Meridian Update for January 7, 2013

The Meridian Update
Monday, January 7, 2013
Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana

View the pdf here.


  • Rev. Davis: Sunday morning, Tuesday-Friday 9-1.
  • DRE Sheila Garrett: Sunday morning, Monday by appt., Tuesday 1-5 pm; Wednesday 10am-5pm.
  • Office Administrator Karin Bergman: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, lunch hour variable.


Sunday, January 13, Susan Curtis and Chuck Cutter: The Way of the Saint: Humility and Strength on the Camino de Santiago. Susan Curtis has been at Purdue University since 1989. She teaches courses in U.S. Cultural and Religious History and is the author of several books including A Consuming Faith: The Social Gospel and Modern American Culture. Charles Cutter has been at Purdue University since 1988. He teaches courses in the Colonial History of Latin America as well as the History of Spain; and he is the author of several books, including The Legal Culture of Northern New Spain. He has been traveling to Spain regularly since 1952. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.


Please join us on Sunday, January 13 as Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Resolving to be Just.” New Year’s resolutions often focus on trying to conform to some social standard. We often break them because we are not being true to ourselves. What would our lives be like if we set our own priorities? When should we hold ourselves accountable? When shall we forgive ourselves? Worship Assistant is Janice Thiel. Choir Director and Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound is by Dan Lybrook. Fellowship Team Leader is Suzan Windnagel. Fellowship Team Members are Kat Braz, Deanna Brown & Brian Harley, Virginia & Don Burks, Bill & Sarah Cannon, Toni Davisson, Jason & Mary Kate Dufair-McKenna, Verna Emery, Sayed Gaafar, Marge Hood, Bill Kannel, Kathleen Peyton, Katie Pope, Kris & Dan Taylor, Nancy Whiting.


  • Fellowship teams will offer child care during coffee time until noon. Parents, please introduce yourselves and sign your children in and out, so the volunteers know who they are responsible for; please take your children to the restroom, etc. prior to signing them in.
  • The new RE Workshop Rotation Model has begun—the theme for January is Justice! Please see the January Lighted Chalice Newsletter for details.


Worship Committee has renewed the policy of having the worship associate read announcements during the Welcoming. Exceptions will be made for special events that involve all of the congregation (such as Stewardship), but most announcements will be read by the worship associate. A basket with announcement forms and pens is kept at the front of the sanctuary behind the table of candles. If you have an announcement that you would like read during the Welcoming, please print on the form and give to the worship associate as early as possible. Thank you! Dianna Poindexter, Worship Committee Chairperson


We’re having a Bring a Friend Sunday on February 10th. We all have a friend, neighbor, family member or co-worker who has been saying that they would like to come try our church. This is your chance to help them fulfill that New Year’s resolution to reconnect spiritually and experience a wonderful community of people. This will be a fun and welcoming Sunday including a special sermon, great music, and bagels and cream cheese during coffee hour. Brought to you by the Membership Committee.


On Saturday December 8th our church was one of the sites hosting LUM’s annual Jubilee Christmas event serving the Greater Lafayette area’s families in need. For many families in our community the holidays pose greater financial challenges due to a number of factors unique to the season. Through the LUM Jubilee Christmas program 700 area families were able to provide presents for their children as well as a holiday meal thus lifting some of the burdens the holidays can impose.

Our church in collaboration with the Lafayette Friends Meeting, and the Church of the Brethren played host to 13 families. The fellowship hall and several classrooms became a mini toy store where families could choose from a variety of gifts and stocking stuffers for each child in their family. Families were also given baskets filled with toiletries, paper products, fruit and cookies to help them through the holidays.

None of this would have been possible without the efforts of the more than forty people who volunteered their time to make Jubilee a success.

On behalf of myself and my co-coordinators, Jean Tyner, Kristy Frier, and Liz O’Neil I would like to thank everyone who purchased gifts for the children or who took time out of their busy lives to host a family, wrap gifts, serve refreshments or do any of the small but necessary tasks in order for such an event to be successful. I would also like to thank the congregation for its continued support of the LUM Jubilee Christmas program
under the auspices of the Social Justice Committee. Thank you and Happy New Year! Mary Finley, LUM Jubilee Coordinator 2012

PROGRAM COUNCIL meets each first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in 101/103, next tomorrow, January 8. All committee chairs are encouraged to attend as are leaders of upcoming church sponsored events. In accordance with UUC by-laws, individuals planning church-sponsored events or new programs need to attend and present your plans to the council for discussion. Send agenda items at least one week in to Program Council Facilitator, Suzan Windnagel,


The membership committee and Rev. Charlie Davis continue to host second Sunday classes every month. These are a very successful way to introduce both long-time members and new visitors to Unitarian Universalist history, individual spiritual journeys, and what it means to be a member of our church. But holding these classes on a monthly basis takes a considerable amount of time and energy and we need help! If you would like to be added to a list of people who periodically provide either food or child care for these classes, please contact Linda Prokopy, Thanks!

UU MEMBERSHIP CLASSES FOR 2013 meet each 2nd Sunday on a rotating basis immediately after service, presented by Rev. Charlie Davis and the Membership Committee. Sessions will be held in Rm. 106; child care and lunch will be available at all classes. If you plan to attend a class, please RSVP to, Linda Prokopy, so we have an accurate count for food and child care.

  • UU HISTORY January 13, 2013. This class will cover topics such as: How did this denomination get where it is today and how did Unitarian Christianity and Universalist Christianity evolve into the free religion we have today? By reviewing some of the controversies of the past we see how they shape our present. Intended for everyone new and old to UU congregations.
  • DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL PATH February 10, 2013. What gifts have you kept from your religious heritage? What have you discarded? How do you wish to improve yourself and the world? Come explore and share your stories with others. By speaking our truth and listening to others, we can deepen the meaning of community. Intended for everyone.
  • PARTICIPATING AT UUC, WEST LAFAYETTE March 10, 2012. Learn more about the history of our UU church and what it means to be a member. This course is intended for visitors who are interested in learning more about membership.

ADULT “RELIGIOUS” EXPLORATION COUNCIL NEWS! We’re kicking off 2013 with a few sessions to “prime the pump” for Adult RE:

  • Faith & Reason: Wednesday, January 16th – noon to 2:00 pm. The Wednesday Unprincipled group has graciously opened their regular session (and stretched it out) for Faith & Reason, a DVD by Bill Moyers. The time will include a facilitated discussion after the DVD. Faith & Reason is a series of one-on-one conversations with noted writers and thinkers from a wide spectrum of beliefs with a focus on their search for meaning.
  • Faith & Reason: (repeat of Jan. 16th): Thursday, January 24th – 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The same Bill Moyers DVD and lively discussion is expected will be used for this evening session. See description above. Child care will be provided if requested by Mon. Jan. 21st. Email Suzan Windnagel at
  • Drumming Workshop: Saturday, January 26th – 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Wahru Cleveland, a drummer and teacher from Columbus, Ohio will be at the UU for this workshop coordinated by Lynn Holland & Louie Laskowski, and supported by A-REC. Lynn and others from the community have participated in workshops by Ms. Cleveland at music festivals over the past few years. Cleveland performs percussion with local jazz musicians in a variety of venues and is founder of Sistah Ngoma and the Columbus Community Drummers. Sistah Ngoma is a multicultural professional women’s drum group. The Columbus Community Drummers is an all genders multicultural group. She serves as musical consultant and drum instructor of a women’s drum chorus. She also drums for Afro-Rhythms Drum and Dance. Fee is $30 per person, limited to 30 participants. Register at A long term goal is to have one or more drumming circles at UU if there is strong congregational interest.


The Social Justice Committee remains busy with a variety of activities. Our next meeting is Thursday, January 10, 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Rm. 101/103 at the church. We would be delighted to have you join us. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas, contact co-chairs Tom McConville, or Joan Marshall,

  • CHANGE FOR CHANGE The theme for Change for Change in 2013 is “Social Justice and Climate Change ” — all the loose coins in the Sunday offering will go to organizations striving to address social justice issues in these areas. The C4C recipient for January/February is “CERG UU”, the Central East Regional Group Unitarian Universalist Disaster Relief Fund. This is under the leadership of the UUA. As you know, Hurricane Sandy has caused wide spread devastation along the Mid Atlantic coast in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and as far as eastern Ohio in early November. Many people are still without basic necessities such as winter coats and jackets, cleaning supplies, demolition tools (pry bars, sledge hammers, garbage bags), etc. Several of our Central East Regional Group churches are still acting as supply and meal centers, people are dealing with personal property losses due to wind and water, and it looks like this will be the costliest disaster in American history. (
  • Tom McConville, UUSJ co-chair, recommends the following video on family homeless in America (originally shown Thursday, November 29, 2012, NBC):


Please be sure to join us each 2nd Sunday, next January 13 after church in Conference Room 101/103. Bring the fiber of your choice—quilting, knitting, crochet, embroidery, lacework, tatting, quillwork, basketry…and enjoy the fellowship of friends being creative together! Please contact Amanda Estes, for further information.


Book for discussion at our next meeting, January 23, 2013: Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Published in 1957, this mystery novel embodies and explains Ms. Rand’s philosophy of Objectivisim, essentially having an objective reason and purpose for every action you commit. Suggestion: Read first 3 chapters of book for first session. If you would like to order a book, contact Peggy Martin, Thank you.


The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations General Assembly will take place Wednesday through Sunday, June 19-23 in Louisville, Kentucky. Included in the Wednesday sessions are separately scheduled orientations for Young Adults (ages 18-35), GA Main, & Youth Caucus and Sponsors. Also will be a Welcoming by Region, and an evening Opening Celebration and Plenary 1. GA Sunday Morning Worship will take place June 23 at 9:00 am EDT at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Please see for further information.

January Calendar
Monday, January 7
1:30 PM Writers’ Group 106
7:00 PM Buddhist Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

Tuesday, January 8
5:30 PM Program Council (101/103)
6:00 PM Child & Youth Religious Exploration Council (Standing, 2nd Tuesday; Youth Room)
7:00 PM ACLU-IN BOARD (American Civil Liberties Union, 212 2nd Tues. ea. month)

Wednesday, January 9
Minister at HUUMA Meeting, Indy, 2nd Wed.
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” (101/103)

Thursday, January 10
9:15 AM Circle/Friends Art & Lunch (FH)
2:00 PM Tai Chi Class (FH Upper Room)
4:00 PM “Spanish Singers and Stories” Pre-School & Early Grade-schoolers (Nursery)
5:30 PM Worship Committee (106)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
7:00 PM Social Justice Committee Meeting (101/103)

Friday, January 11
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

Saturday, January 12
8:00 AM Zen M
10:00 AM Herb Group

Sunday, January 13
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:30 AM UU Talk and Tour following service!
11:45 PM UU Membership Class: UU HISTORY (106)

Monday, January 14
7:00 PM Buddhist Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Nominating Committee Meeting (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

Tuesday, January 15
12:00 PM Pastoral Care 106
6:30 PM BOARD MEETING (3rd Tuesdays, 101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

Wednesday, January 16
9:30 AM Old Tippecanoe Charity Quilting FH
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” Noon Discussion (101/103)
12:00 PM A-REC DVD w/Discussion (12pm-2pm 101/103; A-REC team)
5:30 PM Strategic Planning Committee (106)

Thursday, January 17
9:15 AM Circle/Friends Art & Lunch (FH)
12:00 PM League of Women Voters Luncheon Meeting (101/103)
2:00 PM Tai Chi Class (Upper Room)
5:30 PM Fellowship Team Leaders Meeting (101/103)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
7:30 PM UU House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

Friday, January 18
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

Saturday, January 19
8:00 AM Zen M

Sunday, January 20
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE
12:00 PM A-REC Survey Available-laptop bar for on-line completion
12:00 PM RE Workshop Rotation Model Leader Training (101/103; DRE Sheila Garrett Coordinating)
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (101/103)
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/10

The night is darkening round me,
The wild winds coldly blow;
But a tyrant spell has bound me
And I cannot, cannot go.
The giant trees are bending
Their bare boughs weighed with snow.
And the storm is fast descending,
And yet I cannot go.
Clouds beyond clouds above me,
Wastes beyond wastes below;
But nothing dear can move me;
I will not, cannot go.
~Emily Bronte, 1818-1848



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