Check out the UU Business Directory

If you are looking to hire somebody, for any reason, check out our FUS
business directory at http://directory.fusmadison.net/ to find a good fit from FUS.

If you are a member or affiliate, you can also add your own business or service by going to http://fusmadison.org/business3.

Please note this is a compilation of contact information for our own people, and not our version of “Angie’s List.” We make no recommendations of one member over another, but do encourage you to shop locally.

Interfaith Hospitality Network

IHN: Doing Something about Homelessness

Volunteers are urgently needed to continue the
FUS role in Madison’s Interfaith Hospitality Network, a highly successful
program to get families out of homelessness. Volunteers can provide part of a
meal, a few hours of labor, a couple of hours of company, or help with other
tasks. Children with families are welcome. We currently are organizing
volunteers to staff our week in August. Help us take real action to end
homelessness.

Send an e-mail to Tim at /IHN to learn more.

http://www.fusmadison.org/IHN

 

March in the Pride Parade!

On Sunday, August 10, OutReach is hosting the Pride Parade in Madison. The theme
this year will be “Equality Marches Forward – 25 years of Celebrating LGBT.”

Parade staging happens at noon, followed by a 1 p.m. march to the Capitol, where
the celebration continues until 5 p.m. FUS annually sponsors Madison Pride
events and marches with James Reeb UU and Prairie UU. Contact team leader
Elizabeth Barrett. at ebarrett@tds.net.

All are welcome!

FUS Adult Education: Nourishment for minds and hearts

by Janet Swanson, Director of Adult Spiritual Programs

Once again, we pass through a seasonal threshold and enjoy the warmth of the sun, plants in bloom and the arrival of fireflies.

Over the upcoming weeks, we will finalize our Fall 2014 Adult Religious Education Program. With thought and intention, we hope to provide opportunities to nurture awareness, stir curiosity, open the heart to new understanding, and build on the continuing path of lifelong learning. Our living faith requires nourishment, “food” that will stimulate questions, conversation, reflection and action. Adult RE allows us to learn in community and grow in our faith, and if all works well, learn who we are as UUs and what we are called to do. By sharing our ideas and our experiences, we discover new ways to connect with and learn from one another and move closer to living in our “Beloved Community.”

Here’s a preview to whet your appetite!

• Dance Explorations will continue on Monday afternoons. All ages and abilities welcome!
• One-day workshops
• Drumming
• Universal Dances of Peace
• A series of programs presented by our End-of-Life Ministry Team.
• White Privilege – next steps in education, understanding and action.
• Morning Book Study
• Rev. Michael teaching on “The Religions of the Book”
• Rev. Kelly facilitating a workshop on “Forgiveness”

We are also delighted to announce a year-long evolution forum that will offer lectures and discussions, with numerous guest speakers. The conversation will begin in September.
Yours in promise and faith, – Janet

News From the Red Floors for July 25, 2014

Harry Carnes

Greetings from the Meeting House!

This weekend, Sara Goodman is back in the pulpit as a guest speaker. She is in between, waiting to begin a new job as a chaplain, no longer an intern. Her topic? “Living in Between.” Hope to see you here. There will be lemonade. Bring cookies if you remember. :-)

    — Harry Carnes, FUS Director of Communications  

p.s. We got the hearing aids fixed!  

Join us this Sunday for Summer Fun! Kids ages 4-13 are invited to join us for Summer Fun this Sunday during our worship services.  This weekend our wonderful Sara will be in the pulpit. Aidan, our Child Care Coordinator, will lead the charge with fun games and activities for our kids Come play with us! Please sign in as you enter the building.

Last Chance to sign up for Service Sunday * Many community projects still need volunteers for Service Sunday, the morning of August 3.  Sign up on the FUS website at /servicesunday or in person at the Service Sunday table in the Commons. Let’s lend a hand gardening, painting, cleaning, preparing for Pride parade, visiting veterans, training for homeless shelter work, and more.

Men’s Group Meeting * The Open Men’s Group will meet on Monday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. Bring an object from your past and tell a story about yourself. For more information: Gordon at /mens.

Join our Service Sunday Drum Circle * Drummers of all ages are welcome to join in a circle that will introduce our 9 a.m. worship service on Sunday, August 3. Please join Dan Broner near the front of the Atrium Auditorium at 8:50 a.m. You may bring your own drum or use one of ours.

Bring Canned or Dry Pet Food on Service Sunday! People who rely on food pantries need our help in caring for their pets. On Service Sunday FUS will collect donated items for the Help Keep Pets in their Homes program via Dane County Humane Society and Community Action Coalition. Please bring dry or canned food for dogs or cats. Cat litter (clumping or clay) is also welcome in bags of 5-15 lbs. Let’s help pets stay with their human families. Bring your items on or before Service Sunday, August 3.

FUS Responds! Thank you to the many, MANY of you who responded to the call for more Children’s Religious Education teachers. The response was overwhelmingly supportive, leaving us with only a few holes to fill. I am delighted and impressed by the quick response to our needs, and am grateful to all who responded.  ~ Leslie

Send Us Your Water Photos * What’s your connection to water? The Water Sentinel Team is preparing a “water” slideshow for FUS’s annual water communion service on Sunday, August 24. If you would like to have your special photo be considered, please send no more than two high resolution photos to Herb Garn, hsgarn@wisc.edu, by Friday,  August 1. The picture should represent your connection to water.  A drinking fountain, rain drops, kayak trip, special lake, etc.  Also, don’t forget to collect a small vial of water to bring to the service. -–The Water Sentinel Team

UU Business Directory * If you are looking to hire somebody, for any reason, check out our FUS business directory at http://directory.fusmadison.net/ to find a good fit from FUS.

July 29 * FUS Foundation Annual Meeting The First Unitarian Society Foundation of Madison, Inc. will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, July 29, at 7 p.m. in Gaebler Living Room. All FUS members are invited to attend.

Interested in participating in this year’s Art in the Wright Place? The annual fundraiser will be held on Sunday, November 23. You can apply on-line at /artreg. The deadline for applications is August 1.

The NEW nationally chartered Dane County NAACP is having a Community Block Party at the Labor Temple on Saturday, August 9. It’s a coming out party for friends and supporters. You can check it out on their Facebook or web page. Hope you can make it.

Stand on the Side of Love at the Pride Parade! * On Sunday, August 10, OutReach is hosting the Pride Parade in Madison. Parade staging happens at 1 p.m. at the new Central Park on the near-east side, followed by a 2 p.m. march to the Capitol, where the celebration continues. This year, we will have a flag team performalong the route. If you’d like to be a “Flaggie,” contact team leader Elizabeth Barrett at ebarrett@tds.net.

Pride Parade needs volunteers! *  IF you aren’t marching with FUS,Outreach needs volunteer block captains to monitor the parade route. Training on July 28. Free pizza and a t-shirt! Parade on August 10. Call Angie 255-8582 or angier@lgbtoutreach.org.

Ice Cream Social for Youth Group * The FUS Youth Group is having an ice cream social on Sunday, August 17, 4 to 6 p.m., in Courtyard ABC. All high school teens are invited to attend. If you haven’t ever been to Youth Group, this is a great chance to meet some Youth Group teens and find out what Youth Group is like. Plus you get free ice cream! Yum! Find out more about Youth Group at /youth.

Join our Volunteer Choir for Water Communion Sunday…all those interested in learning an easy anthem to sing on Sunday, August 24, are invited to rehearse with Dan Broner and other choir members on Wednesday, August 20, at 7 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium.

Spiritual Topics Book Group * The next meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be on Tuesday, August 26, at 7 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. The group will discuss the book: Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for the Scientific Proof of Life After Death by Deborah Blum. For further information contact Ken Gage at 230-5068.

IHN: Doing Something about Homelessness * Volunteers are urgently needed to continue the FUS role in Madison’s Interfaith Hospitality Network, a highly successful program to get families out of homelessness. Volunteers can provide part of a meal, a few hours of labor, a couple of hours of company, or help with other tasks. Children with families are welcome. We currently are organizing volunteers to staff our week in August. Help us take real action to end homelessness. Send an e-mail to Tim at /IHN to learn more.

Join us at the FUS Campout
at Upham Woods!

Mark your calendars and register now so that you don’t miss the FUS Campout at Upham Woods 4H Environmental Education Center in Baraboo on the nights of Friday, August 29, and Saturday, August 30. Join us and share stories under the stars, music around the campfire, games, and adventures to remember. To find more information and to register, go to /upham.

Mallards Fun Last month Over 150 of our folks got together at the Duck Pond to enjoy some brats, beer and baseball with the Madison Mallards. It was three times the number we expected, which encouraged us to do more FUS outings in the future. Whether it is heading out to a UW Women’s Hockey match, an American Players Theater show, Mad Dolls Roller Derby or some other event, we hope you’ll join us in the future. If you have an idea of where we should go, or want to coordinate an FUS outing yourself, please contact Jeanne Sears at 233-9774 x 116 or jeannes@fusmadison.org.

Help Wanted FUS is hiring a Podcast Specialist for 15 hours a week to create audio content for our podcast library. Programs will consist of content from FUS events, historical archives, educational seminars and worship services. We will also work with the local progressive non-profits with whom we’ve partnered. More people are now receiving information over laptops, smart phones, and computers hooked directly into a home television. As we move to stream worship services live over the internet, we see the potential of podcasts to allow people to enjoy our message on their own time, and in their own space, and bring them into our community. The applicant should have a strong background in digital audio, studio recording, and the creation of podcasts.  For a full job description, visit /jobs.

Children’s Religious Education Giving Tree * We have over 400 children enrolled for our religious education program this year, with many more by September 6-7–our first week of classes. For the past few years we have created a Giving Tree to help support our program and have appreciated your generous donations! The Giving Tree is back again this year and is located by the RE table in the Commons. Each chalice on the tree lists a supply.  You can take one or more chalices, purchase the supplies, and return them to donation box. Questions? Contact Deb Mies
/REprogramcoordinator.

Tower Power. The ‘Local Community Radio Act’ was signed into law by President Obama in 2011, and lifted restrictions on starting small community radio stations. FUS took advantage of this change, applying in 2013. We are one of the first to be granted a license by the FCC, and will be broadcasting at 102.9 fm and live streaming on the internet by the end of the year. You may notice a large crate in front of the Atrium this week, and it houses the new tower for broadcasting from 122 State Street, home of our transmission site. It is one of the highest points in Madison, and also served as the Society home base from 1949 to 1952 while the Meeting House was being built.  If you want to help put up the tower the week of August 4, or assist in making podcasts and programming, please call or e-mail Andy Gussert, FUS COO, at 233-9774 x 115 or /COO.

Interested in Participating in Our Art Fair?

We are now accepting applications from people interested in participating in our annual art fair, Art in the Wright Place.

This year’s event will be on Sunday, November 23rd. Each year we enjoy an
excellent selection of fibre, glass, pottery, photography, jewelry, woodwork,
and more.

To learn more about the art fair, go to /artfair. You can apply at /artfairapp. The deadline for applications is August 1st.

Tower Power

You may notice a large crate in front of the Atrium this week, and it houses the new radio tower for broadcasting from 122 State Street, home of our transmission site.  It is one of the highest points in Madison, and also served as the Society home base from 1949 to 1952 while the Meeting House was being built.

The ‘Local Community Radio Act’ was signed into law by President Obama in 2011, and lifted restrictions on starting small community radio stations.  FUS took advantage of this change, applying in 2013.

We are one of the first to granted a license by the FCC, and will be broadcasting at 102.9 fm and live streaming on the internet by the end of the year.

If you want to help put up the tower the week of August 4th, or assist in making podcasts and programming, please call or email

Andy Gussert, FUS COO. (608/233-9774 x 115)

Join us at the FUS Campout at Upham Woods!

by Kelly Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life

Mark your calendars and register now so that you don’t miss the FUS Campout at Upham Woods 4H Environmental Education Center in Baraboo on the nights of Friday, August 29, and Saturday, August 30. FUS families, couples, and singles come together to engage our 7th Principle – Respect for the interdependent web of life. Our weekend will begin with dinner on Friday evening, and will end Sunday morning with breakfast and a closing worship service.

Upham Woods is beautifully located in the Baraboo Hills along the Wisconsin River. Their staff will lead us in activities such as canoeing, archery, hiking, a challenge course, exploring the night sky, and more. No need for parental hovering! All food is prepared for us – and we get the “upgraded” dining meal package, so it’s good! For the past two years, FUS members have gathered at Upham Woods for part of Labor Day weekend. People enjoyed being able to engage with members of all ages, from 1 year old to those well into retirement.

If you want to deepen your friendships with other members from FUS in an easy fun-filled weekend away, register now. Join us and share stories under the stars, music around the campfire, games, and adventures to remember. To find more information and to register, go to fusmadison.org/upham. Uph

Nurturing Unitarian Universalism Right Here!

by Leslie Ross, Director of Children’s Religious Education

One of the wonderful things about being in a community of UUs is that so many of us are committed to making a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

Fortunately, both Madison and FUS provide many opportunities to channel that kind of passion and commitment. One such opportunity at FUS is teaching in our Children’s Religious Education program. What better way to promote the values and priorities that draw us to Unitarian Universalism? Depending on what and who you teach, becoming a CRE teacher can enrich your life in many ways. Teaching provides opportunities to fall under the intoxicating spell of children’s sense of wonder. It helps us to deepen our own understanding of our UU faith – our roots, our accomplishments, and our distinctness as a faith. It broadens our understanding of other faiths and the bridges that connect us. And it helps to nurture a UU identity that will propel our denomination into future generations. If you sign on to teach, you will receive the training, materials and supplies needed. You’ll join a team of two to three others to share the joys and challenges with. And you’ll get to know inspiring kids and wonderful parents. Please consider making a commitment to teach next Fall. Our “school” year goes from mid-September ’til mid-May. Generally speaking, teachers are in the classroom twice per month. With enrollment anticipated to hit 500 by September, our need is great, and you can help fill it! For more information, please contact Leslie Ross at /DRE. She’s happy to discuss teaching options with you to find the fit that’s just right for your interests and strengths.