October 14 & 15
“Black Lives Matter”
with guests Christopher Sims and First WaveFor this Black Lives Matter weekend, we welcome spoken word poet and musical composer Christopher Sims on Saturday. Sims, an African American and UU from Rockford, has performed in many venues in the past few years. On Sunday, UW-Madison’s multicultural First Wave artists will showcase their talents at FUS for a second time. Through poetry, song, and dance these performers deliver a powerful message.
On Saturday, Linda Warren will play music for solo piano. On Sunday, we will have a congregational Hymn Sing prior to welcoming our guests from First Wave.
Black Lives Matter Events
Saturday, October 14
At 9 a.m. we’ll hang prayer flags of slain African-Americans that were made by FUS members. We’ll gather again at 4:30 p.m. for a service with poet performer, Christopher Sims. A potluck with an opportunity for discussion and reflection will follow at 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 15
Our 9 and 11 a.m. services will be led by UW’s First Wave: Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community. Sunday afternoon offers an opportunity to learn from Christy Clark-Pujara, PhD Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Read more about the event and RSVP here. Presentation will be in the Landmark Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Childcare is available with pre-registration. Why does race matter? Why is there such tension, division, and disparity among racial groups in the United States of America? How and why did blackness and slavery become synonymous? How and why did a nation founded upon liberty and freedom perpetuate human bondage?