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Joe Micon Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award


At an alumni awards luncheon last Friday at the Indiana University campus in Indianapolis, Joe Micon received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the IU School of Social Work Alumni Association. Joe was nominated by Mark Thomas, former LUM Board president and Eileen Weiss, LUM business manager. Mark and Joe’s family were able to attend the luncheon as well.

The IU School of Social Work Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award is given annually to alumni who demonstrate outstanding service and leadership to the profession, state and school.

Congratulations Joe for this special IU School of Social Work alumni award.


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Salute to Joe Micon

{Pictured above with Joe Micon is Mark Thomas, former LUM Board President.}
To view more PHOTOS from the event, click HERE.
To view Joe Micon’s Remarks, click HERE.

Chapel of the Good Shepherd Installs New Pastor

LUM Executive Director Attends Celebration

This past Saturday, Joe Micon, LUM executive director attended a Celebration of New Ministry at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd – the Episcopal Church at Purdue. The event included the formal installation of their new chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Hilary E. Cooke, by the bishop, the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows. Everyone at LUM is excited to continue our fruitful partnership with Good Shepherd and joins in on congratulating Chaplain Hilary on her new role with her church and the community.

{Pictured are L to R: Mark Thomas, Good Shepherd parish administrator, LUM Board member & former LUM Board president; Chaplain Hilary CookeJoe Micon; and Patti O’Callaghan, LUM Lobbyist & member of Good Shepherd.}

LUM Board & Staff Call for Reunion of Children & Parents


Calling for a Quick Reunion of
Children & Parents held in US Detention Centers

Lafayette Urban Ministry is committed to touching the future by helping children and their families in the here and now. That is why we join our voice with US and world faith leaders in opposition to the cruel separation of families and children seeking refuge along the US border with Mexico.

We reject the allegations that the children and adults seeking refuge from economic privation, violence, and political turmoil – seeking peace and a new home in our country – are criminals.

We reject the misuse of Romans 13 by Attorney General Sessions and White House Press Secretary Sanders to justify reprehensible actions.

Many more scripture passages insist on helping the immigrant, the sojourner, the poor, and those in need of aid. We rejoice that President Trump changed direction today and has reversed his destructive policy of separating asylum-seeking parents from their children.

We pray his administration will move quickly to reunite children held in detention centers with their families and establish a more humane and just system to assist those seeking asylum and refuge in our nation.


“And the King will answer them ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'”

Matt 25:40, NRSV



Meet the New LUM Board Officers


LUM is governed by a Board of Directors — made up of one representative from each member church plus a few appointed individuals from specific community groups. The LUM board meets each month, overseeing and directing policy decisions, fiscal matters, and programming issues, ensuring that LUM continues to fulfill its vital mission to the community. It is led by an eight member executive council.



Best wishes and congratulations to the outgoing 2017 LUM Board of Directors. A special thank you to the incoming 2018 Executive Council members (pictured L to R above), who are as follows:

  • Mark Thomas, President, Chapel of the Good Shepherd
  • Ashley Bonnes, Vice President, Lafayette Christian Reformed Church
  • Susie Riley, Treasurer, Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Joan Low, Secretary, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Cheryl Fowler, Facilities, Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County
  • Marilyn Zerbes, Personnel, At Large
  • Patty Useem, Program, Planning & Evaluation, Federated Church
  • Joe Micon, Executive Director, Lafayette Urban Ministry

The individuals leading the Lafayette Urban Ministry are passionate, hard working and talented — it’s going to be another successful year!


LUM Board & Staff Condemn Hate & Racism


Lafayette Urban Ministry Condemns Hate Banners,
Supports Unitarian Universalist Church Congregation
in West Lafayette

The 46 member-church board and 25 member staff of the Lafayette Urban Ministry condemn, in the strongest terms, the hate banners found at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County in West Lafayette yesterday morning.

We deplore the ideology behind them and the hatred manifest in them. White supremacy must find no sanction or shelter in our community.

We grieve that this incident is the latest in a growing number of racist actions in our community, including desks arranged into a swastika at an Honors College learning space at Purdue, White Nationalist posters spread across campus, confederate flags paraded around our community in pickup truck convoys and Klan recruitment posters distributed in downtown Lafayette.

We also give thanks for the moral witness given by the members and leadership of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and support their right to congregate in peace without fear and intimidation and to speak out for civil rights, racial, economic and environmental justice for all members of our community, state and nation.

Finally, we commend West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis for quickly and proactively speaking out against the hatred visited upon the Unitarian Universalist Church and our entire community. We call upon all of our community’s university, government and church leaders to strongly, and in no uncertain terms, denounce racism and white supremacy.


But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Amos 5:24, NRSV


LUM Board Visits Summer Programs in Action


LUM Board Tours Food Pantry & 5th Quarter


This week, members of the LUM Board of Directors made two site visits. They visited the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program at First Christian Church and the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry at St. John’s Episcopal Church (both on N 6th Street, Lafayette).

Joe Micon, LUM executive director, led the tour and shared,

“It is important for the LUM Board members to get out and see first hand who we serve, how we serve, and where we serve. Monthly reports are helpful, but visiting a site is more powerful.”

Mark Thomas, president of the LUM Board, who attended the tours stated that

“It was a wonderful day — and an affirmation that the LUM staff are doing great work and as a whole LUM is continuing to have a tremendous impact on the families in our community.”


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5th Quarter Summer Learning Program


{Pictured L to R: Back Row — Cindy Nycz, LUM board member; Mark Thomas; food pantry volunteers: Jack Kauffman, Kathie Basden, & Noah Kauffman; Front Row — Susie Riley, LUM board treasurer and Molly Kauffman, food pantry volunteer.}

Clarinda Crawford—Celebration of 7 Years of Service



This past weekend the members of Congress Street United Methodist Church hosted a reception for Rev. Clarinda Crawford. At this event, Joe Micon, LUM executive director and Mark Thomas, LUM board president, presented Clarinda with a special proclamation from the LUM Board of Directors and staff. The proclamation stated that, “Clarinda possesses a prophetic thirst for social justice, always calling the wider faith community to respond to the needs of the oppressed with fairness and compassion.”

The event was joyful celebration of Clarinda’s seven years of service to the community through Lafayette Urban Ministry and Congress Street United Methodist Church. It is clear that Clarinda had a positive impact on many people and programs during her time in Lafayette and will be greatly missed. Pictured L to R are Penny Glotzbach, Congress St. UMC representative to the LUM board, Clarinda Crawford, Mark Thomas & Joe Micon.

To view more PHOTOS of Reception for Rev. Clarinda Crawford, click HERE.
To make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund in her honor, click HERE.


If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Good Samaritan Fund in honor of Rev. Clarinda Crawford, click below.

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Meet the New LUM Board Officers


LUM is governed by a Board of Directors — made up of one representative from each member church plus a few appointed individuals from specific community groups. The LUM board meets each month, overseeing and directing policy decisions, fiscal matters, and programming issues, ensuring that LUM continues to fulfill its vital mission to the community. It is led by an eight member executive council.



Best wishes and congratulations to the 2017 LUM Board of Directors. A special thank you to the 2017 Executive Council members (pictured L to R above), who are as follows:

  • Mark Thomas, President, Chapel of the Good Shepherd
  • Ashley Bonnes, Vice President, Lafayette Christian Reformed Church
  • Joan Low, Secretary, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Susie Riley, Treasurer, Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Jeremiah Dole, Facilities, At Large
  • Deb Parent, Personnel, At Large
  • Patty Useem, Program, Planning & Evaluation, Federated Church
  • Joe Micon, Executive Director, Lafayette Urban Ministry

The individuals leading the Lafayette Urban Ministry are passionate, hard working and talented — it’s going to be another successful year!

 


Meet the New LUM Board Officers


LUM is controlled by a Board of Directors — made up of one representative from each member church plus a few appointed individuals from specific community groups. The LUM board meets once a month, overseeing and directing policy decisions, fiscal matters, and programming issues, ensuring that LUM continues to fulfill its vital mission to the community. It is led by an eight member executive council.


2016 Executive Board


Best wishes and congratulations to the 2016 LUM Board of Directors. A special thank you to the 2016 Executive Council members (pictured L to R above), who are as follows:

  • Robert Hall, President, Saint Lawrence Catholic Church
  • Jeremiah Dole, Vice President, At Large
  • Mark Thomas, Secretary, Chapel of the Good Shepherd
  • Susie Riley, Treasurer, Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Cliff Mitchell, Facilities, Elston Presbyterian Church
  • Deb Parent, Personnel, At Large
  • Patty Useem, Program, Planning & Evaluation, Federated Church
  • Joe Micon, Executive Director, Lafayette Urban Ministry

The Lafayette Urban Ministry leadership is passionate, hard working and talented — it’s going to be a great 2016!