Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Follow Your Arrow
Reverend Scott McNeill
There is something powerful about a compass being able to always direct us North - whether literally or metaphorically. And yet despite knowing which way is True North, sometimes we take a different path. Join us as we wrestle with how to balance our individual needs and identities, wants and desires with the needs of others, our deepest needs (of which we are not always aware), and how to navigate life's many paths.
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Unitarian Universalist Radical Justice Making and Healing in these Uncertain Times
Reverend Chris Long
"Dear Ones, I am delighted to be joining you again, and meeting some of you for the first time, during my
October 13th, 14th visit. Let's explore what it might mean as Unitarian Universalists to 'heal even as we ache.' With the current social, environmental, cultural and political times we are in, does Unitarian Universalism provide a sacred space, theology and other essential tools necessary for times such as these? What might it mean to be radical social/racial justice makers, even as we heal from all that is going on? Hope to see you there... --Chris"
Rev Chris Long is currently the Justice Minister at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River, Ohio. He is also in his third year on the faculty at Starr King School for the Ministry, as the Visiting Assistant Professor for the Practice of Ministry. When he is not focusing to embody his life's Calling, he enjoys time with treasured friends, theater, cinema, anything Alvin Ailey American Dance Company related, laughter and beauty. He looks forward to being with us the weekend of October 13th & 14th, 2018.
Monarchs!---The Ones with Wings
Holy Moly! Have you seen all the monarchs flying around the Monarch Way-Station on our church grounds? It's amazing. Thanks to ALL who picked up seeds for future monarch milkweed sanctuaries this past Sunday in honor of my 20th Ordination Anniversary. Special thanks to Sean Breeden-Ost for providing the milkweed seeds for this occasion.
Gratitude to Infinity and Beyond!
What heartfelt and lovely Sunday worship services on September 30th. Abiding gratitude to everyone who made our ministerial celebration one of spirited healing and love. In these tumultuous times, it is so important to set aside space to reclaim the joy that resides, steadfast, in our minds, bodies and spirits. It was wonderful to fully bring the ever-patient Reverend Forrest Gilmore aboard as our congregation's Community Minister. He loves his new purple stole! Jean Knowlton rocks. And I so enjoyed celebrating the 20th Anniversary of my Ordination. Good Gravy Marie--was it really 20 years ago? Thanks to the organizers, food preparers, music performers, worship attendees, (including live-streamers aka life's dreamers), tech folks, and all those wonderful ministers who have guided this congregation along the way. Special thanks to Kim Carballo for
all the "Mary Ann" music
Outstanding Community Agency Award!
We were recently informed that tomorrow evening, October 3rd, our congregation will receive the Outstanding Community Agency Award from the City of Bloomington's Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs. Reverend Scott McNeill, Refugee and Immigration Task Force Chair Debbie Fish, and I will accept the award on behalf of the congregation at the Monroe County Library Auditorium. We will also make use of this blessing to create deeper connections with the Latinx community. "Love prepare me to be a sanctuary."
October 28th Workshops---Dying: To Know
After our annual "Remembering our Ancestors: Day of the Dead" worship service on October 28th, our End-of-Life Task Force will host a number of workshops for public attendance under the theme of "Dying: To Know." Presentations will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will include: Preparing Your Advanced Directives, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Medical Issues at End of Life, Your Journey of Grief, Care for Body after Death, and more. Our youth will host a special showing of the movie Coco----a Pixar film wherein aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.
Stay tuned for more details.
Reduce Consumption: Care for the Earth
Oh, and on October 27th, the Green Sanctuary Clothing Swap (a tangible reminder to reduce our consumption) will take place here Saturday morning.
Peace and Love, MAM
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Senior Minister
PS Was just reminded of an adage from my law days. I believe it points to the framework of a legal system within a patriarchal culture, "If you don't have the facts, pound the law. If you don't have the law, pound the facts. If you don't have either, pound the table."
PPS Deep breath, for justice and healing.
Pastoral Care from Your Ministers
The fall is always a good time to offer a reminder that the ministers are available for pastoral care. When people face significant health changes, transitions in life, and/or spiritual questions - it can be helpful to have someone with whom to talk and process. Please contact us if you want to setup an appointment.
Our Vision for Social Justice
On Saturday, October 13, leaders from the various social justice task forces will meet with the Reverend Chris Long to begin some work on imagining and articulating our vision for social justice. If you're interested in learning more or attending (10 a.m. - 12 noon, at the church), please let me know (
). As the year progresses, we'll have different opportunities for members and friends of the congregation to add their views!
Reverend Scott McNeill, Associate Minister
Update from Religious Education
for Children & Youth
One of the highlights last month for our kids in Curiosity Club was visiting University Lake and the research center and pavilion named for our Dan Willard, a late member of our congregation. The kids welcomed the opportunity to be "mindful in the moment" and share about their favorite ways to be out in nature and covenant with nature. Morgan Scherer, the assistant property manager, was very helpful and answered lots of questions; he might see your kiddo again when he visits MCCSC schools this year.
If your family would like to explore the research area and teaching preserve more on your own, they have interpretive hikes at at
on Sundays. If you or a group you are associated with would like to know more about these hikes or possibly setting up a hike at a different time, you can email
If you're interested in volunteering, they have service days on Fridays and Saturdays from
The fall dates are
This time of year is ripe with opportunities to observe our ever changing natural world, so find a spot to sit and soak up the sun and share with one another. How do you personally covenant with the Earth? Do you feel connected to our violet UU promise: Value the Earth which we share with all living things? What are you doing to help bring healing into our natural world?
--Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education, email@example.com
A Celebration of Ministry
Sunday, September 30, 2018, the UUCB worship services were a glorious celebration of ministry--ministry from the pulpit and from the congregation. In 1998, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington ordained into ministry the Reverend Mary Ann Macklin. To mark this 20th anniversary of her ordination, the service included recognition of the past, present and future of ministry at UUCB.
We welcomed into our pulpit ministers Dennis McCarty, Bill Breeden, Barbara Child, Forrest Gilmore and Doug Wadkins for their words of meditation on ministry. Rev. McNeill and Rev. Macklin each spoke of how ministry in the Unitarian Universalist tradition is the work of all of us and challenged us to recognize how we minister to each other. Special recognition was also given to Rev. Forrest Gilmore during an installation ceremony led by Rev. Macklin, Rev. McNeill, Rev. Leite and Rev. Swaney, marking his role as the UUCB Community Minister in Bloomington.
To round out this special recognition service, UUCB Board of Directors, with great sincerity and a bit of levity, formally proclaimed September 30, 2018, as Mary Ann Macklin Day!
Stuart D. Yoak, Vice President, UUCB Board of Directors
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
Humanist Forum Meets this Sunday
October 7, 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.
Harold Ogren will lead a discussion of "Cell phones: How they work, Who uses them, and Are they the end of civilization as we know it?"
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.
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. Anyone is welcome, even those with no previous taiji experience. Please wear loose-fitting clothing.
Info: contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org
UU Freethinkers Enjoy
Free Ranging Discussion
Sunday, October 14, 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 Book Club Discusses Cosmic Doctrine October 15
Join Earth Kin--UU's Earth-centered spirituality group--for the next meeting of our book club on Monday, October 15, 7:30-9pm in room 210. We'll be discussing Section II of Dion Fortune's Cosmic Doctrine, which has been called one of the most important works of 20th century occult philosophy. The book is available through most major book stores and online, but please do contact Brooke Opel (
) if you have any obstacles to obtaining the book, because she is happy to share her copy. Everyone is welcome--whether you're new to pagan thought or have been studying for decades!
If you have questions or would like to register for either of the following events, please email Reverend Emily at
When a Child Leaves Home
Writing Workshop October 16
Facilitated by Amy Cornell
Tuesday, October 16, 7-9pm
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.
You Can Do Magic at Any Age!
With Paul Harnishfeger.
November 7 and 14
Adults and children ages 7 and up interested in learning how to do magic are invited to join Paul for an opportunity to create a world that is a little more magical.
Women's Alliance Meets October 4
Vicki Polansky of the League of Women Voters will speak at the Thursday, October 4th meeting. Her topic, "Taming the Gerrymander," will deal with redistricting in Indiana. Gather at 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Meetings begin 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, Doris Wittenburg and Arzetta Hults-Losensky, will provide drinks and dessert. Everyone, including women, men, and gender non-binary persons, is welcome.
Resilience: Indiana's Untold Story
Screening October 7
Stories of Monroe
(to be performed here October 11-14) is Resilience Productions' second original two-act play. The first play, Resilience: Indiana's Untold Story, commemorated Indiana's Bicentennial.If you missed the performance Resilience: Indiana's Untold Story, you may wish to see it. For those of you who would like, you may join us for a free screening of Resilience: Indiana's Untold Story in the UU Library on Sunday, October 7th at 4:00 p.m.
Resilience: Stories of Monroe
Four Performances Oct 11, 12, 13 and 14
Here in our Meeting Room
Resilience Productions' new play,
Stories of Monroe, commemorates Bloomington and Monroe County's bicentennial, and it presents a bit of Monroe County's African-American history--"There's a World of Difference Between Facts and the Truth." The play was researched by Elizabeth Mitchell, written by Gladys DeVane, directed by Danielle Bruce, and features members of the Bloomington community and our congregation in the cast. It will be performed here in our Meeting Room next week, on October 11, 12, and 13 at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, October 14 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are Adults $20, Military $15, and Children 12 and under $10. Tickets available at the Buskirk-Chumley box office, 812-323-3020, or click here to go to the online box office. To see a poster, Click here.
This Sunday- Hikers Unite!
Sunday, October 7, in the Fellowship Hall during coffee hour (
10:15-11:15), all hikers are encouraged to meet at the Birds of a Feather (BOF) Common Interest Table. This is a great opportunity to get to know other hikers in our congregation and share information about hikes and hiking. All hikers welcome! -Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Ready to become a member of UU Bloomington?
If this is your community, if you feel at home here, join us! A Membership Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, October 14 at 10:30 am in room 112. We ask for participation in our Exploring Unitarian Universalism class prior to signing the membership book. To make arrangements to become a member, or for questions, please contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, at (812) 332-3695 ext 203 or email@example.com.
Are you new here? Take your "First Steps" this Sunday!
First Steps is a personal and brief introduction to Unitarian Universalism and this congregation. Join us this Sunday in room 112 at
10:35 am or
12:35 pm, after each service. Free childcare is available in Room 108. No registration is required. --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
SafeTALK Suicide Prevention Training November 10
Join us on Saturday,
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
Harv Hegarty Supports a Liberal Religious Future Through Planned Giving
I love UUCB. It is a spiritual home for me. The Chalice Circles I have been in have expanded the number of people I now call close friends. Social Justice is important to me. There are 13 social justice committees that serve those who can benefit from their support. Over decades UUCB members have devoted their lives to strengthening this ministry. I am a recipient of their commitment. I want to support this church so that those who follow me will find the warm community that I now enjoy.
Children's Choir Upcoming Dates
Our next round of singing will begin soon! New and returning singers, Kg-6th grade, are always welcome! Contact:
if you have questions!
Sun Oct 21: Rehearse
10:30-11:05, Rm 110
Thurs Oct 25: Rehearse
7:00-7:30 (Fellowship Hall/Meeting Room)
Sun 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!)
Sun Nov 4: Rehearse
10:30-11:05, Rm 110
Sun Nov 11: Sing end of 1st Service, start of 2nd Service for Multigenerational Thanksgiving Service
Survey Results: Your Story with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington
Thank you to all who completed the "Your Story with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington" survey in July and August.
Here are some of the results from that survey:
- Many of us first started attending the church because we were looking for a community.
- The Prologue and Friday Update are the ways that the majority of us learn about our church events and activities.
- Most of us are extremely comfortable with telling non-UUs about Unitarian Universalism.
- Friends at church are the most important way we connect to the UUCB community.
- The majority of us are involved at church (outside of attending services) between 1 and 2 hours each week.
- Time and scheduling are the largest barriers to connecting at church.
- We feel that our Worship Services are the most important part of our church experience.
Earth Kin's Samhain Ritual
Sunday, October 28
Join Earth Kin for its annual Samhain Ritual on Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 7-9pm in the 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.
Free Workshop on Saturday, November 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 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 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.
Fill a Jar for the Bazaar!
We know folks are not ready to think about the Holiday Bazaar, but we'd like you to do exactly that! As you preserve the bounty of the summer
in the coming weeks, save one for a good cause!
Relish, chutney, chow-chow, salsa, pickles, preserves sweet and savory... Think of all the possibilities! And when you're thinking--and canning
the Gourmet Galaxy, and fill a jar for the Bazaar! Celeste McGregor and Ann LeDuc, Co-chairs.
UU History for You
the First Woman to Obtain an M.D. in the USA
Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) was born in Bristol, England. Her father refined sugar from sugar cane but abandoned that business because he opposed slavery and virtually all sugar was from slave gathered sugar cane. He moved his family to New York and tried making sugar from sugar beets. He moved his family again to Cincinnati and cultivated sugar beets while being active in the abolitionist movement. His premature death left Elizabeth with limited opportunities. She taught in schools for girls and took an interest in women's health. She became a Unitarian and enjoyed the transcendentalist movement. She learned medicine from sympathetic Unitarian male doctors who taught her. Eventually she impressed the admissions committee at Geneva Medical College in New York, and got her MD in 1849. She went to Paris and London to gain more medical knowledge. While in Paris she lost an eye from a gonorrhea infection while treating an infant with that disease. She returned to New York to open a hospital for "indigent women and children." She remained active in the abolitionist movement and served in the Civil War. She left the United States in 1869 and became active with Florence Nightingale with the Red Cross movement and providing medical services for the poor. She died in 1910 in Hastings, England.
--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
Diaper Drive for All-Options Sept 23-Oct 21
Did you know that 5.3 million children in the U.S. don't have access to the diapers they need? Those babies' bums aren't going to diaper themselves--they need your help! 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, Sept 23-Oct 21. Sizes 4-6, 4T-5T especially needed. NEW!! We will also take donations of diaper pails, washable baby wipes, diaper covers and we can provide a pattern to make 'Wet Bags' for cloth diaper users. 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/
Social Justice Fall Grants--
Deadline October 5
Each fall, the Social Justice Funds Committee (SJFC) solicits proposals for grants in support of local social justice projects. Awards are based on available funds, number of grant applications received and the guidelines outlined below. Guidelines: Projects must be based in Southern Indiana and be consistent with the mission of our church. Priority will be given to applications from (1) Social Justice Task Forces, (2) projects that involve a significant number of the congregation, and (3) applications that will seed new projects with an enduring benefit.
Before submitting the grant proposal, advocates of the proposal should have taken steps to inform members of the congregation and to involve interested members in the project. Grant Procedures Application forms are available
by clicking here
, or by request from Steve Mascari at firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications should be submitted by email to the same address. Deadline for application submission is October 5th.
--Steve Mascari, for the Social Justice Funds Committee:
Steve Mascari, Anna Alexandrova-Beauchamp, Ruth Ann Cooper, Kelly Rockhill, Jackie Hall, advisor.
Green Sanctuary Task Force Fall Clothing Swap October 27
he 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?
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. If it would be helpful to you to have childcare provided for this event, please contact Kitty McIntosh by October 13, email@example.com.
Trivia and Chili Cook-off Fundraiser for Habitat
The Habitat Task Force is planning a new fundraising event--Trivia & Chili Cook-off--on Saturday, November 3 from
in Fellowship Hall. We'll have a three-round trivia game, with some UU-related questions and other general topics, for any UUs and guests to enjoy and play as teams. Highest scoring teams will earn some prizes (some edible!) Before the trivia game begins, we'll serve homemade chili and salad/desserts and drinks. Price for game and dinner will be $10 for adults, and $5 for 12 and under. We encourage UUs to enter their delicious chili to be part of the cook-off. If you're interested in making a pot of chili and compete with the other chefs, please contact Barb Berggoetz at
. Mark your calendar for a night of eating and games on Saturday,
Our Faith in Action in the Community
Kilamanjaro Education Outreach Fundraiser October 6
Kilamanjaro Education Outreach, a local helping organization, is holding a fundraiser, Taste of East Africa, on Saturday, October 6, 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Harmony School. Food, live music and dance will all be part of the evening.
Click here for ticket info
Intersex? What's That?
Q&A in Spencer, October 13
Join in a community conversation where questions are encouraged.
Saturday, October 13, 2:00 p.m.
17 E. Franklin St, Spencer, Indiana
Be introduced to the Intersex Community through a mixture of biology and humor all rolled into a fun learning experience.
Click here for a poster.
Invitation to "Breakfast for Books" Thursday, October 11
Team First Book of Monroe County invites members of the congregation to our "Breakfast for Books" on Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Team First Book funds the purchase of new, high quality books for low-income children in Monroe County to own and take home. Funds go to the Read to Me program of New Leaf New Life, local SCAAP programs of Head Start and Thriving Connections, MCCSC and RBBCSC Title I schools, MCUM Childcare Program, and other programs doing literacy work. To reserve your seat at breakfast, contact Patty Callison,
. Can't come to breakfast? Donations may be made to Team First Book, P.O. Box 1325, Bloomington, IN 47402 or online at
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 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons.
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
our Minister of Religious Education,
can be reached at
-3695 (ext. 207)
on Wednesday and Friday mornings.
Our Covenant of Right Relations
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
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
of our website.
Membership: 512 certified members; 530 current members.
Sunday, September 23 9:15 - 78 11:15 - 143 TOTAL: 221
Sunday, September 30 9:15 - 127 11:15 - 180 TOTAL: 307
: $517 September 30: $760
Total to be donated (25%) to Spencer Pride $325.35
Grocery Card Sales:
(Bloomingfoods, Lucky's Market, and/or Fresh Thyme)
September 23: $625, income to UUCB: $45.25 September 30: $425, income to UUCB: $21.75
Many church events are also posted on our
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