| News From the Red Floors for March 7-14, 2014
Dear FUS Neighbors,
As our expectation of Spring's arrival draws ever nearer, we are reminded that time is ever changing - what now seems light will soon be dark once more. That's a flowery way to say don't forget about Daylight Savings and the time change! You don't want to miss this weekend's services, so set your clocks forward before you go to bed on Saturday so you don't miss Sunday, or you can always switch up your routine and come to Saturday service instead. Speaking of Saturday, this week is Second Saturday Potluck. Bring a delicious dish to share with friends and newcomers alike.
See you this weekend!
Community Forum Tomorrow (March 8) "Is There a National Education Crisis Among Minority Students?" At the Urban League of Greater Madison, 2222 S. Park. Hosted by Breaking Barriers Mentoring, Inc. Keynote speaker Hakim Nathaniel Crampton is a Michigan School Justice Partnership Team member, lyrical educator, author, award winning poet and youth violence specialist. This event will be open to educators, students, policymakers, community stakeholders and the general public.
Missing a mitten, sweater, coat or scarf? * Our lost items will be laid out in the Atrium entrance for you to find and reclaim! Please take a moment before or after services to look over the tables for your fall and winter lost items.
Men's Group Meeting * Monday March 10 * 7:30 p.m. * Gaebler Living Room * Whether it is long prison sentences for minor, nonviolent crimes or it the death penalty for a serious crime, is there any "justice" in our criminal justice system? All men are welcome! For more information: Gordon at /mens.
Women's Support Group * Our FUS support group for women in transition will meet on Monday, March 10, in Courtyard D at 5:30 p.m. This is an open and informal support group where FUS women may connect and share their concerns and stories about various life changes. We meet regularly on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, and new attendees are welcome at all meetings. There is no sign-up necessary, but you may contact Karen Rose Gredler (516-8559) if you have questions.
Alliance Meets next Wednesday * The "Women Who Lunch" will meet at Oakwood Village West at noon March 12. Bring your own sandwich. Dessert and coffee will be on hand. Tom Linfield, VP Madison Community Foundation and Marge Miller's son-in-law, will be guest speaker "Helping Good People Do Good."
Spring Fling for Funds -
Magic Happens Auction Party
Spring Fling for Funds is coming up on Friday, April 25, 6:30-10 p.m. We need volunteers to help make this event a huge success. Details will be coming soon on how you can help. We are also looking for exciting auction items. They can be an event, a service or an article. Go to the event website at /Spring-Fling to make your donation. And be sure to put the date on your calendar!
Don't miss the "Living by Heart" Adult Education Class * Janet Swanson, FUS Director of Adult Spiritual Programs, invites you to experience Living by Heart, a contemplative spiritual practice based on poetry, song, and story. The practice has been described as "the heart learning of wisdom words, poetry and scripture." This unique spiritual practice class begins Wednesday, March 12, and meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. Register at /adult-ed or with the form in your Adult Education catalog. Hurry!
Civil Rights Event! * On Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m. the Rev. Dr. William Barber II, President of the NC NAACP and founder of Moral Mondays, will speak at Bethel Lutheran, supporting "Anti-Racism, Anti-Poverty, and Pro-Labor." UUs in NC and from across the nation have been marching with Rev. Barber. Summary and videos here.
Keeping Our Families Safe Event * Join us for a light lunch and guest speaker on Sunday, March 16, at 12:15 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium. This "keeping our families safe from gun violence" event is hosted by the Reduce Gun Violence Ministry Team, and will feature special guest speakers UW-Madison Police Chief Sue Riseling, and Lead Organizer for Dane County United Wendy Cooper. Join us to explore how we can help keep guns out of the hands of children. Information? Contact Sara Goodman firstname.lastname@example.org. Childcare? email@example.com
Our next Friday Musicale will feature the woodwind quintet "Black Marigold." Elizabeth Marshall, flute; Laura Medisky, oboe; Bethany Schultz, clarinet; Kia Karlen, horn and Cindy Cameron-Fix, bassoon will play music of Reicha, Ligeti, Stranvinsky and Brian Duford. Friday, March 14, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. Free!
Coming of Age Food Drive * Our names are Mimi Wells and Skyler Puckette and we are coordinating a food drive for our service project in our Coming of Age class on March 15 and 16. Your non-perishable food donations will go to help stock the pantry at the Community Action Coalition, which helps supply more than 100 organizations in Dane, Jefferson and Waukesha counties. These organizations in turn help over 20,000 people, nearly half of whom are children and infants. Look for bins in the Gaebler Living Room and the Atrium entrance.
Mid-America District Conference Early Bird Registration Ends Soon * You are invited to attend the MidAmerica Regional Assembly 2014 the first Regional Assembly to be held in Wausau, Wisconsin on April 12 & 13! There will be opportunities to worship and sing together; meet UUs from across the region; learn from each other; and be inspired. Visit midamericauua.org and register before March 15 to take advantage of the early bird discount.
Morning Book Study: The Compassionate Life by Marc Ian Barasch Join facilitator Doreen Davis on Thursdays, March 20 and 27/April 3 and 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Gaebler Living Room to contemplate what it means to live a compassionate life through discussions about this extraordinary book. To register, please go to /adult-ed or pick up an Adult Education catalog in the Commons.
March 22 * New Member Book Signing after Saturday Evening Services * Are you ready to become a member of First Unitarian Society? Our October Membership Book signing will be held on Saturday, March 22, at 6 p.m. in the Commons. If you have UU background (talk to me about your previous involvement) or have taken the New UU series, we invite you to join us. You must RSVP before March 17 to Jeanne Sears at firstname.lastname@example.org or 233-9774 ext. 116.
Water Workshop: Human and Ecological Rights * On Saturday, March 22 ,World Water Day, the Water Sentinels will host a workshop on water ethics and the key questions for freshwater in our region. Join us 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Courtyard AB. The workshop will explore our knowledge of fresh water in the world and Dane Co. Please RSVP to Liz Wessel, at 238-9934 or email@example.com.
The next Sunday series of "New UU" Orientation is around the corner * We are offering New UU Orientation classes on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning March 16 and continuing March 23, 30 and April 6. Childcare is offered! This is our last class before the summer.
New UU is an orientation class for newcomers and friends of First Unitarian Society. During the four meetings, participants have the opportunity to:
* Get acquainted with other curious adults,
* Learn about Unitarian Universalism and the organization of the Society,
* Explore whether their beliefs and values are consonant with Unitarian Universalism,
* Consider your next steps to deeper involvement at FUS.
Registration is available in the Commons or at /newUU.
Religious Perspectives on Criminal Justice * On Sunday, March 23, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Senior Minister Michael Schuler will moderate a panel and conversation about the serious criminal justice issues and challenges for our times from a variety of philosophical and religious traditions and perspectives. Free, no reservations required. Madison Opera Center, 335 W. Mifflin Street, Madison.
20s/30s Young Adult Discussion Group * Join us for Spirituality with Spirits: "Studying The Universe As A Way To Feel Spiritually Connected" on Monday, March 24, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Maureen & Scott's place, 2811 Monroe Ave. #3E, Madison. RSVP by Sunday, March 23, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-4462. We will have a sandwich bar. Please indicate which sandwich topping and drinks you plan to bring.
The Peace & Justice Book Club will meet on Monday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in Courtyard B. Book: On DuPont Circle: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Progressives Who Shaped the World by James Srodes. April 28: Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin.
Spiritual Topics Book Group * The next meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in Courtyard E. The group will discuss Parker Palmer's book: Healing the Heart of Democracy. For more information contact Ken Gage at 230-5068.
Save the Date for our FUS Volunteer Recognition on Friday, March 28 * Many of you provide volunteer service that makes the First Unitarian Society work! A postcard will be mailed soon inviting you to drop in Friday, March 28 any time between 4:30 and 7 p.m., for beverages and appetizers in the Atrium Commons. Listen to cool jazz by a trio from Swingtime Music. We want to thank you for your volunteer time and talent. If you can join us, please contact our Coordinator of Member Programs at 233-9774 ext. 116 or email@example.com
FUS Middle Schoolers * Does winter have you climbing the walls? Let's climb together! All FUS middle school youth are invited to gather at Boulder's Climbing Gym for a night of fun on Saturday, March 29. For more information, go to /boulders.
Roses are red, dried violets are tan,
Please pledge this month, so we can budget a plan.
Please make your annual commitment at /pledge
The Good, The True,
The Beautiful - Adult Film Series
with Rev. Michael and Trina Schuler will explore our fourth Unitarian Universalist Principle, "A free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning." Join us for fellowship and meaningful film discussion: April 1, 8, 22, 29 in the Landmark Auditorium 6-9:30 p.m. Complimentary Snacks. Supper option to order from Glass Nickel. More information is available in the Adult Education catalog or on our website at fusmadison.org/film.
Child Dedications in April * A child dedication is a uniquely Unitarian Universalist naming ceremony which offers parents the opportunity to have their child blessed by our congregation, their family, and our ministers. The next opportunity to have your child dedicated is April 5 and 6 at all three services. Interested? Questions? Contact Rev. Kelly Crocker at /ministerRE or 233-9774, ext. 112.
Needed: Meeting House Guides
Friends of the Meeting House guides offer tours to the more than 1,000 Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts that visit our campus each year. Income from these tours not only helps to fund critical Landmark restoration projects, but also enables our staff to better concentrate on their work. If you have a lively interest in learning more about Wright and his involvement with FUS, are eager to share your knowledge with visitors, and have some spare time on weekdays or Sundays to occasionally give tours, please join our spring training class which runs three Sunday afternoons in April. For more information and to sign up contact March Schweitzer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-3941.
"Saving Civility" by Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life
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“Meek & Mild: Why Humility Matters”
by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister
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"Everyday Injury and Injustice"
by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister
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The 2014 Spring Fling for Funds Auction Party, formerly known as Cabaret, will be Friday, April 25 this year. It is going to be a lot of fun, but your donation is vital to its success... [more]
Great new classes are starting at FUS. Join us! [more]
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