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Reclaiming our space

On Sunday January 28, 2018 we reclaimed the fence which had been vandalized by racist, homophobic, threatening banners the previous Sunday.  What a joy to replace this hate with such hope.  The Religious Exploration program will work with the kids to produce a permanent banner replacement.

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Stand for Love, Sing for Justice

On Sunday morning, a church member discovered racist, homophobic, and threatening banners hung on our church playground fence.

On Wednesday night, over 600 people came to our church in solidarity in response to these banners.  We had elected municipal and state officials from both sides of the aisle, police, community activists, members of diverse religious communities, and academics speak or bear witness.  We had uplifting music from Traveler's Dream and Blue Moon Rising.  Over 1000 people so far watched the Facebook Live stream of the event.  There were 4 news teams present.  People came from as far away as Columbus IN to attend.

They came to reject the message of those banners.  They came to stand for love, and sing for justice.

We had church staff and members come together to host this community.  Kitchen team, sanctuary prep, sound, safety, logistics and communication was a group effort, and our community turned out in spades.  Thank you.

I think our building has never been so full.  And our hearts are full.  We have a moment now to do something important with this energy.  What will we choose to do?

For starters, perhaps I can be so bold as to repeat the set of admonitions from Councilman Perry Brown (Lafayette District 3) said: Watch. Fight. Pray. Vote.

Enjoy some of the photos from tonight below.  And you can watch the recording of the live stream here.

(PS: if you have photos of the event you'd like to share, please upload them here! I missed the latter-half of the speakers, and all the women - unconscionable! Help me rectify my failure!)

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Press release about Wednesday’s community event

Here is our press release regarding Wednesday's community event.

PR: Community event in response to church vandalism (pdf)

Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County
333 Meridian St, West Lafayette IN 47906
ph: 765-743-8812, email:

Contact: Rev. Daniel Charles Davis


In response to the recent racist, homophobic vandalism of our church, we invite you to attend a special event:

Stand for Love, Sing for Justice

Featuring a keynote address by West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis and songs led by Denise Wilson and the Blue Moon Rising Community Choir.  Come join us for this Affirmation of Freedom.

7:30 PM Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County
333 Meridian St, West Lafayette

Reception to follow. Overflow parking available at the West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School.


Community event scheduled for Wednesday Jan 24

As many of you know already, our church was subjected to a hateful vandalism this weekend.  On Sunday morning, church member Suzan Windnagel discovered banners with racist, homophobic slurs and threats posted to our church's playground fence and called 911.  Rev. Charlie posted Suzan's photos to Facebook here.  The incident has been written about in the news media here, here, and here.

We are hosting a community response.  Here is the church's press release about the event:

"In response to the recent racist homophobic vandalism of our church, The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County invites you to a special event.Stand for Love, Sing for Justice.

Stand for Love, Sing for Justice.

Featuring a keynote address by West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis and songs led by Denise Wilson and the Blue Moon Rising Community Choir.7:30 PM Wednesday, January 24, 2018

7:30 PM Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Come join us for this Affirmation of Freedom."

The City of West Lafayette is planning a press release shortly and this information has been shared with area churches.  We have an event posted to Facebook here, and we encourage you to share it widely.  Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you Wednesday.

Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you Wednesday.

Thank you for help with Goodwill Clothing Drive!

A big thank you to all who contributed to our annual Goodwill Clothing Drive. We collected 140 bags of clothing this year, up from last year's 120. We received $890 worth of Goodwill Vouchers which will be distributed to LUM, YWCA Woman's Shelter, Cary Home for Children, and Family Promise. Please continue to save your unwanted garments for the next collection. The Social Justice Committee has decided to do a second collection in the fall. That way we can supply a steady stream of vouchers to these important social agencies.

-- Susanne McConville,

Change for Change: August/September

C4C benefit for this month is Gear Up for Success:

"Our team was formed in May of 2014 after hearing the results of the climate audit at Cumberland. The consultants from Administrator Assistance shared feedback detailing that we needed to engage in professional development with regard to children and families living in poverty. Sara Delaney was given the opportunity by principal Kim Bowers to move forward with the idea of Gearing Up for Success. The idea behind the team was to provide low-income families with direct connections to staff members in their own communities, supplies necessary for school success, and an avenue for connecting with the school. The secondary goal was to provide professional development for working with families living with limited resources."

-- Submitted by Tom McConville,

Oct 10: Meditation: Concentration and the Focused Mind

151010 Shaila_Catherine_10_October_2015_Highly regarded meditation teacher and author, Shaila Catherine, will offer a day-long meditation program for both new and experienced meditation practitioners.

Saturday, October 10th
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Room 101/103

Shaila teaches meditation internationally. She founded Insight Meditation South Bay, a Buddhist meditation center in Silicon Valley (, and Bodhi Courses (, an online Dhamma classroom. She is the author of two highly acclaimed books on concentration and insight—Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity, and Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhāna and Vipassanā. She has been practicing meditation since 1980, accumulating more than eight years of silent retreat experience, and has taught internationally since 1996. Shaila studied with masters in India, Thailand, and Nepal, and also with the founders of western meditation centers. She completed a one-year intensive meditation retreat with the focus on concentration and jhāna. Since 2006 Shaila has been practicing under the direction of Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw.

During this program, Shaila will teach participants to cultivate and deepen concentration by using the breath as the primary meditation object. Both seated and walking meditation will be practiced as relaxed, skilled and calm attention is encouraged. The teachings will nurture tranquility, introduce the blissful absorption states called jhana, and explore the vital role that concentration plays in the development of the mind.

To register, please send your check for any amount between $40 and $70* made payable to "Bodhi Retreats" to:

Janice Schuster
109 East Navajo Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47906

Please include your full name, postal address and email address. When your registration fee is received by October 8th, a catered vegetarian meal from our local Chipotle Mexican Grill will be included. Registration is also possible at the door but will not include lunch.

*The fee is on a sliding scale. Please consider offering generously within your means. Your generosity supports the teacher and her ongoing efforts to share the Buddha's teachings. We want the program to be affordable for Purdue students and folks with limited means. Please determine what you feel comfortable paying (anywhere in the $70 to $40 range). If additional scholarship assistance is needed, please contact us.

There will be a "dana" basket for voluntary donations to the teacher at the event. Dana offering is an ancient and customary practice in many Buddhist traditions. Contributing to the dana basket is optional. Many people find that offering dana to their teachers is a meaningful part of their personal practice.

Sponsored by the UUCTC Adult Religious Exploration Council and The West Lafayette Buddhism Study Group

-- Janice Schuster/Adult Religious Exploration Council ,