Meridian Update for February 18, 2013

The Meridian Update
Wednesday, February 20, 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 MORNING FORUM Sunday, February 24, join us as Teresa Warner, owner of Sheepdog Farms, presentation “Sheepdog Farms: A Chemical Free Local Poultry, Egg and Pork Producer.” Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE Please join us Sunday, February 24 as Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Our Love of Guns.” “God, Guns and Guts Made America Free” is a bumper sticker I have seen. “Religious Freedom, Human Rights and Reason” is a less pithy phrase but it may be closer to the truth. If one truly trusts in God, is a gun necessary? It may take more guts to walk the streets of America unarmed. Who would Jesus shoot? When He said “love your enemies,” I am pretty sure He did not mean kill them. Special Music will be A Tear and a Smile, written by Joe Peters, performed by Joe Peters, Linda Hicks and Shellie Johnson. Worship Associate is Kris Taylor. Choir Director and Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound is by Jason Dufair. Fellowship Team Leaders are Mike & Sherry Tripodi. Fellowship Team Members are Mark Cushman and Kathy Coder; John and Mary Finley; Laura Geiger and Mike Reed; Jennifer Higginbottom and Hunt Wiley; Edwin Layer and Virginia Smith; Tim Martinez; Michelle Miller; George and Sara Reichler; Sue Robinson; Rachel Smith; Yiseul Suh; Jessie and Matthew Volovski.

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION Our church is going to be filled with vitality and love this weekend, as we host over 100 participants for the UUA MidAmerica Region’s Youth Social Justice Conference. Youth and their adult advisors will participate in workshops from presenters from the UUA’s College of Social Justice, Interfaith Youth Core (also presenting at GA!), Kiva, Planned Parenthood, plus Denise Wilson and others from our own congregation. In addition to the workshops, some conference participants will head out into the community to Family Promise and Lafayette Pride to do some hands on service. On behalf of our youth, thank you to this congregation the tremendous support you’ve given to make it possible for us to host this amazing weekend!

February’s theme, “Love,” concludes this Sunday with Pre-k- 3rd graders singing a song with Sharon McKnight during Time For All Ages. (Everyone should have brought home the words, don’t forget to practice!) Afterwards, children will be dismissed to the Forum rooms for an all group workshop on Birds, taught by Barney Dunning and his graduate students.


• To get us all in a General Assembly state of mind, our March Theme is From Promise to Commitment. Our workshops for March 3, 10, and 17 will be based on who /what we make promises to:
• Our UU Faith- making chalices with Tony Pawli
• Our Congregation- rewriting our church covenant with Sherry Tripodi and Lisa Pantea
• One Another- social skills games and thinking about how we interact with one another with Laura Geiger Reid
• **March 24, Spring Break- No R.E.**
• March 31, Easter- This will be our Children’s Chapel Sunday and the focus will be our Commitment to the Larger Community with a canned food hunt to benefit Food Finder’s planned

YOUTH JUSTICE CON(VENTION) COMING TO UU LAFAYETTE The week of the Heartland District Religious Exploration Youth Justice CON has finally arrived! This Friday-Sunday, February 22-24, more than 100 people will be here participating in workshops related to Interfaith Youth Core, UU College of Social Justice, KIVA, and for service projects related to Energy Efficiency, Homelessness, and LGBT Awareness. Saturday evening, the keynote presentation will be by singer-songwriter Denise Wilson: We Shall Overcome—200 Years of Singing for Justice in America!

We are still in need of food donations, and especially in need of volunteers to help in the kitchen. Please find attached an Excel spreadsheet volunteer list with times available to help in the kitchen. Lisa Pantea is coordinating the kitchen volunteer-sign up; her e-mail address appears above. She and Jody Tishmack will be in the kitchen area most of the time this weekend, but they would like at least 2-3 individuals per time slot to be on-hand as well.

• FOOD DONATIONS — The youth group is still in need of the following food donations for JusticeCON 2013 (Please contact Lisa Pantea or Jody Tishmack to see what might yet be needed including:

10-15 dozen eggs
2-lb containers of oatmeal, can be quick or regular (6 needed)
2 large jars of applesauce
10 lbs of butter
50 each of apples
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

• 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 Please see attached spreadsheet for availability.

• NIGHT OWLS — Adult chaperones: 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!

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

LAST CHANCE FOR CHURCH PHOTO DIRECTORY We are about to go into production mode for our next church picture directory. We are doing it in-house this time using our IconCMO membership database. If you haven’t done so already, please send pictures of your household (jpeg format) to, or stop by the Fellowship Hall before or after the service this Sunday where we have a camera set up. The directory includes one picture per household, so make sure your family members are in it. Thank you!

PUBLIC INVITED TO PROGRAM AT UU CHURCH: FILM ON 13 INDIGENOUS GRANDMOTHERS The public is invited to a free program and film on the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, a group formed in 2004 to bring forward ancestral ways of prayer, peacemaking, teaching and healing.

The event will be Sunday, March 3, 2013, from 3 to 5 p.m., Rooms 101/103 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian St., West Lafayette.

Louie Laskowski, Brookston, and Kathy Mayer, Lafayette, who attended the 11th Council of the Grandmothers in Montana last summer along with Kathleen Peyton, Lafayette, will open with a brief presentation on attending the council, then show a film about the Grandmothers.

Activities of The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers are organized by the Center for Sacred Studies, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining indigenous ways of life through cross-cultural education and spiritual practice.

The grandmothers, who speak a combined seven languages, come from Brazil; Gabon, Africa; Mexico; Nepal; Nicaragua; Tibet; and the United States—Alaska, Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon and South Dakota. They are now seeking others to join them in their peace work.

More information is available at, or the book, Grandmothers Counsel the World: Women Elders Offer Their Vision for Our Planet, by Carol Schaeffer.

UU ALL-CHURCH RETREAT will be held at Ross Camp the weekend of August 9-11. Please mark your calendars for this wonderful intergenerational event that creates opportunities for personal growth and deeper friendships in the UU Community. Thank you!

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,

A-REC PRESENTS PEMA CHODRON, INTERVIEWED BY BILL MOYERS: Please join us on Wednesday, March 6 from noon-2:00 pm, or 6:00-8:00 pm in Room 101/103, for a dvd presentation of Pema Chodron interviewed by Bill Moyers. Best-selling author Pema Chödrön is a leading exponent of teachings on meditation and how they apply to everyday life. She is widely known for her charming and down-to earth interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism for Western audiences. Chödrön was the first American woman to become a fully ordained Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition over thirty years ago. She studied under the renowned meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is the resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery for Westerners. See .pdf attached for complete information.

THE 3RD ANNUAL CHILI AND SOUP COOK-OFF will take place on Saturday, March 23 at 6:00 pm. Members and friends are encouraged to enter the contest by bringing their tastiest recipe (soup, chili, or stew). Judges will award prizes to the three best recipes, and a special prize will go to the “People’s Choice Award.” Plus, one or more of the award-winning soups may be featured at next year’s Holiday Art Fair! Members are encouraged to vote with their dollars –$1.00 equals one vote. We will also serve desserts, fruit, and hot dogs for kids (or adults). This will be a time to relax and enjoy the fellowship of your fellow UU’s. There is no charge for the event, but a freewill offering will be taken. Child care provided. Bring a friend! If you would like to enter your soup or chili into the contest contact Laura Geiger at or 838-0339. The Special Events Committee welcomes anyone who would like to work with us to organize fun church activities. You do not need to be a member. Contact Special Events chair Denise Wilson at or 490-7882.

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE The Social Justice Committee remains busy with a variety of activities. Our next meeting is Thursday, March 21, 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Rm. 101/103 at the church (please note date change to 3rd rather than 2nd Thursday due to Purdue Spring break). 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. (

FIBER ARTS Please be sure to join us each 2nd Sunday, next 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
Thursday, February 21
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (open to those who have completed the long-yang/88 steps form; FH)
8:30 AM 101/103 Reserved for Private Business Group
9:15 AM Circle/Friends Art & Lunch (FH) CANCELLED
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
7:30 PM UU House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

Friday, February 22
RE SPRING YOUTH JUSTICE CON (CONFERENCE; Kat Braz and UU Heartland District)-All Church Space Reserved
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 CANCELLED

Saturday, February 23
RE SPRING YOUTH JUSTICE CON (CONFERENCE; Kat Braz and UU Heartland District)-All Church Space Reserved

Sunday, February 24
RE SPRING YOUTH JUSTICE CON (CONFERENCE; Kat Braz and UU Heartland District)-All Church Space Reserved
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE

Monday, February 25
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 (106)
7:00 PM Buddhist Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Tuesday, February 26
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (open to those who have completed the long-yang/88 steps form; FH)
6:30 PM Committee on Ministry (106)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

Wednesday, February 27
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 28
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)
9:15 AM Circle/Friends Art & Lunch (FH) CANCELLED
2:00 PM Tai Chi with David McCain (Upper Room)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
7:00 PM Healing Circle (S-Suzan McConville, Facilitator)
7:00 PM Publicity Committee

Friday, March 1
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)
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Saturday, March 2
No Major Events to be Scheduled
8:00 AM Zen M

He who accepts evil without protesting against it
is really cooperating with it.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

Protest that endures…is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success:
namely, the hope of preserving qualities in one’s own heart and spirit
that would be destroyed by acquiescence.
Wendell Berry, b. 1934


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