Meridian Update for June 4, 2013

Meridian Update, Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette, Indiana

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  • Rev. Davis will be on vacation the month of June; he will attend General Assembly June 19-23
  • DRE Sheila Garrett: Sunday morning, Monday by appt., Tuesday 1-5 pm; Wednesday 10am-5pm.
  • Office Administrator Karin Bergman: Summer Hours Beginning June 10 Tuesday-Friday, 8am-6pm, lunch hour variable.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING FORUM JUNE 9 Cindy Eberts, Ph.D., Psychology, University of Illinois; writer, researcher and editor, presents “Lessons America Failed to Learn and the National Conversation on Guns.” Cindy has written a three part article (March, April & June) in the Lafayette Independent based on her initial experience living in Australia in 1996 during the Port Arthur Massacre where 35 people were shot & killed, & 23 wounded. Cindy wrote concerning the aftermath of the event, “Within 10 days of the Port Arthur tragedy, the Australian government passed the strictest gun regulations in the world. There has not been a mass murder in Australia since the enactment of their legislation and their national suicide rate has been cut in half.” Maybe America has something to learn here!? Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE, JUNE 9 Please join us next Sunday for “Poetry and Crafted Prose.” Worship Leader Bill Welge and congregants Noemi Ybarra, Randy Myer, Nina Kirkpatrick, Ed Bowen, David Bridgham and Chris Funk share poetry and selected readings about which they are passionate. Pianist is Yue Jiang. Special Music is provided by Larry Guentert and some members of Spontaneous Hopeful Monster, the House Band. Sound Technician is Jerry Hunley. Pulpit Preparation is by Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leader is Suzan Windnagel.

UPCOMING JUNE 23 SERVICE INFORMATION Gale Charlotte invites you to share a very short passage from your favorite book during her service on June 23rd. “Over the years, I have appreciated more and more my ability to read. I’ve been educated, challenged, enlightened, and entertained; I would like to share some of my insights with you. And, I would like to invite you to share something you’ve read with the rest of us: If you would like, please bring a favorite short passage to read to the rest of the congregation.”

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION ***IMPORTANT*** Time to register for the upcoming year of R.E.!!! Plans and class assignments for next year’s R.E. are being made now! 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 classrooms, the narthex, or on the desk just outside the office doors. There is a basket in the narthex to collect the forms once complete. Your cooperation in getting registrations completed as soon as possible is much appreciated!

  • All through the month of June children entering kindergarten-5th grade are meeting in the fellowship hall to learn about creation stories from various cultural traditions. This coming Sunday, June 9, we will learn a creation story from the Hindu tradition. Susannah Hall-Justice and Renu Bhatia are teaching. Parents: children start out in the fellowship hall right away at 10:30 for the month of June only while we are doing the Passport to Creation curriculum.
  • We are still seeking volunteers to help out with child supervision in July and August. This is an easy gig and a great way to get to know some of our kids- simply interacting and providing supervision while the children play. Games and activities for both outside and inside are available, and either the DRE or a member of the R.E. Council will be around to provide assistance if needed. There will be a sign up sheet in the library near the newcomer’s table on Sunday.
  • Peace and Nature Camp!! August 5-7! Watch for details and registration coming soon!!
  • 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.

PROGRAM COUNCIL meets the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in 101/103, next at 5:30 TONIGHT Tuesday, June 4. 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,

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,” next, June 9. 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!


  • JUNE 11TH DRUMMING WORKSHOP, 7:30-9PM. Held the 2nd Tuesday of each month. 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) for a small, extra donation. Your drum will need to make at least two distinct sounds. Bells, shakers, and other percussive instruments are welcome! $10 requested donation per session. See to register.
  • JUNE 29TH QUARTERLY MEDITATION WORKSHOP, 10:00 AM-NOON. Workshop teaches various techniques to aid in stress relief, relaxation and helping to maintain a calm & centered mind. Workshop leader is Jason Kniola, Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapist. $10 requested donation.
    • Monday Meditation: 7:00 pm every Monday with Larry Hicks
    • Zen Meditation: 7:00 pm Thur. & 8:00 am Saturday with Russ Flynn
    • Tai Chi 7:00 am Monday – Friday with Lisa Petersen
    • Qi Gong 7:30 am Monday/Wednesday/Friday with Lisa Petersen
    • Tai Chi 5:00 pm Wednesday with David McCain

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. We still need volunteers to help out on June 8! 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.

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.

  • 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 this fall. 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 Next tba this fall. 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.

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.

NEW ANNUAL FELLOWSHIP GROUP The New Annual Fellowship group Women’s Night Out 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

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!

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.

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.”

HOW TO USE OUR CHURCH WEBSITE CALENDAR 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 access 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. UU Church-specific events are scheduled in black (e.g. Forums, Worship Services). Outside-the-church events are scheduled in blue (e.g. Pujas, weddings, graduations). Co-sponsored events appear in violet (e.g. ACLU Board, Lafayette Area Peace Coalition, PRYSM, PFLAG, Drumming Workshops, Tai Chi, Qi Gong). “Big Rock” events–term taken from UUA Consultant Mary Gleason’s report to indicate major annual events appear in red (e.g. UU Plant Sale, Service Auction, etc.). Newsletter deadlines, Congregational Meetings, and UUA Heartland District/General Assembly 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.

June Calendar
Goodwill Clothing Drive Main Drop-off Date Saturday, June 8

Tuesday, June 4
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
5:30 PM Program Council (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

Wednesday, June 5
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
10:00 AM Goodwill Clothing Drive through June 8
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” Noon Discussion (101/103)
5:00 PM Tai Chi with David McCain (Upper Room)

Thursday, June 6
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
10:00 AM Goodwill Clothing Drive through June 8-
4:00 PM “Spanish Singers and Stories” Pre-School & Early Grade-schoolers (Nursery)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
6:00 PM Zen M
6:30 PM PFLAG (102 High School Room) First Thursdays
7:30 PM UU House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

Friday, June 7
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
10:00 AM Goodwill Clothing Drive through June 8
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Saturday, June 8
8:00 AM Zen M
10:00 AM Goodwill Clothing Drive through TODAY, June 8; people will be here to assist you with your drop off today only.

Sunday, June 9
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:00 AM Goodwill Clothing Drive through June 8
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:30 AM UU Talk and Tour following service!
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (101/103)

Monday, June 10
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
10:00 AM Goodwill Clothing Drive
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Tuesday, June 11
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
10:00 AM Goodwill Clothing Drive Pick-up
6:00 PM Child & Youth Religious Exploration Council (Standing, 2nd Tuesday; Youth Room)
7:00 PM ACLU-IN BOARD (American Civil Liberties Union, 212)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)
7:30 PM Drumming Circle (101/103), 2nd Tuesdays each month


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