Lighted Chalice Weekly for Jan 17, 2014

Sunday Forum 9:00 a.m.; Sunday Service & Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 a.m.
Nursery & Childcare Available.

A motion was made at the December 15 Congregational Meeting to defer voting on the budget. With the current level of pledges and non-pledge income projected there will be a short fall in revenue for 2014. The estimated $6357.00 would have to come from the remaining capital funds.

Suggestions for generating non-pledge revenue include:

  • Form a group to generate ideas for increasing non-pledge and building use revenue. Mark VanMeeter, Board President, agreed to be the point person; Beth Misner has agreed to be on the committee.
  • There will be a brainstorming session in mid-January to explore revenue sources

A congregational meeting will be held Sunday, January 26 to approve the revised budget.


It is with sadness that we inform you of the death of Mary Ellen Freel on January 3, 2014. Mary Ellen was a member of our church for several years, but had the past few years been in a nursing home. Her son, John Mogridge, was visiting from Los Angeles when Mary Ellen died unexpectedly. Members of the congregation and friends are invited to attend her memorial service which will be held at the Hahn Groeber Funeral Home, 1104 Columbia, in Lafayette IN on Saturday, 25 January at 1:00 p.m. Mary Ellen’s long time friend, Nick Schenkel, Director of the West Lafayette Public Library, will lead the memorial, with friends assisting. A gathering for visiting and refreshment will be held following the service, at the home of Pat and Jim Altepeter, 1918 Echo Street, Lafayette (447-0610). All are welcome. Questions can be directed to Kathy Mayer,, 447-2093.

It is with deep sympathy that we inform you of the death of Art Anderson, brother of Kathy Bowen, brother-in-law of Ed Bowen, on Saturday evening, January 11 at IU Arnett. Art, who was the last of Kathy’s immediate family, had experienced health difficulties the past several years. Our thoughts are with you, Kathy, Ed and family.


UU members Jim & Marilyn Anderson will discuss their trip to Papua, New Guinea: The People, Their Culture and Challenges. Jim Anderson is a Professor of Medical Sociology and Health Communication at Purdue. He teaches courses on health care organization & bioethical issues in the U.S. and other countries. Marilyn Anderson is with “Anderson Consulting,” a global management and technological consulting organization that employs numerous employees in 48 countries. Forum co-Chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville, and Bill Welge.

Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents Bayard Rustin & Civil Rights. When Martin Luther King, Jr planned the 1963 March on Washington, Bayard Rustin was his Chief Strategist. This openly gay man has largely been forgotten in the civil rights struggle. What is his legacy to day? Worship Associate, Kris Taylor. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sanctuary Preparation, Michael Lewis. Fellowship Team Leader, Cheryl Fowler. Sound Technician, Jerry Hunley.

Bert Rockman, Professor of Political Science at Purdue University, presents Implementing the Affordable Care Act. Rockman was Visiting Scholar for the 2012-2013 academic year in the Political Science Department at the University of Pittsburgh. He was Department Head at Purdue from 2005-2012. Prior to that, he was Director of the School of Public Policy and Management (now The John Glenn School of Public Affairs) at Ohio State University Forum co-Chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville, and Bill Welge.

Worship Leader Denise Wilson presents When to Throw Out Old Shoes (and Other Things We’ve Outgrown). Special Music will be provided by Sharon McKnight, Traveler’s Dream and Chance Heasty. Worship Associate, Michael Lewis. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Fellowship Team Leaders, Jason & Julie Rubsam. Sanctuary Preparation, Robin Poindexter. Sound Technician, Dan Lybrook.


  • DRE Sheila Garrett is recovering from knee surgery. RE council members Cheryl Fowler (, Kathy Coder, Rae Schnapp, Frank Arnold, Kirsten Reynolds, and Rev Charlie Davis maybe contacted if you have any questions.
  • Attention Preschool/ Kindergarten Parents: The Spirit Play orientation meeting will take place Sunday, January 19 right after church. Please join us in the preschool room for about an hour. Childcare available and light snacks be provided. Thank you!
  • Childcare: If anyone requires childcare for an event other than regular Sunday forum and services, they must contact Nursery Administrator Liz Cohen by phone or email (631-935-8229 or at least two weeks in advance. Thank you.

RE Has Volunteer Opportunities for the Spring!

  • Classroom guides help create the structure for their 1-4th grade class. They begin each period leading the chalice lighting, an optional check-in, and lighting the chalice. They share a short biography of a notable UU and introduce the workshop teacher. After that, they are on hand to help as needed to help out with the workshop. Guide teams for each class work out a schedule on a rotating basis, optimally serving about once per month. Right now, we could use one extra guide in the 1st-2nd grade class. We also need 2-3 helpers for the middle school classroom to be a second adult presence in the room each week.
  • Workshop rotation teachers share a passion or something they have knowledge about with our 1st-4th graders. Optimally, teachers will volunteer for three weeks, rotating between the three classes (1st-2nd grades meet together). Please let us know if there's something you would like to share, or, if a member of the R.E. council approaches you to teach a workshop, please consider sharing a little of yourself with our kids!

Special Projects:

  • Clean, re-organize, and help inventory our supplies in the R.E. closets and classrooms
  • Create Spirit Play story baskets for the preschool room
  • drive and/or chaperone youth for overnight lock-ins and events sponsored by the district
  • Help out on Spirit Circle Sundays- extra adult participation and guidance is always welcome
  • supervise youth volunteering at Family Promise (more info on this exciting new opportunity coming soon!)

Please contact Sheila ( or a member of the R.E. council (Kathy Coder, Cheryl Fowler, Frank Arnold, Beth Hoffmann, Kirsten Reynolds, or Rae Schnapp) if you are interested in helping in any of these areas, or if you have something else that you would like to help out in with R.E.

January Workshop Rotation Teachers (notable UU's):

  • Della Willmann- photography ( Charles Bierdstadt)
  • Cindy Gerlach- journalism (Frank Gannett & Margaret Fuller)
  • Tony Pawli- cartooning (Hans Deutsch & Beatrix Potter)


  • JOURNEY TO MECCA film and discussion, January 22 6-8 pm. More information here.
  • Building Your Own Theology previously scheduled to meet beginning this Sunday, January 19, has been cancelled due to low enrollment. We hope to offer this course again in the fall of 2014. If you have questions, about course content or associated readings, please contact Instructor Ellen Germann,
  • Our friends at the Purdue Buddhist Society will be hosting two Dhamma Talks and two guided meditation sessions by The Venerable Dhammadipa (Fa-Yao) on January 23-25. All events are open to the public and free of charge. English Dhamma Talk: Thursday, Jan 23, 6:00-9:00pm, Stewart Center 310; Chinese Dhamma Talk: Friday, Jan 24, 6:00-9:00pm, Stewart Center 310; Guided Meditation: Friday, Jan 24, 8:00am-12:00pm, PMU South Tower;  Guided Meditation: Saturday, Jan 25, 8:00am-12:00pm, PMU South Tower.  Event webpage.  Abbreviated biography of The Venerable Dhammadipa: Abbot Venerable Dhammapida (Fa Yao) was born in Taiwan and grew up in Malaysia. In 1987, he received his full-ordination as a Bhikkhu monk in Sri Lanka under Ven. Prof. Dhammajoti. He received his degree in Buddhist Studies at the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka and his master’s degree in Buddhist Philosophy at Kelaniya University in Sri Lanka. In 2005, he received his Ph.D. from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol, U.K. His special preferences are in Abhidhamma and meditation practices. He speaks Chinese, Cantonese, Hakka, and English and reads many additional languages for academic pursuits including Sanskrit, Pali, Japanese, French, and German. Venerable Dhammadipa has been the Abbot of Chuang Yen Monastery since 2008. Chuang Yen Monastery, located in New York State, is the home of the Buddhist Association of the United States. We wish to thank the Purdue Buddhist Society for sharing this information and for bringing Venerable Dhammadipa to our community for this series of events.


  • Should you be shopping through, please go to Amazon  via this page. This simple click can send 6% of whatever you purchase to the church, at no cost to you. Learn more about this program here.
  • Should you shop at Kroger/Payless, you can buy a gift card through the office to help send money to the church at no cost to you.  More information here.


  • There is much to be done in the social justice arena; if you are interested in becoming involved in our activities, please join us at our next meeting--Thursday, January 9 at 7:00 pm in room 101-103. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas, contact co-chairs Joan Marshall,, &Tom McConville, .
  • CHANGE FOR CHANGE: The theme for 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” In January& February, UU Church C-4-C will provide funds for bus tokens provided to Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) clients.
  • WOMEN’S SHELTER COLLECTION The local Women’s Shelter is always in need of soaps, toothbrushes and tooth paste, personal items, clean socks, items for small children (baby shampoo, powder, baby lotions, children’s socks, diapers). Thank you.

PLANNED GIVING AT UUC: Consider making UUC part of your planned giving plans; more information here.

UU CHURCH OUTDOOR GROUP WINTER ACTIVITIES!  More information here about the eagle viewing trip on January 26.

TALK AND TOUR ON SECOND SUNDAYS AFTER SERVICE Please join us immediately following service each 2nd Sunday, next on February 9, for “Talk and Tour.” This 15 minute guided walk through the building is designed to familiarize newcomers with our congregation and facilities. Participants do not need to sign up in advance—simply gather at the Newcomers Table outside the Fellowship Hall at 11:45. Thanks!

January 2014 Calendar

January 18, Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M
5:30 PM Traveler's Dream Coffee House Concert CANCELLED

January 19, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
4:00 PM Building Your Own Theology CANCELLED
4:00 PM UU Photo Group (101/103)

January 20, Monday Martin Luther King Day OFFICE CLOSED
PURDUE'S Martin Luther King Day of Service
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
1:30 PM Writers' Group 106
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

January 21, Tuesday
1:00 PM Buddhist Study Group (101/103)
7:00 PM Lafayette Chamber Singers (S)

January 22, Wednesday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM "The Principled Group," 101/103
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop (FH)
6:00 PM A-REC Program: "Journey to Mecca" 45' movie about young Ibn Battutah, 14th c. Muslim Explorer. Discussion to follow lead by Ahmed Idrissi Alami, Director of Purdue's Arabic Program (101/103)
7:00 PM Choir (S)

January 23, Thursday
5:30 PM A-REC Gathering at Suzan's House
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)

January 24, Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)

January 25, Saturday
4:00 AM Private Rental, Ugadi Telugu Group 25th Anniversary (FH, K)
8:00 AM Zen M

January 26, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE

January 27, Monday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.