:30 am
Report Back from UUA General Assembly
Rev. Scott McNeill and Hans Kelson, who were our delegates to the UUA General Assembly (GA) in June in Spokane, will be our g uest speakers at the Women's Alliance on Thursday, July 11. The focus  of this year's GA was "The Power of We."  Join us at 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall with a brown bag lunch. The  presentation begins at noon, followed by a Q and A and a brief business  meeting. The hostesses for the month, Sharon Wiseman and Lois Hall, will  provide drinks and dessert. Everyone is welcome.
Membership Ceremony July 14
     Is this your church?  Do you want to show your commitment to the values, goals and general welfare of our church? If so, become a member. Membership acknowledges both publicly and privately, your kinship and affinity with the immediate and larger religious community of Unitarian Universalism.  The next membership ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, July 14 at 10:30 AM.
     If you are new to Unitarian Universalism, we ask that you complete the Exploring Unitarian Universalism class before signing the membership book.  Let Ann LeDuc know if  you would like to attend the membership ceremony and become a member of the UU Church of Bloomington. Email Ann at or call (812)  332-3695.
Are you a Young Adult (YA) age 18-35?
Are you age 18-35?
If so, mark you calendar and join us for these fun upcoming events.  
Join us on July 28 for lunch
Let's go out to lunch after second service.  We will meet in the Commons after the second service, near the social justice table, and carpool to a nearby restaurant.  Anyone age 18-35 is welcome. Thanks to a generous donation to our Young Adult Ministry, we are able to buy lunch.  Questions? Email Ann LeDuc at
Starting August 25-- Continuing Conversations
We will gather after second service to go further in-depth into Sunday's sermon topic. Starting August 25 at 12:30 PM in Room 112. We will 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 
Mark your calendar! 
Hike with us on July 20
The UU Hikers will hike Saturday, July 20.  We will meet at the church at 8:30 AM to carpool to  Beanblossom Bottoms, if the trail is open.  If Beanblossom Bottoms is not open, we will meet at Griffy Lake parking lot and hike the trails there. Watch the Friday Update for updates.   If you plan to join us, or would like to be added to the UU Hikers email list, email Ann LeDuc at  .

Tabletop Role-Playing Gamers--
 Unite July 21!
Are you interested in playing tabletop role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons? If so, this is an opportunity for you. Join us on July 21 at 10:30 at the Birds of a Feather Common Interest table during coffee hour to connect with others interested in playing. Look for the special "reserved" table.  Questions? Contact the Connections Coordinator at

  Changing the World 
  Green Grounds Path Maintenance on July 13
   Have an hour or two to help clear the perimeter path on the east side of the church
   parking lot? Please email Molly O'Donnell, at, if you would be
   able to help on Saturday, July 13th between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. Join Molly for as long
   or  little time as you want. Rain date: July 27th.
Many thanks from Mary Blizzard and  the Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force.

Community Connections
Faith in Action in Our Community

Stock Up On Toothbrushes to Donate to Shalom Center!
Menards is currently running a sale on 5-packs of toothbrushes, through July 6. They are free after rebate (limit is eight 5-packs). The rebate is in the form of a merchandise credit check. You can  donate directly to Shalom Center during their open hours,  or contact Thomas Phelps at Centerstone, 800-344-8802, who is collecting toothbrushes to donate.

Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps
Friday, July 12 at 7 p.m.
     In partnership with the City of Bloomington and the Bloomington Refugee Support Network.
     On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.
     Beginning at 7 p.m. on July 12th, advocates, activists and impacted persons will speak on the issue of human detention camps in the United States. At 9 p.m., around the country  and around the world, participants will light candles in a silent vigil for all those held in US detention camps to bring light to the darkness of the Trump administration's horrific policies.   
Summer Garden Tower Caretakers Still Needed
Sign Up Here  for a week (or two)  to feed the worms, water the plants, and harvest the lettuce, stevia, and ever-bearing strawberries in our garden tower this summer! 
(Instructions are included in the SignUp.)
Questions?   See Molly O'Donnell, Adrienne Summerlot, or Kitty McIntosh.

EarthKeepers Community Composting 
     Are there items you could be composting (dairy, meat scraps or bones, pizza boxes, plate scrapings or unwanted leftovers)? Sign up at  to bring those items to the church as often as you choose.  You can pay securely when you sign up or in cash between services on Sundays. Choose from two types of service (per bucket or with a monthly subscription) and from two bucket sizes (1.5 or 5 gallon). 
     Holding a church breakfast, lunch or other special event ? Request a 34-gallon rolling container (at no cost) by emailing  the week before with the time and date needed.
     Questions?  Ask Molly O'Donnell ( ) or talk to the EarthKeepers in Fellowship Hall during coffee hour. You can see a f ull list of compostable items here:
-- Molly O'Donnell, Green Sanctuary Task Force
Will You Join Us in Reducing Our Reliance on Single Use Plastics? July: Plastic Jugs
      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 
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. Click here for details.
  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  
Gentle Hatha Yoga on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.
with Kate Mulligan
A gentle Hatha Yoga practice to balance the mind, body, and spirit takes place 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesdays in Fellowship Hall, except on 
July 2, meeting in Room 208. 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:  or 812-332-3695. 
Traditional Taiji Meets most Tuesdays at 7:15 pm, 
but not on July 2
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.
UU Freethinkers Meet July 7 , 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.
UU Humanist Forum Meets July 14, 12:45 pm
On Sunday, June 30, at 12:45 pm the UU Humanist Forum will meet in Room 208, after children's Religious Education classes end. Noretta Koertge will facilitate a discussion on "End of Life Medical Choices."  The Humanist Forum meets every other Sunday, with a  different  discussion topic .
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.
In March 2019, our staff shifted the rhythm of their work week to hold the weekly staff meeting on Thursdays. 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)
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
The Church Office will be Closed on July 4
Regular office hours will resume Friday, July 5 at 10 a.m.
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 will be away from the office July 8-31.

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)

Our Covenant of Right Relations
In June 2017, our members affirmed a Covenant of Right Relations. 
Pertinent Details:
Office hours : M-F, 10 am-4 pm
Calendar: A link to our full calendar of events is on our website.
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Prologue  Publication Schedule:  
The deadline for articles is 10 am 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:  July 16, August 6, August 20, Sept 3, Sept 17.
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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:     June 23     June 30

Membership: 533 certified members; 538 current members.
Sunday, June 23             9:15 - 81        11:15 - 139     RE: 6      TOTAL:  220        
Sunday, June 30             9:15 - 82        11:15 - 137     RE: 22    TOTAL:  219  
Non-Pledge Offering:    June 23 : $412       June 30: $608
   Total to be donated (25%) to Spencer Pride: $255.04
Grocery Card Sales:   (Bloomingfoods, Lucky's Market, or Fresh Thyme)  
June 23: $400      June 30 : $350      Total income to UUCB: $37.50
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