Meridian Update for January 28, 2013

The Meridian Update, Monday, January 28, 2013
Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana

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HOURS

  • 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.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING FORUM

Sunday, February 3, Patrick A. Tishmack, Ph.D., presents “Pharmaceutical Drugs: Wealth or Health?” Prescription drugs are a $300+ billion industry in the US. Pharmaceutical companies are highly motivated to sell in the US partly because there are no price controls. This presentation will cover some of the motivations of pharmaceutical companies and how this affects the consumer. Some precautions and special concerns for older Americans will also be discussed. Patrick was born and raised in Steele, North Dakota in a family of 8. He graduated from high school in 1984, North Dakota State University (Fargo) in 1988 with a degree in Food and Nutrition, and was a registered dietitian for the next 10 years. Patrick came to Indiana in 1990 for graduate school at Purdue in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He earned a Ph.D. in 1999 and subsequently did post-doctoral research in Purdue’s Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy. He is currently Director of Analytical Services where he supervises approximately 40 scientists at the facility in the Purdue Research Park. He and Jody live in Lafayette with their two sons. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE

Please join us on Sunday, February 3 as Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “The Chemistry of Love.” Advances in brain chemistry are starting to understand feeling of being in love. If we understand the mechanics of love will it lose meaning? If love becomes scientific instead of magic, how will we know if it is true love? Joys and Sorrows are shared each first Sunday of the month. This is also Potluck Sunday. Worship Associate is Bill Welge. Pianist is Hunt Wiley. Sound is by Dan Noland. Fellowship Team Leader is Amy French. Fellowship Team Members are Rae Brant and Dave Shelton, David Bridgham, John Carlson and Ingrid Cleaver, Gale Charlotte and Karen Adams, Gale Davis, Ellen Germann and Jay Melosh, Herschel and Virginia Lewis, Steve and Jenny Moss, Alanna and Steve Nelson, Irene Shearer, Elizabeth Sternke

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION

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 Religious Exploration Workshop Rotation Model will begin its second month—our All-Church Theme for February is Love

In general, workshop rotation will follow the following format: for three weeks (not necessarily the first three) children will meet in smaller groups according to age for workshops related to our theme of the month. The fourth week will be reserved for a Children’s Chapel worship, activity, and discussion to talk about what we have or will learn that month. However, due to the nature of our workshops, the month of February has a slightly different flow:

  • February 3rd: Love of Church Family: All the children will gather together in the Forum rooms for a Children’s Chapel worship and Valentine making party
  • February 10th “Love of Family”: 4-6th graders will bake bread with Amy French, “Love of Community” 1st-3rd graders will sing with Sharon McKnight, and for “Love of Self” Pre-K will do yoga ( Susanne McConville)
  • February 17th, 4th-6th graders will do yoga with Kris Taylor, 1st-3rd graders will bake with Amy French, and Pre-K will sing with Sharon McKnight
  • February 24th: Love for Other Creatures: All the children will gather together in the Forum rooms for a workshop on animals led by Barney Dunning

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.

STAY IN TOUCH WITH RE!

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 dresheila@gmail.com.

YOUTH JUSTICE CON(FERENCE) COMING TO UU LAFAYETTE!

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 soilmaker@mintel.net 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 lisapantea@gmail.com.
  • 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 isapantea@gmail.com.
  • 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 lisapantea@gmail.com.
  • 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 kat@purdue.edu.

***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 kat@purdue.edu or 532-9678. Thanks for all the help!

ATTENTION: OUR WALKIE TALKIES HAVE WALKED!!

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!

BRING A FRIEND SUNDAY!

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, suzan_windnagel@yahoo.com.

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 lprokopy@gmail.com, 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.

ADULT “RELIGIOUS” EXPLORATION COUNCIL NEWS! Adult RE Survey – Last Chance to Win a Free Therapeutic Massage! DEADLINE: Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • The Adult “Religious” Exploration Council needs your suggestions and input as it plans activities and programs which will serve our congregation in the years ahead.
  • Click on this link to go directly to the survey
  • Enter the drawing as listed in the survey and you could win the free massage from Evan Todd Salon & Spa worth $65.
  • Prefer to take the survey on paper? Printed copies are available outside the Administrative Office. Just drop the completed form in the beautiful entry box!

Many thanks from the A-REC Council: Suzan Windnagel, Ellen Germann, Denise Wilson, Janice Schuster, Karin Bergman, John Wilms, Peggy Martin, Kat Braz, Larry Hicks

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE

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, tmcconville1200@comcast.net or Joan Marshall, jmarshal900@yahoo.com.

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. (http://www.uua.org/documents/info/bulletin_uua_news.pdf).

PRINCIPLED GROUP

Book for discussion at our next meeting, January 30, 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, ruthannferris70@gmail.com.

UU MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

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, lprokopy@gmail.com. Thanks!

FIBER ARTS

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, amandamestes@gmail.com for further information.

ANTHROPOLOGY TALK FEBRUARY 15, 7:00 PM, RMS. 101/103 BY, PROF. ELLEN GRUENBAUM, CHAIRPERSON, PURDUE DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY: “THE CIRCUMCISION CONTROVERSY.”

Service Auction Event Sponsored by Susanne McConville. Having purchased at the Service Auction Ellen Gruenbuam’s book, “The Female Circumcision Controversy” and an accompanying lecture, I would like to extend an open invitation to the members of this UU community to hear her talk, which will be an anthropological perspective on the subject, or a related subject. She will speak on Feb. 15th at 7pm in the Forum Room.” Any questions, please contact me, Susanne McConville at mcconville1200@comcast.net, or 477-0344.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR APRIL 12–SPONTANEOUS HOPEFUL MONSTER (SHM) CONCERT!

Please join us for the SHM (previously known as the UU House Band) opening concert, Friday, April 12. Doors will open at 6:30, music begins at 7:00. Admission Fee $5.00.

UUC ANNUAL PLANT SALE COMING IN MAY!

The annual UUC Plant Sale will take place Saturday, May 11th, from 9AM-noon. We are asking for all congregants and friends who are gardeners to donate perennials, vegetable, herbs, shrubs, from your own gardens or greenhouses to defer cost of purchasing plants. As you may recall, last year most plants were donated and the UUC made ~$2000. More details to follow as get closer to the date. Thinking of starting some seeds indoors the end of February? Plant extra to donate to the plant sale–thank you!

UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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 http://www.uua.org/ga/programming/ for further information.

January Calendar

Monday, January 28
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (open to those who have completed the long yang/88 steps form; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson (open to all at any time; 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)

Tuesday, January 29
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (open to those who have completed the long yang/88 step form; FH)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

Wednesday, January 30
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (open to those who have completed the long yang/88 step form; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson (open to all at any time; FH)
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” (101/103)
5:30 PM Strategic Planning Committee (106)

Thursday, January 31
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (open to those who have completed the long yang/88 step form; FH)
9:15 AM Circle/Friends Art & Lunch (FH)
2:00 PM Tai Chi Class (Upper Room)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL

Friday, February 1
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (open to those who have completed the long yang/88 step form; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson (open to all at any time; FH)
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

Saturday, February 2
GROUNDHOG DAY
8:00 AM Zen M

Sunday, February 3
Magazine Exchange (Library)
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:45 AM POTLUCK FOLLOWING SERVICE
1:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers 1:00 Rehearsal
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

Monday, February 4
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (open to those who have completed the long-yang/88 steps form; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson (anyone may join at any time; 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, February 5
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (open to those who have completed the long-yang/88 steps form; FH)
5:30 PM Program Council (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

Wednesday, February 6
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (open to those who have completed the long-yang/88 steps form; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson (anyone may join at any time; FH)
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” Noon Discussion (101/103)
5:30 PM Strategic Planning Committee (106)

Thursday, February 7
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (open to those who have completed the long-yang/88 steps form; FH)
9:15 AM Circle/Friends Art & Lunch (FH)
2:00 PM Tai Chi with David McCain (Upper Room)
4:00 PM “Spanish Singers and Stories” PreSchool & Early Gradeschoolers (Nursery)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
6:30 PM PFLAG (102 High School Room) First Thursdays
7:30 PM UU House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

Friday, February 8
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (open to those who have completed the long-yang/88 steps form; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson (anyone may join at any time; FH)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

Saturday, February 9
8:00 AM Zen M

Sunday, February 10
“BRING A FRIEND TO CHURCH SUNDAY!” (Rev. Davis & Sherry Tripodi Coordinating)
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:30 AM UU Talk and Tour following service!
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (101/103)

Monday, February 11
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (open to those who have completed the long-yang/88 steps form; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson (anyone may join at any time; FH)
6:30 PM Meeting Workshop Rotation Planning Subcommittee (102/Youth Rm.)
7:00 PM Buddhist Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Nominating Committee (106)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

Tuesday, February 12
LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY
Mardi Gras
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (open to those who have completed the long-yang/88 steps form; FH)
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)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

February 13
Minister at HUUMA Meeting, Indy, 2nd Wed.
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (open to those who have completed the long-yang/88 steps form; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson (anyone may join at any time; FH)
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” Noon Discussion (101/103)
5:30 PM Strategic Planning Committee (106)

February 14
VALENTINE’S DAY
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (open to those who have completed the long-yang/88 steps form; FH)
9:15 AM Circle/Friends Art & Lunch (FH)
2:00 PM Tai Chi with David McCain (Upper Room)
5:30 PM Worship Committee (106)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL

February 15
No Major Events to be Scheduled
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (open to those who have completed the long-yang/88 steps form; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson (anyone may join at any time; FH)
5:00 PM CON Cooking Party
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Anthropology Talk by Ellen Gruenbaum: “The Female Circumcision Controversy.” (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

February 16
No Major Events to be Scheduled
8:00 AM Zen M
9:00 AM Swarasati Puja (Goddess of Education)

Compassion is the basis of morality.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Truth is certainly a branch of morality
and a very important one to society.
Thomas Jefferson

Morality is the basis of things
and truth is the substance of all morality.
Mahatma Gandhi

Morality without religion is only
a kind of dead reckoning – an endeavor
to find our place on a cloudy sea by
measuring the distance we have run,
but without any observation of the heavenly bodies.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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