Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World
Sunday, May 12, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Abide with Me: A Mother's Day Tale
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Scott McNeill
Join us for this Mother's Day service in which we will honor the many aspects of mother's day and hear a Mother's Day tale from a two years ago.
Originally, Jean Knowlton was going to participate in this worship service in which she would tell an unfolding story from 2017. But as many of you know, Jean died at age 91 on March 23rd. It was Jean's wish that her story be honored and so, with permission and help from her family's recollections, we will share an amazing adventure in which science, secrets and society converge.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Hope: Our Annual Flower Communion Sunday
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Scott McNeill
Each year, we pause to bear witness to the beauty that blooms in our lives and in nature. Please bring a flower (or several if you have them) to share at this service! All ages are invited to join us for story and rituals as we celebrate the uniqueness and beauty of each individual within our community and acknowledge the changes happening in our lives. Our children's choir, directed by Jill Courtney, will be singing at both services.
IU Graduate Commencement
Once again, it was an honor to offer the Invocation at the Indiana University Graduate Commencement which took place Friday at Assembly Hall. Reading the titles of all the dissertation topics gives me a sense of hope for the future. So much curiosity and creative problem solving abounds in these new graduates. The honorary degree candidate was Rita Rossi Colwell, a woman who was a pioneer for women in science; Rita was the first woman director of the National Science Foundation and has made major contributions to biomedical science and environmental policy. The Commencement Speaker was N. Thomas Linebarger, chairman and chief executive officer of Cummins Incorporated. I talked to Thomas after commencement and learned that he and his family attended our congregation 1998 to 2002, the exact years I was away from Bloomington serving a congregation in Madison, Wisconsin. :-)
My friend Ting-ting Chen made this video of the Invocation from the perspective of a guest viewing the Jumbo-tron
Hope in Hard Times
As Unitarian Universalists, we are called by our 7th Principle to have "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part
Climate Change is challenging us to have hope and to offer help in these hard times of environmental degradation.
In her song "Help in Hard Times" singer songwriter Carrie Newcomer offers in part:
I am learning to walk with grace in the dark
I am learning to trust and to lead with my heart
When the old moon is gone into silence and sighs
It's the one and only time a new moon can rise...
I can't tell you it will all turn out fine
But I know is there's help in hard times
On Friday morning I received an email from Green Sanctuary Co-Chair Stephanie Kimball regarding an article in The Guardian with contains disturbing statistics regarding our planet earth. Below is her message. If this is too hard to take in right now, then I believe the first step of help and hope is clear---eat lower on the food chain. My intuitions are already taking me on that journey.
If you want more information, here is Stephanie's message:
In case you haven't seen it, here's a link to a "must-read" (in my view) from the Guardian this morning. It announces the UN's just-out report on the status of the natural world, and, of course, it's dire. There are stunning facts throughout: - nature is being destroyed at a rate tens to hundreds of times higher than the average over the past 10m years- biomass of wild mammals has fallen by 82%, natural ecosystems have lost about half their area and a million species are at risk of extinction - all largely as a result of human actions- Two in five amphibian species are at risk of extinction, as are one-third of reef-forming corals, while other marine animals are down by close to one-third.- Pollinator loss has put up to $577bn (£440bn) of crop output at risk, while land degradation has reduced the productivity of 23% of global land
(It goes on...)
she says then points to this paragraph that caught her attention
Agriculture and fishing are the primary causes of the deterioration. Food production has increased dramatically since the 1970s, which has helped feed a growing global population and generated jobs and economic growth. But this has come at a high cost. The meat industry has a particularly heavy impact. Grazing areas for cattle account for about 25% of the world's ice-free land and more than 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Crop production uses 12% of land and creates less than 7% of emissions."
In conclusion, Stephanie suggests that it is time to step up our "efforts to help people eat lower on the food chain."
I agree. Stay tuned for more information. Awareness is a key, as is creative problem solving.
Peace, Hope and Love,
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Senior Minister
Gratitude is in the Air...
Gratitude (and pollen, but mostly gratitude) is in the air! To the many people who have made a pledge for next year, we say THANK YOU! Currently, our total is at $568,000--we're getting closer to our goal (which would help us increase our hours for our audio/visual crew, our outreach, and so much more!)
And another huge THANK YOU to the many people who helped to make our Community/Pledge Day a successful celebration of this congregation, and to those who did extraordinary work (for many months) to organize a fantastic auction (and to those who helped with the Maypole)!
Last Sunday in worship, we distributed pronoun stickers, as part of our congregation's commitment to diversity and inclusivity.
We will soon be testing out a program that enables us to provide captions for what is said during worship (and potentially other spaces here in the church!). Once this is up and running, we'll send more information and we'll provide that on Sunday mornings, as well. If this is something you're interested in learning more about and/or using yourself, please email me and I can make sure you are in the loop! Having experienced the program a couple of times, I am ecstatic that we will test this out and continue to make our congregation as accessible as possible (knowing there is always more work we can do).
Reverend Scott McNeill, Associate Minister
UU Families with Young Children Group
Works on Stream Clean Up Saturday, May 11
The UU Families with Young Children group has adopted the stream running through Bryan Park through the City's adoption program. This Saturday, May 11 we will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the East shelter (just north of the Bryan Park pool) to walk the stream corridor, pick up trash, and work on invasive species removal. After (or during) we can play in the park, picnic if you choose -- whatever works for your family. Or just meet us to play, that's great, too!
Auction Wrap Up:
Items Still Available Sunday, May 12
Stop by the Auction table in the hallway on Sunday to see items that can still be bid on, including Family Make Your Own Pizza Party with Drew and Margie Schrader.
Children's Choir Schedule
We have one more big Sunday morning intergenerational service coming up this Spring -- the Flower Communion on Sunday, May 19th. It is so wonderful to have the Children's Choir contribute their voices at the end of the 1st service and start of 2nd. We will be singing a fun and sweet flower song (suggested by some of the kids), "All in the Golden Afternoon" from Alice in Wonderland, as well as another short and simple closing/opening song. Please join us if you are able! We rehearse again THIS Sunday! It's never too late to bring a friend to join us!
Contact Jill here
Sun May 12: Rehearse 10:30-11:00 am, Room 110
Sun May 19: Sing end of 1st Service, start of 2nd Service, Intergenerational Flower Communion Services (meet at 9:45 am, done approx 11:30 am)
Annual report reminder for committees, task forces, and staff
Reports Due May 15 (SJ) or May 20 (everybody else)
Social Justice task force leaders: please send your 150-300 word report to Jackie Hall,
by May 15 and she will compile them and send them on to the office to be included.
Interested in Displaying Your Art Here at Church?
If you are an artist interested in displaying your work in the church Commons, please
contact GK Rowe
with your submission interest. Please include a brief summary of your work along with images (JPG or PDF) that represent your style/genre and medium. GK will work with interested artists to finalize details on dates of exhibits, installation and answer any questions in regards to the art exhibition process.
Ramadan Iftar Dinner
Friday, May 17, 2019
8:30 to 11 pm
Our Muslim friends and neighbors began Ramadan this year on Sunday, May 5. Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year for Muslims. Muslims believe it was during this month that God revealed the first verses of the Quran to Mohammed. During the entire month, Muslims fast every day from sunrise to sunset. Community Iftars to break the day's fast and prayers are ways to celebrate the holiday.
Since 2001, our congregation has hosted an Iftar dinner to extend our goodwill and support for Bloomington's Muslim community. We also open our meeting room for prayer. Our congregation's role is to provide a safe, welcoming, and accepting environment.
Beginning last year, we increased our efforts to make the dinner more "green" by using stainless flatware and china plates, recycling or reusing aluminum and other serving pans, and sharing leftovers with those who experience food insecurity. With the help of the Green Sanctuary Task Force, we will add composting plate scrapings to our efforts.
To provide a green Ramadan dinner, we need many helping hands, both behind the scenes and on the evening of May 17. If you'd like to help with this event, click here to sign up: 2019 Ramadan Dinner Volunteers.
You can also sign up in person at the church, between services on May 12. --
Judy Berkshire, chair
Photographers Unite on May 19!
All photographers are invited to come to the
Birds of a Feather Common Interest table in Fellowship Hall
on Sunday, May 19 at 10:15 a.m. All levels and types of photographers are welcome. This is a great
to meet others who enjoy photography, to exchange tips, ideas, etc. --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Calling all Fiber Artists!
Did you miss the Fiber Arts Common Interest Table? If so, and you are interested in getting to know other fiber artists (knitters, crocheters, quilters, and more), let Ann LeDuc know, email@example.com . She will add you to the Fiber Artists' email list.
Women's Alliance Welcomes Elizabeth Mitchell
Local historian and playwright Liz Mitchell will be the guest speaker at the Women's Alliance on Thursday, June 6th, with her talk on "Trailblazing Indiana Women." Click here for details. Join us 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, Sylvia King and Diane Gregory, will provide drinks and dessert. Everyone, including women, men, and gender non-binary persons, is welcome.
Mark your calendar!
Hike at T.C. Steele on
The UU Hikers will hike at the T.C. Steele historical site in Brown County on Saturday, June 15. This is approximately a 2 mile hike. We will meet at the old east side K-mart parking lot (behind Bloomingfoods) at 9:30 a.m. to carpool to the trail. Mary Reardon will lead this hike. If you have questions, or would like to be added to the UU Hikers email list, contact Ann LeDuc at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Are You Interested in UUA General Assembly?
and you don't want to go to Spokane, Washington, this year to experience it in person June 19-23?
You can join those attending 2019 GA by video and participate as an off site delegate. With today's electronic media you can hookup with all the activities going on at GA as well as vote. If interested, please see Iris Kiesling or Rev. Scott McNeill (email@example.com)
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.
Babies & Bailouts - Black Lives of UU Spring Campaign:
Black Lives Matter Bloomington Collecting Items for Families Affected by Incarceration
Black Lives Matter - Bloomington (BLM-B) has partnered with Black Lives of UU and our Racial Justice Task Force (RJTF) to support the Babies and Bailout Project; a chance for communities to come together to learn more about the money bail system and also gather much needed baby supplies for women and families being impacted by mass incarceration.
More info here.
The RJTF will be hosting a watch party in the fall of the recent panel discussion on this topic which aired on April 28, so please stay tuned.
In the meantime, you can support B&B by donating items such as diapers, wipes, formula or toiletries (such as shampoo, soap, and deodorant). Bring these items to the church on Sunday, May 12th (Mother's Day) or Sunday, June 16 (Father's Day) to be collected and distributed by BLM-B. Donations may be made directly to the Black Mama's Day Bailout Fund through this link: http://bit.ly/bluubbdonations
Successful Habitat Women Build, Thanks for Your Support!
The Habitat Task Force thanks everyone who bought our Easter breakfast. We raised about $1,350. We also thank all of our volunteers and food donors who made the event possible. The funds will be used to co-sponsor a Habitat home within the next couple years.
We also are happy to report a successful Habitat Women Build on May 3 with a team of 40 women, about two-thirds of whom were UU women. The team raised a record $19,000 of the total $185,000 raised by all the Women Build teams from the community. We built two homes for local families and contributed to a home in El Salvador, the local chapter's sister affiliate. Many thanks to our builders, to Rev. Mary Ann Macklin who offered a devotion, and to UUs who contributed funds to sponsor other women.
We are continuing to organize monthly build groups at Habitat homes on the third Saturday of the month. Please sign up for one or more of these builds (no donation necessary) by registering at:
. Anyone over age 16 can participate for a full or half-day; no experience is required and training and lunch are provided. The sites and work will vary from month to month. Next monthly UU build is May 18.
Social Justice Move Night May 19th
The Refugee and Immigration Social Justice Task Force (RISE) will host the Third Sunday Movie Night on May 19th at 5:00pm in Fellowship Hall. Christie Popp, Immigration Attorney here in Bloomington, will introduce the movie, The Visitor. There will be an intermission with pizza. Info about this heartwarming film here.
Debbie Fish and Barb Backler, Co-Chairs
EarthKeepers Community Compost Program Available to All
There is still time to take part in our community compost program and lower the amount of waste going to the landfill.
EarthKeepers staff will be in Fellowship Hall from 10:30 to 11:15 and 12:30 to 1:00
on Sunday, May 12, next to the Green Sanctuary coffee/chocolate sales table with empty buckets and to answer your questions, and will be on the patio just outside the Fellowship Hall doors to collect your full buckets.
They have two sizes of buckets with tight-fitting lids for you to rent to hold your food scraps and more*
- $2.25 for each 1.5-gallon bucket.
- $5.50 for each 5-gallon bucket.
Planning a fundraising
breakfast, lunch or dinner or other church food event? Use the same sign-up form to request a 34-gallon pail to collect food waste and paper napkins for EarthKeepers to compost. Click the option "Call 812-822-0876..." and call them to arrange for delivery. No charge!
*To learn more, including a full list of compostables, click the EarthKeepers Community Compost link on the Green Sanctuary Task Force page (under Social Justice on our church website) or click:
Because we are piloting this program for local congregations, please bring cash for the next couple of weeks to pay EarthKeepers staff. We'll transition to the PayPal and credit card options listed on the sign-up form once their wooden "corral" for buckets is in place next to our small shed. (Watch for details in a follow up notice later in May!)
-Molly O'Donnell, Green Sanctuary Task Force
Plastic is everywhere, and for good reason: it's convenient, inexpensive, lightweight, durable, and helps keep food fresh. Unfortunately, it is also piling up in our landfills, where it essentially lasts forever, and in our oceans, where it kills sea life. 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.
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. Information arrives in the form of a single email each month, describing the target plastic, alternatives to it, ways to maximize your impact, and more.
Use this link to sign up for the new Task of the Month Program for Reducing Plastic Use. --Stephanie Kimball for the Green Sanctuary Task Force
Community Connections: Our Faith in Action
Jewish Theatre of Bloomington Presents Cherry Docs
The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington will present
on May 9, 11, 15, 16, 18, and 19 at 7:30 pm and May 19 at 3:00 pm at the Ivy Tech John Waldron's Rose Firebay theatre.
deals seriously with the increasingly relevant issues of bigotry and redemption by bringing together two completely dissimilar characters: a Neo-Nazi skinhead and a Jewish Lawyer.
Tickets are $25 and available through the BCT box office. Groups of 5 or more will receive a $2 discount per ticket. Accessible seating is available. Free parking available in the lot at 3rd and Washington. For more information, please visit
or Facebook at:
Jewish Theatre of Bloomington
Volunteer Training at All Souls for All Options May 11
The Practical Support Network of All Options Pregnancy Resource Center will have a new
volunteer training on Saturday, May 11th
from 10am-4pm at All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis. Volunteering involves providing rides and being present for women seeking abortions. Contact Nan McKinley if questions;
SafeTALK Suicide prevention training May 13
The cost is $10. Questions? Contact Michelle Martin Colman at 812-322-1500 or
Michelle also facilitates a survivors support group.
Benefit Dinner for Made Up Mind, Inc.
May 14, 6:00 pm, at FARMbloomington
Made Up Mind
is hosting a benefit dinner at FARMbloomington on Tuesday, May 14, at 6 pm. Tickets $20, RSVP entree choice by tonight, May 7. M.U.M.'s mission is "To develop the capabilities of ex-offenders who have made up their mind to stay out through our transitional life training and hands-on work experience thus breaking the cycle of homelessness, addiction, and incarceration."
Click here for event poster
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.
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.
Traditional Taiji on Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m.
Brian Flaherty leads "Wu (Hao)" style Taiji in Fellowship Hall on Tuesdays at 7:15 pm. (No class May 7, returns May 14) All are welcome, even those with no previous Taiji experience. Please wear loose-fitting clothing.
For more i
nfo: Contact Brian.
Yoga Takes a Break, Will Begin Again June 4
Gentle Hatha Yoga Class on Tuesdays
with Kate Mulligan
5:30-7pm Tuesdays, in Fellowship Hall, starting up again on Tuesday, June 4.
A gentle hatha yoga practice to balance the mind, body, and spirit. 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:
Are you new here? Take your "
this Sunday, May 12!
Join us to discuss the basics of Unitarian Universalism and this congregation, and watch a short video about Unitarian Universalism. This Sunday in Room 112 at 10:35-11:00 AM and 12:35-1:00 PM (after each service). Free childcare is available in Room 108. Just stop in, no registration is required. This class was previously offered on the first Sunday of each month. Due to space limitations, it is now offered on the second Sunday of each month. --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
UU Freethinkers Meet May 12
, 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 Potluck May 19,
On Sunday, May 19, at 12:45 pm, the UU Humanist Forum will meet in Fellowship Hall for a potluck lunch and will be deciding on discussion topics for the upcoming season.
The Humanist Forum meets every other Sunday, with a different
Explore Unitarian Universalism with Us
May 19 and June 2!
The Exploring Unitarian Universalism class will be held on May 19 and June 2, 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, 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 you become a member of the church. Everyone ages 14 to 100+ is welcome! Questions? email
UU History for You
Ernest Cassara--Unitarian Universalist Minister and Historian
Ernest Cassara (1925-2015)
was born in Boston to an Italian, Roman Catholic family that was indifferent to its teachings. His father designed men's clothing. In 1944, Cassara tried to enlist but was rejected because he had rheumatic fever in his youth. He worked in a radio studio in Brockton, Massachusetts, and discussed Unitarianism with an invited Unitarian minister who was giving a Sunday radio sermon. That appealed to Cassara. He joined the Channing Unitarian Church and became its choir director because he liked to sing. He was awarded a scholarship to Tufts University for his BA. He served as a Unitarian minister in Billerica, Massachusetts, for 4 years and then went to Boston University for a PhD in church history, writing about the life of Hosea Ballou. He also wrote a book on
The Enlightenment in America
. He taught history at George Mason University in Virginia and wrote
Universalism in America: A Documentary History of a Liberal Religion in America
(1971). For the rest of his career he turned to academic history and chaired the history department at George Mason. He and his wife, Beverly (n
e Benner), enjoyed travel. Beverly Cassara taught multicultural and women's education.
--Elof Carlson, UUCB historian
New Deadlines for Order of Service and Friday Update Info
Thursdays at 9:00 am
In March, 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 by 9:00 am on Thursdays. Deadline for info to be included in the Friday Update is also now also 9:00 am on Thursdays. Please send info to
admin (at) uubloomington.org.
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) uubloomington.org
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
-3695 (ext. 207)
on Wednesday and Friday mornings.
Email: mre (at) uubloomington.org
Our Covenant of Right Relations
In June 2017, our members affirmed a Covenant of Right Relations.
: M-F, 10 am-4 pm
A link to our full church calendar of events can be found on our website.
Many church events are also posted on our
The deadline for articles is 10 am on the date of publication, which is
the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.
May 21, June 4, June 18, July 2, July 16.
Livestreaming Our Sunday Services
View a live broadcast of our Sunday services (9:15 and 11:15 am) on our website:
Or on our Facebook page:
Have a problem viewing or hearing the service?
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: April 21 April 28 May 5
Membership: 533 certified members; 538 current members.
Sunday, April 21 9:15 - 161 11:15 - 218 RE: 58 TOTAL: 379
Sunday, April 28 9:15 - 108 11:15 - 139 RE: 12 TOTAL: 252
Sunday, May 5 9:15 - 72 11:15 - 155 RE: 32 TOTAL: 227
: $860 April 28: $503 May 5: $542
Total to be donated (25%) to Spencer Pride: $456.19
Grocery Card Sales:
(Bloomingfoods, Lucky's Market, or Fresh Thyme)
April 21: $100 April 28
: $475 May 5: $400 Total income to UUCB: $49.25
uring the first quarter of 2019 (January thru March) we received $413.73 from Kroger, with 129 households participating.
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