a.m. Ideas for Summer Reading, led by Galen and Rose Smith
a.m. Book Club discussion and potluck
Monday, June 13
due for the August 13 bus trip to the Chicago Art Institute:
"Toulouse Lautrec and Montmartre." Reservation and $61 fee
must be delivered to Pat Watkins (233-5795).
p.m. Midweek Meal @ Prairie
p.m. Prairie Board Meeting at Prairie
p.m. Playreader's Annual Fish Dinner, starting at Quivey's Grove
(the Stone House) and ending at the home of Pat Watkins. Call Pat
(233-5795) for your reservations.
a.m. Summer Solstice at Picnic Point, led by Dorothy Krause
a.m. Potluck picnicat Picnic Point
p.m. Midweek Meal @ Prairie
a.m. “And So, How Are the Children?” led by Peggy Haack
and Cindy Rudd
= Details follow in this issue.)
PRAIRIE FIRE DEADLINE: JUNE 19
OF COMING PROGRAMS
CLUB MEETS SUNDAY, JUNE 12
Prairie Book Club meets on Sunday, June 12, to discuss two books:
Louise Erdrich's The Master Butcher's Singing Club, and
Tenaya Darlington's Maybe Baby. The July 17 selection is
Red-Gold by Allen Furst.
meet on Sundays after the Prairie service. Bring food to
share. Even if you haven't read the entire book, you are
welcome to come for the discussion.
FISH DINNER AND PLAYREADERS ON FRIDAY, JUNE 17
Playreader's Annual Fish Dinner is open to anyone who would like to
join us at Quivey's Grove (the Stone House), 6261 Nesbitt Road, on
Friday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m. The only requirement is that you phone
Pat at 233-5795 by Monday, June 13, to place your names on
the reservation list.
the end of each church year, the playreaders have this special
night. Anyone in Prairie is invited and welcome to attend the fish
dinner. Prices: Fried Cod=$ 9.95; Baked Cod=$10.95.
at 7:30, those who wish to do so will adjourn to the home of Pat
Watkins, 230 N. Meadow Lane, to read a one-act play and have
dessert. You may attend the entire evening's events, the dinner
only, or the playreading only.
OUTSTANDING WOMEN SET FOR JULY 21
everyone, the women of Prairie WOW will meet Thursday, July 21, at 6
p.m. for a potluck supper. We decided to meet this summer and,
those of you who teach or have winter commitments, please try to
join us and bring a friend. You do not need to be a member of
Prairie to come. Mark your calendars for July 21.
apartment, need a roommate. Any age, gender, or ethnic or religious
background is acceptable. Please call Phoenix at 271-8365.
is currently without an archivist, and records keep propagating! If
you are interested in collecting and organizing artifacts that will
make up the history of our Society, please contact Mike Briggs
(835-0914) or K.K. Anderson (255-3596).
6235-A Charing Cross Lane, Middleton,WI
Mineral Point Rd., Tabor Oaks #303, Madison, WI 53705
Central Midwest District (CMWD) Women and Religion Committee is
pleased to announce the 12th annual summer retreat at Camp Ronora in
southwest Michigan, August 5-7, 2005.
at Camp Ronora provides a time and a place to connect with the
elements of land, sky, fire, and water, as well as with each other,
and with our inner selves. As we play and dance under the sun, moon
and stars, we synchronize with the Dance of the Universe. We
acknowledge our power and worth, and the power and worth of all. We
find and become the joy of creation.
brochures are available online at
We offer a special maiden program for girls 7-16 and
childcare for younger children.
information, call (269) 369-1114.
COFFEE PROJECT SEEKS
VOLUNTEERS FOR GA BOOTH
Choose Justice: Equal Exchange and the UUSC Coffee Project is
seeking volunteers for our booth at GA!
Equal Exchange's Interfaith Program will be at UUA General
Assembly in Ft. Worth June 23-27 to promote the Unitarian
Universalist Service Committee Coffee Project!
We have several opportunities for folks to volunteer at the
booth, assisting with the following tasks: brewing coffee, serving
sample cups of coffee, and
selling Fair Trade products. Those of
you who are already participating in the Coffee Project can really
help us promote Fair Trade to your fellow UUs!
The exhibit hall is open noon to 6 p.m. on June 23-26, and 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 27, so the more volunteers, the merrier!
Ideally, volunteers would
work a 2-hour shift, but we
welcome any time that people are able to give!
If you or someone from your congregation
is interested in volunteering, please contact Kalista Popp at
or 774-776-7418. Feel free to stop by the booth (#525) to sign up
for a volunteer shift!
To learn about UUSC's activities at GA,
Equal Exchange Fairly
Traded Coffee, Tea, Cocoa and Chocolate Interfaith
REPORT FROM THE UU-UNO OFFICE
The UU-UNO reports that they had a very successful Spring
Seminar on April 14-16 on "HIV/AIDS: Defusing a Biological Time
Bomb" in New York City.
The UU-UNO reports that its efforts to end the genocide in
Darfur has been well received by UU
congregations, more than 70
of which have celebrated Darfur Sundays, and more than 2500 faxes
and letters have been sent to the U.S. Senate, which has passed the
Darfur Accountability Act. But, the bill still has to be
passed by the House.
The UU-UNO has started a new project to increase
congregational involvement in the UN and the Millennium Development
Goals (MDG). It has teamed up with The Southwest Indian Relief
Council to provide baskets of baby supplies to Native American
mothers of newborns who have attended 75% of their prenatal
appointments and at least two parenting classes. So far, this
program has increased prenatal care from 20 to 80% in some areas.
This project directly supports MDGs #4 and #5, which are to "reduce
child mortality" and "to improve maternal health."
Congregations are being asked to collect supplies for these baskets.
Donations can be as small as a single pacifier or as large as one
wishes, giving all members a chance to participate. The pilot
project was done at the First UU Church of Dallas on the first two
Sundays in May and resulted in over 500 basket items plus $250 in
cash. For additional information, check
the UU-UNO Web site, www.uu-uno.org.
This seems like a project that Prairie could easily take on, and I
would be very interested in your thoughts and reactions to the idea.
E-mail me at: pwatkins
If you plan to attend General
Assembly, you might consider checking into one or more of the five
workshops which will be given by the UU-United Nations Office, and
perhaps bring back some information which could be used in our UN
Sunday program at Prairie.
And, lastly: if you have an interest in the United Nations,
consider checking out the Dane County chapter
of the UN-USA, which has some very interesting speakers on
international news and events. Also, look for the annual UN-USA
local dinner which is held each year in October.
by your UU-UNO Envoy, Pat Watkins
June 16, commemorates for Sikhs the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji
(1563-1606). Arjan was the first Sikh martyr and the fifth Guru. In
the town of Amritsar he built the Harimandir (Temple of God), in
which Sikhs could meet for worship. To emphasize that the Sikh way
was open to all, regardless of caste, he constructed gthe temple
with doors facing all four directions. Sikhs remember Arjan for
contributing to and compiling the Sikh Scriptures.
the Multifaith Calendar
UNIVERSALIST SERVICE COMMITTEE (UUSC) NEWS
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC): advancing human
rights and social justice in the United States and throughout the
Congress to end restrictions on Cuban-American families
May 25, Rep. Jim Davis, D-Fla., re-introduced legislation to reverse
regulations imposed in June 2004 by the Bush administration which
undermine families and jeopardize the well-being of innocent Cubans
who rely on visits from their Cuban-American relatives for their
livelihood. Urge your representative in Congress to co-sponsor H.R.
2617 to reverse the restrictions on Cuban-American travel rights.
For an action alert, visit:
the Call for Justice weekend to speak out against
Speak out with one voice against the use of torture
by the United States by joining UUSC's Call for Justice weekend,
Sept. 24-26. Join us in Washington, D.C., for a series of events
highlighting the role of the U.S. government in sanctioning torture
around the world.
Saturday, Sept. 24, we will offer a series of workshops and panel
discussions about the relevant legal, humanitarian and security
issues. On Sunday, Sept. 25, we will hold our Citizens' Trial, and
on Monday, Sept. 26, we are asking that all participants proceed to
Capitol Hill to speak with their representatives and senators.
you wish to attend, please sign up with us as soon as possible! For
more information and to register, visit:
Native American workcamp set with Lakota in South Dakota
is pleased to announce an exciting Just Works opportunity for
volunteers to learn about and work with the Lakota community on the
Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Workcampers will learn about
the modern lives of the Lakota people and will work with members of
the community on projects they have identified as priorities.
workcamp will be held in two weeklong sessions, the first from July
30-Aug. 6 and the second from Aug. 6-13. For more information, visit
UUSC for General Assembly in Fort Worth, Texas, June 23-27
the 2005 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association,
held this year in Fort Worth, Texas, June 23-27, learn how UUSC is
putting UU values into action to end U.S.-sanctioned torture, defend
the human right to water and promote economic justice.
are still tickets available for our Annual Meeting. Join us for
food, fellowship, program updates and acknowledgment of UUSC's
outstanding volunteers and annual award recipients.
learn more about these and other events and workshops at General
Assembly, visit www.uusc.org/ga.
GA, UUSC will sponsor an Action of Immediate Witness, taking a stand
against U.S.-sanctioned torture. UUSC will also call for support of
a citizens' indictment of U.S. leaders, charging them with aiding,
abetting, ordering and conspiring to commit illegal physical and
psychological torture of detainees in U.S. Custody.
more about the Action of Immediate Witness, visit
UUSC Hotwire, a human rights weblog
We've launched UUSC
Hotwire, a human rights weblog, to capture the everyday experiences
of our work at UUSC.
this week: Read about the recent concert honoring Pete Seeger. The
event, For the love of Pete!, was held in New York City on May 21,
and was a resounding success. More than 750 UUSC members and
supporters turned out for this musical tribute to a living legend.
Check out this story on UUSC Hotwire by visiting:
update: Partner reports caste bias delays relief aid in India
December tsunami affected hundreds of families in coastal villages
in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu, India. The Annai Theresa
Welfare Trust is one organization that is responding to the needs of
the survivors with support from the UUSC-UUA Tsunami Relief Fund. To
learn more, visit:
to an outpouring of generosity of our members and supporters, more
than $2 million has now been raised for the UUSC-UUA Tsunami Relief
Fund. For updates on how donations to the fund are being used and to
read other stories from the region, visit:
Bell boycott ends in major victory for activists, farm workers
a major victory for Florida farm workers and social activists,
fast-food industry giant Taco Bell has agreed to support a wage
increase and improved working conditions for farm workers in the
Florida tomato industry. The agreement ended a four-year-long
boycott organized by the Florida-based Coalition of Immokalee
joined other organizations in supporting the CIW by endorsing this
boycott. To learn more, visit:
workcampers learn about Mohawk culture during spring vacation
group of teenagers from central Massachusetts spent their April
school vacation learning firsthand about the life and culture of
Native Americans in modern United States. Over the course of five
days, the group learned about issues affecting a community of Mohawk
people who have returned to the Mohawk Valley in upstate New York.
To read more about this workcamp, visit:
a monthly pledge, become a First Responder
When you pledge a
monthly gift to UUSC—whether that gift is $100 per month or
$10—you are making a commitment to advancing human rights
wherever the need is greatest. It's easy to make such a pledge. To
become a UUSC First Responder, visit:
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