Love on parade at Madison Pride

The sun came out on Sunday as hundreds of people prepared to march up State Street to show love and support for Madison’s LGBTQ communities. Madison’s three Unitarian Universalist congregations, FUS, James Reeb, and Prairie, marched together under the Standing on the Side of Love banner.

Marching towards the Capitol and around the square carried important symbolism – we need to continue Wisconsin’s tradition of leading the nation in legislative change for LGBTQ people.

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This year, the theme of the parade was “the T is not silent”, meaning that gay and queer people, along with straight allies, need to be vocal champions of transgender rights. Speaking at the rally that followed the parade were Darla Lannert, an advocate for transgender veterans, and Christina Kahrl, a sports journalist who famously came out as trans on ESPN 12 years ago. Both women spoke of how, for transgender people, being visible in the world blazes a trail for young trans people coming to terms with who they are.

The crowd cheered when Kahrl said “love is a revolutionary act”.

The parade was organized by our community partner Outreach, which provides support services to members of Madison’s LGBTQ communities.

First Unitarian Society is an LGBTQ welcoming congregation.

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The Unfunded Mandate to Create the Wright Trail

By Andy Gussert, FUS COO

Frank Lloyd Wright and Marshall Erdmann

Our public sites noticed tour visitors – whether from New Glarus or Norway  — were usually driving to or from another Wright location. A “Wright Trail” has been unofficially trampled down over the past twenty years, with local tours, maps and language developed informally over time by enthusiasts.

In April, staff from public sites gathered at Taliesin to brainstorm a blueprint for what a more developed route might entail. Understanding southern Wisconsin is a unique epicenter of Wright edifices, we sketched out some pathways for people to ‘Travel Wright Wisconsin’ from Racine to Spring Green. Continue reading “The Unfunded Mandate to Create the Wright Trail” »

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News From the Red Floors, July 31 – August 6 2015

This Sunday I have the honor of inviting a special guest up to the pulpit.Andy Gussert

 

Mark Pocan, like FUS, has been an ethical voice of reason in Madison for over two decades.

 

He served three terms on the Dane County Board, fourteen years in the  Assembly, and the past three years in Congress. A small business owner, union member and advocate of progressive causes, Mark has worked across the aisle with conservatives, and also moved the center to the left by articulately reframing issues. 

 

He’s learned that “Values Unite, Issues Divide”, and will be sharing his reflections and experience with us here on Sunday.  You may want to come early, as it could be a full house. 


See you there, 

Andy Gussert, COO


Happenings

Just Four Teachers Left to Find
The Children’s RE program has four… ONLY 4!… teaching spots left to fill. We are so close I can practically taste the joy of knowing that all of our teaching teams are FULL! So, what’s left that you can help close the gap on?
Saturdays: one teacher needed for Building Bridges (6th grade).
Sundays 9 a.m.,:one teacher needed for Celebrating Me & My World (pre-K).
Sundays at 11 a.m.: one teacher needed for Experiences with the Web of Life (K-1st) and one for Holidays and Holy Days (2nd-3rd grade). Interested? Contact Leslie at fusmadison.org/DRE

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News From the Red Floors, July 24 to 30 2015

Hi there,
Please join us this Sunday as Kelly delves into how we can see one another and ourselves for who we truly are.

Harpist Linda Warren will play music of Claude Debussy, so it will a lovely way to spend the morning here at FUS! The coffee/tea/lemonade will be ready for you.

We will be welcoming seven new members during our July Book Signing after all services, so look forward to welcoming them for their commitment to our Society.
I look forward to seeing you here!

Jeanne Sears
Coordinator of Member Programs

Happenings

This Sunday in Summer Fun!
What happens when we build a home that has LOTS of outdoor space? We’ll find out what the lovable bear Henry does in Henry Builds a Cabin by D.B. Johnson. (Henry is inspired by Henry David Thoreau!) Then we’ll build our own “home.” What kind of nature do YOU want surrounding you? Summer Fun is for children ages 4-12 and is offered during the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday worship services.
Parents: please sign in with Leslie as you enter the Atrium building.

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News from the Red Floors, July 17-23 2015

Dear friends,

It is good to be back with you at the Meeting House. For the past couple of weeks I have been away getting some much needed rest and family time.  Now it is back to getting ready for another fantastic year at FUS. This weekend promises to be fabulous as well.  Our services will be led by the Rev. Megan Lloyd Joiner who joins us from the Unitarian Society of New Haven to explore “Holy Ground.”

Musically Kim and Reggie Harris will be us sharing their blend of traditional African-American spirituals and freedom songs with original folk.  Kim and Reggie sign of life, love, the quest for freedom and the importance of community.  Their music makes you want to sing, celebrate and enjoy the goodness of this life we share.

Please join us!

With gratitude and love,

Kelly
Minister of Congregational Life


Summer Fun! 

This Sunday during Summer Fun we are going to “Search for What is True,” on our beautiful grounds. Get ready for a fun treasure hunt! All children ages 4-12 are welcome to join us, no advanced registration needed. Just sign in with Abby Whisler at the Greeter’s table so we know to count you in.

Fall Anti-Racism Workshop
Community engagement group Groundwork is hosting a 6-week workshop in the Meeting House this Fall. It is geared towards white people interested in prioritizing racial justice individually and collectively. Register at groundworkmadison.com/workshops

 

Elves Wanted
FUS’ Family-to-Family Holiday Giving program needs more elves for the upcoming holiday season. Can you offer our committee just a few hours of your time between September and December?
*Publicity Elf: We publicize only within FUS. Last year’s elf can walk you through it.
*F2F-to-FUS Liaison: Keeps communication between the committee and the church running smoothly.
*Co-Volunteer Coordinator: Someoneo knows, or wants to get to know, other FUS members and coax them into helping.

If you can help or want to know more, please call Susan Dinauer at 233-2385, 235-8698 or via sdinauer@gmail.com

Volunteer at Dane Dances
The objective of Dane Dances is to provide an environment where relationships can grow between people of different backgrounds in Dane County. Volunteer or come along. More at danedances.org

 

Awesome orchids
A coordinated effort by master woodworker Dave Weber and artist Tom Garver, both FUS parishioners, will ensure that the Atrium pulpit will always be adorned with fresh flowers. Dave is crafting a maple planter using leftover scrap from the building of the Atrium. Tom purchased six phalaenopsis orchid plants for it. So, when no one has signed up as a flower donor in the flower calendar you’ll see blooming orchids, thanks to Dave and Tom.

 

Dying Wise with Author Stephen Jenkinson
Thursday, July 30
“Die Wise” teaches the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well. Author Stephen Jenkinson shares his insight at this intimate event. Doors open at 6.30 p.m. on July 30. $10 suggested donation. To guarantee a seat, please register through Eventbrite at:
orphanwisdom.com/event/an-introduction-to-dying-wise-in-madison/

 

What Matters: Faith & Values Shaping Economic Justice
Tuesday, August 4
National Interfaith Worker Justice Executive Director, Rudy Lopez, will give a talk and interactive workshop on worker justice. Rudy’s workshop will remind participants that, drawing on our faith and values, we already have what we need to see beyond the austerity budget and move Wisconsin forward as an economically just society. 7 p.m., August 4. Spanish interpretation provided. Donations encouraged.

 

Pride Parade
Sunday, August 9
Our congregation will march as Standing On The Side Of Love alongside James Reeb UU Congregation and Prairie UU Society. The parade begins at 1pm August 9th. Please wear your Standing on the Side of Love t-shirt or wear yellow. If you plan to march, please alert Elizabeth Barrett via ebarrett@tds.net. We need people to carry the 12-foot-long banner plus our smaller banners and a few folks to learn a simple flag routine to perform along the route. The Parade route begins on State Street and marches up to and around Capitol Square. Details at lgbtoutreach.org

 

Get your Standing On the Side of Love t-shirt
Bright yellow tshirts are worn by UUs at public events to show that they stand together against oppression. It is perfect to where to Pride and any other event where love needs a presence. Save on shipping and get yours for $20 in the Commons on Sunday.

 

Opportunity to tour Dane County Jail
Thursday, August 13
FUS’ MOSES Ministry Team is providing an opportunity to tour the Dane County Jail on August 13th at 7:00 pm. The deadline for signing up, which includes filling out a form, is July 30th. Please email Juli Loker for details at lokerfam@gmail.com or call 608-231-9163.

 

Service Sunday: Save The Date
Sunday, August 23
Each year FUS members and friends get out and contribute to a number of projects in our community. Registrations will be open soon online and in the Commons after services. Stay tuned!

 

Join in our annual art fair
Applications are now being accepted for Art in the Wright Place, FUS’s annual (and wonderful!) art fair. Art in the Wright Place will be held on Sunday, November 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This sale is an excellent opportunity for area and FUS artists to sell their handmade items while raising funds for our Children’s Religious Education programs. Previous media have included fibre arts, photography, jewelry, origami, pottery, beadwork, woodwork, quilting, basketry, art glass, watercolor, and more. For more information, go to fusmadison.org/artfair; or to apply, go to fusmadison.org/artreg.

 

As you travel, gather the waters.
Water Communion is on August 30.
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Mark Pocan to speak at the Meeting House

Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan will address the First Unitarian Society congregation on Sunday August 2. His sermon, titled “Values Unite, Issues Divide”, will cover how common ground can be found between parties when Legislators strive for peace, liberty and justice for all.

Referred to by Russ Feingold as “the most aggressive progressive in the Legislature,” Pocan has long been a champion of under-served groups. Recently, he has sponsored or co-sponsored bills relating to voting rights, education affordability, public land protection, and marriage equality. He has been a vocal supporter of healthcare reform, notably opposing Gov. Walker’s refusal to expand Medicare and Medicaid in Wisconsin.

In his sermon, Pocan will highlight his experience of striving to understand his conservative opponents and work with them towards the common good. At a time when division and conservativism appear to reign in Wisconsin, our congregation continues to find opportunities for progressive action across political lines. Congressman Pocan’s appearance in our Meeting House is sure to bolster our spirits.

When and where

First Unitarian Society of Madison Meeting House
900 University Bay Drive, Madison
Sunday August 2, 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Where to park

Refreshments will be provided after the service. Children are welcome to attend the service and Summer Fun activities.

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News From the Red Floors, July 10 to 16 2015

It’s my great pleasure to introduce myself as FUS’ new Communications Coordinator. Among other things, that means that if you send us a tweet or comment on our Facebook page, it will be me talking back.This week for our Sunday service we have Rev. Scott Gerard Prinster speaking about how technology holds the potential for us to transcend our humanity. Such topics are one of the reasons joining FUS’ staff held such appeal for me.Music this week is provided by Katie Burns, accompanied by Eric Miller, and is not to be missed. I look forward to meeting you all at services and events soon. In the meantime you can email me via elizac@fusmadison.orgBest wishes,
Eliza Cussen
Happenings 
This Sunday in Summer Fun! 
This Sunday in Summer Fun we will explore our 5th Principle and see what it looks like when we don’t have a voice – and when everyone does! All kids 4-12 are welcome to join us at either the 9:00 or 11:00 a.m. service. Please sign in with Abby Whisler at the Greeter’s Station before service so we know whom to count in. Hope to see you Sunday!
Want to teach RE?
Thank you to everyone who responded to our call-out for Children’s Religious Education teachers. We now have only 11 slots to fill. If you’re interested please contact Leslie Ross via fusmadison.org/DRE
Summer Membership Book Signing
Are you ready to become a member of First Unitarian Society? Our summer membership book signing will be held on Sunday, July 26, at 12:30 p.m. in the Courtyard AB. If you have UU background or have taken the New UU series, we invite you to join us. Please RSVP before July 20 to our Coordinator of Member Programs, Jeanne Sears, jeannes@fusmadison.org or 233-9774 ext. 116. You will be mailed information to complete before the book signing.
Gardeners Wanted
Come and enjoy the summer by sprucing up around FUS a couple hours a week. Usual workday is Thursday morning between 8:30 and 10:30. No experience or tools needed, yet are helpful. Come, or contact Nan at
nanragland@att.net or 249-9573.
Beware of phone scams
Shorewood Hills Police Dept. has informed us of a phone scam in our neighborhood. This particular scam claims to be the IRS, and threatens arrest if payments are not made immediately. The IRS assures us that it never asks for payment or financial information (such as credit card numbers) over the phone. Please report any similar calls to your local police.
Rally and ride against pipeline expansion
Monday, July 13, Marshall WI.
Protest new provisions in the Wisconsin budget that expedite permits for pipeline expansion projects. Bikers gather at 9:30 a.m. at Riley-Deppe County Park, Main St. for 10 am start. Route to follow Tar Sands Pipeline 61 past Waterloo Pumping Station to Jefferson County Line, return for Rally at noon. Join leisurely ride, come to cheer or arrive by noon for rally. Contact Bruce Noble, gasp.mad@gmail.com
Men’s group meeting
Monday, July 13
All Madison men are invited to join the open men’s group meeting on Monday July 13, at 7:00 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. Topic: Supreme Court rulings recent and old; how do you feel about SCOTUS? For more information, contact Gordon via fusmadison.org/mens
Volunteer at Dane Dances
Tuesday, July 14
The Dane Dances volunteer picnic will be at Vilas Park on Tuesday, July 14, at 4 p.m. Everyone who is interested in volunteering is invited. Sign up while you are there, and there will be another date after that for training. The objective of Dane Dances is to provide an environment where relationships can grow between people of different backgrounds in Dane County. Volunteer or come along. More at www.danedances.org.
Disability pride: volunteers needed
Saturday, July 25
The Disability Pride Festival is looking for people of all abilities to help out, from set-up that morning to tear down in Brittenham Park at 6 p.m. There are lots of jobs including staffing the information desk, helping with concessions, talking to festival attendees and other tasks. To volunteer go to their website at http://disabilitypridemadison.org/sign-up/ or call 838-7011.
Spiritual Topics Book Group
Tuesday, July 28
The Spiritual Topics Book Group will hold its July meeting at FUS at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, in the Gaebler Living Room. The group will discuss Stephen Prothero’s book: ‘God is not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World-and Why their Differences Matter.’ For more information contact Ken Gage at 230-5068 orksgage@yahoo.com
Stephen Jenkinson to visit FUS
Thursday, July 30
Book reading/signing and discussion with Stephen Jenkinson, internationally renowned teacher, author, and activist. Landmark Auditorium, Thursday evening, July 30, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Die Wise -A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, is Jenkinson’s new book about grief and dying, and the great love of life. $10 suggested donation, includes refreshments. Seating is limited. To guarantee a seat, please register through Eventbrite at:
orphanwisdom.com/event/an-introduction-to-dying-wise-in-madison/
Mark Pocan to speak at FUS
Sunday, August 2
Wisconsin Congressman and progressive champion Mark Pocan will address the FUS congregation in three weeks time. Be sure to mark it in your calendar.
Pride team forming
Sunday, August 9
Madison’s OutReach Pride Parade 2015 will be on Sunday, August 9, at 1 p.m., up State Street to the Capitol Square. All Madison UUs will march together once again, behind the huge Standing on the Side of Love banner. Wear rainbow or yellow. To help coordinate our parade participation please contact Elizabeth Barrett ebarrett@tds.net
Service Sunday: save the date
Sunday, August 23
Each year FUS members and friends get out and contribute to a number of projects in our community. Registrations will be open soon online and in the Commons after services. Stay tuned!
Join in our annual art fair
Applications are now being accepted for Art in the Wright Place, FUS’s annual (and wonderful!) art fair. Art in the Wright Place will be held on Sunday, November 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This sale is an excellent opportunity for area and FUS artists to sell their handmade items while raising funds for our Children’s Religious Education programs. Previous media have included fibre arts, photography, jewelry, origami, pottery, beadwork, woodwork, quilting, basketry, art glass, watercolor, and more. For more information, go to fusmadison.org/artfair or to apply, go to fusmadison.org/artreg
As you travel, gather the waters 
Water Communion is on August 30.
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News From the Red Floors for July 3 to 10, 2015

News From the Red Floors for
July 3 to 12, 2015

 

Dear FUS Neighbors;

As a Packer football fanatic, I take far too much joy in demonizing the Vikings and Bears. (I just feel sorry for the Lions.) Senior Minister Michael Schuler is at the pulpit this weekend to consider whether human beings like me may make enemies — and in fact may need enemies — for any number of reasons. “Love Your Enemies?” will dig in on how we might all better lead lives that are more friendly and less adversarial.

Musically, Karlos and Melinda Williams will perform two new songs for children based on poems by Kenneth Patton and Katrin Talbot.

Morning weather forecast is Sunny and 64. Hope you can join us.

– Andy Gussert, FUS COO

Happenings
This Sunday in Summer Fun!

This Sunday in Summer Fun we will enjoy some “Stone Soup.” Come with an open and creative mind and you’re sure to enjoy it! If you have a special stone from home, bring it along. All children ages 4-12 are welcome to join us at either service. Just sign in with Abby Whisler at the Greeter’s table so we know to count you in.

MOSES Hiring Full-Time Community Organizer

Do you know this person? The individual we seek for the full time position as Organizer for MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality, and Solidarity) is community centric, passionate and committed to ending racial and economic inequity and reforming the criminal justice system in Wisconsin. More information at mosesmadison.org.

Teachers Needed!

The Children’s RE Program is still in need of 17 teachers. The clock is ticking, and we’d like to get all spots filled as soon as possible. If you feel an inclination towards spending time with awesome kids while promoting our UU values, then teaching is sure to bring you joy. We give you all the materials; you and your team make it happen! Please contact Leslie Ross, fusmadison.org/DRE, to talk about a “best fit” for you.

Gardeners Wanted

Come and enjoy the summer by sprucing up around FUS a couple hours a week. Usual workday is Thursday morning between 8:30 and 10:30. No experience or tools needed, yet are helpful. Come, or contact Nan at nanragland@att.net or 249-9573.

Shawl Ministry

The FUS Shawl Ministry creates shawls and lap robes for members of the congregation who are ill, grieving, or experiencing other life challenges. Also, each child who is dedicated at FUS receives a hand-made blanket created by the Shawl Ministry. Stop by our table in the Commons on Sunday, July 5, for more information, or join Lorna Aaronson and others at our next drop-in gathering, Monday, July 6, 10-11:30 a.m., in the Atrium Library. Questions? Contact us at fusmadison.org/shawl.

Volunteer at Dane Dances

The Dane Dances volunteer picnic will be at Vilas Park on Tuesday, July 14, at 4 p.m. Everyone who is interested in volunteering is invited. Sign up while you are there, and there will be another date after that for training. The objective of Dane Dances is to provide an environment where relationships can grow between people of different backgrounds in Dane County. Volunteer or come along. More at www.danedances.org.

Support the UUSC-UUA Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund

The loss of life and devastation in Nepal from the recent earthquake are truly staggering. Rebuilding is beginning and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the Unitarian Universalist Association have activated joint emergency response efforts. Donate at http://bit.ly/1EoKoXB.

Service Sunday: save the date • On Sunday, August 23, FUS and friends will DO service instead of attending services. If you have an idea for a group volunteer project, or can lead a project, or just want to help make it happen, please e-mail Lisa West at west@charter.net.

Volunteers needed!

Help is needed July 25 in Brittingham Park: Disability Pride Festival is looking for people of all abilities to help out, from set-up that morning to tear down at 6pm. There are lots of jobs including staffing the information desk, helping with concessions, talking to festival attendees and other tasks. To volunteer go to their website at http://disabilitypridemadison.org/sign-up/ or call 838-7011.

Summer Membership Book Signing

Are you ready to become a member of First Unitarian Society? Our summer membership book signing will be held on Sunday, July 26, at 12:30 p.m. in the Courtyard AB. If you have UU background or have taken the New UU series, we invite you to join us. Please RSVP before July 20 to our Coordinator of Member Programs, Jeanne Sears, jeannes@fusmadison.org or 233-9774 ext. 116. You will be mailed information to complete before the book signing.

Spiritual Topics Book Group

The Spiritual Topics Book Group will hold its July meeting at FUS at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, in the Gaebler Living Room. The group will discuss Stephen Prothero’s book: ‘God is not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World-and Why their Differences Matter.’ For more information contact Ken Gage at 230-5068 or ksgage@yahoo.com.

Stephen Jenkinson to visit FUS

Book reading/signing and discussion with Stephen Jenkinson, internationally renowned teacher, author, and activist. Landmark Auditorium, Thursday evening, July 30, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Die Wise -A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, is Jenkinson’s new book about grief and dying, and the great love of life. $10 suggested donation, includes refreshments. Seating is limited. To guarantee a seat, please register through Eventbrite at: orphanwisdom.com/event/an-introduction-to-dying-wise-in-madison/

Be a part of our annual art fair

Applications are now being accepted for Art in the Wright Place, FUS’s annual (and wonderful!) art fair. Art in the Wright Place will be held on Sunday, November 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This sale is an excellent opportunity for area and FUS artists to sell their handmade items while raising funds for our Children’s Religious Education programs. Previous media have included fibre arts, photography, jewelry, origami, pottery, beadwork, woodwork, quilting, basketry, art glass, watercolor, and more. For more information, go to /artfair; or to apply, go to /artreg.

Pride team forming
Madison’s OutReach Pride Parade 2015 will be on Sunday, August 9, at 1 p.m., up State Street to the Capitol Square. All Madison UUs will march together once again, behind the huge Standing on the Side of Love banner.  Wear yours, or wear yellow. (There’s time to buy a SOSL shirt from Becky at FUS or from the UUA bookstore. Help coordinate our parade participation – please contact Elizabeth Barrett ebarrett@tds.net.
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News From the Red Floors for June 26 to July 3, 2015

News From the Red Floors for
June 19 to 26, 2015

Sermon
Rev. Schuler

 

Dear FUS Friends and neighbors;

With its announcement that the U.S. Constitution protects the right of gays and lesbians to civil marriage the Supreme Court finally caught up with the First Unitarian Society of Madison. More than eleven years ago members present and voting at a parish meeting endorsed, without dissent, a Statement of Conscience calling for marriage equality.  Seven years earlier FUS had received denominational certification as a “Welcoming Congregation committed to the proactive inclusion of persons identifying as LGBTQ.

It has been a long struggle, and represents quite a turnaround from that day in 2006 when Wisconsin voters passed an amendment to our state’s Constitution prohibiting same sex marriage. This weekend we join with our LGBTQ brothers and sisters in celebrating this landmark victory for civil rights, and applaud the fact that our recently married same-sex couples will now have their unions recognized in every one of the fifty states.

And, of course, other decisions SCOTUS handed down this past week also lifted progressives’ spirits. Federal subsidies will still be available to enrollees under the Affordable Care Act; demonstrably discriminatory practices in housing and real estate were disallowed, and the Court also condemned the brutal treatment of detainees by law enforcement officers. For our most vulnerable citizens, these all represent important gains.

The second of our UU Principles calls on us to “Affirm and promote justice, equity and compassion in human relations,” a sentiment with which, in these most recent cases at least, a majority of the high court’s justices, clearly agreed.

In gratitude and in hope…  Michael

 

Happenings

This Sunday in Summer Fun!
This Sunday during Summer Fun we will be exploring our interconnected web of life – hopefully we will be untangled by pick up! All children ages 4-12 are welcome to join in our games. Please sign in with Abby Whisler at the Greeter’s Table before service so we know to count you in!

Help Needed This Sunday!
Build community June 28, Noon to 3 in James Madison Park. Take this opportunity to get out and meet others, while helping Operation Welcome Home (homeless fighting for homeless) enjoy a BBQ while focusing on education and organizing to bring about solutions to homelessness.  Join other FUS volunteers helping with food and games for all ages. E-mail Betsey Day today!

MOSES Hiring Full-Time
Community Organizer!
Do you know this person? The individual we seek for the full time position as Organizer for MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality, and Solidarity) is community centric, passionate and committed to ending racial and economic inequity and reforming the criminal justice system in Wisconsin. More information at http://mosesmadison.org/

Don’t worry! You didn’t miss
your chance to register!

We are still accepting registrations for Children’s RE, but the longer you wait, the less likely you are to get the class you want when you want it. No need to wait to anymore! Just go to /cre-registration and sign up! We look forward to seeing your kids fill our halls come September.

Please teach me! (spoken in voices of beautiful children)
We hear there are still a lot of teaching spots open for Children’s RE next Fall. We’re worried that our class may not have enough teachers. Where else can we go where our spiritual development is honored, our integrity is nurtured, and our compassion has a voice? At FUS, we learn who we are, what we value, and who we hope to be as we grow older. But we need you adults to help us along the way! Please consider teaching us. We ask good questions and we’re eager to learn more about our world. You may have to help us understand how to be our best selves sometimes, but we’re always trying to learn our way. If you’re interested in teaching, contact Leslie Ross, our Director of Children’s Religious Education, at /DRE. Thank you!

Child Care for Next Fall
Do you (or will you) have an infant or toddler who will need child care during worship services next fall? If so, please register now to reserve a spot. There’s no fee, but we do like to know how many kids to anticipate so that we can schedule enough care providers. You can register at /cre-registration.

Gardeners Wanted  
Come and enjoy the summer by sprucing up around FUS a couple hours a week. Usual workday is Thursday morning between 8:30 and 10:30. No experience or tools needed yet helpful. Come, or contact Nan at nanragland@att.net or 249-9573.

Volunteer at Dane Dances
The Dane Dances volunteer picnic will be at Vilas Park on July 14 at 4 p.m. Everyone who is interested is invited! Sign up while you are there, and there will be another date after that for training.”The specific objective of Dane Dances! is to provide an environment where relationships can grow between people of different backgrounds in Dane County.” Volunteer or just go! www.danedances.org

Support the UUSC-UUA Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund
The loss of life and devastation in Nepal from the recent earthquake are truly staggering. Rebuilding is beginning and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the Unitarian Universalist Association have activated joint emergency response efforts. Donate at http://bit.ly/1EoKoXB.

“Service Sunday” Date Set * On Sunday, August 23, FUS and friends will DO service instead of attending services. If you have an idea for a group volunteer project, or can lead a project, or just want to help make it happen, please e-mail Lisa West at west@charter.net.

Volunteers needed!
Help is needed July 25 in Brittingham Park: Disability Pride Festival is looking for people of all abilities to help out, from set-up that morning to tear down at 6pm. There are lots of jobs including staffing the information desk, helping with concessions, talking to festival attendees and other tasks.  To volunteer go to their website at http://disabilitypridemadison.org/sign-up/ or call 838-7011.

Spiritual Topics Book Group
The Spiritual Topics Book Group will hold its July meeting at FUS at 7 PM on Tuesday, July 28, in the Gaebler living room. The group will discuss Stephen Prothero’s book: ‘God is not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World-and Why their Differences Matter’. For more information contact Ken Gage at 230-5068 or ksgage@yahoo.com.

Be a Part of our Annual Art Fair!
Applications are now being accepted for Art in the Wright Place, FUS’s annual (and wonderful!) art fair. Art in the Wright Place will be held on Sunday, November 22, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This sale is an excellent opportunity for area and FUS artists to sell their handmade items while raising funds for our Children’s Religious Education programs. Previous media have included fibre arts, photography, jewelry, origami, pottery, beadwork, woodwork, quilting, basketry, art glass, watercolor, and more. For more information, go to /artfair; or to apply, go to /artreg.

Pride Team forming!
Madison’s OutReach Pride Parade 2015 will be on Sunday, August 9 at 1 p.m., up State Street to the Capitol Square. All Madison UUs will march together once again, behind the huge Standing on the Side of Love banner.  Wear yours, or wear yellow. (There’s time to buy a SOSL shirt from Becky at FUS or from the UUA bookstore. Help coordinate our parade participation – please contact Elizabeth Barrett ebarrett@tds.net.

As You Travel, Gather the Waters.
Water Communion is

August 30.

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