Lighted Chalice Weekly for November 16, 2014

Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County

Sunday November 16

  • FORUM, 9AM We will view the first 30 minutes of the PBS video, “The Trouble with Antibiotics.” Jody Tishmack will then lead a 30 minute discussion subsequent to the film. Forum is co- chaired by Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “The Risk of Rescuing.” When I worked as a lifeguard, I was taught to make sure I was safe before trying to rescue anyone. This lesson has applications to interpersonal relationships and the politics of war. Worship Associate, Kris Taylor. Sound, Mary Finley. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leader, Kathy Willowoode.

Sunday November 23

  • FORUM, 9 AM Aurelie Jacquet presents “Nepalese and Native American Traditional Medicine: What Can We Learn to Cure Parkinson's Disease?” Parkinson’s disease (PD) is an age-related disorder that affects five million people worldwide. Current therapies only treat symptoms and there is as of yet no cure to help brain cells to survive. The people of Nepal and Native Americans have a long tradition of herbal medicine and take advantage of the local flora to prepare medicines. In 2012, we identified 46 plants in Nepal that could be potential cures. Today, Native Americans live within a globalized culture but traditional medicine is still widely used as a health care strategy. In 2013 and 2014, we interviewed Native Americans from the Lumbee (North Carolina) and Blackfeet (Montana) tribes to learn how they use plants to treat PD-related symptoms and we overall documented more than 300 uses. Because herbal medicine is sacred and secret among people of the tribe, information about these practices are only shared after a trust relationship is established between the healer and the researcher. Aurelie is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Pharmacy, Purdue University. She graduated from a master's degree program in food science and agriculture in France.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Thankful for Mistakes.” Sometimes the best laid plans go awry; sometimes the best things happen accidentally. We never know w hen we will find a blessing in disguise. Worship Associate, Dorothy Hughes. Sound, Carl Seese. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team: tba.

Child and Youth Exploration

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Last Sunday, we discussed time and love as the greatest gifts of all. Next Sunday, we’ll learn about the importance of fairness and diversity as we explore the life of Harriet Tubman.

Connecting Resources

  • Biography of Harriet Tubman: http://www.ducksters.com/biography/women_leaders/harriet_tubman.php
  • Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story of the Underground Railroad by, Ellen Levine
  • Amazing Grace by, Mary Hoffman
  • Boundless Grace by Mary Hoffman
  • The Story of Ruby Bridges by, Robert Coles
  • Kid’s Explore America’s African-American Heritage by, Westridge Young Writer’s Workshop
  • If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad by, Ellen Levine
  • The Civil Rights Movement for Kids by, Mary C. Turck
  • Primary Sources Teaching Kit: Civil Rights by Karen Baicker

Connecting Question(s)

  • What does it mean to treat people with fairness and equality?
  • What modern leaders have qualities similar to Harriet Tubman?
  • What is the Underground Railroad and how did it play an important part in the Civil Rights movement?
  • What is diversity and why does diversity make life more interesting?
  • What are some things that all people have in common?

Making connections at home or lesson ideas

  • Read one of the books above and compare/contrast Harriet Tubman and one of the fictional or non-fictional characters.
  • Learn more about the Underground Railroad. Was it really underground? Was it really a railroad? What was its purpose? How was it similar to a real railroad?
  • Make up a skit about the life of Harriet Tubman.
  • Try one of these lessons on diversity: http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/activities-teach-diversity-children-1385.html.
  • Read the biography of Harriet Tubman and list some of her character traits. Do you see any similarities between her and yourself?
  • Make a diversity collage. Think of a symbol that could symbolize diversity and draw it.
  • How does a rainbow symbolize diversity? Create a rainbow: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Rainbow.

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule

  • RE Guide Schedule for November 16th: All students will begin in sanctuary. Guides: Beth M., Sarah C., Gracie G., Yiesul S., Wendy S-T., Susannah H-J., Andrea B., Julie R., Mark V.
  • RE Guide Schedule for November 23rd: All RE classes will meet in the fellowship hall at 10:30 for Giving Tree fundraiser set up. Guides: Lorraine M., Sherry T., Andrea B., Mark V., Josh P.

Important Reminders

  • There will be a RE work day on November 20th from 3:00-7:00. Stop by my office and help with the fundraiser, holiday program, or workshop planning.
  • We are in need of RE guides, subs, workshop teachers, and other volunteers. Please let me know if you are interested. There is a sign up sheet in the fellowship hall.
  • We are in need of help at the Giving Tree fundraiser and drivers for the shopping field trip. Please let me know if you’re interested or would like more information.
  • I am updating the http://regluu.wordpress.com/ website for RE. Check it out and give me your feedback.
  • Materials Needed: popcorn (plain and unpopped), hot chocolate packets, suckers, wrapping paper, tape, ribbon, graham crackers, tubes of icing, peanut butter, baked goods, small prizes, plastic spoons/knives, glitter pens, candy canes, assorted candy
  • We are collecting donations of gifts ($30 suggested value) and stocking stuffers ($5 suggested value) for the LUM Christmas Jubilee.
  • The OWL program will be starting up in January for 7th-9th grade. Please let me know if you’d like more information.
  • I am collecting winter holiday tradition stories for the holiday program on December 21st. Please submit your stories to Nicole Rice at drenicolerice@yahoo.com.
  • Feel free to e-mail me with any comments, questions, or suggestions at drenicolerice@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

  • November 23- (“Guest at Your Table” boxes due)
  • November 23- December 9 (Giving Tree collection)
  • November 23 (RE Giving Tree fundraiser)
  • November 30 (youth led Spirit Circle for Chalica)
  • December 5-6 (UU Holiday Art Fair)
  • December 7 (interested 5th-8th grade students/families meet in the UU cafeteria at 12:30) giving tree shopping field trip
  • December 13 (Christmas Jubilee)
  • December 21 (holiday program)

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