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News From the Red Floors

Dear Neighbors... 

As I sit in my study pondering the points I plan to make in my reflections for this week's worship services, I look out the window and notice that the bird feeder I filled this morning is now almost empty. The sparrows, chickadees, cardinals and blue jays have been almost frantic in their efforts to eat. I suspect that the sudden drop in temperature has alarmed them. Like me, they find the change a little disconcerting.

No, life is not simple and neither are Wisconsin's weather patterns. Building on and departing somewhat from Kelly Crocker's introduction to the monthly theme of "simplicity" I'll give you some provocative ideas and anecdotes to chew on. Great music is in store, with accomplished flutist Margie Marion teaming with Linda Warren on Saturday and virtuoso pianist Gloria Chung showcasing her skills on Sunday.   

- Michael 

Shawl Ministry Drop-in * There will be two Shawl Ministry drop-ins next week, both in the Atrium Library. The first will be Monday, September 15, at 7 p.m. with Dorit Bergin hosting. The second will be Thursday, September 18,  at 10 a.m. Lorna Aaronson will host, and we will be joined by our intern, Sasha Ostrom.  Want to learn more about the Shawl Ministry? Contact Lorna or Dorit?You'll find it all at /shawl.

Equity Ministry Team meeting on Tuesday

Yet another report was released this week confirming the depth of WI's racial disparities. UU principles encourage our understanding and response. Please join the team Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6 pm in Ctyd Rm D as we share our questions and our knowledge, and plan the next year's learning and action events around building multicultural relationships and equitable communities.

Poetry Group * The FUS poets group is changing its meeting night to Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Courtyard D. Bring original poems or poems by others to read and discuss, or just come to be entertained. This group  meets every two weeks; Upcoming dates include September 24 and October 1, 15, 29. All welcome. Contact Marc Glazer, glazer.marc@gmail.com or Jeff Glover, warmncalm@yahoo.com. Come join the fun!

Introducing Sasha Ostrom * Please come to a meet and greet for FUS's new intern minister, Sasha Ostrom, at 6 p.m. Saturday, September 20, after the Saturday service and Sunday, September 21 between services.  The Ministerial Intern Team will serve a light snack. Natasha (Sasha) Ostrom is originally from Phoenix, AZ. She will be with us for the current academic year.  

Parish Meeting Next Sunday!
Discerning Diversity A Forum
for Member Feedback
  • 12:30 p.m. on September 21
  •  Atrium Auditorium
  •  Foodhaulers Lunch immediately following 11 a.m. service
I.      Welcoming Invocation - Senior Minister Michael Schuler
II.    FUS Annual Report - COO Andy Gussert
III.    FUS Foundation Report - Foundation Member Richard Miller
IV.    Member Forum on Discerning Diversity -
     Board President Betsy Hauser
V.    Closing Reading - Intern Minister Sasha Ostrom
Background: A recent survey revealed the wide-spread sense we value diversity. But it is not clear from the survey exactly what members mean by this, or how they see it impacting day to day congregational life. The goal of the meeting is to better discern what the congregation means by "diverse", how we might achieve it, and what steps we could take-if any-to bring it about. The board will use this feedback to inform future efforts.

MOSAIC: Making OurSelves
Alive in Community 

Join us September 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium as we delve more deeply into our September theme of "Simplicity." 'Tis a gift to be simple, but can it be done in the 21st century? /MOSAIC.

Peace & Justice Book Club * Next meeting: Monday, September 22, at 7 p.m. in Courtyard C. Book:  A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. Many library copies are free to be checked out. Questions: e-mail or call Carole Briggs at 333-2723 or gone.knitting@hotmail.com.

Spiritual Topics Book Group * The next meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday September 23, in the Gaebler Living Room. The group will discuss David Abram's book: The Spell of the Sensuous. Contact Ken Gage at 230-5068 for more information.

Job/Career Networking Group Resumes * The monthly meetings of the FUS employment support group will start on Thursday, September 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Courtyard C.  This informal drop-in group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month and offers caring and insightful help to anyone who faces a change in their job or career. Come share your stories and concerns so we can all learn together.

Equity Ministry Team Meeting on Tuesday

Equity Ministry Team Meeting Yet another report was released this week confirming the depth of WI's racial disparities. UU principles encourage our understanding and response. Please join the team Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6 pm in Ctyd Rm D as we share our questions and our knowledge, and plan the next year's learning and action events around building multicultural relationships and equitable communities.
Dave Ranney: "New World Disorder"
On Wednesday, September 24, at 7 p.m. Dave Ranney, author of New World Disorder: The Decline of US Power will be speaking at James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation here in Madison. Mr. Ranney, who is a Professor Emeritus in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois Chicago, will discuss the political and economic crises that rage around the world which he believes cannot be attributed to simply a "great recession" but are part of a larger "new world disorder." Suggested donation: $5 and/or donation to a food pantry. More at http://www.david-ranney.com

Upham Woods Outing for Middle School Youth * Don't miss a chance to come hike, canoe, stargaze and more with your FUS friends! We'll be heading to Upham Woods 4H Environmental Education Center in Baraboo September 27-28. For more information, go to /crereg.

Select to Connect: Events Needed!

  • How does a Souper Sunday sound? That is soup and conversation after the 11 a.m. service at Mary & Joe Murphy's home.
  • Or, Amuse Bouche: A Tasteful Journey at Jen Gaber and Bart Terrell's home? This event last year sold out in a flash!
  • Or, Birding & Brunch with Trudy Karlson and Dave Weber? Also a repeat from last year that sold out quickly!
So, have you given any thought to one you might donate? It can be as simple as you want it to be, offering the opportunity to make connections. Events must be scheduled between November 1 and April 1. The deadline to submit your event is Wednesday, October 1, so go to /select right now. Questions? Call Sally at 233-9774 ext. 123 or drop her a message at /developmentdirector.

20s30s Open House *
Join us for the FUS 20s 30s Fall Open House!

Sunday, September 28, Landmark Meeting House 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come connect with an FUS/UU/intellectually and spiritually curious community, and enjoy food, beverages, and stimulating and stirring conversation.https://www.facebook.com/events/347792228703684/ Contact katielramos@gmail.com for more information.

The Ancora String Quartet will be in concert at FUS on Sunday afternoon, September 28... One of Madison's premier chamber ensembles will perform music of Haydn, Mendelssohn and Amy Beach in our Landmark Auditorium on Sunday, September 28, at 2 p.m. Admission at the door is $15, $12 for seniors and students, and $6 for children under age 12.

Friday Musicales Return October 3...
The Arbor Ensemble with flutist Berlinda Lopez, violist Marie Pauls, and cellist Rebecca Riley will usher in the Musicale season on Friday, October 3, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. Free admission.

Child Dedications * Dedication Ceremonies will be held during all three services on the weekend of October 4 and 5.  A child dedication is a uniquely UU naming ceremony. It offers the opportunity to celebrate these young lives, welcome them to our community, and offer our blessing to them and their family. For more information, please contact Rev. Kelly Crocker at /MCL or 233-9774, ext. 112. More at /child-dedications.

Reconnections Veterans Support Group To Resume In October * The Reconnections Veterans Support Group will be starting up again on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. beginning October 8 in a new location; Bethel Lutheran Church's Library Media Center. Pizza the first night and we'll figure the rest out! Free child care available on site. 312 Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Madison, parking available. For more information contact Roz Woodward at 251-1074 or rozw@tds.net, or Mike Gourlie at 556-2012 michael@gourlie.com.

Learn about Unitarian Universalism and FUS!
If so, you should join us for one of the two "New UU" orientation classes to be offered this fall. The next will be Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on October 9,16 and 23 and 30. Our next Sunday sessions will begin Nov. 2, 9,16, and 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. Childcare will be offered during the Sunday sessions. Details and registration are available in the Commons at the Information tables or at /newuu.

Charlie King in concert at FUS! * On October 18 at 7 p.m. Sister Maureen McDonnell will celebrate 50 years of vowed Sinsinawa Dominican life, and has chosen to honor the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice with a benefit concert as her Jubilee event. Honor Sister Maureen and hear renowned folk and labor activist musician Charlie King in our Atrium Auditorium. $20 in advance/$25 at door. Contact Rabbi Renee Bauer for tickets or to volunteer at director@workerjustice.org or (608)819-4740.

Take a Fall Adult Education
Class and Expand Your Brain

Class list and registration at /adult-ed.

Elder Law Attorney Heather Wilson to Speak on September 15

Join elder law attorney Heather Wilson as she explores alternatives for financial, estate, and charitable planning ($10 pledged/$15 nonpledged).  We will be accepting  people at the door.  Attend this program or register for the End of Life Series which includes programs about Advanced Health Care planning, October 30 and Grief Explored, November 17.  Visit /end.

An Evolution Forum begins with pre-forum
discussions September 23 and 30
We're exploring evolution in a 2014-15 forum. Our eight monthly programs will be led by guest professors and Rev. Scott Prinster will join us in November. To provide background, we have two pre-forums, which are free and open to the public. FUS member Mara McDonald will lead "What is Evolution?" on September 23 and FUS member Nick Schweitzer will lead "Evolution in the Courts," on September 30. Check the catalog for our schedule or visit /evolution.

Dances for Universal Peace begins
Thursday, September 25
Jerry Mosser will lead Dances for Universal Peace on Thursdays, beginning September 25.  Rooted in the Sufi tradition, the simple and soulful circle dances are a spiritual practice in motion. No singing or dance experience is necessary; each dance is taught and everyone is welcome. Visit /dances.  

Hesitant to dance?
Newcomers Welcome on Mondays

Have you thought about taking a dance class, but were too hesitant in the past?  Join Kristanne Stone in Dance Explorations on Mondays, 1 to 2:30, in the Gaebler Living Room.  Kristanne especially likes working with those new to dance and creates a welcoming environment for all.  A $10 fee registers you for the drop-in classes; consider a free-will donation for each class. Visit /exploredance.  

Please join the team Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. in Courtyard D as we plan the next year's learning and action events around building an equitable community. [more]
“The Diversity Conundrum” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister
In certain areas, First Unitarian Society features a good deal of diversity. In others... [more]
Walking Each Other Home” Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life This weekend, as we pause to commission our Lay Ministers, we will take a look at the gentle dance of giving and receiving. [more]
Great new classes are starting at FUS. Join us! [more]
‘Select to Connect’ is an FUS program made up of simple events donated by members, friends, parishioners, staff, and people like you. [more]
Registration for next fall is currently in progress. We urge you to make your plans soon before our classes begin to fill. [more]