Category Archives: interest groups

Winter Solstice

A Yule celebration in cooperation with the Guild of the Gods group will be held on December 16, 2017. Gather in Fellowship Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. for the Traditional Winter Solstice evergreen candle spiral beginning at 7 p.m. Around 9 pm, transition into a Yule Ball with music, wine, and food. Everyone is encouraged to dress for fun and dancing. Around 11:30, call to silence for a meditation time while cleaning up.
Sing final songs and close at midnight. Family friendly!

“Mustang”–a Film

mustang_posterOn November 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm, The UU Film Group will be showing "Mustang", a critically acclaimed film about five sisters in a village in northern Turkey, who protest their arranged marriages and the roles society expects them to fulfill. Following the film, discussion will be led by Azra Ceylan, a Purdue student from Istanbul.

"Mustang" was a 2016 academy award nominee for Best Foreign Language film, and an award recipient at a number of prestigious film festivals. This screening will take place in Room 101-103. Look forward to having you join us!

Questions: Joan Marshall,

Weekly Enrichment Meetings

meditation Did you know that there are numerous meetings to enhance your spiritual, physical and mental health at our church each week? One of them might be just what you are looking for. They are open to the congregation and the public. These include:
12 step meetings
• Monday, Tuesday, and Friday noon (FH)
• Monday 7:00 pm (FH)
• Saturday 7:00 PM (101/103)
Yoga classes:
Thursday 5:30 pm (101/103)
• Saturday 10:00 am (101/103)
Taiji 7:00 am Monday, Wednesday and Friday (FH)
Qigong 7:30 am Monday, Wednesday and Friday (FH)
• Monday 7:00 PM (101-103)
Thursday 5:00 pm (meditation room)
• Saturday 8:00 am (meditation room)

Planning Events at UU Church

Do you want to plan an event using space at our church and wondering how to do that? The answer is, it depends:

For an all church event (social, fundraiser, spiritual, or all-church meeting), you go through Program Council. Contact the Program Council Chair (the Past President – currently Bill Welge) at least six weeks in advance of the event with all relevant information so it can be placed on the agenda. It is recommended that you attend that Program Council meeting to discuss the event so it can be approved.
• Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm in Rooms 101/103. If the event is approved, the Program Council chair will have it placed on the church calendar.
• If you can't attend Program Council, contact the Program Council Chair (Past President) with a description of the event and who will be in charge so it can be discussed and approved at Program Council.

For a single use private event, recurring use, or leasing a room, contact the Board President Elect * currently Randy Myer.

Contact information is in the monthly Lighted Chalice.

One Stop Shop PR for Church Events

event-formAre you tired of posting the PR for your church event in several different portal?. We can take care of that with one entry on the church's "contact us" feature on the website.

Alice Pawley and Steve Moss have reformatted the PR notification system on our website to make it more user friendly. If you have any church related announcement, please take advantage of this online tool. It allows you to select multiple venues for your announcement with ease.

If you would like a quick demonstration of this feature, Dorothy Hughes will be happy to walk you through it.

To complete the form for your event, click here to get started.

UU Flames Coed Softball Callout

1-14_Softball-bat_SL It's time to dust off the softball glove!

The UU Flames will once again be playing in the West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Coed Softball League. Games start will the week of May 9th. We'll play a minimum of 11 games (one a week), followed by an end of season tournament.

If you're interested in playing coed softball with the Flames this year, please contact Mark VanMeeter at 765-448-9807 or No experience is necessary, although you must be at least 18 to participate.

Weather permitting, we'll start having batting and fielding practice on Sunday afternoons following the UU church service. We'll meet at the Arni Cohen fields on Salisbury Street in West Lafayette. NOTE - Practice will not start until 4PM this Sunday (April 17).

Play Ball!

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,

Aug 1: OUTfest 2015, 4 pm-midnight

Mark your calendars now for Saturday, August 1, 4:00 pm to midnight when Greater Lafayette will once again join our GLBT community in our annual pride celebration, OUTfest. The event is held in downtown Lafayette and will feature live bands, food, information, dancing, entertainment and a family area. It is always a fun-filled afternoon and evening. Our UU Social Justice Committee will host a booth as we have in past years and will need volunteers for three shifts, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and 8:00 to 10 pm. To volunteer for a shift, contact Joan Marshall ( If you aren't able to help with the booth, just plan to attend--it's a wonderful event.

-- Joan Marshall, Co Chair, Social Justice Committee, or 765-714-5287

May 16: UUC Plant and Garden Sale

The annual UUC Plant Sale/Fundraiser is Sat. May 16, at the UUC from 9AM-1pm. All members and friends are encouraged to participate in whatever way you can. Please come to the sale, invite family and friends, co-workers.

If you have a garden, please consider donating plant starts or seedlings and fill out plant donation form attached.

The sale relies heavily on congregational donations. Please leave plants in the playground area starting Sunday May 10 - Thursday , May 14, when we start sorting and pricing the items. If you are interested and have time to work at the sale or on the days before, please look at the volunteer sign up sheet and find a time that fits your schedule and email