Lighted Chalice Weekly for Sept 7, 2014

Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County

From the Board President

Minister's musings

Religious Exploration: September

A month of Sunday Services

65TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES

SEPTEMBER 7 “Sixty-Five But Not Retiring”
Worship Leader: Rev. Daniel Charles Davis Worship Associate: Dorothy Hughes Sound: Mike Marsh Fellowship: Team Leaders Pulpit Preparation: Nina Kirkpatrick.  The Unitarian Fellowship was founded in 1949. It evolved to become the Unitarian Universalist Church. Come learn the history of our movement in the Greater Lafayette region. Members who have been with us for more than 25 years will be honored.

Also taking place 9.7.14 will be Potluck Sunday; Membership Class on UU History; and Tibetan Buddhist Monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery will be constructing a Green Tara Sand Mandala in the sanctuary beginning at 1pm.

SEPTEMBER 14 “Unitarians and Universalists”
Worship Leader: Rev. Daniel Charles Davis Worship Associate: Jan Thiel Sound: Mary Finley Fellowship:? Pulpit Preparation: Nina Kirkpatrick Fellowship: Amy French & Christine Schertz, Sharing of Joys & Sorrows. “Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.” This is the fourth UU source. Learn the Christians’ roots of these two denominations and how they came to merge in 1961.

SEPTEMBER 21: All Ages Service: “The Transforming Power of Love ”
Worship Leader: Rev. Daniel Charles Davis Worship Associate: Ellen Germann Sound: Carl Seese Fellowship: Mark VanMeeter Pulpit Preparation: Nina Kirkpatrick. In what ways has this congregation drawn from our second source and become a community of people who confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion and the transforming power of love?

SEPTEMBER 28: “The Importance of Having a UU Church in the Lafayette Area”
Worship Leader: Dianna Poindexter Sound: Jason Dufair Fellowship: Kat Braz Pulpit Preparation: Robin Poindexter. A few of the 25 year+ members who were honored earlier this month will share their thoughts.

Sunday Morning Forum for September

Sunday Morning Forum meets at 9:00 am in 101/103. Everyone is welcome! Childcare is provided. Co-chairs: Jim Anderson, Tom McConville, Bill Welge

SEPTEMBER 7: Lisa Pantea: My 24 Year Saga as an Engineer at Evonik: From Riches to Rags

SEPTEMBER 14: Harry Targ, Professor, Purdue University: United States Foreign Policy, International Crises and Militarism: Context for the Drone Victim Memorial Project

SEPTEMBER 21: Peter E. Dunn, Professor, Purdue University: Research Integrity

SEPTEMBER 28 : Jim Anderson, Irene Stephens, Ruth Ann Ferris, John Wilms: The American Disabilities Act

Why I give to UUC: Kat Braz

Photo of Kat Braz

Kat Braz

“I recently came across a card I sent to my grandparents at age 13 that read 'I am still attending mass with the family (even though I am an atheist).' I was shocked at the boldness of this statement and had no memory of writing or sending it. But I do recall questioning the church of my childhood at a young age. My commitment to atheism has wavered over the years. And I still don’t have all the answers. But I value contributing my time to sustain a faith community that encourages me to ask questions.”

~ Kat Braz

Why do you give?

Family Promise 

Our week to support Family Promise of Greater Lafayette is from Sept 7 to 14. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide service to our community. We are in need of people to cook a dinner, supervise evening activities (called hosting) or spend an overnight in case emergencies arise. Our partner church is Our Savior Lutheran Church at 300 W. Fowler, West Lafayette. Please contact Mike Tripodi at (574) 870-6379 or mtripodi@girtz.com. Thank you.

Membership Committee

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 is available in print copy. The printing cost is $3.00 so donations will be most welcome to help defray the expense of printing.  Rosemary Leary has donated countless hours to photograph individuals and families and to compile the print copies, and we thank her!

Membership class this Sunday!

UU Membership Classes meet each first Sunday on a rotating basis after service, presented by Rev. Charlie Davis and the Membership Committee. Sessions will be held in Rm. 101/103; please select your meal from the potluck and bring your food to the class. Child care will be available if requested one week in advance. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Sallie Cooke, Membership Chairperson (sallie@frontier.com) one week prior to class, so we have an accurate count for child care.

  • UU HISTORY September 7. 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.
  • EXPLORING MEMBERSHIP: PARTICIPATING AT UUC, WEST LAFAYETTE October 5. 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.
  • DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL PATH November 2. 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.

Talk and Tour: Sept 14

Please join us immediately following service each 2nd Sunday for “Talk and Tour,” next on September 14. 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!

Social Justice: meeting Sept 11

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, September 11 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.

  • CHANGE FOR CHANGE: The theme for Change for Change 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” All loose coins in the 2014 Sunday Offering will go to organizations striving to address social justice issues in this area. Our September/October C4C recipient is Food Finders Food Bank, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Food Finders is raising funds to build a Food Resource and Education Center which will include a pantry that is open evenings and weekends. In addition to the pantry a curriculum including classes on meal planning, cooking on a budget, and wise shopping will be offered. Healthy eating will be emphasized. In addition to the Food Resource and Education Center, Food Finders must expand their warehouse space so that they are able accept and process more food.The Change for Change recipient for November/ December is Health Hut. The Health Hut provides toiletries and laundry detergent to low income families and homeless in Tippecanoe County. The Health Hut is open on the 2nd and 5th Thursday of each month from 11:30-1:00 at First Baptist Church, 411 North 7th Street in Lafayette. The Health Hut provides the following items: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, shampoo, razors, deodorant, toilet paper, and laundry detergent. Sometimes we have feminine hygiene products and diapers. If you are interested in donating items to the Health Hut, please take them to First Baptist Church on the 2nd Thursday of the month between 9:00am and 1:00pm. If you would like to make a donation, please make out your check to University Church/Health Hut and mail to First Baptist Church, 411 North 7th St, Lafayette, 47901. If you have questions, please email healthhuttipp@gmail.com.
  • LAFAYETTE AREA PEACE COALITION (LAPC): The next meeting of the LAPC (co-sponsored by UU Social Justice) will take place on Sunday, 7 September, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian Street in West Lafayette Room 101/103.
  • Registration is NOW open for Hunger Hike 2014: traditional Hunger Hike 3K Walk on Sunday, September 21 & HH5K Run on Saturday, September 20.  WILL YOU be on the UU Team?  Ways to Participate—Go to www.hungerhike.org to: Donate directly to Hunger Hike 2014; Become a HH5K Run participant; Create a personal Online Fundraising Page; Join or start a Hunger Hike Team; Become a Hunger Hike 3K Walk participant.  Hunger Hike details are as follows: HH5K Run Saturday, September 20, 9 a.m. – Cumberland Park, West Lafayette.  Check-in starting at 8 a.m.. Hunger Hike 3K Walk Sunday, September 21 2 p.m. – Levee Plaza Lot, West Lafayette, check-in starting at noon.  Hunger Hike benefits Lafayette Urban Ministry’s food programs; Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haiti Ministry.  From Cheryl Fowler LUM Board Member.
  • THE GREAT MARCH FOR CLIMATE ACTION COMES TO INDIANA: The goal of the Great March for Climate Action is to change the heart and mind of the American people, our elected leaders and people across the world to act now to address the climate crisis.   On March 1, 2014, hundreds of climate patriots will set out from Los Angeles, CA, walking 3,000 miles across America to Washington, DC, inspiring action to resolve the climate crisis. This will be one of the largest coast-to-coast marches in American history. For more information check out the web site, http://climatemarch.org/.  The march arrives in our area in September. Rev Davis plans to attend the event on Monday Sept. 8 in Indianapolis and Monday Sept. 14 in Hobart. He would prefer to take 3 people with him each trip so as to reduce his carbon footprint. Please contact him at 765-414-1815 or uurevcharlie@aol.com. If there is enough interest we can form a caravan.
  •  September 7 & 8, Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, IN (MD morn / eve)
  • September 9, Christ Lutheran Church, Kokomo IN (MD eve)
  • September 11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie, IN (MD eve)
  • September 13, Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, IN (MD 2:00 - 3:30 pm)
  • September 14, Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist, Palatine IL (MD morn / eve)
  • September 14, First Unitarian Church of Hobart, IN (CB morn)
  • September 15, First Unitarian Church of Hobart, IN (MD eve)

Drone Quilt Project

Lafayette Area Peace Coalition (LAPC), Unitarian Universalist Church & Lafayette Church of the Brethren are co-sponsoring the Drone Quilt Project. Quilts from the Drone Quilt Project will be on exhibit with an opening reception held at the West Lafayette Public Library on Friday, September 5. The exhibit will continue through Friday, September 12.

The Drone Quilt Project was created to acknowledge the deaths caused by U.S. drone strikes and to memorialize the victims. As many as 948 civilian deaths in Pakistan alone, including nearly 200 children, have been reported, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Unidentified victims are remembered through words such as “Unnamed Woman” or “Beloved Grandfather.” Others are identified by name. Together, these fabric squares are sewn together by volunteers to create the quilts. There are four quilts measuring 66 in. X 66 in. that have been created by Veterans for Peace. The Drone Quilt Project is complemented by informational panels, which share information about U.S. drone policy and those it directly affects. It was first shown in Madison, WI in August 2013, and has since traveled to locations in Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Virginia, Washington DC as well as Bloomington, Martinsville and Plainfield, Indiana. “The important thing to remember is that each victim was a human being, with hopes, dreams, plans, friends and family. We hope that the Drones Quilt Project will help us remember that we are all the same–we are not worth more, and they are not worth less. We all have value,” said one of the volunteers. SPONSORS: Lafayette Area Peace Coalition, the Social Justice and Fiber Arts Committees of the Unitarian Universalist Church in West Lafayette, and the Lafayette Church of the Brethren Witness Commission. For more information: Amanda Estes: (765) 749-1039, amandamestes@gmail.com. More information about the quilts can be found at www.dronesquiltproject.wordpress.com.

The 20-min Tune-Up Continues!

Please join us for this Taoist Immortal Internal Exercise 6 Week Class taught by Master Jason Argos. The next session begins Thursday, August 28 through October 2, 2014, 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

A-REC: Adult Religious Exploration Committee

Drepung Gomang Monastery Sacred Art Tour Visit

140817 Drepung Gomang Sacred Art Tour insertVisiting Tibetan Buddhist Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India, sponsored by the Adult Religious Exploration Council and hosted by the church, will construct a Green Tara Sand Mandala on the sanctuary altar stage from Wednesday, September 3 through Wednesday September 10. The opening ceremony will be at Noon on Wednesday September 3.
“The goddess of universal compassion, Tara represents virtuous and enlightened action. It is said that her compassion for living beings is stronger than a mother's love for her children. She also brings about longevity, protects earthly travel, and guards her followers on their spiritual journey to enlightenment.

Green Tara (Sanskrit: Syamatara; Tibetan: Sgrol-ljang), filled with youthful vigor, is a goddess of activity. She is the fiercer form of Tara, but is still a savior-goddess of compassion. She is the consort of Avalokiteshvara and considered by some to be the original Tara. Like Avalokiteshvara, the Green Tara is believed to be an emanation of the "self-born" Buddha Amitabha, and an image of Amitabha is sometimes depicted in Tara's headdress.”

You are invited to come and observe the Mandala Construction in the sanctuary during the following times:

  • Wed Sept 3 12-4pm
  • Thur Sept 4 10am-4pm
  • Fri Sept 5 10am-4pm
  • Sat Sept 6 1-4pm
  • Sun Sept 7 1-4 pm
  • Mon Sept 8 10am-4pm
  • Tues Sept 9 10am-4pm
  • Wed Sept 10 10am-4pm

The Deconstruction Ceremony will begin at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 10 in the sanctuary. A walk to the Pedestrian Bridge for Dispersal of the sand will follow.

Monday Meditation Program with Tibetan Buddhist Monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery

On September 8th, the Monday Meditation group will be pleased and privileged to welcome the visiting monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery. The monks have been invited to share a Buddhist teaching, chanting, and meditation with us. The program will be free of charge, but attendees are invited to donate to help support the monks' monastery which is located in India (in exile from Tibet) and is home to over 2,000 monks. Please contact Janice Schuster @ jrschust@gmail if you have questions. The program will be on Monday, September 8, from 7 pm to 9 pm in the sanctuary.

Drumming and Dance Workshops

  • DRUMMING SESSIONS in the West African style facilitated by Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett of circAfrique! The next regular A-REC Drumming Session will meet Monday, August 18 at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary Please note this date change— beginning in September, Drumming will meet on 2nd Mondays at 7:30. 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!
  • Cost is $15 per workshop.  Register at circAfrique.com.

Cost is $15 per workshop, or $25 for both Register at circAfrique.com

"You Can't Put God in a Box: Thoughtful Spirituality in a Rational Age." Sunday Sept 28, 12:30 pm, Rm 101/103“

Please join us for this discussion by Kelly Besecke, author of “You Can’t Put God in a Box.” With the loss of religious certainty which prevailed in pre-modern times, some people embraced religious fundamentalism and others shunned religion altogether.  This book focuses on those spiritual seekers who found a “middle way” which draws equally on religious traditions and traditions of reason. They prefer metaphor to literalism and spiritual experience to doctrinal belief.

Greater Lafayette Area Inter-Religious Network 2014-2015 Conversation Circles

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County will once again host Inter-Religious Network (IRN) Conversation Circles for the 2014-2015 Calendar year on Saturday evenings.

October 18, 2014, 7pm, 101/103

January 24, 2015, 6pm, 101/103

April 11, 2015, 7pm, 101/103

6pm events will include a full meal, typically Turkish cuisine. 7pm events will be less formal on the meal and we'll have pizza. UU Members and Friends are encouraged to attend and participate.  UU will  provide the table service; everything else will be brought in.  Questions, can be directed to Rev. Charlie Davis, uurevcharlie@aol.com.  These dinners will also take place at
Congress St. UMC; 2010 Congress St.; Lafayette, IN 47905; Rev. Clarinda Crawford. Use west parking lot and doors, go down the stairs.  (Last of three weeks for announcement.)

Building your own Theology: 8 weeks of sessions

Begins September 21, 2014, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Register with Ellen Germann, ecgermann@earthlink.net (preferred) or call (520) 245-0182.

Join us for this exciting and thought-provoking course based on the work of Richard Gilbert and facilitated by Ellen Germann. Focused on the assumption that everyone is their own theologian, this classic Unitarian Universalist adult education program invites participants to develop their personal credos, the fundamental religious beliefs, values and convictions that inform and direct the living of their lives. Purchase the BYOT workbook for $20 or borrow a copy. Location is Room 101/103 at UUC. Limited to 12 participants so register soon!

New email address for Karin Bergman, Office Administrator

As part of our communications overhaul, we have got a new email address for the church office administrator, Karin Bergman.  The new address is office@uuctc.org.  The old email will still work for now, but the new address allows Karin to check email from places other than her work computer.  Please update your address books!  (Second of 3 weeks for announcement.)

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 (this is an updated form, so it might look a little different if you had used the old Google 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!

Alice has also decided to try leaving off the additional regular weekly events usually listed in the order of service bulletin.  Let her know if this bothers or disrupts you in some way; thank you.