Category Archives: from program committees

UUCT’C’s Social Justice Presents a February Food Drive

All month, we are asking you to help with our food drive to benefit Lafayette Urban Ministry's St. Johns Food Pantry. You can help by donating some of the following items: Boxed meals, canned meat, canned fruit and veggies, cereal, pancake mix, biscuit mix, peanut butter, fresh produce, toilet paper, and etc. Drop off box locations are in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall.

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More about the food pantry.

Mirrors of Privilege: Continuing the Black Lives Matter Discussion

Mirrors_of_PrivilegeUUTC is continuing our work on understanding the Black Lives Matter Movement. Join us on Sunday, August 14, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in Room 101-103 for a screening of On Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible. This is the second in the series of films from the World Trust on Race Reconciliation. It features stories from white men and women on overcoming issues of unconscious bias and entitlement, it is an powerful and unique tool in diversity work. The format is for mixing viewings parts of the film and followed by periods of reflective discussion in small groups.

Watch The Trailer:

Planning Events at UU Church

Do you want to plan an event using space at our church and wondering how to do that? The answer is, it depends:

For an all church event (social, fundraiser, spiritual, or all-church meeting), you go through Program Council. Contact the Program Council Chair (the Past President – currently Bill Welge) at least six weeks in advance of the event with all relevant information so it can be placed on the agenda. It is recommended that you attend that Program Council meeting to discuss the event so it can be approved.
• Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm in Rooms 101/103. If the event is approved, the Program Council chair will have it placed on the church calendar.
• If you can't attend Program Council, contact the Program Council Chair (Past President) with a description of the event and who will be in charge so it can be discussed and approved at Program Council.

For a single use private event, recurring use, or leasing a room, contact the Board President Elect * currently Randy Myer.

Contact information is in the monthly Lighted Chalice.

Toys and Help Needed for LUM Jubilee

LUM Jubilee is our community’s largest Christmas assistance program. Each December, LUM member churches become Jubilee Toy Shops where low-income parents select new toys and gift certificates for their children. Families also receive food for the holiday meal and various household staples. This year, The Church of the Brethren will be our host site with support from the UU and The Society of Friends. Jubilee will be on Saturday, December 12th. Beginning the middle of November, we will be asking for your help in purchasing toys for children in our host families and in volunteering on the day of Jubilee as hosts, gift wrappers, and kitchen helpers. We are working with the RE program so that our youngest UUs get to play a part in Jubilee. Please volunteer generously to help us make Jubilee Christmas a happy and memorable experience for all involved. If you are able to help, please e-mail Jada Haughey at Thank you!

Freedom Indiana–Protect GLBTQ Rights

freedomIndiana-logo Freedom Indiana is working to update Indiana's civil rights law to include protections for LGBT Hoosiers. Right now in Indiana you can still be fired for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. You can also be denied housing and public service. Help us support updating legislation by writing letters to your representatives! The church Social Justice Committee will sponsor a letter writing after service on 11/8 in the Fellowship Hall, paper, pens and envelopes provided.

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,

Aug 1: OUTfest 2015, 4 pm-midnight

Mark your calendars now for Saturday, August 1, 4:00 pm to midnight when Greater Lafayette will once again join our GLBT community in our annual pride celebration, OUTfest. The event is held in downtown Lafayette and will feature live bands, food, information, dancing, entertainment and a family area. It is always a fun-filled afternoon and evening. Our UU Social Justice Committee will host a booth as we have in past years and will need volunteers for three shifts, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and 8:00 to 10 pm. To volunteer for a shift, contact Joan Marshall ( If you aren't able to help with the booth, just plan to attend--it's a wonderful event.

-- Joan Marshall, Co Chair, Social Justice Committee, or 765-714-5287

May 16: UUC Plant and Garden Sale 9am-1pm

Plant sale is still in need of volunteers/friends of the UUC to help make this a successful community event and church fundraiser. We will have affordable perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables.

If you have plants to donate , please bring them to the church playground from Sunday, May 10- Wed., May 13. Leave plants in the playground area and Please label them. If you can volunteer we still need help on Thursday night , 6:30pm -8pm and also Friday, starting at noon- 5Pm.

On Sat, May 16 we need help at the sale, from 7:30 to 2pm, from setup to cleanup. Please come to the sale, invite friends, co-workers, family and help spread the love of gardening and beauty into our community. Volunteer sign up sheet is attached, please contact Lisa Pantea if you can help.

Volunteer sign-up sheet (docx)