Lighted Chalice Weekly for August 24, 2014

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Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County 

We are a vibrant and growing religious people building toward the future, yet mindful of the richness of the past.

We welcome diversity – race, gender, sexual orientation, vocation, class, religious origin, theology, political views, age – and we affirm that diversity enriches our community.

Therefore, we welcome you.
We believe that every person
brings gifts  into this community
and that we create and sustain
its living spirit together –

We invite you to join us
in membership – to develop
and offer your gifts,
to grow along with us,
to bring your best visions
and dreams into this place.

To contribute your strengths,
to share your struggles,
to share your path with us.


  • Sunday Forum 9 am; Sunday Service and Religious Exploration Classes 10:30 am.
  • Nursery and childcare available.

Sunday August 24

FORUM, 9 AM Colleen T. Connor, Executive Director, Tippecanoe County CASA Program: Tippecanoe County CASA- Everyday Heroes for Children. History of the Local Program: A dedicated group of people realized that a child who has been abused or neglected, or requires special treatment that can not or will not be provided without court intervention, needs someone to advocate for their rights and look out for their best interest.From this realization, the group worked with Judge Margaret Hand for over a year to lay plans for a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) project that would serve Tippecanoe County.Our mission is to provide a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to abused and neglected children in Tippecanoe County. Our organization recruits, trains, and supervises community volunteers to speak up for these children in the courtroom.

SERVICE, 10:30 AM This Sunday, Worship Leader Gale Charlotte promises a hypoallergenic exploration of kittens and puppies and this congregation. What does that mean? Gale encourages you to come and find out for yourself. Worship Associate: Bill Welge. Sound: Dan Lybrook. Fellowship Team Leader: Dorothy Hughes. Pulpit Preparation: Nina Kirkpatrick.

Sunday August 31

FORUM, 9 AM  Nick Harby, Herbarium Assistant, Purdue University Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, presents Edible Wild Plants in Tippecanoe County.

SERVICE, 10:30 AM  Please join us for our all ages Labor Day Service with Rev. Daniel Charles Davis. This will be an enjoyable service of song and celebration for working people everywhere. Worship Chairperson and today’s Worship Associate:  Dianna Poindexter.  Sound:  Mike Marsh. Pulpit Preparation: Robin Poindexter. Fellowship Team Leader:  Cheryl Fowler.

Long time members being honored September 7 

Be sure to join us Sunday, September 7 for our 65th Anniversary sermon, “65 But Not Retiring.”  The Unitarian Fellowship was founded in 1949, and evolved to become the Unitarian Universalist Church.  Rev. Davis, the Membership and Worship Committees, and congregation at large will honor, express thanks and gratitude to individuals who have been members of this church for twenty-five or more years.  Also taking place 9.7.14 will be Potluck Sunday; Membership Class on UU History; and Tibetan Buddhist Monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery will be constructing a Green Tara Sand Mandala in the sanctuary beginning at 1pm.

Child and youth religious exploration

Thanks to all the RE Guides who attended the RE training last week. We are still in need of more guides. If you are interested, please contact me ASAP. You can call or text: 765-337-5193.

OWL has officially been postponed until the Spring, beginning sometime after January.

We are currently in the process of finalizing an arrangement to have a presentation for our children by the Tibetan Monks on Sunday, Sept. 7th.

As we go through transition in RE obtaining our new DRE, please feel free to contact Michelle Murphy Miller via email with any concerns or questions,

-- Michelle Murphy Miller, Interim Director of Religious Education

Why I give to UUC: Gale Charlotte and Karen Adams

Karen Adams and Gale Charlotte

Karen Adams and Gale Charlotte

From Gale: "I came to this church for the Religious Education program for my kids, and stayed because I felt free to explore my own spirituality.  Today, Karen and I are so pleased to be a part of this religious community, and once a year, we express our gratitude by pledging."

Why do you give?


Family Promise 

Our week to support Family Promise of Greater Lafayette is from Sept 7 to 14. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide service to our community. We are in need of people to cook a dinner, supervise evening activities (called hosting) or spend an overnight in case emergencies arise. Our partner church is Our Savior Lutheran Church at 300 W. Fowler, West Lafayette. Please contact Mike Tripodi at (574) 870-6379 or Thank you.

Membership Committee

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,

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

UU Membership Classes, First Sundays, Fall 2014

UU Membership Classes meet each first Sunday on a rotating basis after service, presented by Rev. Charlie Davis and the Membership Committee. Sessions will be held in Rm. 101/103; please select your meal from the potluck and bring your food to the class. Child care will be available if requested one week in advance. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Sallie Cooke, Membership Chairperson ( one week prior to class, so we have an accurate count for child care.

  • UU HISTORY September 7. This class will cover topics such as: How did this denomination get to where it is today and how did Unitarian Christianity and Universalist Christianity evolve into the free religion we have today? By reviewing some of the controversies of the past we see how they shape our present. Intended for everyone new and old to UU congregations.
  • EXPLORING MEMBERSHIP: PARTICIPATING AT UUC, WEST LAFAYETTE October 5. Learn more about the history of our UU church and what it means to be a member. This course is intended for visitors who are interested in learning more about membership.
  • DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL PATH November 2. What gifts have you kept from your religious heritage? What have you discarded? How do you wish to improve yourself and the world? Come explore and share your stories with others. By speaking our truth and listening to others, we can deepen the meaning of community. Intended for everyone.

Health Hut

The Health Hut provides toiletries and laundry detergent to low income families and homeless in Tippecanoe County. The Health Hut is open on the 2nd and 5th Thursday of each month from 11:30-1:00 at First Baptist Church, 411 North 7th Street in Lafayette. The Health Hut provides the following items:

  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap, shampoo, razors, deodorant, toilet paper, and laundry detergent. Sometimes we have feminine hygiene products and diapers.

If you are interested in donating items to the Health Hut, please take them to First Baptist Church on the 2nd Thursday of the month between 9:00am and 1:00pm. If you would like to make a donation, please make out your check to University Church/Health Hut and mail to First Baptist Church, 411 North 7th St, Lafayette, 47901. If you have questions, please email  (Second week of three.)

Seeking a new Director of religious exploration program

Position Opening: This is a three-quarter time (30 hours average per week) position at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Additional information about this church and its congregation can be found at: http://

Qualifications: The candidate for the Director of Religious Exploration (DRE) should be a self-starter who works well with children of all abilities, as well as volunteers, families and church staff. The candidate should have experience working independently and collaboratively in teams, and some experience supervising others. Unitarian Universalist background and familiarity with UU religious exploration is preferred. Some religious education leadership is a plus, as is interest in developing music as an aspect of the Religious Exploration Program.

Accountability: The DRE is hired by and reports to the Board of Trustees, is supervised by the Minister, and works closely with the RE Support Team and other lay leadership to review the process and quality of the Religious Exploration program.

Responsibilities: This 30-hour/week position requires an onsite presence at least three Sundays per month, with responsibility for ensuring full RE programming on the other Sundays. The DRE will supervise and support child care staff, RE class team leaders, teachers, and other RE volunteers. Hours also include daytime hours, weekly meetings with the Minister, some evening meetings and special events. Weekday and onsite hours and specific days off are flexible, and set in coordination with the minister and/or board of directors.

To apply: Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a resume to Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County; 333 Meridian Street; West Lafayette, IN 47906; by August 31, 2014. Applications received before this date will receive full consideration, although the position may remain open until filled.

The Unitarian Universalist Church is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer (AA/EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, creed, color, disability, national origin, race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, or marital or veteran status.

Social Justice

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, September 11 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.” The July/ August C4C recipient is Family Promise® of Greater Lafayette, Inc. (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 COLLECTION: 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.
  • LAFAYETTE AREA PEACE COALITION (LAPC): The next meeting of the LAPC (co-sponsored by UU Social Justice) will take place on Sunday, 7 September, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian Street in West Lafayette Room 101/103.
  • Registration is NOW open for Hunger Hike 2014: traditional Hunger Hike 3K Walk on Sunday, September 21 & HH5K Run on Saturday, September 20.  WILL YOU be on the UU Team?  Ways to Participate—Go to to: Donate directly to Hunger Hike 2014; Become a HH5K Run participant; Create a personal Online Fundraising Page; Join or start a Hunger Hike Team; Become a Hunger Hike 3K Walk participant.  Hunger Hike details are as follows: HH5K Run Saturday, September 20, 9 a.m. – Cumberland Park, West Lafayette.  Check-in starting at 8 a.m.. Hunger Hike 3K Walk Sunday, September 21 2 p.m. – Levee Plaza Lot, West Lafayette, check-in starting at noon.  Hunger Hike benefits Lafayette Urban Ministry’s food programs; Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haiti Ministry.  From Cheryl Fowler LUM Board Member.
  • THE GREAT MARCH FOR CLIMATE ACTION COMES TO INDIANA: The goal of the Great March for Climate Action is to change the heart and mind of the American people, our elected leaders and people across the world to act now to address the climate crisis.   On March 1, 2014, hundreds of climate patriots will set out from Los Angeles, CA, walking 3,000 miles across America to Washington, DC, inspiring action to resolve the climate crisis. This will be one of the largest coast-to-coast marches in American history. For more information check out the web site,  The march arrives in our area in September. Rev Davis plans to attend the event on Monday Sept. 8 in Indianapolis and Monday Sept. 14 in Hobart. He would prefer to take 3 people with him each trip so as to reduce his carbon footprint. Please contact him at 765-414-1815 or If there is enough interest we can form a caravan.
  •  September 7 & 8, Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, IN (MD morn / eve)
  • September 9, Christ Lutheran Church, Kokomo IN (MD eve)
  • September 11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie, IN (MD eve)
  • September 13, Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, IN (MD 2:00 - 3:30 pm)
  • September 14, Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist, Palatine IL (MD morn / eve)
  • September 14, First Unitarian Church of Hobart, IN (CB morn)
  • September 15, First Unitarian Church of Hobart, IN (MD eve)

Open Mic, 7 pm August 23 2014

Come express yourself at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian Avenue, West Lafayette, IN. The event will be held on the Playground, or in Rm. 210 in case of rain. Use the Smiley Street entrances to find a world of creativity. This event is advertised as part of Boiler Gold Rush orientation week so this may be an opportunity to meet new Purdue students. If you want to perform poetry, music or comedy please contact Rev Charlie Davis, or sign up at the event. Performances will be uncensored. Parents should use their discretion in deciding whether to bring children.
With Gratitude and Hope, Rev. Charlie

Drone Quilt Project

Lafayette Area Peace Coalition (LAPC), Unitarian Universalist Church & Lafayette Church of the Brethren are co-sponsoring the Drone Quilt Project. Quilts from the Drone Quilt Project will be on exhibit with an opening reception held at the West Lafayette Public Library on Friday, September 5. The exhibit will continue through Friday, September 12.

The Drone Quilt Project was created to acknowledge the deaths caused by U.S. drone strikes and to memorialize the victims. As many as 948 civilian deaths in Pakistan alone, including nearly 200 children, have been reported, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Unidentified victims are remembered through words such as “Unnamed Woman” or “Beloved Grandfather.” Others are identified by name. Together, these fabric squares are sewn together by volunteers to create the quilts. There are four quilts measuring 66 in. X 66 in. that have been created by Veterans for Peace. The Drone Quilt Project is complemented by informational panels, which share information about U.S. drone policy and those it directly affects. It was first shown in Madison, WI in August 2013, and has since traveled to locations in Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Virginia, Washington DC as well as Bloomington, Martinsville and Plainfield, Indiana. “The important thing to remember is that each victim was a human being, with hopes, dreams, plans, friends and family. We hope that the Drones Quilt Project will help us remember that we are all the same–we are not worth more, and they are not worth less. We all have value,” said one of the volunteers. SPONSORS: Lafayette Area Peace Coalition, the Social Justice and Fiber Arts Committees of the Unitarian Universalist Church in West Lafayette, and the Lafayette Church of the Brethren Witness Commission. For more information: Amanda Estes: (765) 749-1039, More information about the quilts can be found at

Buddhism Discussion Group

If you are interested in exploring Buddhist topics with a newly forming group led by someone who has studied Tibetan Buddhism for 25 years, now is your chance! Beginning on Monday, August 18th Monica Ward will be offering a Buddhism discussion group on the 1st and 3rd Mondays each month. The meetings will be from 6 pm to 6:55 pm in Room 101/103 (before Monday Meditation begins at 7 pm).

As Monica states: “The intention for this study group is for a coming together of individuals who want to explore Buddhist topics and learn from one another through readings, videos and discussions. Brief experiential practices such as chanting, guided imagery, music, etc. may also be shared with one another. The topics, materials and practices will be decided upon by group consensus. Participants are free to drop in at any time and should not feel the need to prepare or have read ahead of time. Everyone is welcome to bring materials to share or ideas and questions to explore.”

If you think this sounds interesting, please join us on Mondays. Contact Monica at: for more information. This free discussion group is sponsored by the Adult Religious Exploration Council.

The 20-min Tune-Up Continues!

Please join us for this Taoist Immortal Internal Exercise 6 Week Class taught by Master Jason Argos. The next session begins Thursday, August 28 through October 2, 2014, 11;15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., UUC Room 101/103. $48 for 6 classes, to be paid at first class. Exercise level set for seniors; all ages welcome. During the first 20 minutes Master Argos will guide you through 16 exercises from the book, “Xing Yi Nei Gong” by Tim Cartmell (book is recommended but not required). During the last 10 minutes of each session Jason will share a powerful form of a technique known as bone marrow washing which is performed while standing still; this is thought to deter arthritis. As you become familiar with the 16 movements Jason will share more Nei Gong from his decades of Xing Yi study. Xing Yi and bone marrow washing, brought to China by Bodhidharma, has been passed down from ancient times. Possible benefits of this practice include:

  • Improved kidney function
  • Removes toxins and increases bone mineral density Eases arthritis symptoms
  • Improved cardiopulmonary fitness
  • Normalizes blood pressure
  • Deeper, more restorative sleep
  • Maximizes digestion, reduces appetite, reduces waistline
  • Improves balance and reduction of falls
  • Improves immunity
  • Builds core strength and speeds recovery time Improves whole body-mind coordination

A-REC: Adult Religious Exploration Committee

Drepung Gomang Monastery Sacred Art Tour Visit

140817 Drepung Gomang Sacred Art Tour insertVisiting Tibetan Buddhist Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India, sponsored by the Adult Religious Exploration Council and hosted by the church, will construct a Green Tara Sand Mandala on the sanctuary altar stage from Wednesday, September 3 through Wednesday September 10. The opening ceremony will be at Noon on Wednesday September 3.
“The goddess of universal compassion, Tara represents virtuous and enlightened action. It is said that her compassion for living beings is stronger than a mother's love for her children. She also brings about longevity, protects earthly travel, and guards her followers on their spiritual journey to enlightenment.

Green Tara (Sanskrit: Syamatara; Tibetan: Sgrol-ljang), filled with youthful vigor, is a goddess of activity. She is the fiercer form of Tara, but is still a savior-goddess of compassion. She is the consort of Avalokiteshvara and considered by some to be the original Tara. Like Avalokiteshvara, the Green Tara is believed to be an emanation of the "self-born" Buddha Amitabha, and an image of Amitabha is sometimes depicted in Tara's headdress.”

You are invited to come and observe the Mandala Construction in the sanctuary during the following times:

  • Wed Sept 3 12-4pm
  • Thur Sept 4 10am-4pm
  • Fri Sept 5 10am-4pm
  • Sat Sept 6 1-4pm
  • Sun Sept 7 1-4 pm
  • Mon Sept 8 10am-4pm
  • Tues Sept 9 10am-4pm
  • Wed Sept 10 10am-4pm

The Deconstruction Ceremony will begin at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 10 in the sanctuary. A walk to the Pedestrian Bridge for Dispersal of the sand will follow.

A TASTE of Tibet

Enjoy the flavors, sights and sounds from the country on top of the world; Tibet. Although China invaded Tibet in 1959, the Tibetan people still carry on their unique Tibetan traditions. U.U. Church will be host to the visiting 2014 Sacred Art Tour of North America. On Saturday, September 6, beginning at 5:30 pm, in the Fellowship Hall, Tibetan Buddhist Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in Southern India will prepare a Tibetan meal for visitors. In addition to serving a delicious meal, the monks will present to the audience a TASTE of Tibetan Culture through chant, debate and dance. Tickets to the meal and presentation are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets will go on sale at the UU Church several weeks in advance (please contact Jody Tishmack at (765) 414-5788 or During the Sacred Art Tour visit, tickets may also be purchased from the Monks at their merchandise table at the church any time prior to Saturday at 4 pm. Space is limited so please purchase your tickets early. Sponsored by the Adult Religious Exploration Council.

Monday Meditation Program with Tibetan Buddhist Monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery

On September 8th, the Monday Meditation group will be pleased and privileged to welcome the visiting monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery. The monks have been invited to share a Buddhist teaching, chanting, and meditation with us. The program will be free of charge, but attendees are invited to donate to help support the monks' monastery which is located in India (in exile from Tibet) and is home to over 2,000 monks. Please contact Janice Schuster @ jrschust@gmail if you have questions. The program will be on Monday, September 8, from 7 pm to 9 pm in the sanctuary.

Monday Meditation

Have you wondered what it might be like to meditate with a group? Here's an easy way to test the waters - come and give it a try with the friendly group that gathers on Monday nights at 7 pm in room 101/103. Monday Meditation is sponsored by the Adult Religious Exploration Council. You'll find more information on the Monday Meditation Facebook page and also at study/. Contact person is

Drumming and Dance Workshops

  • DRUMMING SESSIONS in the West African style facilitated by Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett of circAfrique! The next regular A-REC Drumming Session will meet Monday, August 18 at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary Please note this date change— beginning in September, Drumming will meet on 2nd Mondays at 7:30. Bring your drum, bells, shakers, and other percussive instruments. $10 donation is requested per session. RSVP & details: or information email or call Suzan Windnagel, 765-714-6173 or via Facebook pages for UUC or CircAfrique!
  • DRUMMING & DANCE WORKSHOPS WITH YAYA KABO AND THE ALMA DANCE EXPERIENCE DIRECTED BY ALLISON KODEIH! circAfrique & ALMA Dance Experience, featuring West African Djembefola Yaya Kabo. Workshops- All levels welcome Sunday, August 31, 1- 2:30pm dance workshop 3:30-5:00pm djembe workshop Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian St., West Lafayette.
  • Cost is $15 per workshop, or $25 for both.  Register at

Cost is $15 per workshop, or $25 for both Register at

"You Can't Put God in a Box: Thoughtful Spirituality in a Rational Age." Sunday Sept 28, 12:30 pm, Rm 101/103“

Please join us for this discussion by Kelly Besecke, author of “You Can’t Put God in a Box.” With the loss of religious certainty which prevailed in pre-modern times, some people embraced religious fundamentalism and others shunned religion altogether.  This book focuses on those spiritual seekers who found a “middle way” which draws equally on religious traditions and traditions of reason. They prefer metaphor to literalism and spiritual experience to doctrinal belief.

Hospice Care: Compassionate Care Workshop Tues Aug 26 6:30-8:30 pm

The Conversation Project...talking about end of life wishes, continues with a program on hospice care. Information plus Q & A will be provided by St. Elizabeth Hospice staff in a safe and caring setting.

Hospice care provides medical services, emotional support, and spiritual resources for people who are in the last stages of a serious illness. It also helps family members manage the practical details and emotional challenges of caring for their loved one. After experiencing the compassionate care of hospice, many families wish they had arranged for hospice care sooner.

Our speakers can address your questions & concerns: What are some signs our family could benefit from hospice? Will my physician tell us when it’s time? When is someone “eligible” and how is hospice paid for? Can we ask for a consultation even if we don’t think it’s “time?” And more....come join us. Room 101/103, 6:30 PM, Tuesday, 26 August.

Greater Lafayette Area Inter-Religious Network 2014-2015 Conversation Circles

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County will once again host Inter-Religious Network (IRN) Conversation Circles for the 2014-2015 Calendar year on Saturday evenings.

October 18, 2014, 7pm, 101/103

January 24, 2015, 6pm, 101/103

April 11, 2015, 7pm, 101/103

6pm events will include a full meal, typically Turkish cuisine. 7pm events will be less formal on the meal and we'll have pizza. UU Members and Friends are encouraged to attend and participate.  UU will  provide the table service; everything else will be brought in.  Questions, can be directed to Rev. Charlie Davis,  These dinners will also take place at
Congress St. UMC; 2010 Congress St.; Lafayette, IN 47905; Rev. Clarinda Crawford. Use west parking lot and doors, go down the stairs.

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Alice has also decided to try leaving off the additional regular weekly events usually listed in the order of service bulletin.  Let her know if this bothers or disrupts you in some way; thank you.