Meridian Bulletin for Sept 27, 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.

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.

Please join us as Allan Esquivel, a Cocoa farmer in Costa Rica, discusses how chocolate is produced and processed from a sustainable/organic perspective. Allan is Costa Rican. Raised near the border of Nicaragua on a small cattle ranch, he became a sort of horse whisperer after spending thousands of hours training his own horses. He wanted to plant some timber trees for retirement and in the end decided to plant a crop in the shade, which happened to be cacao. He has spent numerous years in the Lafayette area, supporting his family while his wife, Tamara, received her degrees from Purdue University. He is the father to two teenage daughters, Fia and Fatima. He loves to work on his farms in Costa Rica, where is able to be creative and inventive. His goal is to bring his chocolate to more people so they can experience the real taste of chocolate. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

The theme we will be exploring this month in Worship and Religious Exploration is The First Principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association: to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of all people. Please join us next week Sunday, October 6, as Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Respect.” While it would be wonderful if everybody loved everybody, it is impossible to enforce. We cannot monitor each other’s internal motivations. What we can enforce is respect. What are the behaviors we can employ in our family church and community that foster mutual respect? Worship Associate is Michael Lewis. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Pulpit Preparation tba. Sound Technician is Carl Seese. Fellowship Team Leader is Mark VanMeeter.


  • The over-arching 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 featured:

➢ Linus Pauling/Christine Schertz (chemistry)
Sept 29th, 1st/2nd grade, room 210
Oct 6th, 3rd grade, room 212
Oct 13th, 4th grade, room 214

➢ Richard Evans Shultes/ JJ Rode & Lisa Pantea (medicinal herbs)
Sept 29th, 3rd grade, room 212
Oct 6th, 4th grade, room 214
Oct 13, 1st/2nd grade, room 210

➢ Ralph Waldo Emerson/Susan McConville (nature meditation)
Sept 29th, 4th grade, room 214
Oct 6th, 1st/2nd grades, room 210
Oct 13th, 3rd grades, room 212

  • 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.

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,

Please plan to attend this concert, 7pm November 16, 2013 at our UU Church in support of Freedom Indiana, a statewide bipartisan coalition of businesses, faith leaders, civil rights & community organizations, and individuals united to defeat HJR-6. This proposed anti-freedom amendment duplicates existing law and would permanently ban all protections for same-sex couples and their families and remove existing protections for unmarried Hoosiers. If you are able to donate your talent to make the concert a success, please contact Rev. Charlie Davis, Unable to participate? Please share this information with family, friends, and musicians who might be willing to donate their time and talent to this worthy cause. Thank you!

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 Crow” 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, including a massive 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 UU 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 will come away with a deeper understanding of what the basis is for her or his beliefs. Each session includes 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 Room. 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 Room. 101/103 at the church—please not 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 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.
  • 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.

Hi all! We’re starting a UU running/walking interest group. We want to blend healthy movement with socializing. Our first “session” will be this Sunday at noon (after you’ve had some coffee) at the West Lafayette High School track. Bring exercise clothes to change into or come as you are. Contact Noemi Ybarra,, for further information.

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.

Football season is here—Homecoming is next 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.

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.

September-October Calendar

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 Vibrational Healing Workshop with Jason Kniola
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 (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
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
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
WEDDING: Jessica & Clayton Jewell, Riehle Plaza, Rev. Davis officiating
8:00 AM Zen M

Sunday, October 6
Feast of Hunters’ Moon Weekend
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
2:00 PM Lafayette Independent Anniversary Party
4:00 PM Building Your Own Theology (101/103)
5:00 PM Sanctuary Reserved for Shellie Johnson 5-8pm
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

Monday, October 7
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, October 8
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

“If we think of ourselves as living souls, immortal creatures, living in the midst of a Creation that is mostly mysterious, and if we see that everything we make or do cannot help but have an everlasting significance for ourselves, for others, and for the world, then we see why some religious teachers have understood work as a form of prayer…Work connects us both to Creation and to eternity.” ~Wendell Berry, b. 8.5.1934

“More than anything, this place feels familiar. I bury my hands in the hot sand and think about the embodiment of memory or, more specifically, our natural ability to carry the past in our bodies and minds. Individually, every grain of sand brushing against my hands represents a story, an experience, and a block for me to build upon for the next generation. I quietly thank this ancestor of mine for surviving the trip so that I could one day return.” ~Raquel Cepeda, “Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina”


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