Meridian Bulletin for Sept 20, 2013


  • Rev. Davis: Sunday morning, Monday, 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.


This year’s Live and Silent Gaelic Themed Auction will be great fun! Doors open at 5 pm the evening of September 21, 2013; the event begins at 5:30 pm through 10 pm. Celtic music will grace the air. Traditional Irish fare is featured, including cottage pie (beef stew topped with mashed potatoes), colcannon (cabbage and potatoes), salad, soda bread, Guinness bread and rolls. Wine and beer will be available. Tickets can be purchased for $10.00 before the night of the auction and $15.00 at the door. Tickets can also be purchased online at (a small processing fee applies). Childcare will be provided–kids will be watching a movie in 101/103, so they might wish to bring a pillow or blanket to curl up with during the evening. Don’t forget to invite your family and friends! Thank you for helping to make this a fantastic auction! Many wonderful and tempting donations for the vying can be viewed in .pdf elsewhere on this website and blog! Email Julie at or call at 765-412-2967 if you wish to help volunteer for the event.


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 Sunday 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 is by Robin Poindexter. Sound Technician is Mary Foley. Fellowship Team Leader is Susanne McConville.


Betty Memmer is Director of Education and Community Outreach for Lafayette Planned Parenthood, a lifespan reproductive health care service provider. Planned Parenthood supports personal, informed choice in decisions about reproductive health matters. “We provide healthy and accurate information in an effort to educate people and offer safer sex options to individuals…this is information needed for a lifetime, not just during your teens or in the college years. Even older adults can make risky, uninformed choices. We want everyone to have the information to make healthy choices. Planned Parenthood of Lafayette provides Abortion Services, Birth Control, General Health Care, HIV Testing, LGBT Services, Men’s Health Care, Morning-After Pill (Emergency Contraception), Pregnancy Testing & Services, STD Testing, Treatment & Vaccines, Women’s Health Care ( Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.


Please join us as UU Church member Bill Welge and friends present, “What Unitarian Universalism Means to Me.” Congregants share their “Spiritual Journeys,” and describe how they came to be drawn to Unitarian Universalism. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Pulpit Preparation tba. Sound Technician is Mary Finley. Fellowship Team Leaders are Andrea and Gary Burniske.


  • 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

  • This 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).
  • 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.
  • Notice the seed collages decorating our hallways? We spent the summer looking at creation stories from various traditions. The seed collages created by are kids were created after we read a story titled The Everything Seed, written by UU minister Carole Martignacco and loosely based on a story told in the druid solstice tradition.


The Adult Religious Exploration Council is pleased to offer the third in a series of meditation workshops by Jason Kniola. Introduction to daily meditation techniques III will be held in room 101/103 from 10 am until noon on Saturday, September 28th. Beginners are welcome as we continue working with breath meditation, chanting, vibrational healing meditation and other techniques to aid in stress relief, relaxation, and helping to maintain a calm and centered mind. There is a $10 requested donation. Please reserve your spot by emailing Jason at


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.


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. With title derived from “Jim Crowe” state and local laws in the U.S. between 1876 and 1965 mandating racial segregation in all public facilities of the former Confederate south, Alexander’s book portrays a contemporary world of race-related socio-political issues, resulting in the mass incarceration of African American and Latino males. Professor Michelle Alexander will be speaking at Purdue University November 14, 101 N. Grant St. #110, 7:00 PM. Contact Theo Moll, (703)516-4898, For further information about the Book Group, contact Gale Charlotte,


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.


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 meetings are Tuesday, October 15, and Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Rm. 101/103 at the church—please note date changes! Professor Michelle Alexander will be speaking at Purdue University November 14 (see “UU Book Group” on previous page). 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 C4C recipient 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.
  • FREEDOM INDIANA is a statewide bipartisan coalition of businesses, faith leaders, civil rights and community organizations, and individuals united to defeat HJR-6, which is an anti-freedom amendment to the Indiana Constitution that would permanently ban all protections for same-sex couples and their families and remove existing protections for unmarried Hoosiers. Freedom Indiana is holding a community meeting and phone bank Sunday Sept. 22nd on campus at LILY 3410 from 5:00 to 8:30. All are welcome. For questions see Tom McConville, 427.0343,
  • HJR6, the proposed amendment to Indiana’s Constitution, would severely limit civil rights for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and is likely to cause significant problems for unmarried straight couples. HJR6 states the following: “Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized” ( The Social Justice Committee is sponsoring a church wide letter writing event to local legislators regarding HJR6 on Sunday October 27 in Room 101-03 from 11:30 to 1:00 pm—please join us.
  • The Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church is planning a screening of the movie Inlaws & Outlaws on Nov. 3rd at 3pm in Room 101/103. A discussion will follow the movie. The movie cleverly weaves together the true stories of couples and singles —both gay and straight — into a collective narrative that is as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. See for more info. The purpose of this event is to publicize the bill HJR-6, which is an anti-freedom amendment to the Indiana Constitution that would permanently ban all protections for same-sex couples and their families and remove existing protections for unmarried Hoosiers. This bill was passed by the legislature last year; it will come up again in 2014. If it passes again, it will be on the ballot in November 2014. Last May the UU Church sponsored the movie, the filmmaker and a discussion of the movie and GLBTQ issues at Sylvia’s Ballroom in Lafayette.


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 is Saturday, 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; copy the church office, Barny Dunning will be assisting with football parking on available Saturdays. All home games are posted on the church website 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.


Your online purchases at can now benefit the church. Clicking on this link right here will take you to, where your online shopping experience will be the same as usual – with one key difference. Amazon will pay the UUC a 6% commission on all purchases made in the session. You pay the same Amazon prices and use your normal Amazon account information when checking out. This program has the potential to be a significant revenue source for the church. All you need to do is remember to use this link (you can always find it by going to our website and clicking on the “Links” in the toolbar). Once you’ve navigated to Amazon from the UUC website, you may also bookmark the page in your browser for later use. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Mark VanMeeter, President, Board of Trustees,


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.


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)
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-12 Noon A-REC Quarterly Meditation Workshop With Jason Kniola! (101/103)
12:00 PM Vibrational Healing Workshop with Jason Kniola $25/or$20 for morning attendees
1:00 PM Monday Meditation Group Potluck (Fellowship Hall)

Sunday, September 29
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
4:00 PM Building Your Own Theology: Series of 10 Classes Sundays 4-6pm (101/103)
5:00 PM Sanctuary Reserved for Shellie Johnson 5-8pm

Monday, September 30
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM Committee on Ministry (106)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Tuesday, October 1
5:30 PM Program Council (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

Wednesday, October 2
Lafayette Independent Anniversary Auction Items in Upper Room This Week
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” Noon Discussion (101/103)
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop (FH)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

Thursday, October 3
Lafayette Independent Anniversary Auction Items in Upper Room This Week
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, October 4
Feast of Hunters’ Moon Weekend
Lafayette Independent Anniversary Auction Items in Upper Room This Week
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Saturday, October 5
Feast of Hunters’ Moon Weekend
Lafayette Independent Anniversary Auction Items in Upper Room This Week
WEDDING: Jessica & Clayton Jewell, Riehle Plaza, Rev. Davis officiating)
8:00 AM Zen M

“You may possess only a small light, but uncover it, let it shine, use it in order to bring more light and understanding
To the hearts and minds of men and women. Give them not Hell, but hope and courage. Do not push them deeper
into their theological despair, but preach the kindness and everlasting love of God.”
~John Murray, English Universalist Minister, 1741-1815

“When love is felt or fear is known; when holidays and holy days and such times come; when anniversaries arrive by calendar or consciousness; when seasons come–as seasons do–old and known, but somehow new; when lives are born or people die; when something sacred is sensed in soil or sky; mark the time. Respond with thought or prayer or smile or grief. Let nothing living slip between the fingers of your mind, for all of these are holy things we will not, cannot, find again.”
~Rev. Max A. Coots, Unitarian Universalist Minister, 1927-2009


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