Meridian Bulletin for June 21, 2013

Nurture Your Spirit, Help Heal Our World

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  • Rev. Davis on vacation month of June; otherwise: 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: Summer Hours Tuesday-Friday, 8am-6pm, lunch hour variable.

130621 Reichler, GeorgeIt is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of George Robert Reichler, 58, of Lafayette, Indiana, at St. Elizabeth East Hospital, 7:46 a.m. Saturday, 8 June 2013. Born February 10, 1955 in Lexington, Kentucky, he was the son of Jane (Rubin) Reichler of Louisville, Kentucky and the late George Reinhart Reichler. George was raised from infancy in Germany where he graduated from Stuttgart High School and attended the University of Maryland in Munich. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Political Science from the University of Louisville and earned his MBA from the University of Kentucky. George played tuba in the band in both Stuttgart and at the University of Louisville.

George married Sara E. Cashon on May 12, 1984 in Louisville, Kentucky. They resided briefly in Indianapolis and have resided in Lafayette for the past 25 years. He was in computer sales for 25 years. He was a member of Unitarian Universalist Church in West Lafayette. He was a member of Chai Tae Kwon Do, where he earned a second-degree black belt, and a former member of the Wildcat Kiwanis. He was an avid reader, loved the outdoors, camping and hiking, and enjoyed debating politics. George was a devoted father to his two sons.

Surviving with his wife and mother are his twin sons, George Aaron and Robert Andrew Reichler at home. Also surviving are two sisters, Mary Reichler of Atlanta, Georgia and Debbie Reichler of Cincinnati, Ohio; and a cousin, Tom Ware of Greenville, North Carolina.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 29 at 1:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian Street, West Lafayette, Indiana. The Reverend Daniel Charles Davis will officiate. A reception will be held in the church Fellowship Hall following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Natalie’s Second Chance Shelter. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at

UU Church Member & Stewardship Chairperson Laura Geiger Reed will discuss New Community School (NCS) of Lafayette, a public charter tuition free school, where she is an Educational Specialist. New Community School combines a progressive education with strong support from families to create a learning environment that nurtures confident, creative, and capable students. Their education model is based on John Dewey’s philosophy: true learning is self-motivated, self-directed and experiential. The staff provides students with an evidence-based curriculum that encourages independent problem-solving, academic and social development, and a lifetime love of learning.

Student interest and experience is relevant to, and should influence, classroom learning.

  • An integrated, thematic curriculum allows students to process skills and knowledge in multiple ways.
  • Social growth, responsibility, and acceptance in the school’s community lead to more successful students.
  • All students have talents to share with their classmates in a diverse educational environment.

NCS has a cornerstone principle: family involvement is essential to our school’s success. They rely on parents’ support, skills, and time to foster an enriching educational experience for their students. For more information on the progressive education philosophy that guides NCS teachers and administrators, visit: Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

Please join us next Sunday as Rev. Daniel Charles Davis and others share their experiences of the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists at General Assembly, this year in Louisville KY June 19-23. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Musical selections will be performed by Denise Wilson. Sound Technician is Gary Mueller. Pulpit Preparation is by Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leader is Christine Schertz.

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. Children entering K-5th grade, please join Ed and Kathy Bowen in the fellowship hall this Sunday to learn the Mayan creation story.
  • 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! First child- $45, $30 additional child, same family (Includes cost of materials, t-shirt, & snack- scholarship assistance available on request), email Sheila at
  • 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.

This September will mark three years that Reverend Charlie has been a part of our family which means that we, as a congregation, need to take a moment to evaluate his ministry. We are asking for the input of the congregation through a survey being made available online and on paper that will be available in the Fellowship Hall every Sunday in June during coffee hour starting June 16th. We ask that all surveys be returned by July 1st. The paper surveys need to be returned during weekdays to the green metallic papered box with Karin in the office; on Sundays the box will be made available in Fellowship Hall . We encourage your participation and welcome your constructive comments. Janice Thiel, Chair.

We have moved the church email list to Google Groups to help streamline communications from the church office. Beginning June 13, all Lighted Chalice and Meridian Update emails will be sent through this group. This should not increase the number of emails you get from the church. If you would like to receive these communications and did not receive the June 21 Meridian Update, please email Alice Pawley at and copy Karin Bergman at Thank you!


  • JUNE 29 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.
  • JULY 9 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.


  • Monday Meditation: 7:00 pm every Monday with Larry Hicks
  • Zen Meditation: 4:30 First Sitting; 5:10 Chanting & Reading; 5:30 2nd Sitting; 6:00 Chanting & Reading each Thursday evening; also 8:00 am each 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 with David McCain on hiatus until fall, tba

Please join us immediately following service each 2nd Sunday for “Talk and Tour,” next Sunday, July 14. 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 presented by Rev. Charlie Davis and the Membership Committee will reconvene on September 8, and meet each 2nd Sunday on a rotating basis after service (following Talk and Tour). 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 CANCELLED. Meets next on September 8. 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 in 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 in 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.

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!

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

The Social Justice Committee remains busy with a variety of activities. Our next meeting is Thursday, July 11, 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,

The theme for Change for Change in 2013 is “Social Justice and Climate Change.” All loose coins in the Sunday offering will go to organizations striving to address social justice issues in these areas. Banks of the Wabash, Inc., the C4C recipient for July and August, is dedicated to preserving, enhancing and promoting the significant historical and natural resources of the Wabash River Corridor. Banks of the Wabash, Inc. works to improve the quality of life for residents and enhance visitor experiences for guests from outside the corridor. The organization’s focus is the central section of the Wabash River Heritage Corridor, including portions of Carroll, Cass, Fountain, Parke, Tippecanoe, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warren counties in Indiana. This organization supports efforts to improve the quality of life for all residents in the corridor and helps to enhance the visitor experience for visitors from outside the corridor, providing a venue for citizens living in the region to voice opinions and concerns about the corridor. Also, to provide a mechanism to help us work together to achieve common goals. With its non-profit status and citizen membership base, the Banks of the Wabash, Inc. works with other organizations such as the Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission to make things happen. Banks of the Wabash, Inc. hosts the Wabash Riverkeeper & brings together a variety of individuals interested in conservation, historic preservations, economic development, community education and heritage tourism, preserving the important historical, natural, and cultural resources of the area. Regional programs and events raise an awareness of the Wabash River Heritage Corridor for residents and visitors alike, creating an appreciation of the Wabash River as a recreational resource and supporting the improvement of communities in the corridor.

Please be sure to join us each 2nd Sunday after church, next Sunday, July 14, 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.

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!

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

Sunday, June 23
Camping Trip to GA, Deam Lake IN
GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2013, Louisville KY
9:00 AM Forum (101/103): Marion Moore Hill, U.U. Mystery Author, gives a special presentation about her works including “The Deadly Past Mysteries,” and “The Scrappy Librarian Mysteries.”
10:30 AM Worship & RE

Monday, June 24
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, June 25
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
6:30 PM Committee on Ministry (106)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

Wednesday, June 26
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” Noon Discussion (101/103)
5:00 PM Tai Chi with David McCain Cancelled for summer

Thursday, June 27
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
4:30 PM Zazen (M)
5:10 PM Zen Chanting & Reading
5:30 PM Zazen 2nd Sitting (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL

Friday, June 28
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Saturday, June 29
8:00 AM Zen M
10:00 AM Quarterly Meditation Workshop With Jason Kniola (101/103)
1:00 PM Memorial Service for George Reichler (S, FH)

Sunday, June 30
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE

Monday, July 1
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor; FH)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson
1:30 PM Writers’ Group 106
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
~Frederick Douglass

One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years.
To read is to voyage through time.
~Carl Sagan

So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well.
They begin to take flight into whole new worlds
as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky.
~William James

“Second star to the right, and straight on ‘til morning.” That, Peter had told Wendy,
was the way to the Neverland…
Sir James Matthew Barrie, from Peter Pan


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