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News From the Red Floors

News From the Red Floors for January 16-23, 2015
Sasha Ostrom

Dear Neighbor...

This Martin Luther King Jr. weekend is a special one, as we are approaching the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.   

   Many people here at FUS have been talking about the new Selma film that recently came out, and this Saturday and Sunday we will be gathering in worship to celebrate the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and explore ways that Unitarian Universalists congregations, as predominantly white, middle-class communities, can best promote our 2nd Principle, "Justice, equity and compassion in human relations" as people of relative power and privilege.   

     On Saturday, violinist Wes Luke, cellist Michael Allen, clarinetist Linda Bartley and pianist Jess Salek will play music of Bartok. On Sunday, the trio Triple Play will provide the musical offerings, featuring pianist Jane Peckham, trumpeter David Miller and cellist Amy Harr.     

     Finally, after each worship service, all are invited to attend a brief presentation by our FUS MOSES Team on a new proposal for additional jail facilities in Dane County and reasonable and safe alternatives to incarceration.

See you at the Meeting House!  

Sasha Ostrom, Ministerial Intern


Sacred Sunrise in the Landmark * Join us from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings for quiet time in the historic Landmark Meeting House. Come to meditate, pray, be, read, move, etc. We just ask that you do it without conversation. We'll be playing a variety of soothing background music. For more info contact /facilitiescoordinator.

Feeling Generous?  There are so many ways to give to our FUS community.  A gift to our capital fund pays for known and needed improvements, while a donation to the FUS Foundation ensures our long-term health. You can join the Friends of the Meeting House, or give a gift to The Alliance. All contributions are tax deductable, and you can give securely on-line with a credit card at /donation.

Jail Action Alert This Weekend * Dane County supervisors will soon be voting on a third proposal for additional jail facilities costing $150M. As a congregation and as citizens, we can stop this proposal and call for reasonable and safe alternatives to incarceration. Our FUS MOSES Team will explain the issue Saturday at 5:40 p.m. in the Commons and Sunday after both services in the Atrium Auditorium. Stop at the MOSES table to take action now. Also see mosesmadison.org for more information.

King Holiday Celebrations on Monday * The State tribute to MLK will be at noon in the Capitol Rotunda. Hosted by Dr. Jonathan Overby, with Milwaukee's Latino Strings Orchestra and the University of Illinois Black Chorus, this event will feature guest speaker Anthony "Van" Jones, civil rights and environmental activist and author. It is free and open to the   public.    
    There will also be a City-County program at 6 p.m. at the Overture Center featuring a sing-along at 5 p.m. and keynote Diane Nash, pioneer of the American Civil Rights Movement and the MLK Community Choir.
   More about this and other events at facebook.com/KingCoalition.

Registration is Open for Our Winter/Spring Adult Education Classes
The Winter/Spring Adult Education catalog has been mailed and registration is now open on-line. Stop by the Adult Education display in the Commons after services or visit /adult-ed. Childcare is available upon request for many programs; contact Deb Mies at /REprogramcoordinator for more information. 

Flowers are Nice * The ground may be frozen and snow-covered, but there's still a place on the pulpit for flowers at FUS. A colorful bouquet from home brightens winter. Go to /flowers or contact Ann Smiley, flower calendar coordinator, at salutsmiley@gmail.com or (608)354-2075, to donate flowers. Life will feel warmer.

20s30s Group: Spirits and Spirituality * Come join the FUS 20s30s group for dinner, drinks and a discussion around this month's theme "Power and Privilege." They'll be meeting Monday, January 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the downtown Brocach Irish Pub. Questions and to RSVP, contact Creal Zearing at czearing@gmail.com by Sunday, January 18.  

The Job Issues Support Group meets on Thursday, January 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Courtyard E in an informal session as we help each other find resources and hope. By sharing stories and expressing concerns, we explore the benefits of professional networking. Join us then or contact us at /jobs2 anytime.

January 25 Budget Forum * On the fourth Sunday of the year, we'll hold our mid-year financial update from 12:30 to 2 p.m. This is a chance for you to be engaged, learn about our finances, and make your voice heard. Lunch will be provided, so please consider joining us.

Membership Book Signing * Are you ready to become a member of First Unitarian Society? Our January Membership Book Signing will be held on Sunday, January 25, at 12:30 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 January 19 to our Coordinator of Member Programs, Jeanne Sears, at jeannes@fusmadison.org or 233-9774 ext. 116. You will be mailed information to complete before the book signing.

Our next Friday Musicale features pianist Theodore Reinke playing music of Paul Hindemith and Gabriel Fauré. Join us on Friday, January 23, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium for this free recital.

Peace & Justice Book Club * Next meeting: Monday, January 26, at 7 p.m. in Courtyard E.  Book:  On the Rez by Ian Frazier. Questions? Carole Briggs (608)772-7134.

Spiritual Topics Book Group * The January meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be held on Tuesday, January 27, at 7 p.m. in Courtyard E. The Group will be discussing Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square by Paul Rasor. Note that this book has been designated as the UUA Common Read. For further information contact Ken Gage at 230-5068.

Gathering for trivia and fun * Wednesday, February 4. UU Team Trivia at The Brass Ring, 701 E. Washington Ave. Good beer! Good fun! What more could you want? Trivia begins at 7 p.m., but show up by 6:45 to make sure you are settled in and ready for the first question. Contact Joe Harris at jeharris56@gmail.com to reserve your seat!

Water sentinels food waste digester tour * Join us on Thursday, February 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to tour the UW Oshkosh Bio-Gas plant. Madison, which plans to build its own digester in 2017, sends organic waste to this plant as part of a pilot project. Participants will get a close-up view of how a food-waste digester works and the distinctions between food-waste and manure digesters. An option on the return is a stop at the Rosendale Dairy Farm manure digester. Tour limited to 20 people; age 15+. You must navigate stairs and dress appropriately for weather. Carpooling & Lunch stop planned. RSVP: Liz Wessel, 238-9934 or lizmwessel@gmail.com.

The FUS MOSES Ministry Team will resume monthly ministry meetings on Wednesday, February 11, at 4:30 p.m. All are invited.

Trees for Tomorrow Winter Retreat & XC Ski Weekend Registration is now open for our annual Trees for Tomorrow Winter Fun weekend on February 20-22.
   Members and friends have been enjoying the simple lodgings, fellowship, excellent skiing, snowshoeing and other winter activities at Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River, Wisconsin for over 25 years. It is a wonderful weekend. Please join us! Registration includes meals, and lodging in family style dorms, a nature program and free snowshoe rental.
   Cost is $117 for adults, $73 for youth (6-17). Kids under 6 are free. Go to /trees to register. Remember, we can't confirm your spot until we receive payment! Registration closes on February 12.

The Winter Farmers' Market and Breakfast Saturday, February 21
Market open 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Breakfast from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Our FUS Winter Farmers' Market returns with great local food and products, activities for kids, live music, and a delicious breakfast prepared by Abigail Gage and the Food Haulers. The breakfast is prepared using items sourced from participating vendors and other local producers.
    Registration is highly recommended if you would like to share our meal. You can register at /market. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids and students, $25 for families. Volunteers are needed. Contact Rev. Kelly at /ministerRE or 233-9774, ext. 112. Menu, vendor information, and more at /market.

Teen Service Trip * FUS is once again sponsoring a Teen Service Trip to Camp Friendship in Annandale, MN. Teens ages 15 to 18 are invited to work with campers with developmental, physical and other disabilities. We'll be there for two different weeks: June 20-26, and July 11-16. Last year's trip brought great experiences, fond memories, and good, hard work! No doubt this year's will bring the same. For more information and to download an application, go to /youth.

Congratulations to our Ministerial Intern! * One of the major steps toward ministry is an intern's meeting with the Ministerial Fellowship of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Last month, our intern, Sasha Ostrom, appeared before the MFC and was given the highest possible ranking.
   This accomplishment means that Sasha enters into what the UUA calls "preliminary fellowship." It is at this point that a ministerial candidate is able to begin her search for a permanent position in a UU congregation.  Sasha will be with us until the end of May, and between now and then will be in the search process for the next stage of her journey. Congratulations, Sasha!

The Johnson Wax Building Friends of the Meeting House Sponsor Tour to Racine * Join the Friends and enjoy a bus tour of iconic FL Wright masterpieces! The tour will visit the Wright-designed SC Johnson campus and home 'Wingspread' on Friday, February 27. Can't make the tour? Join the Friends anyway! Your membership supports preservation work on the Meeting House. Go to /friends for details and sign-up.

“Who’s Afraid of Solitude?” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister
How much solitude do we need, and what sort of benefits might it confer? [more]
“When I'm Sixty-four” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister This weekend’s services will focus on the importance of commitment, marital or otherwise. [more]
On the fourth Sunday of the year, we’ll hold our mid-year financial update from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. [more]
Great new classes are starting at FUS. Join us! [more]
Come out of the cold and join us for a great indoor Farmers market at FUS. Plus there will be a wonderful breakfast! [more]