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At First Unitarian Society we believe learning and spiritual exploration are life-long practices. Throughout the year we hold events and classes to provoke the mind, enrich the soul, and engage in community. If you are interested in teaching a class at First Unitarian Society, please email Janet Swanson.

2019-2020 Offerings

To register for a Spiritual Practice Group click here. A description for each group can be found by clicking the name of the group from the list below.

Current Courses

The World Is Your Oracle

Click here to register for this course.

The World Is Your Oracle:  Tapping Your Inner Wisdom with a Time-tested and Scientifically Supported Approach

with FUS member Nancy Vedder-Shults

Mondays from 6:30-8:30 pm

October 21, 28, November 4, 11

$35 pledged/$45 non-pledged

Everyone has burning questions. Everyone wants to find the answers. And everyone needs to know their own truth. This interactive class will enable participants to delve into their inner wisdom and find the answers they need. To do this we will explore some of the ancient, indig­enous, and contemporary techniques featured in The World is Your Oracle. These methods employ visual, auditory, and kinesthetic senses. Such embodied oracles help us to turn inward in order to develop deep listening to our “gut feel­ings” and flashes of insight.

This class will also consider new research that suggests divination uses the same mechanisms that trigger “aha moments” in the brain. Come and sink deeply into your inner knowing, fine-tune your life’s trajectory, and renew your con­nection with your deepest sources of wisdom.

Named one of the Wisdom Keepers of the Goddess Spirituality Movement in 2013, Nancy Vedder-Shults, Ph.D., is the author of The World is Your Oracle (Fair Winds Press: 2017), a volume that was named one of the top 100 women’s spirituality books of the decade. The theological columnist for SageWoman magazine and blogger for Feminism and Religion, Nancy has offered spiritual growth keynotes, workshops, and classes since 1987.  She honed her speaking and workshop skills in the emerging field of Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Check out her website at

New UU Class

Our New UU Class is for those exploring membership with First Unitarian Society. We offer a one-day class that explores Unitarian Universalism and what it means to become a member. Please click on the date below to register for that class. Childcare available with advanced registration. Click here for childcare registration.

November 16, 2019 Class.

January 25, 2020 Class.

February 9, 16, 23, 2020 Class Series.

April 4, 2020 Class.

For questions, contact Janet Swanson at

Journey Circles

Circles gather in October. Contact Janet at to sign up.

Plant-based Cooking for a Sustainable Planet

Saturdays, October 5, 19, 26

10 am to 12 pm

Atrium Commons Kitchen

Carl Korz, Wisconsin Union Director of Dining and Hospitality, will share his passion and expertise in demonstrating the flavor and appeal of plant-based fare. Through a combination of practical preparation and lecture demonstration, as well as some great tricks and products that will ensure your dishes are amazing, these classes will focus on cooking techniques that bring out the most of your ingredients. We’ll create some Italian, Asian, and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. If you like to have fun while cooking, enjoying learning, and are open-minded to the far-reaching possibilities of plant-based cuisines, you might enjoy this course!

The class is limited to twelve adults. No fee. Free-will donations are welcome. Contact Janet Swanson at for more information.

Spiritual Practice Groups at FUS

Centering Prayer

Meets every Tuesday from 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm.

Free and drop-in. Open and welcoming to all.

Join us if you are looking for a way to begin your practice or to companion with others in the practice.

Contact Robert Block-Brown at

Insight Buddhist Meditation

Sunday evenings from 6 pm – 8 pm

Free and drop-in. Open and welcoming to all.

An introductory session is offered the second Sunday of each month.

Contact Lori Creswell for more information at

Japanese Crane Meditation

Two weekly sessions held at FUS September through May.

On Wednesdays, Bobbi Zehner and Joan Heitman lead sessions at 12:15 pm in the Atrium Auditorium.

On Thursdays, Ann Schaffer leads sessions at 5 pm.

Free and drop-in. Open and welcoming to all.

Japanese Crane Meditation is a gentle standing set of movements with a quiet musical background. It is appropriate for a wide range of ages and abilities.

For more information, contact Ann at