Meridian Bulletin for Sept 6, 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.

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.

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski presents “The City of Lafayette—What’s New for the City?” Mayor Tony Roswarski began his commitment to the City of Lafayette and community service in 1983 when he joined the Lafayette Police Department. Mayor Roswarski served over 20 years and retired at the rank of Captain. In 1999, Mayor Roswarski was elected to the Lafayette City Council for the Sixth District. In 2003, he was first elected to the office of Mayor. He is currently in his 3rd term serving his 10th year as Mayor. Along with his regular duties, Mayor Roswarski serves as the Chief Elected Official for a twelve county Workforce Development Board. In addition, the Mayor serves on the Advisory Committee for the Indiana University School of Medicine at Purdue University, the Community Advisory Committee for the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University, President of the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation, and as a Trustee and Executive Vice President for the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Medical Trust. In 2005, Mayor Roswarski was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash for his work in the Lafayette community. Most importantly, he is married to his wonderful wife, Tonya; they have four children, Brooke, Michael, Alanna and Sarah, and 4 grandchildren—and number 5 on the way. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

Please join us as Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “What is Unitarianism?” Unitarian is the term used to describe the belief that God is one. What is the history behind this term? What is the philosophical unity that holds our faith together? Worship Associate is Bill Welge. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Pulpit Preparation by Nina Kirkpatrick. Sound Technician is Gary Mueller. Fellowship Team Leader tba. Potluck will be held on today!


  • Sunday, Sept 8th: Lot’s going on today! After the water communion service, R.E. guides and youth group advisors, please grab a plate from the potluck spread and check in with your fellowship team before heading down for R.E. training in rooms 101-03. There will be time at the end to meet with your “team” to work out a schedule, so please be sure to bring your calendars. Child care will be provided.
  • Youth Group: For those who have confirmed that you are going to see Still Kicking, please make sure to bring your money ($12) and permission slips (emailed to you and posted on Facebook youth group page). Be ready to leave church by 2:00 pm- meet by the office doors. Contact Sheila if you have questions:
  • Parents: The new church year of R.E. classes starts next Sunday, September 15th. Everyone will start in the sanctuary. After Time for All Ages, guides will accompany children to 101-03 where everyone (except for youth group) will briefly meet together. From there, children will be accompanied to classes by their guides for opening activities including creating their class covenant for the year. When you pick your children up after the service, parents with children in preschool/kindergarten and middle school classes are asked to sign up and fill the slots for classroom assistant in those two classes (we will need a second adult volunteer each week).
  • 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.

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 today, 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. Registration closed; please email or call the church office,, 743-8812 if you are interested in taking a future BYOT class. 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 meets TODAY, 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

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! $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.

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,

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,

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.

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, October 1. 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 are evenly divided and disbursed to the operating budgets of all groups participating. 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.

September Calendar

Sunday, September 8
10:30 AM Service Announcement by Sherry Tripodi, Membership Chair, thanking previous fellowship team leaders and introducing new team leaders.
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE: TRADITIONAL ALL AGES WATER COMMUNION (Child and youth religious exploration programming begins the following Sunday, 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)
12:15 PM MANDATORY RE TRAINING: TEACHERS, GUIDES, YOUTH ADVISORS, 101/103 to 2PM. Childcare available.
2:00 PM Youth Group Kick Off: Attend “Still Kicking” at Civic Theatre; permission slip and current RE registration required. $12 youth, $18 adults
4:00 PM Building Your Own Theology: Series of 10 Classes Sundays 4-6pm (101/103)

Monday, September 9
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Tuesday, September 10
5:30 PM Pastoral Care 106
7:00 PM ACLU-IN BOARD (American Civil Liberties Union) (212 2nd Tues. ea. month)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)
7:30 PM Drumming Circle (101/103), 2nd Tuesdays each month

Wednesday, September 11
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
7:00 PM Choir (S)
7:00 PM Social Justice Committee Meeting (101/103) NOTE DATE CHANGE!

Thursday, September 12
5:30 PM Worship Committee (106)
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
7:00 PM Healing Service (S-Susanne McConville, Facilitator)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Friday, September 13
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Saturday, September 14
8:00 AM Zen M
10:00 AM Herb Group

Sunday, September 15
First Sunday of New Fellowship Team Rotation
OPPORTUNITY FAIR BEFORE AND AFTER SERVICE! Members and friends, please join us to find out more about what’s happening within our congregation
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE (Child and youth religious exploration programming begins)
4:00 PM Building Your Own Theology: Series of 10 Classes Sundays 4-6pm (101/103)
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (106)
7:00 PM LAPC Meeting: Syria (101/103)

Monday, September 16
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
1:30 PM Writers’ Group 106
7:00 PM Meeting (anon 106)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Tuesday, September 17
6:30 PM BOARD MEETING (3rd Tuesdays, 101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

Wednesday, September 18
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
7:00 PM Choir (S)

Thursday, September 19
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:30 PM SHM (Spontaneous Hopeful Monster) House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays


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