Lighted Chalice Weekly for Oct 26

Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County

Sunday, October 26

  • FORUM: 9 am: The Future of Food: Specialty Agriculture in Indiana Agriculture in Indiana is quickly changing. According to the Indiana Agricultural Statistic Service, the number of Indiana farms has decreased by 10 percent in the last five years, but the number of small farmers (10 to 49 acres) in Indiana have increased steadily. Indiana has 44,990 smallfarms, and these small farms account for approximately 75 percent of total farms in Indiana. Sherri Dugger dedicates her days to writing, reporting and editing stories about the people in Hoosier fields who are working to change our current food system in Indiana. She will discuss current data regarding organic and sustainable farming, as well as the local players, businesses and organizations who are bringing about change in how and what
    we eat. More information here.
  • SERVICE: 10:30 am.  Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “The Beauty of Autumn.” The first source of the Unitarian Universalist living tradition, is “direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to renewal of the spirit and openness to the forces which create and uphold life.” Fall colors make it easy for me to realize how wonderful it is to be alive. Worship Associate: Bill Welge. Sound: Dan Lybrook. Pulpit Preparation: Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leaders: Andrea & Gary Burniske.

Sunday, November 2

  • FORUM, 9 AM Martha J. Gipson, presents Empowering Students Through Autobiographical Writing. Martha originally taught in the Pacific Northwest Waldorf Schools, and now is a middle school English teacher in Frankfort, Indiana. There she works with many Latino students and families who are struggling to gain appropriate immigration status. To further assist these students and parents, Martha is working to gain Spanish language skills, start a multi-cultural marimba group, and earn a Master's at Purdue in Literacy and Language Education. Martha has been a member of UUC since 1998. Forum is co-chaired by Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Worship Leader Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents Guest at Your Table. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is our movement's arm of justice and compassion. By placing a box at your table during the thanksgiving season and putting in your spare change you help people around the world. Worship Association: Dianna Poindexter. Sound: Mike Marsh. Pulpit Preparation: Robin Poindexter. Fellowship Team Leaders: Beth Misner & Barny Dunning.

Annual Stewardship Drive

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 are available after Forum and before and after service. Before filling out your card, please take time to reflect on your commitment to the church and the role the church plays in your life.

Stewardship Event Dates

  • November 2, Stewardship Wrap-Up
  • Pledge cards available after forum and before and after service October 26; raffle for those who turn in their cards on those dates.

Child and youth religious exploration

Diwali_photoNeelu_photoLast week: Diwali

Last Sunday, we focused on the third source, world religions, as we celebrated the Hindu celebration of Diwali (the festival of lights). During “Time for All Ages,” Neelu read a story of Diwali as some of the students and I acted out the story and passed out lights and phuljaris (homemade sparklers) to the children. I would like to give a special thank you to Isabella, Rachel, Ash, and Neelu for the important roles they played.

Back in the classrooms, the fun continued as students discussed light as a symbol in religious celebrations, compared and contrasted Diwali to other holidays, and created mandala artwork. I also heard that the sixth through eighth grade classes were working hard on making this year’s haunted house extra special. We hope to see all of you at the Halloween party!

This Sunday

Next Sunday, we’ll focus on the first source, transcending mystery, as we explore the beauty of the autumn season and reflect on the importance of nature’s role in our lives.

Connecting Question(s)

  • How are the different parts of nature connected?
  • What is your favorite season and why?
  • How do different plants and animals react to the changing of the seasons?

Connecting Resources

  • City Green by, DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
  • What a Wonderful World by, George David Weiss and Bob Thiele
  • The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by, Tomie dePaola
  • Look What I Did with a Leaf by, Moreza Sohi
  • The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by, Chris Van Allsburg
  • The Bubble Factory by, Tomie dePaola
  • One Small Square by, Donald Silver
  • I Can Read About Seasons by, Robyn Supraner
  • World of Weather by, David Adler
  • Earth Book for Kids by, Linda Schwartz
  • Earth Alert: Environmental Studies for grades 4-6 by, Denise Bieniek
  • The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by, Chris Van Allsburg

Making connections at home

  • Take a nature walk and collect leaves. Use them to make leaf art.
  • Graph your favorite thing to do in autumn.
  • Make a Venn diagram comparing/contrasting two seasons.
  • Blow bubbles or make a bubble sculpture.
  • Go on a fall scavenger hunt. Look for different colors of leaves, seeds, acorns, animals, etc.
  • Make leaf rubbings.
  • Create an autumn glyph.


  • Make sure you have turned in the community survey (both students and adults) so that I can use it in planning events.
  • I am working on a website for RE ( It is still in the developmental stage, so feel free to check it out and give me feedback.
  • Please see me on Sunday for a Giving Tree handout. It is an exciting fundraiser that the RE will be taking part in for the Christmas Jubilee.
  • Feel free to e-mail me with any comments, questions, or suggestions at

Upcoming RE Events

  • October 24-26 (CONtagious) youth con in Indianapolis
  • October 25 (Halloween party from 5:00-8:00)
  • Tuesday, October 28th I will be at Skate America on 135 S. Earl for $2 skate night from 6:30-7:30. See website for more information. (
  • November 7-9 (Spirituality Development Training) in Fort Wayne
  • November 23- December 9 (Giving Tree collection)
  • November 23 (RE Giving Tree fundraiser)
  • November 30 (youth led Spirit Circle for Chalica)
  • December 5-6 (UU Holiday Art Fair)
  • December 7 (interested 5th-8th grade students/families meet in the UU cafeteria at 12:30) giving tree shopping field trip
  • December 13 (Christmas Jubilee)
  • December 21 (Christmas program)

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