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Association Sunday in Bloomington, IN
Association Sunday in Bloomington, IN

On March 27, 2011, Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President Peter Morales joined the members of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church of Bloomington, IN, to celebrate Association Sunday.

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“Wild Geese” Music, Malcolm Dalglish; words, Wendell Berry

Jill Courtney, UU Church of Bloomington Children’s Choir Director

And we pray, not for new
earth or heaven, but to be quiet
in heart, and in eye clear.
What we need is here…

PATRICIA COLEMAN: Unitarian Universalism is an idea, a faith, an international movement, a historical institution whose expression is more than congregational, but other than hierarchical, the key word is associative. We work and worship in association with one another, which is to say in partnership with one another. The Association represents our best effort to walk together in trust and respect with all the value of free but organized religion.


Susan Swaney, UU Church of Bloomington Adult Choir Director

“I’m Building Me a Home”, African American spiritual

This earthly house

This earthly house

Is gonna soon decay

Is gonna soon decay

And my soul gotta have

And my soul gotta have

Somewhere to stay


REV. MARY ANN MACKLIN, MINISTER: We won a visit from the president!


REV. MARY ANN MACKLIN, MINISTER: It is the president of our Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations that serves over a thousand congregations.

REV. EMILY MANVEL LEITE, MINISTER OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION.: Rev. Peter Morales is the first Latino president of the UUA. He is the eighth president of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Public witness is central to Peter Morales’ presidency. He is especially passionate about immigration reform and environmental justice.”

REV. PETER MORALES, UUA PRESIDENT: Our faith isn’t about a fixed set of beliefs; our faith is about being faithful. The essence of our faith is faithfulness to one another and to our shared dreams. So our collective dreams together are central and essential. Again, we are our dreams.

I dream of a faith that embraces each of us in our glorious, complex wholeness. I want a faith that touches my heart, my spirit, and my mind. I want a faith that accepts our gender, our ethnicity, our culture, our sexual orientation, our youthful seriousness and our aged playfulness. I dream of a faith that seeks to build a true community, the kind of community that Jesus called a kingdom of God or that Martin Luther King, Jr. called the beloved community. That kind of community doesn’t just accept us, it challenges us. I want a faith that recognizes that religion is ultimately about our connections. We become fully human in relationship.

When we can unleash the power of our love and the power of our creativity, when we commit ourselves to acting together, we become something to behold.


God Bless the UUA, parody of God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood

Ray Fellman, piano; Scott Hogsed, vocals

…and I’m proud to be a Universalist where at least I know I’m free

To think and feel the way I want, with no one judging me

And I’d gladly stand up next to you and love her still today

‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this church

God…Buddha…Shiva… nothing at all… bless the UUA!!!”


Thanks to all congregations that participated in Association Sunday 2010!

Please sign up for Association Sunday 2011.

Visit the UU Church of Bloomington, IN, website.

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