Lighted Chalice Weekly for December 5, 2014

Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County

Sunday December 7

  • FORUM, 9 AM Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, Associate Professor Political Science at Purdue University, will address the perspective that Ella Baker gives us about community engagement. Valeria’s work focuses on American political institutions, legislative politics, minority representation in Congress, and minority political participation. Broadly construed, her research examines how previously marginalized groups gain inclusion in the American political system. She is author or co-author of several journal articles and book chapters, as well as an award-winning book, Countervailing Forces in African-American Political Activism, 1973-1994 (Cambridge University Press, 2006). Her current research projects examine how legislators represent the interests of racial and ethnic minorities in Congress at various stages of the legislative process.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Bodhi Day.” This day celebrates the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is part of this season of light. Amid the hustle and bustle of a greedy world craving for consumer goods, how can we find enlightenment within? Worship Associate, Dianna Poindexter. Pianist, Sarah May. Sound, Noemi Ybarra. Pulpit Preparation, Robin Poindexter. Fellowship Team: Andrea and Gary Burniske. Sharing of Joys and Concerns. POTLUCK SUNDAY.

Sunday December 14

  • FORUM, 9 AM Chris Campbell, Indiana State Licensed Audiologist since 1992, will discuss aspects of her job as an Audiologist at Lafayette ENT where she’s worked primarily with vertigo patients since 2009. Topics include hearing loss, hearing aids, cochlear implants and balance disorders. Forum is co-chaired by Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Rights and Responsibility.” Thomas Paine’s “The Rights of Man” was one of the great treatises of the age of enlightenment. It led to the passage of the US Bill of Rights on December 15, 1791. But rights come with responsibility. Having the right to vote gives one the responsibility to vote. The right to be a part of a church community gives one the responsibility to participate. Worship Associate, Dorothy Hughes. Sound, Mike Marsh. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leaders, Alice Pawley and Stephen Hoffmann.

Child and youth religious exploration

Last Sunday, the 9th-12th graders led a spirit circle on Chalica. Next Sunday, we’ll be having holiday program rehearsals and the 5th- 8th graders will go on a field trip after the potluck to buy toys for the LUM Christmas Jubilee.

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule

  • RE Guide Schedule for December 7th: Lola (sub), Beth H., Yiesul, Neil, Susannah, Andrea, Rae (sub), Jason, Julie
  • RE Guide Schedule for December 14th: Beth M., Beth H., Sarah C., Yiesul, Wendy, Neil, Susannah, Amy, Julie, Kim Important Reminders:
  • We raised $370 at the Giving Tree fundraiser and $46 for Guest At Your Table. Thanks to all who donated and volunteered!!! We are still collecting donations of toys and stocking stuffers for the Jubilee. They may be dropped off in the DRE office.
  • We are in need of RE guides, shadows, subs, workshop teachers, and other volunteers. Please let me know if you are interested. There is a sign up sheet in the fellowship hall on the RE bulletin board.
  • I update the RE website weekly at http:// regluu.wordpress.com/. Check it out and give me your feedback.
  • Materials Needed (can be dropped off in DRE office): reindeer antlers (to fit prek/k class), baby doll to represent baby Jesus, Santa hats, cat stuffed animal, potato, small garden gnome, fake beard, bells, straw basket of fruit (can be fake fruit), straw mat, ear of corn, handmade book or gift, Unity cup
  • The OWL program will be starting up in January for 7th-9th grade. Please let me know if you’d like more information.
  • Please e-mail me with any comments, questions, or suggestions at drenicolerice@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

  • December 5-6 (UU Holiday Art Fair)
  • December 7 (interested 5th-8th grade students/families meet in the UU cafeteria at 12:30 for the shopping field trip)
  • December 13 (Christmas Jubilee)
  • December 21 (holiday program)
  • January 15 (Puccini’s Night fundraiser) More information to follow.

-- Nicole Rice, Director of Religious Exploration

Congregational Meeting

Sunday December 14 after service to vote on 2015 proposed budget. Quorum of 25% full membership needed to pass vote (46 people).

Winter Solstice Service

Winter Solstice Service takes place Dec. 19, 7:00- 8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Join us for this candlelit evening of song and celebration. Walk the spiral of pines in observation of the longest evening of the year, honoring light’s awaited return. This is a family friendly event; refreshments will be provided.

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