Daily Archives: June 29, 2014

Lighted Chalice Weekly for June 29, 2014

Welcome!

Note - this June 29 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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A month of Sunday Services

JUNE 29: “KNITTING COMMUNITY, WEAVING PROTECTION”
Worship Leader: Kirsten Reynolds
Worship Associate: Janice Thiel
Pianist: Richard Maddux
Sound: Gary Mueller
Fellowship: Cheryl Fowler
Pulpit Preparation: Dianna Poindexter

JULY 6: “STORYTELLING”
Worship Leader: Damon Lincourt
Worship Associate: Bill Welge
Pianist: Richard Maddux
Sound: Dan Noland
Pulpit Preparation: Nina Kirkpatrick
Sharing of Joys & Sorrows
POTLUCK SUNDAY
Fellowship: Randy & Lorraine Myers team, led by Noemi Ybarra; Alice Pawley & Stephen Hoffmann

JULY 13: “FREEWILL: AN ILLUSION?”
Worship Leader: Bill Welge
Worship Associate: Dianna Poindexter
Pianist: Richard Maddux
Sound: Noemi Ybarra
Fellowship: Mark VanMeeter
Pulpit Preparation: Robin Poindexter

JULY 20: ”MAN ON THE MOON”
Worship Leader: Rev. Daniel Charles Davis
Worship Associate: tbd
Pianist: Richard Maddux
Sound: Carl Seese
Fellowship: Beth Misner & Barny Dunning
Pulpit Preparation: tbd

It has been 45 years since Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. Was it really a giant leap for mankind? What have been the actual results of this endeavor?

JULY 27: “LEGACY OF PLANTS”
Worship Leader: tbd
Worship Associate: tbd
Pianist: Richard Maddux
Sound: Jason Dufair
Fellowship: Julie & Jason Rubsam
Pulpit Preparation: tbd

A month of Sunday Fora

  • JUNE 29 Dan McCain, Director, Delphi Canal Park Association: Canal Days Festival, Delphi, Indiana
  • JULY 6 Video: Elizabeth Warren and Thomas Piketty Discuss Nature, Causes Of Economic Inequality
  • JULY 13 Tetia Lee, Executive Director of TAF: Tippecanoe Arts Federation
  • JULY 20 Cheryl Fowler, Coordinator of the International Student Program & Beth Tucker, International Friendship Program Coordinator/Coordinator of Programs and Engagement, Office of International Programs at Purdue                                                        University: Area International Student Housing Programs
  • JULY 27 Jody Tishmack, founder and owner of The Soilmaker in West Lafayette: Biodiversity

From the Board President

At the end of June, we say good-bye to Sheila Garrett, our D.R.E. Being the Director of Religious Exploration is an important job in any church, for you are tasked with educating the children and youth of the congregation about their religion, and planning activities and class time to achieve just that. In any religion with a creed and one volume of beliefs that can be discussed but not debated, the job might be slightly easier. But for a Director of Religious Exploration in a Unitarian Universalist Church, the task of teaching our children must be daunting. There is no one “right” book, there are no sets of decrees to be memorized, and the list of religious traditions we draw from are enormous: Christianity, Judaism, Paganism, Muslim, Buddhism, Humanism, and on. We encourage our children to explore and decide for themselves, and I don’t know about your kids, but mine did a WHOLE LOT of exploring and questioning (and like me, they still are questioning and exploring). Add to all of this the need to keep things fresh in our rapidly changing world PLUS the request that we also guide our teens through a human sexuality curriculum, and I’m amazed that we hire only one person to do all of it.

And yet Sheila has done it, and I thank her.

A member of the Religious Education team contacted me this week, and gave me a list of some of Sheila’s accomplishments. I’m sharing it with you now. During her time with us, Sheila has:

  • Encouraged our youth to be involved in "Cons"-- both attending and hosting.
  • Sheila has begun a Spirit Play curriculum for our pre-school and kindergarten kids.
  • We now have a Workshop Rotation style of R.E. for our first-through-fourth grade children, thus accomplishing more multi-generational involvement in our R.E. program.
  • Sheila has put lot of time, effort, and energy into facilitating the involvement of some of our kids with special needs.
  • She has devoted time to discover what our congregation wants from the R.E. program.

I know there are more things we could add, and I hope if you think of something that’s missing from this brief list, you will take time to thank Sheila for it.

Yes, thank Sheila for what she has given to us.

And then, begin to think about the future of our Religious Exploration program.

In the past, our congregation has devoted many of our monetary and volunteer resources to ensure our children had a fine religious exploration experience; that was important to us. For many of us, the religious exploration program was what drew us to this church, and what kept us coming back, kids in tow, year after year.

Ask yourself if quality religious education for all our kids is still important to you? If the answer is “yes”, I encourage you to stay informed and involved as we search for a new Director of Religious Exploration . I also hope you will continue to pledge, both time and money, to keep our religious exploration programs thriving. We not only owe it to our children, we can, as a congregation, gift that to our children.

Best wishes,
Gale Charlotte, President, Board of Trustees

From the Minister

Most UUs are familiar with the 7 Principles of the UUA. Fewer are aware of the 6 Sources.

Section C 2.1 of the UUA bylaws begins with the 7 Principles then continues with the following:

  • The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:
  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
  • Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

During 2013-14 Worship and RE focused on the 7 Principles. For 2014-15 we will focus on The 6 Sources. We will explore different world philosophies and religions. The goal is that UU children and adults will be able to talk about the various influence on their spirituality. In order to choose one's own path one has to be aware of the choices.

With Gratitude and Hope,
Rev. Charlie

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.

From the Director of Religious Exploration

Hello UU members and friends! I'm so excited to begin my service as Interim Director of Religious Exploration. Shelia has worked hard to get me up to date about the ins and outs of our Religious Exploration program.

The best way to get in contact with me is via email, mille804@gmail.com. You can also call or text at 765-337-5193.

We are continuing this week with our gardening theme, but this Sunday we WILL have a Time for All Ages to celebrate the work Shelia has put into our program and to say our formal goodbye.

Two of our youth will be traveling to Beloit, Wisconsin for Leadership Training! Safe travels!

Reminder: have your children dress for outdoor, gardening activities. I look forward to meeting more of you in person! Please feel free to contact me at any time!

Michelle Miller, Interim Director of Religious Exploration

A-REC: Adult Religious Exploration

The Twenty Minute Tune-Up

This class actually began June 26; we will have another “first day of class” on Thursday, July 3! During the first 20 minutes of class Master Argos will guide you through the 16 exercises from the book, “Xing Yi Nei Gong” by Tim Cartnell. The book is recommended but not required. During the last 10 minutes of each session he will share a powerful form of a technique known as bone marrow washing, performed while standing still. This is thought to be a deterrent to arthritis. Exercise level set for seniors—all ages welcome. Call Karin at 743-8812 to register.

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.

Ongoing A-REC:

  • Monday Evening Meditation: 7-8:15 pm, Room 101/103, with Larry Hicks & Jody Tishmack; other facilitators to be arranged.
  • Taiji Qi Gong: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 7:30 am with Lisa Petersen 
  • Zen Meditation: Thursday 5:30 pm, sitting, chanting & reading; Saturday 8:00 am, with Russ Flynn

Change for Change recipients

The theme for 2014 is “Helping Our Community.”  The July recipient is Family Promise® of Greater Lafayette (FPGL). Based on the support of volunteers and host congregations, Family Promise® (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)) programs are funded by donations, grants, and fundraising opportunities. There are over 4500 congregations and 110,000 volunteers making up these Networks. Family Promise® builds programs from existing resources so they can be implemented quickly, and without major start-up costs.  All the Family Promise® Networks are successful. Our statistics show that 89% of the families who complete our program are successful in finding and maintaining permanent housing along with employment or supportive financial assistance. Others even enroll in school. FPGL has begun to touch many volunteers within our Network as they prepare to care for families in need in a loving and caring way

Women's Shelter Needs

The UU Church at all times has a bin located in the Fellowship Hall to collect items for the local Women’s Shelter.  Please consider donating new underwear for women and children (all sizes), shirts for women (all sizes), pens, hand sanitizer, small pocket memo pads.  Thank you.

Meeting of the Indiana Moral Mondays Working Group in West Lafayette

A meeting of the Indiana Moral Mondays Working Group will take place on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 5:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian Street in West Lafayette Room 101/103. An overview will be presented to attendees regarding the formation of this new effort to bring social justice to Indiana. A group of civil rights, labor, environmental, religious, women and other activists has been meeting since March in Indianapolis inspired by the North Carolina “Moral Mondays” movement. For more information on Indiana Moral Mondays see the Blog by Harry Targ, Purdue Professor; Coordinator, Committee on Peace Studies: http://heartlandradical.blogspot.com/2014/04/does-indiana-need-moral-mondays-movement.html.

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

Request for host families through 4-H international programs at Purdue

The 4-H International programs at Purdue has 20 Japanese students coming for a homestay this summer; they are still in need of families to host 8 of the young ladies (16-17 years old) arriving.The hosting time is from July 26-August 16.Host families do not need to be involved with 4-H. The only requirement is that the family have a female of about the same age in the home.  If your family would be willing to host for this Purdue program this summer, more information about the program can be found at www.four-h.purdue.edu/international.  Linda Hines, Department of Youth Development and Ag Education at Purdue will be happy to talk to any families with questions or concerns.These young students from Japan will be leaving for the US in only 5 weeks!  Anyone is interested in hosting, is encouraged to fill out the application on the website and return it to Linda Hines ASAP.Thank you in advance for your help in this matter.  Please feel free to pass along this information to other churches or organizations that might have families that would consider hosting for the program.

Linda Hines
Dept. of Youth Development and Ag Education
615 W State, West Lafayette, IN47907-2053
765-494-8433
Fax: 765-496-1152
Email: hinesls@purdue.edu

Library Project

Since George Wulff retired as church librarian some two years ago, the library has been in need of new energy.  We thank George for his diligent and careful work and hope he will be pleased to see a rebirth.

A small Library Committee of Linda (Lou) Prokopy, Sallie Cooke and Christine Schertz are beginning a project to cull, re-shelve and clean up the library.   You can continue to use the library and donate books.  Please be patient and excuse any inconvenience as this will take some time to complete.  Books recently donated will be shelved under a new system.

If you have questions or concerns, or would like to help, please call Linda Lou Prokopy at 746-6926.

Adding events and announcements to this newsletter

To submit information for inclusion on the church’s Facebook PageGoogle + pagenewsletterblog, or to have an announcement made before service, please complete this form.  If you need space at the church or want to add your event to the My Church events listing, contact Karin first at uuc@uulafayette.org.  Send feedback to Alice or Karin.  Thanks!

Events

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

July 5 Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M

July 6 Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE

July 7 Monday
Karin out of the office
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 8 Tuesday
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
1:00 PM Ongoing Buddhist Book Discussion (101/103)
5:30 PM Pastoral Care 102
6:00 PM RE Council (Youth Room)
6:30 PM BOARD MEETING (2nd Tuesdays, 101/103)
7:00 PM ACLU-IN BOARD (American Civil Liberties Union) (212 2nd Tues. ea. month)
7:30 PM Drumming Circle (101/103) will meet JULY 14 this month!

July 9 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)
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop 2500 (Fellowship Hall)
6:00 PM Meeting (anon.), 101/103

July 10 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 Worship Committee (106)
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)7:00 PM Social Justice Committee Meeting (104)

July 11 Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)

July 12 Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M

Your work is to discover your work
and then with all your heart to
give yourself to it.
~Buddha

If you follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that
you ought to be living is the one
you are living. Wherever you are—
if you are following your bliss,
you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.
~Joseph Campbell,
American Mythologist,
Writer, and Lecturer