Meridian Bulletin for August 30, 2013


  • Rev. Davis: Sunday morning, Tuesday-Thursday 1-7pm, or by appt.
  • DRE Sheila Garrett: Sunday morning, Monday, Tuesday 1-5 pm, or by appt.
  • Office Administrator Karin Bergman: Monday-Thursday, 9am-6pm, 4 additional; lunch hour variable.

Andrea Burniske: Girls are part of the largest youth generation in history. What does the future have in store for them? A viewpoint from 17 years of global experience. Andrea has for nearly two decades worked as head of a country office, program director, or as consultant, focusing on environmental sustainability in business development (especially with women’s economic empowerment); vulnerable populations’ participation in local government planning processes; women’s and children’s protection and empowerment (gender-based violence protection systems, child abuse protection systems, and emergency response especially with respect to gendered considerations). She has worked in Colombia, Tajikistan, Russia, Peru and Bulgaria with Institute for Sustainable Communities; Counterpart, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; Washington State University; UNICEF; Mercy Corps and Save the Children. In her most recent project, with Save the Children, Andrea was Director of the Girl Initiative for Results and Learning, a Nike Foundation-funded project, supported as well by Xerox Foundation, to build Save the Children’s capacity to focus on adolescent girls as fundamental part of all programming, and to develop new evidence to support such a focus. Andrea also served as the overall gender focal point for Save the Children Federation, Inc. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

Please join us as Reverend Daniel Charles Davis presents Working. In celebration of Labor Day Reverend Davis and others will read selections from Studs Terkel’s classic selection, Working, in which people rich and poor explain the fulfillment and challenge in their jobs. Worship Association is Janice Thiel. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Pulpit Preparation by Nina Kirkpatrick. Sound Technician is Dan Lybrook. Fellowship Team Leader is Dorothy Hughes. Potluck will be held on September 8, rather than Sunday, September 1.

Susan Benedict, Certified Kitchen Designer. “Are You Prepared to ‘Age in Place’?” Susan advised the Fellowship Hall Task Force when we gave the FH its makeover. She’s a terrific design expert. However, in recent years she has also expanded into an area called “Aging-In-Place.” She has received training and certification for this type of work. See this website for more info. Forum co- chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

Please join us for our Intergenerational Water Communion Service, led by Sheila Garrett, Director of Religious Exploration. This all ages service reconnects our community after the summer season. Bring a small amount of water representing some place you visited over the summer. We will pour it into one vessel representing the world we share. Worship Association is Reverend Daniel Charles Davis. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Pulpit Preparation by Nina Kirkpatrick. Sound Technician tba. Fellowship Team Leader tba. Potluck will be held on September 8, rather than Sunday, September 1.


Join us after service on Sept 15 to learn about opportunities, groups, committees, activities and special events at UU—information booths will be set up and people will be happy to answer questions and provide details. Free refreshments! Explore opportunities to make new friends, make a place for yourself, make a difference in your community and in the world!  More at this post. 


  • Our traditional all ages Water Communion kicks off our new church year September 8 . Child and youth religious exploration programming begins the following Sunday, September 15. More information can be found on the church website and newsletter, by emailing, or speaking with Cheryl Fowler, Kathy Coder, Frank Arnold, or DRE, Sheila Garrett.
  • There is a mandatory R.E. training for teachers, guides, and youth advisors scheduled to begin at 12:15 on September 8th. That Sunday is also our first potluck of the year, so please check in with a few friends, grab a plate if you want, and bring it with you to 101-03. This training is more specific to R.E. and the first segment will include child abuse awareness and use of the walkie talkies. Youth group advisors are excused from the second segment, which will focus more on R.E. content and volunteer roles for those working with preschool-middle school grades. Everyone else, please bring your calendars. There will be time at the end of the training for grade-level teams to get together to plot your first semester schedules. Childcare will be available for both trainings. If you are a guide or teacher this year and cannot attend the September 8th training, please let me know so we can make alternate arrangements to get the information to you.
  • The summer creation stories curriculum has been completed. For children who choose to join us for the remaining Sundays until the formal program year begins, there will continue to be a relaxed R.E. time consisting of a story short or video, art time, and playground time.
  • 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.
  • Let’s start off our church year supporting one of our own and doing something fun! Here’s the proposal: Meet at church at 2 pm on Sunday, Sept. 8 to go see Ariel Laukins in the Civic Theatre production of “Still Kicking,” . We can follow up with ice cream or a cookout or maybe an early dinner at a restaurant—that part is up to you, open and wait for your suggestions/vote. To go, Sheila needs to have both a permission slip AND current R.E. registration on file. Both were attached to a memo to youth & their families sent out by Sheila last week. Tickets are $10 for students, $18 for adults. If you want to go and make sure you sit with our group, Sheila needs to have your forms and money by this Sunday so she can buy tickets. After that, as long as we have car space you can still go, but you’ll have to get your own ticket and you may end up not sitting with the rest of our group (still need permission slip and R.E.. registration to ride with the group).

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 email or call the church office,, 743-8812. Brought to you by the Adult Religious Exploration Council, A-REC.

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.

  • 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 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, 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. Our September and October recipient of C4C is, 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, raises climate awareness among individuals and promotes behavioral changes for living more sustainably.

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 Email Sundeep Rao or Robin Pickett with questions at, or contact the church at Brought to you by the Adult Religious Exploration Council, A-REC.

CONGRATULATIONS to Lee Sullivan and Ariel Laukins, both starring in the upcoming world premiere of “Still Kicking” by Laurie Russell. The show opens at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre in Lafayette next Friday, August 30, and runs through Saturday, September 14. Read Lee’s interview at wings-still-kicking-meet-lee-sullivan.html! $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 youth age 18 and younger; to purchase tickets call 765.423.PLAY(7529) or visit UU Youth families, please see RE notice at left regarding arrangements to attend.

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.

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,

Football season is here—first Purdue game is away at Cincinnati with the Bearcats. First home game is September 7, 12:00 pm with the Indiana State Sycamores here. Each year church committees/special interest groups sign up to cover the parking on game days—funds generated during those games go to the operating budgets of the groups concerned. If RE covers a game, RE budget line receives the monies to pay for field trips, etc. So far no games are spoken for. If your group would like to cover a game, please e-mail Amanda Estes, Football Parking Coordinator at, and copy the church office, Barny Dunning will be assisting with football parking on available Saturdays. All home games are posted on the church web-site calendar. Thank you.

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, For further contact information regarding specific groups, please see 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,

September Calendar

Sunday, September 1
Last Sunday of Old Fellowship Team Rotation
Magazine Exchange (Library)
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

Monday, September 2
7:30 AM Taiji 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, September 3
5:30 PM Program Council (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

Wednesday, September 4
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” Noon Discussion (101/103)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

Thursday, September 5
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
6:30 PM PFLAG (102 High School Room) First Thursdays
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:30 PM SHM (Spontaneous Hopeful Monster) House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

Friday, September 6
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Caring Paws Service Dog Testing (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Saturday. September 7
8:00 AM Zen M

Sunday, September 8
Last Sunday of Old Fellowship Team Rotation
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE: TRADITIONAL ALL AGES WATER COMMUNION (Child and youth religious exploration programming begins the followingSunday, September 15th)
11:30 AM UU Talk and Tour following service!
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (Youth Room across from 101/103; childcare available)
12:00 PM UU Membership Class: Discovering Your Spiritual Path (106)
2:00 PM Youth Group Kick Off: Attend “Still Kicking” at Civic Theatre; permission slip and current RE registration required. $10 youth, $18 adults
4:00 PM Building Your Own Theology: Series of 10 Classes Sundays 4-6pm (101/103)


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