Meridian Update for February 4, 2013

The Meridian Update, Monday, February 4 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 10, a video presentation by Paul Hawken, a truly visionary thought and action leader, will be presented. He is among the great contributors to the global effort to re-imagine our place in nature and how we may live balanced and creative lives together. In this talk, Paul discusses the interlocking global environmental, financial, and human crises we face and the ways we can respond. Paul is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author who has dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. He is author of seven books including The Next Economy, The Ecology of Commerce, and Blessed Unrest. He visited The New School at Commonweal in March 2012. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE
Please join us Sunday, February 10 as Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “The Theology of Love.” Our Universalist ancestors believed a loving God would send no souls to Hell. How did they come to recognize God as loving? How can this be reconciled with God’s power and justice.. Worship Associate is Janice Thiel. Choir Director and Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound is by Mary Finley. Fellowship Team Leader is Bob Rode. Fellowship Team Members are Charles Babb, Gary Burniske, Kitty Campbell, Amanda Estes, Ellen Gruenbaum, Josh and Linda Prokopy, Beau Keen, Joan Marshall, Peggy Martin, Robin and Dianna Poindexter, Joleen Schwier-Walker, Cricket Steinweg, Della Willmann, Noemi Ybarra.

BRING A FRIEND NEXT SUNDAY,FEBRUARY 10!
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.

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION RE
Workshop Rotation has begun its second month—our All-Church Theme for February is Love. 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.

  • February 3- Love of Church, Children’s Chapel Sunday (Making valentines for select church members )
  • February 10- For Love of Family, the 4-6th graders will be baking bread with Amy French, for Celebrating Love , 1st-3rd graders will be singing with Sharon McKnight, and for Love of Self, Prek-K will be doing yoga with Suzanne McConville
  • 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.

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.
  • 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)
  • Want to get email updates for what’s going on in Child and Youth Religious Exploration? If you subscribe to our blog, you will get an email anytime there is an update. Watch this short video to learn how: http://screencast.com/t/EftHiWKanv
  • For access to photos and such, ask to join the Religious Exploration- Greater Lafayette Unitarian Universalist Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/regluu/

Questions? Email our Director of Religious Exploration, Sheila Garrett at dresheila@gmail.com.

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.

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.

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).

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 February 10 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.

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!

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.

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.

UU MOVIE GROUP Verna Ritz and Chuck Reynolds will lead the movie group this Sunday, February 4 to Eastside 9 for the 2:50 pm showing of “The Hobbit.” If you prefer to see “Les Mis”, it starts at 2:40 pm or “Django Unchained” at 2:55 pm–all are in the same theater complex. Join them afterwards for food, drinks, and conversation at Grindstone Charley’s.

February Calendar

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 Grade-schoolers (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)

Wednesday, 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)

Thursday, 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

Friday, 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)

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

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
~Mother Teresa

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source.
It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds;
it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.
~Anaïs Nin

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