The Prologue
Monday, May 18, 2015
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana

Congregation founded 1949

GLBTQ Welcoming Congregation since 1995

Green Sanctuary since 2007

Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World



May 30


a Mission-Driven Faith


June 7

Red Cross Blood Drive


June 7

Annual Congregational Meeting



Quick Links

Sunday, May 24, 2015    

9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

The Arcs of Traditional Unitarian Universalist Theologies are Long...

Building a Praxis of Justice

The Reverend Chris Long


Come worship with Reverend Chris Long who will be visiting us from Madison, Wisconsin.  Let's explore, together, our understandings of aspects of our robust, complex and transforming theological traditions through a lens of "what inspires you" to live a deeper Unitarian Universalist faith.    Reverend Macklin and Reverend Wadkins will also participate in the service.


It's Also Walbicus Sunday! 

Walbicus to Worship on May 24

Join with us and other religious communities throughout Indiana to help us reach a tipping point, a critical mass of people who walk, bike, carpool or bus to worship. By acting together, we create an ever-widening circle of care for the earth, a visible invitation to change our ways. (Walbicus = Walk, Bike, Bus or Carpool)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

The Five Shining Stars of UUCB:
From Traditions to Tomorrows
The Reverend Douglas Wadkins

Our most recent hymnal is entitled "Singing the Living Tradition."  This collection of Unitarian Universalist hymnody suggests that we are both deeply connected to our past and engaged in discovering what faith and the world is asking of us now.  This service will intertwine the ways that hymns and our foundational stories of community help us connect with the power and meaning of the past, and urge us to engage the new day with energy and insight. 

   Board of Directors, UU Church of Bloomington

Ministerial Search Committee Process 

The Board has finalized the Ministerial Search Committee based on the nominations we received from the congregation.  The seven-member Ministerial Search Committee selected by the board from your nominations will be put forth for a vote of endorsement at the congregational meeting on June 7.  After the congregational meeting in June, the committee will quickly get to work, in cooperation with our UUA Ministerial Settlement Representative, to begin the search process for an associate minister for our congregation, which will take a full year.  The members of the Ministerial Search Committee selected are Barb Backler, Mary Boutain, Craig Coley, Michelle Cook, Abby Gitlitz, Amy Taylor, and Stuart Yoak. 


Ministerial Search Committee to be Endorsed at Congregational Meeting June 7:



 Barb Backler                     Mary Boutain                     Craig Coley                      Michelle Cook



  Abby Gitlitz                        Amy Taylor                       Stuart Yoak


For bios of the Search Committee members, click here or see our Ministerial Search web link:


Kathleen Sideli, Congregational President

Our Folks...

    Our thoughts are with Barb Berggoetz upon the passing of her mother, Phyllis Berggoetz, on May 6 in Fort Wayne. 

    A memorial service for Arda Landergren is scheduled for Saturday, June 13 at 3:00 p.m. Reverend Mary Ann Macklin and our Minister Emerita, Reverend Barbara Carlson, will officiate.

MAM's Musings

I have known Reverend Chris Long since my days in Madison, Wisconsin---fifteen years ago,  and I look forward to his worship leadership in our pulpit this Sunday.  Reverend Long

was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist Minister at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, California, in June of 2009;  I delivered his ordination sermon, which included several exercise push-ups as a means of emphasis.


Chris currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where he works at the University of Wisconsin- Madison for
the Learning Communities for Institutional Change and Excellence (LCICE) engaging in 9-month long, dialogical, social justice learning communities both on campus and in the community.  He is also an Advisor to seminarians at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California, and supports radical grass roots organizers in Madison especially those deeply submerged in the Black Lives Matters Movement  (The Young Gifted and Black Coalition, ). 


This will not be Chris's first visit to our congregation.  Chris delivered the 

spirited Invocation for the Installation Celebration of Reverend Breeden's and my co-ministry.   I hope many of you will join us this Sunday to learn more about the traditions of Unitarian Universalism.


Reverend Long (like all our previous guests in this pulpit this year) is not interested in candidating for any ministerial position in our congregation. He's just visiting and sharing worship with us.



Reverend Mary Ann Macklin  

Senior Minister


Interim Insights       

What Does a Gaggle of UU Ministers Do 

for a Week in Texas?


Every year for a week, Unitarian Universalist interim ministers who are part of the Interim Ministry Guild gather in New Braunfels,Texas, at the John Newcomb Tennis Ranch.  (Life is stranger than fiction.) There are a significant number of us who gather, and most of us do not bring a tennis racket! We awaken between six and seven every morning. We gather together to worship. We explore and educate ourselves about the intricacies of interim ministry. Our days often do not end until after 9 o'clock in the evening. 


These are impressive and intensive weeks that foster and strengthen this specialized and essential form of ministry in at least two ways. These gatherings seek to inform and expand the knowledge base and skill set of interim ministry. There is much to know about the quickly changing face of the ministry in the world in which we live. The time in Texas also gives us an opportunity to connect with, learn from and offer support in the midst of a cadre of dedicated clergy who do this important and difficult work for our movement. I have attended many, many collegial gatherings as part of my work as a Unitarian Universalist minister. All of them, in their own way, have been impressive convocations of talented and faithful people. I can say without hesitation that the gatherings of the Interim Ministers Guild is the most impressive in its array of gifts and the depth of these ministers' commitment to the excellence of our liberal faith.


The range of topics and areas of ministry that we explore in these action-packed days is incredible! The stories that we hear about the congregations across the country who are in times of transition provide both moving inspiration and deep consternation. One gets to hear the best and the worst of who we are as Unitarian Universalists. That is just the beginning.  This year,  we explored the importance of mentoring. We examined the components of the fine art mentoring, its life-changing work in our own lives and the ways that being a mentor is at the heart of all ministry. We learned more about the Enneagram and its insights into our lives. We took the Intercultural Development Inventory, and it is likely that we will work with this inventory here in Bloomington in the fall.  The inventory measures one's own orientations toward cultural difference and commonality. It really helped me get a candid look at where I am in the journey towards greater understanding and right relations.  


For me, the core of the time, and the unifying force that animates all that we do in this week, is to return again and again to clarity about the swiftly changing face of religion in America, and how it looks from a Unitarian Universalist perspective. We have a particularly hopeful possibility for the future.  We have many of the characteristics that our up and coming adults are looking for in a community that will help them find meaning.  We have an important and unique voice, so it truly matters that we know the subtle, and not-so-subtle ways we convey who we are to people who visit, and how we offer space for them to connect enough to feel embraced by our community. 


The time away helped me reconnect with those ideas in important ways.  I look forward to exploring more directly what these areas might mean for this congregation as we prepare to engage your promising future.


With warmth and deep faith in your possibilities,




The Reverend Douglas Wadkins


Interim Minister



Our Living Faith:  Fostering a Mission-Driven Faith

Saturday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

with the Reverend Douglas Wadkins


You are invited to a time of exploration and conversation about this congregation's understanding of its core mission and identity.  We will gather to consider stories that shape meaning, see what they say about the lived mission of this beloved community and what such meaningful narratives are calling for in your future.  


This is not about exploring mission statements. It is a conversation about the concise and powerful ideas that shape this community.  The morning will continue the conversation about the lived understanding that brings clarity and fosters hope as we engage what the world is calling us to address.    Cultivating that engaged and embodied sense of share mission and faith, in this time of change, creates the perfect climate for possibility.  It will help your gifted search team do their work well.  It will help the entire community focus on future shared ministry and talk with each other and your leadership in a meaningful way. 


This ability to keep an understanding of mission as a portable and compelling idea will serve you all generously to move forward together in seeking the spirit, building community and changing the world. I hope you will join in the conversation on May 30! Everyone is welcome and childcare will be provided. 


It's Not Too Late to
Play Your Part!
     We wish to thank all friends and members of the congregation who have made a stewardship pledge for the upcoming fiscal year so far.  Your support will allow us to create a  budget that truly reflects our values as a congregation.  It is NOT too late to make a pledge and we hope that you will do so.  Click here to make a pledge on-line, or call the church office, 812-332-3695. 

Our sincerest thanks,
Members of the Stewardship Committee
Drew Schrader, Mary Boutain, John Summerlot, Carol Ver Wiebe, Charlie Pickle, Kathie Lazerwitz, Kathleen Sideli, Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Reverend Douglas Wadkins, Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, with assistance from Carol Marks      

Ice Cream Social Sunday, May 24th- 10:30-11am
Everyone is invited to join us in Fellowship Hall for Ice Cream to celebrate our MANY teachers who have made this year so sweet!  If you would like to volunteer to scoop ice cream or contribute ice cream or topping donations, please email Kitty McIntosh .

Children's Religious Education News
Sunday, May 24th- Last day of Spring RE Classes
Sunday, May 31st - Religious Exploration for Preschool-8th Grade in Fellowship Hall

Summer Religious Education will continue for Preschool as usual in Room 103 through the summer, right into the Fall Semester.  During June and July, children in Kindergarten-8th grade will Travel in Time this summer to learn about important Unitarian Universalist history, people and events through drama, science, art, and more!  Any adults who would like to volunteer to be involved in celebrating Sophia Lyon Fahs, Pete Seeger, Egbert Ethelred Brown, Rachel Carson, and our own congregation's history, please contact Adrienne Summerlot,


Seeking The Spirit

Extinguishing Joys and Sorrows Tapers

We now use almost dripless tapers for lighting Joys and Sorrows candles and our Chalices during our services.  These tend to smoke after being blown out, so we have provided glass holders with water to dip the tapers in to extinguish them or keep them from smoking (please feel free to continue to blow the taper out if you like, but if it smokes, just give it a quick dip in the water). The Worship Associates thank you for your help! 

Shambhala Meditation is Every Monday at Noon 

Join us at 12 noon every Monday in the Fellowship Hall for an hour of Shambhala Meditation, walking meditation, and Shamatha yoga with Sarah Flint. Please bring your own cushion if you have one; sitting in one of the Meeting Room chairs is also fine.


Conscious Contact Meditation, Wednesdays at 5:30

Kris Roehling leads weekly Conscious Contact Meditation from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 207B. This event provides insight meditation supporting recovery in all forms.  

Open Chanting Continues Thursdays at 5:30

Janiece Jaffe will lead open chanting in the Library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 and May 28. All are welcome; no experience necessary!

Our Congregational Themes


January:     Integrity                May:     Tradition

February:   Faith                     June:     Grace

March:       Resilience             July:       Here & Now    

April:          Revelation           


What kind of Traditions help you Seek the Spirit, Build Community, and Change the World?  
Building Community

Official Notice of Congregational Meeting

Sunday, June 7, 2015

4:00 p.m.

2120 North Fee Lane, Bloomington, Indiana

All members encouraged to attend. Childcare provided.



Goods and Services Auction Resounding Success!    Thank you to the dozens of people who worked on the auction on May 17, and to everyone who participated by showing up and bidding on all the delightful items. Many thanks once again to Darrell Breeden, auctioneer, to the Reverend Douglas Wadkins, Ruellen Fessenbecker, and Glenda Breeden for their assistance. Special thank you to Martha Foster and Earon Davis for their able co-chairing of this important event. Thank you Marlin Howard and the Foster-Davis Chalice Circle for the lunch food and logistics. Thank you to Panera Bread for donation of the bread for our soup lunch. 


Did you bid on the Vegetarian Dinner? We are seeking the person who bought one spot at the Vegetarian Feast ($40). We lost track of you in the excitement yesterday. Please contact Church Administrator Carol Marks,, 812-332-3695 ext. 200 so we can arrange for you to pay for your seat at the dinner, so you can attend!


Did you bid on the Monet print using Bidding Paddle #14? 

Please call Judy Bennett, 812-327-4172.

Special Dinners with Spaces Left

There are still a couple of opportunities to participate in special dinners that were offered at the auction.  There are 2 places left at the dinner at the Appels' "Voices from our Past" dinner to be held on Sunday, November 1st.  Also one place at Marty Joachim's International Feast on August 29th.  For more information contact Judy Bennett, 812-327-4172. 


Preliminary gross income figures from the event suggest that we will net close to $10,000! Yippee!


UU Choir Continues Through End of May

Our adult choir will continue rehearsals on Thursdays (7-8:30 p.m.) and sing on Sunday mornings through the end of May.After May 31, choir rehearsals will resume August 13. Info, contact Susan Swaney, Music Director,





East 17th Street closed for construction project

Motorists traveling along the east edge of the Bloomington campus should be aware that East 17th Street is closed through August 7. 17th Street will be closed from St. Paul Catholic Center to Lingelbach Lane. Fee Lane through campus or the Bypass will be the best routes to church from the east side all summer.

Ready to become a member of UU Bloomington?

If this is your community, if you feel at home here, join us! If you would like to make the commitment and become a member of UU Bloomington, the next membership ceremony is Sunday, June 7, between the services, at 10:30am in Room 207B.  (Please note:  We ask for participation in our "Exploring UU" class prior to signing the membership book.) To make arrangements to sign the membership book, please contact Judy Bennett, Connections Coordinator, at 332-3695 or, no later than Wednesday, June 3.   

Hospitality for Those with Allergies

As a courtesy to our friends and members who have allergies to fragrances, we are designating the west section of the Meeting Room (next to the sliding glass doors and tall narrow windows) as Fragrance Free. Please do not sit there if you have used any fragrances.  Anyone else is welcome to sit in this area.  Thank you for your consideration. 

UUs Who Can Provide a Variety of Professional Services - 

List and Waiver Form Now Available

The Elder Focus Task Force has compiled a list of Unitarian Universalists who are available for hire for a variety of tasks including Pet Sitting, Home Healthcare, Organizational Skills, Carpentry, Counseling, Sewing Machine repair, Building Construction. The list and the liability waiver form are posted here: 

UUs for Hire and Liability Waiver


UU History for You

Humanism and Edwin Burdette Backus 

Edwin Burdette Backus (1888-1955) was born in Ohio of Universalist minister parents.  His father later switched to Unitarianism.  Backus went to Meadville for his BD in 1912 and then took coursework in Europe, going to Oxford, Berlin, and Jena.  He did not complete his DD until 1940 at Meadville.  He served many churches and established a radio ministry to spread Unitarian and Humanist views.  He was one of 16 Unitarian ministers who signed the first Humanist Manifesto in 1933.  In 1938 he became minister at All Soul's Unitarian Church in Indianapolis.  He was also an activist and involved in the ACLU and mental health programs.  During the McCarthy era of the early 1950s the more conservative wing of his church opposed his involvement in the ACLU calling it communistic and fearing "black infiltration" of the church.   Backus survived this attempted removal from his congregation but he retired in 1953. He believed Humanistic Unitarianism would "make human life on our earth-home as rich and satisfying as possible."  He was asked to serve as interim minister for the transition period between the Unitarian Fellowship of Bloomington as it became the Unitarian Church of Bloomington.

-- Elof Carlson, Congregational Historian 

Changing the World

Red Cross Blood Drive June 7, 
8 a.m. - 12 noon
Consider being a blood donor on Sunday, June 7. The Red Cross Blood Bus will be in our parking lot from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon that day. Sign up for an appointment at and use sponsor code "UUC."

2015-16 25% Plate Fund Finalists - Detailed Descriptions
The Social Justice Funds Committee has chosen the 3 finalists for the 25% Plate Fund for 2015-16. The congregation will choose the recipient at the Congregational Meeting on Sunday, June 7th. The three organizations are Bloomington PRIDE's PRISM Youth Community, Girls Inc. of Monroe County and Monroe County CASA. Click here for details about the work these organizations do, and visit the special table in Fellowship Hall throughout May with their materials on display. Each organization will make a short presentation at services on June 7th and will have a representative tabling between services that day to answer any questions you have about their philosophy and services. Thank you to all the church members who nominated local organizations--so much amazing work being done in our community!
--Millie Jackson (Chair) 

Why WALk, BIke, Carpool or bUS?

For an average American household, filling 'er up:

  • costs nearly $2000 a year (2005 data) and 
  • generates over 18,000 pounds of heat-trapping CO2 emissions.

Earth-friendlier transport provides time to relax, exercise, make new friends or see the old, and appreciate nature passing by. By walbicusing to worship, our communities will get in the habit of earth-friendly transport. May 24 is Walbicus Sunday all over Indiana!

Ramadan Iftaar June 26

On Friday, June 26, members of the Islamic Center of Bloomington will join us in celebration of the 2015 holy month of Ramadan, by breaking their daily fast with us in our Fellowship Hall.  For 15 years, the Muslim community of Bloomington has joined Unitarian Universalists for a shared Ramadan/Iftaar meal.  Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, the most blessed month of the year in which Muslims around the world rededicate themselves to God.They abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during daylight hours, purifying their souls and refocusing attention om God.   


Doors open at 8 p.m. and the call to prayer will occur just before sunset at approximately 9:15.  Breaking of fast begins with the sharing of dates and is followed by a delicious meal prepared by the members of the mosque.   THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS!  Members of our congregation are encouraged to provide desserts for the meal.  Questions, talk with Abby Downey. Click here for details.


Summer Volunteer Opportunity at Local Food Pantry
Looking for a hands-on volunteer opportunity this summer (and possibly beyond)? The Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force runs a food pantry at Walnut Grove Apartments (3100 S Walnut St Pike) the 3rd Friday of each month. We need volunteers to unload food from a truck, set up the pantry and help patrons sign in and select food. It is fun and rewarding work and we need volunteers. Questions? Contact Mary Blizzard ( You can use the link below to sign up:   


March in the July 4th Parade!

Our congregation is registered for the July 4th parade.  All members and friends are encouraged to participate.  Each task force, committee, or group is encouraged to develop a mini float on a wagon, bike trailer, or stroller to be pulled (or pushed) in a procession or train along the parade route.  The float should in some fashion represent your group.  This will be an opportunity to present our many and varied social justice efforts and the committees that support their efforts by providing the structure and community within our church.  You can contact me with questions as I will be coordinating.

Phil Cooper, 812.339.1722,


Member Delegates Needed -- 

Youth Members Encouraged to Attend  

UUA General Assembly is in Portland, Oregon

    The General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations is in Portland, Oregon, June 24-28.  Delegates are needed. Youth who are members of our congregation are encouraged to attend as delegates. Delegates who would like to participate from home are also encouraged to contact Iris Kiesling, Currently our delegates are Marlin Howard, Doug Cauble, and Julie Cauble.

    Our congregation provides some financial assistance to our delegates attending General Assembly. Talk with Iris Kiesling,

UU Humanist Forum Meets on Alternating Sundays

Our Humanist Forum meets on alternating Sundays at 12:45 p.m. upstairs in

Room 210 . 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 forum will meet on Sunday, May 24. The topic is "Mixing Alternative Religions and religious alternatives in UU," presented by Wade Altevogt.  

UU Freethinkers Group Enjoys Free Ranging Discussion 

The purpose of the UU Freethinkers bi-weekly meeting, Sundays at 12:45 p.m. in Room 210, alternating with the UU Humanist Forum, 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. The UU Freethinkers next meeting is on Sunday, May 31. Info, contact John Crosby.   

Contact a Minister

     Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, our Senior Minister, can be reached at 812-332-3695, ext. 201 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, or For pastoral emergencies, please call her mobile number, 812-322-0205.


    Reverend Doug Wadkins, our Interim Minister, can be reached at 812-332-3695, ext. 207 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, or email For pastoral emergencies, please call his home study number, 812-369-4179.


    Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, our Minister of Religious Education, can be reached at 812-332-3695, ext. 203 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, or email For pastoral emergencies, please call her at home, 812-333-9822.


All ministers have voicemail on their numbers so that you can leave a private message.  





Who to Call about Building Problems

If you notice a problem with the building, please contact Carol Marks, Church Administrator,, 812-332-3695, ext. 200, and she will contact the experts to get it taken care of.

Attendance and Membership

Current Membership: 479   Certified Membership as of 2/1/2015: 468


Sunday, May 10                   9:15: 128;       11:15: 128;    RE: 72            Total:  328

Sunday, May 17                   9:15: 104;       11:15: 159;    RE: intergen    Total:  263

Non-Pledge Offering

5/10 - $452;  5/17 - $537

Total to be donated to Susie's Place - $247.29

Grocery Card Sales

May 10           $1,300, income to UUCB $65.00

May 17           $525, income to UUCB $26.25

Administrative Offices Closed Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day 

Open usual hours Tuesday-Friday, 10-4.

Livestreaming of Sunday Services
Livestreaming the Sunday Services Link:
As archived videos of service become available they will also be at the link listed above.
--Andy Beargie, Multi-media Specialist,

Calendar of all our congregational events can be found at 

Click on "Full Calendar" and then on the date you are interested in. You can also search for a specific event! Our facebook page also has scads of useful information:  It's open to all and you don't need a Facebook account to read it.

Next issue, Monday, June 1. 

Deadline for articles about congregational events and projects is 10 a.m. on 5/18/2015, to  The Prologue is published on the first and third Mondays of each month, with exceptions. Next few publication dates: 6/1, 6/15, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3, 8/17.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, 2120 N. Fee Lane, Bloomington IN 47408, 812-332-3695  

Masthead Photo: Mt. Everest, as seen from Namche Bazaar, Nepal, by reddit user padarelax