Lighted Chalice Weekly for Feb 14, 2014

  • Sunday Forum 9:00 a.m.
  • Sunday Service & Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 a.m.
  • Nursery & Childcare Available

FEBRUARY 16 FORUM: Jeff Dukes presents Climate Change, Arctic Methane, Ecosystems & Biofuels. Jeff is the Associate Director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center and Associate Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources, Biological Sciences at Purdue University. He is the director of the Boston Area Climate Experiment, that conducts research to discover ecosystem response to climate change. Jeffery also leads the Integrated Network for Terrestrial Ecosystem Research on Feedbacks to the Atmosphere and Climate (INTERFACE) that serves as a global link to those involved in environmental change research

FEBRUARY 16 SERVICE: Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents President’s Day. The Voting Rights Act was not renewed. The Supreme Court has declared it unnecessary. In the last presidential election many states tried to restrict voting rights. Since the Supreme Court decision many states have passed restrictive laws. What are the spiritual aspects of democracy? What are we called to do? Worship Associate, Dianna Poindexter. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Prep, Robin Poindexter. Sound Technician, Dan Noland. Fellowship Team Leaders: Josh & Linda Prokopy.

FEBRUARY 23 FORUM: Beena Sebastian of the Cultural Academy for Peace (CAP), Kochi, India will be visiting the United States in mid-February at the invitation of Cultural Connections: Women Weaving Worlds, Founder, Deanna Brown. A number of women from UUC have traveled with Deanna to India over the past 3-4 years. Each trip includes extended time with Beena, the staff, women & children associated with Cultural Academy for Peace. It is wonderful to share her expertise, story and inspiration with our UU family and the community.

FEBRUARY 23 SERVICE: Our UU Youth will lead us in service this Sunday—please join us for Inherent Worth and Dignity: I am a Person. Through moving personal narratives and performances by the youth house band, this youth-led service for all ages will explore how labeling people can lead to dehumanization through acts of exclusion or oppression. Worship Associate, Kat Braz. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Preparation, Kat Braz.. Fellowship Team Leaders, Beth Misner & Barny Dunning. Sound Technician, Mary Finley.

TALK & TOUR: Talk & Tour 2nd Sundays After Service: Please join us immediately following service each 2nd Sunday, next on March 9 (Daylight Savings Day!) for “Talk and Tour.” This 15 minute guided walk through the building is designed to familiarize newcomers with our congregation and facilities. Participants do not need to sign up in advance—simply gather at the Newcomers’ Table outside the Fellowship Hall at 11:45. Thanks!

CHILD AND YOUTH RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION

  • Everyone begins in the sanctuary Sunday after time for all ages
  • Preschool will be dismissed for Spirit Play.
  • Grades K-2 will be dismissed for Workshop Rotation in room 210. Your teacher is Lola Straub. You will be working together learn more about the importance of making your voice heard and petitioning a toy company to be more inclusive.
  • Grades 3-4 will head to room 214 for Workshop Rotation. Your teacher today is Lisa Pantea, and you will be playing Apples to Apples.
  • Grades 5-8 head to your classroom for Questing Year.
  • Youth group head to room 110 to work on next week’s service.
  • Next Sunday is youth-led, and an all ages service. Everyone stays together in the sanctuary. Parents are welcome to bring preschoolers to the nursery for care during the service. There will also be extra coloring sheets and crayons available to help keep younger hands busy today.
  • Childcare: If anyone requires childcare for an event other than regular Sunday forum and services, they must contact Nursery Administrator Liz Cohen by phone or email (631-935-8229 or ecohen928@gmail.com) at least two weeks in advance. Thank you.
  • Please contact Sheila (dresheila@gmail.com) or a member of the R.E. council (Kathy Coder, Cheryl Fowler, Frank Arnold, Beth Hoffmann, Kirsten Reynolds, or Rae Schnapp) if you are interested in helping in any of these areas, or if you have something else that you would like to help out in with R.E.

ADULT RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION
A Saturday, Feb. 22nd event at UUC will bring extra visitors to Forum and Sunday service on Sunday, Feb. 23rd. The amazing organization, Cultural Connections: Women Weaving Worlds, founded and directed by Deanna Brown, invites you to experience the wisdom of Beena Sebastian, founder and chairperson of Cultural Academy for Peace, Kerala India.

Cultural Connections is instrumental in bringing Beena to the United States to share her story and vision for our world. Opportunities open to the public include:

  • Feb. 19 Film screening of “Girl Rising,” 6-8:30 pm, Lawson Hall, Purdue University
  • Feb. 22 Women Spirit Rising: An evening of storytelling and music, 6:30-8:30 pm Unitarian Universalist Church, West Lafayette
  • Feb. 23 “Being the Change: from Indian to Indiana”, 9-10 am, Unitarian Universalist Church Adult Forum, West Lafayette

Several women who have traveled to India and know Beena Sebastian will be at the Saturday retreat and have indicated that they will come on Sunday for Forum when Beena is speaking…some may stay for the service as well. (Thanks Bill Welge, for working closely with Deanna on the arrangements for Forum). Those of us from UUC (Kris Taylor, Lisa Pantea, Denise Wilson, Cheryl Fowler, Nina Kirkpatrick, me) who have been on Cultural Connection trips are all quite excited to see Beena again and for her to share her stories, wisdom and inspiration with so many others in the US. Thank you for passing this information on to others especially the Fellowship team that is “on duty” that day so they know why there may be more visitors than usual! Suzan Windnagel.

HERB INTEREST GROUP
Come join the herb interest group and fellow gardeners at Beth Misner’s house on Saturday, March 1st, at 1pm to plant seeds. Watch them grow and get excited about spring coming! Plants can be for your own garden and also for the annual UU plant sale/fundraiser in May. This will be a potluck too , so please bring dish to pass. Bring seeds from you own gardens or purchased seeds, pots, dirt. Call/email Lisa Pantea or Beth Misner if you have questions.

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
There is much to be done in the social justice arena; if you are interested in becoming involved in our activities, please join us at our next meeting–Thursday, March 13 at 7:00 pm in Room 101-103. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas, contact co-chairs Joan Marshall, jmarshal900@yahoo.com, &Tom McConville, tmcconville1200@comcast.net.

  • CONGREGATIONAL FOOD DRIVE, LUM/ST.JOHN’S FOOD PANTRY During the month of February, the Social Justice Committee will sponsor a food drive in coordination with Lafayette Urban Ministry. Please drop food items off in Fellowship Hall or office area entrance in the boxes labeled thusly. Office entrance doorway open 9-5, Monday-Thursday, Fridays variable. Thank you.
  • MINIMUM WAGE CAMPAIGN UU Social Justice will be co-sponsoring the following programs related to the Minimum Wage Campaign along with: Rebuild the Dream Coalition—Greater Lafayette Chapter; Lafayette/West Lafayette Branch 3056 of the NAACP; the Northwest Central Labor Council; Tippecanoe Building Trades and the UAW-CAP Council:
  • This Sunday, February 16, “Hard Work Deserves Fair Pay: Raise the Minimum Wage,” a panel discussion on the plight of Hoosiers. Derek Thomas, Senior Policy Analyst at the Indiana Institute for Working Families, and Joe Micon, Director of LUM, will lead discussion.
  • Sunday, March 2, 2014: R. Reich’s documentary film, “Inequality for All.” The film endeavors to show through a non-partisan perspective why extreme income inequality is such an important topic for our citizens today and for the future of America. More info at: http://www.inequalityforall.com.  All events are free and open to the public, meet from 3:00 – 5:00 pm, are co-sponsored by UU Church Social Justice Committee and will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian Street, Rms. 101/103. These events are part of the work being done by the participating groups along with other partner organizations in mobilizing to get the state of Indiana and the US Congress to raise the minimum wage. Our activities are part of labor, civil rights, women’s rights, and human rights groups around the country who believe “Hard Work Deserves Fair Pay.” For more information: targ@purdue.edu, (765) 743-0416
  • CHANGE FOR CHANGE: The theme for 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” In January & February, UU Church C-4-C will contribute funds to provide bus tokens for Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) clients.
  • WOMEN’S SHELTER COLLECTION The local Women’s Shelter is always in need of soaps, toothbrushes and tooth paste, personal items, clean socks, items for small children (baby shampoo, powder, baby lotions, children’s socks, diapers). Thank you.
  • FAMILY PROMISE A special thanks to the following UUs for volunteering at Family Promise last week: Ellen Phelps, Jason Rubsam, Don Gresham, Gabriela Weaver, Suzan Windnagel, Jean Tyner, Denise Laussade, and Laura Geiger. Mike Tripodi & Gabriela Weaver, Family Promise Co-coordinators.

PLANNED GIVING AT UUC
It is often difficult to think about planning for death, but it is one of those things that makes life easier for friends and family dealing with an emotional time. If you would like to include UUC in your will or living trust, please use our full legal name, Unitarian Universalist Church. Your attorney may find the following language helpful:

I hereby give, devise and bequeath $____________ (a dollar amount, percentage, remainder) of my estate to the Unitarian Universalist Church. Now or formerly at 333 Meridian, West Lafayette, Indiana, for its general purposes.

The IRS recognizes the Unitarian Universalist Church as a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization. Our federal tax ID number is 35-6023509.

ATTENTION AMAZON SHOPPERS…
Your online purchases at Amazon.com can now benefit the church. If you open this link to get to Amazon.com, 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 – mvanmeeter@comcast.net.

February 2014 Calendar

February 14, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson

February 15, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen Meditation Room

February 16, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
3:00 PM Panel Discussion, “Hard Work Deserves fair Pay: Raise the Minimum Wage,” (101/103)
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)

February 17, Monday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
1:30 PM Writers’ Group 101/103
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

February 18, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
6:30 PM BOARD MEETING (3rd Tuesdays, 101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

February 19, 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)

February 20, Thursday
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
7:30 PM SHM (Spontaneous Hopeful Monster) House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

February 21, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
1:00 PM Set-up for Women Spirit Rising Retreat & Evening Event
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)
February 22, Saturday
8:00 AM Cultural Connections: Women Weaving Worlds (101/103 a.m., Sanct. pm)
8:00 AM Zen Meditation Room

Sunday, February 23
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE

Monday, February 24
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
5:30 PM Strolling Singers Rehearsal (S)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

Tuesday, February 25
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
6:30 PM Committee on Ministry (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

Wednesday, February 26
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM “The Principled Group” Noon Discussion (101/103)
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop. Fellowship Hall
7:00 PM Choir (S)

Thursday, February 27
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
6:30 PM A-REC Meeting (101-103)

Friday, February 28
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)

February March 1
8:00 AM Zen M
1:00 PM Seed Planting Day at Beth Misner’s for Plant Sale!

Saturday, March 2
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
12:00 PM UU Membership Class: Discovering Your Spiritual Path
3:00 PM “Inequality for All” by Robert Reich, DVD (101/103)
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103

“I had the good fortune to be able to right an injustice that I thought was
being heaped on young people by lowering the voting age, where you had young people that were old enough to die in Vietnam but not old enough to vote for their members of Congress that sent them there.”
Birch Bayh

“Human Rights is the soul of our foreign policy,
because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.”
Jimmy Carter

“We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.”
Gary Zukav

“When the government violates the people’s rights,
insurrection is, for the people and for each portion
of the people, the most sacred of the rights
and the most indispensible of duties.”
Marquis de Lafayette

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