Meridian Update for January 22, 2013

The Meridian Update, Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana

Available as 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 27, 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. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.


Please join us on Sunday, January 27 as Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Being Good Without God.” What are the atheist underpinnings for Social Justice? Is the morality of God merely the morality of humans who claim divine knowledge? In the face of human failings how can we expect to improve? Worship Associate is Kat Braz. Choir Director and Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound is by Gary Mueller. Fellowship Team Leader is Rae Schnapp. Fellowship Team Members are Renu Bhatia, Sallie Cooke, Janie Fischbach, Joe Hiscox, Beth Hoffman, Erin and JT Hoke, Michelle Margaret Miller, Cliff Sadof and Linda LeMar, Jennifer Schall, Jackie Sloss, Lee Sullivan, Gabriele Weaver and Sergey Savinov, Patty Wood, Joan Zinn.


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.

  • Religious Exploration for Children and Youth – this website will host longer pieces of information regarding upcoming programming, RE structure and scheduling.
  • Subscribe to our RSS feed!
  • Get posts in your email – watch this video to learn how.
  • RE GLUU Facebook Group – links to blog posts PLUS photos from recent events that may not show on the blog, and offline discussions from parents and volunteers around all RE;
  • Youth RE Facebook Group – reminders specific to our youths’ programming (for more info including URL, contact Sheila or Kat);

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


The Heartland youth JusticeCON is only five weeks away. The youth have been hard at work planning for the 100 participants expected to descend on our church the weekend of February 22-24. We are very excited to be hosting our first CON, and really appreciate the congregation’s support. There is still a need for volunteers for the following:

  • FOOD DONATIONS — We’re looking for donations of homemade cookies, muffins, or quick bread that can be made ahead and frozen. Please store these items in plastic that can be recycled, rather than containers that need to be washed and returned. We will also accept ingredients for cooking meals, such as eggs, veggies, pasta, etc. Contact kitchen co-coordinator Jody Tishmack at before Sunday, January 27.
  • BAKING PARTY — Kitchen co-coordinators Jody Tishmack and Lisa Pantea are planning a baking party on Sunday, January 27 following service. We’ll be baking up additional items to round out the donated items. If you’re interested in helping out, contact Lisa Pantea at
  • FOOD PREP — We’ll be back in the UUC kitchen at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 15 to do additional prep work assembling casseroles and soups that can be frozen ahead of time. If you’re interested in helping out, contact Lisa Pantea at
  • COOKING DURING CON — Volunteer to work the CON February 22-24, cooking and serving meals to the 100 participants expected to attend. Lisa Pantea is coordinating volunteers in 3-hour timeslots beginning at noon on Friday, February 22 and continuing through 10 a.m. Sunday, February 24. Contact Lisa Pantea at
  • NIGHT OWLS — Adult chaperones are needed to stay up from midnight to 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 23 (aka “Friday” night) and Sunday, February 24 (aka “Saturday” night). There will be a lights out around midnight February 23 and night owls will be on hand to monitor activity throughout the building. On February 24, there will be a designated “up all night” room for youth who don’t wish to sleep and for safety reasons, we need to have two adults up, too. We can divide the night into shifts, so just let us know what you’re able to do and we can accommodate! To volunteer, contact Kat Braz at

***Please note*** All adults who volunteer during the CON in any role will need to have a current (within the last year) background check on file with the church. If you do not have one on file, one of the adult CON staff members will be contacting you via phone to request your information.

If you have any questions about the CON or other offers of help, please contact CON coordinator Kat Braz at or 532-9678. Thanks for all the help!


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!


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.


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; lunch will be available at all classes. Child care will be available if requested one week in advance. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to, Linda Prokopy one week prior to class, 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.


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

  • 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, 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 the following video on family homeless in America (originally shown Thursday, November 29, 2012, NBC):


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.


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,


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

January Calendar

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

Wednesday, January 23
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” Noon Discussion (101/103)
5:30 PM Strategic Planning Committee (106)

Thursday, January 24
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 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
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 29
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

Wednesday, January 30
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” (101/103)
5:30 PM Strategic Planning Committee (106)

Thursday, January 31
9:15 AM Circle/Friends Art & Lunch (FH)
2:00 PM Tai Chi Class (Upper Room)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL

Friday, February 1
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

Saturday, February 2
8:00 AM Zen M

Sunday, February 3
Magazine Exchange (Library)
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE
1:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers 1:00 Rehearsal
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience
but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

America will never be destroyed from the outside.
If we falter and lose our freedoms it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
~Abraham Lincoln


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