Category Archives: Outreach

LUM Executive Director Attends Mission Fair

Opportunities Through Local Presbyterian Churches

Joe Micon, LUM executive director, attended the Mission Fair this past Saturday at Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette. The fair was sponsored by the four Tippecanoe County Presbyterian congregations (Bethany, Central, Dayton Memorial & Elston), Presbyterian Mission Agency, and Presbytery of Wabash Valley; and included several booths with information about specific mission opportunities, as well as lunch and a presentation by Charles & Melissa Johnson from a partner mission in the Republic of Zambia, in south-central Africa. The planning committee for the Mission Fair (Chip Goldsberry, Terry Phillips, Paul Houser, Carolyn Goldsberry, the Rev. Lucia Oerter, and Sara Stallings) is pictured above with Joe Micon.

Retirement Celebration – Rev. Peter Bunder

Celebrating 34 Years of Ministry at Good Shepherd

Last Sunday, the Rev. Peter Bunder presided over his final Sunday service as the chaplain & vicar at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd — The Episcopal Church at Purdue University, West Lafayette. Joe Micon, LUM executive director, attended the service and celebration to honor the Rev. Bunder’s 34 years of ministry to our community through Good Shepherd.

The Rev. Peter Bunder has been a strong and steadfast supporter of the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry, and the Chapel of the Good Shepherd is one of the more active member-churches of LUM. On behalf of the LUM staff and board of directors, congratulations, thank you, and best wishes to our friend, the Rev. Peter Bunder.

{Pictured above L to R: the Rev. Peter Bunder, Katy O’Malley-Bunder & Joe Micon.}


To view, the Rev. Peter Bunder’s final sermon, click HERE.

“Never Again Is Now” Rally – Powerful Event

LUM Immigration Clinic Participates in Rally

Last Sunday, the LUM Immigration Clinic staff members attended and participated in the “Never Again Is Now Rally” organized by the Interfaith Leaders of Greater Lafayette.

ILGL members planned the rally at St. John’s Episcopal Church, stating that the members are “horrified at the conditions in the detention centers on our borders, wherein children are abused, denied medicine, refused soap and toiletries, and are forced to sleep in freezing temperatures on concrete floors. This dehumanization is immoral!”

Lafayette Urban Ministry was one of the event sponsors, and the Rev. Susan Brouillette, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, was an invited speaker (pictured above). Other speakers included the Rabbi Michael Harvey from Temple Israel representing the Interfaith Leaders of Greater Lafayette, Purdue Professor Jay McCann representing the Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies and Annabel Prokopy, 10th grade student at West Lafayette High School (and daughter of LUM program director, Josh Prokopy). Each speaker was well received, and the rally drew more than 300 participants and local media. The overarching message throughout the rally was that,

“Our community will not stand for these violations of human rights.”

For more information, please email interfaithleadersgl@gmail.com.


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Rev. Rodney Lynch Spoke at Pizza & Perspectives

Theological Reflections on the “Urban Ministry”

As a part of the on-going training of the LUM Board of Directors, each quarter their meeting features a program called “Pizza & Perspectives.” At last week’s board meeting, the Pizza & Perspectives program featured remarks from the Rev. Rodney Lynch, pastor & director of the Baptist Student Foundation at Purdue University.

The evening began with a wonderful meal at Jane’s Gourmet Catering followed by the Rev. Lynch who shared his Theological Reflections on the Urban Ministry. His presentation was lively, informative and inspiring. The Rev. Lynch gave an overview of the importance of “urban ministries” incorporating Bible verses as well as personal stories to highlight his message. The event was well attended, and the participants were engaged and appreciative of the timely information.

The Rev. Rodney Lynch earned a BA in Social Science from The College of New Rochelle, as well as a Master of Divinity & Master of Sacred Theology from Drew University (Madison, New Jersey). He is married to Felicia M. (Myles) Lynch, and they have three children: Jeremiah, David & Michael. A special thank you to the Rev. Rodney Lynch for taking the time to share his thoughts and expertise with the friends, board members and staff of Lafayette Urban Ministry.

To view more PHOTOS from the LUM Pizza & Perspectives program, click HERE.

Micon Speaks at Stockwell United Methodist

Joe Micon Participates in Service & Mission Event

This past Sunday, Joe Micon, LUM executive director, participated in Worship Service & Mission event at the Stockwell United Methodist Church. It was a wonderful opportunity to educate and update the members of Stockwell on the programs at LUM and their impact and needs. It also gave Joe Micon a chance to reconnect with several current and former LUM board members and volunteers. LUM is grateful for the support that it receives all year-long from the members and leadership of Stockwell United Methodist Church.

{Pictured above L to R are Linda Morris, Joe Micon, the Rev. Mark Berg & Alan Kemper.}

Outreach is an important part of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry; and members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to engage with and educate people on a variety of issues. Directors of the various LUM programs are well-informed on social and economic issues and are passionate about helping raise awareness in the local community on critical issues affecting low-income families.For more information on LUM outreach, click HERE.

LUM Hosts Purdue Religious Leaders

Last week, LUM hosted the regular meeting of the University Religious Leaders of Purdue. URL is a consortium of religious leaders who serve Purdue students in West Lafayette. LUM provided the space, the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, and a simple lunch.

Joe Micon, LUM executive director, attended and welcomed the group, and the Rev. Susan Brouillette, the LUM Immigration Clinic director, was their featured speaker after lunch (pictured above). She presented an overview of the types of services that the LUM Immigration Clinic offers for legal immigrants as well as updates on immigration policy, statistics and common issues in our community.

LUM has enjoyed a good partnership with the URL — and this was a great opportunity to strengthen that relationship.

LUM Participates in “The Hunger Summit”

Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director, Serves on Panel

This morning at the Temple Israel in West Lafayette, Joe Micon, LUM executive director, served on a panel at The Hunger Summit.

The Hunger Summit was moderated by Mitch Davis from Hunger Free Indiana. Panelists included representatives from local and state food banks and agencies as well as health and nutrition educators. In attendance were concerned citizens, the mayors of Lafayette & West Lafayette, a Tippecanoe County commissioner, several faith leaders, food pantry directors and local agency representatives. The dialogue was lively and focused on hunger and food instability in Tippecanoe County. The participants were encouraged to ask questions and offer ideas for innovation and improvements to current programs and services. One important conversation was related to how the government shutdown has impacted food banks and food assistance programs for local families, including families served by Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Joe Micon Engages St. Tom’s ESTEEM Students


Earlier in November, Joe Micon, LUM executive director, was invited to engage the students enrolled in St. Thomas Aquinas Center’s Boiler ESTEEM program.

Micon focused on the Catholic Social Doctrine with a focus on social justice, being agents of change, service and the Corporal Works of Mercy.

ESTEEM is a nationwide program to develop the leadership skills of young Catholics.

Outreach is an important part of the mission of LUM; and members of the LUM professional staff are available to speak to church, civic, and educational groups on a variety of topics. To make arrangements for a presentation, call or email LUM (765-423-2691 | lum@lumserve.org).