The Prologue                                    Tuesday, October 16, 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, October 21, 2018
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Reclaiming Our Humanity: The Healer Archetype


Reverend Mary Ann Macklin and Tafadzwa Matiure
As we witness the erosion of cherished values and key components of democracy in this country, what calls us to remain steadfast? What calls us to our highest aspirations? What do we do with our fury? May we know once again that we are not isolated beings but connected, in mystery and miracle, to the universe, to this community and to each other. Join us for this worship service which will feature guest musician, Taffie Matiure.

Tafadzwa "Taffie" Matiure is a citizen of Zimbabwe. Winner of the prestigious DreamStar Zim competition in 2017 alongside his band, Footprints, Taffie is a renowned performer and teacher of mbira, marimba, acoustic guitar, percussion, vocal and traditional dancing. He grew to love music at an early age through the influence and mentorship of his late father, Dr. Sheasby Matiure, who taught & performed Shona music and founded the Mbira Queens in Bloomington, Indiana. Tafadzwa was a choirmaster of a boy's choir during high school, then enrolled in the Zimbabwean College of Music and graduated with a National Certificate in Music.  Alongside his college studies, Tafadzwa frequently appears at the Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA), and the Annual International Carnival as a traditional dancer. He is currently completing his degree in Music Business, Musicology and Technology in Zimbabwe at Midlands State University. 
Sunday, October 28, 2018
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Celebrating Our Ancestors
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite 
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
As we begin the seasonal transition into deep fall, our community joins with many others in the world as we use ritual to remember those who have died and left an imprint upon us. At the UU Church of Bloomington, we have a history with people in our congregation who have connected us to the celebration of El Dia de Los Muertos, and many in our community feel drawn to earth-based traditions, like Samhain.  This year, we have also been inspired by the movie, "Coco," as we celebrate our loved ones who have died.  Our worship (with the children for the first half of the service) will integrate the different ways we can show respect for both our ancestors and ourselves, and will include music from "Coco" sung by the UU choir directed by Reverend Dr. Susan Swaney and the UU Children's Choir, directed by Jill Courtney. 
MAM's Musings
        Resilience: Kudos and Congrats to everyone who
helped make "The Stories of Monroe" a powerful reality. I hope many of you experienced this dramatic presentation regarding the stories of African Americans in the greater Bloomington area. Special shout out to the creative genius behind this production---Liz Mitchell, Danielle Bruce, and Gladys DeVane.  

      
   
Gratitude: To Reverend Chris Long who led an enriching Justice Workshop for UUCB social justice leaders on Saturday, and then brought his healing and vibrant spirit to our pulpit Sunday morning. 
 
 

          
Dying: To Know -- Sunday, October 28
On Sunday October 28th, after the second worship service, our End-of-Life Task Force will present the event "Dying: To Know" which will include a resource information fair, workshops and a movie regarding end-of life issues. Everyone is invited. See details below!   
         
Resource Fair in Fellowship Hall 12:15-1 pm; 2-2:30 pm
* Volunteer Coordinators of IU Health Hospice and SouthernCare Hospice will be available to discuss the services and volunteer opportunities.
* Compassion and Choices - advocates for improving care and expanding options at the end of life. Gary Wiggins and Margie Schrader
* Diana Ensign will sign copies of her book, HEART GUIDE: True Stories of Grief and Healing.
* UUCB's Minister of Religious Education, Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, will have resources for children on death, grieving and illness.
 
Workshops and Presentations, 1-2 pm
A Personal Journey with Dr. Rob Stone    
Location: Sanctuary/Meeting Room
Before becoming the Associate Director of IU Health Bloomington Hospice and the Medical Director of its Palliative Care program, Rob Stone worked in Emergency Medicine for 28 years. In this presentation, he talks about his personal and professional journey from the emergency department to end of life care.
 
Healing Grief & Loss: A Community Education and Book Signing Event
Library, 2nd floor
Join Diana Ensign for compassionate stories and heartfelt wisdom for handling grief. Her new book, HEART GUIDE: True Stories of Grief and Healing, is a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) Gold Medal Winner. Diana Ensign, JD, is an author and speaker focusing on issues of spirituality, grief and loss, and personal empowerment. Her popular blog, Spirituality for Daily Living, features monthly posts for spiritual seekers. www.dianaensign.com
 
How to Dispose of the Body...Yours! Room 110
We've all heard about burial and cremation but did you know there are many more options available? Join us to learn the ABCD's of body disposition. The basics of aquamation, body donation, green burial, creative cremains, future options, and answers to your questions will help you make an informed decision about your own body.  Kel McBride, MLS, CEOLS, also known as the Lively Death Lady is a death and dying educator for younger, healthy people.
 
Things I've learned from Tibetan Buddhism about Death and Living   Room 112
Join Tracy Zollinger Turner for a relaxed discussion about Tibetan Buddhist teachings on death and impermanence, including the Tibetan Book of the Dead. She will also invite those who attend to participate in aspects of the heart-opening meditation practice of Lojong, which cultivates the acceptance of death and change in order to make the most of this precious human life. Tracy has actively participated in dharma teachings and meditation practice as a member of a Tibetan Buddhist sangha in the Karma Kagyu lineage in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, since 2004. New in Bloomington (here since 2016), Tracy is a freelance writer and editor, and she co-chairs the UUCB's End of Life Task Force.
 
Movie Screening of "Coco": 2:30-4 pm    
Meeting Room (sanctuary)
Our congregation's youth group, YRUU, invites you to join them for this film, one of their favorites.    Pixar's animated coming of age tale from 2017, set in the landscape and traditions of Mexico's El DiĆ” de los Muertos.  

I hope many of you  can join us for this afternoon of education, advocacy and entertainment on October 28th.  

And thanks to ALL of you---who keep our vision alive in these unprecedented times, "Seeking the Spirit. Building Community. Changing the World"
 
Peace and Love, MAM 
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Senior Minister  
On Empathy
From Our Community Minister
Reverend Forrest Gilmore

     Working at Shalom as Executive Director, I often have to engage some of our housed community members because of struggles they've had with people experiencing homelessness. It's an agonizing process, at times, because it requires me to empathize with someone's concerns that, while valid, don't compare to the threat, struggle, and vulnerability that I witness homeless people experiencing every day.

      I've been thinking a lot lately about the failure to empathize, and not just with our homeless neighbors. I've noticed it showing up with how some men (and even women) have responded to claims of sexual assault by centering the fear of the rare false accusation against men. And I've noticed it with how some white folks worry more about the possibility of offending veterans by kneeling before the flag than the violence against black and brown bodies from our criminal justice system. In all these instances, I can appreciate why someone might feel the concern that they feel. But I struggle to understand how they can't take a step back and realize their concern is so much less significant than the far more serious circumstance right in front of them. It's ultimately a failure to empathize. Perhaps, that's our most fundamental task as liberal religious people - to call each of us into the experience of another, granting special attention to the most vulnerable among us.

--Forrest

Reverend Forrest Gilmore
UUCB Community Minister &
Executive Director of Shalom Community Center
 
P.S. I hope you'll join me and many others at Shalom's Fireside Gala at the Woolery Mill on October 30th at 6pm. Tickets are available at the BCT box office. With Gladys DeVane telling stories, the UkeTones strumming away, Brother William Morris guiding us through an auction, and UU Minister Emeritus Rev. Bill Breeden and I cooking as two of the six celebrity chefs, it should be a great evening with all proceeds benefiting the work of Shalom Community Center.  
  Building Community 
Welcome New Members!   
On Sunday, October 14, we welcomed eight new members into our congregation. Please give a warm welcome to our newest members-- Julie Adams, Marie Deer, Michele and Tom McCaffrey, Rob and Nicki Stewart Ingersoll, Tiffany Walton, and Carol Weingartner.  Below are their bios to help you get to know them.  --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator

Julie Adams has enjoyed living in Bloomington for the past thirty+ years.  She and her husband raised two sons who now are in college at IU and UNC in Chapel Hill. Julie keeps busy working at Oliver Winery, where she is passionate about contributing at an employee owned company. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking, and decorating and gardening around the house.   

Tiffany Walton was born in Fort Wayne and spent her early years there and in Indianapolis, coming to Bloomington right before high school. She and her mom started coming to this church periodically in the early '90s, and their love for the church and congregation grew over the years. Tiffany is a certified massage therapist. She loves her current position with IU Children's Campus Daycare Center, and enjoys singing, playing with the ukulele club, and contra dancing. "UU is a great gathering place for people who try to do good for the community."

Carol Weingartner is a 5th generation Hoosier, along with her husband, Larry. Their families came to Indiana in the 1820s.  They have lived in California, Michigan, and Maryland.  Carol taught mostly 5th grade while Larry was a civilian faculty member at the United States Naval Academy for 32 years.  After retirement they moved here to be near family. Carol is looking  forward to being a part of the UU community.

Michele Reiling McCaffrey, dog enthusiast, has just retired to Indiana.  Born in Bloomington and raised in Greencastle, she earned her BA in Italian and an MLS from IUB.  She was a librarian at the U of Missouri and Syracuse U and retired the end of June after 27 years at Saint Michael's College in Vermont.  Also an Italian linguist and teacher, she loves to travel. 



Tom McCaffrey, an "escaped Catholic" since 1975, has sung in choirs of all sorts since then, including UU choirs in Annapolis, MD, Rochester, NY, Burlington, VT, and most recently the 'Last Minute Choir' in Jericho, VT.   He's been a college librarian much of his working life, and a Recruitment Supervisor, for Vermont, in Census 2000.  Singing folk music, as if the 60s never ended, he also writes light poetry. 


Rob Stewart Ingersoll  is from Bloomington and was a member of the UU church before moving away in 2000. He is a social and data scientist, an activist for peace and social justice, and a spiritual seeker. He is excited to reengage with the Bloomington UU community. 




Nicki Stewart Ingersoll  grew up in Bloomington and married her husband Rob in the UU Church in 2000 before moving. She has enjoyed living in a number of different parts of the United States and overseas, having a zest for adventure and meeting new people. Upon returning to Bloomington in 2016 with her husband, daughter and cat family, Nicki has enjoyed being reunited with her larger family, friends and watching her daughter get to know Bloomington as her new home. Nicki loves reading, yoga, and connecting with others through both deep philosophical conversations and humor.
UU  Children's Choir 
Upcoming Rehearsals and Services
Our next round of singing will begin soon. New and returning singers, K - 6th grade, are always welcome to join!  Contact  jillmcourtney@gmail.com  if you have any questions.
Sunday, October 21: Rehearse  10:30 - 11:05 am, Room 110
Thursday, Oct 25: Rehearse  7:00 - 7:30 pm (Fellowship Hall/Meeting Room)
Sunday, Oct 28: Sing in the first part of both services. Details will be shared on the Children's Choir email list (we are singing "Remember Me" from Coco with the adult choir! It will be fun!)
Sunday, November 4: Rehearse  10:30 - 11:05 am , Room 110
Sunday, November 11: Sing at the end of 1st Service, start of 2nd Service - this will be the Multigenerational Thanksgiving Service
Connecting Families with Young Children Oct. 28
All families with young children are welcome to join us on  Sunday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 112 to discuss the possibility of a new group. The hope is to create a way for UU families with young children to connect with each other.  This meeting will explore possible activities for a new group and how the group would function.  Questions?  Contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator at  connect@uubloomington.org

Women's Alliance Meets  November 1
Nancy Richman, Director of Volunteers in Medicine, will discuss their
current projects at the Women's Alliance meeting on Thursday, November  1.   We gather at  11:30 a.m.  in Fellowship Hall with a brown bag lunch.  The  presentation begins at  noon , followed by a question and answer period and  a business meeting.  The hostesses for the month, Carolyn Emmert and Patty  Callison, will provide drinks and dessert.  Everyone, including women,  men, and gender non-binary persons, is welcome.
Free Leadership Workshop on Nov. 3: 
Five Practices for Getting Things Done  in Volunteer Organizations
Join us for a free, practical, and experiential leadership workshop on  Saturday, November 3, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm in the Library and make your passion come to life. We will explore the five leadership practices of Kouzes and Posner that evidence shows produce results and help people work together. Dan and Sharon Wiseman will be facilitating the session. The Wisemans have more than 60 combined years of experience in helping people be better leaders.  RSVP to  zetta@bluemarble.net  before  October 30 . If you will need childcare to attend, please reserve by October 19 by emailing Kitty at rea@uubloomington.org.
Exploring   Unitarian  Universalism
November 4 and 11
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. Join us on November 4 and November 112-4 p.m. in Room 112 for this fun and informative class. We ask for participation in this class before becoming a member. Please plan to attend both sessions, since different material will be covered in each session.  Register by signing up at the Welcome Table in the foyer, or emailing Ann LeDuc at connect@uubloomington.org
SafeTALK Suicide Prevention Training November 10
Join us on Saturday,  November 10 for SafeTALK, a 3-hour alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to recognize the signs of suicidal ideation and instructs how to connect with life-saving intervention resources. The training will take place on  November 10, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon in the Fellowship Hall. RSVP to Ann LeDuc at  connect@uubloomington.org
Cooks and Bakers at the Birds of a Feather Common Interest Table - Nov 11
On Sunday, November 11, in the Fellowship Hall during coffee hour ( 10:15-11:15), all cooks and bakers are encouraged to meet at the Birds of a Feather (BOF)  Common  Interest Table.  Join us, whether you are a cooking and/or baking enthusiast, or just learning. This is a great opportunity to get to know other bakers and cooks in our congregation and share your baking and cooking knowledge and experiences.  All bakers and cooks are welcome!   -Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator 
Hikers Unite!
If you missed the Hikers' Birds of a Feather Common Interest Table on October 7, do not fear, you can still come hike with us!  We hope to get together for a couple of hikes this fall, and you are welcome to join us.  Just email Ann LeDuc at connect@uubloomington.org and let her know that you want to be put on the Hikers email list. 
Survey: 
Supporting the UU Church of Bloomington 
Through surveys, we have learned much about our congregation:  what connects you to the church, what inspires you to be involved here, your views on end of life issues, and more. Please take this short survey to help us better understand your views and preferences in relation to your financial support of the church.
  Changing the World 
Social Justice Funds Committee Announces Fall 2018 Grants
The Social Justice Funds Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the  Fall 2018 Social Justice Grants:
       3rd Sunday Social Justice Film Series, $1500
                                   and
                              Africa: A Different Story Project, $600
Fall Diaper Drive for All-Options Ends This Sunday, Oct 21
Did you know that 5.3 million children in the U.S. don't have access to the diapers they need? Join our Reproductive Justice Task Force and All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center by making a donation of diapers during our Fall Diaper Drive! You can drop off new, unopened packages of disposable diapers in the bin in the Commons, through Oct 21. Sizes 4-6, 4T-5T especially needed. Also welcome: new diaper pails, washable baby wipes, and diaper covers. All-Options has cloth diapers, though daycare centers won't always accept their use. Follow this link for other giving options: https://alloptionsprc.org/get-involved/donate/
Ava DuVernay's "13th" Screened Sunday, October 21
The UU Social Justice Task Force and Monroe County Showing Up for Racial Justice are pleased to present a free showing of:


Sunday, October 21, 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
Pizza available.
Sorry, no childcare for this event.  (If you need childcare for the November 18 film night, contact Kitty McIntosh at rea@uubloomington by November 4.)

Green Sanctuary Task Force  Fall Clothing Swap
Saturday, October 27, 9:30 am - 12:00 Noon
Each spring and fall, we hold a Clothing Swap to 
offer an alternative to buying new clothes. 
This Fall's Swap will be held on Saturday, October 27, from 9:30 am until 12:00 noon. 
Mark your calendars and start cleaning out your closets!  The Green Sanctuary Task Force encourages all of us to examine our habits of consumption. What do we buy? Where does it come from? What happens to it when we're finished with it? What impact does our consumption have on the earth and its inhabitants?
Trivia Night and Chili Cook-Off to Support Habitat
Saturday, November 3, 5:30 pm
   Calling trivia buffs and chili chefs! The Habitat Task Force is hosting a new event -- a Trivia & Chili Cook-Off -- on Saturday, November 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, for UUs and friends in Fellowship Hall. We will have a three-round trivia contest (with prizes!) and at least five different types of delicious chili for you to judge and have for dinner, along with salads, desserts, and drinks. $10 for adults, $25 for a family of four or more. Even if you're not a trivia buff, come to enjoy the company of other UUs and have a fun and relaxing evening. Childcare must be reserved by Oct. 20 by emailing rea@uubloomington.org. Games for children will be available. If you'd like to compete for the Best Chili honor, please contact Barb Berggoetz at barbberg@bluemarble.net. All proceeds from this event will go to support Habitat for Humanity builds. 
Click, Clickety Click, Clickety Click
That's the sound of knitting needles, crochet hooks, and weavers' shuttles once again producing delightful scarves, hats, mittens, slippers, and more to sell at this year's Holiday Bazaar. Last year we raised over $2,000 for Monroe County United Ministries and the Walnut Grove Food Pantry. Last year we had several requests for "messy bun hats" (a quick and easy knit or crochet project) - click here for ideas! We'd love to find a messy bun hat knitter! There is a box in the Commons to drop off your creations!  For more information, contact Mary Blizzard at 333-8957 or Maryblizzard6@gmail.com.  -- Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force
Gourmet Galaxy Goes International!
The Annual Holiday Bazaar will be upon us soon, November 30 and December 1 This year Gourmet Galaxy will have an international, and we hope you'll dig through old family recipes for those special treats from places near and far.  Think cakes, fudge, caramels, canned goodies from the garden, biscotti, candy and anything else that is not a cookie!   If you want to avoid being overwhelmed by the holiday rush, start baking and freezing now!  We're also looking for volunteers to staff Gourmet Galaxy during the bazaar. Click Here to sign up:  http://bit.do/UUBazaar2018   Thank you! Celeste McGregor and Ann LeDuc
Cookie Bakers! 
Let's Get Ready for the Bazaar Cookie Walk!
First comes autumn, then Thanksgiving, and then..the 60th ANNUAL UU HOLIDAY ART FAIR AND BAZAAR on  November 30 and December 1!  Start now on your plans for cookies to contribute; it's fine to make ahead and freeze them. Last year's cookie variety was a delight, and we sold them all! Rolled ones, frosted ones, bar cookies and new surprises - we love them all! Questions? Contact Meg Sears (  newberrm@gmail.com ), your Cookie Walk chair. 
Bazaar Volunteers Needed!  
We will need more than 150 volunteer shifts filled for the Holiday Bazaar, November 30 and December 1. It takes a lot of people, but each shift is only a couple of hours. There is a job to suit anyone's interests and it is so much fun! Sign up using Sign Up Genius at  http://bit.do/UUBazaar2018If you have questions (or have trouble signing up) please see us in Fellowship Hall between services  Sundays  beginning  October 21,  or contact Melinda Pettijohn directly at  Melinda.Pettijohn@gmail.com .
  Seeking the Spirit  
Religious Education for Adults
When a Child Leaves Home
Writing Workshop
Thursday, October 18, 7:00 pm
Facilitated by Amy Cornell
For parents, grandparents, and caregivers who are in a transition to life with fewer (if any!) children at home. This time can present a multitude of feelings and observations worthy of exploration. The tender time of letting go deserves attention, and this circle allows participants to honor that transition with others who find themselves at similar junctures. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, and caregivers are welcome to this circle. We will share readings, refection, writing and sharing together. No previous writing experience needed. To  register for this class, please email Reverend Emily at  mre@uubloomington.org

You Can Do Magic at Any Age!
Wednesdays: Oct 24, Nov 7, Nov 14
6:30 - 8 pm
With Paul Harnishfeger
Have you always wanted to learn how to do magic??  Adults and children ages 7 and up are invited to join Paul for an opportunity to create a world that is a little more magical. 
To register, email Reverend Emily at  mre@uubloomington.org

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. sflint.ktv@gmail.com
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 110 here at the church. All are welcome regardless of faith or experience. 
 More info:  openmindzenbloomington@gmail.com or 
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. (but no class on Tuesday, October 16.)  Anyone is welcome, even those with no previous Taiji experience. Please wear loose-fitting clothing.  Info: contact Brian at creektivity@gmail.com 
Humanist Forum Meets this Sunday
October 21, 12:45 pm
This Sunday at 12:45 p.m. the UU Humanist Forum will meet in Room 208 after children's Religious Education classes end. The discussion topic is "Taboo or Not Taboo" and will be facilitated by Rich Janda.
UU Freethinkers Enjoy  Free Ranging Discussion  
Sunday, October 28, 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 p.m., after children's religious education classes end.
Earth Kin's Samhain Ritual 
Sunday, October 28, 7:00 pm
Join Earth Kin for its annual Samhain Ritual on Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 7 to 9 pm in Fellowship Hall. On Samhain (Sow-in) -- the Celtic New Year and third harvest festival -- the veil between the world of the living and the dead is thinnest. Earth Kin's Samhain ritual will honor this sacred time of the year by remembering and communing with our ancestors and preparing ourselves for the dark time of the year. This will include a summoning of Cailleach (the Divine Hag and Scottish ancestor deity), a guided meditation, and an ancestor calling. All are welcome to bring photographs of or offerings to the ancestor(s) you wish to honor, which will be placed on an ancestor altar and returned to you after the ritual. 
Community Connections
Our Faith in Action in the Community

Benefit Concert for Interfaith Emergency Winter Shelter
Friday, October 19, 7:30 pm 
This Friday there will be a benefit concert in support of the Interfaith Emergency Winter Shelter. The concert, directed by Sulaiman Zai, will be held at St. Thomas Lutheran Church (3800 E. 3rd Street) beginning at 7:30 PM. The concert will feature several local composers and soloists, including our own Connie Loftman.
Admission to the concert is free, but donations are requested, to support the shelter.
 -- UUCB Homelessness Taskforce

Jewish Theatre of Bloomington Presents Leipzig 
Oct 25, 27, 28, Nov 1, 3
Leipzig explores the journey of a three-member Catholic family when the mother descends into Alzheimer's Disease and begins praying in Hebrew, revealing her long held secret that she is Jewish and a child refugee of the Holocaust. Her daughter must deal with the devastating effects of her mother's secret past and come to terms with her religious identity. The play raises deep questions about identity, loyalty, and parental bonds. Talkbacks directly following the performances on October 25 and November 1. Performances are October 25 & 27 and November 1 & 3 at 7:30 pm, and October 28 at 3:00 pm, in the Ivy Tech John Waldron's Rose Firebay Theatre. For ticket information and more details: www.jewishtheatrebloomington.com/le

Better Angels Needs Volunteers
         Red and Blue organizers help depolarize America.  What is a Red/Blue Workshop?  It's an invitation-only workshop bringing together 5-7 conservative leaning citizens and 5-7 progressive leaning citizens for a day of structured conversations to better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide.  The focus is on listening and reflecting, rather than debating and persuading.  Better Angels (www.Better-Angels.org) is looking for a Red co-organizer to recruit participants for our December 8th workshop in Bloomington.  If you know of someone who may be interested,  contact Miles Eddy at (812) 361-0067, or email him at:   online@mileseddy.com

UU History for You
Henry Ware and the 
Growth of American Unitarianism from Puritanism
When Pilgrims began arriving in New England in the early 1600's, most established congregational churches were based on Puritan ideals. The Puritans believed the congregation and not a Bishop or other elected higher authority dictated policy, and each congregation had its own covenant or pact that all members signed. During the 1630's, 20,000 Puritans left Europe and settled in New England. They decided to follow John Harvard's bequest and founded a college, Harvard University, to train ministers for the numerous churches being established. Harvard opened its first class in 1639. As the eighteenth century approached, many of the Puritan churches felt Harvard had become too secular and its theology was leaning toward Unitarianism and rejecting Trinitarianism. In 1701, they departed and founded Yale University and Andover College as suitable places to maintain Puritan congregationalist ideals. In 1805, Harvard appointed a Unitarian, Henry Ware (1764-1845), to head its Divinity program. He was a graduate of Harvard, and over the ensuing years there (1805-1840) he set up Harvard's Divinity School. After he died, his son, Henry Ware, Jr., continued the Unitarian, more secular tradition, at Harvard until Ralph Waldo Emerson denounced it as spiritually dead, and launched his transcendentalist movement.   --Elof Carlson, Congregational 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.
Email: macklin@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. 

Rev. McNeill will be away October 15 - November 6.


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@uubloomington.org

Rev. Leite will be away October 29 - November 6.


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. If you have a problem viewing, please email Andy Beargie and Ned Joyner at   media@uubloomington.org.

Making the Archived Videos of Services Easier to Get To
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.
Click here to view the most recent services:   October 7   October 14
Membership: 512 certified members; 538 current members.
Attendance: 
Sunday, October 7           9:15 - 96     11:15 - 181    TOTAL: 277
Sunday, October 14         9:15 - 89     11:15 - 176    TOTAL: 265
Non-Pledge Offering:    October 7 : $524       October 14: $530
   Total to be donated (25%) to Spencer Pride $263.36
Grocery Card Sales:   (Bloomingfoods, Lucky's Market, or Fresh Thyme)  
October 7: $1,075, income to UUCB: $67.75      October 14: $125, income to UUCB: $6.75
Calendar: A link to our full church calendar of events can be found on this page of our website: www.uubloomington.org/home/calendar  
Facebook: Many church events are also posted on our  Facebook page
Prologue  Publication Schedule:  
The deadline for articles is 10 a.m. on the date of publication, which is 
the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. 
Send articles to admin@uubloomington.org
Upcoming  issues:  November 6, November 20, December 4, December 18.
Masthead photo of our ministers and staff by John Woodcock.
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