Lighted Chalice Weekly for Sept 21, 2014

Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County

Sunday, September 28

  • FORUM, 9 AM Jim Anderson, Irene Stephens, & Ruth Ann Ferris present “The American Disabilities Act.”Jim will speak on the American Disabilities Act then open the forum up for discussion on the ADA from the panelists. Then we'll open it up for discussion & Q&A from all. Jim Anderson is a Professor of Medical Sociology and Health Communication at Purdue. He teaches courses on health care organization in the U.S. and other countries and a course regarding bioethical issues. Jim Anderson, RuthAnn Ferris and Irene Stephens are longtime members of the U. All speakers are regular attendees of Sunday Forum. Forum is co-chaired by Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Please join us as Worship Leader Dianna Poindexter presents “The Importance of Having a UU Church in the Lafayette Area.” A few of the 25 year+ members who were honored earlier this month will share their thoughts. Sound: Jason Dufair. Fellowship: Kat Braz. Pulpit Preparation: Robin Poindexter

Child and youth religious exploration

We are still in need of RE volunteer classroom guides, one for pre-K through kindergarten and one in the 1st-2nd grades. Our curriculum this year follows the sermon focus of the six sources. This week we are focusing on the fourth source, concerning Jewish and Christian teachings that tell us to love all others as we love ourselves. We are also having the children create their own personal history timelines in continued celebration of our 65th anniversary.

If anyone is interested in story telling with our children during our “time for all ages,” please email me at

-- Michelle Murphy Miller, Interim Director of Religious Education

Security for our children

In light of attacks on other churches in recent years, we have set in place a policy of locking the entrance door to the office wing (where the keypad is) on Sunday mornings when the worship service starts. This is to prevent anyone with ill intent from entering through that door while most of the adults in the congregation are in the Sanctuary. The door is programmed to automatically unlock itself every Sunday morning before Forum. It will then lock itself at 10:30, when the worship service starts. This is specifically to protect our children when they go to their RE classes. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES is anyone to leave that door unlocked at any time on any Sunday morning. Let the keypad program unlock and lock as it has been programmed. Please help us to maintain this security measure for our children. Thank you.

-- Safe Congregation Committee: Robin Poindexter, Noemi Ybarra, Bill Cannon

Why I give to UUC: John Carlson

Carlson“I believe that the UUC fills an important need in this part of Indiana for a community of people who are open-minded about religion and spirituality. Being a member of this church, I want to do all I can to help it survive and thrive so that others in the future will be able to share in this community.”

-- John Carlson

Why do you give?

UU membership classes for Fall 2014/Winter 2015 - now on 2nd Sundays

UU Membership Classes presented by Rev. Charlie Davis and the Membership Committee, meet each second Sunday on a rotating basis after service and “Talk & Tour.” 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, RSVP to Sallie Cooke, Membership Chair, ( one week prior to class, so we have an accurate count for child care.

  • EXPLORING MEMBERSHIP: PARTICIPATING AT UUC, WEST LAFAYETTE 12 October. 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 9 November . 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.
  • UU HISTORY 14 December. 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.

Social Justice Committee Updates

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, October 9 at 7:00 pm in Room 104.l If you have questions, concerns, or ideas, contact co-chairs Joan Marshall,, &Tom McConville,

  • CHANGE FOR CHANGE: The theme for Change for Change 2014 is “Helping Our Community.” All loose coins in the 2014 Sunday Offering will go to organizations striving to address social justice issues in this area. Our September/October C4C recipient is Food Finders Food Bank, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Food Finders is raising funds to build a Food Resource and Education Center which will include a pantry that is open evenings and weekends. In addition to the pantry a curriculum including classes on meal planning, cooking on a budget, and wise shopping will be offered. Healthy eating will be emphasized. In addition to the Food Resource and Education Center, Food Finders must expand their warehouse space so that they are able accept and process more food.
  • LAFAYETTE AREA PEACE COALITION (LAPC): The next meeting of the LAPC (co-sponsored by UU Social Justice) will take place on Sunday, 5 October, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian Street in West Lafayette Room 101/103.

From the Stewardship Committee

Hello All,

Our annual Stewardship Drive kicks off October 5 and continues until November 2. The theme for this year is 65 Year Anniversary: Re-membering. Our goal is for 100% of members and friends to "re- member," that is, renew their commitment to our church. Pledge cards will be available after Forum and before and after service starting October 12, as well as at the Lead Donor Dinner and the Rising Member Cocktail Event (see dates below). Before you receive your card, please take time to reflect on your commitment to the church and the role the church plays in your life. As most of you know, 2015 brings unique financial challenges to our congregation. Our roof is in need of major repair. We are in the process of hiring a new DRE as well as a new choir director. Another cold winter means increased utility and grounds maintenance costs. With these challenges come opportunities for growth and improvement. This all hinges on our personal and cumulative vows to our church. We cannot afford to pledge as we have in the past and expect that someone else will make up the difference. We are the someone else. We are the difference.

Stewardship Event Dates

  • October 5 10:30 Stewardship Kick-off Service
  • October 8 6-8pm Lead Donor Dinner
  • October 10 5:30-7 Rising Member Cocktail Hour (for members who pledged for the first time in 2014 and/or increased their pledge in 2014)
  • October 12 10:30 Stewardship Sermon
  • November 2 Stewardship Wrap-Up
  • Pledge cards available after forum and before and after service
  • October 12, 19, 26; raffle for those who turn in their cards on those dates

All the best,
Sherry Tripodi,
Stewardship Committee Chair


Please join us for a discussion of author Kelly Besecke’s, “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.

Kelly Besecke will visit our UU church on the Sunday following the book discussion. She will discuss her book Sept. 28 at 12:30 pm in room 101/103. Bring your lunch! You don't have to have read the book to attend and enjoy her talk!"

Sept 25: The Conversation Project Continues...

Learn how you can receive better care for yourself AND your family if you become seriously ill or injured (at any age). We don’t expect to need such care but so many people do and don’t know how to access such assistance. Please join us—you’ll be glad you attended.

Oct 2: The 20 minute tune-up continues!

Please join us for this Taoist Immortal Internal Exercise 8 Week Class taught by Master Jason Argos. The next session begins Thursday, 2 October 2014, 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., through Thursday, 13 November, UUC Room 101/103. $55 for 8 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.


Please join us immediately following service each 2nd Sunday for “Talk and Tour,” next on October 12. 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!

Oct 13: Drumming workshops

DRUMMING SESSIONS in the West African style facilitated by Sundeep Rao and Robin Pickett of circAfrique! Beginning in September, Drumming will meet on each 2nd Monday at 7:30. The next regular A-REC Drumming Session: Monday, October 13, 7:30 pm in 101/103. 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!


We are seeking diversity in thought, word, and music for participation. If your faith community is interested, please contact: Rev. Charlie Davis ( Following the service, St. Tom’s Annual Thanksgiving meal takes place. All are invited to attend. To plan appropriately, please RSVP to this invitation or stay tuned to: for the event invitation.  There will be a special time for collection of non-perishable items and financial donations for Food Finders Food Bank. Thank you!!

West Lafayette Zen Group

We meet each Thursday in the Meditation Room at 5:30 p.m. for Zazen sitting, chanting and reading, also Saturday mornings at 8:00 a.m.

Football parking: available money maker!

The Purdue football season has already started. As usual we are parking cars on our property as a way of making money for the church. As we have done for a number of years, groups and committees within the church can volunteer to do the work on a given football Saturday and get part of the proceeds – typically half of that week’s take (the other half goes to the church’s general treasury). We anticipate large crowds for some games and smaller crowds for others. So the income earned varies, but so does the work load. Two-three people can handle the job on the days when we anticipate a small crowd, while 4-6 people are necessary for some of the larger crowds. Typically someone needs to show up around 9 am to put out signs and the traffic cones. Parking starts in earnest around 10 am and continues through noon (the usual start time for the games; if the game is moved to a later time slot then all start times need to be similarly adjusted). You don’t need to be present after the start of the game – drivers are on their own after the game. Typically we park about 10+ cars on a slow day and up to 60 for the biggest games. Parking is $10.

If you have a group that would like to make some extra money for church activities this fall, contact either Amanda Estes ( or Barny Dunning ( In the past, game days were allotted on a strictly “first come, first served” basis. To be a bit fairer, we will collect offers to volunteer for specific games through Sept 24 and then assign groups to games as fairly as possible (flipping a coin?). Groups that want to do one of the bigger games need to show they have the “person-power” for the task.
Remaining games include: Sept 27 Iowa (Homecoming, possible large crowd), Oct 11 Michigan State (large crowd, possible later time), Nov 8 Wisconsin (large crowd), Nov 22 Northwestern (small crowd).

Sept 21: Building your own Theology - 8 weekly sessions

Begins September 21, 2014, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Register with Ellen Germann,

Join us for this exciting and thought-provoking course based on the work of Richard Gilbert and facilitated by Ellen Germann. Focused on the assumption that everyone is their own theologian, this classic Unitarian Universalist adult education program invites participants to develop their personal credos, the fundamental religious beliefs, values and convictions that inform and direct the living of their lives. Purchase the BYOT workbook for $20 or borrow a copy. Location is Room 101/103 at UUC. Limited to 12 participants so register soon!

Oct 14: Board meeting

Board Meetings take place each third Tuesday at 6:30 pm in Conference Room 101/103, next on Tuesday, 14 October 2014. Church members are welcome to attend and are encouraged to speak with members of the Board of Trustees regarding congregational questions and concerns.