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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

UU Coffee House Concert Featuring Sharon McKnight with Guest Musicians

The next UU Coffee House concert will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Our very own Sharon McKnight with some of Lafayette's best musicians will share their amazing vocal and instrumental talents for a fun Saturday night of music! The Shar'n-Share-Alike Choir will be featured, and a mix of genres guarantee fun music for everyone. Please join us for this fun evening of music and celebration of the arrival of Spring. Free coffee and tasty nibbles will be provided! Doors open at 7:00 p.m, and the show will start at 7:30.

A $10 suggested donation can made at the door.

Goodwill Clothing Drive

Our spring clothing drive will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 10am to 2pm. We will be collecting used clothing which we donate to Goodwill Industries in return for cash vouchers which are then donated to LUM or other service organizations. Please use13 gallon plastic bags, or an equivalent size for ease of handling. No shoes, belts, or household items, please. Early donations can be left in the upper room of the Fellowship Hall.

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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