The Prologue                                   Tuesday, January 17, 2017 
  Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
   Congregation founded 1949
   LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation since 1995
   Green Sanctuary since 2007

Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World

Sunday, January 22, 2017 
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Annual (In)Famous Science Sermon 2017
A Measure of the Stars
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
     Cosmologist and Science Educator Neil deGrasse Tyson, who will speak at the Indiana University Auditorium on March 22nd, writes, "The thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe it."  In this "Post-Truth" era, in this Post-Inauguration sermon, I will post scientific truths from such areas as human origins, environment, physics, math, astronomy, health, mind and brain, and technology. The service will include a seventh inning stretch.
Sunday, January 29, 2017 
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Youth Sunday Service: Reflecting on Hope
created by our High School Youth
     In the midst of this time of political transition, how do we stay hopeful?  Join us for an interactive youth service where we will share opportunities to reflect upon where we are right now and how we can create a better future together.
MAM's Musings
           In her book Hope in the Dark:  Untold Histories and Wild Possibilities, writer extraordinaire Rebecca Solnit captures the paradox of our times, "This is an extraordinary time full of vital, transformative movements that could not be foreseen. It's also a nightmarish time. Full engagement requires the ability to perceive both."
          As we engage our vision of Seeking the Spirit, Building Community and Changing the world, we are called to explore the intersection of spirituality and politics.   As author Marianne Williamson has reminded us, "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."  Williamson recently stated, " The times in which we live call for a critical re-evaluation of our relationship to life around us-to our fellow citizens, to our country and to our world. Yet in order to transform our current challenges, we must address them from a holistic perspective-recognizing not only the external but also the internal dimensions of both our problems and their solutions."
       Of note, Marianne Williamson and Derrick Harkins, Senior Vice President of Union Theological Seminary, will host the Sister Giant Conference: Toward a Politics of Love in Washington, DC, February 2-4 with Keynote Speaker Senator Bernie Sanders.
          As we enter this week of the presidential inauguration, there are plenty of opportunities for engagement.
           This Friday evening our congregation, the day of the inauguration, will host an An Evening in Celebration of Mexico and the Latin American Diaspora in collaboration with sponsors: La Casa Latino Cultural Center, Hoosier Undocu Alliance, along with Alain Barker/Project Jumpstart of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development at Indiana University.  Come help us offer a warm welcome to all who will gather.  If you are attending the Inaugurate the Revolution culminating event at the Buskirk Chumley Theater, please join us afterwards.    Amazing music, dance and poetry. 
An Evening in Celebration of Mexico and the Latin American Diaspora
January 20, 6:00pm start time...perhaps 10pm finish (arrive when you can)
in our Meeting Room
This celebration is a peaceful, positive protest against the Inauguration, featuring folk music, poetry, classical music, popular music and dancing from the heart of the Latin American tradition. Our concert will encourage solidarity within the Latino community and Allies. Get to know your neighbors and celebrate the traditions they have to share! Free and open to all. (see flyer)   

Speaking of  Inaugurate the Revolution, 
David Keppel and Margaret Squires will present the following program here at our church on January 20:
"Making Just Peace in a Violent World" 
with Margaret Squires and David Keppel
Friday, January 20 at 3:00 p.m. in the Ralph and Annetta Fuchs Library (upstairs)
     In the first part of this two-part workshop, David will look at global conflict in a Trump administration. In the second part, Margaret, a licensed psychologist and therapist, will lead a group exploration in non-violent communication in an age of anger.  
    Information on Inaugurate the Revolution activities can be found here.
    Remember, we are all leaders and--what we say and what we do matters;  self-care and healthy boundaries are also essential in grounding yourself in the paradox of this time in which we live.   
    Lastly, warm and vibrant blessings to all those who will be participate in the Women's March on Washington, whether in DC or Indianapolis or Bloomington, whether present in body or spirit,  may we go forward together in solidarity. 
    Oh wait, lastly--lastly, please join me for my annual (In)Famous post-Inauguration Science Sermon this Sunday, wherein ongoing truth will be revealed and a seventh inning stretch will surely be engaged.  Rumor has it there will  be interesting music.
Peace, MAM
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin  
Happy New Year from Your Board of Directors!
       For those who missed the Congregational Meeting on December 11th, the minutes will be posted on the website soon. A few highlights include hearing from Ann LeDuc, our Connections Coordinator, that our membership hit 507 (and has since risen to 511, a new high!), Libby DeVoe reported on behalf of Planned Giving that 15% of our member households have included the Church in their estate planning, Matt Stonecipher reported that the Leadership Cultivation Committee is preparing a slate for the June Congregational Meeting that includes 4 board members (Vice President, Treasurer, and two at-large position) and a Special Purposes Fund Committee member and is seeking suggestions, Steve Mascari announced the Green Sanctuary Task Force as the recipient of the Fall 2016 Social Justice Grant, Rev. Emily Manvel Leite, our Minister of Religious Education, and Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education, gave an update of RE Visioning and encouraged involvement from the congregation, and Molly O'Donnell gave a update on exciting update on our re-certification as an EPA Energy Star Building (with a score of 100!) and decreasing energy usage.
       In addition, Arzetta Hults-Losensky, our Treasurer, gave a budget update and stressed the desire of the Board for a successful increase in our pledge drive this year so we can provide our ministers and staff with salary increases to reach our goals for fair compensation. Please listen for more from our Stewardship Commitee on this year's pledge drive.
       And our Ministers provided guidance for the uncertain and challenging times ahead: "Don't stop doing what we do."
Our Folks...
Our sympathy and healing thoughts are with Regina DilLavore and her family, upon the death on December 30 of her father, Felix Anthony Cioffi, of Virginia. 
  Seeking the Spirit 
January Intersession Explores Prophetic Unitarian Universalists
Our January Religious Education Intersession is exploring a prophetic Unitarian Universalist figure over 4 weeks through  January 29 th .  This year, our structure is a little different. We are dividing our Kindergarten-8 th   grade into mixed age groups where they will have a steady guide who helps them rotate weekly through cooking, drama and science.  Preschoolers will have the option of attending the 9:15 a.m. session and being in their own age group to participate in the Intersession activities or the can choose to attend their familiar Spirit Play class at 11:15am. Please contact Adrienne Summerlot   or Rev. Emily Manvel Leite,   for more information.  
Be the change you want to see in the world...
Teach Religious Education!
Volunteering to tell stories to our preschool and Kindergarten + classes or investigating questions with our 3rd-6th graders gives you a rewarding opportunity to impact future generations.  If you would like to learn more about volunteering in this shared ministry, contact Adrienne Summerlot     
Labyrinth Walk Open January 22-28
  You are invited to a meditative start to 2017.
 Reverend Emily Manvel Leite will create a Labyrinth for walking,  available in the  Meeting Room for private reflection on the following days:
Sunday, January 22--2-5 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday--10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monday and Wednesday--11:30-2:30 p.m.  & 6-8 p.m.   
Saturday, January 28--10 a.m.-1 p.m.
     Questions? Email!     

Earth Kin Celebrates Imbolc February 1
All are welcome to celebrate Imbolc (also known as Candlemas), the time when the Wheel of the Year continues to turn back towards the light and the Maiden returns with the first subtle signs of spring. This Sabbat is held in honor of the Celtic Goddess Brigid (BREED), the Goddess of inspiration, poetry, metalsmithing, healing, and divination. Imbolc is a time to take in the infusing inspiration of the sun, to rejoice in the passing of winter, and to look forward to the growing fertility of the land. Earth Kin, our congregation's earth spirituality group, will celebrate Imbolc on Wednesday, February 1 st from 7pm to 9pm in the Fellowship Hall by lighting many candles in honor of Brigid's Sacred Flame and to remind us of the passing of winter. We will also perform some divination work during the ritual, to include a tarot reading for the coming year. Children are welcome, but please contact the coordinator of the event, Brooke Opel at, if you plan to bring a child under the age of eight.      

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  tradition. 
  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.         More info:  or 

Ministry Themes for 2016-17
   We will be exploring the following themes for the remainder of the 2016-17  church year.   October: Healing November: Story,  December: Presence,  January: Prophecy, February: Identity, March: Risk, 
April: Transformation,  May: Embodiment, June: Zest

  Building Community  
How Does the Church Use Planned Giving Bequests?  
    In 2016, bequests made  the  things possible:
  ·         Training for 22 volunteers in the   Vigiling at Life's End   program to serve those actively dying and 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
Vigiling at Life's End
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.   --Reverend Macklin
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 from  2-4 p.m. in the church library. Please plan to attend both Sunday sessions, since different material will be covered in each session.  Sign up by  February 7 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

Welcome to our Newest Members!
    On January 8, four new members were welcomed into the congregation. Please offer a warm welcome to our newest members: Cindy Duffy, Daun Fields, Susan Kelly, and Mary Carol Reardon.  
    In recent months we have welcomed many new members into the congregation.  Below are a few new member bios to help you get to know them.
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator. 

Angela Sturdevant
Angela Sturdevant grew up in Bloomington and her family was very involved in the community of St.Thomas Lutheran. After 12 years of living in Chicago, then Indianapolis, she and her husband Wes are glad to be back in Bloomington with their daughter Ella and dog Boo Radley. We've felt so welcomed by the UU community! Angela works for The Nature Conservancy, and enjoys gardening, camping, traveling, and knitting.

Daun Fields  
Hello!  I am a longtime Bloomington resident, musician, performance artist, and professional tarot reader.  I enjoy being an active part of our local business community by running Sunrise Hive Tarot.  In addition to my work, I love practicing yoga at Vibe Studio, playing racquetball, studying world goddess religions, and swimming with my dog :).  As a practicing witch I love that the UU Church is a welcoming community of varying experiences and beliefs.

Cindy Duffy 
I've lived in Bloomington with my husband, Tom, for the past 30 years.  Prior to retirement in 2005 I was a therapist and on clinical faculty at IU. Since retirement I enjoy pottery, yoga, biking and stand-up paddling. I'm a volunteer with IU Health Bloomington Hospice and the VALE program, and love spending time with my four wonderful grand-kids.  

Mary Carol Reardon
Mary Carol Reardon was born in Bloomington where her grandfather Ellis Johnson and granduncle Ward Johnson started Johnson's Creamery. The building still exists downtown as evidenced by the tall "Johnson" smokestack.  Mary lived in Manhattan for 20 years where she studied theatre and sang at the Riverside Church.  Today she still loves theatre and singing in the UU choir.

Help  Build Community!
Pictorial Directory Portrait Session Sign Ups Continue Online
Sign up for a portrait session for our fancy new pictorial church directory by going online at this link.  We may call you this week if you have not yet made an appointment. We can also help you with making an appointment if you call 812-332-3695 on weekdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Photo sessions are Jan 25-28 and Feb 1-4. Monday, March 20 is available for those who are out of town in January and February.  Please participate! Portrait sessions are free and will take about an hour. You'll receive a directory and a free 8x10 portrait and you can purchase more photos if you like.  Receive an additional discount on additional photos if you bring a nonperishable food item for the Monroe County United Ministries food pantry. These items especially needed: canned chicken, fruit, tuna, and soups.  
Current Membership: 511
December 25:                 ONE SERVICE 10:15: 93
January 1:                      ONE SERVICE 10:15:127
January 8:                      9:15: 87    11:15: 185
January 15:                    9:15: 116  11:15: 190
Non-Pledge Offering:
December 24: $956+      December 25: $198.00
January 1: $367.00         January 8: $594.00       January 15: $294+
Total donated to New Leaf New Life = $291.98 
Women's Alliance Meets February 2
      January 5th program was "Women of the UU Movement" with Elof Carlson, our congregational historian.  
      February 2nd program will be "Citizen's Climate Lobby" with our featured speaker Marcia Veldman. Hosts are Carol Arnold and Ann Watzel.
      The Women's Alliance meets the first Thursday of each month at 11:30 am in Fellowship Hall, enter through court yard doors. Meetings begin with a brown bag lunch; drinks and dessert are provided by hosts of the month.
The program begins at noon, followed by the business meeting.
            --Julie Cauble VP Women's Alliance
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, January 29 at 12:45 a.m. in Room 208.
The topic will be "Ethics of the New Medicine" presented by Rob Hongen.  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, January 22, 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.

UU History for You
The Second First Lady, Abigail Adams
Sometimes Called "Mrs. President" 
Abigail (nee Smith) Adams (1744-1818) was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and died in Quincy, Massachusetts, of typhoid fever.  In 1764, she married her third cousin, John Adams.  Abigail had six children and kept up a busy life, managing her farm, her family, and her intellectual needs.  She was taught to read and write by her mother and used her parents' extensive personal library to educate herself. When John Adams went to Philadelphia for the Continental Congress, she managed the farm on her own and wrote often to her husband.  Over her life time, she wrote 1200 letter to her husband.  In them she gave her opinions including this plea for women's rights: "we will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation."  Her sharp opinions, often transmitted by her husband abroad as a diplomat or in the United States, led to critics referring to her as "Mrs. President."  She opposed slavery.  She was also the first First Lady to occupy the newly built White House, and made the move with her family from the then capital in Philadelphia to the virtually uninhabited District of Columbia.  After Adams's term ended, John and Abigail returned to Quincy to live out their lives. They were active Unitarians and Abigail's own credo was "true religion comes from the heart and not from creeds."           --Elof Carlson,  UUCB Historian 
  Changing the World   
"Making Just Peace in a Violent World" 
with Margaret Squires and David Keppel
Friday, January 20 at 3:00 p.m.
     In the first part of this two-part workshop, David will look at global conflict in a Trump administration, including the endangered nuclear deal with Iran, Palestine-Israel, Russia, China, Cuba, Donald Trump's threatened war against Islam, cyber war, nuclear weapons, and global climate justice. 
     In Part Two, Margaret, a licensed psychologist and therapist, will lead a group exploration in non-violent communication in an age of anger.  How do we make contact across barriers, be they of nationality, class, race, gender, age, or ideology?  How do we practice and demonstrate deep listening, establish common ground, and share deep convictions?  The workshop will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. here in the Ralph and Annetta Fuchs Library (upstairs). For details, see the December 19 Prologue.
Muffins for the Women's March Bus
We have a bus full of enthusiastic folks going to Indy on Saturday, January 21, leaving the Eastside Kmart parking lot at 9:00 am.  We will raise money for Reproductive Justice Task Force (RJTF) projects (Planned Parenthood and All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center) by selling muffins and cookies on the bus.  We will provide coffee as well. If you would like to donate baked goods, bring them to the church's upstairs kitchen on Thursday, January 19 or Friday, January 20 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., marked "For RJTF." Please let Melinda know if you are donating something. --Melinda Swenson,   or text to  812-345-2821 
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  from  7-8:30 p.m.  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 
Seco nd Annual Openhearted Open House will take place on  February 19th  from  5:00 pm-7:30 pm  at the Islamic Center of Bloomington. More info here  
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. 
Community Connections
Our Faith in Action in the Community

Interfaith Dialogue Can Change the World, Starts January 22
Noah's Ark is a new initiative to create opportunity for monthly interfaith dialogue, and that can support Changing the World. Information meetings start next week, and training sessions in February. See our Facebook page  for info or 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  215 833-0974  for car pool or a bus arrangements.

Meadowood Events of Interest
    This Thursday, January 19 at  11:30 the Active Aging Coalition will meet at Meadowood. Teri deMatas from IU Health Bloomington Hospital will be talking about the new hospital construction and their amenities.
    February 9,  Thursday Topics will meet at 1:00 p.m. The first speaker is Liz Jones from Area 10 on aging, presenting on Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D.
For details on these events, contact Glen Inman,
Orion Day
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.   mcneill@uu . 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 
812-332 -3695, ext. 207  on Weds and Fri mornings.    

Livestreaming Our Sunday Services 
You can view the livestream of our Sunday services and view archived video from the last few months at this link: 
Please let us know if you have a problem with the livestream, by emailing
Snow Awareness
We are pretty sure it is eventually going to snow again on a Sunday morning.  When travel conditions become hazardous after snowfall or ice storms, please always check our home page,, or our Facebook page,, or  for updates on event cancellations or delays.

Deeva, Carol, and Monica
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 and she will call the experts to take care of it. 
     If you have general administrative questions, you may also contact Monica Overman or Deeva Khatiwada, our Office Assistants, at 812-332-3695 ext. 204 or

Church Calendar 
A link to our church calendar can be found on this page of our website. 

Many church events also appear on our Facebook page.

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 6 and 21, March 6 and 20, April 3 and 17.
Masthead photo by Jane Ready Hill "Sun on Ice Crystals--Methow Valley"
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