The Prologue                                 
  Tuesday, October 6, 2020
  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 11, 2020
"Listening to that voice that is calling us to live Authentically"
Reverend Dave Clements 
     To really listen to others, we must first learn to listen to ourselves. This requires us to learn the art of deep listening. Deep Listening involves listening from a deep, receptive, and caring place in oneself. It is listening that is generous, empathic, supportive, accurate, and trusting. I invite you to come and worship as I share with you some personal stories of how I learned the importance of Deep Listening. Sunday is also National Coming Out Day and we will celebrate that in the service. Coming out can be an arduous journey that requires being willing to listen to oneself and to honor one's decision to live authentically.
Please Join Us Via Livestream
Please join us for our service each Sunday via our Facebook page or our website livestream page. Archived videos are available about 3 hours after the airing of each livestream on our website, in case you miss the livestream while it's live.

Our Building is Closed, but Our Hearts are Still Open. 
To help disrupt the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 in our community, our Board of Directors has voted to close the building for the time being. Everyone please stay safe, stay well, and stay home as much as possible.

Our Board will review the situation concerning our building closure and the progress of the pandemic at their Board meeting each month, and will keep us updated on their decisions.
Do you enjoy our Sunday services?  
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If you enjoy our Sunday services and use Facebook, please consider sharing our Sunday Service events and videos with your Facebook friends! 
Join the Conversation 
in Virtual Coffee Hour!
Everyone is invited to join us for lively conversation in Virtual Coffee Hour, every Sunday after the worship service until 12:15 pm. Just click on this link to join us!
Read the Friday Update for the complete list of Coffee Hour breakout room topics.
Email connect (at) before Saturday, if you would like to request a conversation topic and be a small group conversation host.   
-Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator 
Thoughts from Rev. Dave
This past week, we have been witness to three major events in our lives. The presidential debate, the news of President Trump testing positive for Covid-19, and the cavalier attitude and response by our President to the Virus. Just when we think that things couldn't get worse, we are surprised. If we spend time being brought down by these events, they can have a very negative impact upon us and those that we love.
One thing that I have learned during these times is the importance of continuing to build up our own reservoir of resolve. The best way to do this is to on a daily basis take the time to take care of ourselves. Take 5 minutes at the start and end of each day to ponder over the blessings that we received that day and offer gratitude. 

Many people have shared with me that they are so busy with all of the work that they have to do: taking care of their children, parents or others, that is hard to find time for themselves just to sit. I realize that many of you don't have 30 minutes extra. So, I am asking you just for this coming week take five minutes at the start of your day. Go somewhere in your home where you can be alone and just sit, breath and be present for yourself. Try deep listening, really listen to that inner voice. Do the same thing at the end of your day. Try this for the next week and see if it helps in some small way to ease your anxiety, calm your spirit and assist you in being more present for yourself and others. 

The month of October our worship theme is Deep Listening. I believe that deep listening first needs to begin with us really taking the time to listen to that inner voice. May this coming week be one of calmness and one of discovery as you take time each day to stop and listen.

   Rev. Dave

Reverend Dave Clements
Interim Minister Consultant
clements (at)
Wednesdays at Noon with Rev. Dave--
Online Discussions

October 14th --
How to Handle the Thanksgiving Holidays 
     Come join Rev. Dave at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, October 14, in online discussion as we share ideas and concerns regarding how to handle the upcoming Thanksgiving Holidays. For many of us, this has been a time for gathering with friends and family. How can we honor this tradition and at the same time be safe?  Click here for the link to the discussion.

October 21st -- What Comes Next after the Election?
     Join Rev. Dave on Zoom at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, October 21 to talk about what comes next, after the upcoming election. Click here for the link.
MAM Musing
In yesterday's worship service, I offered this invitation for the month of October:  
"I invite you to obtain and read or re-read the 2017 book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder. It is a #1 New York Times Bestseller, small but mighty, and serves as a guide for surviving and resisting America's turn towards authoritarianism. I have preached about this text before, but its message becomes more and more important with each day. Stand by. Need I say more?  
Meanwhile, in yesterday's sermon I mentioned that my prayer is "We just can't be healed, we must be transformed," which comes from singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer's song, "The Wolf is at the Door." I received a query as to what prayer means for me. My deepest understanding of prayer comes from Thich Nhat Hanh's book The Energy of Prayer, another small but mighty text, in which he states, "The act of praying is not just an empty wish, because behind each prayer is a practice of mindfulness and concentration." 
Lastly, if anyone out there in UU Land has a telescope collecting dust in some proverbial corner, I would love to borrow it. Contact me at your earliest convenience. I love autumnal and winter skies. I love autumnal. I love.
          Peace, MAM
          Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
          Senior Minister
Emily's Post

Dear Ones,

I am writing this morning from my sukkah--a temporary outdoor structure that Jews build for the eight-day celebration of Sukkot: a holiday celebrating the harvest and commemorating the years the Jews wandered in the desert living in temporary structures.  

This festival is resonating especially strongly for me this year.  Along with feeling a great need to embody the experience of not being at home in these times, I've been moved by a practice I just learned about--the practice of inviting the energy of beloved ancestors (relations, friends, or public figures) into the sukkah.  I've come to recognize that I need the energy of my ancestors now--I need the ritual-making energy of my mother, Anne, who marked occasions small and large.  I need the sense of humor of my maternal grandparents, Hallie and Bert, who sought opportunities to play--they shared laughter together even when their bodies slowly failed them.  I need the recurring call for justice-making of my paternal grandparents, Allen and Helen, who were actively in touch with leaders and politicians, the newspapers, and friends: urging them to join in making our world more just.

This month, I hope you'll listen deeply within to learn which energy you need. And may you then invite the inspiration of beloved ancestors, related or unrelated, into your lives and into the world.

Sending you love,
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Minister of Congregational Life and Religious Education 
From Adrienne:
Check out our Religious Education webpage for a special chalice lighting, music playlist, family activity ideas, and to stay up to date on the latest news and information about Religious Education! You can view our monthly Religious Education email and subscribe to it easily here!  

Questions? Contact Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education, 
dre (at) 
Send Us a Photo of You and Your Pet for Sunday, October 18  
Join us for a Time for All Ages on Sunday, October 18 to celebrate the special animals in our lives. Email Adrienne at dre (at) with photos of you and your pets by Wednesday, October 14th.   
Our Folks...
     Congratulations to member Jack Harlow. At the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce annual meeting on September 17, Jack was honored with their
Lifetime Achievement Award.   
Beware Email Fraud
     Some of our members recently received bogus emails from an entity impersonating our Senior Minister Reverend Macklin, asking for money in the form of gift cards. Fraudulent emails like this should be immediately deleted. Do not respond to them. Do not send money. 
     All email addresses of our ministers and staff end in .  If any email you receive about church business does not end in, it is not from us.
     Our ministers, staff, and board members will never email you asking for any money besides your pledge payment! 
Annual Holiday Bazaar--Online Version!
    Work is moving forward on UUCB's pandemic online version of our annual Bazaar. This year it will be an online sale/auction and will run from Nov. 20-30.  We will be using Auctria, the same auction website service that we used for the Goods and Services Auction in May 2020. We plan for the Bazaar to offer the best of both sale and auction, with old favorites like the Cookie Walk and Gourmet Galaxy, and new specialties like the Over 21 Basket and a very special T-shirt.

The timeline of the Bazaar is:
    October 10 - Bazaar group leaders and task force leaders (category leaders) will begin uploading items to the auction site.
    November 10 - Donations deadline.  All donations (cookies, gourmet galaxy, quality collectibles) need to be listed on the auction site by the category leaders.  
    November 20-30  Online Bazaar.  Go to the Bazaar auction web site to buy or bid on your favorites.  We will be sure you all have the link by November 20.
    December 4-5  Pick up and delivery of purchased Bazaar items.  

Help is needed to make this the best Bazaar. We need a few people willing to give 8 or more hours in a masked and socially distanced environment to help with intake and sorting of donated items.  Contact Ruellen Fessenbecker, rfessenb (at)
Bakers of cookies and makers of gourmet galaxy items are needed as in past years.
            Cookies:  Linda Pickle  See Cookie Cruise article below.
            Gourmet Galaxy items:  contact Barb Backler, bbackler (at)   or Ann Kamman, aok719 (at)
            The Best Quality Collectibles:  contact Doris Wittenburg,
                                                            dwittenb (at)

Bakers, remember that there are special rules about safe handling of food during the pandemic.  See the article below. 
            Be sure and mark your calendar for the Bazaar!

Special Rules about Food Handling for Bazaar Bakers 
and Makers.
In order to protect ourselves and the community, these rules have been decided upon.  They will also be published on the Bazaar auction web site.  These rules aren't much different than our usual expectations, with the exception of the mask and gloves during decorating and packaging.  Happy Baking, everyone! 

Our bakers work in their home kitchens and have been given these instructions:  
  • Always have impeccably clean hands and dishes.  
  • No masks needed while preparing food for baking.  
  • After baking, while handling and packaging food, wear a mask.  
  • Gloves are encouraged when food is cool enough to allow this.  
  • Hand decorating of baked goods should be done while wearing a mask and gloves.  

Cookie Donations for the Holiday Bazaar
The Cookie Cruise will be sailing again in the Bazaar! We will be selling baked cookies and bars as well as frozen cookie dough and cookie packages (cookies and cocoa kits, cookie decorating baskets). To simplify weighing and packaging, we are asking bakers to use recipes we will supply for a few "basic" cookie and bar offerings, but donations of special cookies and bars are also welcome. Contact Linda Pickle, linda.pickle (at) and Meg Sears, newberrm (at) for more information.
  Changing the World 
Social Justice Funds Committee Fall Grants 
Application Deadline October 16
Each fall, the Social Justice Funds Committee (SJFC) solicits proposals for grants in support of local social justice projects. The funds for these grants are provided through the Lundin Social Justice Fund in the Special Purposes Funds. Awards are based, in part, on available funds, number of grant applications received and the guidelines outlined below. 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 members of the congregation, and (3) applications to seed new projects that will have an enduring benefit. The monies cannot be used to pay for professional services or salaries. Click here for details and the application form.
Collection of Items for New Leaf-New Life
September 20-October 20
Our Hope for Prisoners Task Force is allied with Monroe County's New Leaf-New Life, Inc., a non-profit that, in addition to assisting local jail inmates, supports those returning to our community from jail or prison via a local Transition Support Center (TSC). Many of our incarcerated neighbors come home with only the clothes they are released in. The TSC accepts clothing donations of any type. (Any not needed by TSC clients are exchanged for Goodwill clothing vouchers, which are distributed to clients.) There is always a need for new socks, new underwear, hygiene products, and backpacks. To support this effort, our Task Force is providing a labeled tote for such donations outside the church portico entrance from September 20 through October 20. Donations will be collected regularly and delivered to the TSC. Donations are deeply appreciated! --Chris Haynes, Hope for Prisoners Task Force

Homelessness and Hunger Task Forces 
Still Collecting Items
Through October 31, we will be collecting food, hygiene items, and clothing for Shalom Community Center and food for our Pantry at College Square.
Needed items: Chunky soups, tuna, canned vegetables and fruit, cereal, coffee, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, powdered milk, pasta, institutional size cans of food, condiments, tea, new socks. We have placed collection bins outside the building, under the north side porch near the Portico Entrance. Simply drive up and drop off--we are collecting donations from these bins daily.  Many thanks! --Homelessness Task Force and Hunger Task Force
UU the Vote Resources for the 2020 Election
and You Can Help!

At the denominational level, the UUA Organizing Strategy Team, UU the Vote, Side with Love and partners have created opportunities and resources for us all for meeting this moment as a faith community.

Join Our 
UU the Vote National Phonebanks with front line community organizing partners who are reaching out to people in Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin who are targeted by voter suppression. 

Save the Dates! Harvest the Power Week of Action Oct. 21st-Oct. 27th. More info coming soon! To get the most up to date information and resources, 
sign up to receive the UU the Vote Newsletter.
We're looking forward to gathering our spirits and harvesting our power with you this fall and beyond.
In faith and solidarity,
Susan Leslie
Congregational Advocacy & Witness Director, UUA Organizing Strategy Team
sleslie (at), 617-948-4607, * 

The UUA MidAmerica Region Nominating Committee Needs Your Help!
     We are seeking fresh voices for leadership positions to strengthen the future of the MidAmerica Region! We have open positions for the Board of Trustees, Camp Unistar Foundation Board of Directors, Midwest Unitarian Universalist Conference (MUUC), and the MidAmerica Nominating Committee itself. Our region needs energetic people with diverse perspectives to fill these leadership positions. We are working to dismantle the legacy of white supremacy in our faith in order to create a collaborative environment with people from historically marginalized communities.
      Our only requirement is that our candidates must be a member of either a MidAmerica Congregation or the Church of the Larger Fellowship. If you or someone you know may be interested, please send your suggestions to one of our co-chairs:
Helen Dwyer, All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis, IN: hdwyer1492 (at)
Co-Chair Mel Priese, Eliot Unitarian Chapel in Kirkwood, MO: mel.priese (at)

Community Connections
Our Faith in Action

Climate Solutions Forum - Inspiring Citizens. Inspiring Action
October 8, 6:30 p.m.
The League of Women Voters and Citizens' Climate Lobby invite you to a virtual nonpartisan Climate Solutions Forum on Thursday, October 8, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Register here to participate. This community forum provides an opportunity to learn more about the impact of climate change in Indiana and options for large-scale solutions.  The forum will end with comments about how voters can take action.

Helping Middle Way House
YOU can help Middle Way House benefit from the Round Up for Positive Change Program at Bloomingfoods. All you have to do is vote by end of day on October 8th at this website:
Thank you for voting for us! Every bit counts!
Take care, The Staff at MWH, 812-333-7404, 

Wild and Scenic Film Festival October 16
With Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church
Orange Coast UU Church would like to invite you to our third annual Wild and Scenic Environmental Family Film Festival.  This year, it is VIRTUAL, so fellow UU's from all over can watch high quality films about the environment from the safety and comfort of their homes.  We embrace social activism, our 7th Principle, and fun!  Here's the link to get started!  Cost is $15 per ticket, and proceeds will support Orange Coast UU's New Sanctuary fund. 
  Seeking the Spirit  
Special CD with Ray Fellman Coming Soon!
     Music enhances our lives every day, but nowhere does it add sacred beauty like it does in church.  Ray Fellman brings his light and his talent to this brand new disc of pieces that he performs for us each week during services, often as preludes and offertories.  Ray of Sunshine will be available for sale soon!  (Possibly at the Bazaar)
     Produced by Sylvia McNair, engineered by Ned Joyner, and all profits go to the church.  -- Susan Swaney, Music Director
UU Freethinkers Meet October 11, 12:45 p.m. on Zoom
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. Every other Sunday via Zoom at 12:45 p.m. If you'd like to join us, please contact Harold Ogren, ogrenh (at), to get the link to the Zoom meetings and to be added to our email discussion list.
UU Humanist Forum Sunday, October 18
On Zoom 
On Sunday at 12:45 p.m., our UU Humanists meet together online on Zoom for discussion. Topic for October 18 is "Societal Resilience" led by David Keppel.  Click here to see topics discussed in the past. Email Ann Watzel or Harold Ogren if you would like to join the discussion. 
Exploring Unitarian Universalism Online 
Oct 18 & 25!
Explore Unitarian Universalism (UU) with us online on October 11 and 18, 3-5 pm.  Use this link to register for the class. These small group gatherings are a great opportunity to learn about the UU Principles, our ministers, the history of this congregation, all the ways to get involved here, and what it means to be a member.  Plan to attend both dates, since different material will be covered in each session. We request completion of this class before you become a member of the congregation. Everyone ages 14 to 100+ is welcome! Questions? Email Ann LeDuc at connect (at) 
Writing as a Spiritual Practice (Season 2)
A Drop-in Group with Rev. Barbara Child
    This is an invitation to join me on an autumn journey of personal exploration through autobiographical writing in community on Zoom.
    This will be a drop-in group just like the group this past spring, which I now think of as Season 1.
    We will meet every Tuesday afternoon 1:00-2:00
    September 1 through October 27.
    To begin with, even if you took part in Season 1, you need to register for Season 2 by clicking here.
You need to register only once, and can then attend as many Season 2 sessions after that as you choose. You may register up to a few minutes before a session begins.
    Here is a description of "Writing as a Spiritual Practice" and what happens in our Zoom room each Tuesday afternoon at 1:00. 
Shambhala Meditation Online on Mondays
    Every Monday at noon online, or anytime since there are saved sessions. Join a 2500-year-old practice of cultivating peace and inner wisdom. We've maintained our practice during the Pandemic, since finding peace is even trickier now, on Facebook at UU Bloomington Meditation. Put in your request to join the group ahead of time to sit in real time with folks from our community. Info, contact Sarah Flint, sflint.ktv (at)
Open Mind Zen Online 
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Open Mind Zen Indiana is currently holding all meetings online. For information on how to participate, please contact them at through their  contact pageFor more info, visit
  Building Community 
Membership Ceremony on October 25
Membership indicates your kinship and affinity with this church and the larger Unitarian Universalist religious community.  The next membership ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, October 25 at 2:00 pm via Zoom. If you are new to Unitarian Universalism, we ask that you complete the Exploring Unitarian Universalism class before becoming a member.  Let Ann LeDuc the Connections Coordinator know if you would like to attend the membership ceremony and become a member of the UU Church of Bloomington. Email Ann at connect (at) or church mobile phone (812) 720-3688. 
Orange you going to help raise money for the congregation?
It's so easy when you buy a grocery card. If you purchase a $100 gift card for use at Bloomingfoods or Fresh Thyme, that's $5 for the church! See article at the bottom of this Prologue for how to buy cards through the mail.
UU Men Meet Third Tuesday of Each Month
Our UU Men's group meets on Zoom on the third Tuesday of each month, 7:00-9:00 p.m. For added security, this meeting requires registration. Next meeting is this evening, September 15.
Women's Alliance November 5 on Zoom
The First Thursday of Each Month
The Women's Alliance will meet on Zoom on Thursday, November 5 at 11:30 a.m. If you are a newcomer, please contact Doris Wittenburg to receive the link for the meeting, dwittenb (at)

Upcoming UU Singles Events
     We are a group of single adults within the UU Bloomington community who meet occasionally for various kinds of connective events as a group. We'd love to have you join us! The following events will take place over Zoom:
  - Thursday evening, October 8:
     * 6 p.m. Happy Hour
     * 7 p.m. Conversation Night with Prompts
  - Thursday evening, October 15:
     * 6 p.m. Happy Hour
     * 7 p.m. Share a Poem Night
  - Thursday evening, October 22:
     * 6 p.m. Communal Cooking and Eating Together over Zoom (with mystery ingredients - stay tuned!)
  - Thursday evening, October 29:
     * 6 p.m. Happy Hour, Costume Night, and Memories and Dreams! 
If you are not already on the UU singles e-mail list, please contact mariedeer1961(at) or 812-391-0900.
Young Adult (YA) Bring Your Own Brunch 
(BYOB) on Zoom 
Sunday, October 11, at 12:30-2pm
     The Young Adults at Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington are here for you--wherever you are! Those of us that find ourselves between the general ages of 18-35 are having unique experiences right now. Many of our expectations about big transitions have been shattered. Most of our plans have changed or will eventually. One of the only things we DO know is that we need each other. How can we promote connection in this time of disconnection? We want to connect with YOU!
     Please join consulting minister, Rev. Christin Green, and others on Sunday, October 11,12:30-2pm for a DROP-IN Bring Your Own Brunch (BYOB) on Zoom!
All are welcome in whatever capacity they can. No need to register. Simply show up. Here's the link.
     Contact beacon (at) with questions or to join the YA email list. 
     If you're a Young Adult, fill out this short survey for a chance to win a gift card for UberEats, Doordash, or GrubHub! 
Join us for a Grounds Party October 24!
You are invited to join us on Saturday, October 24, 3-5 pm to enjoy conversation, community, and a little sprucing up of the church grounds. Bring your favorite snack (and your mask) and hang out with us after the work is done. We will pull a few weeds, spread a little mulch, and maybe transplant a plant or two. If you can let us know you are coming by emailing Anna Knust at greengrounds (at), that would be great. 
Watering Volunteers Needed for Plantings on the Church Grounds
Plants on the church grounds are in need of a little more watering this season, due to the drought.
Please help out by signing up for these easy and enjoyable volunteer tasks.
Thank you!  --The Green Grounds Group
Questions? Email Anna at greengrounds (at)
UU (Virtual) Children's Choir!
The UU Children's Choir will contribute music (virtually) to selected services throughout the year. For the time being, this involves learning a song from a pre-recorded audio or video, and then recording your child singing along with a master track to send in for the compilation. To join the children's choir email list, email Jill at jillmcourtney(at) (Being on the list doesn't commit you to participating, but will give you the most up-to-date information on children's singing opportunities as they come up), We're always happy to have new singers, grades K-8! -Jill Courtney 
Going to School About Zoom!
Etiquette and Tips
for Zoom Users
Here are some useful tips to help ensure our Zoom meetings go smoothly for all involved:

     If you haven't used Zoom before, click this link to download Zoom prior to the day of the meeting, and use this link to familiarize yourself with any features you may need to use--mute/unmute microphone, stop/start video, etc.     
  • Find a quiet space without background noise. 
  • Try to avoid backlight from bright windows; instead, sit facing a sunny window.
  • Join the meeting a couple of minutes before the start time.
  • Have your video on unless you are experiencing connection issues.
  • If your name is not correctly displayed next to your picture, right click on your name and choose rename. Consider this your nametag, and include your pronouns after your name.
  • Adjust your camera so it is at your eye level if possible.
  • Mute your microphone when not speaking.
  • If you want to speak, raise your hand so that the other participants know to give you an opportunity to talk.  
  • Be respectful of others in the meeting by avoiding other tasks while in the meeting such as eating, checking emails, and looking at your phone.
  • At the end of the meeting, say goodbye before you sign off.  If you need to leave a meeting early, let the meeting organizer or another participant via the chat or verbally.  This is not always necessary in large meetings. 
Ask Your Questions on Mondays!
Every Monday, 1-2:00 pm, join the Connections Coordinator, Ann LeDuc, via Zoom to ask any church related questions. Newcomers and current congregation members are all welcome to drop-in. Additional ways to contact Ann are via email at connect(at) or phone at (812) 720-3688.  
Administrative Q&A via Zoom on Wednesdays!
Do you have burning administrative questions about why you didn't get the recent UU Update, pledging, Zooming, mailing items, getting someone's address? Drop in on Zoom with Carol Marks our Church Administrator on Wednesdays, usually from 11:00-12:00 noon p.m. On Wednesday, October 7, she'll be zooming from 11:45-12:30. Additional ways to contact Carol: admin(at) or phone via voice or text at (812) 287-9615, M-F 10-4.   Use this link to drop in and talk with Carol on Wednesdays, 11:00-12:00 noon (on 10/7 it's 11:45-12:30)
Church P.O. Box Address for 
Mailed Pledge Checks
     Please use our new P.O. box address to mail in your pledge contributions or other gifts using paper checks:
UU Church, P.O. Box 1158, Nashville, Indiana, 47448-1158.
     Using this new P.O. box will speed up delivery.
Our Ministers & Staff
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, our Senior Minister
macklin (at) or 812-322-0205, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Reverend Emily Manvel Leiteour Minister of Congregational Life & Religious Education
is reachable at mre (at) or 812-333-9822, Tuesdays through Fridays.

Reverend Dave Clements, our Interim Minister Consultant
can be reached at clements (at) He is available Tuesday-Friday.


Reverend Barbara Carlson, our Minister Emerita, can be reached at barbaracarlson5 (at) or 812-822-0243

Reverend Bill Breeden, our Minister Emeritus, can be reached at breeden1949 (at) or 812-360-1779.
Carol Marks, Church Administrator, admin (at) or mobile 812-287-9615
Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, connect (at), 812-720-3688
Monica Overman and Mandy Skinner, Office Assistants, office (at)
Ned Joyner and Andy Beargie, Multimedia Managers, media (at)
Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education, dre (at) 
Stephanie Kimball, Religious Ed Assistant, rea (at)   
Susan Swaney, Music Director, music (at)
Our Covenant of Right Relations
In June 2017, our members affirmed a Covenant of Right Relations. 
-------------- Deadlines for Publications -------------
Order of service and Friday UU Update: 
Thursday, 9 am, to office(at)
Prologue: Date of publication, 10 am, to admin(at)
Church Office Closed October 12
Because October 12 is a federal holiday, our staff and ministers will be unavailable that day. Minister on call on October 12 for pastoral emergencies is Reverend Macklin, macklin(at) or 812-322-0205. 
Office Hours, Calendar, Deadline, Prologue Dates
Office hours: M-F, 10 am-4 pm (office closed at church, but staff working from home during these hrs)
Church Administrator Carol Marks can be reached via text or voicemail during office hours at 812-287-9615. Email: admin (at)
Calendar: For our full calendar of events, visit
Facebook: Many church events are also posted on our Facebook page
Prologue Publication Schedule:  
The deadline for articles is 10 am on the date of publication, which is 
the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. 
Send articles about church matters to Carol Marks.  
Upcoming issues: Oct 20, Nov 3, Nov 17, Dec 1, Dec 15
Livestreaming Our Sunday Service, 10:15 am
On our Facebook page:
Have a problem viewing or hearing the service? 
Email our media team, media (at), or the office at office (at)

Links to Archived Services to View Online
- Quickly find recent services here: Direct Links to Service Videos 

- Or, scroll down on our main Livestream Page

for full archives of both services and other events (memorials, concerts, etc). 
Free Money from Kroger
Fresh Thyme and Bloomingfoods Cards Also Available by Mail  
      Did you know that Kroger sends us over $1,600 each year? This is made possible by those of you who participate in Kroger's Community Rewards program. Register your Kroger Plus card online at this link and select the UU Church as the recipient -- our ID number for the program is EW763. We received over $450 from Kroger for this program on August 2!
      We are also still selling grocery cards for Bloomingfoods and Fresh Thyme. Click here to see what kind of cards and how many are currently available. Send your check to the church (2120 N. Fee Lane, Bloomington, IN 47408; payable to UU Church) with a note to let us know the type and value of card(s) you want, and we will mail them to you.  
Membership: 527 certified members; 561 current members.
Sunday, September 20      10:15   402  attended virtually
Sunday, September 27      10:15   462  attended virtually
Sunday, October 4            10:15   245  attended virtually (Facebook's live feed was down.)
Non-Pledge Offering: 
September 20:     $446.00      September 27:     $720.00
To make a contribution for the Non-Pledge Offering (Sunday Plate), or to make a payment towards your pledge or the Minister's Discretionary Fund, click on this link to get to our PayPal page:
   Total to be donated (25%) to Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM) Compass Early Learning Center and Self-Sufficiency Center: $291.50
Grocery Card Sales: (Bloomingfoods or Fresh Thyme) -- $400
   Total income to UUCB: $20.00
We have grocery cards available by mail. Please see related article in this issue, above.
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Unitarian Universalist Church
2120 N. Fee Lane    Bloomington, IN   47408
Mailing address during covid emergency: 
UU Church, P.O. Box 1158, Nashville, Indiana 47448-1158