Meridian Update for March 5, 2013

The Meridian Update, Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana

PDF available here.


  • Rev. Davis will be out of the office the week of March 3-9
  • 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.


UPDATE ON GAIL DAVIS Good news continues…Gail has been sitting in a chair today periodically, talking a bit, walking a bit, and communicating verbally with family. The cardiac catheterization scheduled for earlier today has been postponed until tomorrow, so there will be more news to report on Wednesday after noon. She is feeling tired, as is expected, but has shown her sense of humor and tenacity–very good things! Thank you for continuing to send positive thoughts and good energy for increased strength and restoration to good health.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING FORUM Sunday, March 10, join us as Marie Kelleman, Outreach Coordinator, YWCA Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program presents Helping a Friend or Loved One in an Abusive Relationship: A Community Effort. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE Please join us Sunday, March 10 as J. Barny Dunning, Ph.D., Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University, presents “Human Population Growth and How We Teach Environmental Issues.” Worship Associate is Kat Braz. Choir Director and Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound is by Chap Flack. Pulpit Preparation is by Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leaders are Kathy Willowoode & Bill Welge. Fellowship Team Members are Ashley Achgill-Cooper, Keith Brown, Neelu Chawla, Margaret Deedon, Chris & Beth Garretson, Steve Koehler, Elena Escadero, Judith Klockzim, Shivani Rao, Chad & Ellen Phelps, Lisa Pantea and Dan Lybrook, Janice Schuster, Larry Sellers and Laurie Sparks-Sellers, Fritz Smith, Jodie Tishmack.

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION 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

A-REC PRESENTS PEMA CHODRON, INTERVIEWED BY BILL MOYERS: Please join us tomorrow Wednesday, March 6 from noon-2:00 pm, or 6:00-8:00 pm in Room 101/103, for a DVD presentation of Pema Chödrön 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.

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. Linda Prokopy, Membership Co-Chair, will be leading this session.
  • 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.

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.

GROUNDS CLEAN UP DAY On March 23, from 10-2 we will have a Grounds Clean Up Day. We need volunteers from our congregation to help clean, rake, plant, caulk, repair, install rain barrels, etc. We will have help from 10 Boiler Blast volunteers so we should be able to make a big improvement in a short period of time. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, old clothes and garden gloves if possible. There is a sign-up sheet on the front desk near the office. For more info, call Rae at 714-4829.

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!

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH MARCH 3.22.2013 AT PURDUE An exciting event will take place during Women’s History Month at Purdue-that we, as UU’s, will want to be part of. On Friday, March 22 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, there will be a “March at Purdue” to commemorate a major historical turning point in the woman suffrage campaign, the 1913 suffrage parade in Washington D.C. . The theme of the march is “A Century of Public Action,” and the program includes a brief walk through campus, followed by a rally at the Frances Cordova Co-Recreational Gymnasium with speakers and music. Delegations are forming, each representing a constituency of allies who will celebrate with banners, posters, and our bodily presence in the march. I am happy to serve as a contact person to form a UU delegation to participate in the march. Please contact me if you would like to join us ( Once I get a list together of who wants to participate, we will need to decide how we are going to identify ourselves as a delegation–tee shirts?–may be a bit cold–banner? sashes? suggestions appreciated! Look forward to hearing from you–we have a hundred years of action to celebrate and commemorate! — Joan Marshall,

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 March and April is Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light. H-IPL is our state affiliate of a national nonprofit whose mission is to call together Hoosiers of faith as stewards of creation in order to promote energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable practices. H-IPL seeks to inspire and equip us to respond to climate

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 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.

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!

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.”

March Calendar

Tuesday, March 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 CANCELLED
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

Wednesday, March 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) meets with A-REC Faith and Reason Interview
12:00 PM or 6:00 PM Adult Religious Exploration Council Program: Bill Moyers, Faith & Reason Video Interview with Pema Chödrön, Buddhist Nun from the U.S. (101/103)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

Thursday, March 7
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)
5:40 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, March 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)

Saturday, March 9
8:00 AM Zen M

Sunday, March 10
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:30 AM UU Talk and Tour following service!
11:45 AM UU Membership Class: Participating at UUC West Lafayette (106)
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (101/103)

The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard,
but must be felt with the heart.
~Helen Keller


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