Meridian Bulletin for Nov 22, 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.

Jennifer Shook, M. Ed., will discuss Meals on Wheels of Tippecanoe County, Inc., for which she is Executive Director. The Meals on Wheels mission is to deliver hot meals to those who are unable to prepare a meal for themselves—an inability organizers say is quickly growing. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

During November, worship and religious exploration will focus on the second principle of Unitarian Universalism: Justice, Equity and Compassion. For Rev. Davis, that is summarized in the word, “sharing.” On Nov. 24 Worship Leader Kat Braz will present “Sharing Our Gratitude.” During this season of Thanksgiving, members and friends of the congregation are to invited to reflect how we show gratitude for the bounty of our lives–that which inspires our minds, brings comfort to our bodies, and nourishes our spirits. Whether you sow seeds to celebrate the miracle of Mother Nature, donate volunteer hours to share your love of community, or create art and music to show appreciation for the gift of creativity–or anything else you do to show thanks–we want to hear from you! We’re looking for speakers (3-5 minutes) and musicians, so please contact worship leader Kat Braz at if you¹d like to participate. Worship Committee Chairperson is Dianna Poindexter. Choir Director and Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound Technician is Mike Marsh. Sanctuary preparation is by Michael Lewis. Fellowship Team Leaders are Randy & Lorraine Myer.

Please join us as Jim Anderson, Professor of Medical Sociology and Health Communication at Purdue, presents “Is This the End of the Golden Age of Medicine?”Recently the practice of medicine has transitioned from a system controlled by medical professionals to a largely corporate system dominated by financial and industrial interests. The Forum will examine the major reasons for the decline of the medical profession’s autonomy, its influence on American society and the resulting consequences for the practice of medicine in the U.S. Prof. Anderson teaches courses on health care organization in the U.S. and other countries and a course that covers bioethical issues. Forum co-chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.

The Theme for December is Acceptance and Encouraging Spiritual Growth. On December 1, Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “ Hanukkah Dreidels.” What does the Hanukkah game of Dreidel teach us about life? The Hebrew letters on the top stand for a phrase that remembers Hanukkah: “A great miracle happened here.” But in the playing of the game the letters stand for how the jackpot is split. What is the relationship between religion and gambling? Worship Committee Chairperson is Dianna Poindexter. Worship Associate is Janice Thiel. Choir Director and Pianist is Shellie Johnson. Sound Technician is Gary Mueller. Sanctuary preparation is by Janice Thiel. Fellowship Team Leader is Dorothy Hughes.


  • November 24th- Don’t forget! Guest at Your Table Boxes will be collected during the time for all ages portion of the service today. Preparation for the holiday pageant begins. Parents, please let your child’s guide know whether your family plans to be at church on Sunday the 15th, and whether your child will participate in the pageant.
  • December 1st- Thanksgiving break. No RE today.
  • December 8th- Help decorate the mitten tree!! The hats, mittens, and scarves we collect this year will go to MESA, a local organization that serves the migrant farm worker population in our community.  “MESA focuses on reaching families that do not receive traditional support from under-served communities.” Holiday pageant practice during RE today. There will be healthy snacks during our R.E. time so that we can do a short run-through of the pageant on the stage immediately after the service.
  • December 15th- All Ages Service- “Celebrate the Light” holiday pageant.
  • December 22nd- RE will create holiday crafts as we explore seasonal traditions this time of year.
  • December 29th- Holiday Break- NO RE today.
  • Questions? You can ALWAYS speak with a member of the R.E. council (Kathy Coder, Cheryl Fowler, Frank Arnold, Kirsten Reynolds, Beth Hoffman, Rae Schnapp) or DRE, Sheila Garrett. Email: (
  • 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.


  • WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING SESSIONS: Next held Dec 10 7:30-9:30.  Read more…
  • INTRODUCTION TO DAILY MEDITATION TECHNIQUES IV. Jason Kniola, MS, NCC, LMHC, LCAC, LMT, will present the fourth in a series of dynamic workshops teaching various daily meditation techniques Saturday, December 14 from 10am-12 Noon, UU Church Room 101/103. Come join us as we work 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. Beginners are welcome. $10 requested donation. To register contact
  • JOURNEY TO MECCA FILM, FOLLOWED BY DISCUSSION ABOUT ISLAM. A-REC will sponsor a showing of “Journey to Mecca,” a 45-minute movie about the young Ibn Battutah, the 14th century Muslim explorer. The movie will be followed by a discussion about Islam, lead by Ahmed Idrissi Alami, Director of Purdue’s Arabic Program. For more on the film, please see The movie and discussion will take place on January 22, 2014, from 6-8 pm, in room 101/103 (a.k.a. “The Forum Room”).For questions, see Beth Hoffmann (

More than $1000 was raised in support of Freedom Indiana at the recent Marriage Equality Concert held here at UU! Thank you to all the musicians, attendees, contributors, organizers and UU Social Justice for making this important endeavor successful in our attempt to keep discrimination from being legalized & written into the state constitution!

The Art Fair is just around the corner! Please join us Friday, December 13, 5-9pm, and Saturday, December 14, 10am-4pm, for affordable fine art by area artists; enjoy live music; gourmet food including delicious soups, pastries, and more! Invite your family & friends—posters and postcard size announcements were recently sent out via e-mail for distribution. Drop some cards off at your workplace; favorite places of business; dentist’s doctor’s & attorney’s office; restaurants, schools, shops, hospitals, post office, store bulletin boards—spread the word! Thanks—looking forward to seeing you there!

The Social Justice Committee remains busy with a variety of activities. 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.” Our November and December recipient of C4C is NICHES, “Northern Indiana Citizens Helping Ecosystems Survive.”  Read more…
  • Get organized against 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. Read more…

LUM CHRISTMAS JUBILEE is scheduled for December 14!  More information here.

MEMBERSHIP CLASSES: Learn about our rotating membership classes; next class is “Discovering your spiritual path” on  December 1.  Learn more here…

INTER-RELIGIOUS NETWORK (IRN) CONVERSATION CIRCLES.  Learn about twice-monthly conversation dinners, whether hosted at the UU Church or elsewhere in our community.  Read more…

PROGRAM COUNCIL next meets Dec 3 at 6:30 in 101/103.  Send items for the agenda one week in advance.  Learn more…

CHURCH INTEREST GROUPS: Get involved in our church interest groups!  They gather monthly and there are fun and interesting activities for all types of folks.  Or, start your own group! Learn more here. 

HEALING SERVICES ON HIATUS UNTIL THE NEW YEAR The members of the Healing Circle are going to take a hiatus until the new year. Many of us are taking on new endeavors and need some time to reframe and redefine our work. We appreciate the support and generosity of those who came to our monthly meetings. We will continue to be available by private appointments. Thank you,

  • Susanne McConville, Brennan Healing Science,, 765-477-0344, 765-427-8733
  • Trudi Wildfeuer, Reiki Master,, 765-490-0889, 765-474-8058
  • Alison Howard, Healing Touch,, 765-742-0015
  • Kathy Willowoode, Nutritional Consulting, Shamanic Healing,, 765-430-4406
  • Julie Windhorst, Reiki Healing Touch, private yoga instruction,, 765-491-8650

ABUNDANT HEARTS, ABUNDANT LIVING: As of November 19, we have collected 61 pledges, from approximately 30% of our membership, for a total of $156,649. Please return your pledge cards for this year’s stewardship campaign! Learn more…

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE Newsletter articles are due the 3rd Thursday of each month. If you have a major “Big Rock” event coming up, please announce it as soon as Program Council approves the event so that the optimal number of people will be aware the schedule.  Contact Karin Bergman in the UU office with information.

CHURCH ADVERTISING 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,


November 22, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
6:30 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal 6:30-10:00 pm (S)

November 23, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M
9:00 AM Lafayette Chamber Singers Rehearsal 9:00AM-1:00PM (S)

November 24, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
1:00 PM Rehearsal, Lafayette Chamber Singers,
3:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers Concert (S); Reception follows in Fellowship Hall

November 25, Monday
Karin on vacation Mondays (5)in November
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

November 26, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
6:30 PM Committee on Ministry (101/103)
6:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

November 27, Wednesday
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)

November 28, Thursday
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
7:00 PM Publicity Committee

November 29, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)

November 30, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M

December 1, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
12:00 PM UU Membership Class: Discovering Your Spiritual Path (106)
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

December 2, Monday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
1:30 PM Writers’ Group 106
6:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

December 3, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
6:00 PM Program Council (101/103)
6:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

December 4, Wednesday
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)

December 5, Thursday
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
5:40 PM Dinner @MCL
6:30 PM A-REC (101/103)
6:30 PM PFLAG (102 High School Room) First Thursdays
7:30 PM SHM (Spontaneous Hopeful Monster) House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

December 6, Friday
4PM Wedding Rehearsal: Kile Westerman and Kirsten Ruhl; E. Thiel, audio tech
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
7:00 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (101/103)

December 7, Saturday
Wedding; Kristen Ruhl and Kile Westerman
8:00 AM Zen M

December 8, Sunday
Art Fair Set Up Begins!!!
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

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation
is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John F. Kennedy

“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who
touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material,
but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. ~Carl Jung

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude,
then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” ~James Herriot


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