Life is a cabaret, old chum!

“An Old Fashioned Cabaret”

On Friday, April 24th, FUS’s spring auction event will take place.  Mark your calendars NOW – you do not want to miss this amazing evening of fun, laughter, entertainment, good food, and great silent and live auctions.  Each year this event raises funds for the general operating budget. Ardis and Teresa Coffman are our team captains.  Dan Bradley is heading up a food team that will create tasty finger food for your enjoyment.  Carrie Dellinger is returning this year to ensure the kids in child care have a lot of fun!

FUS’s very own Steve Goldberg is offering some great advice and will be the event’s emcee.  Marsha Siik is going to be developing some art work and logo ideas.  Alice Delaquess is taking on decorations.  Michael Schuler and Dan Broner are putting together the entertainment.  Ann Puser will be back to run the kitchen team.

How exciting is all of this! Want to help out?  There are many ways to get involved.  Be in touch with Sally Bowers at

You may be hearing from team members about the silent and live auctions.  We are looking for events, services and items to be included. Stay tuned for more news as we move forward with the planning!

“Some of the most beautiful music ever penned for choir and orchestra”

Please join us this Sunday, March 29, at 10 a.m. & 3 p.m.for ‘All Music Sunday”. The Society Choir will be joined by guest singers and instrumentalists in performances of Maurice Durufle’s masterpiece, his opus 9 Requiem.

Details on Maurice Durufle’s Requiem for choir, soloists, orchestra and organ

•Sunday, March 29, 10 a.m. & 3 p.m.
•Society Choir & Guests
•Tyrone Greive, concertmaster
•Sheri Masiakowski,organ ○ Paul Rowe, baritone
•Heather Thorpe, soprano ○ Dan Broner, conductor
•First Unitarian Society Atrium Auditorium

Maurice Durufle (1902-1986) was a celebrated French organist and composer. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire with the two most important French organist-composers of the day, Charles Tournemire and Louis Vierne, and he surpassed them both. Durufle won every major prize – in organ, harmony, accompaniment, counterpoint and fugue, and composition. In 1939 he gave the world premiere of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and in the 1940s he was named Professor of Harmony of the Conservatoire. It was his exceptional penchant for self-criticism, however, that led to Durufle publishing only thirteen works: six organ pieces, two works for orchestra, a chamber piece, and four choral compositions.

He kept re-writing and revising his compositions for years after they were completed. As a result Durufle is a relatively unknown composer to the general public, but is admired by composers and singers for the impeccable craftsmanship and sublime beauty of his work.

The Requiem for choir, soloists, orchestra and organ was completed in 1947 and is based on Gregorian chants from the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead. Stylistically it is influenced by the 20th century organ music of Tournemire and Vierne, the impressionist school of Debussy and Ravel, the elegant romanticism of Gabriel Faure, Renaissance polyphony and above all Gregorian chant. These elements form a tapestry held together by Durufle’s command of harmony and structure.

Durufle wrote three different accompaniments for the work: the original for large orchestra, a version for organ accompaniment, and one for organ and chamber orchestra. It is this last version that we will be using for our performances. We will be introducing the new Allen digital organ gifted to FUS by William Wartmann in memory and honor of his late wife, Joyce Wartmann, and her lifelong friendship with retired FUS Assistant Music Director and Organist, Eva Wright. Joining the Society Choir will be guest singers from the Meeting House Chorus and community; baritone Paul Rowe and soprano Heather Thorpe.  Retired Concertmaster of the Madison Symphony, Tyrone Greive, will lead the string section, which will be joined by three trumpeters, timpani and harp, all conducted by Dan Broner.  Linda Warren will be our harpist and our guest organist will be Sheri Masiakowski, a doctoral student of UW organist, John Chappell Stowe.

Please join us on March 29 to experience some of the most beautiful music ever penned for choir and orchestra.

Postscript: On Sunday, June 7, 41 singers and friends from FUS will be joining singers from around the United States, France and Mexico in a performance of the Durufle Requiem in New York City’s Carnegie Hall.  See them practice at

News From the Red Floors for March 27 to April 3, 2015

News From the Red Floors for
March 27 to April 3, 2015

Dear FUS Neighbors…
Dan Broner

This coming Sunday the Society Choir, with guest singers and instrumentalists, will present All Music Sunday performances of Maurice Durufle’s masterpiece, his opus nine Requiem.  

Please note that the services will be at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium instead of at our normal worship times.

The Durufle Requiem will feature an orchestra led by guest concertmaster,violinist Tyrone Greive, soloists Paul Rowe and Heather Thorpe, and a chorus of over 60 singers.

Attendees will also hear the inaugural performance of the new Allen digital organ played by guest organist Sheri Masiakowski. For young children and their parents, Small Music Sunday will be happening in the Landmark Auditorium at 10 a.m. only. Mr. Steve Lundquist will be on hand to entertain.

Our intern minister, Sasha Ostrom, will be leading our Saturday worship at 4:30 p.m. in the Landmark. Joining her will be singers Gay Thomas, Emily Heck and Mimi Porat accompanied by guitarists Joe Harris and Jeff Hanson.

I hope to see you at the Meeting House this weekend.

Dan Broner

No Sunday Classes * CRE parents, please note that we have NO CLASSES on Sunday (except Coming of Age, which is meeting from 9 to 10 a.m.). We hope families will join us for Small Music Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Landmark Auditorium.

FUS 20s/30s: Spirituality with Spirits
What:  FUS 20s30s Discussion Group.
Come join in dinner and drinks over a discussion about friendship!
When:  March 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where:  Downtown Brocach Irish Pub
Questions and to RSVP: Creal Zearing by e-mail at by Sunday, March 29.

Jobs for Teens * The Child Care room is looking to hire two new teens. Teens must be at least 14 years old, must have (or soon will) taken a babysitting certification class, and must be available to work during worship services and other weekend and weeknight events. On average, teen child care providers work 15-20 hours per month during the school year. If you’re interested in applying, contact Leslie Ross at /DRE.

Are you interested in Governance Leadership at FUS? Our Nominations Committee is talking with members who are curious about leadership positions such as serving on the Board of Trustees or the Board’s various committees. If you have an interest in supporting the FUS mission and vision in a leadership role, please talk with one of the following members. Sandy Eskrich, Nancy Vedder-Schultz, Rebecca Bernstein, Kari Ehrhardt, or Maureen Friend. Application form at /apply.

Strong Moral Voice. “FUS allows us to explore and examine the depths of “WHY” – Why do we care? Why is this important? Why does this matter? And in answering why, we affirm our values. No other institution plays this same role in developing a strong moral voice within the greater community.” - Liz Wessel  Wondering why to give? Visit /annual

Come Work with Us! * We are now accepting applications for the Religious Education Program Assistant. Deb Mies has filled this role for the past 6 years and we are sad to see her and her talents leave FUS (her last day is April 15; be sure to wish her well!). This is a full-time position with benefits. If you are interested in learning more about this position and how to apply, go to /jobs. Applications received by April 8 will receive first consideration.

CSA at FUS  The Farley Center for Peace and Justice hosts a farm, Los Jalapenos, who will be delivering CSA Farm Shares for a second season to FUS members who sign up for a share. Shares are delivered to the Landmark on Sunday mornings, available after services until 1 p.m. Go to to sign up online, or find sign up information on the table outside the Atrium. Thanks for supporting CSA farm shares at FUS!

“In Warm Blood” Author at FUS * On Sunday, March 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Gaebler Living Room. The Equity and MOSES ministry teams invite you to hear author Judith Gwinn Adrian read from and talk about her book In Warm Blood: A Story of Prison and Privilege, Hurt and Heart. To assure parking, we encourage you to arrive early for All Music Sunday services at 10 and stay for the talk. (Adults and older teens only.)

Registration for Fall Children’s Religious Education Begins April 1 * Thinking about fall before the spring weather even hits? Don’t forget to add registering for Children’s Religious Education to your list of things to do to prepare for next fall. Registration will begin on Wednesday, April 1. You can learn all about our program and register at /cre or grab a catalog and paper form at the RE Table in the Commons. If you register by June 1, you’ll save money and help us plan adequately for class needs.

There will be no Musicale Good Friday, April 3. Please join us the following Friday, April 10, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium to hear harpist Linda Warren in recital. /musicale

Annual FUS Passover Seder * Join us Friday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. for this UU adaptation of a traditional Jewish Seder. It is family-friendly and provides an opportunity to experience a key aspect of Jewish faith and practice. The main dish, soup and beverages are provided for a reasonable fee and participants bring other foods that are available in local stores (e.g. gefilte fish, matzo) or that are made at home using kosher recipes we provide. Sign-up in the Commons before or after services, or make reservations with Michael Schuler at

Hoppin’ Good Time! Families, please join us next Sunday, April 5, for our annual Easter Egg Hunt following the 9 a.m. Family Easter Service. Kids pre-K through 5th grade are invited to search our playground and prairie area for hidden eggs, then trade them in for a special goodie bag. We’ll start out in Courtyard A where you can pick up an Easter basket and then enter the egg area. We hope to see you hoppin’ around!

An Evolution Forum with Professor Don Waller
Professor Don Waller, Chair of UW Madison Department of Botany, will present, “Losing creation as we glimpse ourselves and life’s origins: Moral dilemmas raised by evolution,”on Tuesday, April 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. This program is open to the public; we will be accepting a $10 fee at the door.  More at /evolution.

Women’s Alliance Pot-Luck Coming Up * Everyone is invited to join the UU Women’s Alliance at its next meeting on Wednesday, April 8, at noon in the Westmorland Room at Oakwood Village West. Please bring a dish for the pot-luck lunch. Following the lunch there will be a short business meeting and then we will enjoy a performance by our special guest, harpist Mary Ann Harr. Questions? Call Nancy Deer at 249-4549.

Water Sentinels Tour – Water in the Arboretum
Join us Wednesday, April 8, at 5 p.m. for a tour of the UW Arboretum. We will learn about the challenges of water management in the Arboretum which is bordered by the belt line and includes springs, wetlands and Lake Wingra. What are the problems and solutions? Tour will be led by Brad Herrick, Arboretum Ecologist. Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather and shoes/boots appropriate for wet ground. For this tour, you need to be mobile and 13+. Limit is 20 people. Please call Levi Wood, 277-7959, to RSVP.

UU Campus Ministry will have its next meeting on Sunday, April 12, at 5 p.m. Join us at FUS for food and fellowship. Enjoy your spring break!

An Old Fashioned CabaretAn Old Fashioned Cabaret – Life is a Cabaret, Old Chum On Friday, April 24, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., An Old Fashioned Cabaret will be happening! We are now asking FUS folks to think of something to donate to the auction. There will be a silent auction and live auction. We need events, services and articles to fill the tables. Think out of the box! Stop by the Cabaret table in the Commons and toss some ideas down with Co-Chairs Ardis and Teresa Coffman. You can also purchase tickets which are $25 per person before April 19 and $30 at the door. Free childcare will be provided with Cabaret Team member Carrie Dillenger. Great food is being offered by Dan Bradley and his team. Interested in volunteering? Plenty of opportunities! For tickets and other information go to /cabaret or contact Sally Bowers at Hope to see you there.

Healing Journeys: Working with grief and loss * The pain of losing a partner, parent, child or other loved one can be profound. It often helps to talk and share with others in a warm, supportive and confidential environment. Learning and hearing of their experiences and sharing your own has been shown to be restorative. This new group, facilitated by FUS member Roz Woodward and Rev. Kelly Crocker, will meet for six sessions. Each session will include an experiential element and group discussion. Our first meeting will be April 9, 5 to 6:30 p.m., and will run until May 14. Please register with Kelly at 233-9774, ext. 112 or /MCL.

Dance as a Spiritual Practice * Sasha Ostrom, our Ministerial Intern, will be guiding us in ways of movement: dance as prayer, meditation, proclamation, lamentation, and as celebration. This class is for teens and adults of all ages and abilities, no dance experience is needed. The class meets on Mondays, March 30, and April 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium. Fee is $25 pledged and $35 non-pledged.  More at /dance-practice.

Register now for MidAmerica Regional Assembly 2015. This weekend-long event is April 17-19 in Naperville, Illinois. Come and experience the Regional Business Meeting, good food, and time for meeting new friends and old from congregations across our great region, culminating with the joy of shared worship and musical celebration on Sunday morning. See

Child Dedications Coming Up *  A child dedication is a uniquely Unitarian Universalist naming ceremony which offers parents the opportunity to have their child blessed by our congregation, their family, and our ministers. During this time, our congregation commits to help the child grow in ways of love, truth, justice, and peace. Child dedications will be held at all three services on the weekend of April 11 and 12. If you are interested in having a child dedicated please contact Rev. Kelly by calling 233-9774, ext. 112 or /MCL.

FUS Volunteers! Save Wednesday, April 22 for dinner  FUS Volunteers that have made our congregation run are invited to a pizza/salad dinner on Wednesday evening, April 22, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. Those that have made our services happen (greeters, ushers, offering counters, hospitality, sound) our choir members, our Board of Trustees, our Teams and Committees, our Newsletter team, Front Desk Volunteers, Social Justice Teams… and more, are welcome! An invitation will be sent in April and you’re rsvp will be needed, but we want you to save the date. We are so appreciative of your time, energy and support. Questions or comments? Contact Jeanne Sears, Coordinator of Member Programs at or 233-9774 ext. 116.

Mandala Meditation Workshop * Join Sarah Busse, one of Madison’s Poets Laureate, on Sunday, April 26, for a peaceful afternoon exploring mandalas as a tool for self-awareness and meditation. You will have an opportunity to create three different mandalas-no art experience required. The workshop will meet from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. Fee, including all materials, is $25 pledged and $35 non-pledged. Registration and information at /mandala.

The April meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be held in the Gaebler Living Room on Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. We will be discussing the classic book by William James: The Varieties of Religious Experience. For more info contact Ken Gage at 230-5068 or

Be One of 75 from FUS to attend WISDOM’S Madison Action Day, Wednesday, April, 29, 9 to 4 p.m. (or any part of the day you can attend.) Hear Hannah Rosenthal and Rev. Everett Mitchell. Learn, discuss, and advocate with other MOSES members for increased funding in the state budget for treatment and diversion from incarceration. Pick up a registration form at the MOSES Bulletin Board in the Commons, or go to /MOSES.

Take Me Out to the Mallard’s Baseball Game! * Please check your calendars and save Thursday evening, June 4, for Mallard’s baseball fun for the family! We will have a grill-out before the 6:35 p.m. game at the Warner Park Shelter. Stay tuned for details and cost! Can you help grill and set up our gathering? Please chat with Jeanne Sears, Coordinator of Member Programs or 233-9774 ext. 116 to talk about possibilities.


“Holding the Tension” – This Weekend at FUS

Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday at 9 & 11 a.m.

“Holding the Tension”
by Sasha Ostrom, Ministerial Intern

UUs are sometimes accused by outsiders—and by our own
internal critics—of being a religion where people can believe
just about anything that we want. And it is true that we do
very much value free thought. Yet our UU 4th Principle challenges
us to strive to not only freely seek the truth as we
each personally understand it, but also to do so in a responsible
way, a way that challenges us to recall that our beliefs
are not matters of private opinion, but in fact shape the very
way we act as part of a community.

Soprano Gay Thomas and pianist Linda Warren will play the
musical offerings.

Child Dedications Coming Up

A child dedication is a uniquely Unitarian Universalist naming ceremony which offers parents the opportunity to have their child blessed by our congregation, their family, and our ministers. During this time, our congregation commits to help the child grow in ways of love, truth, justice, and peace.

Child dedications will be held at all three services on the weekend of April 11 and 12. If you are interested in having a child dedicated please contact Rev. Kelly by calling 233-9774, x. 112 or /MCL.

Spiritual Topics Book Group Tuesday 7 pm

The March meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be held in Courtyard E at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening, March 24. We will discuss American Jesus: How the Son of God became a National Icon by Stephen Prothero.

Call Ken Gage at 230-5068 for further information.