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Words of Support from Bloomington United

After our church was vandalized with hateful banners on January 21, we have received messages of support from individuals and congregations across the country. The following message was sent by Bloomington United.

Dear friends at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County,
We in Bloomington United wanted to reach out after the unfortunate and ugly incident recently when racist and homophobic signs were placed on your playground fence.
It was inspiring to read on your blog about the strong and supportive response of the community.
 

Bloomington United started in 1998 in response to hate literature that was being spread around Bloomington.

After the man who distributed the fliers went on a murderous rampage in 1999, we held a community vigil to heal and unite the community in memory of the young Korean student, Won Joon Yun, who was murdered on the Indiana University campus .

The vigil drew thousands of supporters, including the then Attorney General of the United States, Janet Reno.

BU distributed signs and sponsored a rally against hate. BU is a coalition of community members whose mission is to promote educational opportunities that affirm the value of all human beings, bridge the differences between people, and resist and respond nonviolently to hate activity in our community. Now, because of the rise of intolerance in our country, BU has been re-activated.
Co-chairs of BU are Rabbi Sue Silberberg, director of the Helene G. Simon HIllel Center at Indiana University; and Doug Bauder, director of LGBTQ+ Student Support Services at Indiana University.
We attach a couple of graphics which anyone may feel free to use, on social media or to print out.
Please know that we stand in solidarity with you, and all who are working on behalf of tolerance, inclusion and diversity.
Warmest regards,
Lynne

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On behalf of Bloomington United
Lynne Foster Shifriss
2033 S. Montclair Ave.
Bloomington, Indiana 47401

 

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.

UUCTC Endowment Gifts eligible for Match from LaNelle Geddes Matching Campaign

The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette received an unrestricted legacy gift from a past board member, LaNelle Geddes. LaNelle was a nurse, scientist, researcher, and educator. She earned a bachelor’s in nursing in 1957 and doctorate in biophysics in 1970, both from the University of Houston. Her career included 28 years at Purdue University, where she advocated for gender equity and moving nursing from a technical to professional status. Her pioneering initiatives included a four-year baccalaureate program and launching the Purdue Student Nurses Association, Minority Student Nursing Association, and Nursing Freshman Scholars.

When LaNelle died in 2016, she designated a generous legacy gift to The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, leaving an everlasting legacy to her home of 40 years. More about the CFGLAF.

LaNelle knew the importance of endowments in that they provide predictable and growing sources of income for our local organizations. Wouldn’t it be great to plug in an unrestricted revenue line every year that is managed by someone else and grows almost every time you budget? That’s what an endowment is designed to do; provide a stable, growing revenue stream that frees up the staff, board, and volunteers to focus on the agency’s mission!

To honor LaNelle’s generous gift, The Community Foundation board of directors has allocated $500,000 of LaNelle’s gift to provide matching funds for participating agency endowments.

Overview

  • Match eligible: 50% match for UUCTC Endowments.
  • It is on a first-come first-serve basis. When the $500,000 of matching dollars are depleted, the campaign is over.
  • The match is available only on gifts from individuals or businesses payable to CFGL designated for each organization’s endowment fund.
  • There is a cap of a $25,000 matching funds - which would be a $50,000 or more gift per household per fund. A household can make gifts to more than 1 endowment fund.
  • Cash, online gifts, and stock are accepted.
  • The CFGL match period will begin on November 28th of this year on Giving Tuesday.
  • Match period ends August 1, 2018 unless all matching dollars have been depleted prior to this date.

You can help The Unitarian Universalist Church. Designate your gift to the UUCTC endowments: Kay Asher Religious Education Endowment, Ferris-Harvey Social Justice Endowment, UUCTC Building Fund Endowment or the general UUCTC Endowment. If you have questions, please contact Julia Colby at rivermomma27@gmail.com.

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