Meridian Bulletin for August 9 2013

HOURS:

  • 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.

AUGUST 11 SUNDAY MORNING FORUM
To be determined…Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

AUGUST 11 SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE
Please join us as Reverend Daniel Charles Davis presents Behavioral Psychology and Religion. B.F. Skinner suggested that human behavior can be explained by rewards and punishment. What reinforces peoples’ beliefs in religion? What are the rewards and punishments offered by Unitarian Universalism? Worship Association is Dianna Poindexter. Music by Rev. Charlie and Gail Davis. Pulpit Preparation by Robin Poindexter. Sound Technician is Chap Flack. Fellowship Team Leaders tbd.

AUGUST 18 SUNDAY MORNING FORUM
Laura Geiger-Reed, Bill Welge, Chris Funk, Susanne & Tom McConville, UU Church members and congregants: Crisis in Antibiotic Treatment, Part II. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

AUGUST 18 SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE
Please join us as Reverend Daniel Charles Davis presents Psychoanalysis & Religion. Sigmund Freud suggested that people are driven by their pleasure-seeking id. Carl Jung and Erich Fromm built on his theory but suggested that humans are also driven by a quest for meaning. Is your subconscious the voice of God or the Devil? Worship Associate is Kat Braz. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Pulpit Preparation by Nina Kirkpatrick. Sound Technician is Gary Fowler. Fellowship Team Leaders are Kathy Willowoode & Bill Welge.

TALK AND TOUR 2ND SUNDAYS AFTER SERVICE, FOLLOWED BY MEMBERSHIP CLASS
Please join us immediately following service each 2nd Sunday for “Talk and Tour,” next today, August 11. 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!

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION

  • Have you registered your child(ren) for R.E. for the 2013-14 church year? Forms are located in several places at church, including the library. Your cooperation in helping us make sure every child is accounted for on our rosters 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 childcare during the service or during church events. This information is vital for child safety and program tracking/planning purposes.

BUILDING YOUR OWN THEOLOGY: A TEN WEEK EXPLORATION OF YOUR PERSONAL BELIEF SYSTEM
Most of us come from other faiths, or no faith, and have found comfort in this place we call Unitarian Universalism. We easily can tell you what we DON’T believe. Sharing what we do believe is much harder. And no one is up in the pulpit telling us what we MUST believe. Building Your Own Theology is a program developed by Rev. Richard Gilbert to “provide some tools for building a theology based on materials of individual life experiences” (from Rev. Gilbert’s preface). Each person who participates in this 10-week experience, beginning September 8 and continuing subsequent Sundays from 4-6pm, will come away with a deeper understanding of what the basis is for her or his beliefs. Each session will include a short reading to be done before the session, an opportunity to get acquainted or reconnect, a discussion of the reading, small group sessions and a closing. A final outcome of this offering will include each person developing a credo, or short description of their personal theology. To register, please call the church office, 743-8812. Brought to you by the Adult Religious Exploration Council, A-REC.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
Newsletter articles are due the 3rd Thursday of each month, next August 15 for the September “Lighted Chalice.” If you have a major “Big Rock” event coming up, please try to announce it two months in advance so the optimal number of people will be aware the schedule.

WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING SESSIONS MONTHLY AT UUC EACH 2ND TUESDAY, NEXT AUGUST 13 7:30-9PM!
Please join us for wonderful monthly structured drumming sessions facilitated by Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett of the local West African percussion ensemble circAfrique, the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:30-9:00 pm in room 101/103. Each structured drumming session, in the West African style, will include instruction and lots of drumming together. 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! Your donations to help support this event would be welcomed. Suggested donation amount: $10. Sign up by registering at http://goo.gl/2gw2I. Email Sundeep Rao or Robin Pickett with questions at info@circAfrique.com, or contact the church at uuc@uulafayette.org. Brought to you by the Adult Religious Exploration Council, A-REC.

SECURITY
There have recently been several church doors left unlocked, or otherwise open/not pulled tightly shut so the latch mechanism engages. People have been entering the building unexpectedly from the front of the church. PLEASE be sure to pull all doors tightly shut; even if a door looks as though it is locked, try the mechanism to be sure it is secured. Especially check all doors going into the Fellowship Hall, and be sure the doors onto the playground from the RE Classrooms are locked. Hex-bolt doors need to be checked as well—do not screw the inner bolt completely down or the mechanism will not lock. Try the door when finished using the hex-bolt. Thank you.

BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, AUGUST 20
Board Meetings take place each 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 pm in Conference Room 101/103, next on Tuesday, 20 August 2013. Church members are welcome to attend and are encouraged to speak with members of the Board of Trustees regarding congregational questions and concerns. Board President is Mark VanMeeter; Board President-Elect is Gale Charlotte; Immediate Past Board President is Cindy Gerlach.

PROGRAM COUNCIL
meets the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in 101/103, next Tuesday, September 3. 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, cjgerlach@gmail.com.

UU MEMBERSHIP CLASSES RESUME THIS FALL! 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, sherrytripodi@yahoo.com one week prior to class, so we have an accurate count for food and child care.

  • DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL PATH Next 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 October 13. 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 November 10. This class will cover topics such as: How did this denomination get to 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

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
The Social Justice Committee remains busy with a variety of activities. Our next meeting is Thursday, September 12, 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, tmcconville1200@comcast.net or Joan Marshall, jmarshal900@yahoo.com.

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. Our September and October recipient of C4C is 350.org, a global grassroots organization of volunteers in 188 countries that have become the largest and most influential group of climate activists in the world. These volunteers work to change policies related to climate change, with the overall goal of influencing governments to adopt policies that would lower carbon emissions. Through on line campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions, 350.org raises climate awareness among individuals and promotes behavioral changes for living more sustainably.

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 www.tinyurl.com/energizeuu, or contact Bill Welge at 765.409.3896 for assistance or further information.

ANNUAL INTEREST GROUPS
Are you new to Unitarian Universalism, or looking for some fun and interesting activities to add to your journey? Consider joining one of several UU interest groups gathering monthly—it’s a great way to meet congregants joining together in fun and fellowship! Included are two book groups (one specifically feminist fiction; the second, varied subject matter); digital photography; herbs; looking for laughs group; outdoor group; men’s and women’s night out (separate groups); quilting/fiber arts; UU movie group; and writers’ group. If you have an interest in conducting a new group, please contact Sherry Tripodi, Interim Membership Chairperson, sherrytripodi@yahoo.com. For further contact information regarding specific groups, please see the here.

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, alicepawley@gmail.com.

COMMUNICATION OVERHAUL
We have moved the church email list to Google Groups to help streamline communications from the church office. All Lighted Chalice and Meridian Bulletin 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 donor receive a Friday Meridian Bulletin (previously Update), please email Alice Pawley at alicepawley@gmail.com and copy Karin Bergman at uuc@uulafayette.org. Thank you!

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
~B. F. Skinner

We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement.
~B. F. Skinner

August Calendar

Sunday, August 11
UU ALL-CHURCH RETREAT, ROSS PARK
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (101/103)

Monday, August 12 Happy Birthday, Rev. Charlie!
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

Tuesday, August 13
5:30 PM Pastoral Care 106
7:00 PM ACLU-IN BOARD (American Civil Liberties Union, 212 2nd Tues. ea. month)
7:30 PM Drumming Circle (101/103), 2nd Tuesdays each month

Wednesday, August 14
Minister at HUUMA Meeting, Indy, 2nd Wed.
7:30 AM Taiji 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, August 15
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
5:30 PM Zazen (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)
7:30 PM UU House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

Friday, August 16
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

Saturday, August 17
8:00 AM Zen M
7:30 PM Denise Wilson CD Release Concert: “A Song the Birds Believe,” S, FH

Sunday, August 18
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)
6:00 PM Youth Advisors Meeting (Youth Room)

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