Category Archives: social justice

Fall Goodwill Clothing Drive

Ready to clean out your closet? UUCTC's Fall Goodwill Clothing Drive will be held on November 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

All of the clothing collected will be turned into vouchers for purchasing items from Goodwill. All vouchers are donated to Lafayette Urban Ministries. Be sure to use the white 13-gall kitchen bags or similar size. No shoes, belts, or household goods. Early donations can be left in the Upper Room of the Fellowship Hall. Thanks.

Questions: Susanne McConville,
Social Justice Committee:

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.

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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.

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

June 6: UU Goodwill Clothing Drive 10am-2pm

Saturday, June 6, 2015 is the day we will be collecting clothing for the anual Goodwill Clothing Drive.

For every bag of clothing we donate to Goodwill, we will receive a $5 voucher. We then distribute the vouchers to Lum, YWCA Woman's Shelter, Cary Home for Children, and Family Promise. Please use 13 gallon kitchen bags. They are big enough to meet the requirements and not too big to carry.

The drop off site is at the side door on Smiley St. Someone will be there to help you carry your bags. No shoes, belts, hangers, or household items are accepted.

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee. Contact person, Susanne McConville, (765) 477-0344 or

Lighted Chalice Weekly for March 15, 2015

  • Sunday Forum 9 am; Sunday Service and Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 am.
  • Nursery and childcare available.
  • Download or print this newsletter as a pdf. Some additional information is posted here, including the monthly calendar of events at the church.

Sunday March 15

  • FORUM, 9AM Dr.Joe Vanable, Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at Purdue University, presents “Mental Illness: Its Biological Bases, Treatability, and Difficulties in Gaining Access to Treatment. As a volunteer for NAMI-WCI (National Alliance on Mental Illness-West Central Indiana), Dr. Vanable created and presents a “Biology of the Brain” lecture as part of every class offered locally by the Member Public Policy Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Forum is co-chaired by Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Maha Shivaratri.” This Hindu festival celebrates Shiva, the God of destruction and transformation, as well as his marriage to Shakti, Goddess of power. How do we destroy the evil in the world and have the power to transform it? Worship Associate, Janice Thiel. Special Music, Neelu Chawla. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Sound, Mary Finley. Fellowship Team Leaders, Beth Misner and Barny Dunning.

Emergency drill

During our service on March 15, a lock down drill will be conducted for the religious exploration classes only. The sound operator will communicate "Lockdown, lockdown, lockdown, this is a drill" via two way radio communication simultaneously to all RE teachers, who will then lock all the children in their class room, close all blinds and move the children away from the doors and windows. The children and teachers will remain in the secured rooms until the RE director, the minister, or a member of the Board of Trustees unlocks the door (the RE director will unlock the doors this Sunday). For the purpose of this Sunday's drill, this will be only a few minutes but in a real emergency, this would occur only after the threat has passed. All teachers and students will be briefed before hand on the drill and the appropriate response.

This drill is like any other drill in preparation of an emergency and will be conducted yearly. If any one has any questions or concerns please contact any member of the safety and security committee which is comprised of Bill Cannon, Amy French, Noemi Ybarra and Robin Poindexter.

-- Robin Poindexter, Safety and Security Committee

Sunday March 22

  • FORUM, 9 AM Sally Watlington: presents “The Riggs Community Health Care Center.” Watlington is Board Chair Emerita, Riggs Community Health Center, which serves 900 to 1000 women with prenatal care and 6,000 children, most of whom are on Medicaid. She will be discussing how racial differences affect infant mortality rates in Indiana.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Zarathustra.” Before the rise of Islam, Zoroastrianism was the dominant religion of Persia. It survives today as a religion with few adherents but its concepts live on in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Worship Associate, Kat Braz. Sound, Carl Seese. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team, Andrea and Gary Burniske.

Child and Youth Religious Exploration Weekly Notes

In March, we will celebrate the third source, wisdom from the world’s religions, which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life. Last week we celebrated Purim with an all-ages service that included some fun music and a skit. Thanks to the crowd for “making some noise.” This week we will learn about the history of the Hindu celebration of Maha Shivaratri.

Connecting Question(s)

  • What is the holiday of Maha Shivaratri and why is it celebrated?
  • Fasting is an important part of the Maha Shivaratri holiday. What are some things that you can give up? How will giving up those things make a positive impact on your life?
  • What are origin stories? What are some UU origin stories? What is the Maha Shivaratri origin story?
  • Who are some important people in the Hindu religion?
  • What is karma and what do the Hindus believe about karma?
  • What is the significance of the cow in the Hindu religion?

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule

  • RE Guide Schedule for March 15th: (children begin in service) Reminder that there will be a lockdown drill.
    • Prek/k: Andrew and Alison
    • 1st/2nd: Lola
    • 3rd/4th: Yiesul
    • 5th:
    • 6th-8th: Sarah
    • 9th-12th: Josh and Mark
    • Shadows: Michele
  • RE Guide Schedule for March 22nd: (Spirit Circle on water conservation led by Bill Welge. Students begin in classrooms or room 101/103 to participate in Spirit Circle.)
    • Prek/k: meet in the classroom at 10:30 (Alison and Lorraine)
    • 1st/2nd: meet in room 101/103 (Lola)
    • 3rd/4th: meet in room 101/103 (Wendy and Yiesul)
    • 5th: meet in room 101/103 (Neil)
    • 6th-8th: meet in room 101/103 (Sarah)
    • 9th-12th: meet in the classroom at 10:30 (Josh and Jason)
    • Shadows: Michele

Important Reminders

  • Please see the RE bulletin board in the fellowship hall and for important RE information and announcements.
  • We are in great need of guides, subs, and shadows for the RE program. We only need 9 more volunteers to allow guides to only commit to one Sunday a month. Please find me at the volunteer table following service if you’re interested in volunteering or getting more information.
  • Interested in becoming a guide, shadow, sub, or volunteer? Have a child in RE and want to find out more about the program? Are you a guide who wants to explore interesting and relevant topics for the RE classroom? If so, one or more of these sessions may be for you. Childcare will be provided!
  • Sunday, March 15th- (12:30-1:30 in room 101/103) Nursery volunteer and employee training (Please note that you must be at least eleven years old to volunteer and thirteen years old to work in the nursery.)
  • Sunday, March 22nd- (12:30-1:30 in room 101/103) RE volunteer callout and parent meeting
  • Sunday, April 26th- (9:45-10:15) Responsive classroom as it relates to the RE classroom (strategies for community building, holding classroom meetings, social curriculum)
  • The lockdown drill has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 15th.
  • Let me know if you’re interested in OWL training.
  • I am beginning to plan RE programming for the summer. Anyone interested in teaching a workshop or helping out, please let me know.

Upcoming Events

  • March birthday celebration- March 22nd following service
  • March fundraiser- March 25th at Buffalo Wild Wings on Creasy

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