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News From the Red Floors

News From the Red Floors for
February 5, 2016

Hello fellow FUS folks,

Is it really February already?  Can that be possible?  It seems like this year is moving mighty quickly. In fact, it seems like the whole world is.  

To me, it feels like we are on a precipice of something new, a new way to live and to be with each other, and I for one, am glad. 

This week, someone more qualified than I to talk about these issues is going to be in our meeting house at 7 p.m on Tuesday Febuary 9 in the Atrium. I'm excited to welcome Rev. Everett Mitchell as he speaks to us about what it takes to be a just human being in our times. 

I Hope your experience of life is rich and full of lovely and important things. 

Is it your time to become a member?

If you have UU background or have taken the New UU series, we invite you to join us.

We offer two opportunities in February to affirm you commitment here. Our February Membership Book Signings will be held on Saturday, February 13th at 4 p.m. before our service and Sunday, February 28th at 10 a.m. between services in the Landmark Auditorium.

Please do RSVP to our Coordinator of Member Programs, Jeanne Sears (233-9774 ext. 116) as you will be mailed information for your completion before the book signing.

We hope you will consider your commitment to our engaging congregation!

Informational Table on Sunday, Feb. 7: Agrace's Care for All
Agrace is a nonprofit, community-based health care agency dedicated to providing expert physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients and families dealing with advanced illness. When Agrace patients do not have enough insurance coverage for their care and have no other way to pay for the services they need, Agrace doesn't turn them away. Instead, Agrace offers patients free or discounted care through Care for All, a program funded by community donations. Learn more by stopping by the Agrace table in the Commons after services on Sunday, Feb. 7.

Easter Helpers
There are few things that spread joy more fully than watching eager kids search for eggs on Easter. Do you want to be a part of that joy? We are looking for Easter helpers for the annual egg hunt on Sunday, March 27. There's hiding eggs, handing out baskets and goodie bags, and then cleaning it all up. We would need your help from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. If you're interested, please contact Leslie Ross.

Chalice Group Opportunities
Parents Raising Children of Color: Racial identity is formed early and the messages our society is sending to children are becoming more complicated every day. This group will explore ways we, as parents, can mindfully support children of color as they negotiate race both internally and in their daily lives. If you're interested or would like more information, contact Jenn Barry at 608-712-1521.
Educators at FUS: Are you an educator in your life away from FUS wondering how to bring the UU values and principles into your classroom and your teaching? This group will explore ways in which the UU spirit can be brought into the practice of teaching. If you're interested, contact Jeanne Sears at 233-9774, ext. 116.
Buddhism and Meditation: This groups meets twice a month on the first and third Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in homes of our members. This is a group that practices meditation, deepens our understanding of the teachings of the Buddha through reading and discussion while applying them to our lives and meditation practices, and supports the individual life journeys of our members. Interested individuals please contact Jake Blasczyk, at 608-251-9506 or jacob84@charter.net.

Poetry Group
FUS Open Poetry is a group of poets and poetry-lovers. We get together every other Monday at 7:30 p.m. to enjoy poetry. We laugh, share stories, and sometimes share snacks. Come as you are with one or two excellent poems to inspire. Check out the FUS calendar at fusmadison.org/calendar to see when and where we are meeting. Questions? Contact Rae atrachaeldrapcho@gmail.com.

Men's Group
Monday, February 8, 7 p.m.
All men are invited to join the men's group meeting on Monday Feb 8, at 7 PM in the Gaebler Living Room. Topic: Is the political process different this year, or have forgotten about past unusual campaigns?

Help Us Correct the Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections
Join us Wednesday, Feb. 10, 4:30-6 pm, Gaebler Living Room
FUS MOSES Ministry Team meets monthly, working to reduce by half the almost 22,000 people currently locked up in Wisconsin's prisons.  Significant changes can be made through the release of hundreds of parole- eligible inmates and through the compassionate release of prisoners who are aging or very ill.  Annually, almost 4000 former inmates are sent back to prison, not for conviction of a new crime, but due to "technical violations" of their terms of supervision. Alternative sanctions for such "crimeless revocations" would empty many prison beds.
Contact Susan Millar, sbmillar@gmail.com

Friday Musicale
Our next Friday Musicale features Milwaukee guitarist Naeim Rahmani. Naeim will play music of Scarlatti, Bach, Villa-Lobos and more on Friday, February 12, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium.

Spiritual Topics Book Group
Tuesday, February 23
The February meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be held at FUS on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. on February 23 in Courtyard E. The group will discuss Kevin Kruse's book: One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America. For more information contact Ken Gage at 230-5068 orksgage@yahoo.com.

20's and 30's Group B.Y.O.B. ...Bring Your Own Boardgame!
Monday, February 8, 7 p.m.
It's 20's 30's game night! Meet in courtyard room b/c for fun ,festivities, and a lighthearted night after the holidays. Drinks and snacks will be provided... but not board games... so bring your own! Hope to see you there.

Rev. Everett Mitchell Talk: Just Mercy and Dane County
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., with refreshments served from 6.30 p.m.
Rev. Mitchell facilitated an evening with Just Mercy author Bryan Stevenson at UW, where Mr. Stevenson discussed injustices in our criminal justice system -- based in race, poverty, and gender -- on a national scale. Now, Rev. Mitchell, practicing attorney and former assistant D.A., brings this discussion home to needed reforms in our local system. This event is hosted by FUS, Congregation Shaarei Shamayim and James Reeb UU, and is part of FUS' engagement with this year's UUA Common Read

UU Alliance Meeting
Wednesday, Feburuary 10
Our noon February 10th Alliance meeting at Oakwood Village, 6205 Mineral Point Rd. will highlight how to connect and keep connected with our community in the First Unitarian Society. Jeanne Sears, Coordinator of Member Services and Kelly Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life will share stories and have activities to involve us all. Bring your sack lunch and enjoy conversation, coffee and goodies.

20s & 30s Brunch
Sunday, February 14
Join FUS 20s/30s for brunch on Sunday, February 14 at Bluephie's (2701 Monroe St). We'll meet by the name tags upstairs at FUS at 10:30 AM if carpooling, or you can meet us at the restaurant by 10:45. Please email Mel at mel.meder@gmail.com to RSVP and indicate if you can provide a ride or if you need one. Hope to see you there, or at one of the many spring 20s/30s events!

Transylvania Pilgrimage Information Session
Sunday, February 14, 12:30 p.m.
Gaebler Living Room
Are you interested in our July 2016 Pilgrimage trip to Transylvania? Wondering about signing up but still have some lingering questions? Join us for all things travel - itinerary, hot spots, food questions, travel questions - all your questions answered! For more information, contact Rev. Kelly at 233-9774, ext. 112.

Caregivers Group
Saturday, February 20, 10 a.m. Courtyard E
Every 3rd Saturday of the month, you are invited to join the caregivers group. The caregivers group is for people who are the primary caregivers to someone who is chronically or terminally ill. We find ways to support one another, and explore our narratives for possibilities of growth through hardship.

Teens: Let's Talk About Race
Saturday, February 20
FUS, along with a coalition of liberal faith communities in Dane County, is hosting a special opportunity for teens 8th-12th grade. Let's Talk About Race: A Conversation with Teens, will be held at FUS on Saturday, February 20th, noon - 4 p.m. The workshop will be facilitated by Groundwork, a Madison organization working toward achieving racial justice and equity in Dane County. The event is sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television. Lunch and lively conversation are provided! The workshop is free, but we do ask that teens bring a donation, which will be given to either Briarpatch, One City Learning Center, or Boys & Girls Club.  Register and to learn more online

Job/Career Networking Support Group
March 3, 7 p.m.
This informal meeting will provide an opportunity to share and learn about some aspects of your employment concerns. What is working like "in the new economy"? Join Bob Radford and others in Atrium Courtyard Room E on March 3rd from 7-8:30 p.m. Call 845-3523 for information.

Black Workers Forum
Thursday, Feb. 25, 5 p.m.
This is the intersection of race, workers' rights, and income inequality - in line with the Moral Mondays Movement and the Rev. Dr King's work. This is how FUS members show up as part of our greater community. The NAACP Dane County Branch presents a discussion to improve the economic status of Black Workers in Dane County, with panelists from Fight for 15, the NAACP, YGB Coalition, and UW-Madison. Co-sponsored by several of our community partners. Food and conversation from 5 p.m. with a panel discussion from 6-8:30 p.m. At the Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park Street.

Summer Teen Service Trip
The deadline for registering for this summer's Teen Service Trip is Monday, February 15th. If you're interested in participating, please get your form in ASAP. The service trip as at Camp Friendship and will take place July 23-29. For more information, go towww.fusmadison.org/teenservicetrip. ADULTS: Interested in chaperoning this awesome opportunity? Let Leslie know if you are leslier@fusmadison.org

A Winter Luau
Tuesday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Gaebler Living Room
Sick and tired of winter? Officially have the winter blues? Then join us for some fun in the sun! The Lay Ministers will be creating an evening of sunshine, flowers, and tropical treats - there may even be an umbrella in your drink. Join us for an evening of virtual summer in the depths of winter.
Registrations are now open for our Fall 2015 program. [more]
Rev. Karen Quinlan of James Reeb on Madison's east side joins us to ponder the meaning of 'salvation' for UUs. [more]
Guest James A. Jaeger shares the story of FUS' minister, who in 1947 announced he was "resigning from the white race". [more]
Guest preacher Rev. Anthony Makar pays tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou in a sermon titled "The Beauty of the Butterfly". [more]