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We need your input on our congregation’s needs and strengths!

Dear Members and Friends of UUCTC:

The Interim Task Force values your input. In addition to the recent Visioning weekend and Town Hall meeting, you now have another opportunity to share your views on Congregational Needs and Strengths.

You may answer the 5 questions online at http://bit.ly/UUCTC2018_needs

Hard copies of the survey will also be available on the desk by the office, and in the Narthex. A box will be provided in each area, beginning Sunday March 25th, for the collection of completed surveys. Deadline for completion is April 8th, 2018, but we appreciate quick responses greatly.

Thank you in advance for your participation in the Interim Transition process. The questions are as follows:

  • What are the strengths of this congregation? (List up to 5)
  • What are the areas of focus needed for this next ministry [the Interim Ministry of up to 2 years, not the called ministry that follows]—what needs attention, where is there conflict, what are the challenges? (List up to 5)
  • Desired strengths of your next minister. (List up to 5)
  • Current areas of momentum to be maintained. (List up to 5)
  • What current traditions or programs do you wish to maintain (List up to 5)

Thank you,

Kim Harden, Jean Herr, & Janice Kritchevsky

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: office@uuctc.org
website: www.uuctc.org

Contact: Rev. Daniel Charles Davis
765-656-6113

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

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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, suemcconville1200@gmail.com.

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, tmcconville1200@gmail.com.