Monthly Archives: September 2015

Mantras for World Communion Sunday

As part of the services for World Communion Sunday, October 4, Neelu Chawla will be chanting mantras during the Prelude and Offertory. If you'd like to learn more about these mantras and their meanings, here are a couple of links provided by Neelu:

Prelude mantra:

Offertory mantra:

Help Needed for Football Parking this Saturday

Purdue has a home game this Saturday (against Bowling Green, noon start) and so far we have no one to park cars. I have been coordinating the parking this season, but I have been invited to my son's fraternity "Dad's Day". We need 1-2 people from 10 am to noon. If you are part of a church group or committee, you get 1/2 of the day's proceeds to add to your church budget. Contact Barny Dunning at 412-8760 or if you can help.

The UU Interest Groups for 2015-2016

UU Annual Interest Groups for 2015-2016
Members and Visitors are encouraged to join at least one group ...
it's a fun way to get to know other people in our church community!
To join, please contact the person in the group listing.

Book Group. This group reads a variety of different types of books and usually meets on Sunday evenings. Gale Charlotte,

Families with Kids. This group meets in family-friendly locations throughout the year.
Beth Hoffmann,

Feminist Book Group. This group reads books (mostly fiction) written by women authors about strong female characters. Men are welcome! Usually meets on Friday evenings.
Linda Prokopy,

Grounds and Gardens Group. Join us on the first Sunday just after potluck. We will work together to make our building and grounds more beautiful, sustainable, and useful. We also help with the UU Spring Plant Sale. Rae Schnapp,

Guy's Night Out. Get together with other men to relax and make new friends. Josh Prokopy, and Gary Burniske,

Outdoor Group. Join in fun group outdoor outings. Activities may include hiking, canoeing, bird watching, etc. Rae Schnapp,

Quilting Bee/Fiber Arts. This group meets on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 Room 101/103. Come work on your unfinished project and enjoy fellowship with other fiber artists. Kirsten Reynolds,

Softball Team. The UU Flames Team plays together during the spring and summer season and meets periodically during the off-season. Mark VanMeeter,

UU Brew Crew. We get together two to three times a year to spend a Saturday afternoon brewing beer and sharing samples of both our home brew and great micro-brewed commercial beers. You don't have to be a brewer to join. You just need an interest in learning more about the brewing process and spending an afternoon sharing good beer with friends. Josh Prokopy,

UU Movie Group. This group watches movies together at church and local movie theaters and gathers afterwards to discuss the movies. Joan Marshall, or Verna Ritz,

Women's Night Out. Spend time with other women to chat and get to know each other better. Christine Schertz,

Writers Group. This group meets first and third Mondays at 1:30 in Room 104 to share and support each other in writing endeavors. Caroline Barnhart,

4th Annual LGBTQIA Film Festival at Purdue, September 24 – 27

Please join us for NOGLSTP@Purdue's 4th Annual LGBTQIA Film Festival! As always, this event is completely FREE and OPEN to the public. We would like to especially invite you to our screening of the award-winning new film Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine with a discussion with the filmmaker, Michelle Josue, at 3 PM on Saturday, September 26th.

Thursday (Krannert Auditorium)
6 PM: Two Spirits in collaboration with the Purdue University Native American Educational and Cultural Center
7:45 PM: Eat With Me in collaboration with the Purdue University Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center

Friday (Mathews 210)
6 PM: Living With Pride: Ruth C Ellis @ 100 with the Purdue Black Cultural Center
8 PM: Gerontophilia

Saturday (Mathews 210)
1 PM: My Prairie Home with panel discussion
3 PM: Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine with Director Michele Josue
8 PM: Melting Away with Purdue Hillel and Trans Lafayette

Sunday (Mathews 210)
1:30 PM: Joven y Alocada with the Purdue University Latino Cultural Center
4 PM: The Last Taboo with a panel discussion with the Boilermakers Disability Coalition

Sponsored by: Purdue University LGBTQ Center, Purdue Graduate Student Government, Polytechnic Institute, Department of History, Department of Political Science, Honors College, College of Health and Human Sciences, College of Liberal Arts Student Diversity Initiatives, Film & Video Studies Program, Department of Anthropology, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, American Studies Program, St. John's Episcopal Church, Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County, Wesley Foundation at Purdue, and Purdue Libraries.

Festival Facebook Page

For more information, contact


Chalice Circle Registration is now Open

chalice-circles2Registration for the new Chalice Circles program is now open. There will be three groups meeting monthly at different times, starting in October. Each group has eight available spots to be filled on a first come, first served basis. You can register online at the following links:

2nd Wednesday 10-12am
3rd Thursday, 7-9pm
2nd Sunday, 4-6pm

Chalice Circles consist of seven to ten people, large enough to promote group interaction, and small enough to allow intimacy- and equal participation.


Participants commit to attend all meetings unless there are un-expected situations. Participation is vital so members can not only care for themselves but can also demonstrate caring for one another.

Meeting Times and Places

Each group meets often enough for group members to create meaningful connections: a least once a month. Groups meet for about two hours, long enough to follow the format and en-gage in deep listening. Groups normally meet in members’ homes. By sharing our homes with others, we share our stories and a little bit about who we are. However, since some groups may have special needs, church space is available as a meeting place.


Questions? Contact:

Dorothy Hughes: or 765-237-7652
For more information, download the flyer.

The Spiritual Will

On Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 101/103 A-REC is hosting a program on preparing your Spiritual Will. The event will be held at Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian Street, West Lafayette.
• The spiritual will states our wishes for spiritual care as we are dying. Using “The Five Love Languages,” Rev. Nancy Eberhard will help us identify what comforts and nurtures our spiritual and daily lives, especially approaching end of life. Who and what would you like near? It calls on us to reflect and consider our current spiritual practices - and also how family and friends who may not be familiar with them might be affected.
• Rev. Daniel Charlies Davis will teach us “How to Give People Tools to Remember Us and Carry Forth Our Ideals" after our death. This includes requests, instructions and suggestions for those who share our faith and for family and friends who may be of a different faith. It gives us the opportunity to arrange for things to be readily available rather than having someone scrambling to put something together for remembering us.

Please register by calling Karin Bergman, office administrator at 765-743-8812 or email her at office For more details, please see the poster.

Unearthing Our Roots of Racism Film Series

Cracking_the_Codes_2_Cracking the Codes asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. Film segments are braided with facilitated dialogue by Ericka Huggins, professor in Sociology at Laney & Berkeley City College, and Women’s Studies at California State University, East Bay. In this evening event, attendees will engage in talking about the system of racial inequity prompted by the stories in the film and will leave asking new questions and inspired to engage in change.

The first film showing will be September 21, 2015 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Krannert Auditorium, 403 W State St, West Lafayette. For more information, contact Kristen Reynolds or visit Indiana Voices of Women.

Memorial Service for Chuck Reynolds, September 19

A Celebration of Life for Chuck Reynolds who passed away unexpectedly on August 2, 2015, will be held Saturday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County. The UU Church is located at 333 Meridian Street in West Lafayette, Indiana; 765-743-8812,

Chuck, a freelance photographer, taught at Columbia College of Chicago for 25 years. He was also an accomplished bassoonist and played for several years with the North Side Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras. Please join Chuck's partner Verna Ritz, his family, and friends in commemoration and honor of his life and many remarkable talents.

Join Us for Harvest Your Talent

The Stewardship Committee invites you to Harvest Your Talent, a church-wide celebration to wrap up the stewardship campaign, honor our lead donors, and enjoy the talent of our friends and congregants. The event will be held on  November 14, 2015 from 5-9 pm.

The evening will begin with entertainment by our children and youth, followed by a soup cook-off dinner, and then the adult talent show. Everyone is welcome and Childcare will be provided. Please contact Sherry Tripodi at or 989-7702 if you or your child wants to perform, or if you can make a batch of soup, bread, salad, or dessert, or help with set up or clean up. Thank you for helping to make this event a success!

Download the poster