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News From the Red Floors

News From the Red Floors for
April 24 to May 1, 2015

Dear FUS Friends...

This week, as small snow flurries have been mixing with the rain and the cooler weather has been inspiring some of you to pull those winter coats back out of your closets, I'm starting to understand the jokes about how April, in Madison, is really "faux-Spring".  But thankfully, the weather should be warming up a bit by Sunday after just a couple more days of rain, and soaring up to the glorious seventies by midweek. And so maybe, just maybe, we can now put those coats away for good!

During this weekend's services, we'll be reflecting on how we can be wise together in collective decision-making as we embody our hope for a better world.  My reflection this week is inspired by a 2009 proposal by the UUA's Commission on Appraisal to change the language of our 5th Unitarian Universalist Principle from "the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process" to "the right of conscience and the use of democratic processes". Although the change ultimately was rejected, it does raise awareness about the fact that there are many different kinds of democratic processes beyond simple majoritarian voting, some of which are already present in our congregations.

On Saturday, Melinda and Karlos Moser will perform songs by Doug Hill, Vaughan Williams, Strauss and Copland.  Sunday, The Society Choir will sing May We Hear Each Other's Voices from Jim Scott's cantata "For This We Stand."

There will also be an opportunity to share joys and sorrows at all three services.

See you at the Meeting House! 


It is Time To Party at
"An Old Fashioned Cabaret"

The day is here! Don't miss this fun, action packet evening with amazing entertainment, great food, silent and live auctions, and a selfie photo booth! Party begins at 6:30 - admission is $30 and includes drinks and lots of good food.

"No Dumping: Drains to Lake"
Storm Drain Challenge

This Saturday, April 25, from 1 to 3 p.m., join the Water Sentinels and others for this hands-on event. After an introduction to storm water management, the group will be split into teams and fan out to mark as many storm drains as possible. All training and supplies provided. Meet atop of Bascom Hill. Rain date: May 3 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Have You Registered Yet?
Registration for next Fall's CRE classes is up and running, and some classes are filling quickly. Don't delay! Your prompt registration is most likely to assure you a spot at your desired time. It will also save you money (the cost goes up on June 1), and helps us to plan so that we have the teachers we need to accommodate you and your family. You can register at /cre-registration. Parents with infants and toddlers should also register for child care, though there is no fee for that. We want to assure we have adequate staffing in the child care room for the number of kids expected.

Criminal Justice and Injustice in America * Please visit the FUS Library in April for a display of deeply-compelling books about mass incarceration. The FUS Library Committee and MOSES Alternatives to Incarceration Ministry Team present books covering incarceration from broad policy/practice to the personal level, from arrest to re-entry or execution.  Become informed through the moving words of historians, policy-makers, prosecutors/defenders, incarcerated people and their loved ones who are doing time on the outside. Please support MOSES to promote true justice and recovery.

Tools Needed * This weekend, FUS will be collecting used (or new) garden tools for our friends at Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church.  They are starting a community garden and are in immediate need of shovels, hoes, rakes, hoses, tomato cages, etc. Please add your spare tools to the barrel in front of the Landmark on Saturday, and Atrium on Sunday. If you have questions, or need someone to pick up items from your home, please e-mail Susan Schwaab ay susan.schwaab@yahoo.com

A Special Friday Musicale... Next Friday, May 1, listeners will have the opportunity to hear J. S. Bach's monumental Goldberg Variations arranged for String Trio. Hear guest violinist Kangwon Kim, violist Micah Behr and cellist Mark Bridges on Friday, May 1, at 12:15 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium.

Mandala Meditation Workshop * Join Sarah Busse, one of Madison's Poets Laureate, on Sunday, April 26, for a peaceful afternoon exploring mandalas as a tool for self-awareness and meditation. You will have an opportunity to create three different mandalas-no art experience required. The workshop will meet from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Landmark Auditorium. Fee, including all materials, is $25 pledged and $35 non-pledged. Registration and information at /mandala.

The Peace and Justice Book Club will meet Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Courtyard C. Book: The Orphan Train by Christina Baker. Questions? Carole Briggs gone.knitting@hotmail.com or 772-7134.

Mother's Day Peace Poles Project * Once more FUS is planning to "plant" Peace Poles on the edge of our property on University Bay Drive May 9 & 10 (Mother's Day weekend). Establishing it will start after the 4:30 service that week. Please sign up by e-mailing or calling Roz Woodward rozw@tds.net/251-1074.

Tee Shirts * The Saturday Free to Believe class has designed a UU t-shirt to raise money for the education of two youth from our partner churches in the Philippines and in Romania. The t-shirts are $15. Order forms are available at the poster board with information about the two youth next to the RE table. We will only accept orders until Saturday, May 2, so hurry!  

20s-30s Group: Spirituality with Spirits
What: Come join the FUS 20s30s group in dinner, drinks, and a discussion on the role that current and future generations play in caring for the earth.
When: Monday, April 27, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Downtown Brocach Irish Pub
Questions/RSVP: Creal Zearing at czearing@gmail.com by April 26.

Men's Group Meeting * All men are invited to join the Open Men's Group meeting on Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the Gaebler Living Room. Topic: what legacies have we received and what legacies do we want to leave? For more information, Gordon at /mens.

Teens: Looking for a Job? * Our Child Care room is looking to hire a couple of additional teens to add to our team. Teen Child Care Providers are scheduled to work during some worship services, parish events, adult ed classes, choirs, and more. You get to play with kids, so there's a lot of fun involved! You must be 14 years-old and have completed (or can complete soon) a Babysitting Certification program. If you're interested, contact Leslie Ross at /DRE for an application.

Summer Circle Suppers are being arranged!
Our next circles, summer 2015, will begin in soon. The deadline for application is Thursday, May 14. Join us for these convivial informal pot lucks of small groups of people held in members' homes or other settings during June, July and August. Circles are coordinated by Dawn Stucki. Please feel free to call her at 849-8078 or learn more and fill out the form at /circles. You'll be glad you did.

The April meeting of the Spiritual Topics Book Group will be held in the Gaebler Living Room on Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. We will be discussing the classic book by William James: The Varieties of Religious Experience. For more info contact Ken Gage at 230-5068 or ksgage@yahoo.com.

Last Chance! You can still be one of 75 from FUS to attend WISDOM's Madison Action Day, Wednesday, April 29, 9 to 4 p.m. (or any part of the day you can be there.) Hear Hannah Rosenthal and Rev. Everett Mitchell. Learn, discuss, visit with legislators to encourage them to increase funds in the state budget for treatment alternatives and diversions from incarceration. Stop by the MOSES table in the Commons for more info or go to /MOSES.

UU Comic Roy Zimmerman is coming back to town on Saturday, May 2. He's bringing his new show "The Faucet's On Fire!" at 7:30 p.m. at James Reeb UU Congregation. Admission is just $18 or whatever you can afford. Highly recommended!

Annual Madison Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale! Spring is here - and that means it's time to quench your thirst for gardening at the City of Madison Compost Bin And Rain Barrel Sale. This year's event will take place on Saturday, May 9 at the Alliant Energy Center parking lot. Pre-order online before April 27 and save an additional $10 off and pay no shipping. For more information visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/compost/CompostBinSale.cfm

Tour the Dane County Jail * May 14, at 7 p.m.  Register to join the FUS MOSES Team for a guided tour. Lives and much money are at stake.  Everyone agrees something must be done, but what? See and feel how the jail works. Ask questions. All participants must fill out a one-page security form before May 4. Please e-mail Juli at lokerfam@gmail.com to register. Questions? Carpool? Call Pat 249-4486.

Career Networking Support Group * Anyone worried about changing employment is invited to join this drop-in meeting on the fourth Thursday of each month (May 28 is next).  We help each other find resources and hope by sharing stories and ideas.  Join us then or contact Bob at /jobs2 anytime.

Save the Date * The FUS Spring Parish Meeting this year will be Sunday, May 31. Please join us in the Atrium after the 11 a.m. service. The almost-world-famous lunch will be provided by the Foodhaulers, and the meeting will start at 12:30 p.m. to vote on the budget, and other important items.

Take Me Out to the Mallard's Baseball Game! * Please check your calendars and save Thursday evening, June 4, for Mallard's baseball fun for the family! We will have a grill-out before the 6:35 p.m. game at the Warner Park Shelter. Stay tuned for details and cost! Can you help grill and set up our gathering? Please chat with Jeanne Sears, Coordinator of Member Programs jeannes@fusmadison.org or 233-9774 ext. 116 to talk about possibilities.

Still time to Register for nearby UU Family Camp
Bayside Camp provides a nurturing and fun atmosphere for singles and families of all configurations and traditions. It takes place on the shore of Lake Geneva in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, July 12 to 18. This special week includes adult workshops, activities for children, free time for family fun and relaxation, and intergenerational activities. For more information visit our website at http://www.yahoodrummers.com/bayside/or contact the Camp Registrar, Carol Roan, BaysideUU@gmail.com or (608)232-1627.

Service Sunday Date Set * On Sunday, August 23, FUS and friends will DO service instead of attending services. If you have an idea for a group volunteer project, or can lead a project, or just want to help make it happen, please e-mail Lisa West at west@charter.net.

“Cautious Optimism, Fearless Hope” with Kelly J. Crocker, Minister of Congregational Life Join us we look for positive signs in the face of a gripping reality. [more]
Registration for next fall is now open. Please register your kids for classes now so we can plan our school year. Plus, you'll save a little money, too. Great classes and other activities have been planned! [more]