January 5, 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 10, 2020
10:15 am Livestream
"There's No Place Like Home..."
Rev. Dave Clements
The Wizard of Oz is a classic, a legend, and a children’s story that will never grow old.
Quotes from the story such as “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,”
“Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my,” and “There’s no place like home,” are ones that will always pop into our heads when someone says “The Wizard of Oz.”
What can we learn about the messages from this classic children’s story? The Scarecrow wishes for a brain, the Tin Man wants a heart, and the Cowardly Lion wants nothing more than to be brave. I invite you to join us as we explore The Wizard of Oz.
Sunday, January 17, 2021
10:15 am Livestream
Witness to Murder
Reverend Bill Breeden, Sister Barbara Battista, Yusuf Nur

I will be joined by Sister Barbara Battista, from Sisters of Providence, and Yusuf Nur, a friend of our community and member of the Islamic Center of Bloomington, in a service of healing for our nation, and for ourselves.  Barring the intervention of the courts, Yusuf and I will have witnessed the killing of Dustin Higgs and Corey Johnson, up close and personal. Sister Barbara witnessed the execution of William LeCroix this past fall. My hope is that the service will not only provide a clear picture of how our government commits homicide in our name, but also will provide a balm to all our battered souls. 
Heaven knows we need healing. In a time when death seems to reign supreme with a pandemic yet to be arrested, and a killing spree in Terre Haute, it seems we are trapped in a Kafka novel with no way out. Thankfully, we have one another, we have community, we have love, and we have imagination. Join us for a service of special music, prayer, and reflection.
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.
Rev. Dave Clements -- "Imagination"

Imagination can be a word that inspires us, reminds us of those childhood games that we used to make up with our friends, or the exploration of ideas of things that are not in our present environment, or not even real. The word gets used in a lot of ways, but for the most part, people mean one of two things.

First, people use the word to refer to creativity in general — saying that someone has a great imagination or no imagination at all. Second, people use the word to refer to mental image of some kind — either picturing something in your head, like how your childhood home looked, or hearing a song in your head and trying to recall the lyrics. 

Imagination allows us to explore ideas of things that are not in our present environment, or perhaps not even real. For example, one can imagine the cup of coffee seen the day before, or one can imagine an alien spaceship arriving in the earth's orbit. The key is that what is imagined is generated from within rather than perceived based on input from without. 

The ability to imagine things pervades our entire existence. It influences everything we do, think about and create. It leads to elaborate theories, dreams and inventions in any profession from the realms of academia to engineering and the arts. In perception, one takes information from the outside world, such as light, or sound waves, and finds meaning in it, using memory and perceptual processes.

In imagination, it works in reverse. Imagery is created from the memory. Imagination’s great gift is improvement. The deep magic lies in the way it can reshape our reality. We are urged to imagine the world we dream of. A world with more justice. More peace. More love. From that, a mysterious magnetism arises, a magnetism that pulls our imperfect present into an improved future. Imagination moves us forward. It makes us better.

This coming week will be another challenging week for our country. May you use the magnetism that you experience imagining a more just world with more justice and peace. Let your imagination carry you forward to an improved future. This week, also know that you have the strength of this UU community to sustain you and hold you, as we all imagine together and work for a world where justice and peace arise.

So, think for a moment and reflect on how you could use your imagination more effectively and deliberately. How would your life be personally and professionally improved if you were to activate your brain in ways you have not done before? Imagine if you could bring this higher intelligence into your daily conscious awareness? How much more satisfying and enriched your life would be? Just imagine. I invite all of you for the month of January to use your imagination in ways that you haven’t used it before.

Rev. Dave
Reverend Dave Clements
Interim Minister Consultant
MAM's Musings
The local, annual Martin Luther King, Jr Multi-faith Celebration will take place this year virtually on ZOOM at 4pm this Sunday, January 10th.  A few years ago, we clergy decided to have this celebration take place the Sunday before Martin Luther King, Jr weekend, because so many faith communities were involved in their own activities and that of the community on the weekend itself.
           “A Single Garment of Destiny”
         Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Multi-faith Celebration
         Sunday, January 10th at 4:00 pm
         Keynote Speakers: Maqube Rees and Melody Cooper
         Participants: Various Faith Communities in Bloomington

The Zoom Link, hosted by Reverend Sarah McKenney, will be:
Meeting ID: 929 3335 4041
The event will also be streamed live on Facebook and available there later. Here's the Facebook link.

I urge members and friends of our congregation to attend.  I, Reverend Mary Ann, will be offering the Benediction. The theme comes from MLK Jr’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” 1963: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” 
An Offering will take place and contributions will be split three ways:  
• MLK Celebration Commission (City of Bloomington) • Beacon/Shalom Center • Stone Belt.

The event is brought to us by Bloomington Multi-faith Alliance, of which we/I are members.

Peace, Mary Ann
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Senior Minister
Emily's Post

Dear Ones,

This month our congregation is exploring the theme of Imagination together, but at the moment my imagination seems to have dried up! I'm taking that as an invitation to imagine my imaginative mind as a seed, currently buried deep in muck but waiting to emerge in its own time. Perhaps these days are the fallow period needed for a later blossoming--for other days will come, as inevitably as the spring. Later, there will be a time to imagine flowers into being.
For now, I'm sticking with the seed.

Sending you rest, and love, in this time,

Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, Minister of Congregational Life & Religious Education
Celebrate an Important Balloon!
Mark the Dates—
January 29 and February 5

An important balloon? 

While all balloons have a measure of importance, this one is darn important. Our balloon payment of $27,463 on our church mortgage is due on March 2, 2021. So? So, we are planning on a fundraising week from January 29 to February 5, to include two virtual dinner theaters with a dash of social justice. Yes, you provide the food and money, but we all get to watch the balloon float away together. You might want to eat before we start and join us with a beverage and dessert on these two evenings.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Friday, January 29th 6:30pm and Friday, February 5th 6:30pm

Virtual Dinner Theater January 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Resilience Production’s Sentences: from the pen to the page features the writing of Glenda Breeden, Phillip Stroud who joined our congregation as a member on Christmas Eve, and the women of at the Monroe County Jail. Their writing was adapted to stage by Gladys DeVane and Danielle Bruce, with music by Dan Lodge-Rigal. Glenda Breeden expressed that the hope for “Sentences: from the pen to the page”, is to provide human faces for those women and men who are currently incarcerated in the U.S. prison industrial complex. A facilitators guide and break-out sessions will be offered after the showing of the recording.

Virtual Dinner Theater February 5 at 6:30 p.m.           
Fire In My Bones: A Meditative Opera by Phelps and Macklin. The production of this Opera took place over 15 years ago and the cast of characters will include a younger Susan Swaney, a younger Ray Fellman, a very young Jake Woollen, and many others dear and near to our hearts. Steve Krahnke directed this production of Fire in My Bones.  

We hope you will join us for Dinner Theater via livestream and donate to help us pay off this balloon payment. 10% percent of each donation will go to a social justice cause as designated by these two productions.
Rev. Bill's Note

As I shared during a service recently, I have volunteered to be a minister for Corey Johnson, a fifty-two-year-old black man who is scheduled to be murdered by the Trump/Barr crime syndicate on January 14th. I will be with him. I met Corey last week, and will visit him a total of six days before his date with death. Corey has been in solitary confinement for over 27 years. His family has been unable to visit him because of lack of funds. We are raising funds for them to come and visit him in the last week of his life. If you wish to contribute to this effort, you may do so per the following instructions:

Click here to get to our Paypal page: http://bit.ly/UUCBdonate

Here is what to do after you get to our Paypal page:
1. Enter the amount you want to donate
2. At the dropdown labeled "(Optional) Use this donation for", choose "Miscellaneous Gift"
3. Click "Donate with debit or credit card"
4. Where it says "Write a note (Optional)" type "Hope for Prisoners"
5. Fill in the usual info, including credit card number, and click "Donate Now"

Snail mail: Make check payable to UU Church with "Hope for Prisoners" on the memo line.
UU Church
P.O. Box 1158
Nashville, IN 47448-1158

I have already received messages from those willing to help, and it makes my heart sing. Please know that all funds will be used for Corey's family, or if we get more than their needs demand, the remainder will go to assist other prisoners and families. Thank you all. You have given me strength and hope for the coming weeks, and for the coming year. I believe that there is more love than hate in the world.


Reverend Bill Breeden
Minister Emeritus
January Religious Education (For All Ages!)
We invite you to embrace your inner child and delve into books as we explore Worlds of Imagination as a congregation this month!  Step into one or more of these literary classics with us: Carroll's Wonderland, A.A. Milne's Hundred Acre Wood, Ezra Jack Keats's "The Snowy Day," Tolkien's Middle Earth, and L. Frank Baum's Oz.   
Visit our webpage, January Religious Education for activities and ideas for all ages!  Each Sunday during virtual coffee hour, we will host a breakout room to connect and share about that world and story. Our Facebook page and weekly family emails will have ideas for you to tap into your imagination. If you wish to view or subscribe to Religious Education emails, click here.
Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education
Our Folks...
We are deeply saddened by the death of Mallory Kuhl at age 31 on December 12th from a ruptured pancreas. Mallory (formerly Matthew) was involved in our young adult group, virtual coffee hour, and she was a steadfast attendee of our worship services for many years. A Zoom memorial will take place in January.

Our comforting thoughts are with Sean and Denise Breeden-Ost and family. Sean's father
Jack Ost died at IU Health Hospice House on December 27th.

We are also grieved to learn of the death of Ed Robbins. Ed was the treasurer of our congregation last year. Ed died December 28th of Covid-related complications, including a stroke, at Monroe Hospital after an initial positive Covid test in early December. He entered the hospital on December 11th. Our heartfelt condolences to his wife Dian and family. Cards are welcome. A memorial service will take place when we can all gather again after the pandemic.

We also deeply mourn the loss of Marjorie Crosby who died December 29th while in hospice care from Covid19. Her husband John continues to deal with Covid and we ask that cards be sent to John as we hold him in our hearts during this time of loss and illness.

Our prayers are with Mike and Celeste McGregor. Mike’s mother, Sarah Huber, died this past week and we hold them in love.

And our hearts and love go out to Vice President of the Congregation Abby Gitlitz and family. Abby’s father, David Gitlitz, died in Mexico on December 30th from Covid complications. His daughters Abby and Deborah were able to be in Mexico and outside the hospital during the last days of their dad’s illness. Abby says that her father lived a wonderful life in Oaxaca, Mexico and was deeply involved in his community. People are welcome to send Abby email and, if anyone feels like donating in his honor, they can donate to Libros para Pue.
Building Community
Women's Alliance Meets Thursday, Jan 7
Sandy Dolby will Speak on Creativity
The Women's Alliance will meet on Zoom on Thursday, January 7 at 11:30 a.m. Sandy Dolby will speak on Creativity--What's Folklore Got to Do with It? If you are a newcomer, please contact Doris Wittenburg to receive the Zoom link for the meeting,
dwittenb (at) indiana.edu.
New! UU Online Book Club
Beginning February 1
You're invited to the first meeting of the new UU Online Book Club on February 1 at 6:30 pm via Zoom. This book club plans to read books chosen by its members that help the members dive into our congregation's monthly themes. For example, in December a member of the book group might have chosen a book that somehow exemplifies "stillness" the theme for December. The books chosen could be fiction or non-fiction. Each month a different member would pick the next month's book and lead the discussion. Some more popular books even come with discussion questions for book clubs. If you are interested in participating, please register by clicking here.

Please welcome Phillip Stroud and Chad Fulks to our congregation
During the pandemic, we have welcomed many new members into our congregation. Two of these new members, Phillip Stroud and Chad Fulks, are incarcerated on death row. Chad became a member of our church on 9/11/2020 and Phillip joined on 12/24/2020.

Because members of our congregation will not be able to get to know these two new members in person, detailed biographies are available for them here: Phillip Stroud  Chad Fulks 
Thank you to Glenda Breeden for assisting with their bios. 
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator

Welcome to 10 new members!
On December 9 we welcomed ten new members to the church. They are Allen and JaneAnn Gifford, Malea Hudson, Jason Michalek, Sarah Sanchez, Sylvia Sheets, Edwin Shipp, James Shipp, Susannah Summerlot, and Rebecca Willig. Below are a few of their bios to help you get to know them. -- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator

Allen and JaneAnn Gifford--Allen Gifford is a retired Cummins Inc. engineering executive who lives with his wife JaneAnn and their two dogs, Gertrude and Ten Fidy, on 6.5 acres in western Bartholomew county. He enjoys bicycling, motorcycling, hiking, and jazz plus maintaining their 50 year old mid-century modern house. JaneAnn is retired from Cummins Inc. as well and spends a lot of time working with the Community Justice and Mediation Center in Bloomington. She too, enjoys tandem bicycling, mountain biking, and jazz as well as doing pilates, cooking, and drinking craft beer, especially IPA’s. They hope to resume regular visits with their children and their families in North Carolina and Colorado in 2021.  

Sarah Sanchez was born and raised in New Jersey. She is enjoying her Indiana Adventure, which began in June 2019, with her spouse Billy and their dog Osiris. Sarah started her career at Cook writing reports to monitor the safety and performance of medical devices. Her spouse is studying law at Maurer. The Sanchez family is enjoying their "remote" life from the first home of their own in Smithville. Sarah is happy to announce the newest addition to their family, Elora -- a cat from Bloomington Indiana who has made herself right at home.

Susie Summerlot has been here at UUCB since she was a baby and is now a junior at Bloomington High School South. She loves cats, reading, mythology, and history, as well as music (East Asian music specifically). She plays viola in the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic and competes with the Social Studies team for South’s Academic Superbowl team. In her spare time, she likes watching foreign dramas while cuddling her cat, Minnie.   

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. 
Fridays at Noon with Rev. Dave
Join our interim minister consultant, Reverend Dave Clements, for an online chat every Friday at noon.
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.

Thursday evening, January 7:
* 6 to 6:30 p.m., happy hour, introductions, and check-ins
* 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., game night

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 Friday, Jan 8, 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 January 8, at 3:30 PM
Ask the Administrator on Wednesdays
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? Drop in on Zoom with Carol Marks our Church Administrator on Wednesdays, from 11 am-12 noon. Also available at admin(at) uubloomington.org or call/text at (812) 287-9615, M-F 10-4.  
Changing the World
Witness at UU
to Oppose the Death Penalty
January 12, 14, and 15
Rather than joining Rev. Bill Breeden at Terre Haute to stand as witness and protest to the executions that are scheduled at the federal prison next week, Debbie Fish (Hope for Prisoners facilitator) and I plan to stand at the corner of Fee Lane and the By-pass at the corner of our church property, as UUs opposed to the death penalty. Unless the courts stop the procedures, Elizabeth Montgomery will be executed on January 12th, Corey Johnson on the 14th, and Dustin Higgs on the 15th. We invite you to join us, UU or not, on one or all of those evenings at 6:00 p.m., for an hour or so—masked and safely distancing—as we stand against these federally mandated murders. Bring a flashlight, candle, etc., to shine a light for healing and nonviolence. Be well, Glenda Breeden
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
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.

Saturday, January 16, 7:30 pm and Sunday, January 17, 2:00 pm
The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington, Blessings from the Pandemic: a poetry cycle written for performance by Rich Orloff. Orloff, who has written dozens of award-winning full-length comedies and short plays, began writing poems in his New York apartment toward the beginning of the pandemic in March. Blessings from the Pandemic is a collection of over 60 poems that “cover the mundane to the spiritual.” A selection of these poems will be performed by multiple actors in a one-hour reading, starring a talented group of actors from near and far and directed by Darrell Ann Stone. To receive the Zoom link to attend, RSVP on JTB’s website and pay what you can to help offset losses from the cancellation of three live onstage Jewish Theatre of Bloomington shows due to the pandemic.

City of Bloomington's
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration
The Truth Hurts: Black History and Healing the Racial Divide
January 18, 2021, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
The celebration will feature Dr. Khalid el-Hakim as the Keynote Speaker, music from the IU African American Choral Ensemble, and the IU Ballet Department. RSVP at this link:

Indiana University-Bloomington Center for Sexual Health Promotion Seeks Biracial or Multi-racial Bisexual Adults Age 50+
You may be eligible to join a study to explore the identity-related experiences of biracial/multiracial and bisexual adults aged 50 and older (50+) and how such experiences connect to health and well-being. To learn more about identity histories, health experiences, perceptions of social support and community connectedness, and experiences related to racial identity, sexual identity, and age, IU Center for Sexual Health Promotion is seeking adults aged 50+ who identify as biracial or multiracial and bisexual to participate in a 90-minute telephone interview. Take the screening survey here https://tinyurl.com/y7kyjhdb­ to find out if you are eligible to participate! Eligible participants will be compensated with a $50 Amazon gift card. Email bi2i (at) indiana.edu with any questions! This study is sponsored by Indiana University (IRB number 2010162923) and is being conducted by Deana Williams, MPH and Dr. Brian Dodge. Click here to view a poster about this project.
Seeking the Spirit
Openings Available in Chalice Circles
There are several openings in Chalice Circles meeting at the following times:

First and Third Mondays of each month, 7-9 pm
Second Monday of each month, 2-4 pm
Third Thursday of each month, 7-9 pm
First Friday of each month, 7-9 pm

If you are interested in joining one of these groups for the rest of the year (now through May 2021), or would like more information, 
contact Anne Haynes at anne.haynes3 (at) gmail.com or call 812-360-2619. We meet on Zoom.

--Chalice Circles Executive Team
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 10, 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 17, 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! 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)
Church Administrator Carol Marks can be reached via text or voicemail during office hours at 812-287-9615. Email: admin (at) uubloomington.org

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 January 19. 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.
Membership and Attendance

Membership: 577 certified members;
574 current members.
Sunday, December 13     10:15  430 attended virtually
Sunday, December 20 10:15 348 attended virtually
12/24 Away in the Manger service 286 virtually
12/24 Christmas Eve evening service 530 virtually
Sunday, December 27 10:15 379 attended virtually

Non-Pledge Offering
December 13:  $527    December 20:  $214
December 27: $270
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: $155.25
Grocery Card Sales: (Bloomingfoods or Fresh Thyme) -- $875;   Total income to UUCB: $43.75
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 $450.48 from Kroger for the months July through September 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.