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Annual Campaign 2015-16
“Investing In the Power of Us All”

Dear Friend of First Unitarian Society,

Ongoing support of First Unitarian Society changes so many lives, perhaps even your own.

This change may come through the social justice work we do across Dane County, including preventing evictions, donating food, sharing weekend offerings, providing family to family holiday gifts, protecting our local water or organizing for lower incarceration rates.

This change also happens inside our walls, whether during personal reflection in a weekend service, the powerful shared presence of singing with others, or the joy of connecting with friends and community. For others, change and transformation may be found in the Quest Program, mindfulness meditation, Noon Musicals, chalice groups or in our many adult education courses.

This change may happen while connecting with others over a meal, perhaps at a pot luck, circle supper, Select to Connect dinner, neighborhood gathering, campus get-together, the 20s/30s Sunday brunch or a lunch talk offered by the Alliance.

This change may occur within our education programs, whether it be a fourth grader in an ‘Exploring our Origins’ class, a teen attending ‘Mind, Soul and Body’, or a young adult preparing to share “In This I Believe”.  With over 500 children attending classes each year, we have an impact.

There is, of course, no one person who attends each of the hundreds of events and classes we offer, but there are over a thousand people who walk through the doors of FUS every week.  Your support allows those lives to be changed, and in turn, the people that walk through our doors change the lives of others. This is our mission: We support each individual, as together we seek to be a force for good in the world.

As members and affiliates, we give our time, talents and treasures so we can continue to transform lives, including our own. When we give, we give to each other. We also ‘pay it forward’ to others, so they too can experience what we have, and the cycle of giving and receiving may begin anew. 

As you consider your pledge, remember that when we give, we change lives.

As the 2015-16 Annual Campaign Co-chairs, we are yours in service,

Karen Timberlake, Erica Colmenares and Brian Hellmer 

To make a pledge, click here

"Seeking solace, I attended a Sunday service, and felt right at home. FUS is a vibrant, high quality, caring community. It's changed my life, and now it’s time to pay it forward to others."

-Kathy Luker

“FUS has provided a wonderful religious education to my children and helped me reflect more deeply on my values and life priorities. However, what truly excites me is our opportunity to inspire others by modeling the positive impact an inclusive and welcoming spiritual community can have on the larger world.”

–Brian Hellmer

“I love that FUS is always growing and stretching, self-reflecting. Our members and associates aspire to live examined lives. I see people grappling with hard issues, sharing vulnerabilities, asking for information or help or forgiveness. I'm so glad to be a part of this.”

-Erica Colmenares

"FUS provides an opportunity to be a part of something larger than ourselves. We now feel a need to give back to this community from which we have received so much, so that the cycle of giving and receiving may begin afresh."

-Thomas Kammeyer