Meridian Update for January 14, 2013

The Meridian Update, Monday, January 14, 2013
Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana


  • 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 20, Martha Gibson, Rae Schnapp & Tom McConville, long time members of the UU Church and Social Justice Committee, present Congregational Study/Action Issue Study Guide 2010-2014: Immigration as a Moral Issue. This topic continues on January 27 as well. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.


Please join us on Sunday, January 20 as Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents Martin Luther King Jr., Words for Today. The Unitarian Universalist Publishing House, Beacon Press holds the right to publish the works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. How are we as a congregation carrying his message forward? Worship Associate is Kris Taylor. Choir Director and Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound is by Mike Marsh. Fellowship Team Leader is Mark VanMeeter. Fellowship Team Members are Cindy Krulitz, Cheryl and Gary Fowler, Margy Deverall and Jerry Hunley, Phyllis Day, Brent and Elizabeth Ladd, Karl and Joan Lohmann, Jane Schmidt, Richard and Angie Shamo, Shannon Unger.


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—Our All Church Theme for January is Justice!

In general, the format that workshop rotation will follow is for three weeks the children will meet in smaller groups according to age for workshops related to our theme of the month, and one week there will be a larger Children’s Chapel worship, activity, and discussion to talk about what we have or will learn that month. The three workshops and schedule for January are:

  • Protest Songs: January 13- 4th-6th grades, January 20- pre-K, January 27- 1st-3rd grades
  • Fair Chocolate?: January 13th- pre-K, January 20th- 1st-3rd grades, January 27th- 4-6th grades
  • Bullying: January 13th-1st-3rd grades, January 20th-4-6th grades, January 27th-pre-K

Do you want to learn more about RE at our church for your children? In addition to our Lighted Chalice newsletter that is published monthly and our Monday Meridian Update, there are a variety of places we post information – choose the type and mode that works best for you.

Questions? Email our Director of Religious Exploration, Sheila Garrett at


The 10 walkie-talkies primarily used for communication between volunteers and the DRE on Sunday mornings are missing. They were last seen charging in room 106 Thursday, January 3rd and were found to be missing for church services on Sunday the 6th. If you have any information, please contact the office. 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.


With GA being so close this year (in Louisville KY), one of our goals is to have as many people go as possible. The GA Office and Planning Committee are committed to the goal of making GA accessible to the maximum number of attendees possible. Recognizing that traveling to and participating in General Assembly can be a costly venture, we would like folks to be aware of the following opportunities for financial aid:

  • Become a Volunteer – The GA Volunteer Committee funds full-time GA registrations in exchange for 24 hours of volunteer work at GA (16 hours for those eligible for reduced registration rates). Applications for volunteer positions must be submitted by March 31.
  • Apply for a Scholarship – Secure a pledge of support from your congregation and apply for a GA Planning Committee scholarship. If your application is accepted, the Planning Committee may match your congregation’s pledge (up to $250) and also fund your full-time registration. Apply by March 31.


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.


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.


Program Council meets each first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in 101/103, next February 5. 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.

  • 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.
  • UU HISTORY April 14, 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.


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 participate, contact Ruth Ann Ferris,


We’re kicking off 2013 with a few sessions to “prime the pump” for Adult RE:

  • Faith & Reason: This 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.


  • We welcome Lisa Lee Peterson, who has taught Tai Ji and Qigong at Purdue for several years, to our church. Lisa began studying tai ji more than 40 years ago in San Francisco. Her present group of students has been practicing together for nearly a decade. She enthusiastically accepts new students, and recommends that new students begin with Qigong, since many of those exercises are incorporated into the tai ji set. Lisa teaches the “Long Yang Form” of 88 steps for the Tai Ji learning set. She is not charging for these classes; freewill donations to the church for space use is welcome. She begins teaching at UU tomorrow morning, Tuesday, January 15. Lisa is a Professor of Fine Arts in the Art and Design Department at Purdue. Please contact her at if you have questions and would like to join her class.
    • MWF: tai ji @ 7am; qigong @ 7:30am
    • TTh: tai ji @ 7am
  • Instructor David McCain continues to offer Dragon’s Pearl Tai Chi Chuan classes each Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the Upper Room of the Fellowship Hall. David studied in Hong Kong under Sifu Ng, as well as Sifu Zhou in San Fransicso. He has taught the 108 Steps, Long Yang Form, Tai Chi for more than 30 years. He is initially focusing on principles of balance–Feeling Earth Connections: The Earth and Harmony in Human Balance. Please contact David at

Be sure to check your e-mail tomorrow for an electronic link to the Adult Religious Exploration Council Survey on “Survey Monkey!” The goal of this survey is to elicit your thoughts as the Council plans activities and programs to serve our congregation in the years ahead. More information coming soon!


The Social Justice Committee remains busy with a variety of activities. Our next meeting is Thursday, February 14, 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 this video on family homeless in America (originally shown Thursday, November 29, 2012, NBC).


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.


Please be sure to join us each 2nd Sunday, next February10 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.

January Calendar

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
7:00 AM Tai Ji with Lisa Lee Peterson (FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Lee Peterson (FH)
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
7:00 AM Tai Ji with Lisa Lee Peterson (FH)
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
7:00 AM Tai Ji with Lisa Lee Peterson (FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Lee Peterson (FH)
9:15 AM Circle/Friends Art & Lunch (FH)
2:00 PM Tai Chi with David McCain(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
7:00 AM Tai Ji with Lisa Lee Peterson (FH)
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-on-line laptop bar 4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103
12:00 PM RE Workshop Rotation Model Leader Training (101/103; DRE Sheila Garrett Coordinating)
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (101/103)

Monday, January 21
7:00 AM Tai Ji with Lisa Lee Peterson (FH)
1:30 PM Writers’ Group 106
6:30 PM Meeting Workshop Rotation Planning Subcommittee (106)
7:00 PM Buddhist Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

Tuesday, January 22
7:00 AM Tai Ji with Lisa Lee Peterson (FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Lee Peterson (FH)
6:30 PM Committee on Ministry (106)

Wednesday, January 23
7:00 AM Tai Ji with Lisa Lee Peterson (FH)
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” Noon Discussion (101/103)
5:30 PM Strategic Planning Committee (106)

Thursday, January 24
7:00 AM Tai Ji with Lisa Lee Peterson (FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Lee Peterson (FH)
2:00 PM Tai Chi with David McCain(Upper Room)
4:00 PM “Spanish Singers and Stories” Pre-School & Early Grade-schoolers (Nursery)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
6:30 PM A-REC DVD w/Discussion (101/103; A-REC team; same program as 1.16)
7:00 PM Publicity Committee

Friday, January 25
7:00 AM Tai Ji with Lisa Lee Peterson (FH)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

Saturday, January 26
8:00 AM Zen M
1:00 PM Drumming Workshop with Wahru Cleveland(UU Sponsored, 101/103, Lynn Holland & Louie Laskowski coordinating)
6:00 PM NEW MEMBER DINNER (Sherry Tripodi/Linda Prokopy coordinating)

Sunday, January 27
1:00 AM CON Cooking Party
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE
12:00 PM A-REC Survey Available-laptop bar for on-line completion

Monday, January 28
7:00 AM Tai Ji with Lisa Lee Peterson (FH)
6:30 PM Meeting Workshop Rotation Planning Subcommittee (106)
7:00 PM Buddhist Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

Truth never damages a cause that is just.
~Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
~Elie Wiesel

As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force.  I decided to follow the latter course.
~Martin Luther King Jr.


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