Daily Archives: June 22, 2014

Lighted Chalice Weekly for June 22, 2014

Welcome!

Note - this June 22 newsletter is being posted post hoc.
Sunday Forum 9:00 a.m.; Sunday Service & Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 a.m.
Nursery & Childcare Available.

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Sunday June 22 Forum and Service

FORUM, 9 AM Please join us as Dr. Rocky Killion, Ph.D., Superintendent of the West Lafayette Community School Corporation, presents “Education by Humiliation.” Education by Humiliation Summary by Dr. Killion: A federal education policy agenda that leverages equitable resources and invests strategically in high-quality teaching would support real accountability--that is, accountability to children and parents for providing the conditions under which students can be expected to acquire the skills they need to succeed. Merely adopting tests and punishments will not create genuine accountability. In fact, adopting punitive sanctions without investments increases the likelihood that the most vulnerable students will be more severely victimized by a system not organized to support their learning. As Strauss points out in her article, the current government system of legislators handing down unproven education requirements to public schools without any accountability on their part is nothing more than “education by humiliation.” In addition to a doctorate from Purdue University, Rocky Killion holds an M.M.E. from the College Conservatory of Music, The University of Cincinnati, Ohio; a B.S. in Music Education from Southwest Missouri State University; and a B.A. in Sacred Music from Central Bible College of Springfield, Missouri.

SERVICE, 10:30 AM Worship Chairperson Dianna Poindexter presents “The UU First Principle Project.” The First Principle Project proposes to expand our first principle from the Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person to the Inherent Worth and Dignity of All Beings. What would this mean in practice and spirit? Congregational Response will be welcomed. Special Music by Spontaneous Hopeful Monster. Worship Associate, Michael Lewis. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sound Technician, Mike Marsh. Sanctuary Preparation, Robin Poindexter. Fellowship Team Leader, Susanne McConville.

Sunday June 29 Forum and Service

FORUM, 9 AM Please join us as Dan McCain presents a program about the Canal Days Festival, Delphi, Indiana. Take a ride back in history at the Wabash & Erie Canal Park in west central Indiana. You'll catch a unique glimpse of life in the era when our young nation's waterways were developed to improve the transportation system and help bring us together. At that time, canal boats carried people and goods across the country more swiftly than they'd been able to travel before.  Forum Co-Chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville, and Bill Welge.

SERVICE, 10:30 AM  Please join us as Worship Leader Kirsten Reynolds presents “Knitting Community, Weaving Protection.” Worship Associate, Janice Thiel. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sound Technician, Gary Mueller. Sanctuary Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leader, Cheryl Fowler.

 Religious education for children and youth

This Sunday, R.E. will be taking a walk around the neighborhood and nearby Purdue campus to check out June berry trees and other examples of edible landscaping.If it rains, we will stay inside and work on making signs to identify the plants in our garden and around the church.As always, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately in clothes it's okay to get a little dirty.

Sunday, June 22 immediately after church: there will be a Spirit Play basket making party in 101-103.  If you have good scissors appropriate for cutting fabric, please bring them along.We are still collecting baskets (We need LOTS of them!), small, good quality figures (animals, people, , trees, objects), religious objects In the coming weeks, please be looking for R.E. registration forms and get them completed asap! really makes a difference to have them when trying to plan.R.E council members for next year are:  Rae Schnapp, Elizabeth Hoffmann, Kirsten Reynolds, Andrea Burniske, and Neil Schmitzer-Torbert. one of them contacts you to help out, please consider it.I think most adults find working with our kiddos a surprisingly meaningful endeavor and spiritual practice for themselves.

-- Sheila Garrett, DRE.

A-REC: Adult Religious Exploration

The Twenty Minute Tune-Up

Taoist Immortal Internal Exercise 6 Week Class taught by Master Jason Argos. Begins Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 11;15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., UUC Room 101/103. $48 for 6 classes, to be paid at first class. Exercise level set for seniors; all ages welcome. During the first 20 minutes Master Argos will guide you through 16 exercises from the book, “Xing Yi Nei Gong” by Tim Cartmell (book is recommended but not required). During the last 10 minutes of each session Jason will share a powerful form of a technique known as bone marrow washing which is performed while standing still; this is thought to deter arthritis. As you become familiar with the 16 movements Jason will share more Nei Gong from his decades of Xing Yi study. Xing Yi and bone marrow washing, brought to China by Bodhidharma, has been passed down from ancient times. Possible benefits of this practice include:

    • Improved kidney function
    • Removes toxins and increases bone mineral density
    • Eases arthritis symptoms
    • Improved cardiopulmonary fitness
    • Normalizes blood pressure
    • Deeper, more restorative sleep
    • Maximizes digestion, reduces appetite, reduces waistline
    • Improves balance and reduction of falls
    • Improves immunity
    • Builds core strength and speeds recovery time
    • Improves whole body-mind coordination

Drumming sessions

Drumming sessions in the West African style facilitated by Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett of circAfrique! The next regular A-REC session will meet Monday, July 14 at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary (rather than the usual 2nd Tuesday of the month). Please note this date change—bring your drum, bells, shakers, and other percussive instruments. $10 donation is requested per session. RSVP & details: http://goo.gl/2gw2I or information email info@circafrique.com or call Suzan Windnagel, 765-714-6173 or via Facebook pages for UUC or CircAfrique! In addition…

Monday Meditation

Have you wondered what it might be like to meditate with a group? Here's an easy way to test the waters - come and give it a try with the friendly group that gathers on Monday nights at 7 pm in room 101/103. Monday Meditation is sponsored by the Adult Religious Exploration Council. You'll find more information on the Monday Meditation Facebook page and also at http://www.meetup.com/west-lafayette-Buddhist-study/. Contact person is Janice Schuster, jrschust@gmail.com.

A-REC Book Discussion Group: "You Can't Put God in a Box: Thoughtful Spirituality in a Rational Age."

When: Thursday, June 26, 2014@:30 -7:30 PM.Come discuss Can't put God in a Box: Thoughtful Spirituality in a Rational Age, Kelly Besecke. This book explores the theological thinking of educated spiritual seekers and religious liberals, and shows how many of them have come up with a unique way of addressing the "modern problem of meaninglessness." do you think? You don't have to have read the book, but if you'd like to purchase it, we are taking orders and will order the book for you -- $20 including shipping. In addition, the author will be speaking at our church in the Fall for another A-REC activity; this would be an opportunity to discuss the book before her visit.

Change for Change recipients

The theme for 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” The May/June C4Crecipient is Home with Hope. The Home With Hope is the only facility of its kind in the Lafayette area that provides a continuum of care, often following primary treatment or detox for alcoholism and other drug addictions, for men and women age 18 and older. “We help our clients learn how to live their lives as acceptable members of their communities, free from addiction and substance abuse, by providing an environment conducive to recovery.  We provide strict monitoring and structure, case management, random drug and alcohol screening, and the opportunity to seek employment and work in the community.  Further, we require daily 12-step meeting attendance, acquiring a 12-step sponsor and ‘home group’ within their first 30 days of residency, as well as daily accountability.”

Membership

The Membership Committee has a mission of nurturing and supporting members through all stages of their membership journey. The Committee meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM. For questions about the committee, please contact Sallie Cooke, salliec@frontier.com.

The 2014 Member Directory will be available in print copy. The printing cost is $3.00 so donations will be most welcome to help defray the expense to produce the directory. Rosemary Leary continues to donate countless hours to photograph individuals and families and to compile the print copies. The directory may also be viewed online.

Josh Prokopy writes biographies of members for the Membership bulletin board and for publication in the newsletter. All biographies are archived in a notebook in the library.

We hope you will use the member directory and the member biographies to get to know the people in this wonderful UU community.

-- Sallie Cooke, Membership Chairperson, sallie@frontier.com

Photo directories

We have recently printed another edition of our UUC picture directory.you would like your picture added or updated, contact Rosemary Leary at 463-4246 or rleary207@aol.com. We will be taking pictures at church on Sunday mornings, or you can send her a jpeg format digital picture that you would like to have us use.

Spirit Play Item Donation Needed!

We are gathering items for our Spirit Play classroom. Please take a look through your home and see if you could spare some of the items we will need. Donations are being accepted now in the preschool room. hope to be able to schedule a Spirit Play work party day sometime very soon.

**Spiritual Play/Story Basket Creation**

  • wooden figures representing people, animals, and objects
  • greenery (trees, plants)
  • small (under 6") high quality stuffed animals/finger puppets (especially realistic ones)
  • high quality sets of blocks (natural color: architectural blocks especially sought)
  • other sacred objects or models of sacred places (singing bowls, Buddha statues, Stonehenge models, Zen sand gardens, finger labyrinths, etc.)
  • Child-sized clothing from world cultures and religions
  • high quality items relating to religious holidays (i.e. creche sets)

Household items

  • 3-5 foot wooden bookcases
  • child-sized wooden table seating 2-4 kids
  • carpet sweeper
  • child-sized brooms, dustpans, and dusters
  • working ipods/docking stations
  • CD players and headphones
  • CDs of spiritual/reflective music or music of world cultures and religions
  • baskets (all sizes, without overarching handles)
  • attractive trays (all sizes)
  • attractive small cups, bowls, and pitchers
  • wooden boxes
  • small sturdy vases

Craft items

World religions rubber stamps (cross, Star of David, mandala, yin yang, etc.) plain child-sized smocks or aprons mandala makers mosaic tiles

Other

  • play silks or scarves
  • musical instruments

Sheila Garrett, DRE

Please support Energy Indiana!

Energizing Indiana has supported our congregation. Now our congregation can support Energizing Indiana.

There is a proposal to cut them out of the Indiana state budget. There is a comment period on Energizing Indiana that expires Monday, 6/9. This link will support Energizing Indiana so that their funding will be restored.

Energizing Indiana sponsored a program that performed many home energy audits for our members along with free high efficiency light bulbs and shower heads. Energizing Indiana paid over $1200 dollars to our church for sponsoring these audits. Energizing Indiana performed a four hour energy audit at the church building last month and delivered a 12 page report to us.

Please comment on the link to help restore support of Energizing Indiana.

With Gratitude and Hope,
Rev. Charlie

(Third week of 3 for this announcement)

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Events

June 20: UU Service Auction!

The UU Service Auction is quickly approaching. This year we are holding our Service Auction on June 20th,  6:00 pm-10:00pm. Tickets are $10 per person and will include dinner. Child care will be provided. Service Auction donation forms, which will soon be available, can be submitted to Julie Rubsam. Donation items need to be dropped off to the “Upper Room” of the Fellowship Hall by June 13th to be included in event program. Contact: Julie Rubsam, 765-412-2967, julie@rubsam.net

June 25: UU Flames softball game, 7:20, Arni Cohen Fields South #1

June 26: A-REC Book Discussion Group: "You Can't Put God in a Box: Thoughtful Spirituality in a Rational Age." 6:30 -7:30 PM. 

Come discuss Can't put God in a Box: Thoughtful Spirituality in a Rational AgeKelly Besecke. book explores the theological thinking of educated spiritual seekers and religious liberals, and shows how many of them have come up with a unique way of addressing the "modern problem of meaninglessness." do you think?  You don't have to have read the book, but if you'd like to purchase it, we are taking orders and will order the book for you -- $20 including shipping.  Books must be ordered by June 5. Please contact Janice Schuster if you would like to order a book: jrschust@gmail.com.  In addition, the author will be speaking at our church in the Fall for another A-REC activity; this would be an opportunity to discuss the book before her visit.

June 26: Membership Committee Meeting

The Membership Committee has a mission of nurturing and supporting members through all stages of their membership journey. The Committee meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM, next June 26 in Room 104. For questions about the committee, please contact Sallie Cooke, salliec@frontier.com.

July 2: UU Flames softball game, 7:20, Blessed Sacrament fields

July 8: Board meeting

Board Meetings now take place each 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 pm in Conference Room 101/103, next on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Church members are welcome to attend and are encouraged to speak with members of the Board of Trustees regarding congregational questions and concerns.

July 10: Social Justice meeting

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, July 10 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.

July 13: Talk and Tour, after service

Please join us immediately following service each 2nd Sunday for “Talk and Tour,” next on July 13. 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!

Daily Calendar for June/July

June 20, Friday

7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
5:30 PM UU SERVICE AUCTION!
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)

21, Saturday Blessed Solstice!
8:00 AM Zen M

22, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
11:15 AM Girl Scout Troop #2748 to bring brownies and punch after service in FH
12:00 PM RE Spirit Play Basket Making (101/103)

23, Monday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
7:00 PM Meeting (anon FH)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

24, Tuesday
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
1:00 PM Ongoing Buddhist Book Discussion (101/103)
6:30 PM Committee on Ministry (101/103)

25, 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)
6:00 PM Meeting (anon.), 101/103

26, Thursday
Rev. Davis on Study Leave
11:15 AM "The Twenty Minute Tune-Up" Taoist Immortal Internal Exercise based on Xing Yi Nei Gong Movements; taught by Master Jason Argos 11:15-11:45 (101/103)
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
6:00 PM Membership Committee Meeting: Sallie Cooke, Chairperson (104)
6:30 PM A-REC Book Discussion Group: "You Can't Put God in a Box: Thoughtful Spirituality in a Rational Age." Discussion Group will meet prior to author Kelly Besecke's visit in September (101/103)

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

28, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M
10:00 AM West Lafayette "Art in Bloom Garden Tour" map/direction distribution site UU front lawn

29, Sunday
Rev. Davis on vacation June 29-July 13, 2014
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
7:30 PM Lafayette Area Peace Coalition 101/103 

30, Monday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
7:00 PM Meeting (anon FH)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

July 1, Tuesday
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
1:00 PM Ongoing Buddhist Book Discussion (101/103)
1:30 PM Writers' Group 101/103
6:00 PM Program Council (101/103)

2, 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)
6:00 PM Meeting (anon.), 101/103
6:00 PM Program Council (101/103)

3, Thursday
11:15 AM "The Twenty Minute Tune-Up" Taoist Immortal Internal Exercise based on Xing Yi Nei Gong Movements; taught by Master Jason Argos 11:15-11:45 (101/103)
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
6:00 PM Finance Committee (104)
6:30 PM PFLAG meets at PRIDE Now on First Thursdays
7:30 PM SHM (Spontaneous Hopeful Monster) House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

4, Friday INDEPENDENCE DAY: OFFICE CLOSED
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
6:30 PM PRYSM (102)

5, Saturday
Rev. Davis on vacation June 30-July 13, 2014
8:00 AM Zen M

"Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture,
or kill any creature or living being.”
~Mahavira
540 BCE-468 BCE

“Inside us lies every possibility that is available to a sentient being. Every darkness, every light. It is the choices we make
that decide who or what we will be.”
~Charles de Lint, Spiritwalk

"There cannot be enduring peace, prosperity, equality and brotherhood in this world if our aims are so separate and divergent, if we do not accept that in the end we are people,
all alike, sharing the Earth among ourselves and also with other sentient beings, all of whom have an equal role and stake
in the state of this planet and its players."
~Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck