Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World
Sunday, February 12, 2017
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Standing on the Side of Love
Reverend Scott McNeill
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Need fortification for times ahead? This worship service invites us to stand on the side of love. We will lift up ways Unitarian Universalists are engaging as we go forward during these uncertain times. Let us build and organize as we collaborate in courage, love and action. Our family choir will present a gift of music.
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What a joy and inspiration to attend the youth service a week ago! We were impressed with the creativity and message of hope put forth by the high schoolers of our congregation! We hope you too are still basking in the light from that special service.
|Our youth led the services on January 29
A Little More Shadow
My sermon on Sunday was entitled "Meeting the Shadow", my annual nod to Groundhog's Day and the Jungian shadow of human nature. Here is a part of Sunday's sermon which I was not able to share due to time constraints and brain overload. These passages are from
Connie Zweig and Jeremy Abrams "Meeting the Shadow" (St Martin's Press, NY), 1991 as well as The Gospel of Thomas. (Some of you requested a written copy of Sunday's Script, please let me know--but remember my stated caveat; it was written as an oral presentation)
The mystical, esoteric teachers such as Sufis and shamans...suggest that shadow and evil have no objective, outer reality. Rather they are misplaced, misunderstood energies within us. In Hinduism and Buddhism the inner shadow is personified in outer gods and demons with whom we struggle (lust, greed, jealousy, envy, hatred). In Chinese Taoism, the well-known yin yang symbol represents the alliance of opposites as they flow into one another; in addition each pole contains the other in eternal embrace, inextricably linked in their nature.
Jesus of Nazareth taught, "If you bring forth what is in you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."
Are you up for writing a short essay?
I would love to hear from you, in 250 Words or Less, your response to the following:
How is your connection to this congregation a positive force in challenging times?
Now, more than ever, our mission to be both a safe space and a powerful voice feels urgent. What does this congregation mean to you at this time? Why is it important? What do you give and receive by being here? What else do you hope for from this community? Please send reflections and thoughts to:
Subject Line: Attention Rev MAM (Remember--
250 words or less!)
Your responses may be used in sermons or other areas of public domain. If you do not want your response shared, please indicate as private or "only the shadow knows."
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Vigiling at Life's End Applications Due Feb 12
In November of 2016, our congregation began a new program to extend our sense of vigil, to minister to those who are at risk of dying alone. As a result, we partnered with the Sacred Dying Foundation, which offers training and support as we become a pilot congregation for such a ministry. We have partnered with local Long Term Care Facilities in order to be of service to those at risk of dying alone. Our second full-day training will be on
Saturday, March 4th, 2017
. I hope you will consider applying to become a Vigiling at Life's End (VALE) Volunteer.
Applications are due Sunday, February 12
, in my mailbox in Room 204.
Click here for an application.
Paper applications are also available in Room 204.
Our sympathy and healing thoughts are with Tom Albright; his brother Leroy Albright died on January 19 in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Our thoughts and sympathy are also with Lindsay and Tom Pappas and family; Tom's father passed away last week.
Many blessings and Happy 92nd Birthday to member John Hicks on February 7. John has been a member of our congregation since 1974.
Wednesday, February 15th Unbirthday Party
We each have only 1 birthday but we have 364 unbirthdays- let's celebrate! This is open to all ages, single or family. If you are looking for a chance to gather with community, lively conversation and festivities- join us! Find this event on Facebook, bring a friend!
January Intersession was a blast! The kids were busy each week learning about Joseph Priestley with Charlotte Appel in cooking, Martha Oakley in science and Adrienne Summerlot in drama. Many thanks to our guides who helped the kids each week: Mary Blizzard, Joan Caulton, Allan Paton, Steve Patterson, Brian Wright and Anna Beauchamp.
Religious Education spring semester has begun
and registration is ongoing. Newcomers and visitors are encouraged to visit RE classes. Registration is required after 3 visits. All children must be registered annually. Once registered you receive weekly emails about your child's class, upcoming events for families and are invited to light the chalice on Sunday for your birthday. You may register your child through the church database, in person at the church, or print out a form here:
Family Choir February 12--Come Sing a Song With Us!
Church members of any age are invited to rehearse before service on February 12 and sing with the choir that day. Bring yourself and maybe a family member or friend and join us at 8:30 (for first service) or 10:30 (for second service) to learn a song to sing with the choir in the service. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choir Rehearsal is at 7:30 p.m. on Feb 9th
due to the Purdue Game traffic
Rehearsal will be followed by a lovely dessert potluck in Fellowship Hall.
Shambhala Meditation Every Monday at Noon
Join us at 12 noon every Monday in the Library for an hour of Shambhala Meditation, walking meditation, and Shamatha yoga with Sarah Flint. Beginners welcome in this 2500-year-old
Traditional Taiji on Tuesdays and Saturdays
Brian Flaherty leads Taiji in Fellowship Hall on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. This form practices the "Wu (Hao)" style of taijiquan, including practice of standing exercises, forms, and "pushing hands." Anyone is welcome, even those with no experience.
Please wear loose-fitting clothing.
Open Mind Zen Bloomington
Mondays at 7:00 p.m.
Join Frank Seisho Diaz for meditation, talks, and discussions on Zen Buddhism,
Mondays 7:00-8:30 p.m.,
in Room 110 here at the church. All are welcome regardless
of faith or experience;
freewill donation. NO MEETING ON FEBRUARY 6.
Ministry Themes for 2016-17
We will be exploring the following themes for the remainder of the 2016-17
December: Presence, January: Prophecy,
February: Identity, March: Risk,
May: Embodiment, June: Zest
February 12: Standing on the Side of Love Valentines Bakesale
Bring Some Treats and
Buy Some Treats!
to benefit the Reproductive Justice Task Force!
We are having a VALENTINE BAKE SALE on February 12th, between services. Funds raised will be used by the Reproductive Justice Task Force to supply the Planned Parenthood Snack Brigade.
This is the service we (and other churches) provide to support patients and families who must wait all day in the Planned Parenthood Health Center for pregnancy terminations. The availability of snacks helps patients avoid confrontations with protesters in the PP parking lot during this very long day.
Please bring your yummy donations of baked goods (especially Valentine's Day baked goods!) to Fellowship Hall before the service. Then BUY some different cookies, brownies, or other delicious stuff during coffee hour, to take home!
Time to Choose--Film and Potluck
Did you miss the film on Climate Change, "Time to Choose," at the Buskirk Chumley on MLK weekend, or do you want to see the whole thing? The Green Sanctuary Task Force will host a showing in Fellowship Hall on Friday, February 17th. We'll start with a vegetarian potluck at 5:45 PM and view the film from about 6:15 to 8:00 PM. Stay after the film for dessert and a discussion of the most effective actions we can take.
If you need childcare in order to attend, RSVP by
, with the number and ages of children, to Molly O'Donnell,
. We can provide childcare if at least two families request it.
Happy or Challenging Life Event, Caring Committee Is Here
New baby, short-term hospital stay, rehabilitation in a facility-- all are life events that our Caring Committee responds to. Your church community is here to help, short-term, with delivery of meals, transportation to medical appointments, visits in a health facility, sending cards, and memorial receptions.
If you need help or know of someone in the congregation who may need help, please contact Sharon Yarber, Caring Committee Chair at
or (812) 345-0364, or Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator at
or(812) 332-3695 ext 203.
Additionally, the Caring Committee sponsors a "Caregiver Network Support Group" and "Volunteers for our Elders" group. The "Caregiver Network Support Group," is where caregivers share their stories and mutually support one another. We meet the first Sunday of each month. The "Volunteers for our Elders" group are volunteers who visit some of our elders on a regular basis. If you are interested in either of these groups, please contact Sharon Yarber at email@example.com or (812) 345-0364.
For emergency pastoral care needs, please call Reverend Mary Ann Macklin at (812) 322-0205, or Reverend Scott McNeill at (703) 577-0919 or for after-hours emergency pastoral needs (812) 727-0919.
Statements for Calendar Year 2016
Mailed January 27
We mailed statements to everyone for their calendar year 2016 donations on January 27. If you have not yet received your statement, please call the office, 812-332-3695 and we will be happy to send you a copy via email in pdf format.
How Does the Church Use Planned Giving Bequests?
In 2016, bequests made
Training for 22 volunteers in the
Vigiling at Life's End
program to serve those actively dying who are at risk of dying alone.
Attendance by lay leaders and staff at the
Mosiac Makers Conference
for congregations deeply engaged in building intentional multicultural communities.
Renovation of three
Monroe County United Ministries classrooms
that serve pre-school children from low-income families.
Making a planned gift is not difficult and you don't have to be rich to do it. In your will you can leave a specific sum or a percentage of your assets to the UU Church of Bloomington, or you can name the church a beneficiary of a portion of your retirement plan or IRA. All planned gifts--whether a lot or a little--make difference, and we are grateful to you for them.
--Libby DeVoe, Planned Giving Committee
Additional Adult Religious Education Opportunity
Racism in America: A Conversation
5 Wednesdays, Feb 15, Mar 1, Mar 15, Apr 5, Apr 19
6:45-8:15 p.m. in Room 210
As a mostly white congregation, UU Bloomington is a good place to explore and discuss issues of racial justice in Bloomington and in our country, and what we as white Allies as well as UUs of color can do to help break the American system of racism. Gather for a series of informal discussions to consider: What does racism look like in the US in 2017, and how does it work? What are its historical roots? Who does it benefit? What do we need to be aware of? What can we do to help break the cycle of racism in the US and support racial justice in our community and beyond? Participants are invited to bring stories and resources to share. We may use some of the brief chapters from Debby Irving's book "Waking up White."
It's fine to come to one or more sessions. All are welcome. To register, contact 812-332-3695 ext 204 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How Does Our BookTable Work?
Have you ever wondered what happens at the BookTable in Fellowship Hall between services every
? 1-Why does it even exist? 2-Where do those books come from? 3- Who works there? 4~Are the books new or used? 5-Can I borrow some?
Here are your answers!
1~ The BookTable exists to greet you, chat with you, and secondarily sell you books. Any profits go to support the library (upstairs) and the Pages to Prisoners Project.
2- The rolling cart used books come from congregational donations; the locked cabinet books were bought from LOCAL bookstores at discounts (10%-20%) which we pass on to YOU.
3~ Volunteers work at the BookTable: thank them! You can volunteer, too!!
4~ The rolling cart books and magazines are USED; the others are NEW.
5~ The BookTable does NOT lend books; go upstairs to the Fuchs library for that!
Exploring Unitarian Universalism Class - February 12 and 19
Are you interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism and this congregation? Whether you are considering membership or are just curious, this class is for you. The Exploring UU Class will be held on
February 12 and 19
in the church library. Please plan to attend both Sunday sessions, since different material will be covered in each session. Sign up by
at the welcome table in the foyer, or by emailing
. Free childcare is available if requested in advance. Melinda Swenson and Jack King will facilitate this fun and informative class.
Getting Involved Fair Series - February 12, 19 and 26
Looking for new ways to seek the spirit, build community and change the world? Mark your calendar! On
February 12, 19 and 26,
a different set of groups from our church will be available each Sunday during coffee hour in Fellowship Hall to assist you. Friendly folks will be standing by, ready to share info, answer questions, and invite you to get involved in activities and serve the church in ways that interest you.
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
New Member Bio
Please offer a warm welcome to one of our newest members!
Lisa has lived in the Bloomington area for the last 20 years. Kathrynn, her 14 year old daughter, inspired her to become a member after attending UU on and off for the last many years. Connecting with people, blogging, music, being in nature, consuming yummy food, life-ing with Kathrynn and engaging in life in other miscellaneous ways are a few of her passions. Lisa works mainly from home as a Somatic Therapist, and considers herself a full time student of being human.
|Current Membership: 491
Sunday, January 22 9:15: 107 11:15: 189 TOTAL: 296
Sunday, January 29 9:15: 111 11:15: 207 TOTAL: 318
Sunday, February 5 9:15: 130 11:15: 204 TOTAL: 334
January 22: $696.30
January 29: $703.84
February 5: $612.82
Total to be donated to New Leaf-New Life $507.23
Grocery Cards Fundraiser:
January 22: $1275, income to UUCB $63.75
January 29: $475, income to UUCB $25.25
February 5: $2000.00, income to UUCB $103.50
UU Humanist Forum Meets on Alternating Sundays
This group offers an opportunity for regular, open, wide-ranging discussions of issues relating to morality and ethics, human development, and the nature of the universe. The bi-weekly forum will meet next on Sunday, February 12 at 12:45 p.m. in Room 208.
The topic will be "Privatization of Schools" presented by Sandy Dolby. A complete list of winter topics can be found here.
UU Freethinkers Group Enjoys Free Ranging Discussion
The purpose of the UU Freethinkers bi-weekly meeting is to create the opportunity for participants to raise questions and engage in open and non-structured discussion of issues of social concern, political concern, and theological/religious concern. UU Freethinkers meet on alternating Sundays after children's religious education classes end, in Room 208.
UU Freethinkers meet next on Sunday, February 19, at 12:45 p.m.
Attention Kroger shoppers!
You must annually renew your selection of UU with Kroger Community Rewards in order for the church to receive a percentage of your purchases at Kroger. Go to
and follow the directions online. Helpers will be at the grocery card sales table on Sunday if you need detailed instructions, and there will be gift cards for sale there for Bloomingfoods, Marsh and Lucky's.
Brook Farm and
American Utopian Dreams
Brook Farm began in 1841 and went bankrupt in 1847. It was the dream of George Ripley (1802-1880), a Unitarian Minister who was inspired by Theodore Parker to emulate European Utopian communities. Ripley raised the money from potential subscribers and participants to purchase 70 acres of land near West Roxbury, Massachusetts, on the banks of the Charles River.
The land was not suited to farming, so they made it a dairy farm. The participants agreed to equality. All would be paid the same wage for any jobs done on the farm. Men and women would be treated equally. Living quarters were communal rather than a set of family units. The themes stressed for discussion were abolition of slavery, women's rights, including voting, and the rights of working people to unionize.
The school for Brooks Farm was its crown jewel, including a boarding school in which young children received a first rate education.
Brook Farm failed for many reasons. Many of the people who joined were solitary in their habits and liked meditating and reading on their own. They were not extroverted and avoided community participation. Many had no experience farming and when they did milking and other chores, they found it not as romantic as they thought. Some were just there for a year and got bored and left. Emerson helped support it, but did not live there. Thoreau found it uncongenial. The farm made little money, and eventually it was sold at bankruptcy.
--Elof Carlson, Congregational Historian
Indiana Senate Bill 309 Would Kill Solar Net Metering if Passed
The Indiana Senate Utilities Committee is considering Indiana Senate bill SB 309. Their committee's hearing is set for Thursday, February 9 at 9 AM in Room 233 of of the Statehouse, 200 West Washington, Indianapolis.
This bill, which originated from the for-profit utilities of Indiana, aims to make rooftop solar unfeasible for many.
We need as many people as possible to attend this hearing. If the bill is passed, we could lose our payback from Duke for the extra solar energy we produce on the roof of our building.
For information about the hearing, click here:
For a summary of the bill itself, and who to contact about it, click here:
Reproductive Justice for Social Change Workshop
Saturday, February 11
LIMITED SEATING: YOU MUST REGISTER AT
This FREE workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about reproductive justice, how to read a bill, get hands-on training for speaking to your legislators, and be part of an action to let your legislators know your thoughts on upcoming reproductive health legislation.
Facilitated by All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center and Planned Parenthood Advocates of IN and KY.
February 11th from 9am-12:30pm, in Fellowship Hall. Light snacks and beverages provided.
The workshop will be hosted by our Reproductive Justice Task Force.
Got questions? Contact
#Women's March Movement Postcards
Available at Mr. Copy
If you can't make phone calls to let them know, it's effective to send postcards to your U.S. Senate and U.S. House representatives' Indiana offices to share your concerns. Postcards with the Women's March logo are available for 60 cents each at Mr. Copy at 10th and Dunn Street, if you would like to purchase some for this purpose. Click here for Senators' Addresses. Click here for Representatives' addresses.
How We Are Helping the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
During 2016, our congregation contributed a total of $4146 to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), uusc.org, an organization that provides humanitarian aid in 20 countries around the world. These gifts came through our budget, the Gift at your Table program, the offering for Haiti relief, and golden gifts on Procession of Giving Sunday.
Our contributions supported feeding people, assisting people held in detention centers in the U.S., providing help to Syrian refugees, assisting Haiti with recovery from natural disasters, and mobilizing against climate change.
The Low Carbon Diet for Your Home
February 13-March 13
This is a 30-day program to lose 5,000 pounds of CO2 emissions, saving money, energy and the planet. Join this 4-session workshop, Mondays,
February 13-March 13
at Trinity Episcopal Church, and learn how to put your household on a low-carbon diet. For more information or to register, contact Dr. Ben Brabson at
. --Marcia Veldman
Macaroni for Shalom Center!
For over 3 years, our congregation members and friends have provided macaroni for the meal program at Shalom Community Center. Please remember to pick up a package the next time you go to the store. Collection basket for donations is under the Social Justice table in the Commons.
Save the Date:
February 19 Openhearted Open House
nd Annual Openhearted Open House will take place on
5:00 pm-7:30 pm
at the Islamic Center of Bloomington. More info here
Resilience: Indiana's Untold Story
Showing February 20 at MCPL
Our Racial Justice Task Force is sponsoring the screening of "RESILIENCE: Indiana's Untold Story" written by Dr. Gladys DeVane and Elizabeth Mitchell on
Monday, February 20th at the Monroe County Library auditorium. The screening will be at
6:30 p.m. followed by a Q&A period with Elizabeth Mitchell.
Run Ranger Run for Military Veterans
The Veteran and Military Family Support Team of the Just Peace Task Force is participating in Run Ranger Run. This annual event raises awareness of transition issues for military veterans. Awareness is raised by talking with folks and (as a team) completing 565 miles of run, walk, and bike in the month of February. This commemorates the first Run Ranger Run in 2012, when Cory Smith, a recently discharged Army Ranger, made the 565 mile trek from Fort Benning, Georgia, to Indianapolis
in 28 days by himself. Funds are also raised (in addition to registration costs) and proceeds go to Gallant Few, an organization that works to connect recently discharged veterans with veterans in their community who have similar experiences and interests.
Throughout the month, you will see Phil Cooper, John Summerlot, Matt Stonecipher, Ruth Ann Cooper, Ann LeDuc and others wearing their Run Ranger Run shirts and talking with folks about veterans'
transitions. If you would like to join the team or make a donation you can go to
and click on donate. Our team is called "WeR4U" and you'll probably recognize the logo. Click here to go direct to our team's donate page.
Save the date: Music Fundraiser for Habitat February 24
UU will host the CommUNITY Interfaith Build Musical Festival here in our Meeting Room on
Friday, February 24
, a fund-raiser for the spring interfaith Habitat for Humanity build.
Musicians from our congregation and other faith communities will perform.
$10 adults, $8 students. More info here.
Our Faith in Action in the Community
Songs for a Lasting World
Benefit for Middle Way House Monday, February 13
Celebrate the enduring power of love this Valentine's Eve with Malcolm Dalglish and the Ooolite Singers & Friends. Music, theater, dance and homemade apple pie. The 90-minute show will spill out to a street party with Muddy Fork Bakery serving apple pie fresh from their wood-fired oven. Tickets (includes pie) $14 for children and students and $22 for adults, available at BCT box office,
Being, Bloomington Community Meditation February 15
Sit in silence--be the change. Join us at the Buskirk Chumley theatre on February 15 for an hour of quiet reflection for all. Imagine a place to sit in silence, allowing a bond to grow through togetherness. Create change through your presence, to heal the divisions felt by our community, our nation and our world. Bring a cushion or simply take a seat and joins us over the lunch hour. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by 5 Inspired Women.
Click here for event info.
Interfaith Dialogue Can Change the World - Noah's Ark
Noah's Ark is a new initiative to create an opportunity for monthly interfaith dialogue, and that can support Changing the World. Information meetings start next week, and training sessions in February. F
or info go to
Rally for the Forests February 20
If you believe that our state forests should be protected from excessive commercial logging, this is your chance to speak up! Take the day off, gather with us, and come to the Statehouse in Indy to stand up for your forests on,
Monday, Feb. 20 at 11am
(President's Day). Contact Joan Middendorf with questions or Dave Simcox at
for car pool or a bus arrangements.
Be the Change Congress Needs:
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Advocacy Teams Launch Workshop February 27
Date: Monday February 27, 2017
Time: 5:30pm Soup 6:00 - 9:00 pm Workshop
Location: First United Church, 2420 E. Third Street
Time and time again, people from across the U.S. see our elected officials struggle to solve the problems that matter most. Instead, money, corporations and apathy continue to feed governmental gridlock. We're left wondering - what can we do to restore our democracy? I
n-person meetings with your members of Congress are the most effective way to influence policy decisions. Change in Congress starts with you.
Please join Maiya Zwerling, National Field Organizer, for this workshop. Click here for more info.
International Development Seeks Home Hospitality
for Visiting Burmese Students in April
The Youth Leadership Program administered by the Office of International Development at Indiana University is seeking
families interested in opening their homes to our selected participants from Burma for a two-week period between
April 15th-April 29th, 2017
. We need approximately 7-10 households to each take in 1-2 of these fascinating kids. Contact Tessa McConnell at email@example.com
Beacon Young Adult/Campus Ministry
Orion Day, our Young Adult/Campus Ministry Coordinator, can be reached at
and keeps office hours at the Indiana Memorial Union Room 577. Stop by and say hello!
Contact a Minister
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, our Senior Minister,
can be reached at 812-332-3695, ext. 201 and is available by appointment on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons.
Reverend Scott McNeill, our Associate Minister,
can be reached at 812-332-3695, ext. 209 and is available by appointment on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.
. He can also be reached on his mobile phone, 703-577-0919 and for after-hours pastoral emergencies, please call him at 812-727-0919.
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
our Minister of Religious Education,
can be reached at
Livestreaming Our Sunday Services
Well, despite global climate change (which is real) it still might snow again on a Sunday morning before the end of March. When travel conditions become hazardous after snowfall or ice storms, please always check our home page,
or our Facebook page,
for updates on event cancellations or delays.
Who Ya Gonna Call?
Contact Info for
the Church Office
The church office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and for 45 minutes following each Sunday service. If you notice something about our building that needs attention, please contact Church Administrator Carol Marks right away at 812-332-3695 ext. 200 or firstname.lastname@example.org and she will call the experts to take care of it.
If you have general administrative questions, questions about your pledge and contributions, reserving a room for a meeting, etc., you may also contact Monica Overman or Deeva Khatiwada, our Office Assistants, at 812-332-3695 ext. 204 or email@example.com.
A link to our church calendar can be found on this page of our website.
Prologue Publication Schedule
The Prologue is edited by Carol Marks. The deadline for articles is 10 a.m. on the date of publication, which is the first and third Monday of each month, with exceptions for federal Monday holidays.
Next few issues: February 21 (a Tuesday), March 6 and 20, April 3 and 17.
Masthead photo by Jack King. "Love" by Robert Indiana
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