Meridian Bulletin for Sept 13, 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.

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.

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.

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. 

Cheryl Precious, Director of Development, Food Finders Food Bank: Solutions to Hunger in Mid-North Indiana. The nonprofit sector has claimed Cheryl’s heart – and over 10 years of her life (and counting). Before joining Food Finders, Cheryl held a variety of positions for small and mid-sized nonprofit organizations as a fundraising consultant, grant writer, executive director, and board member. She has recently developed a particular passion for hunger relief work, having spent three years in Urbana, IL as the Director of Marketing & Development at the Eastern Illinois Food Bank before moving to Boilermaker territory with her husband in 2012. In her role as Food Finders’ Director of Development, Cheryl is responsible for managing fundraising strategy, soliciting gifts and preparing grant proposals, and communicating the results of our work to donors and friends. She is consistently amazed at the incredible generosity of this community, and is happiest when she can help donors make truly meaningful investments in work they care about. Cheryl, her husband Brian, and their 2-year-old golden-doodle Miles are excited to be part of the Lafayette community. They are having a blast exploring their new home and are always open to tips and recommendations from townies! Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

Please join us as Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents What is Universalism? Universalism is the belief that no one will spend eternity in Hell. What is the history of this belief? How can we talk about it in the present day? Worship Associate is Dianna Poindexter. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Pulpit Preparation by Robin Poindexter. Sound Technician is Dan Noland. Fellowship Team Leader is Susanne McConville.


  • RE classes begin this week! After the time for all ages portion of the service, guides and children will proceed to rooms 101-03. Once there, guides will be introduced and children assigned to their classes. Once in their classes, this Sunday will be devoted to forming a classroom covenant, going over safety information, and making name tags for the year. Next Sunday, children will report directly to their classes after being released from time for all ages. Members of the R.E. council will be available to help guide children to the appropriate class.
  • The overarching theme this year is Unitarian Universalism. The preschool and kindergarten class will be using Montessori-based Spirit Play, 1st-4th grades workshop rotation, and 5th-8th grades Questing Year, and youth group for 9th-12th graders. Children in workshop rotation classes will learn about prominent Unitarian Universalists, workshops will be taught by members of our congregation who have an interest related to that person, and workshops will feature hands on related activities. Workshop rotation begins Sept 29th with the following teachers and workshops: Christine Schertz, Linus Pauling, chemistry; Susan McConville, Ralph Waldo Emerson, nature meditation; JJ Rode and Lisa Pantea, Richard Evans Schultes, medicinal plants.
  • On Sunday, September 22nd, there will be a fire drill (procedures were printed in the September issue of the Lighted Chalice, which can be accessed from our church website) . After the fire drill, there will be an ice cream social for the kids in the Fellowship Hall. After the service, parents are invited to join the kids and guides for informal meet and greet (outside if weather permits, in the corner near the playground windows if not).
  • Happening  Sunday, September 15th: Please stop by the RE table at Opportunity Fair. View pictures from Peace and Nature Camp and last year’s program and learn about the many and varied ways you can be involved with our great kids. There will also be information about and the opportunity to financially support our walkers participating in the Hunger Hike, which will take place after church.
  • 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.

This year’s Live and Silent Auction will take place on the evening of September 21, 2013. If you are able, please consider making a donation to this year’s auction. In previous years, there have been donations of services, handmade items, gift certificates, and lessons; just to name a few. Perhaps you have a connection to a business that could be encouraged to make a donation to our auction. Many businesses have already been contacted. You can email Julie Rubsam at to find out if a business is already on the list. If they are not on the list, she’ll send you a copy of the Business Donation Request Letter so you can reach out to them. We also have a need for volunteers to help with following up with business and church members for donations. In addition, think about helping the night of the auction to set up, help with the silent and live auctions, check out, and clean up. Please email Julie at or call at 765-412-2967 if you are able to assist us. This year’s auction is going to be great fun! Tickets can be purchased for $10.00 before the night of the auction and $15.00 the night of the auction. Order your tickets online! Tickets can be purchased online at (a small processing fee applies). Don’t forget to invite your family and friends! Thank you for helping make a fantastic auction!

Doors open at 5 pm; event begins at 5:30 pm through 10 pm.  Tickets are $15 at the door.  Childcare provided.

BOARD MEETING scheduled for Tuesday, September 17 at 6:30pm in 101/103. Church members are welcome to attend and are encouraged to speak with members of the Board of Trustees regarding congregational questions and concerns. Executive sessions, when called, are attended by board members only. Thank you.

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, 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. Please email or call the church office,, 743-8812 if you are interested in taking a future BYOT class; present class filled! 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 are held in Rm. 106; lunch provided for all classes. Child care 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.

  • EXPLORING MEMBERSHIP: PARTICIPATING AT UUC, WEST LAFAYETTE 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 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
  • DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL PATH December 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.

HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS to Lee Sullivan and Ariel Laukins, both of whom starred in the world premiere of “Still Kicking” by Laurie Russell. The show played to SELLOUT CROWDS at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre in Lafayette, and closed last night, September 14! Read Lee and Ariel’s interviews in the last issue of “The Lighted Chalice” Newsletter, and at! Next stop…The Tonys!

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, November 14, 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—Homecoming September 28. 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, sherrytripodi@yahoo.comFor further contact information regarding specific groups, please see here.

Hunger Hike is just a couple of days away: Sunday, September 15 following the UU Opportunity Fair. First and foremost, Hunger Hike is a fundraiser focused on fighting hunger. Teams, hikers and their sponsors help meet the needs of hungry families in greater Lafayette, surrounding counties and Haiti. Donations go to food programs at the Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, and St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry. Thousands of low income families depend on these programs for food security. Hunger Hike is also one of the most exciting community events of the entire year–a happening you should not miss. Although Hunger Hike starts at 2 p.m., hikers begin to gather in Riehle Plaza in downtown Lafayette as early as 12:30 p.m. The Plaza is filled with fun and informative booths. Participants may enjoy music, a free massage, face painting, snacks and games. Hikers can meet their mayors, state representatives, Purdue coaches and athletes, and a few clowns. There will even be Purdue Crew Team’s “shells” and oars on display. If you are interested in joining the UU Church Hunger Hike Team, please contact team coordinator Cheryl Fowler,

THE FIRST METHODIST FURNITURE BANK is running low on donations. The donated furniture is made available at no charge to social service agencies for their clients. Anyone with good used furniture to donate can contact the furniture bank for pickup at The furniture bank especially needs couches, mattresses and box springs, kitchen tables and dressers. More information can be found at, 765-491-1460.

September Calendar

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 (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 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)
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

Friday, September 20
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Saturday, September 21
8:00 AM Zen M
5:00 PM UU SERVICE AUCTION (Doors open 5pm, event begins 5:30 pm; F,K,Nursery,101/103, classrooms). Julie Rubsam, Chair

Sunday, September 22
Fire Drill Day
9:00 AM Forum (101/103)
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:45 AM RE Children and RE Parents Ice Cream Social (FH) following service
4:00 PM Building Your Own Theology (101/103)
5:00 PM Sanctuary Reserved for Shellie Johnson 5-8pm

Monday, September 23
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Tuesday, September 24
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

Wednesday, September 25
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” Noon Discussion (101/103)
2:00 PM Girl Scout Troop (Fellowship Hall)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

Thursday, September 26
5:30 PM A-REC Gathering at Suzan’s House
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
7:00 PM ACLU (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Friday, September 27
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Saturday, September 28
8:00 AM Zen M
10:00 AM A-REC Quarterly Meditation Workshop With Jason Kniola! (101/103)
1:00 PM Monday Meditation Group Potluck (Fellowship Hall)

The joy of heaven will begin as soon as we attain the character of heaven, and do its duties.
Theodore Parker (Transcendentalist, Unitarian, abolitionist)

Solitude itself is a way of waiting for the inaudible and invisible to make itself felt. And that is why solitude is never static and never hopeless.
May Sarton, Plant Dreaming Deep p.70
(Unitarian Universalist, writer)

We Unitarian Universalists have inherited a magnificent theological legacy. In a sweeping answer to creeds that divide the human family, Unitarianism proclaims that we spring from a common source; Universalism, that we share a common destiny.
Forrest Church, UU minister, author & theologian; 1948-2009


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