January 19, 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
Join us for online services
Livestreamed on Sunday mornings at 10:15 am

Sunday, January 24, 2020
10:15 am Livestream
"The Trauma Stewardship and the Tao of Pooh"
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Reverend Dave Clements,
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
       We will remember a time when Piglet was completely surrounded by water and how Piglet survived that flood. Within this framework we will explore the ongoing waves of trauma as a result of Covid19, Threats to our Democracy, and Climate Change.  I am inviting Pooh and the Tao Te Ching to help us find peace, purpose and sense of steadfast grounding in our lives again. Feel free to have a pot of honey nearby for this virtual service. Special music will be offered by musical artist Janiece Jaffe and pianist Ray Fellman. 
Sunday, January 31, 2021
10:15 am Livestream
"Annual Science Sermon for 2021:
Ents Don't Die--They Just Become More Tree-ish"
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
In her annual science review sermon, Reverend Macklin will explore highlights and discoveries in various areas of science from 2020, including human origins, environment, physics, math, astronomy, brain, and technology. In other words, she will not spend much time on Covid-19.
However, a gracious nod will be given to The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, particularly the Ents, even more particularly the Entwives. Like the Ents, the Entwives looked after the growing things of Middle-earth.
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.
Emily's Post

Dear Ones,

The snow this week has invited me home:
--home to wintertime: this season that urges slowing down, hibernating, preparing thoughtfully for the growing season to come.
--home to the quietness: to a time to be still, with breath made visible, and to move, with snow-muffled sounds, more lightly upon our planet.
--and home to imagination: the blank slate of freshly fallen snow encouraged me to consider what kind of world I would choose to create if we could make a new beginning.

Though I don't often think of it, it isn't just on snow days that we are offered that possibility. Each day, we can make a new start. On this cusp day between our shared remembering of the words and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the inauguration of a new president and vice president who hold hope for a world of healing and greater love for all people, this seems especially true. So what do you imagine? What world shall we build together?

Let us journey, in the words of our newly adopted 8th principle, "towards spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions."
For together, with imagination, we can make it so.

With love and hope,
Emily
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, Minister of Congregational Life & Religious Education

p.s. Check out the announcement below of our congregational read of Isabel Wilkerson's "Caste," to sign up for one way to get started on this work--we hope to have at least 100 participants learning together.
MAM's Musings
I am currently reading the book Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky.  It is a text being utilized by a number of ministers and lay leaders of congregations nowadays for its insights regarding those who dedicate themselves to making the world a better place. Since our vision is Seeking the Spirit. Building Community. Changing the World. I believe this book includes gems for all of us.

In the book, Lipsky suggests that one way we can remake our lives in order to care for ourselves while caring for others is to have a daily centering practice which allows us to center ourselves. One of the reasons we begin our Sunday worship service at 10:05 a.m. these days is to provide music as an opportunity for centering, taking a deep breath as well as connecting with others. In addition, we have also added a Minister’s Welcome each Sunday to help ground ourselves pastorally in the moment while integrating events from the past week. 

With that said, I urge you to arrive at our virtual worship services on Sunday at 10:05 a.m. and take the time to arrive, settle in and listen. 

Peace and Love,
Mary Ann
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Senior Minister
Rev. Dave Clements -- Moving Forward

On January 20, one presidency ends and another begins. I have been thinking a lot about the words “Moving Forward”. What do they actually mean, and how can we embrace them and actually move forward in our own lives? I believe that you can’t reach for what’s in front of you until you let go of what’s behind you. My mother use to always tell me, “You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward--just take the first step." May each of you take those first steps and may we together continue to support, encourage and be present for each other. On Wednesday, January 20, our nation will take the first step to move forward.
How about you-- will you take that next step?

Rev. Dave
Reverend Dave Clements
Interim Minister Consultant
Celebrate an Important Balloon
as We Pay Off Our Mortgage!
Fridays, January 29 and February 5

Join us to have fun together AND raise $30,000 to pay off our mortgage with our final "balloon" payment, which is due very soon. We're offering two virtual dinner theater events that will both be livestreamed for free on our website.

Friday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Sentences: from the Pen to the Page
This Resilience Production features the writing of Glenda Breeden, Phillip Stroud (who recently joined our congregation) and the women of the Monroe County Jail. Their writing was adapted for the stage by Gladys DeVane and Danielle Bruce, with music by Dan Lodge-Rigal. The hope for this production is to provide real faces for those people who are currently incarcerated in the U.S. prison industrial complex. Opportunity for conversation will be offered after the show on Zoom.

Friday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Fire In My Bones: A Meditative Opera
by Deborah Phelps and Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Travel back in time to this production that took place over 15 years ago. The cast of characters includes a younger Susan Swaney, a younger Ray Fellman, a very young Jake Woollen and many others near and dear to our hearts. Steve Krahnke directed.

Join us on our livestream page for either or for both evenings as Yes, YOU provide the food and the money, but all of us get to watch the balloon float away together!

Click here if you would like to contribute early online. 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. (Please do not mail donations to 2120 N. Fee, because it takes the Postal Service 3-4 weeks to forward those items, bless their hearts! thanks!--cm)

Did you know?
Religious Education Continues to Offer Virtual Programming While the Covid Pandemic Continues
We have a few spaces open, and folks are welcome to learn more and request to join the groups by clicking here

Anti Racist Families provides families with access to a lending library, a caregiver gathering to help us hone our skills and expand our language to empower us to have ongoing conversations with our children. We utilize picture books to engage with the work our newly adopted 8th Principle is calling us to do and model being lifelong learners.   

Practicing Our Promises is rooted in the power of story. Families investigate two stories each month as they are delivered to their home, click a link to have the story shared with them by a familiar storyteller from our congregation, and then explore the materials at home.  

UU Home is an opportunity for families to explore together at home via a kit delivered to your home once a month. This is a wonderful way to have little conversations in your daily life. Twice a month there are options to find connection and support as a parent through a zoom gathering.

Youth Group is open to youth in grades 7th-12th grade. We meet once a month at 7pm on Sundays. Join us for fun and fellowship!

Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education
dre (at) uubloomington.org
Building Community
Upcoming Congregational Read: 
Caste: The Origins of our Discontents
Beginning in February, we will embark on a congregational read of Pulitzer-Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson’s latest book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. Facilitated discussion groups and writing groups will offer the opportunity to learn from this important book and from each other. Or, if you prefer, self-organize a group with other UUs, or read independently.

Everyone is invited to come 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.

The first cohort of facilitated groups will begin the week of February 7th and run through the end of April, meeting on Zoom. We anticipate offering future cohorts if the first one does not accommodate everyone who would like to participate. We are committed to making sure that the cost of the book is not a barrier to participation.

Don’t delay! February is almost here! 

Women's Alliance Meets Thursday, Feb 4
Earon Davis to Speak on Managing Stress
The Women's Alliance will meet on Zoom on Thursday, January 7 at 11:30 a.m. 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.
We are here for you!
If you find yourself struggling during these pandemic times, this church is here for you.

Our Caring Committee volunteers offer:
  • occasional food for situations of short-term health recovery, bereavement, or new parenthood
  • occasional transportation to medical appointments
  • phone calls to check on the well-being of members
  • Contact Ann LeDuc at connect(at)uubloomington.org or (812)720-3688, or Sharon Yarber at yarbersharon766(at)gmail.com for Caring Committee assistance.

Our Ministers are available to provide pastoral care when you need a little extra support. (see their contact information at the end of the Prologue)
We have also compiled this short list of community resources that you may find helpful. 
UU Singles - Upcoming 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. To join the UU singles email list and get the Zoom link, please contact mariedeer1961(at)gmail.com or 812-391-0900.
Friday evening, January 22:
* 6 to 6:30 p.m., happy hour, introductions, and check-ins
* 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., conversation with prompts
MidAmerica Region Offers
Virtual Spring Leadership Training 
Due to the success of the Fall leadership program, the MidAmerica Region of the UUA is offering a Spring 2021 Leadership Experience. Sessions will be on four Saturdays for 3-4 hours-- on March 5, March 27, April 17, and May 8. Save the dates now—registration will open in January. The cost will be $150 per person, with those who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, trans, non-binary, or young adults receiving a 50% discount.
For more information, contact Lisa Presley, lpresley(at)uua.org. If you would like to participate, but cannot afford the registration fee, please contact Dan Wiseman, our Leadership Cultivation Committee Chair, at connect1947(at)att.net
Visit with the Connections Coordinator via Zoom
Now on Fridays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Join the Connections Coordinator, Ann LeDuc, on Zoom Fridays, 3:30-4:30 pm. 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. Use this link to drop-in and talk to Ann on Fridays at 3:30 PM:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87371911432?pwd=Z0JHSGl1bmJqSEhiMlJVWVVzYnJGQT09.
The Administrator is Available M-F
Do you have burning church administrative questions? Wondering about: How much you owe on your pledge? When we will send 2020 calendar year contribution statements? How to make a contribution to the Balloon Mortgage Payment? Where to bring food donations? How many syllables per line in a traditional Haiku? Please feel free to phone Carol Marks, our Church Administrator, during her office hours, Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. She can be reached at the church office mobile phone, 812-287-9615, voice or text. Also available at admin (at) uubloomington.org.
Changing the World
COVID-19 Vaccination Now Available
to Hoosiers 70 and older
The State of Indiana has opened COVID vaccination to those age 70 and older. Visit this website for all the facts. To register, go to this website and choose your vaccination location:

Racial Justice Task Force Meeting –
Wednesday, January 20th 7-8:30 p.m. on Zoom

This will be the first meeting of the task force since our congregation’s adoption of the 8thprinciple. “We, the members the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana, covenantto affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

The main focus of the meeting will be a brainstorming session on ways the task force can “walk the walk” of the 8th principle. Martha Oakley and Ruth Aydt, who became co-chairs in late November, will share brief introductions at the start of the meeting and invite others to do the same.  All are welcome as we deepen our understanding, build relationships, and take action.

Email aydt (at) icloud.com to be added to the Racial Justice Task Force email list and to get the Zoom invite for this meeting.
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. Thank you. Donations may be left in the bins, under the portico at the church. Donations are collected every day.
 Thank you. --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
Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force
Community Connections
Our Faith in Action in the Community

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.

Noah's Ark Hosts Discussions on Building Hope--January 31 and February 28
Noah’s Ark is honored to join the City of Bloomington 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration through the support of an MLK Commission grant we received in December! We invite you to attend one or both of our two virtual dialogue events.
January 31, 3:00-5:00pm, you are invited to join us for -
Dialogue in response to the MLK Jr. Day keynote speech by Dr. Khalid el-Hakim,
The Truth Hurts: Black History and Healing the Racial Divide. With facilitators leading our small group dialogues, we will explore Dr. El-Hakim’s message for our community. Click here for Zoom link.
February 28, 2:00-5:00pm, you are invited to our event entitled
Building Hope: Sharing Our Life-Changing Practices and Actions.
What spiritual, creative and activist resources have you tapped this past year that have helped you simply cope as well as improve justice in the beloved community? Bring your descriptions and links, as we plan to amplify and recommit to our best practices. Click here for the Zoom link.

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. The Commission will conduct research and gather data on the perceptions of public safety in Bloomington In order to create a widely diverse Commission, individuals from chronically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.  Applications are available at: http://bloomington.in.gov/onboard/applicants/apply  For more information on this Commission visit the CAPS Commission website.  

League of Women Voters and Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce
Sponsors Legislative Updates in Feb, Mar and Apr
The League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County, with its co-sponsor the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, will hold LWV Legislative Updates February 13, March 6 and April 10. All updates will be recordedby CommunityAccess Television Services through the Monroe County Public Library, with the video available on the CATS website shortly after each update. 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. Please go to www.lwv-bmc.org/leg-update to register for the Zoom meeting. All legislative updates are free and open to the public.
Seeking the Spirit
Please join Earth Kin for our first monthly
Virtual Pagan Coffee Hour
Tuesday 1/26 from 7-8pm
The pandemic has put a stop to in-person ritual, but Earth Kin still wants to foster a sense of community. This monthly event is meant to be a low pressure event for us to gather virtually to discuss topics that interest us about our pagan and earth-centered practices.

This first meeting will be a free-for-all discussion. In other words, come with the topics you've been thinking about, the pagan/earth-centered books you've been reading, and what you've been doing to continue your personal practice during these unusual times. This event will be held via Zoom. Please contact Brooke Opel bopel88 (at) gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.

After this first meeting, the group will meet from 7-8pm the last Tuesday of every month. This means that our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 2/22. Please email Brooke Opel (bopel88 (at) gmail.com) if you have any questions or would like more information. 
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.
To begin with, even if you took part in Season 1 or Season 2, you need to register for Season 3 by clicking on this link.
You need to register only once and can then attend as many Season 3sessions 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. 
–Rev Barbara Child
UU Humanist Forum Meets Sunday, January 24, 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, January 31, 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.
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.
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: 527 certified members;
574 current members.
Attendance 
Sunday, January 3     10:15 455 attended virtually
Sunday, January 10 10:15 501 attended virtually
Non-Pledge Offering
January 3:  $527    January 10:  $175
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: $175.50
Grocery Card Sales: (Bloomingfoods or Fresh Thyme) -- $200;   Total income to UUCB: $10.00
 
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 John Woodcock.