Meridian Bulletin for October 18, 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 Dr. James Mattern, local Chiropractor, presents “Pain Relief/Injury Prevention with Self Directed Soft Tissue Therapy.” Dr. Mattern is a current board member of the Indiana Association of Integrative Therapeutics. He has enjoyed the privilege of serving 7000 members of the Lafayette community over the last quarter century. He has a practice which emphasizes spine and extremity joint therapy and rehabilitation for patient populations ranging from the seasoned senior citizen to the élite athlete. 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 “Marriage Equality: HJR6.” While more and more states are legalizing same sex marriage, some Indiana legislators are trying to pass HJR6, a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage. What is the best way for each of us to respond morally, socially and politically? Worship Associate is Dianna Poindexter. Choir Director & Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Pulpit Preparation is by Gail Davis. Sound Technician is Noemi Ybarra. Special Music will be featured from “The Natural World” written by Michael Lewis, performed by Michael Lewis, Gail Davis, Jason & Alyssa Dufair, and Emily Larimer. Fellowship Team Leaders are Alice Pawley & Stephen Hoffmann

Please join us as Alice Pawley presents “Feminist Research in Engineering Education.” Alice L. Pawley is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering Education with affiliations with the Women’s Studies Program and Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University. She has a B.Eng. in chemical engineering (with distinction) from McGill University, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering with a Ph.D. minor in women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She runs the Research in Feminist Engineering (RIFE) group, whose diverse projects and group members are described at the website She can be contacted by email at 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 Learning to be White. Based on the book by Thandeka, a UU theologian that argues that “whiteness” is a learned response that white people need to unlearn. Like other forms of child abuse it passes from generation to generation until someone has the courage to change. Special Music by the UU Men’s Chorus will include “Calypso Alleluia” and “Every Time I Feel the Spirit.” Guest At Your Table boxes will be distributed during service. Worship Associate is Michael Lewis. Choir Director and Pianist is Shelly Johnson. Sound Technician is Chap Flack. Sanctuary preparation is by Gail Davis. Fellowship Team Leaders are Julie and Jason Rubsam.

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.

  • October 20th: Children in grades 1-4 will begin directly in rooms 101-03 at 10:30 this morning for our first Spirit Circle of the year. The youth group will be leading a brief worship and lesson about the Mexican tradition of El Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which will include a story, mask making, and quite possibly a parade through the fellowship hall during coffee. The Pre-K and 5-8 classes will meet in their regular classes.
  • October 27th: Fall Break, no R.E. classes today.
  • November 3rd: All Ages Service: Stone Soup. We will be kicking off Guest at Your Table today.

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.

The Interfaith conversation dinners are sponsored by the Inter-religious network of the Lafayette Area. They occur twice a month at various faith communities. They are led by Cem Akatay, a Turkish graduate student at Purdue. People of the Turkish community at Purdue are committed to interfaith dialogue between Muslims and other faiths. The UU church is host on Oct. 26. Delicious Turkish food will be provided. Please e-mail the office if you wish to attend,

Join us for an all church Halloween Party on Friday October 25th at 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. There will be a costume contest, haunted house, and crafts. Please bring finger food to share. We’ll have a spooky good time! For more information, please contact Linda Prokopy,

Please join us on November 4th and November 11th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary for a two part presentation of video and discussion facilitated by Lee Sullivan. In this humorous filmed monologue, which is both entertaining and thought-provoking, Julia Sweeney chronicles her search for God. What she learns leads her to new questions. In search for answers she explores Catholicism, Mormonism, meditation, Buddhism and New Age gurus. Finally she turns to the sciences and to the process of sharpening her critical thinking skills. Her honesty will surprise (and sometimes shock) you and her intense determination to seek the truth will inspire you. Brought to you by A-REC, the Adult Religious Exploration Council.

Please join us for wonderful monthly structured drumming sessions facilitated by Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett of the local West African percussion ensemble circAfrique, 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 A-REC, the Adult Religious Exploration Council.

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!

The Social Justice Committee remains busy with a variety of activities. Our next meeting is 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 pg. 5). 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 101-103 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 In-laws & 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. for more information see 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.
  • STAND DOWN November is Veterans Homeless Awareness Month, so it is fitting that the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University has organized a Stand Down in Lafayette, Indiana, to serve the needs of the area’s homeless veterans. This Stand Down is a community effort created for homeless veterans in the Lafayette area. It allows veterans to rest from the combat of homelessness and receive services and resources. If you have any time during the day on Nov 9, it is very worthwhile to stop by the Tippecanoe Fair Grounds and see how this community supports our veterans. UU Social Justice Committee is donating $330 in City Bus tokens.
  • CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND WORK OF HOWARD ZINN, PH.D. Scholars, activists and radicals from across the country will meet up Tuesday, November 5th–the 158th anniversary of Indiana born Socialist Eugene Debs—to celebrate the life and work of Howard Zinn. (Venue and Time: Matthew Hall, Room 210, Purdue University, WL campus. 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm). The event, a public ‘Read In’ of Zinn’s work, will take place at Indiana’s Purdue University, where Zinn’s work was recently the focus of attack by University President and former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Recently the Associated Press reported that as Governor in 2010 Daniels ordered his education officials to make sure Zinn’s work was not being taught in Indiana schools. Daniels called Zinn “Un-American” and a “fraud” and referred to his most popular book, a People’s History of the United States, as full of “lies on every page.” The November 5th Zinn Read-In event will be held in conjunction with campuses across Indiana and the nation. Featured individuals will include: Staughton Lynd, historian and labor activist; Anne Wright, former US diplomat and peace activist; Anthony Arnove, Writer, Film maker and co-editor with Howard Zinn, Voices of a People’s History of the United States; James Loewen, author, Lies My Teacher Told Me; and historian Alex Lichtenstein.Many major scholars, activists and organizations have signed on to endorse the event. Individuals supporting the event include, amongst others, philosopher Cornel West; UCLA historian Robin D.G. Kelley; former Assistant Education Secretary Diane Ravitch; Nation sportswriter Dave Zirin and Carl Mirra, Author, The Admirable Radical: Staughton Lynd and Cold War. Organizations lending their name to the event include The Zinn Education Project, Steering Committee of Historians Against the War, Veterans For Peace, American Friends Service Committee-Indiana Peacebuilding Program, and the Hòa Bình Việt Nam, Chapter 160: The Việt Nam Chapter of Veterans For Peace.Daniels’ attack on Zinn has galvanized faculty and students at Purdue. Already 92 faculty have signed an “open letter” criticizing Daniels for censoring Zinn. Faculty and students at Indiana University-South Bend and Indiana University in Bloomington have promised to hold solidarity events at their campuses. In addition, the Purdue event will be live-streamed and available to viewers across the nation. Haymarket Books in Chicago will help sponsor the event by making available new book titles by Zinn and Staughton and Alice Lynd’s classic oral history of the labor movement, Rank and File. Speakers at the event are also expected to link the attack on Zinn—a longtime teacher and professor at Spelman College and Boston University— to larger attacks on public higher education in the form of privatization, voucher programs and curriculum control.

    The Zinn Read In on November 5 is being co-sponsored by, amongst others, Haymarket Books, American Federation of Teachers (Indiana), Veterans For Peace Chapter 49 and Central Indiana Jobs with Justice. Please visit Facebook at for further information. Contact the organizers at for further details.

  • WOMEN’S SHELTER COLLECTION The local Women’s Shelter is running low on personal products as well as blankets and towels. If you have new bottles of shampoo for adults and children, rinses, soaps, toothpaste and toothbrushes, combs, new socks, personal products including feminine items, be sure to leave your donations in the labeled plastic bins in the Fellowship Hall. Please consider giving generously to those less fortunate than ourselves. Thank you


A Brief History: The Unitarian Universalists have been involved with the United Nations since 1946. Both the Unitarians and the Universalists were active in the League of Nations and later closely monitored the creation of the United Nations. In 1956, the Universalists and Unitarians convened the first annual UN Seminar. In 1961, the two denominations merged to form the Unitarian Universalist Association, and opened an office at the UN the following year.

Since that time, the UU-UNO has made history in promoting religious cooperation for peace, the formation of the International Criminal Court, and promoting equal human rights regardless of gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. In these three critical areas, the UU-UNO can justly say that it changed world history at the United Nations over its first 50 years.

From 1962-1970, the UU-UNO operated as an office of the UUA. From 1971-2011, it operated as an independent office in association with the UUA. Since July 2011, it operates again as an office of the UUA with both United Nations ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) and DPI/NGO (Department of Public Information/Non-Governing Organization) consultative status, which gives the UU-UNO the ability to engage with the UN in powerful and influential ways.

For more information, please see Ned Delaney (UU-UNO Envoy) after service or send an email to

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,

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.

  • 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.
  • EXPLORING MEMBERSHIP: PARTICIPATING AT UUC, WEST LAFAYETTE January 12. 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.

Program Council meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in 101/103, next on 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,

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, For further contact information regarding specific groups, please see here.

FOOTBALL SATURDAYS! 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,

Your online purchases at can now benefit the church. If you open the UUC website at and select Links from the menu you’ll see an logo. Clicking on this 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 the link on the UUC website. 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,


Friday, October 18
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
5:00 PM West Lafayette Puja Committee, Durga Puja Set-Up in Sanctuary
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Saturday, October 19
8:00 AM West Lafayette Puja Committee, Durga Puja, Private Rental (FH, 101/103, S)
8:00 AM Zen M

Sunday, October 20
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
12:00 PM Stewardship Meeting (101/103)
4:00 PM Building Your Own Theology (101/103)
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)
5:00 PM Sanctuary Reserved for Shellie Johnson 5-8pm

Monday, October 21
Karin on vacation Mondays in October (3)
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 22
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
2:00 PM Meeting: Susanne, Suzan & Karin; pre-A-REC Planning session (106)
6:30 PM Committee on Ministry (106)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

Wednesday, October 23
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 24
5:00 PM Stewardship Dinner (FH)
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Friday, October 25
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

Saturday, October 26
8:00 AM Zen M
6:00 PM IRN (Inter-Religious Network) Conversation Circle of the Abrahamic Faith Traditions: All Church Invitation, 101/103.

Sunday, October 27
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:30 AM Social Justice Committee Group Letter Writing (101/103)
4:00 PM Building Your Own Theology (101/103)

“It takes no compromise to give people their rights…
it takes no money to respect the individual.
It takes no political deal to give people freedom.
It takes no survey to remove repression.”

― Harvey Milk

“Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it.”

― Frances Wright

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent
a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition
that all men are created equal.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“The scriptures present a God who delights in genocide, rape, slavery, and the execution of nonconformists, and for millennia those writings were used to rationalize the massacre of infidels, the ownership of women, the beating of children, dominion over animals, and the persecution of heretics and homosexuals. Humanitarian reforms such as the elimination of cruel punishment, the dissemination of empathy-inducing novels, and the abolition of slavery were met with fierce opposition in their time by ecclesiastical authorities and their apologists. The elevation of parochial values to the realm of the sacred is a license to dismiss other people’s interests, and an imperative to reject the possibility of compromise.”

― Steven Pinker, from The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined


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