Saturday & Sunday @ FUS – “A Time to Mourn”

by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister

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

The festive Thanksgiving holiday aside, November has always struck me as a bittersweet month. October’s circus of color has passed, the trees are now bare, the weather inclement and daylight still retreating. To avoid the pull of sadness and our sense of loss, we can escape to the brightly decorated shopping malls for a foretaste of Chanukah and Christmas. Or, we can give these sentiments their rightful due. Like it or not, there is a time to mourn.

Musically, soprano Amber Nicole Dilger, with pianist Paul Ester, will perform the musical offerings.

“Art in the Wright Place” this Sunday

What happens when you gather over 30 talented artists under the roof of a Frank
Lloyd Wright masterpiece? Art in the Wright Place!

Join us for this wonderful annual event featuring fiber arts, pottery, stained glass, jewelry, woodwork, and more. This is an excellent opportunity for gift-buying (unique
items bought from local and regional artists—who wouldn’t want
THAT?) and treating yourself to something special.

News From the Red Floors for November 21-28, 2014

News From the Red Floors for November 21-28, 2014

Heloooo Children!

Miss Parking Manners here, with a tiny little message to remind you to come to the Meeting House this weekend. It is going to such a gala!

We will be having lots of guests with the fabulous artfair, and of course that handsome Michael Schuler in the pulpit. And remember the “Turkey Drive,” and no, I’m not referring to my old car. It is time to share our bounty with those who have need, children. Details follow on where to drop off and what to bring.

See you at the Meeting House dears!

expectantly, Ms P.M.

p.s. Of course I needn’t remind you that, if you can dears – and you know who you are – to park just a bit further away, and leav the lot for those like me who totter a bit in the snow. I’ll be watching!


Provide holiday gifts for less-fortunate families
Last week, Family-to-Family matched 81 FUS members with needy Dane County families! We still have 49 families hoping for a brighter holiday plus more on a wait-list. The wee ones are usually snapped up first, so if you have room in your heart for teenagers, many are homeless, they’d love gifts to unwrap, too. Elves are in the Commons this weekend to help you find a family. Thanks for caring!

Salvation Army Shelter Needs Us * We are looking for volunteers to help out at the Salvation Army Shelter any morning after a night of below 22 degree temperatures. We have two volunteers who regularly do Saturday and Sunday mornings. Although they would occasionally appreciate a break, our most urgent need right now is for weekday mornings. Please call Dorit Bergen at 279-4414 for more information.

November 23 is the 23nd FUS Thanksgiving food drive!  8:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m.:  Please bring frozen turkeys, frozen hams and non-perishable food items, or your check made out to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Look for the U-Haul truck and “Turkey Drive” signs in our parking lot.  Help stock the shelves of Dane County’s largest food pantry so that there will be more families in our community that can gather for a holiday meal just as we gather for ours.

Pat Holt Book Signing * This Sunday, November 23, following the 11 a.m. service, former FUS member Pat Holt will share her story of a remarkable friendship with Leila Wahbeh, a courageous and enterprising Palestinian woman whose work to improve the quality of life in Jordanian refugee camps has become the stuff of legend. Pat’s book, “A Committee of One,” highlights what she learned of and from this remarkable and indefatigable individual. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase and snacks provided during what is for many the lunch hour.

Art Fair is This Weekend

We hope you’ll join us for Sunday’s Art in the Wright Place, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Landmark Building. This is a great opportunity to get a head start on unique holiday gifts, to support talented local artists, and to support our very own Children’s Religious Education Program (15% if all sales go to CRE). Fibre arts, pottery, jewelry, stained and blown glass, and more will make our beautiful historic building all the more wondrous. More at

 Time for the November MOSAiC * On Monday, November 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. we will gather once again in the Atrium Auditorium to explore the FUS monthly theme more in depth. This month join us as we explore the concept of Eternity. More information at /MOSAIC.

Women In Transition Next Monday
The Women In Transition Group will meet this coming Monday, November 24, from 5:30 until 7 p.m. in Courtyard D.  All women who would like some support around life issues/concerns/changes are welcome. Please contact Dorit Bergen at 279-4414 or at if you would like some more information.

The Peace & Justice Book Club’s next meeting will be Monday, November 24, at 7 p.m. in Courtyard E. Book: More Than Good Intentions: How New Economics Is Helping to Solve Global Poverty by Dean Karlan & Jacob Appel. Questions? Contact Carole Briggs at or 333-2723.

Open Men’s Group on Monday * All men are invited to join the Open Men’s Group meeting on Monday November 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. Topic:  “What does it mean to live well?” For more information, contact Gordon at /mens.

Join us for the The annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner at FUS on Thursday, November 27. Plan to spend this wonderful holiday with FUS members and their families and friends. We will eat dinner about 1:30 p.m. and then spend the afternoon playing cards and board games, watching football, taking a walk, and singing along, dancing, and listening to music played by Pamela of FUS. All are welcome. We ask you to bring your favorite Thanksgiving dish to share and a $3 to $5 donation per-person to help fund the dinner. Please go to /thanksgiving to register for this great day.

There will be no Friday Musicale on November 28 – Happy Thanksgiving! Please join us in the Landmark Auditorium the following Friday, December 5, at 12:15 p.m. with music for double reeds and piano featuring Scott Ellington, oboe; Ruth Dahlke, oboe and English horn; Willy Walter and Rozan Anderson, bassoon and pianist Ann Aschbacher.

Packer Tailgate! * Please join us on Sunday, November 30, as the two best teams in the History of the NFL play the Sunday following Thanksgiving. Our Atrium opens at 3 p.m., game starts at 3:30. We’ll watch the Packers v. the Patriots on the Atrium big screen. Cost is $15, which includes beer, soda, chips and brats cooked by our COO. Please RSVP to and join three dozen who’ve already signed up.

Spiritual Topics Book Group * The next meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be on Tuesday, December 2, at 7 p.m. in Courtyard E. We will discuss the book ‘The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are divided by Politics and Religion’ by Jonathan Haidt. Contact Ken Gage at 230-5068 for further information.

Come to our Annual Gingerbread House Festival

The holidays are just around the corner and we’re gearing up for some holiday cheer. Come join us! On Sunday, December 7, from 1 to 3 p.m., we’ll take over the Commons to make “Gingerbread” houses. (Actually, we cheat and use graham crackers instead). We’ll provide the crackers and icing, you provide the decorating items: peppermint candies, pretzels, jelly beans, and more! Please plan to bring a bag or two of decorating items.
No need to sign up for this; just show up and join the construction crew. Questions? Contact Leslie at /DRE.

What Happens When We Die?
Here’s What We Think!

Two weeks ago our Compass Points kids surveyed congregants on their beliefs about what happens after we die. Below are the results.

Q: What do you believe happens after we die?

154 responses-EXTINGUISHED: I am extinguished. My body decays; my spirit, memories, awareness and mind just turn OFF.

142 responses-DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS: My soul departs and becomes one with a collective divine consciousness.

67 responses-OBSERVER: My soul departs but I will still be able to watch over those I love.

57 responses-REINCARNATION: My soul and spirit are reborn into another life that may or may not be human.

56 responses-REINCARNATION AFTER REST: My soul will first go to the Summerland, a peaceful place where those who have just died can reflect on the life experiences they just left behind. After some time of reflection my soul returns to another life and all memory of my former life is erased.

13 responses-TRANSMIGRATION: My soul and spirit are reborn into another human being. I’ll have an opportunity to choose which parent(s) I’d like to go to in my next life.

11 responses-HEAVEN OR HELL: My spirit will spend eternity in either heaven or hell, depending on how I live my life.


Monthly news roundup from around the UU World

October 22nd was the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation.  On October 17th, UUA President Peter Morales and Kenny Wiley, Director of Religious Education at Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church in Parker, CO issued a call for Unitarian Universalists to join as people of faith in solidarity with the work against police brutality and systematic racism in Ferguson and around the country.

Meanwhile, following the People’s Climate March back in September, the UUA, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Unitarian Universalist Minister’s Association and UU College of Social Justice joined with the UU Ministry for Earth to create Commit2Respond.  Commit2Respond is an “initiative for climate justice awareness and action” that invites congregations to “grow the climate justice movement, advance the human rights of marginalized communities and shift to clean and renewable energy”.  This is a campaign that will be continuing from now through the 2017 UUA General Assembly.  To learn more, check out the

Speaking of public witness, the UUA Bookstore has just announced and released the free copy of the discussion guide for the 2014-2015 UUA Common Read, Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square by Paul Rasor.  The guide and details about the Common Read, including a link to purchase Rasor’s book, can be found on the UUA website under Our Association à Publications à Common Read.

Our MidAmerica Region offered a series of free webinars that explore different topics each month.  This month’s offerings, “UU History and Your Congregation” on November 6th and “Creative Inclusion: Living Into Our Radical Welcome” on November 13th were well received. If interested in current or future webinars, please visit the MidAmerica Region website at

Supporting local artists – This Weekend @ FUS

Art in the Wright Place

 by  Leslie Ross, Director of Children’s Religious Education

Beautiful handmade items. The scent of scrumptious baked goods.  Unique holiday gifts. The satisfaction knowing you are supporting local artists. These are some of the great reasons why you won’t want to miss attending this year’s Art in the Wright Place on Sunday, November 23, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Landmark Frank Lloyd Wright building.

The Auditorium and Loggia will be filled with the artistry of nearly 40 talented craftspeople offering blown and stained glass, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, fibre arts, and much more.  Our “Wright Café,” located in the Gaebler Living Room, will be filled with the tantalizing aromas of home-baked goods and fair trade coffee.

Why do we offer this great event each year? This event that is frequented by more and more non-FUS members because the word is out: it’s a GREAT art fair?! We offer it because it raises funds for our Children’s Religious Education program, providing funds beyond our operations budget that we can use for a variety of purposes. Some past purchases have included new furnishings for the child care room, new TVs to use in our classrooms, and rugs to make our classrooms less noisy and more cozy.

And did you know that some of our wonderful artists are also FUS members, including Geke de Vries, Tad Pinkerton, Sandy Pomponio, John Woods, Marilee Wertlake, Lorna Aaronson, Kathy Adler, Karen Faller, Andrea Mason, and Sandy Wysock? 

There are many ways that you can support this great event. Pick one, two, or all three! We’re grateful for your support. Here they are:

•  Shop with us on Sunday, November 23 between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Better yet, bring a friend or two along, and spread the word to all you know!

• Sign up to help with set up, clean up, or staffing our bake sale at

• Bring a scrumptious something for our bake sale. Past goodies have included cheesecakes, granola, sweet and savory breads, cookies, pies, and more. You can sign up to bring baked goods at the same link as above:

Since moving Art in the Wright Place to the Landmark building, our attendance has grown, artist participation has become more competitive, and our CRE program has increased its available funds. We hope you’ll be a part of sustaining this wonderful trend!






Tailgate and Packer Party at FUS on November 30th

Please join us on Sunday, November 30th, as the two best teams in the History of the NFL* come together the Sunday following Thanksgiving.

Our Atrium opens at 3 pm, Game starts at 3:30 pm. We’ll watch the Packers v. the Patriots on the Atrium big screen. Cost is $15, which includes beer, soda, chips and brats cooked by our COO.

Please RSVP to and join three dozen who’ve already signed up.  All are welcome. 

*based on statistics, which never lie.