Meridian update for February 11, 2013

I apologize for the delay! It has been a crazy week… will try to do better next week.

The Meridian Update, Monday, February 11, 2013
Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana

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  • 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.

CONGRATULATIONS, A-REC SURVEY WINNER AMANDA ESTES! UU Adult Religious Exploration Council wishes to formally announce that Amanda Estes’ name was pulled out of a hat as the winner of the $65.00 gift card for a massage (or other services) at Evan Todd Salon and Day Spa. This prize was offered as a possibility to all who filled out the recent “Adult Religious Exploration Survey,” the results of which will be used to plan activities and programs to serve our congregation–based on congregational desires–in the years ahead. Congratulations, Amanda!

UU CHURCH RETREAT MEETING TODAY, Please join us Monday, February 11, 5:30 pm in 101/103 and help settle a decision about the 2013 retreat, which will most likely be held at Ross Camp the weekend of August 9-11. We will also form a solid retreat committee to discuss options for 2014. All are welcome!

PROFESSOR ELLEN GRUENBAUM PRESENTS “REFLECTIONS ON RECENT FIELDWORK” Friday, February 15, 7:00 pm, 101/103. Having purchased a book and talk at last year’s UU Service Auction by anthropologist and author, Ellen Gruenbaum, Chairperson, Purdue Dept. of Anthropology, Susanne McConville would like to extend an open invitation to the members and friends of the UU community to hear reflections from Dr. Gruenbaum’s recent field work. All are welcome. It will be a casual evening, with adult beverages & finger food. Any questions, please contact me Susanne McConville,, or 477-0344.

UUC PLANT FUNDRAISER SEED PLANTING PARTY SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17! Beth Misner has graciously offered her house again to host a Seed Planting Party next Sunday, 2/17 at 1pm. Please bring seeds (from your garden or purchased), flats or small pots for planting, garden hand shovels, dirt or compost you might have around, popsicle sticks and sharpie pens for labeling. Beth and Lisa Pantea may have extra pots, dirt, flats, popsicles sticks, so don’t panic if you don’t have these things. There will be plenty of these and seeds too. We will plant for ourselves and for the UUC Plant Sale Fundraiser, scheduled for May 11th at the church. Beth will send directions to her house out before the date. You don’t need to be a member of the Herb Group to join in–all who wish to attend are welcome! We can’t wait to get our hands in the dirt again and watch things grow!

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING FORUM Sunday, February 17, Amy Wilms, Carl Wilms (son of our Dr. John Wilms, M.D.), & Barny Dunning, Ph.D., present Ornithology. How is the Topic of Interest and Importance to Us? Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

Following last Sunday’s Feb. 10 Forum several people asked Tom McConville for the link to the Paul Hawken talk. It is:

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE Please join us Sunday, February 17 as Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “The Politics of Love: HR6.” A constitutional amendment to ban same-sex-marriage is being considered in Indiana. Other states have approved gay marriage. What are the arguments for and against? How do we propose to affirm and promote the worth and dignity of every person and love our neighbor as ourselves? Worship Associate is Dianna Poindexter. Choir Director and Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound is by Carl Seese. Fellowship Team Leader is Christine Schertz. Fellowship Team Members are Amy Bauer and family, Andrew and Jesse Bowen, Ed and Kathy Bowen, June Cohen, Adrienne Field, Chap Flack, Larry Guentert, Susannah Hall-Justice, Mary and Robert Lempke, Martha Lempke, JoAnn Mullen, Alice Pawley and Steve Hoffmann, Wendy and Neil Schmitzer-Torbert, Eric and Janice Thiel.

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION RE Workshop Rotation is in 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 17:

  • Love of Family – the 1st-3rd graders will be baking bread with Amy French
  • Celebrating Love – Pre k-K will be singing with Sharon McKnight, and for
  • Love of Self – 4-6th graders will be doing yoga with Kris Taylor

Fellowship teams will continue to 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.

LOVE-YOUR-PLANET MEETING OF THE GREEN SANCTUARY Wednesday, February 20 from 6-8pm. Among other things, our agenda will include:

  • planning workshops for the upcoming Youth CONvention
  • rain barrels
  • task a month kits
  • workshops
  • status of implementation of energy audit at the church building
  • reviewing progress on Energizing Indiana residential audits
  • update on Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light

YOUTH JUSTICE CON(VENTION) COMING TO UU LAFAYETTE The Heartland youth JusticeCON is only two 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 — The youth group is in need of the following food donations for JusticeCON 2013:

  • 10-15 dozen eggs
  • 2-lb containers of oatmeal, can be quick or regular (10 needed)
  • 3 lbs of raisins
  • 5 lbs of brown sugar
  • 2 large jars of applesauce
  • 10 lbs of butter
  • 50 each of apples
  • oranges
  • bananas;
  • 15 lbs broccoli
  • 10 lbs baby carrots
  • 4 bags celery
  • 10 lbs frozen peas
  • 4 lbs onions
  • 5 lbs rice
  • assorted salad dressings
  • homemade sweet breads
  • muffins
  • cookies
  • bagels.

If you wish to make a food donation please contact Jody Tishmack at or (765) 414-5788 BEFORE purchasing so that she can coordinate donations.

FOOD PREP BAKING PARTY — We’ll be back in the UUC kitchen at 6 p.m. this coming 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!

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:
  • For access to photos and such, ask to join the Religious Exploration- Greater Lafayette Unitarian Universalist Facebook page here:

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

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.

  • PARTICIPATING AT UUC, WEST LAFAYETTE March 10, 2013. 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.
  • DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL PATH May 12! 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.

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, Thanks!

PROGRAM COUNCIL meets each first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in 101/103, next, March 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 SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE The Social Justice Committee remains busy with a variety of activities. Our next meeting is Thursday, March 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. (

TIPPECANOE ON A MISSION The following county service agencies are seeking volunteer assistance during late winter through early spring:

  • YWCA Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program: Volunteers are needed to help with its annual fundraiser called Clay Bowl Giving April 25. Contact 423-3386 or
  • LAFAYETTE URBAN MINISTRY: Want to help at the LUM emergency shelter or provide a meal to the homeless? Upcoming training dates are February 11 & 21, March 7& 18, and April 15 & 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the LUM Shelter (525 N. 4th Street, Lafayette). To help with meals, contact 423-2691 or
  • BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS: Bowl For Kids’ Sake Feb. 23 is an easy way to help. Little Brothers and Little Sisters are mentored by volunteers, the critical screening, training and ongoing match support cost approximately $700 per year for each match.
  • AMERICAN RED CROSS of Tippecanoe County Chapter: The Red Cross hosts monthly orientations twice a month at its headquarters, 615 N 18th St, Suite 101, Lafayette. They are at noon on the second Wednesdays and 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursdays each month. March is Red Cross Month

FIBER ARTS Please be sure to join us each 2nd Sunday, March 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, for further information.

UUC ANNUAL PLANT SALE COMING IN MAY! The annual UUC Plant Sale will take place Saturday, May 11, 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. There will also 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.

General Assembly is an awesome experience but can be a bit pricey, so here are some low cost options:

  • There is a FREE Worship Service on Sunday June 23. Come camp out with members of our church on Saturday so we can all worship with UU congregations from across the country on Sunday morning.
  • Camping: Deam Lake State Recreation Area (Indiana) is about 20 miles north of the Convention Center where GA will be held. It is in Indiana conveniently located just off I-65. It has great trails, boating, and exciting archeology and fossils. Camp sites are $20 per night with electric. Cabins are $35 per night. Reserve online at or contact Rae Schnapp at or 765-714-4829.
  • Home Hospitality: The host churches in the Louisville area are coordinating economical home hospitality for the 2013 GA. “Although our offerings are not professional bed-and-breakfast facilities, we welcome you into our homes to enjoy a friendly environment and meet fellow Unitarian Universalists (UUs). Proceeds collected from your stay will benefit the host’s congregation. Apply for home hospitality through our online registration process, available beginning March 1, 2013.

February Calendar
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)
5:30 PM Retreat Planning Meeting, 101/103–ALL ARE WELCOME!!!
6:30 PM Meeting Workshop Rotation Planning Subcommittee (102/
Youth Rm.)
7:00 PM Buddhist Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Tuesday, February 12
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)7:00 PM Choir (S)

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)
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: “Reflections on Recent Fieldwork.” (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Saturday, February 16
No Major Events to be Scheduled
8:00 AM Zen M

Sunday, February 17
No Major Events to be Scheduled
Herb Group Seed Starting Day!
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)

Monday, February 18
PRESIDENT’S DAY (Office Closed)
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)

True charity is the desire to be useful to others
without thought of recompense
~Emanuel Swedenborg
Swedish Scientist, Philosopher, 1688-1772

God is at home; it is we who have gone for a walk.
~Meister Eckhart, German Writer and Theologian, 1260-1328 AD

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.
~St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, 354-430 AD


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