Daily Archives: July 6, 2014

Lighted Chalice Weekly for July 6, 2014


Note - this July 6 newsletter is being posted post hoc.
Sunday Forum 9:00 a.m.; Sunday Service & Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 a.m.
Nursery & Childcare Available.

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July 6 Forum and Service

  • FORUM, 9 AM Video: Elizabeth Warren And Thomas Piketty Discuss Nature, Causes Of Economic Inequality. Sharing a stage with French economist Thomas Piketty on Monday night in Boston, Sen. Elizabeth Warren discussed a range of issues related to economic inequality during a joint interviewtheHuffington Post, but said that people should be careful not to separate the far-reaching implications that outsized wealth and power in the U.S. can have on vital, planetary issues like climate change. Forum Co-Chairs are Jim Anderson, Tom McConville, and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Worship Leader Damon Lincourt presents “Storytelling.”Worship Associate, Bill Welge. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sound Technician, Dan Noland. Sanctuary Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leaders: Randy & Lorraine Myers, led by Noemi Ybarra; Alice Pawley & Stephen Hoffmann.

July 13 Forum and Service

  • FORUM, 9 AM Please join us as Tetia Lee presents The Tippecanoe Arts Federation. Tetia Lee has worked in the arts field for nearly 20 years. She has served in multiple roles throughout her artistic career including Gallery Director, Outreach Coordinator, and Assistant Professor. She is the Executive Director of the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, an arts council and umbrella organization for a fourteen county region in North Central Indiana. As Executive Director of the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, she has developed and implemented programming to provide access to the arts to at-risk and underserved individuals and communities. Lee has also designed specific organizational services to activate local community leadership which has strengthened arts advancement throughout the region. During her tenure with the Federation, she has elevated the profile of the organization with nationally recognized programs. Lee holds degrees from the School of the Art Institute, the American Academy of Art, the Florence Academy of Art, Indiana State University, and Texas Tech. Lee is a community service volunteer and is a member on the boards of the West Lafayette Public Library Foundation, the Indiana Coalition for the Arts and Foundation, and a member of Quality of Life Council for Greater Lafayette. Lee is a Joyce Fellow for Americans for the Arts.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Please join us as Worship Leader Bill Welge presents Freewill: An Illusion?” Worship Associate, Dianna Poindexter. Pianist, Richard Maddux. Sound Technician, Noemi Ybarra. Sanctuary Preparation, Robin Poindexter. Fellowship Team Leader, Mark VanMeeter.

Child and Youth Religious Exploration

Last week, we said goodbye to Sheila Garrett, our now former DRE. We will move forward in a careful and thoughtful search for a new permanent DRE. I will be serving as Interim DRE, until someone has filled that position. The search committee consists of Sherry Tripodi, Alanna Steffen-Nelson, and Kathy Coder. I will be executing the summer curriculum already in place, as well as continuing the workshop rotation this Fall that was already established last year. You can get a hold of me via email, mille804@gmail.com or by phone 765-337-5193.

Thank you to those who helped put together story baskets for Spirit Play two Sundays ago. As we continue to get ready for Fall, we will need volunteers to help as classroom guides, especially for 4th-8th grade. In August, we will have RE training, as well as RE registration. Although it is still summer, the Fall RE schedule is in preparation. Please consider getting to know our children and sharing your talents with us. Barny Dunning and Amy French will be teaching our OWL (Our Whole Lives) sex education program this Fall as well. If you are a parent or guardian of a 7th-9th grader, please look out for registration forms coming soon! Finally, thank you to Rae Schnapp for her endless help this summer, working every Sunday with our children on our gardening theme, teaching about sustainability and food, as well as planting a pizza garden. Something to ponder with your children: what does agricultural sustainability have to do with social justice? Poverty worldwide?

-- Your Interim DRE, Michelle Miller

A-REC: Adult Religious Exploration

Drumming sessions

Drumming sessions in the West African style facilitated by Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett of circAfrique! The next regular A-REC session will meet Monday, July 14 at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary (rather than the usual 2nd Tuesday of the month). Please note this date change—bring your drum, bells, shakers, and other percussive instruments. $10 donation is requested per session. RSVP & details: http://goo.gl/2gw2I or information email info@circafrique.com or call Suzan Windnagel, 765-714-6173 or via Facebook pages for UUC or CircAfrique! In addition…

Ongoing A-REC:

  • Monday Evening Meditation: 7-8:15 pm, Room 101/103, with Larry Hicks & Jody Tishmack; other facilitators to be arranged.
  • Taiji Qi Gong: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 7:30 am with Lisa Petersen 
  • Zen Meditation: Thursday 5:30 pm, sitting, chanting & reading; Saturday 8:00 am, with Russ Flynn

Change for Change recipients

The theme for 2014 is “Helping Our Community.”  The July recipient is Family Promise® of Greater Lafayette (FPGL). Family Promise is a non-profit 501(c)3 and non-denominational organization for families in transition. Part of a national network, FPGL is one of over 136 Networks across the United States. There are over 4500 congregations and 110,000 volunteers making up these Networks. Based on the support of volunteers and host congregations, Family Promise® (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)) programs are funded by donations, grants, and fundraising opportunities. Family Promise® builds programs from existing resources so they can be implemented quickly, and without major start-up costs.  All the Family Promise® Networks are successful. Our statistics show that 89% of the families who complete our program are successful in finding and maintaining permanent housing along with employment or supportive financial assistance. Others even enroll in school. FPGL has begun to touch many volunteers within our Network as they prepare to care for families in need in a loving and caring way.

Women's Shelter Needs

The UU Church at all times has a bin located in the Fellowship Hall to collect items for the local Women’s Shelter.  Please consider donating new underwear for women and children (all sizes), shirts for women (all sizes), pens, hand sanitizer, small pocket memo pads.  Thank you.

(Last week of three for announcement)


The Membership Committee has a mission of nurturing and supporting members through all stages of their membership journey. The Committee meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM. For questions about the committee, please contact Sallie Cooke, salliec@frontier.com.

The 2014 Member Directory are available in print copy. The printing cost is $3.00 so donations will be most welcome to help defray the expense to produce the directory. Rosemary Leary continues to donate countless hours to photograph individuals and families and to compile the print copies. The directory may also be viewed online.

Josh Prokopy writes biographies of members for the Membership bulletin board and for publication in the newsletter. All biographies are archived in a notebook in the library.

We hope you will use the member directory and the member biographies to get to know the people in this wonderful UU community.

-- Sallie Cooke, Membership Chairperson, sallie@frontier.com

Request for host families through 4-H international programs at Purdue

The 4-H International programs at Purdue has 20 Japanese students coming for a homestay this summer; they are still in need of families to host 8 of the young ladies (16-17 years old) arriving.The hosting time is from July 26-August 16.Host families do not need to be involved with 4-H. The only requirement is that the family have a female of about the same age in the home.  If your family would be willing to host for this Purdue program this summer, more information about the program can be found at www.four-h.purdue.edu/international.  Linda Hines, Department of Youth Development and Ag Education at Purdue will be happy to talk to any families with questions or concerns.These young students from Japan will be leaving for the US in only 5 weeks!  Anyone is interested in hosting, is encouraged to fill out the application on the website and return it to Linda Hines ASAP.Thank you in advance for your help in this matter.  Please feel free to pass along this information to other churches or organizations that might have families that would consider hosting for the program.

Linda Hines
Dept. of Youth Development and Ag Education
615 W State, West Lafayette, IN47907-2053
Fax: 765-496-1152
Email: hinesls@purdue.edu

(Last week of three for announcement)

Library Project

Since George Wulff retired as church librarian some two years ago, the library has been in need of new energy.  We thank George for his diligent and careful work and hope he will be pleased to see a rebirth.

A small Library Committee of Linda (Lou) Prokopy, Sallie Cooke and Christine Schertz are beginning a project to cull, re-shelve and clean up the library.   You can continue to use the library and donate books.  Please be patient and excuse any inconvenience as this will take some time to complete.  Books recently donated will be shelved under a new system.

If you have questions or concerns, or would like to help, please call Linda Lou Prokopy at 746-6926.

(Last week of three for announcement)

Adding events and announcements to this newsletter

To submit information for inclusion on the church’s Facebook PageGoogle + pagenewsletterblog, or to have an announcement made before service, please complete this form.  If you need space at the church or want to add your event to the My Church events listing, contact Karin first at uuc@uulafayette.org.  Send feedback to Alice or Karin.  Thanks!


July 8: Board meeting

Board Meetings now take place each 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 pm in Conference Room 101/103, next on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Church members are welcome to attend and are encouraged to speak with members of the Board of Trustees regarding congregational questions and concerns.

July 10: Social Justice meeting

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, July 10 at 7:00 pm in Room 101-103.  If you have questions, concerns, or ideas, contact co-chairs Joan Marshall, jmarshal900@yahoo.com, &Tom McConville, tmcconville1200@comcast.net.

July 13: Talk and Tour, after service

Please join us immediately following service each 2nd Sunday for “Talk and Tour,” next on July 13. 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!

July 15: Indiana Moral Mondays Working Group in West Lafayette

A meeting of the Indiana Moral Mondays Working Group will take place on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 5:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian Street in West Lafayette Room 101/103. An overview will be presented to attendees regarding the formation of this new effort to bring social justice to Indiana. A group of civil rights, labor, environmental, religious, women and other activists has been meeting since March in Indianapolis inspired by the North Carolina “Moral Mondays” movement. For more information on Indiana Moral Mondays see the Blog by Harry Targ, Purdue Professor; Coordinator, Committee on Peace Studies: http://heartlandradical.blogspot.com/2014/04/does-indiana-need-moral-mondays-movement.html.

July 24: Social Justice Committee Meeting

7:00 pm in Room 101/103 (NOTE:  THIS DATE/TIME MAY CHANGE).  If you have questions, concerns, or ideas, contact co-chairs Joan Marshall, jmarshal900@yahoo.com, &Tom McConville, tmcconville1200@comcast.net.

Daily Calendar for July

July 6 Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE

July 7 Monday
Karin out of the office
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
7:00 PM Meeting (anon FH)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)

July 8 Tuesday
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
1:00 PM Ongoing Buddhist Book Discussion (101/103)
5:30 PM Pastoral Care 102
6:00 PM RE Council (Youth Room)
6:30 PM BOARD MEETING (2nd Tuesdays, 101/103)
7:00 PM ACLU-IN BOARD (American Civil Liberties Union) (212 2nd Tues. ea. month)
7:30 PM Drumming Circle (101/103) will meet JULY 14 this month!

July 9 Wednesday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM "The Principled Group" Noon Discussion (101/103)
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop (FH)
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop 2500 (Fellowship Hall)
6:00 PM Meeting (anon.), 101/103

July 10 Thursday
11:15 AM "The Twenty Minute Tune-Up" Taoist Immortal Internal Exercise based on Xing Yi Nei Gong Movements; taught by Master Jason Argos 11:15-11:45 (101/103)
5:30 PM Worship Committee (106)
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)7:00 PM Social Justice Committee Meeting (104)

July 11 Friday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)

July 12 Saturday
8:00 AM Zen M

July 13, Sunday
9:00 AM Forum (101/103):
10:30 AM Worship & RE
12:00 PM Stewardship Committee Meeting (104), Sherry Tripodi, Chairperson
12:00 PM UU Fiberarts Quilting Bee (101/103)

July 14, Monday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
7:00 PM Meeting (anon FH)
7:00 PM Monday Meditation (101/103)
7:30 PM Drumming Circle (Sanctuary)

July 15, Tuesday
12:00 PM Meeting (FH)
1:00 PM Ongoing Buddhist Book Discussion (101/103)
1:30 PM Writers' Group 101/103
5:30 PM Indiana Moral Mondays Working Group in West Lafayette (101/103)

July 16, Wednesday
7:30 AM Taiji Qigong with Lisa Peterson
9:00 AM Old Tippecanoe Quilting Guild
12:00 PM "The Principled Group" Noon Discussion (101/103)
2:30 PM Girl Scout Troop (FH)
6:00 PM Meeting (anon.), 101/103

July 17, Thursday
11:15 AM "The Twenty Minute Tune-Up" Taoist Immortal Internal Exercise based on Xing Yi Nei Gong Movements; taught by Master Jason Argos 11:15-11:45 (101/103)
5:30 PM Zazen Sitting, Chanting & Reading (M)
6:30 PM IVOW Dream Study Group (101/103)
7:30 PM SHM (Spontaneous Hopeful Monster) House Band (S) 1st and 3rd Thursdays

“Stories are a communal currency of humanity.”
― Tahir Shah, in Arabian Nights:
A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams

“The Mole was bewitched, entranced, fascinated. By the side of the river he trotted as one trots, when very small,
by the side of a man who holds one spellbound by exciting stories; and when tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth
to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”
― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

"The happy ending of the fairy tale, the myth, and the divine comedy of the soul, is to be read, not as a contradiction, but as a transcendence of the universal tragedy of man. ...Tragedy is the shattering of the forms and of our attachment to the forms... the two are the terms of a single mythological theme... the down-going and the up-coming (kathados and anodos), which together constitute the totality of the revelation that is life, and which the individual must know and love if he is to be purged (katharsis=purgatorio) of the contagion of sin (disobedience to the divine will) and death
(identification with the mortal form)."
Joseph Campbell, from
"The Hero With A Thousand Faces,"
Chapter 1.