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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

Citizen Advocacy Training Coming To West Lafayette

Common Cause Indiana is bringing the popular Citizens Advocacy Training on Redistricting to West Lafayette.

The details are as follows:

WHAT: Citizens Advocacy Training on Redistricting
WHEN: Saturday, July 22 at 1 p.m.
WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian Street, West Lafayette
WHY: It will take a massive outpouring of citizens support and grassroots lobbying to persuade the legislature to end gerrymandering and put citizens in charge of redistricting. Come learn how you can help and gain the information you need to be an effective advocate for fair redistricting.

Space is limited so please RSVP today to Joyce Field at jfield@nlci.com (please include your name and phone number).

Jubilee Christmas — Making the Season Bright

Jubilee Christmas Helps to Make the Season Bright.

LUM Jubilee Christmas “Helps Make the Season Bright.” This past Saturday, close to 1,000
volunteers across the county hosted 684 families who were shopping for 1,913 children at 27 different host-sites engaging 31 churches and organizations — It’s LUM Jubilee Christmas!

Our Jubilee Christmas families are wonderful, loving parents — and our caring volunteers are excited to make these parents the “super-heroes” on Christmas morning. Each Jubilee Christmas family also received a ham, food card & homemade Christmas cookies to make Christmas dinner special too.

In addition to the new friendships forged, the highlight of the day is always the surprise visit from Santa Claus.

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Jubilee Christmas

More PHOTOS from Jubilee Christmas 2016 may be viewed HERE.

Thanks to all of our Jubilee Christmas partners:

Host Sites: Bethany Presbyterian Church, Central Presbyterian Church, Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Christ United Methodist Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Congress Street United Methodist Church, Elston Presbyterian Church, Faith Presbyterian Church, Federated Church, First Baptist Church, First Christian Church, First United Methodist Church, Grace United Methodist Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Immanuel United Church of Christ, Lafayette Christian Reformed Church, Lafayette Church of the Brethren, Lafayette Friends Meeting, Memorial Presbyterian Church of Dayton, Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Riverside Covenant Church, Sigma Chi Fraternity, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Boniface Catholic Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Lawrence Catholic Church, St. Mary Cathedral, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center, Trinity United Methodist Church and Unitarian Universalist Church.

Community Partners: First United Methodist Church, Lafayette Adult Resource Academy, Lafayette School Corporation, Oakland High School, SpeedPro Imaging, Purdue Musical OrganizationsSt. Andrew United Methodist Church & U-Haul

Donation Centers: Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co. & Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

Jubilee Christmas in the News

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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Jubilee Christmas

A Week of Reflection

LUM Member Churches Reflect on Orlando

Orlando Vigil at Congress St. UMC
photo by the Rev. D. Charles Davis, Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County

After the tragic incident in Orlando this past Sunday, several of the LUM member churches
held events and services to support the victims and survivors and to raise awareness of the relevant issues.

On Sunday evening, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County, West Lafayette, held a nondenominational memorial service to remember and reflect on the lives lost that day. It was well attended by the community, church leaders and members of Pride Lafayette. Read more in the news article HERE.

On Monday, Congress Street United Methodist Church and Pride Lafayette, Inc. sponsored a memorial event. Several hundred people gathered at the church for a candlelight vigil followed by a march to the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. A lantern was launched at the vigil, and there was an emotional reading of the names of each of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando by the Rev. Clarinda Crawford — who is also the Good Samaritan Program director at LUM. Find more about the vigil — NEWS story | VIDEO of the reading of the names | more PHOTOS.

LUM staff attended the events and encourage you to keep the victims, survivors and their families in your prayers — and take action to make our world a more loving and caring place.


TODAY — Clothing Drive Benefits LUM Clients

good willIt’s time to gather up those clothes you no longer need and donate them to the Unitarian Universalist Church’s Goodwill Clothing Drive.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County (333 Meridian St., West Lafayette) will hold their annual Goodwill Clothing Drive TODAY, Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Through this program, UU will receive from Goodwill a $5 voucher for each bag of clothing donated. The vouchers will be distributed to LUM and three other local nonprofits.

Our neediest families will be helped. Let your spring cleaning help our community. Open your hearts – clean out your closets – & have a direct impact on LUM clients in need!