Lighted Chalice Weekly for November 23, 2014

Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Church, Tippecanoe County

Sunday November 23

  • FORUM, 9 AM Aurelie Jacquet presents “Nepalese and Native American Traditional Medicine: What Can We Learn to Cure Parkinson's Disease?” Parkinson’s disease (PD) is an age-related disorder that affects five million people worldwide. Current therapies only treat symptoms and there is as of yet no cure to help brain cells to survive. The people of Nepal and Native Americans have a long tradition of herbal medicine and take advantage of the local flora to prepare medicines. In 2012, we identified 46 plants in Nepal that could be potential cures. Today, Native Americans live within a globalized culture but traditional medicine is still widely used as a health care strategy. In 2013 and 2014, we interviewed Native Americans from the Lumbee (North Carolina) and Blackfeet (Montana) tribes to learn how they use plants to treat PD-related symptoms and we overall documented more than 300 uses. Because herbal medicine is sacred and secret among people of the tribe, information about these practices are only shared after a trust relationship is established between the healer and the researcher. Aurelie is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Pharmacy, Purdue University. She graduated from a master's degree program in food science and agriculture in France.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM Rev. Daniel Charles Davis presents “Thankful for Mistakes.” Sometimes the best laid plans go awry; sometimes the best things happen accidentally. We never know w hen we will find a blessing in disguise. Worship Associate, Dorothy Hughes. Sound, Carl Seese. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team: tba.

Sunday November 30

  • FORUM 9am: Terry R. Usrey presents “The Potential for Solar Energy in Indiana.” Terry earned a B.S. in Mathematics from IU in 1972 and began teaching middle and high school math and science. An M.A.T. degree in Mathematics from Purdue came in 1978, and an M.S. in Computer Science from IU came in 1983, along with a career change from public school teaching to I.T. professional. Terry worked in I.T. and I.T. management for 21 year before opting to return to the classroom in 2004, this time as a Lecturer at IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Terry retired from IU/SPEA in 2011, but continues to teach part-time at SPEA. In 2008 Terry, along with Alex Jarvis of Solar Systems of Indana, founded the Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network, an all volunteer nonprofit advocacy group. The original purpose of SIREN was to promote solar technology as an important and practical renewable energy alternative for south-central Indiana. SIREN continues to pursue this goal by conducting a variety of workshops and presentations, and by consulting directly with individuals considering solar for their home or business. Forum is co-chaired by Jim Anderson, Tom McConville and Bill Welge.
  • SERVICE, 10:30 AM: Worship Leader Jody Tishmack presents “When is Enough, Enough?” Americans consume more goods and resources per person than any other country. How can we learn to consume less? When our basic needs are met, living a simple life can offer more happiness than acquiring more things. Worship Associate, Dorothy Hughes. Sound, Jason Dufair. Pulpit Preparation, Nina Kirkpatrick. Fellowship Team Leader, Kat Braz.

Child and Youth Exploration

Last Sunday, we learned about the bravery of Harriet Tubman. Next Sunday, we’ll be setting up for the Giving Tree fundraiser to raise money for the LUM Christmas Jubilee.

RE Class Information and Guide Schedule

  • RE Guide Schedule for November 23rd: All RE classes will meet in the fellowship hall at 10:30 for Giving Tree fundraiser set up. Guides: Lorraine M., Sherry T., Andrea B., Mark V., Josh P.
  • RE Guide Schedule for November 30th: All students will begin in sanctuary and then move to rooms 101/103 for the Chalica Spirit Circle led by the youth. Guides: Lorraine, Amy, Josh, Rae

Important Reminders

  • There will be a RE work day on November 20th from 3:00-7:00. Stop by my office and help with the fundraiser, holiday program, or workshop planning.
  • We are in need of RE guides, shadows, subs, workshop teachers, and other volunteers. Please let me know if you are interested. There is a sign up sheet in the fellowship hall.
  • We are in need of help at the Giving Tree fundraiser and drivers for the shopping field trip. Please let me know if you’re interested or would like more information.
  • I am updating the website for RE. Check it out and give me your feedback.
  • Materials Needed: popcorn (plain and unpopped), hot chocolate packets, suckers, tape, ribbon, graham crackers, tubes of icing, peanut butter, baked goods, small prizes, plastic spoons/knives, glitter pens, candy canes, assorted candy
  • We are collecting donations of gifts ($30 suggested value) and stocking stuffers ($5 suggested value) for the LUM Christmas Jubilee.
  • The OWL program will be starting up in January for 7th-9th grade. Please let me know if you’d like more information.
  • Feel free to e-mail me with any comments, questions, or suggestions at

Upcoming Events

  • November 23- “Guest at Your Table” boxes due
  • 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 (holiday program)

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