Meridian Bulletin for July 14, 2013


  • 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: Summer Hours Tuesday-Friday, 8am-6pm, lunch hour variable.

SUNDAY MORNING FORUM, JULY 14 Gary Burniske, Josh Prokopy & Bob Rode present Community Service in Thailand from Three Perspectives. Gary Burniske is the Managing Director at The Center for Global Food Security, Discovery Park/Purdue University. Mr. Burniske is a specialist in international relief and development, with a technical focus on sustainable agriculture. Josh Prokopy is a stay-at-home dad and fiction writer with masters degrees in Sociology and Social Work. His education focused on community development and before coming to West Lafayette he spent several years working in the field of affordable housing. Bob Rode is the lab manager of the Aquaculture Research Lab (ARL), located at the Animal Science Research and Extension Center (ASREC) just outside of West Lafayette. Bob is responsible for coordinating research activities and users of the lab as well as routine maintenance. All three are members of the UU Church. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE, JULY 14 Please join us as Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents Decalogue: Liberal Interpretation of the ten Commandments, Part I. The first 4 commandments are about human duty to God. Gail & Charlie Davis sing original songs to explore the meaning of God and what it might mean to be connected to God. Worship Associate is Janice Thiel. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound Technician is Mary Finley. Pulpit Preparation is by Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leader is Laura Helms. NEXT SUNDAY MORNING FORUM, JULY 21 Please join us as Marcia Blacklidge presents Whispers from the Holocaust: We are All Connected. Marcia is Native American and a member of the Sioux Saint-Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. She has studied the history of particularly the Woodland Indians of the Great Lakes area and wrote an award winning book which was published by the University of Michigan Press entitled, “The Indians of Hungry Hollow,” available on Amazon. She was also the Director of an Indian social agency in Grand Rapids for a time. Before that she was the Director of a United Way agency in Kokomo for several years (Common Ground Clinic) which dealt with alcohol and drug abuse in our community. In between those two, she was a private practice family counselor (holds a MS degree in Counseling from Purdue) for nearly 20 years. She has done significant public speaking over a long period of time. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

NEXT SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE, JULY 21 Please join us as Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents Decalogue: Liberal Interpretation of the ten Commandments, Part II. The last 6 commandments are about how people should relate to each other. Gail & Charlie Davis sing original songs wondering: “when is it proper to kill?” and “if the shoe fits, should you wear it?” Worship Associate is Dianna Poindexter. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound Technician is Carl Seese. Pulpit Preparation is by Robin Poindexter. Fellowship Team Leader is Susanne McConville.

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 today, 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!


  • Good friends don’t let friends miss out!! The deadline to register for Peace and Nature Camp 2013 is July 21st. Forms can be found in several locations at church, including the library near the newcomer’s table- once completed, turn them in to Sheila or Karin in the office. Tie-dye your camp t-shirt, learn about and create both your own individual cookie and a group sand mandala, take a walk on the wild side, experience what our special guests bring to share, peace sign songs and more!
  • Is your child registered for R.E. the 2013-14 year yet?? I know, I know. Filling out those darn forms again is a pain, but ALL kids, whether in the nursery, youth group, or somewhere in between need to be registered for the upcoming R.E. year. Not only does the information you provide on those forms us help with planning our program and staffing needs, it also helps us make sure we have the latest health, safety, and contact information. Your prompt attention to this matter is greatly appreciated! It’s always a great time to be thinking about stewardship! In the coming weeks, the R.E. committee will be shoring up our Sunday morning crew. Please consider helping out with R.E. If you think you might be interested or need more information, please contact, or speak to a member of the R.E. council: Kathy Coder, Frank Arnold, Cheryl Fowler, Beth Hoffmann, or Gary Mueller.
  • 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.

CHURCH ADVERTISING If you have events being hosted at our church to which you would like to invite congregants via our website and Facebook page, please send details and any appropriate photos to Webspinner Alice Pawley,

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

ALL MEMBERS AND FRIENDS INVITED TO A GOING AWAY PARTY FOR RACHAEL SMITH Our dear Rachael Smith and Daniel are headed to China to teach English for a year. Help us say good bye and good luck at a potluck party at the Tripodi house at 3327 Crawford Street on Saturday, July 20. Bring friends, kids, maybe a folding chair, a dish or drink to share, and all your best wishes for Rachael and Daniel. Drop by anytime between 5 and 9. RSVP to or 269-9199.

ALL-CHURCH RETREAT will be held at Ross Camp the weekend of August 9-11—only one month from now! Please mark your calendars for this wonderful intergenerational event that creates opportunities for personal growth and deeper friendships in the UU Community. Eric and Janice Thiel are coordinating this event. There are registration forms in the narthex. More information will be forthcoming. Thank you!

MESSAGE FROM THE COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY 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. The input of the congregation has been requested through a survey; if you have not turned your survey in, please leave it in the church office or with Janice Thiel, Chair, committee on ministry. We encourage your participation and welcome your constructive comments.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OUTFEST! Greater Lafayette’s annual pride celebration, OUTfest, will be held this year on Saturday, August 3 from 4:00 pm to midnight. The event features live bands, food, information, dancing, entertainment, and a family area. It is always a fun filled afternoon and evening! Our UU Social Justice Committee will host a booth as we have in past years and we will need volunteers for three shifts (4 to 6 pm; 6 to 8 pm, and 8 to 10 pm). We also need help setting up earlier in the afternoon and the last shift usually takes the booth down at 10. To volunteer for a shift, contact Joan Marshall ( And, if you aren’t able to help with the booth, just plan to attend–it’s a wonderful event!


  • AUGUST 13 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. These sessions have been highly praised by the many participants—please join us for an enjoyable evening!
    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

We have moved the church email list to Google Groups to help streamline communications from the church office. 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 Friday, July 5 Meridian Bulletin (previously Update), please email Alice Pawley at and copy Karin Bergman at Thank you! THE

SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE 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,

CHANGE FOR CHANGE 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.

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.
  • UU HISTORY Next tba in Fall.

PROGRAM COUNCIL meets the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in 101/103, next at 5:30 on Tuesday, August 6. 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,

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.

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.

July Calendar

Sunday, July 14

9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:45 UU TALK & TOUR!
11:45 AM UU Membership Class CANCELLED
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (101/103)

Monday, July 15
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor)
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)

Tuesday, July 16
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor;)
12:00 PM Pastoral Care 106
6:30 PM BOARD MEETING (3rd Tuesdays, 101/103)

Wednesday July 17
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor;)
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 Cancelled

Thursday, July 18
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor;)
4:30 PM Zazen (M)
5:10 PM Zen Chanting & Reading
5:30 PM Zazen 2nd Sitting (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
7:30 PM UU House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

Friday, July 19
7:00 AM Taiji with Lisa Peterson (Contact Instructor)
7:30 AM Qigong with Lisa Peterson 6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Saturday, July 20
8:00 AM Zen M
6:30 PM Benefit Concert for Children’s Tumor Foundation (NF/Neurofibromatosis) featuring Scott Milks, Joe Peters & Friends, BabyGrand, plus other musical surprises. $5, all proceeds to Children’s Tumor Foundation. (S, FH)

Sunday, 21
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

Monday, July 22
Rev. Charlie on vacation through August 6
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)

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark. Rabindranath Tagore 1861-1941


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