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News From the Red Floors

Dear Neighbors...    Harry Carnes


Greetings from the Red Floors, which have been quite busy this week as we have hosted the Congregation Shaarei Shamayim for the Jewish High Holy days. They have been a fun and vibrant presence.


The staff is busy preparing for our own celebrations as well, with Kelly sequestered in her office writing the sermon, Dan Broner rehearsing several musicians, and the building team putting the last touches on preparations for the High School lock-in.


It will be very lively and lovely here with the Society Choir singing and Kelly speaking about "Walking Each Other Home." Hope you can make it.

But if things keep you from venturing out, I wanted to mention a new service here, our live feed on YouTube. Yes, you can now watch our Sunday Services on your internet-connected devices such as Tivo, Roku, Apple TV, or on your computer. Give it a try and let us know what you think. You'll find a link at 

See you at the Meeting House!

- Harry Carnes, Director of Communications 


Select to Connect!
Still pondering an event you might sponsor for Select to Connect? Go for it. In three short weeks, members will be signing up for events, and we want to get yours in the line-up. It does not have to be lavish - simply fun! Add in a snack and you have an event!
    Go to the FUS website (/select ) and check out some of the events that have already come in. And there are more to come. and don't forget to bring your calendars on the 18 and 19 of October so you can mark down the events you sign up for.
   Stop by the table and chat with Becky and Sally this weekend. Or, submit an event at /select. If you want to talk to someone, call Sally at 233-9774 ext. 123, or e-mail her at /developmentdirector.

Water Sentinels Fall Planning Meeting
Join the Water Sentinels for a fall planning meeting on Sunday, September 28, at 4 p.m. in Courtyard D. Help with a planned activity or bring new ideas! For more information, or to submit an idea for an activity, contact Liz Wessel at 238-9934 or lizmwessel@gmail.com.

Ancora String Quartet Concert This Sunday * One of Madison's premier chamber ensembles will perform music of Haydn, Mendelssohn and Amy Beach in our Landmark Auditorium this Sunday, September 28, at 2 p.m. Admission is $15, $12 for seniors and students, and $6 for children under age 12.

20s30s Open House * Join us for the FUS 20s/30s Fall Open House! Sunday, September 28, in the Landmark Meeting House from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come connect with an FUS/UU/intellectually and spiritually curious community, and enjoy food, beverages, and conversation. More at http://on.fb.me/1p4jhuj or contact Katie Ramos at katielramos@gmail.com.

Women's Alliance meets October 1 * The first Wednesday of October the Alliance will meet in the Community Room, Oak Apartments, Oakwood Village, at noon. Bring your own sandwich.  

MOSES Action  On Wednesday, October 1, MOSES/WISDOM will hold a public action on the steps of the State Capitol focused on the abuses of solitary confinement in our state prisons. It will occur at the State Street entrance from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Organizers are hoping for a very large crowd--please come if you can. For background on this issue, see http://bit.ly/1BUCaro, and other articles posted on the Center for Investigative Journalism web site,www.wisconsinwatch.org.

Meeting House Nursery School Pre-registration Day * On October 1 at 9 a.m., Meeting House Nursery School will start taking names for their Registration Priority List for the 2015-2016 school year. Families may call in (233-9776) and add their name to the list. FUS members receive a higher priority for placement. New families are placed in the order in which they appear on the list. There is no obligation to register and no fee to be placed on the list. An Open House will be held on January 18.  FYI-MHNS currently has openings in their afternoon two-year-old and 4K classes for this year!

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.

To all Members and Friends: We are cleaning out the Isom house to make room for additional classroom space. For the price of hauling items away, these things all work, and can be yours:  An oven (2), televisions (8) an older working refrigerator, a clothes washer, a clothes dryer, used couches, and laser printers. If you have a need for any of these, please contact Tom Miskelly at 233-9774 ext. 120) or tomm@fusmadison.org. We will help get them up to the driveway and into a truck.

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 * 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 Bethel Lutheran Church's Library Media Center. Pizza the first night and we'll figure the rest out! Free child care available on site. For more information contact Roz Woodward at 251-1074 or rozw@tds.net.

Jail Tour * On Wednesday, October 8, our FUS MOSES Ministry Team has arranged for a tour of the Dane County Jail from 7 to 8:30 p.m. There are still a few spaces left on the tour. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Munro by September 30 at lmunro@wisc.edu. A background check form must be completed in advance for each person going on the tour.

20s & 30s Group Sunday Brunch * On October 12, meet after the 9 a.m. service upstairs by the name tags, or at Einstein Bros Bagels on University at 10:45 a.m. RSVP to Matthew Doyle Olson, doyle.olson.m@gmail.com.

Charlie King in concert at FUS! * On Saturday, 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 the Atrium Auditorium. $20 in advance/$25 at door. Contact Rabbi Renee Bauer for tickets or to volunteer at director@workerjustice.org or 819-4740.

New Member Book Signing
on Saturday, October 25

Are you ready to become a member here at the First Unitarian Society? Our October Membership Book Signing will be held on Saturday, October 25, at 6 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. If you have UU background or have taken the "New UU" series, we invite you to join us. Please RSVP before October 16 to our Coordinator of Member Programs, Jeanne Sears (jeannes@fusmadison.org or 233-9774 ext. 116). You will be mailed information for your completion before the book signing. On October 25, we welcome you with introductions, the book signing, presentation of a Chalice pin, taking your picture and appetizers. Family members are welcome to join us!

Wondering about Unitarian
Universalism and the
First Unitarian Society?
Our New UU Orientation series is available in November. This class consists of four sessions. This class is offered on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning November 2, and on the 9,16, and 23. Childcare is offered during this class.
New UU is an orientation class for newcomers and friends of the First Unitarian Society. During the four weekly meetings, participants have the opportunity to:
  • get acquainted with other curious adults,
  • learn about Unitarian Universalism and the organizationof the Society,
  • explore whether their beliefs and values are consonant with Unitarian Universalism,
  • consider your next steps to deeper involvement at First Unitarian Society.
Registration are available in the Commons, or at /newuu.

Adult Religious Education
Adult Education

Complete class list and registration at /adult-ed

Come to The Evolution Forums!
  • Next Tuesday, September 30, Nick Schweitzer, an active FUS member for 30 years and retired Administrative Judge for Dane County, offers the second of our pre-forum discussions, "Evolution in the Courts."  This program is free and open to the public.
  • On October 7, we begin the forum by welcoming UW-Madison Professor John Hawks, Vilas-Borghesi Distinquished Achievement Professor of Anthropology, to share recent discoveries leading to new frontiers in human evolution.  
  • On November 7, Rev. Scott Prinster will join us to share his passion for religious questions about creation.
There will be six speakers in our 2014-2105 Evolution Forum; programs are $10 and open to the public. Check the catalog for our schedule or visit /evolution.

begins Sunday, October 5
Rev. Michael Schuler is offering a Sunday afternoon program on October 5, 12 and 19, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Hearth Room. Judaism, Christianity and Islam, all share the bible, "the Book," as a common scriptural heritage and are all monotheistic religions - believing there is only one, true God. Michael will trace the origins of each tradition, describe their core beliefs and practices, describe the various (often competing) factions that arose from all three, and shed light on their relationship through the centuries.

Saturday, October 18
Join Rev. Kelly Crocker for this experiential workshop to learn practical strategies to release the power of intentional forgiveness in your life.  The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium; lunch is included. Childcare is available by request until October 10.  

"Healing and Reconciliation Film Series"
with Rev. Michael and Trina Schuler Join us for fellowship and meaningful film discussion: Tuesday evenings, Oct 21, 28 and Nov 11, 18 in the Landmark Auditorium 6-9:30 p.m. Complimentary Snacks. An option to order from a limited menu from Sai Bai Thong; delivery is at 6:15 p.m. More information is available in the Adult Education catalog or at fusmadison.org/film.

Walking Each Other Home” with 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]
“What's a Faith Community For?” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister
Let's assess the relevance of an outfit like ours... [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]