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News From the Red Floors

Dear Friend -

There's a lot of good stuff happening at FUS this weekend, so make the most of that extra hour we gain on Sunday night (remember to turn those clocks back!)

On Sunday, in conjunction with our services, we will honor the late Henry Hagedorn with a Mentoring Fair in the Commons. As an FUS member, Henry was passionate about creating opportunities for people to mentor others in a variety of capacities. A goodly number of community organizations will be represented on Sunday with information about their mentoring programs.

And then - breaking news! - that nationally known cadre of progressive Catholic sisters, "Nuns on the Bus," will be pulling into the Meeting House on Sunday evening. Led by Sister Simone Campbell, at 7 p.m. they will stage a Town Hall for the 100% whose purpose is to bring together a diverse group of community members to talk about the issues that are most important to them. Together, we will explore how "We the People" can all work together to advance government's role in establishing the common good through the vote.

And, of course, at our All Souls Services on Saturday and Sunday we will commemorate those FUS members and friends who have passed on over the course of the year. The Society Choir will prepared three lovely pieces for the service and following a long-standing American and UU tradition, I will deliver an election sermon on the theme "Nine Terrifying Words."

-- Michael


UU Campus Ministry * NOTE CHANGE from our regular schedule! This Sunday is a special event! The Nuns on the Bus "We the People, We the Voters Tour" will be at FUS. Sr. Simone Campbell will lead a "Town Hall Meeting for the 100%" at 7 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium. We will gather for supper at 5:30 p.m. at FUS and then attend the event together. Join us at church this Sunday!

Nuns on The Bus! * That nationally known cadre of progressive Catholic sisters, Nuns on the Bus, will be pulling into the Meeting House on Sunday evening. Led by Sister Simone Campbell, at 7 p.m. they will stage a "Town Hall for the 100%" whose purpose is to bring together a diverse group of community members to talk about the issues that are most important to them. Together, we will explore how "We the People" can all work together to advance government's role in establishing the common good through the vote. Come and join the rally! Doors open at 6.

What are You Thankful For? * Come join us at the Children's RE Table in the Commons and add what you're thankful for to our bulletin board. There are felt leaves for you to write on and double-sided tape for you to adhere your leaf. We'll be thankful for your addition to our board!

The Festival Choir of Madison will be in concert on Saturday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Atrium Auditorium. Pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, Seniors $12, and students $9.

New Singers sought for Society Choir and Meeting House Chorus...We are now offering childcare for the Meeting House Chorus and Society Choir rehearsals. Childcare will begin for the Meeting House Chorus on Wednesday, November 5 and the Society Choir on Thursday, November 6. Rehearsals will begin at 6:30 p.m. Join us!

Attention Library Lovers! Our FUS Library could use your help. The Library Ministry Team is currently looking for new members. If you love libraries and want to help keep our library a great resource, please contact Rev. Kelly at /MCL.

Art in the Wright Place... Is just around the corner! Can you help make this year's fundraiser successful? We need help in several ways: * Setting up and cleaning up the Landmark building * Staffing our Wright Café * Helping with signage * Baking yummy foods You can sign up to help at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/artsale. We are WAY behind in volunteer sign-ups right now. Your prompt addition to the crew would help ease some worried minds! NOTE: we will not have a donations table this year. Please save any donated art items for our annual Cabaret.

Mentoring Fair this Sunday! * This Sunday, November 2, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., FUS will present the Henry Hagedorn Mentoring Fair. Learn about how you can make a real difference in your life and the life of a child, teen, or adult. Be a mentor, a tutor, a circle member, a supportive volunteer. Downstairs and upstairs, in the Atrium Commons and Crossing, 10 local organizations will be here to meet with you. Questions? Contact Becky /socialjusticecoordinator.

Immigration Talk * A presentation about the broken U.S. immigration system will be at FUS-Milwaukee on Sunday, November 2, at 1 p.m. Presenters will include Leila Pine, a former member of FUS-Madison. More info at www.uumilwaukee-events.org/event/families-torn-apart/.

Job Opportunity for Teens * We are planning to hire one or two additional teens to join our crew of teen child care providers at FUS. Our teens work during worship services, New UU classes, some adult ed classes, and numerous other FUS offerings. Generally speaking, it's about 15-20 hours per month. Applicants need to be at least 14 years old and need to have completed a babysitting certification class. Any interested people should contact Leslie Ross at /DRE for an application.

"UU Theological House" Class
Mondays, November 3, 10, 17, 24 & December 1
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. * Courtyard D $30 pledged/$40 non-pledged
Come join Sasha as she explores UU theology in this 5-week program, with each week exploring a different part of the "UU Theological House." Complete class description and registration at /adult-ed.

Shawl Ministry Drop-in * The next Shawl Ministry drop-in will be Monday, November 3, from 10-11:30 a.m., in the Atrium Library. Lorna Aaronson will be hosting. We knit, crochet, and quilt comfort items for members of our congregation, and dedication blankets for children who are dedicated at FUS. We're an open and friendly group, and all skill levels are welcome. Questions? Contact us at /shawl.

Rev. Scott Prinster to Speak at Evolution Forum on November 4 * Former FUS Associate Minister Rev. Scott Prinster is working on his Ph.D. at the UW-Madison, studying the relationship of religion to the history of science. Join him as he shares his passion for religious questions about creation and evolution in "Finches in the Sanctuary: Evolutionary Thought in a Religious Nation." The program will be held at 7 p.m. in the Landmark on Tuesday, November 4. The fee is $10 and it is open to the public. This is the last lecture for 2014; the forum continues in 2015 with four more speakers. Check the catalog for our schedule or visit /evolution.

Alliance to Meet November 5 * The Alliance, mostly retired women and friends, will meet at noon on Wednesday, November 5, for brown bag lunch in the Community Room of Oaks Apartments, Oakwood Village West. Emeritus Prof. Robert H. Dott of UW Dept. of Geology will be guest speaker. His topic will be "Fracking: Pros and Cons." Information? 831-2075.

Our next Friday Musicale will feature violinists Shannon Farley, Wes Luke, and Hannah Muehlbauer with pianist Gregg Punswick. They will perform the Vivaldi Concerto for Three Violins and the Bach Double Concerto in D minor. Friday, November 7, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. Free!

"PAUSE: an Afternoon of
Breathing Space for Women"

with Janet Swanson and Sasha Ostrom Sunday, November 9 * 1 to 4:30 p.m. * Landmark Auditorium * $25 pledged/$35 non-pledged * Childcare available upon request Join us on a Sunday afternoon in late autumn to pause, breathe and move from "doing" to "being." Savor an afternoon for yourself in the company of other women. Complete class description and registration at /adult-ed.

20s & 30s Group Spirituality with Spirits * On Monday, November 10, meet for drinks or dinner and discussion at Brocach, downtown, 6:30-8:30 p.m. RSVP to Elizabeth Bohuski, ebohuski@gmail.com.

Plant-Based Eating Group Fall Potluck * The plant-based eating group is hosting a potluck on Sunday, November 16, at 12:30 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. Come share and enjoy delicious plant-based fall dishes! We welcome everyone to attend and bring a fall or Thanksgiving-themed vegan dish to share. For questions call or e-mail Aaron & Emily at (414) 550-5820 or aaron@gemberdesign.com.

"Grief Explored" with Nancy Johnson, Certified Death Educator
Monday, November 17 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Landmark Auditorium $10/$15 non-pledged In this class, we will talk openly about death and loss and the possibility of becoming more comfortable with this universal human experience. Because we are oftentimes stifled in talking openly about death, it is a challenge to understand that we can change or that we can behave differently when faced with the tasks that grief work involves. We will learn to recognize grief in ourselves and others by exploring the affective, physical, cognitive and behavioral responses to loss and we will come to an understanding of how to more respectfully and confidently journey with those who grieve. More at /end.

Care packages for our college students * If you have a young family member/family friend currently attending college, and you would like us to send them a "care package" before finals arrive, please send their name and contact info to Janet Swanson at /DAE by November 20. Interested in helping with the assembly? Please let me know!

The Peace & Justice Book Club's next meeting will be Monday, November 24, at 7 p.m. in Courtyard E. Book: More Than Good Intentions: How New Economics Is Helping to Solve Global Poverty by Dean Karlan & Jacob Appel. Questions? Contact Carole Briggs at gone.knitting@hotmail.com

or 333-2723.
The annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner
is now being planned, and you are invited to come to FUS on Thursday, November 27, for a wonderful feast as has been in the past years. Donna Cangelosi will be the coordinator of the event this year and she would appreciate hearing from anyone who is interested in pitching in - including someone who would be willing to cochair the event. Give her a call at 287-4703 or drop her an e-mail at

Wanted: Holiday Elves! *
With the Family-to-Family Holiday Giving Program, FUS provides a happier holiday for families in need. Last year, we gave wrapped gifts and grocery cards to 539 family members. Please join us this holiday season by helping for a couple of hours. Between November 15 and December 16, we need to sign up gift donors, organize the collected gifts, and match social workers with their clients' presents. Click here to volunteer:

Spiritual Topics Book Group * The next meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be on Tuesday, December 2, at 7 p.m. in Courtyard E. We will discuss the book 'The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion' by Jonathan Haidt. Contact Ken Gage at 230-5068 for further information.

Help Wanted * James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation here in Madison is looking for a temporary, part-time Acting Director of Religious Education (DRE). See the job description at: http://www.jruuc.org/acting-dre-position-open

This Sunday, November 2: If you would like to make a real difference in the world, this may be the one best place to start. [more]
“Nine Terrifying Words” by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister
The nine words referred to in the title of these reflections were uttered by Ronald Reagan in August, 1986 [more]
“Time, Transience and the Eternal Now”
by Michael A. Schuler, Senior Minister
This weekend I will reflect on time and eternity from a spiritual standpoint. [more]
“We’re All Stories, In the End” by Nastasha Ostrom, Ministerial Intern
When we take the "God’s eye view" of the human story what is revealed? [more]
Come and shop the work of over 30 outstanding local artists in Frank Lloyd Wrights beautiful First Unitarian Society Meeting House. [more]
Great new classes are starting at FUS. Join us! [more]