The Prologue                                        Tuesday, November 7, 2017
  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, November 12, 2017
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Blessings of the Ordinary: 
Intergenerational Thanksgiving Service
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, and Reverend Scott McNeill
       All ages are invited to join us for songs and stories as we reflect together on the ordinary blessings that fill our days.  Our children's choir (directed by Jill Courtney) will be singing!  Our Giving Tree will be available beginning this Sunday.  This year we will have tags supporting Positive Link, Head Start, and Stepping Stones.  (see article below)

Giving Tree Begins this Sunday, November 12
On  November 12, 19 and 26, our Giving Tree will be available in Fellowship Hall for anyone who would like to support a local child or teen in need, or a local adult living with HIV.  Gift request tags will be available from Head Start, Stepping Stones, and Positive Link.  Head Start promotes school readiness for low-income children through education, health and social services. Stepping Stones provides transitional housing and skills to enable independent living for homeless teens.  Positive Link offers personalized case management to individuals living with HIV.  Gift requests are available from $5 and up, in the hope that many members of our community might be able to participate.  Gifts will be collected during our Procession of Giving services on  Sunday, December 3.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Blessing: Cultivating Calm
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
          As we enter Thanksgiving week and the holiday season, the ability to cultivate calm within ourselves becomes a blessing.  In this worship service, Reverend Macklin will return to John O'Donohue's book "To Bless The Space Between Us" as a means to create space for mind, body and spirit.  
MAM's Musings
In the worship service on November 5, I offered words from our Ministry Team (Reverend McNeill, Reverend Leite and me).  In part they read,
In these unsettling times, let us be mindful of our blessings.  Although we are feeling anxiety and concern, we are flush with many resources to help heal our spirits.  May we be enlivened by the love and support of this community, whom we can freely call upon during troubling times.  Let us lift up our voices and join in the unwavering chorus of hope where each voice does indeed make a difference.
I invite each of you to lift up your voice and join in the unwavering chorus of hope where each voice does indeed make a difference.  As mentioned Sunday, I ask each of you to respond to the invitation from  Malcolm Abrams, editor and publisher of Bloom magazine.  Initially, Malcolm chose to keep Bloom magazine neutral in the political arena, but with the unprecedented changes happening in our country, he has 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." 
The word limit for your response is 150 words and the deadline is November 10th.    Click here for details.
When I initially encountered this invitation, I felt resistance to putting words to my thoughts.  Are you feeling resistance?  If so, simply sit with that resistance.  Breathe.  Breathe. Breathe.   Allow yourself to get in touch with the "shy inner light within your heart" that understands your wisdom is needed in this time. It is a blessing.  Ask yourself, "What issue is important for me to take a stand on?"  Then write.  It doesn't need to be perfect.  It doesn't need to address all the problems in the world.  I invite you to treat this as a spiritual discipline.  Let us create a chorus of hope together.  
In addition, do share this invitation with others---who may or may not think like you do.  Let us create a diverse chorus of hope together.
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Senior Minister
From Our Associate Minister
I hope that you can join me on Tuesday, November 21st for Bloomington's Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. This year, it will be held at Congregation Beth Shalom (3750 E 3rd St), starting at 7:00 p.m. and there will be cookies and cider after the service (childcare will be provided). There are two reasons I hope you'll join us--our presence at community gatherings often builds bridges to other faith communities, strengthening our partnerships and the larger community, and, this year, we will have a particular focus on the lives of refugees and immigrants, with funds raised going to support our local efforts to support refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers. Several clergy and lay members of different congregations will be involved; and, I'm honored to deliver the message for the service. Please join us if you're available, as a great way to ground ourselves during this holiday season!

On a similar note, our task force working
on these issues (Refugee and Immigration Support and Ed ucation Task Force, or RISE) worked with a member of the congregation to participate in a winter clothing drive for refugees in the Indianapolis area. We received over 50 coats and 25 pairs of gloves and hats to help people stay warm during the winter. Included in those coats was the following--a handwritten note of welcome. I'm grateful to all of the members and staff involved in organizing this project!

Reverend Scott McNeill
Associate Minister

Community Ministry with Reverend Forrest Gilmore     
        The UU Church of Bloomington has a great history with its ministers, with three on our current ministry team. But, working in a congregation is not the only path for a UU minister. The Reverend Forrest Gilmore, known to our larger community through his work as the Executive Director of Shalom Community Center, was            ordained as a UU minister following his time at Starr King School for the Ministry (a UU seminary in Berkeley, California). Many congregations in the UUA have "Affiliated Community Ministers," someone whose ministry isn't focused in the church but in the community (this can include chaplains, social justice ministries, and more).
         The Board and Ministers (Reverend Macklin, Reverend McNeill, and Reverend Leite) have worked with Reverend Gilmore to create a covenant that recognizes his ministry and more formally connects him to our congregation. An important note-- he would not be an employee of the congregation; however (as he has in the past), he will lead worship for us and be involved occasionally. At our December Congregational Meeting (December 12 at 4:00 p.m.), we'll be asking the congregation for an endorsement of this affiliation--so, stay tuned for more details!  --Rev. Scott McNeill,
Our Folks...            
     Our prayers and healing thoughts are with Jerry Nees, who remains in Intensive Care in the Burn Unit at Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis following a fire at his home. Cards can be sent to:  Jerry Nees, c/o Burn Unit Rm 4613, Eskenazi Health, 720 Eskenazi Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202.
     In the coming months, a few of our members will be moving away from the Bloomington area. We hope you'll get a chance to reach out and say goodbye to Melanie Turner and Anna Wiley (both moving during December). 
     Congratulations to Lynne Gilliatt, who was recently recognized as an Everyday Hero by the Herald Times. Lynne brings artists into community, and supports them in their endeavors. 
     Congratulations also to Ed Robertson, who was recently honored by the Monroe County Branch of the NAACP. See article below.
From Our Board of Directors
Meeting Date Change and Bylaws Changes
The Board meeting scheduled for 11/15 has been moved to Saturday 11/18 at 2:00 p.m.
Proposed Bylaw Changes
The Board is proposing a set of bylaw changes for congregational vote at the December 10th Congregation Meeting at 4:00 p.m. The changes include adding a provision for Leadership Cultivation Committee (LCC) vacancies, participation by the Connections Coordinator in the LCC, removing the outdated Personnel Committee, and replacing a reference to our Articles of Incorporation with the relevant text. Full details of the proposed changes may be found at  There is also a paper copy on the bulletin board at church, and extra paper copies in Room 204.
  Building Community 
Double Bag It!
      What is a holiday food basket? It's several days' worth of groceries, plus the fixings for a holiday meal, that UU members and friends contribute each year. Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM) distributes the baskets to local families. Food shortage is an ongoing struggle for MCUM--the demand is up and the supply is down.  Please take your baskets to MCUM anytime before December 8.
       Please sign up on the Holiday Food Baskets contributors' sheet found in the Commons by the Social Justice table. Grocery lists with careful instructions are with the sign-up sheet. Be sure to take all the information you will need.   Read more...
UU Book Discussion November 19
The UU Book Discussion group will meet on Sunday November 19 at 3:00 p.m. at the home of Elof and Nedra Carlson to discuss Matthew Clam's WHO IS RICH?
Thanksgiving Pitch-In Dinner November 23
Amy Crozier will once again facilitate our Thanksgiving Pitch-In Dinner, at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 23 in Fellowship Hall. Please sign up in the Commons and let us know what food you will be bringing to share. Turkey will be provided.
The Holiday Art Fair and Bazaar
December 1, 10-7
December 2, 9-4
Read and Recycle:
Support the Holiday Bazaar Book Sale!  
Cull through your library and find those books you are ready to pass along to another reader.  DVD's and CD's also welcome but please no VHS tapes, audio cassettes, magazines or sheet music. For ease of shelving, please sort books by fiction/nonfiction.  Drop your items off at the church starting Sunday, November 26 after 1:00 p.m. until Thursday, November 30 before noon.  Please, no book donations after Thursday, November 30 at noon!  Questions? Contact Rich LeDuc at  or 217.493.9885.   
Clickety Clack, Clickety Clack!
That's the sound of knitting needles, crochet hooks and weavers' shuttles producing scarves, hats, mittens and more to sell at the Holiday Bazaar. Please donate your handmade knitted, sewn, quilted, woven or crocheted items to the Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Fiber Arts booth at the Bazaar. All proceeds earned will be donated to MCUM Emergency Services and The Walnut Grove Food Pantry. Look for a drop box in the Commons!   Questions? Anne Graham 
White Elephant's Trunk High Quality Collectibles for the Bazaar December 1 and 2 
You might have a valuable item you no longer need or want but that will be desired by others shopping at the UU Bazaar.  The White Elephant's Trunk welcomes holiday decorations, children's toys, exotic collectibles, or truly (but not actual) white elephants. We are not accepting electronics, such as PCs, TVs, stereos, as it is impossible to sell them.   If you have shelving units we can borrow to display items, please let Doris know.  We can receive donations starting  Sunday, November 26 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 108.  Want to help? Please contact Doris Wittenburg (336-4993 or  
Cookie Bakers, We Need You!
I'ts getting cold out there, and that means the time has come to schedule your baking  blitz(es) for the Bazaar.  We need over 300 pounds of homemade cookies to sell on  Friday December 1st and Saturday December 2nd . Any kind will do--bar cookies, drop cookies, and the all time favorite:  decorated cookies.  Let your family and friends play like elves with icing and chocolate and  sprinkles galore!   You make 'em, we sell 'em and everyone is happy!  Reminder:  cookies and cookie dough freeze so you can start now!  Thanks!  Your friendly Cookie Walk Committee: 
Amira Sabbagh (  ) and  Meg Sears (  ), your Cookie Walk co-chairs. 
We Want You!
To Make Some Goodies for the Gourmet Galaxy    
Help the Holiday Bazaar be successful by donating baked items and other goodies to Gourmet Galaxy!  We're interested in anything, except for cookies (cookies can be donated to the Cookie Walk).  That includes breads of all sorts, candy, snack mixes, soup mixes, fudge, caramels, cakes, muffins, scones, pickles or most anything you can cook up!  We are also in need of volunteers to help staff the Gourmet Galaxy during the bazaar.  Sign up between services in Fellowship Hall!  --Ann LeDuc and Celeste McGregor, Co-chairs
How Can You Help?  Volunteer at the Bazaar!
Help the church by working at this year's greatest fundraiser--the BAZAAR, on December 1 and 2! You can sell food or chop it (and later stop by and eat it); price items in advance; sell books, white elephant things, baked goods. You'll also meet the most wonderful people. We'll need help moving chairs, counting and weighing, packing up, and providing relief to the artisans so they can shop too! Don't wait till the last minute or your most convenient time to help may be taken!  Sign up on Sign Up Genius at  or contact Melinda Pettijohn directly at  . 
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 this Sunday, December 10 at 10:30 am in the church library.  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  or  (812)332-3695 ext 203 
Special Purposes Fund Annual Summary
     The Special Purposes Fund (SPF) supports the Church's religious, charitable, educational and civic purposes beyond activities under the normal operating budget, via management of both endowment and general funds. It accepts both direct donations and donations from estates through Planned Giving.
       In the 2016-17 fiscal year the SPF Legacy Fund received donations from Barbara Restle, an anonymous donor, the estates of Jean Anderson and Sandy Taylor, and in memory of Jean Anderson and Dolores Freiburger. SPF also received some returned funds loaned to the Green Spaces Initiative and investment dividends.  In this time frame SPF funded Vigiling at Life's End (VALE) program training, a Bernofsky music commission, round window treatment, grounds improvements, expenses of Reverend McNeill's move and installation ceremony, and a variety of social justice projects endorsed by the Social Justice Task Force. Seed funding was also provided from SPF unrestricted funds for the newly created fossil-fuel divested fund, to which future donations may be directed at a donor's request. Details are in the annual report.
       For more information about SPF, please contact Chris Haynes, SPF Committee Chair, email .
UU History for You
David Eaton: Methodist, Humanist, UU, Black, 
and Revolutionary 
     David Eaton (1932-1992) was born in Washington, DC.  He took an early interest in Unitarianism but was advised there were virtually no openings for black Unitarian ministers.  He got his BA at Howard University and obtained a MA in theology at Boston University .  He taught, hosted a radio show, and in 1969 was called as minister to All Soul's UU church in Washington, DC.  The church was changing as whites left for the suburbs and blacks replaced them.  He served there for 20 years, creating the first biracial UU church in the US.  He was controversial in his advocacy of civil rights, gay rights, addressing the needs of the mentally ill, and poverty in DC.  He sued the FBI (and won) for disrupting  Black Power advocacy groups and anti-War groups.  He believed that a few of us are clergy but all of us are ministers and we need to give each other hope in times of duress.  He considered himself a Humanist but never abandoned his Methodist roots.  His most controversial sermon was when Congress was attempting to pass a DC crime bill allowing DC police to break into homes without a warrant.  He told his church to buy guns and shoot whoever broke into their homes because entering homes without a warrant would establish tyranny and end democracy and the rule of law.  He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Starr King School and won many awards for his religious and civic activities.   --Elof Carlson, UUCB Historian
Current Membership: 528
Attendance  Sunday, October 22        9 :15: 100        11:15: 176      TOTAL: 299
                    Sunday, October 29        9:15:  93         11:15: 139       TOTAL: 253
                    Sunday, November 5       9:15: 128        11:15: 149      TOTAL: 308
Non-Pledge Offering  October 22: $863.00   October 29: $113.19   November 5: $652.64
Total to be donated (25%) to All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center $492.10
Grocery Card Sales   (Bloomingfoods or Lucky's Market)
October 22: $625, income to UUCB $31.75    October 29: $425, income to UUCB $21.75
November 5: $1025, income to UUCB $51.75   
Lost and Found
There are several lost and found items in the Kitchen that will be out on a table during coffee hour this Sunday; please retrieve your items and take them home. There are also a number of lost travel mugs that will be easy to find in the Fellowship Hall.  --Carol Marks, Church Administrator
Active Shooter Response Class November 19
For most of our lives, we have been trained for various emergencies. From "Stop. Drop. Roll" to how to take shelter in a tornado. But responding to hostile attackers or active shooters is something that few people have considered. We will discuss some research-based realities of active shooter incidents as well as sharing the FBI and Homeland Security best practices for responding should you ever find yourself in such an incident at church, at work, or in the community. This session on Sunday, November 19 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Library will be led by John Summerlot, a member of the Indiana University Public Safety training team who trains and prepares the IU community for emergencies (and also a member of our church.)
Info, John Summerlot,
  Seeking the Spirit  

a searcher.
Adult Religious Education 
First Monday Poetry Sharing
Shambhala Meditation Every Monday
Open Mind Zen Every Monday
Taiji Every Tuesday and Saturday
Family  Choir November 12
--Come Sing a Song With Us!
Church members of any age are invited to rehearse before service on Nov. 12 and sing with the   choir   that day. Bring yourself and a   family   member or friend and join us at 8:30 (for first service) or 10:30 (for second service) to learn a song to sing with the   choir   in the service. Questions?  
UU Freethinkers Group Enjoys Free Ranging Discussion  
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 meet next on Sunday, November 12, 12:45 p.m. 

UU Humanists Meet November 19
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, November 19, at 12:45 a.m. in Room 208. The topic will be " What is a Feminist?" with Anna Wiley.   Info, contact Harold Ogren .
UU Children's Choir Upcoming Schedule
(New & returning singers, Kg-6th grade, always welcome!)
Thurs. Nov 9: Rehearse,  7:00-7:30pm, Fwp Hall
Sun. Nov 12 : Sing at Sunday Services &  Family   Choir  Sunday (Intergenerational Service)  The Children's Choir will sing at the end of the 1st service & start of 2nd service. In addition, they will be invited to sing a piece with the family choir mid-service. Details forthcoming. Any families are invited to come sing the gift of music with the choirs!   Questions? Contact Jill:   
  Changing the World 
Our Green Sanctuary Task Force Asks Us to 
     The Green Sanctuary Task Force invites you to sign Green Faith's statement to the leaders gathered this week at the United Nations' annual climate change conference, known as the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23).
       We are invited to "embark on a journey towards compassionate simplicity for the sake of the climate, the human family, and the community of life.  For many of us, changes in three areas make the greatest impact: dramatically reducing emissions from our home energy use, adopting a plant-based diet and reducing food waste, and minimizing automobile and air travel. Because of the gravity of our situation, substantial and long-term changes in these areas are indispensable..., particularly for those of us in communities whose carbon footprints exceed sustainable levels." By signing, "we pledge our commitment to such change." (
Green Sanctuary Encourages Support of 
Farm to Family Fund
A gift to someone close and to someone you don't even know.  Many of you may already make gifts to others through an NGO, in honor of, or with thanksgiving for, or as a hostess gift or Christmas gift to someone dear to you.  Now you can make such a gift in your own community.  The Farm to Family Fund, a project of the Center for Sustainable Living, has lovely gift cards designed by Kayte Young, the new host of Earth Eats on WFIU.  The Farm to Family Fund buys food at half price at the close of the Bloomington Winter Farmers' Market every  Saturday , December through March, and donates the food to The Rise, The Community Kitchen and Mother Hubbard's Cupboard.  For a $10 minimum gift you can provide a dozen eggs to 15 local families, or $25 will provide a 1-week supply of greens for 7 families.  Please stop by the Green Sanctuary Task Force table between services to purchase these lovely gift cards. 

Hope for Prisoners Project:
Gloves and Hats for Kids with Absent Parents (KAP)
Winter is coming and the Hope for Prisoners Task Force project  Kids with Absent Parents (KAP) is collecting GLOVES AND HATS to keep those little ears and fingers warm on these chilly mornings. The children range in age from 1-12, both boys and girls. Keep your heart warm, while you keep our kids warm. There is a collection basket under the Social Justice table in the Commons. We will be collecting until November 12th. Many thanks.
Bake Sale November 12 
to Support Welcome Baskets for Crawford Homes
The UU Middle School students will be having a bake sale this Sunday, November 12 to help them purchase items for "welcome baskets" for people moving into Crawford 2, permanent supportive housing, so be sure to buy lots of goodies on Sunday!  Each individual or family is provided with a "Welcome Basket" containing toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, toilet bowl cleaner, shampoo/conditioner, hand soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, all-purpose cleaners, etc. Donations of these items may be left in the macaroni basket under the table in the Commons through N ovember 26.
A Special Award 
at the 39th Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet
   At the October 21 "Freedom Fund Banquet" of the Monroe County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the President's Award was presented by branch President Jim Sims to UU Ed Robertson for Ed's consistent and strong support in attending many functions and tabling as a representative of our branch of the NAACP, providing information on the organization and promoting membership.
    The UU Racial Justice Task Force is particularly proud of Ed Robertson and of our connection with the Monroe County Branch of the NAACP. All UU members are encouraged to join the NAACP to show support for racial justice in our community. NAACP Branch membership is $30 annually.  Forms are available on the social justice table at the church, or contact Martha or Earon. Forms should be sent to our local chapter rather than the national NAACP.
December 5th , we will host the local branch NAACP Christmas party here in our Fellowship Hall. All members, including those seeking to join, are welcome.
Working together for justice,
Earon Davis and Martha Foster,  UU Racial Justice Task Force 
Diaper Drive Thanks
Thank you for donating over 1,000 diapers to All Options Pregnancy Resource Center during our fall drive!!! The Diaper Collection box located in the Commons will be disappearing temporarily after this  Sunday, November 12th  and reappearing when our Spring Diaper Drive occurs in April.  Bring in those diapers this Sunday that you've been waiting to donate! 
Sponsored by the Reproductive Justice Task Force. 
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.

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 at It is also helpful if you let Andy know which web browser you are using.
Orion Day 2016
Beacon Young Adult/Campus Ministry
Orion Day, our Young Adult/Campus Ministry Coordinator, can be reached at and keeps office hours at the Indiana Memorial Union Room 577. Stop by and say hello! 

Church Calendar 
A link to our church calendar can be found on this page of our website. 
Facebook  Many church events also appear on our Facebook page .
Prologue Publication Schedule 
The Prologue is edited by Carol Marks, mostly. The deadline for articles is 10 a.m. on the date of publication. Next few issues: The first and third Tuesdays of each month. Nov 21, Dec 5, Dec 19, Jan 2, Jan 16, Feb 6, Feb 20, etc.
Masthead photo by John Woodcock.
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