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News From the Red Floors

News From the Red Floors for
October 1 to 8, 2015

Hello friends,  

Another weekend is upon us and this time we turn  our minds and hearts to the issue of covenant.  Unitarian Universalists join together in covenantal community week after week.  What does that mean and how does it impact how we live and work together?  Come to services and find out.
You will also have an opportunity this weekend to find out more about our Small Group Ministry.  These groups of 8-10 are one of the best ways to make this large and lovely community feel small. Each of these groups provide a safe, caring and nurturing environment where you can deepen and broaden your personal exploration and reflection...even as you are enriched by what others share from their own experience and journeys. Consider joining one this weekend!
See you at the Meeting House,


Special Announcement

Andy Gussert, the Chief Operations Officer for the First Unitarian Society of Madison the past three and a half years, submitted his resignation on September 22, effective October 22, 2015.  During his tenure Andy made a number of significant contributions to the life of our faith community, including renegotiation of our mortgage and completion of remodeling work on the Isom House.  

The Senior Minister and Board of Trustees will be initiating a search for Andy's successor in the immediate future, with hopes that a suitable candidate will be located prior to the holidays.  If interested in the position,  potential applicants may contact the Senior Minister to obtain an updated job description.  In the meantime, we wish Andy Gussert success in the exciting new possibilities that await him.


Parking at FUS
Development in our neighborhood means parking is getting more arduous, particularly on Sunday mornings. Please consider biking, or taking a little extra time to find street parking nearby.
FUS Parking is not allowed at the Prest Office Building (2712 Marshall Court) on Weekends. Please use our FUS lot, the 800 Block Garage, University Station and other public spaces.

Standing on the Side of Love T-shirts
Show what UUs stand for in a Standing on the Side of Love t-shirt. These are for sale for $20 in the Commons.

Adult RE Fall Program 
Our fall class catalog is now online and registrations for each class are open. Browse and register atfusmadison.org/adult-ed.

On Monday evening, our Evolution Forum kicks off with "Evolution Under Human Influence: Domesticated Crops Evolving from their Wild Relatives" with Eve Emschwiller, PhD. (Landmark, 7 p.m. $10 at the door.)
Also on Monday, you can explore the wonder and wisdom of labyinth meditation with Julie Swanson. (Atrium, 6.30 p.m. $15 pledged/$20 unpledged.
On October 12, Dr Mark J. Nolte tells his story in "Mormonism: Perspectives of an Evolutionary Biologist". (Coutyard B and C, 6.30 p.m. $10.)
Nick Schweitzer starts his always popular "This Is What I Believe Now" class on October 20 at 6 p.m. (Courtyard C, $25 pledged/$35 non-pledged).

Teacher needed: Teaching our Kids the Seventh Principle
One of our Experiences with the Web of Life (EWL) teachers at 9 a.m. has had to step down from teaching this year. EWL is a really fun curriculum for K-1st grade that teachers our kids to appreciate the interconnected web of life. Weekly subjects include squirrels, trees, falling leaves, rain, and many of the other wonders of our planet. Want to join in the fun?! This teaching team of 3 others would love to have your help. If you're interested, please contact Leslie Ross at

Campus Ministry
Are you college age? Do you know someone who is? Does it sound like a good idea to have an inclusive and values-based community to help ground you through this transitional time? Do you like free sandwiches? If any or all of these things are true, joins us this and every Sunday for Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry! Students can come hang out with us at the Memorial Union. Please check the TITU Board for the room.

Shelter Volunteers Needed
All year, FUS helps people experiencing homeless in Dane County. Four ministry teams provide what is needed - meals and/or volunteers in three shelters. All of our teams need new volunteers to continue this needed work! There is work to be done by adults, teens and families - cooking, shopping, serving food or helping ease the morning or evening at a shelter. Learn more on Shelter Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24 & 25, after all services in the Commons. Or, contact beckys@fusmadison.org today!

Sound Operators Needed!
FUS needs volunteer sound operators for our Saturday and Sunday worship services. Sound operators set up microphones, operate the audio mixer and monitor the live web stream. There will be a training for sound operators on Saturday, October 31st from 9am-1pm in the Atrium Auditorium. RSVP not required. Bagels included. For more information contact Elizabeth Delaquess at
Meet the Shawl Ministry
In any given year, between 25 and 40 children are dedicated at the Child Dedication services at FUS. Each child receives a dedication blankets that was lovingly made by a member of the FUS Shawl Ministry. In addition to the dedication blankets, we make and donate shawls and laprobes for members of First Unitarian Society who are hospitalized, ill, or grieving. We think of this as a "hand-to-hand, heart-to-heart" ministry, as all items are handmade by FUS members for others within the congregation. We always welcome new members. Want to know more? Stop by the Shawl Ministry table after services this weekend, come to the next drop-in gathering on, Monday, October 5, 10-11:30, in the Atrium Library, or contact us at fusmadison.org/shawl

Noon Musicale
Friday, October 9
Our next Noon Musicale features tenor J. Adam Shelton & pianist Rayna Slavova. Hear music of Schumann, Lee Hoiby, Ricky Ian Gordon and Richard Hundley on Friday, October 9, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. Free and open to the public.

20s/30s Ingathering
Sunday, October 11
Come enjoy community with the 20s/30s Fall Ingathering. Take part in an event-filled evening with something for everyone! Join in for all or part of this first-time gathering. 5-7 p.m., Gaebler Living Room
5-5:45: Soulful Sundown Bonfire circle worship
5:45: Catered dinner fellowship, fun and games!
RSVPs appreciated for catering order. Childcare provided! Please RSVP to muldoon.maureen@gmail.com with number of children attending for staffing purposes. Hope to see you there!

Choir Carnegie Hall Performance
October 11, 7 p.m.
All are invited to view the DVD of the Carnegie Hall performance of the Durufle "Requiem" that members of the Society Choir and Meeting House Chorus participated in last June. The viewing will be in the Atrium Auditorium on Sunday.

Women's Alliance Meeting
Wednesday, October 14
Join our FUS Women's Alliance for fellowship and opportunity for service. Our next meeting will be held Wednesday, October 14th at noon in the Nakoma/Westmorland Room of Heritage Oaks in Oakwood Village, 6205 Mineral Point Rid, Madison, 53705. Our guest speaker will be Will Anzenberg from the Dane County Humane Society. His topic will center on and about dogs. Bring your own sandwich! Coffee and goodies will be available. Questions? Contact Shirly Inhorn, slinhorn@wisc.edu or 230-3080.

Let's Talk: Black Lives Matter
Thursday, October 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Please join FUS staff & members for "Let's Talk: Black Lives Matter," the first in an ongoing series of informal conversations about equity issues. Bring your experiences with your BLM buttons and yard signs. Share responses to what we've been hearing and reading. Let's keep growing together. Gaebler Living Room, Childcare will be open. RSVPs much appreciated to beckys@fusmadison.org

Caregivers group
Third Saturdays
Are you caring for someone who is chronically or terminally ill? Does much of your life seem as if it is given to support another? Come find fellowship and support from the FUS caregivers group. Join us the 3rd Saturday of each month at 10 a..m in Courtyard Room E as we search for wisdom and strength through adversity.

Everyone Is Listening for Something:
Nature Writing Set to Music
Tuesday, October 20
This lecture/discussion was originally intended for the University of Wisconsin's "Eloquence and Eminence Lecture Series" which features UW Emeritus Faculty. It focuses on four original compositions by Douglas Hill inspired by the nature poetry and wilderness writings of Aldo Leopold, Sigurd F. Olson, August Derleth, and Henry David Thoreau, including numerous recorded examples and illuminating discussions of how their words and images were translated into the sounds of music. Gaebler Living Room, 7.30 p.m. A suggested donation of $10 to FUS will be accepted at the door.

"Just Mercy" Keynote Presentation & Discussion
Sunday, November 23
This year, the UW Big Read and the UUA Common Read is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson is one of the leading voices in America for reforming a justice system that produces strikingly different results depending on a defendant's race and economic means. UW Madison is hosting Stevenson for a Keynote Presentation on Monday, October 26 at 7 pm at Varsity Hall, Union South. No tickets are required. Following the keynote, our FUS community with gather with Rev. Kelly and Becky Schigiel to discuss the book, the keynote, and the important issues being raised. That discussion will be Sunday, November 15, 2-4 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. The discussion is free but please register at
fusmadison.org/ae-classes so we know you'll be there!

Rev. Michael Schuler explores the possibilities and limitations of reason. The Teen Choir, Cherubs and Choristers will sing. [more]
Ministerial Intern Julie Brock explores how the theology of Unitarian Universalism is constantly evolving. [more]
What’s Mindfulness Got to Do with Sex? an evening with Jeremy Adam Smith, Friday October 23, 7 p.m. [more]
Registrations are now open for our Fall 2015 program. [more]