February 2, 2021
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
We're close to our goal! Celebrate an Important Balloon with us this Friday as we pay off our mortgage!
Join us in raising $30,000 to pay off our mortgage with our final "balloon" payment, which is due very soon. The second virtual dinner theater event of this fundraiser will be livestreamed for free on our website this Friday night. (Yes, YOU provide the food and the money, but all of us get to watch the balloon float away together!)

February 5, 2021
6:30 pm Virtual Dinner Theater
Fire in My Bones: A Meditative Opera
by Deborah Phelps and Mary Ann Macklin


Join us promptly, via the livestream page on our website, at 6:30 pm for a live introduction of our fundraiser and the theater production, a screening of the video, and a live intermission.

This video of the 2004 local production of the Meditative Opera Fire in My Bones by Deborah Phelps and Mary Ann Macklin received this musical review from the late Peter Jacobi, who named the Opera a “performance to remember…adroitly shaped, an amalgam of wisdom and wit and inspiration, a captivating union of story, appropriate music and an important theme. It’s all about compassion. It left an impression.” Set in the early 1990s, the Opera explores such questions as, What can AIDS teach us about compassion? Can a cat really help us learn the art of meditation? How does our spirituality guide us?

HOW TO DONATE: Head over to our PayPal page if you would like to contribute early online (make sure you select "Balloon Mortgage Payment" in the dropdown menu). If you prefer to mail a check, please make it payable to "UU Church," enclose a note that says "Balloon payment" and mail it to UU Church, PO Box 1158, Nashville, IN 47448-1158.

Paying off this balloon payment as a final payment on our mortgage is a major milestone in the history of our church. With this payment we honor past, present, and future members of this congregation.

When the Saints Go Marching In: A Trombone, a Familiar Song, and Help with the Balloon Mortgage Payment, by Jackie Hall
"To support our Balloon Mortgage Payment, $1000 is being donated in memory and appreciation of Lloyd Orr. Lloyd passed away January 24, 2019, and had over 50 years of membership and service to UUCB, particularly in shepherding the financial planning and implementation of the addition of the current meeting room in 1999, and upgrading the whole facility. The donation is funded by the sale of the trombone that Lloyd used to play When The Saints Go Marching In every year at our annual Service of Remembrance. Gary Wiggins generously stepped up to take Lloyd’s place as a bass trombonist in the many groups they played together in, by purchasing the horn and learning to play it. The horn will be donated to the Bloomington Community Band."

As an example of our ongoing commitment to Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World, we will designate 10% of the gifts received to pay off the “Balloon Mortgage Payment” to support New Leaf-New Life, helping individuals during incarceration and in transition back into the community, and Spencer Pride, helping make Indiana a more welcoming place for ALL people. If we surpass our $30,000 goal, then 50% will go to operation reserves and 50% will go to support New Leaf-New Life and Spencer Pride. Gratitude for your consideration and for being part of our UUCB beloved community and folks in southern Indiana and beyond.
Join us for online services
Livestreamed on Sunday mornings at 10:15 am
Sunday, February 7, 2020
10:15 am Livestream
The Container We Have Built
Rev. Dave Clements

Each of us is a container of some kind. The label signals to the world what is presumed to be inside and what is to be done with it. The label tells you which shelf your container supposedly belongs on. In a caste system, the label is frequently out of sync with the contents, mistakenly put on the wrong shelf and this hurts people and institutions in ways we may not always know. I invite you to explore with me the containers we have built.
Sunday, February 14, 2021
10:15 am Livestream
Let's Talk About Love!
Rev. Bill Breeden

Okay, I will be honest. I have no idea what there is left to be said about love, but you might want to drop in to see if I find anything. It may be more exciting than GameStop, and then again, it might not. Hope you can join us. - rev. bill
Are you new here? Join us this Sunday at 2:00 pm for an Introduction to Unitarian Universalism!
If you are new to our congregation, a very warm welcome to you! This Sunday, February 7, at 2:00 pm you are invited to join in a brief online introduction to Unitarian Universalism and this congregation. Just click on this link at 2 pm on Sunday. 
If you're ready to get involved, you can also fill our our online connection form.
Questions? You are always welcome to email me at connect(at)uubloomington.org or call me at (812) 720-3688. If you are new to using Zoom, please read these instructions before the meeting. Welcome!  -- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Our Building is Closed, but Our Hearts are Still Open.
To do our part to disrupt the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19 in our community, our building is likely to be closed through May 2021. Our Board of Directors will review this decision at each monthly board meeting.
MAM's Musings

Greetings earthlings! Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Balloon Payment Mortgage Fundraiser kick-off on Friday. Again, apologies to those who lost virtual connection with our stream of Resilience Productions’s Sentences: From the Pen to the Page by Glenda Breeden, Phillip Stroud, and Gladys DeVane. The good news is that for the month of February this production can be accessed here:
Sentences: From the Pen to the Page - archive link for February

The other good news is that, as of last Friday evening, we made $23,050 toward our goal of $30,000 for our fundraiser. What happens if we go over $30,000 at this Friday’s concluding fundraiser? We will distribute 50% to our two social justice recipients: New Leaf, New life and Spencer Pride and 50% to operational reserves.

We hope you will join us this Friday for the Meditative Opera Fire in My Bones, our second dinner theater fundraising attempt. Here is a link to more information, including background, synopsis, and the lyrics, aka libretto. You may want to have this nearby in order to follow along: 

Kudos to all of you who made it through the 2021 Science Review Sermon brought to you from 2120 North Fee Lane; alas, I doubt that I will be around in ninety years (unless there is some scientific breakthrough) to offer a 2120 Science Review from 2120 North Fee Lane. Here is the link to the letter from UUA President Reverend Doctor Susan Frederick-Gray which I referenced in the sermon:

Lastly, thanks to all participated in our conversation with Dr. Laura Quilter, who shared her wisdom and experience as an Infectious Disease physician with us during our virtual coffee hour on Sunday. We remain grateful for her presence.

Peace,
Mary Ann
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
What Does It Mean to Be A People of Beloved Community?
By Rev. Dave Clements

Henri Nouwen, the treasured catholic teacher, activist and pastor, once described beloved community as: ““Community is the place where the person you least want to live with always lives…That person is always in your community somewhere; in the eyes of others, you might be that person.”

Nouwen reminds us that the work of beloved community is bigger than we usually imagine. It’s not just about building a better world; it’s also about building up each other’s faith. We are in a battle not just against the division between us, but also the doubt within us. What we really need to hear about beloved community is not just that we can create it, but that we can count on it.

As your Interim Minister, I have watched this community time and time again respond to each other and offer support encouragement and connection. It is not easy in these times of this pandemic but each of you in your own way I have observed how you are caring for each other. These past ten months have been challenging for us all and it has enforced even more to me the importance of caring for oneself.

One thing that I have learned is the importance of having a type of grounding or centering each day. For me it is a morning meditation followed by reading. This simple exercise for about 30 minutes helps to center and ground me for the day. Many times, during these morning moments clarity comes to my mind and answers to questions that I am struggling with are revealed. 

Part of being and building a beloved community is taking the responsibility to make sure that we are taking care of our own spiritual needs and growth. I encourage all of you this month to take a minimum of 5 minutes at the start of each day and choose what your intention will be for that day. Then take 5 minutes at the end of the day and ask yourself how did I do? This simple exercise will help you in a small way to begin to take care of yourself.

Rev. Dave
Reverend Dave Clements
Interim Minister Consultant
30 Days of Love - UUA calendar of activities for intersectional racial justice

Thirty Days of Love is an annual celebration run by the Unitarian Universalist Association that runs approximately from Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January through Valentine’s Day in February. It is an opportunity to lift up the ways Unitarian Universalists and many of our partner organizations are building and organizing by taking bold, courageous action for intersectional racial justice.

Explore thematic weekly playlists/menus of activities for general, kid, youth, and family/multigenerational audiences, which include the categories of Read, Watch, Participate, Listen, and Worship. Find them here. You can also check out the Side with Love Facebook page.
Parent Support Gathering, Saturday, February 6, 10:00 a.m.
Join Adrienne Summerlot and other parents via Zoom to share and connect. Saturday, February 6th, at 10:00 a.m.
Building Community
Upcoming Congregational Read: 
Caste: The Origins of our Discontents
We are embarking on a congregational read of Pulitzer-Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson’s latest book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. Everyone is invited to participate with open hearts and minds as we journey through history, consider current events, and are called to apply what we are learning in our ongoing work to dismantle racism and other oppressions.

Facilitated groups will have their first meeting the week of Feb. 14th.

Questions for personal reflection and additional opportunities for group discussions will be provided throughout the spring – stay tuned! Below are some related events shared with us:
Race, Caste, and Inequality: A Conversation with Isabel Wilkerson, Wednesday, Feb 17, 9:30 am -- Indiana University Webinar, Click here for more info and to register.
Women's Alliance Meets Thursday, Feb 4, 11:30 am
Earon Davis to Speak on Managing Stress
The Women's Alliance will meet on Zoom on Thursday, January 7 at 11:30 am. Earon Davis will speak on Managing Stress During Pandemic Times. If you are a newcomer, please contact Doris Wittenburg to receive the Zoom link for the meeting, dwittenb (at) indiana.edu.
UU Singles Meet Friday, February 5, 6:00 pm
We are a group of single adults within the UU Bloomington community who meet occasionally for various kinds of events. We'd love to have you join us! This Friday evening, February 5th, we'll meet via Zoom:
* 6 to 6:30 p.m. - Hellos, intros, check-ins, and discussion of future get-together options
* 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Game Night!
If you are not already on the UU singles e-mail list (where the Zoom link is published), please email Marie Deer or call her at 812-391-0900.
UUA MidAmerica Region Offers
Virtual Spring Leadership Training 
Online leadership classes will be offered this Spring to members of MidAmerica Region congregations. These classes will be held on Saturday mornings March 6, March 27, April 17, and May 8, from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm. Click here for more info and registration. The cost will be $150, or half off ($75) for Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Trans, Non-Binary, and Young Adults. Scholarships may be available by contacting Dan Wiseman, Leadership Cultivation Committee Chair at connect1947(at)att.net. Participants are required to provide a note of recommendation from either a minister or president of our Board. Questions? Contact Dan Wiseman, or Ann LeDuc at connect(at)uubloomington.org.
Exploring Unitarian Universalism Online!
March 14 and 21, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Click here to register. These small group gatherings are a great opportunity to learn about the UU Principles, our ministers, the history of this church, all the ways to get involved here, and what it means to be a member of the church. Plan to attend both dates, since different material will be discussed in each session. We request completion of these sessions before becoming a member of the church. Everyone ages 14 to 100+ is welcome! Questions? Email Ann LeDuc at connect(at)uubloomington.org or call Ann at (812)720-3688.
Visit with the Connections Coordinator via Zoom
Now on Fridays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Join the Connections Coordinator, Ann LeDuc, on Zoom Friday afternoons. Ask your questions, or just visit. Newcomers and current congregation members are all welcome to drop-in. Additional ways to contact Ann are via email at connect (at) uubloomington.org or phone at (812) 720-3688.
The Church Administrator is Away During February 
Carol Marks, our Church Administrator, will be away February 1 thru February 28. Please contact our office assistants via talk or text at 812-287-9615 Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are also available at office(at)uubloomington.org.
Changing the World
Coming up - weekly ideas from our Green Sanctuary Committee
Each week at the end of the Friday Update, the Green Sanctuary Committee will be sharing a suggestion for small sustainable ideas you might want to try - so be sure to scroll down to the end of every Update! For more ideas and high impact action items, visit the Earth Care Bloomington site.
Help Keep Beacon Winter Shelter Open
Concerned Bloomington community quickly came together to create the Beacon Winter Shelter. Now it's up to us to keep it open. Click here for information about how you can helpPlease note: If you are writing a check, make it payable to "Beacon, Inc." and mail it to the address provided in the flyer. Or donate via Beacon's PayPal page. This is not a fundraiser for our Homeless task force, but an encouragement for people to support the shelter directly.

Shalom Community Center Welcomes Donations of Tents and Sleeping Bags
Until the end of March, Shalom Community Center guests would really appreciate the donation of tents, sleeping bags, coats, hats, blankets, socks, and gloves, as well as macaroni, coffee, and hygiene supplies. Donations may be left in the bins, under the portico at the church. Donations are collected every day. -- Alan Backler, for the Homelessness Task Force
Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force
Collecting Kitchen Items for New Hope for Families
For JANUARY & FEBRUARY our food drive will focus on New Hope for Families. We often think of food for those in need, but we overlook kitchen items that enable people to COOK the food. For a list of needed items, click here. -- Mary Blizzard, for the Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force
COVID-19 Vaccination News

  • Standby Waitlist for Unused Vaccinations: Click here for information about joining a standby wait list for possible unused doses of vaccine at the end of a vaccination clinic day.
  • Anyone in Indiana age 65 or older can now sign up for the Covid-19 Vaccination. Click here to register or call Area 10 Agency on Aging at (812) 876-3383.
Seeking the Spirit
UU Humanist Forum Meets Sunday, February 7, 12:45 pm
Every other Sunday at 12:45 p.m., our UU Humanists meet together online on Zoom for discussion. Email Ann Watzel or Harold Ogren if you would like to join the discussion
UU Freethinkers Meet Sunday, February 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. Every other Sunday via Zoom at 12:45 p.m. To join, contact Harold Ogren.
Writing as a Spiritual Practice (Season 3)
A Drop-in Group with Rev. Barbara Child
Tuesdays, 1-2 pm, Jan. 5 through Feb. 23
You are invited to join me on a journey of personal exploration through autobiographical writing in community on Zoom. We will meet every Tuesday afternoon 1:00-2:00 p.m. January 5 through February 23.
Register for Season 3 by clicking on this link - You need to register only once and can then attend as many sessions 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. 
–Rev Barbara Child
Shambhala Meditation Online on Mondays
Every Monday at noon online, or anytime it's easy, since there are saved sessions, you can join Sarah Flint in this 2500-year-old practice of cultivating peace and inner wisdom. Contact Sarah Flint to join the group in real time. On Facebook at UU Bloomington Meditation.
Open Mind Zen Online 
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Open Mind Zen with Frank Seisho Diaz is currently holding all meetings online. If you'd like to participate, visit openmindzenbloomington.org and reach out via their contact page for more information.
Community Connections
Our Faith in Action in the Community
  • Goin' Back to T-Town, Airing Monday, Feb 8, at 9 pm on PBS: This new documentary film tells the story of Greenwood, an extraordinary Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that prospered during the 1920s and 30s despite rampant and hostile segregation. Torn apart in 1921 by one of the worst racially-motivated massacres in the nation's history, the neighborhood rose from the ashes, and by 1936 boasted the largest concentration of Black-owned businesses in the U.S., known as "Black Wall Street." Learn more and watch the trailer here.

  • Monroe County Public Library Coffee with Friends program, Sunday, Feb 21, at 2 pm: Conversation with author and historian James Madison. Madison will discuss his recently released book, The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartland. He offers a detailed history of the Klan and examines how, through its use of intimidation, violence, religious belief, and the ballot box, the ideals of the Klan in the 1920s have on-going implications for America today. Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, the Chair of the Indiana University Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, will facilitate. Register here for the Zoom link.

  • Black History Month Bingo for ages 5-12, Resource offered by the Monroe County Public Library, mcpl.info/bingo
Let's Grow a Birth Center!
Tandem will open a nonprofit Birth Center in Bloomington in 2022, increasing access to midwifery care and birth options in our community. We have just launched our $40 campaign, and we are selling pregnancy, postpartum, and sibling gift bags. These gift bags make excellent baby shower gifts. You can also sponsor a gift bag and Tandem will donate it to a local family in need. To learn more, go to www.tandembloomington.org.
Spencer Pride Seeks New Members for Board of Directors
Right now, Spencer Pride is seeking the following Director positions: Health & Wellness and Marketing / External Communications. To apply for an open position, contact info(at)spencerpride.org. Details on job descriptions will be provided upon inquiry. Learn more on Spencer Pride's website.
WhaleCoast Alaska 2021
Have you ever wanted to visit Alaska?
Four Alaska UU congregations invite you to experience our unique environmental and spiritual tour program this summer, when it will be safe to travel again [for those who have been able to get the COVID-19 vaccine]. See Alaska through the eyes of local UUs, with friendly homestays and awe-inspiring tour activities. See wildlife, including moose, bears, caribou, whales, bald eagles, sea lions, etc. Visit Denali National Park. Experience Native Alaskan culture. Learn more at: www.WhaleCoastAK.org.
Volunteer Opportunities to Help with COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
Monroe County Health Department and the Medical Reserve Corps is in need of volunteers (both medical AND non-medical) for upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics. While they are unsure of when widespread distribution of the vaccine will occur, they are trying to build their volunteer base now, so we are ready when needed. Please click here for details on how you can help.

City Council Seeks Members for a New Commission to Increase Public Safety
The City Council is looking for members to join a new Community Advisory on Public Safety Commission to increase the safety of all Bloomington residents, especially those often marginalized due to race, disability, gender, sexual identity, or sexual orientation. Click here to apply.  For more information on this Commission visit the CAPS Commission website.  

League of Women Voters Offers Film Series on Voter Suppression
The League of Women Voters of Indiana is sponsoring a film series offering deep insights into the tactics of voter suppression. Learn how you can help bring about a fair and transparent redistricting process in 2021. Upcoming films:
  • Thursday, February 4: UnCivil War: U.S. Elections under Siege
  • Thursday, February 11: Line in the Street
From 7:30-9:00 p.m. on Zoom; Q&A panels will follow each film.
Register here to receive the Zoom link. More info here.

League of Women Voters and Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce
Sponsor Legislative Updates in Feb, Mar and Apr, 9:30 to 11 am
Tune in via Zoom to Legislative Updates coming up on February 13, March 6, and April 10. All updates will be recorded by Community Access Television Services through the Monroe County Public Library, and videos will be available on the CATS website. Every state legislator who represents any part of Monroe County has been invited to report on their work and priorities for the current session of the Indiana General Assembly and to take questions from attendees. Click here to register for the Zoom meetings. Free and open to the public.
Some Details:
Email SCAM Alert
Our ministers, staff, and board members or other members will never send you email asking you for any money besides your pledge payment or help with the Balloon Payment! And never in the form of gift cards.

How to Recognize an Email Phishing Scam:
Is the email impersonating Rev. Macklin or another of our ministers? Are they asking you to purchase gift cards? Wait! Don't do it! We will never send you emails like that. To double check, look at the email address of the sender. Is it from an address at uubloomington.org? If not, that's the second good reason to delete it!


Office Hours, Calendar, Deadlines

Office hours: M-F, 10 am-4 pm (office closed at church, but staff working from home)
The Church Office can be reached via text or voicemail during office hours at 812-287-9615. Email: admin (at) uubloomington.org
Carol Marks will be on leave February 1-28 for study and relaxation, but Monica Overman and Mandy Skinner will pick up her calls and emails while she is away.

Calendar: For our full calendar of events, visit uubloomington.org/calendar.

The Prologue is published on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. Next issue is February 2. Deadline is 10 am on date of publication, admin (at) uubloomington.org

Mailing Address
During the COVID emergency:
UU Church, PO Box 1158, Nashville, Indiana 47448-1158.

(Items sent to 2120 N. Fee take 3-4 weeks on average to be forwarded by the Postal Service!)
Membership and Attendance

Membership: 574 certified members;
574 current members.
Attendance 
Sunday, January 17, 10:15 am - 559 attended virtually
Sunday, January 24, 10:15 am - 439 attended virtually
Non-Pledge Offering
January 17:  $629    January 24:  $310
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: bit.ly/UUCBdonate
  Total to be donated (25%) to Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM) Compass Early Learning Center and Self-Sufficiency Center: $234.75
Grocery Card Sales: (Bloomingfoods or Fresh Thyme) -- $400;   Total income to UUCB: $20.00
 
Free Money from Kroger!
Fresh Thyme and Bloomingfoods
Grocery Cards 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. We received $451.75 from Kroger for the months October through December from this program.
  • We are also still selling grocery cards for Bloomingfoods and Fresh Thyme. Click here to see what kind of cards and how many are available. Send your check to the church (UU Church, P. O. Box 1158, Nashville, Indiana 47448-1158) with a note to let us know the type and value of card(s) you want, and we will mail them to you. You do not need to send a SASE.  
Masthead photo by Marcia Hart - Serenity.