Meridian Bulletin for October 4, 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.

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 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.

Please join us as Distinguished Purdue Professor of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Jay Melosh presents “Delving Behind the Face in the Moon: NASA’s GRAIL Mission and its Early Results.” Professor Melosh will focus on NASA’s recently completed GRAIL mission, which made precision measurements of the Moon’s gravity field, and explain how this information allows us to probe deep below its surface and reveal the structure of its interior. He will describe how GRAIL’s apparently esoteric data sets are changing our ideas on how both the Moon and Earth formed and describe why we undertook this mission, for which Melosh served as a Co-Investigator on the Science Team. He also will expand more generally on the role of exploration and discovery in Science as well as in our daily lives. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

OCTOBER 13 SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE Please join us as Worship Leader Bill Welge presents “Intelligence of the Heart.” The human heart has a network of several types of neurons, neurotransmitters, proteins and support cells, like those found in the brain. In what ways can the heart be considered an organ of perception and communication? How can imagination and consciousness-shifting help us to access the heart’s intelligence? Worship Associate is Janice Thiel. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Pulpit Preparation by Michael Lewis. Sound Technician is Jason Dufair. Women’s Choir will perform “Open My Heart.” Fellowship Team Leaders are Josh & Linda Prokopy.

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 began Sept. 29th; the following teachers and workshops featured:

o Linus Pauling& Joseph Priestly/
Christine Schertz (chemistry)
Oct 6th, 3rd grade, room 212
Oct 13th, 4th grade, room 214

o Richard Evans Shultes/ JJ Rode & Lisa Pantea (medicinal herbs)
Oct 6th, 4th grade, room 214
Oct 13, 1st/2nd grade, room 210

o Ralph Waldo Emerson/Susan McConville (nature meditation)
Oct 6th, 1st/2nd grades, room 210
Oct 13th, 3rd grades, room 212

  • From the R.E. Committee: More hands make lighter work for all! We are still looking for additional guides, particularly for our 5th -8th grade class, but other classes would also benefit from having some extra help. Please speak with DRE Sheila, Kathy Coder, or Cheryl Fowler if you think you might be interested.
  • 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 6:30 p.m. in 101/103, next Tuesday, November 5. 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 HJR6 (House Enrolled Joint Resolution No. 6) proposing an amendment to Article 1 of the Indiana Constitution concerning marriage. This proposed anti-freedom amendment 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, this coming Tuesday and each 2nd Tuesday of the 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.

We will meet from 6:30-9pm on Sunday, Nov. 17 in 101/103 to discuss 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, 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 in this 10-week experience, 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 BYOT class in early 2014; 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.

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 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 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.

We are well into football season. 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.

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,


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: 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
5:00-9PM Lafayette Independent Anniversary Party
4:00 PM Building Your Own Theology (101/103)
5:00 PM Sanctuary Reserved for Shellie Johnson 5-8pm

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 UU Drumming Circle (101/103), 2nd Tuesdays each month

Wednesday, October 9
Minister at HUUMA Meeting, Indy, 2nd Wed.
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” (101/103)
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop 2500 (Fellowship Hall)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

Thursday, October 10
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, October 11
MidAmerica Regional Youth Chaplaincy Training (101/103; All RE Rooms; FH, Kitchen)
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
Saturday, October 12
MidAmerica Regional Youth Chaplaincy Training (101/103; All RE Rooms; FH, Kitchen)
8:00 AM Zen M

Sunday, October 13
MidAmerica Regional Youth Chaplaincy Training Wrap-Up before Forum
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:30 AM UU Talk and Tour following service!
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (101/103)
12:00 PM UU Membership Class: Participating at UUC West Lafayette (106)
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 14
COLUMBUS DAY Office Closed
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Tuesday, October 15
6:30 PM BOARD MEETING (3rd Tuesdays, 101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)
7:00 PM Social Justice Committee Meeting (FH)

Wednesday, October 16
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)

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”

~Frederick Buechner, Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation

“The time is ripe for looking back over the day, the week, the year, and trying to figure out where we have come from and where we are going to, for sifting through the things we have done and the things we have left undone for a clue to who we are and who, for better or worse, we are becoming. But again and again we avoid the long thoughts….We cling to the present out of wariness of the past. And why not, after all? We get confused. We need such escape as we can find. But there is a deeper need yet, I think, and that is the need—not all the time, surely, but from time to time—to enter that still room within us all where the past lives on as a part of the present, where the dead are alive again, where we are most alive ourselves to turnings and to where our journeys have brought us. The name of the room is Remember—the room where with patience, with charity, with quietness of heart, we remember consciously to remember the lives we have lived.”

~Frederick Buechner, A Room Called Remember: Uncollected Pieces


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