Meridian Update for May 13, 2013

Meridian Update, Monday, 13 May 2013
Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana

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  • Rev. Davis: Sunday morning, Tuesday-Friday 1-5.
  • 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, MAY 19 James G. Anderson, Ph.D., Fellow, American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI); Fellow, Center for Education & Research in Information Assurance & Security (CERIAS); Professor of Medical Sociology, Purdue University; Professor of Health Communication, Purdue University, presents “The Impact of Aging in a Global Society.” The world is facing aging-related problems and challenges in providing adequate social support and health care services. The elderly population, as a portion of the total population, is growing rapidly. The forum will provide an overview of various types of community and institution-based services followed by a discussion about policy issues as the working-age population shrinks as the elderly population grows. Jim has been attending Sunday Forums for many years and currently is a co-chair of the committee along with Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

[Please note speaker/topic change. Tithi Bhattacharya, Purdue Assoc. Professor of South Asian History, will on May 26 present The Rise of Rape Culture and How We Can Fight It. Her first book, “The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal” describing political economy and class formation in nineteenth century Bengal was published by Oxford University Press in 2005. She is currently working on her second book, a history of fear and superstition in colonial India. Professor Bhattacharya is also working on a smaller project on the political economy of violence on women and the particular relevance of such violence at a time of economic crisis. This talk is part of that project.]

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE, MAY 19 Please join us Sunday for “Flower Communion” with Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis. Come celebrate this Unitarian Universalist Spring tradition started by Norbert Capek before World War II. Bring a flower to share; return home with a flower you received from someone else. The UU Women’s Choir Sings “The 23rd Psalm.” Worship Associate is Janice Thiel. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound Technician is Noemi Ybarra. Pulpit Preparation is by Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leader is Susanne McConville.


• EVERYONE: This Sunday is our traditional all ages flower communion service. Please bring a flower to exchange. Children who are willing may be asked to help.

• YOUTH: For those of you signed up to go to CONstruction (the bridging con), we will meet at church at 6:00 pm. Please eat dinner BEFORE you arrive and bring along some money in case we decide to stop for breakfast on the return trip, etc. Bring the usual gear for a con- sleeping bag and pillow, clothes, toothbrush and other toiletries. Sheila’s phone: 217-714-1993.

• Time to register for the upcoming year of R.E.!!! We need a registration form from every family with children or youth who are cared for or participate in church programming or activities, including the nursery. Forms are available in the narthex or on the desk just outside the office doors. There is a basket in the fellowship hall and another in the narthex to collect the forms once complete. Your cooperation in getting registrations completed as soon as possible is much appreciated!

• Parents, please make sure you sign your children in and out on the clipboard when dropping them off in the nursery for child care during the service or during church events. This information is vital for child safety and program tracking/planning purposes. Thanks!

DRUMMING & DANCE WORKSHOPS MAY 18, 1:30-5PM presented by the Adult Religious Exploration Committee (A-REC) at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian St., West Lafayette. circAfrique, Grateful Heart Gallery and the Unitarian Universalist Church are proud to present workshops by ALMA Dance, featuring world renowned West African Djembefola Yaya Kabo on Saturday, May 18.

  • Beginner Drum Workshop with Master Yaya Kabo: 1:30-3:00pm, followed by Beginner Dance Workshop with Allison Kodeih and ALMA dancers from 3:30 – 5:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian St., West Lafayette, IN.
  • Cost: $15 per workshop, or $25 for both.
  • ALMA & Master Kabo will also be performing with circAfrique on Friday, May 17, 6-9pm outside stage at Grateful Heart Gallery, 654 Main St., Lafayette, IN.
  • Register at
  • Yaya Kabo is an internationally acclaimed drummer from the Casamance province of Senegal, an expert of Malinke rhythms, and one of the world’s foremost djembefolas. He has been the lead djembefola for the National Drum and Dance group of Senegal and the lead djembefola for Chicago’s premiere African drum and dance group Muntu. He is currently serving as the Artistic Director of ALMA since 2007.
  • Allison Kodeih is the Director of ALMA, a Toledo-based group of professional musicians and dancers bonded in the study, performance and sharing of traditional West African Drum & Dance, Modern Dance, and other World Drum & Dance styles.
  • contact info:~Sundeep Rao of circAfrique,,~Robin Pickett of Grateful Heart Gallery,

JUNE 11 DRUMMING WORKSHOP, 7:30-9PM! Structured drumming sessions! Learn about drumming in the West African style, facilitated by Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett of the local West African percussion ensemble circAfrique. Bring your drum, or ask if a drum is available for use (there are about 6-8). Your drum will need to make at least two distinct sounds. Bells, shakers, and other percussive instruments are welcome! Questions? Send email to Your donations to help support this event would be welcomed. Suggested donation amount: $10.

ENERGIZE INDIANA…ENERGIZE A FRIEND! Many thanks to all who have participated in the Energizing Indiana residential audit. For each member/supporter who completed a Home Energy Assessment, our church has received $25 from the Energizing Indiana community outreach and enrichment program. Bill Welge, who has been instrumental in encouraging participation in this incentive, will be initiating a new phase of the program called “Energize a Friend.” All those who have received a home energy audit will be encouraged to invite one or more friend to schedule a free home energy audit online. Please see, or contact Bill Welge at 765.409.3896 for assistance or further information. Thank you!

TALK AND TOUR ON 2ND SUNDAYS AFTER SERVICE, FOLLOWED BY MEMBERSHIP CLASS Please join us immediately following service each 2nd Sunday for “Talk and Tour.” This 15 minute guided walk through the building is designed to familiarize newcomers with our congregation and facilities. Participants do not need to sign up in advance—simply gather at the Newcomers Table outside the Fellowship Hall at 11:45. Thanks!

UU MEMBERSHIP CLASSES FOR 2013 meet each 2nd Sunday on a rotating basis after service (following Talk and Tour), 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 Sherry Tripodi, one week prior to class, so we have an accurate count for food and child care. Please note date changes.

• UU HISTORY May 19, 2013, this coming Sunday (in lieu of Mother’s Day on 5.12). 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 July 14. 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.

• EXPLORING MEMBERSHIP…PARTICIPATING AT UUC, WEST LAFAYETTE Next tba. 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.

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!

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE The Social Justice Committee remains busy with a variety of activities. Our next meeting is Thursday, May 23 (note date change!), 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 MAY is Lafayette Urban Ministry’s Good Samaritan Fund, which assists local families facing emergency financial needs. This special fund is separate from LUM’s operating fund, and 100% of the donations to GSF goes directly to these needy families. The majority of the GSF clients are facing utility disconnects: gas, electric or water. The program also assists with housing needs (rent, past rent, deposits), medications, employment related expenses and, through LUM’s ID Clinic, birth certificates to obtain benefits or IN identification. In 2012, the Good Samaritan Fund assisted 2,315 families for a total of $106,623 in assistance. Clients are seen by volunteers every morning, with other hours available by appointment. About 10-12 clients are seen every day; about 40% of them return for a 2nd visit at some point in the year. When the GSF dollars are not enough to “solve” the problem, the volunteers work with the clients, utility companies or landlords to work out payment arrangements or deferred payments.

GOODWILL CLOTHING DRIVE: It’s time again to gather up those clothes you no longer need, put them into 13 gallon bags or the equivalent, and donate them to our Goodwill Clothing Drive. Please drop off your bags of clothing at the UU Church on Saturday June 8 between 10am and 2pm, and there will be someone to assist you at the playground entrance to Fellowship Hall. Members of the congregation are welcome to bring their bags in anytime Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm (lunch hour variable) and leave them in the Upper Room of the Fellowship Hall. Only clothing is accepted. No shoes, belts, hangers, or toys. Overfilling the bags creates more work for those of us who manage the bags, as do broken bags. Goodwill gives us $5 vouchers for each bag collected, which are then donated to the YWCA, LUM, Cary Home for Children, and Family Promise. The vouchers can then be used at any Goodwill Store. Last year we collected 1200 bags worth $6,000 in vouchers, so we’ve set the bar pretty high. So open your hearts and clean your closets. Goodwill will pick up our collection on Tuesday, June 11 Any questions or volunteers, call Susanne McConville @ 477-0344.

FIBER ARTS Please be sure to join us each 2nd Sunday after church, next June 9, 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.

PROGRAM COUNCIL meets the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in 101/103, next at 5:30 on Tuesday, June 2. 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, Cindy Gerlach,

NEW ANNUAL FELLOWSHIP GROUP The New Annual Fellowship group Women’s Night Out now has its own Facebook page: UU Women’s Night Out . Request to join this closed group for information on upcoming Women’s Night Out events. Not on Facebook? Email Sherry Tripodi at

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:

  • Friday morning worship service, our very own Michael Lewis and Denise Wilson of Travelers Dream will be playing music! See their website, Congratulations, Denise and Michael!
  • 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.”

Saturday, June 8: Goodwill Clothing Drive main pick-up date w/attendants @UU playground parking lot to help carry bagged clothing. This drive continues through Monday, June 10.

How to use the calendar on our church website:

  • A complete daily/monthly calendar of events can be seen at our church website, On the main webpage, select “Events” and then “Calendar.” On the Calendar Page, select “You can view our monthly calendar here.” To gain a complete description of any event scheduled (if the information has been provided to the office), double click on the event and a second screen will appear to you. For example, on May 18, the UU Drumming Circle and Dance Workshop will take place beginning at 1:30 pm. Double click on the Drumming Workshop event and an “Event Details” page will appear describing the workshops, and performers, as well as contact information. Church events are scheduled in black. Outside-the-church events are scheduled in blue (e.g. Pujas, weekly Taiji & Qigong, weddings). Co-sponsored events appear in violet (e.g. ACLU Board, Lafayette Area Peace Coalition, PRYSM, PFLAG, May 18Drumming Workshops). “Big Rock” events–term taken from UUA Consultant Mary Gleason’s report to indicate major annual events such as church fundraisers (e.g. UU Plant Sale, Service Auction, etc.) appear in red. Newsletter deadlines, Congregational Meetings, and GA Meetings also appear in red. Holidays are scheduled in fuchsia. We thank you for your patience as the Office Administrator continues with completing this calendar conversion.

Monday, May 13
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Tuesday, May 14
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Pastoral Care Committee (106)
12:30 PM Computer Infrastructure Meeting (101/103)
6:00 PM Child & Youth Religious Exploration Council (Each 2nd Tuesday; Youth Room)

Wednesday, May 15
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
9:30 AM Old Tippecanoe Charity Quilting FH
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” (101/103)
5:00 PM Tai Chi with David McCain (Upper Room)
5:30 PM A-REC at John Wilms home
7:00 PM Choir (S)

Thursday, May 16
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
6:00 PM Finance Committee (101/103)
6:00 PM Zen M
6:30 PM Publicity/Communications Meeting (101/103)
7:30 PM UU House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

Friday, May 17
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Saturday, May 18 ARMED FORCES DAY
8:00 AM Zen M
1:30 PM UU Drumming Circle & Dance Workshop. $15/workshop or $25 for both. Instructors Yaya Kabo & Allison Kodeihmore (101/103)

Sunday, May 19
Dalai Lama Public Talks in Louisville KY
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:45 AM UU Membership Class: UU History (106)
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be that of water or of tears!… We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says “Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.

~Julia Ward Howe
From her 1870 Mother’s Day Proclamation for Peace


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