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

 

You can now make donations to the church online!

We are pleased to announce that you can now make your offerings to the church online, using a credit card or setting up an automatic withdrawal from your checking account. You can make one time donations, or set up a recurring schedule. This program offers convenience to you and donation consistency for our congregation. You can start by going to our website, uuctc.org and clicking the "Donate" button. Send questions to Alice Pawley (communications@uuctc.org). Thank you for your continued support of our church!

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.

UU Coffee House Concert February 17th Featuring Traveler’s Dream

Traveler's Dream will be performing a Coffee House Concert at the UU Fellowship Hall on Saturday evening, Feb 17. The doors will open at 7:30 pm, and the music will start at 8:00. A mix of Celtic, traditional and original compositions will be performed by Michael Lewis and Denise Wilson. A suggested donation will be asked at the door. This event is open to the public. Free coffee and parking will be available.